Library’s summer program goes virtual

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The Wilson County Public Library Summer Reading Program will take place June 15 to Aug. 10. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story,” highlighting mythology, legends and fairy tales.

Wilson County Public Library is planning a variety of virtual programs and reading incentives for children, teens and adults, prepared by staff across all library locations.

For continued safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will be offered online via the library’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel. The program will continue online even if library locations have reopened. A tentative schedule of planned youth events is included below, and additional programs for all ages will be advertised on the library’s website and social media channels at a later date.

The State Library of North Carolina will provide online registration and tracking for reading progress. Links for registration and reading logs will be posted to the library’s website, www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org, and social media by June 15. Paper registration forms and reading logs will be available at all open library locations, via curbside pickup, and from participating community organizations; therefore, access to the internet is not a requirement for participation. Incentives and prizes will be given for participation in the program and for completed reading logs.


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. With that in mind, library staff have adapted traditional programming to keep students’ minds engaged in learning during summer break.

A tentative schedule of Main Library Youth Services programs is listed below. Several children’s programs will be offered each week, including performers, storytimes and STEAM activities. Activity packets with materials and directions to be completed at home will be available for pickup at the main library on Nash Street. Packets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Performers have moved to an online format, and details on accessing their events will be posted on the library website and social media.

• June 15: Kickoff with Bright Star Theatre: Aesop’s Fables.

• June 16: STEAM Catapults.

• June 22: Magic Crown and Wand.

• June 23: STEAM Toy Workshop.

• June 29: Knight Training.

• June 30: Lego Club-Castle.

• July 6: Dragon Eggs.

• July 7: STEAM Jousting Bots.

• July 13: Unicorn Snot.

• July 14: Family Game Knight.

• July 20: Family Tree-Tell Your Story.

July 21: Lego Club-Dragon.

July 27: Dragon Masks.

July 28: To Be Determined.

Aug. 3: Flying Unicorns/Dragons.

Aug. 4: STEAM-Sea Serpent Claw.

Changes to program schedules and formats will be posted on the library’s website and social media. For questions regarding 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 aged 13-19 are invited to join the virtual Young Adult Summer Reading Program. The library will provide weekly online programming, including web quests and online scavenger hunts, Zoom book talks, online games and more. Each week, a new program will drop for teens, so keep your eyes peeled for videos.

Teens will have the opportunity to “Imagine Your Story” and share it with the world through the Teen Video Challenge. Stay tuned for a video tutorial describing how to enter this contest and tips on editing your creation. Teens will also have the opportunity to receive incentives and enter prize drawings for achieving reading goals.

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


Although the library has held summer events for adults in the past, we are now offering the ability to track your reading for a chance to receive prizes, including gift cards.

Virtual program planning is currently in the works. Programs will help you “Imagine Your Story” through exploration of your family history and traditions, self-expression through writing, arts and crafts and challenges to shape your future. Activities may include sharing photos of your quarantine art/craft creations, submitting family recipes for a summer reading cookbook, learning to research your ancestors, writing a poem or ghost story, imagining yourself as a literary character, exploring wellness challenges to change your life and creating a time capsule to open in the future. Check the library website and social media for updates to the adult programming schedule.

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 specific branch location. As supplies are limited, these will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Branch pickup hours may 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. Programs for children will include creating a fairy/gnome garden, building a house for the Three Little Pigs, making story props using cut-outs of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, crafting a fire-breathing dragon cup, and designing a mythical “Wild Thing” mask from “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. For the summer reading finale, experience “Campfire Craze” by making s’mores with construction paper and cotton balls. Teens will make unicorn rock candy, weave a basket out of magazine rolls, design CD Magical Scratch Art and Rainbow Sand Art, craft refrigerator magnets, and finish the program with a “Making Miniature Houses” craft.

• The East branch is located at 6000-C Ward Blvd. in Wilson. For more information, call 252-237-5355. Explore tales of mermaids and unicorns, dragons and giants, and knights and castles. While exploring these fantastic stories, learn how to craft your own fantastic story. Craft a dragon egg, a catapult and a fire-breathing dragon among many other crafts, all while imaging how your own story will take shape.

• The Elm City branch is located at 114 N. Railroad St. in Elm City. For more information, call 252-237-5355. STEAM meets storytime with a variety of fun crafts and tales, from teacups to suncatchers and beyond. Children and teens will enjoy take home crafts and treats each week, as well as virtual storytimes and STEAM activities. There will be a virtual celebration for children and teens to wrap up the program.

• The Crocker Branch Library is located at 114 S. Main St. in Stantonsburg. For more information, call 252-237-5355. Participants will learn how to identify differences in various types of folklore, including fairy tales, fables, tall tales, myths and legends. Explore alternative storytelling, such as the stories that totem poles tell, stories told over a campfire, how women and animals are represented as main characters in stories, and how the idea of magical creatures has been developed through the magic of Harry Potter. 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. Staff will lead children and teens in the exploration of traditional fairy tales that have been given a modern twist. Children will experience crafts and STEAM activities centered around The Three Little Pigs, mystical unicorns and rainbows, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, and dragons and dinosaurs. Bedazzle, bejewel and adorn shields, crests, swords and helmets. Teens will create relaxation bottles, dragon lantern, and more activities to come.

The Summer Reading Program is made possible in large part due to the generosity of the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library. Stay tuned for more adventurous activities that will allow you to travel beyond your current realm.