Wilson County, NC Summer Reading and Library Programs Aug. 2021

Source: Wilson County Public Library, Wilson NC.
Source: Wilson County Public Library, Wilson NC.

Wilson County Public Library engages the community and enhances the minds of all ages with programs, lectures, classes, and entertainment.

Below are details on the Summer Reading program and August 2021 in-person or online library programs. For more information, call 252.237.5355 or visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org.

 

Summer Reading

The Wilson County Public Library Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales, continues through August 7, 2021.  Staff from all library locations has prepared a variety of virtual programs and reading incentives for children, teens, and adults.

For continued safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, most programs will be offered online via the library’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel, or via Zoom.

Register and track your progress with READsquared through August 7!  http://wilsoncountypl.readsquared.com.  Paper registration forms and reading logs are available for offline participation.  Exciting incentives and prizes will be awarded for participation in the program and for completed reading logs.

For questions regarding the Youth Summer Reading Program, contact Scott Houston, Youth Services Manager, at shouston@wilson-co.com or 252.237.5355 ext. 5055.

The Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library and the following donors:  Belk, Bojangles, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cups of Joy, Five Below, Flo’s Kitchen, Food Lion, Hibbett Sports, and Target.

Main Library Programs

The Wilson County Public Library’s main library is located at 249 Nash Street N, Wilson, NC. See hours here.

All-Ages Programs

Tails & Tails Walking Challenge: June 14-August 7, 2021

Walk as far as an animal does in a day! This walking challenge is open to all ages.  Hit the finish line to be entered in a gift card drawing. Complete the stretch goal to gain an extra entry in the drawing! All distances walked between June 14-August 7, 6pm, may be counted.  Visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org or stop by the library to register and track your mileage!

 

Youth Programs

Ages 0-12 are invited to join the Tails and Tales Youth Summer Reading Program!  Summer reading is proven to reduce the summer slide and to help ensure that youth are prepared for the new school year.  Enjoy stories, crafts, and activities about a variety of animals!  Programs may be viewed on Facebook or YouTube unless otherwise specified.

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program: Monday, August 2, 2021 @ 1pm

Ages 3-10. Join us for fun animal themed stories and crafts on Facebook and YouTube. Kits for a Hydraulic Dragon Claw activity will be available for pickup at the Youth Services Desk beginning August 2, while supplies last.

STEAM Programs: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 @ 7pm

Ages 5 and up.
Kits for an Animal Mix-and-Match activity will be available for pickup at the Youth Services Desk beginning August 2, while supplies last.

Storytime: Wednesdays, August 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2021 @ 10am

Ages 0-10.  Join us for an all-ages storytime with Mr. Scott!  Each week we will explore a new theme with favorite stories, old and new!

Branch Storytime: Thursday, August 5, 2021 @ 10am

Ages 1-10.  Join Ms. Camille, Elm City Branch Librarian, for us for Whose Tail Is This?, an animal-themed program featuring stories, songs, and crafts.

Pajama Storytime: Thursdays, August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2021 @ 5pm

Ages 3-6.  Join us every Thursday for Pajama Storytime! This new program, presented by branch librarians, will provide stories, songs, and other surprises to help our younger patrons have pleasant dreams!

Bilingual Storytime: Fridays, August 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021 @ 5pm

Ages 0-10.  Listen to favorite stories in English and Spanish with Ms. Camille!

Signing Storytime: Saturday, August 21, 2021 @ 5pm

Ages 0-10.  Introducing a new storytime in partnership with Barton College Deaf Education Students! This storytime will be presented in American Sign Language and Spoken English.

 

Young Adult Programs

Young adults ages 12-18 are invited to join the Young Adult Summer Reading Program.  Log your minutes read and earn points by completing online activities via READsquared.  Each participant that earns 300 points by August 7 will be entered into a random gift card drawing.  Prizes will also be awarded for the most points earned!

Zoom Book Talk:  Thursday, August 5, 2021 @ 4pm

Ages 12-19. Teens are invited to a Zoom Book Talk featuring Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.  Join us for a guided discussion on this novel and hear what your peers have to say about it! Please register to obtain a Zoom link.

Study Skills Crash Course: Thursday, August 12, 2021 @ 4pm

Ages 12-19. Have your study skills gotten a little rusty over the summer break?  This seminar is for you!  Prepare to hit the ground running this fall by joining our Study Skills Crash Course! Please register to obtain a Zoom link.

