Keep kids reading with library program

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The Wilson County Public Library Summer Reading Program, “Imagine Your Story,” continues through Aug. 10. There is still time to join in the fun and to earn prizes.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library staff has rallied to provide the first-ever virtual Summer Reading Program. Programs for all ages are being offered online and in the form of take-home activities that are being distributed at open library locations and via the continued curbside service.

The Summer Reading Program kicked off on June 15 with a virtual performance of Aesop’s Fables by Bright Star Touring Theatre, via the Zoom platform. Staff members across library locations have been creating and posting online storytimes, STEAM activities, interactive games and book reviews.

Registration forms and reading records for youth, young adults and adults are available at www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary and via links on the library’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Forms can be printed and turned in at any open library location, emailed to wcplrefdept@gmail.com or submitted through the library website via Google Forms. Incentives and prizes will be given for participation and for completed reading records.


Ages 0-12 are invited to join the Youth Summer Reading Program. Summer reading is proven to fight the “summer slide” and to help ensure that youth are prepared for the new school year.

Several children’s programs are being offered each week, including storytime, STEAM events and take-home activity packets.

Activity packets will be available for pickup at the main library on Nash Street on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. July packets will include materials and instructions for creating dragon eggs, making unicorn snot slime and dragon masks. STEAM programs will include jousting bots, Family Game Knight and Lego Club dragons.

All ages are invited to tune in at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, for the award-winning magic of Dana Hill. Hill has performed all over the United States, Mexico and Canada, blending his unique style of comedy and magic to create a memorable fun-filled show for all ages. His live online show will demonstrate a trick and include an illusion you can participate in from home. Instructions for viewing this Facebook Live program have been posted to the library’s website and social media pages.

For questions regarding the main library youth programs, contact Scott Houston, youth services manager, at shouston@wilson-co.com or 252-237-5355 ext. 5055. Additional youth programming will be offered at branch locations.


Teens ages 12-18 are invited to join the virtual Young Adult Summer Reading Program. July programs include a weekly TGIF book review, a chance to “Illustrate Your Story,” an opportunity to “Create Your Own Twisted Fairytale” and a live book talk on “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card, via Zoom. Check out the online scavenger hunt and TikTok challenge too.

Teens, do you have a passion for reading or libraries? Do you want to share your video or performance skills with teens across the country? The Teen Video Challenge is an annual video contest open to all teens. The challenge is to create a public services announcement-type video that shows your unique interpretation of the 2020 CSLP slogan “Imagine Your Story.” Videos must be 60 seconds or less and should promote libraries and reading. Five winners will be chosen and will receive a $200 cash prize and $50 worth of summer reading materials for their library. Videos will be accepted through Aug. 7. Teens can immerse themselves in the written word and submit a reading record for the chance to win $50 and $25 gift cards. For more information, contact Kate Brittain, young adult librarian, at kbrittain@wilson-co.com or 252-237-5355 ext. 5073.


All adults are invited to join the Adult Summer Reading Program. Enjoy reading and track total minutes read for a chance to win $25 and $50 gift cards.

During July, adults will “Imagine Your Story” by exploring their family history. Take a virtual tour of the Local History Room and learn how to research your ancestors. Participate in the summer reading cookbook by sharing family recipes and anecdotes that have shaped your heritage.

Follow library staff in creating a time capsule and adding treasures to unearth at a future time. Walk your way to a “Happily (and Healthy) Ever After” by participating in “The Princess Bride Walking Challenge.” This fantasy and adventure-laden challenge will take place through July 31 and is open to all ages. Everyone who hits the “finish line” will be entered in a gift card drawing; the stretch goal gets you an extra ticket in the drawing/

For more information, contact Amanda Gardner, assistant director, at agardner@wilson-co.com or 252-237-5355 ext. 5072.


Community members of all ages are welcome to view virtual programs from any library location. Registration forms and activity packets for branch-led programs can be picked up from the specified branch location. As supplies are limited, these will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Branch pickup hours might be limited and subject to change based on staff availability. Any changes in service hours will be posted on the library website and social media.

• The Black Creek Branch Library is located at 103 Central Ave. in Black Creek. For more information, call 252-237-5355. The branch will offer programs for children, including building a house for the Three Little Pigs and making story props using cut-outs of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Experience “Campfire Craze” by making s’mores with construction paper and cotton balls. Teens will get creative by weaving baskets out of magazine rolls, designing CD magical scratch art and rainbow sand art, crafting refrigerator magnets and building miniature houses.

• The East Branch Library is located at 6000-C Ward Blvd. in Wilson. For more information, call 252-237-5355. The branch will weave stories and crafts based on the fantastic stories of legend. Children will explore tales of daring dragons and charming castles, learn to craft their own tall tales,and imagine history while looking to future stories.

• The Elm City Branch Library is located at 114 N. Railroad St. in Elm City. For more information, call 252-237-5355. The branch will bring the STEAM to storytime with a variety of fun crafts and tales. Children will craft and bejewel a prince/princess dress-up crown, “Create Your Own Story” with a writing/drawing journal and make a suncatcher. Teens will “Let Your Imagination Shine” with sun prints, soar with doodle kites and sleep tight with string art dream catchers. Children and teens will take home crafts and treats each week, while supplies last.

• The Crocker Branch Library is located at 114 S. Main St. in Stantonsburg. For more information, call 252-237-5355. The branch will explore totem poles and spirit animals, the magical creatures of Harry Potter and how women and animals are portrayed as main characters in stories. Take-home activities will include word puzzles and games, a totem pole craft, building Lego animals, create-your-own-character face stickers and a tall tale activity.

• The Lucama Branch Library is located at 103 E. Spring St. in Lucama. For more information, call 252-239-0046. Children and teens will explore traditional fairy tales that have been given a modern twist. Children will enjoy crafts and STEAM activities in “Little Red & Woofie,” based on “Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf” and discover unicorns and mythical magical creatures. Learn about dinosaur eggs and make a craft in “I’m Diggin’ Dino.” Embark on a dino and dragon adventure in “Dragonslayer.” Teens will explore “Seed Sprouts” with “Jack and the Beanstalk,” create a Sleeping Beauty dreamcatcher, and make a Rumpelstiltskin tile keychain.Learn about wearing armor in “Knights & Maidens” and make a wanted poster.

Wilson County Public Library has adventures for all ages during “Imagine Your Story.” Changes to program schedules will be posted to www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org and Facebook. Call the Main Library at 252-237-5355 with questions regarding the Summer Reading Program.

The Summer Reading Program is made possible in large part due to the generosity of the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library.