Reading program extends through August

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The Wilson County Public Library Summer Reading Program, “Imagine Your Story,” continues through Aug. 10. A variety of virtual programs have been offered this summer, including storytimes, STEAM programs, cooking demonstrations, a theater performance and a professional magic show.

In early July, Wilson County Public Library obtained access to a software called READsquared. READsquared allows youth, young adults, adults and families to register for the Summer Reading Program and to track reading progress online. The software includes games, stories, reading lists and book recommendations.

Visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org to create a READsquared account. If you previously registered for Summer Reading and would like to move your progress over to this platform, call the library at 252-237-5355 for assistance.

For those who have not yet signed up for Summer Reading, there is still have time to participate. Any reading that you have done since June 15 will count toward your goal. Prefer to log your progress on paper? Printable registration forms and reading records for youth, young adults and adults are available at www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary. Forms can be printed and turned in at any open library location or emailed to wcplrefdept@gmail.com. Incentives and prizes will be given for participation in the program and for completed reading records. All reading records must be submitted by Monday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m.


Ages 0-12 are invited to join the Youth Summer Reading Program. August activities topics include Flying Unicorns and Dragons, a Sea Serpent Claw STEAM activity and storytime. Pick up your weekly activity packet at the main library on Nash Street in Wilson, available while supplies last. For questions regarding main library youth programs, contact Scott Houston, youth services manager, at shouston@wilson-co.com or 252-237-5355 ext. 5055.


Teens ages 12-18 are invited to join the Young Adult Summer Reading Program. August programs include a STEAM catapult craft and the weekly TGIF Book Review.

The Teen Video Challenge continues through Aug. 7. This is an annual video contest open to all teens. The challenge is to create a public service 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.

Teens who submit a completed reading record will be entered in a prize drawing for $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. Share a recipe that is meaningful to you or your family as part of the Imagine Your Story Cookbook Project. Visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org for a recipe template and additional details. Submissions may be emailed to wcplrefdept@gmail.com or turned in at any open library location by Friday, Aug. 7. Watch the library’s Facebook and YouTube channels for another staff cooking demonstration. For more information, contact Amanda Gardner, assistant director, at agardner@wilson-co.com or 252-237-5355 ext. 5072.

The Summer Reading Program is made possible in large part due to the generosity of the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library. The library staff also thank Bojangles/Tands, Inc. and Oh My Lard Restaurant in Elm City for their donations, and the Wilson County office of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension for the use of their kitchen facilities.