3rd Annual Teen Fantasy Football Draft: Thursday, August 19, 2021 @ 4pm

Ages 12-19. Join the 3rd Annual Teen Fantasy Football Draft! Compete with your peers to see who can create the best NFL team. The winner at the end of the season will take home a prize. Think you have what it takes? Contact us to register your team!

Teen Advisory Board Meeting: Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 4pm

TAB gives teens the opportunity to share ideas and plan programs and services offered to their peers by the library. Members of TAB attend monthly meetings and assist in at least one teen program each school year. Participation may count toward school and National Honor Society service hours!  Please register to obtain a Zoom link.

TGIF: Teen Book of the Week: Fridays, August 6 and 20, 2021 @ 11am

TGIF is a bi-weekly book review show featuring Teen Librarian Kate Brittain. Listen to book reviews and recommendations for readers of Young Adult literature and learn background information on each title. Tune into Facebook or YouTube every other Friday at 11:00 a.m. for a brand-new episode!

For more information or to register, contact Kate Brittain at 252-237-5355 ext. 5073 or kbrittain@wilson-co.com.

 

Adult Programs

Adults 18 and up are invited to join the Adult Summer Reading Program.  Log your minutes read and earn points by completing online activities via READsquared.  Each participant that earns 300 points by August 7 will be entered into a random gift card drawing.  Prizes will also be awarded for the most points earned.  For more information, contact Amanda Gardner, Assistant Director, at agardner@wilson-co.com or 252-237-5355 ext. 5072.

Use This, Not That:  Medication Interaction and the Older Adult
Monday, August 30, 2021 @ 1:30pm

In this Zoom webinar, mental health professionals from Therapeutic Alternatives will provide an overview of polypharmacy and the impact on older adults, including risk factors and adverse medical outcomes.  Registration is required. Visit  https://cutt.ly/sn361Pa to register.  For questions, contact Therapeutic Alternatives at 919-523-5120.

 

Local History and Genealogy Programs

The Tobacco Way of Life: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 @ 7pm

Have you heard your grandparents or others use terms like topping, suckering, priming, looping and barning?  Did they reminisce about tobacco curing and what price the harvest would bring at auction?  Join Local History Librarian Tammy Medlin to look back at The Tobacco Way of Life.  This program will air on Facebook and YouTube.

For more information, contact Tammy Medlin at 252.237.5355 ext. 5029 or via email.

 

Branch Libraries

Branch Summer Reading

Community members of all ages are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Program at any library location and online via READsquared.  Registration forms and activity packets for branch-led programs may be picked up from the specific branch location.  As supplies are limited, these will be available on a first come, first-served basis.

Black Creek Branch Library

103 Central Avenue, Black Creek, NC
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm
Phone: 252.237.3715

Tails and Tales Craft-to-Go Kits

Kits for ages 6-10 are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

  • August 2-6: Wriggle Snakes — Craft a wriggle snake and create a slithering story using pipe cleaners, construction paper, and googly eyes.
  • August 16-27: STEM Name Tag Challenge — Use math and creativity skills to create a back-to-school name tag that meets the challenge requirements and uses all provided materials.

 

Elm City Branch Library

114 N Railroad Street, Elm City, NC
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm
Phone: 252.236.4269

Tails and Tales Craft-to-Go Kits

Kits for ages 3-12 are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

  • August 2-6: Where Do Animals Sleep? — Learn about the sleeping habits of animals and create a dreamcatcher.  Participants will be entered into a drawing for prizes and gift cards.

 

Lucama Branch Library

103 E Spring Street, Lucama, NC
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm
Phone: 252.239.0046

Tails and Tales Craft-to-Go Kits

Participants ages 5-12 will receive grab-and-go information and activity kits containing a variety of information about sea creatures and animals in the wild.  Kits are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

  • August 2-6:  Almost Extinct/Endangered Animals
  • August 23-27:  Let Me Be of Service

 

Crocker Branch Library (Stantonsburg)

114 S. Main Street, Stantonsburg, NC
Hours: Monday-Friday, 2:30-6pm
Phone: 252.238.3758

Tails and Tales Craft-to-Go Kits

Kits for ages 5-12 are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

  • August 2-6:  Reptile Tails — Create fun crafts featuring reptiles.

 

Source: Amanda M. Gardner, Wilson County Public Library

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