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Posted on July 20, 2021

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The Wilson County Public Library's main branch at 249 Nash St. N. is shown.

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The Wilson County Public Library’s summer reading program, “Tails and Tales,” continues through Aug. 7. Staff members from all library locations have 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 Aug. 7. Log onto wilsoncountypl.readsquared.com. Paper registration forms and reading logs are also available. Incentives and prizes will be awarded for participation in the program and for completed reading logs.

YOUTH SUMMER READING PROGRAM

At 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, kids can create a hydraulic dragon claw. Activity packets will be available for pickup at the youth services desk beginning Aug. 2, while supplies last. 

Tune in to create an animal mix-and-match activity at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3. Kits will be available for pickup at the youth services desk beginning Aug. 2, while supplies last.

Storytime for ages 0-10 takes place at 10 a.m. each Wednesday, Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Each week, participants will explore a new theme with favorite stories, old and new.

Kids ages 1-10 are invited to join the Elm City branch librarian for “Whose Tail Is This?” an animal-themed storytime featuring stories, songs and crafts.

Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 is on Facebook or YouTube on Thursdays, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26, at 5 p.m. This new program presented by branch librarians will provide stories, songs and other surprises to help younger patrons have pleasant dreams. 

During bilingual storytime for ages 0-10, kids will hear favorite stories in English and Spanish at 5 p.m. on Fridays, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Signing storytime for ages 0-10 will take place on Saturday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m. In partnership with Barton College’s deaf education program, this storytime will be presented in American Sign Language and spoken English.

YOUNG ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Kids ages 12-19 are invited to a Zoom book talk featuring “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5. Join a guided discussion on this novel and hear what peers have to say about it. Register to obtain a Zoom link.

Students ages 12-19 can sign up for a study skills crash course at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, and prepare to hit the ground running this fall. Register to obtain a Zoom link.

Youths ages 12-19 are invited to the third “Teen Annual Fantasy Football Draft” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. Compete with peers to see who can create the best NFL team. The winner at the end of the season will take home a prize. Contact the library to register a team.

A virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting for ages 13-18 is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26. The board gives teens the opportunity to share ideas and plan programs and services offered to their peers by the library. TAB members 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. Register to obtain a Zoom link.

TGIF is a biweekly 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 on Fridays, Aug. 6 and 20, at 11 a.m. for brand-new episodes.

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

ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Mental health professionals from Therapeutic Alternatives will present “Use This, Not That: Medication Interaction and the Older Adult” via Zoom at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30. They will provide an overview of polypharmacy and the effect on older adults, including risk factors and adverse medical outcomes. Registration is required. Visit https://cutt.ly/sn361Pa or call 919-523-5120 to register.

LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY PROGRAMS

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 at 7 p.m Aug. 25 for a lecture on “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 tmedlin@wilson-co.com.

BRANCH SUMMER READING PROGRAMS

• The Black Creek Branch is located at 103 Central Ave. in Black Creek. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 252-237-3715. From Aug. 2-6, children ages 6-10 can pick up a wriggle snake grab-and-go kit to create a slithering story using pipe cleaners, construction paper and googly eyes. From Aug. 16-27, children ages 6-10 can pick up a kit for a STEM name tag challenge. Participants will use math and creativity skills to create a back-to-school name tag that meets the challenge requirements and uses all provided materials, including a ruler, paper, stickers and a pipe cleaner. Kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

• The Elm City Branch is located at 114 N. Railroad St. in Elm City. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 252-236-4269. Children ages 3-12 can pick up an art and learning activity to take home. For Aug. 2-6, the theme is “Where Do Animals Sleep?” and will include a do-it-yourself dream catcher. Grab-and-go kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Participants will be entered into a drawing for prizes and gift cards.

• The Lucama Branch is located at 103 E. Spring St. in Lucama. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 252-239-0046. Participants ages 5-12 will receive a grab-and-go information and activity kit. For Aug. 2-6, the theme is “Almost Extinct/Endangered.” Youths will explore information about the differences in these types of animals. During the week of Aug. 23-26, the theme is “Let Me Be of Service.” Kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

• The Crocker Branch is located at 114 S. Main St. in Stantonsburg. Hours are 2:30-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 252-238-3758. Children ages 5-12 can pick up grab-and-go kits about “Reptile Tails” and learn all about reptiles during the week of Aug. 2-6. Kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

For information about the summer reading program, call 252-237-5355 or visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org.

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