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Library events fill the February calendar

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Wilson County Public Library has gone big on programs for the shortest month of the year. There will be fun for all ages at the main library and its branches in February.

The main library hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Branch hours vary. All locations are closed on Sundays.

For more information, call 252-237-5355 or visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org.

The following programs are offered at the main library.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

• Lapsit is Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 at 9:30 a.m. For ages 0-2.

• Preschool storytime is Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, at 10 a.m.

• Family storytime is Saturdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, at 3 p.m. Storytime takes place in Youth Services. No registration required.

• International storyteller Donna Washington will be at the library Saturday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. This program is funded by a Grassroots Grant through the Wilson Arts Council and the N.C. Arts Council. Funding is also provided by the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library.

YOUTH STEAM PROGRAMS

These weekly programs take place in Youth Services. For more information or to register for these events, contact Debra Schmitzer, youth services librarian, at 252-237-5355, press option 4.

• Create Your Own Air Racer is Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. Participants will build an air racer using supplies from the teacher geek cart. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, as adult participation is needed to complete this project. For ages 5 and up. Supplies are limited; registration required.

• Youth Game Night is Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Board games and interactive toys will be provided. Enjoy free floating game play with your kids. Please come ready to participate. For ages 5 and up. No registration required.

• OZOBOTS Programming is Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. Participants will learn how to use Blockly programming with OZOBOTS. Supplies are limited; registration required. Due to complexity, all registered participants must be ages 7 and up.

• Lego Club is Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. This is a recurring monthly program. Go to the library ready to be creative and build with Legos. For ages 5 and up. No registration required. All Legos will be provided by the library.

TEEN PROGRAMS

For more information or to register, contact Scott Houston, teen librarian, at 252-237-5355 ext. 5073 or shouston@wilson-co.com.

• WCPL Teen Advisory Board Special Session: Teen Focus Group is Monday, Feb. 11, 7 to 9 p.m. in the assembly room.

Wilson County teens are invited to discuss the future of library programs and services. Participate in a fun focus group with refreshments and door prizes. No registration required.

• WCPL Teens present Anti-Valentine’s Day on Thursday, Feb. 14, 4 to 6 p.m. in the assembly room. The event will include crafts and activities for teens who need a break from all the love.

• 3D Printing for Teens is Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6 to 8 p.m. in the assembly room. Learn the basics and create a 3D nametag.

Limited to 15 participants. Registration required.

ADULT PROGRAMS

• Make paper rose wreaths on Monday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the assembly room. This free craft program is open to adults and teens ages 16 and older. Registration is required; call 252-237-5355 to register. For more information, contact Genevieve Baillie at 252-237-5355 ext. 5050 or gbaillie@wilson-co.com.

• Join acclaimed historian and lecturer Lisa Y. Henderson on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the assembly room as she shares the rich history of African-American business development in one Wilson neighborhood, in a talk titled “The 500 Block: Toward a History of Wilson’s Black Business District.” All ages. No registration required. For more information, contact Genevieve Baillie at 252-237-5355 ext. 5050 or gbaillie@wilson-co.com.

• InstaPot — everyone is talking about it, but what’s the best way to fit it into your cooking routine? Join Cassidy Hall, N.C. State extension agent, as she takes participants through the basics of InstaPot cooking and whips up a sample recipe on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. in the assembly room. For ages 18 and older. Space is limited, registration required. Call 252-237-5355 to register.

• Learn how to start a group home Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the assembly room. If you have a high capacity for caring, you can make a living in this small business. Sam Gore will explain the basics, including which state agencies have oversight, licensing applications and rules, requirements for staff fingerprinting and background checks and facility requirements. Presented in partnership with the Small Business Center at Wilson Community College. Registration required. Visit https://bit.ly/2VCjoFg or call 252-246-1209 to register.

COMPUTER CLASSES

• Computer classes take place in the conference room. Registration required as space is limited. To register, call 252-237-5355. For more information, contact Amanda Gardner at 252-237-5355 ext. 5072 or agardner@wilson-co.com.

• File management basics is Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Must have proficiency with keyboard, mouse and basic computing skills. Learn to find electronic files quickly and easily by creating folders, organizing files into folders and managing content.

• Learn computer maintenance basics on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Must have proficiency with keyboard, mouse and basic computing skills. Learn tips and tricks for improving your computer’s performance, stability and speed through common maintenance tasks.

• Learn cybersecurity basics on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Must have proficiency with keyboard, mouse and basic computing skills. Learn about common viruses, email and internet safety, firewalls and other security features and practices.

Get some device advice on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2 to 4 p.m. Need help figuring out how to use your tablet, smart phone or eReader? Drop in for one-on-one assistance from library staff. Registration requested.

• Windows 10 mini-series is Monday, Feb. 11 and 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Plan to attend both sessions. For the first session, prerequisite is proficiency with keyboard, mouse and basic computing skills. Learn how to navigate, use the task manager, manage your files and more within Windows 10. The intermediate class is Feb. 18. Prerequisite is attendance at Windows 10: Basics or equivalent experience. Learn more about interacting with Windows 10 including adding desktop icons, exploring settings, using task manager, understanding Windows defender, uninstalling programs and using the Windows store.

EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS

• Get job search and resume help on Thursdays, Feb. 7 and 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the conference room. Learn about job resources available through the NCWorks Career Center and website. Receive one-on-one assistance in creating a resume and applying for jobs. Laptops will be provided. No registration required. For more information, contact Amanda Gardner at 252-237-5355, ext. 5072 or agardner@wilson-co.com.

LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY PROGRAMS

For more information, contact Natalie Copeland, local history and genealogy librarian, at 252-237-5355 ext. 5029 or ncopeland@wilson-co.com.

• A Feb. 12 program, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., on African-American genealogy and family history will provide a basic overview of print and online genealogy resources to help you research your African-American ancestors. At African-American Genealogy and Family History, learn how to use valuable black history records to glean information about distinguished African-American Wilsonian families and your own family members. No registration required.

• The program Tracing Your African-American Roots will be Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at East Branch. Celebrate Black History Month by researching your ancestors. This drop-in workshop will include information about African-American genealogical resources available through Ancestry.com and strategies for exploring one’s African-American heritage. A genealogy starter kit and resource list will be handed out to all participants. No registration required.

• In the program Freedman’s Bureau Records: Valuable to All Southern Research on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., Diane Richard, professional genealogist, will discuss this little known and used record collection that is full of invaluable information for many ancestors, regardless of race or circumstances. After the Civil War many people needed assistance, from maimed soldiers, to widows with children, to the aged and feeble, to newly freed enslaved people and their former owners. The event, held in the assembly room, is hosted in partnership with the Wilson County Genealogical Society. All invited. No registration required.

BRANCHES

• Black Creek

The Black Creek Branch is located at 103 Central Ave. in Black Creek. For more information, call 252-237-3715.

Lapsit is Wednesday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. for ages 0 to Pre-K. No registration required.

Storytime is on Thursdays, Feb. 7 and 21, at 4 p.m. for all ages. No registration required.

• East

The East Branch is located at 6000-C Ward Blvd. in Wilson. For more information, call 252-237-2627.

Storytime is Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. No registration required.

Celebrate Black History Month by researching your ancestors at Tracing Your African-American Roots Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. This drop-in workshop will include information about African-American genealogical resources available through Ancestry.com and strategies for exploring one’s African-American heritage. A genealogy starter kit and resource list will be handed out to all participants. No registration required.

• Elm City

The Elm City Branch is located at located at 114 N. Railroad St. in Elm City. For more information, call 252-237-4269.

Preschool storytime is on Tuesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, at 10 a.m. No registration required.

Monthly Book Chat is Tuesday, Feb. 12 and 4 to 5 p.m.

Steam program is Thursday, Feb. 14, at 4 p.m. for ages 5 and up. No registration required.

Lego Club is Thursday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. for ages 4 and up. No registration required.

• Lucama

The Lucama Branch is located at 103 E. Spring St. in Lucama. For more information, call 252-239-0046.

Family storytime is on Tuesdays, Feb. 5 and 19, at 4 p.m. for all ages. No registration required.

Lapsit storytime is on Wednesdays, Feb. 6 and 20, at 10:30 a.m. for ages 0-4. No registration required.

Teen programs are on Thursdays, Feb. 7 and 21, at 4 p.m.

We have many fun activities options for teens. Share what you would like to do at Lucama Library for ages 11-17. No registration required.

Love Your Library Event is Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. During this all-ages event, participants will read stories, make a craft and socialize about how much they love Lucama Library. No registration required.

Book Chat is Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. Participants will discuss books that attendees have recently read. For adults 18 and up. No registration required.

• Stantonsburg

The Stantonsburg Branch is located at 114 S. Main St. in Stantonsburg. For more information, call 252-238-3758.

Book Chat is Thursday, Feb. 7, 3 to 4 p.m. No registration required.

BOOKMOBILE

For more information, call 252-237-5355.

Tuesday, Feb. 19: Saratoga, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 20: Rock Ridge, 3 to 4 p.m., and Sims, 4:15 to 5 p.m.

Some programs are funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant awarded to Wilson County Public Library for the creation of a CrAFT Studio — Creativity, Art, Fabrication and Technology lab. The CrAFT Studio will combine the MakerSpace movement with STEAM subjects through robotics, coding, crafts, electronics and more. 

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