Library plans online spooky fun this month

Emilee Geist

Join Wilson County Public Library online in October for fun, spooky and crafty programs for all ages. All programs will be accessible via the library’s Facebook and YouTube channels, unless otherwise specified. Registration is not required unless stated for specific programs. For more information, visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

• STEAM programs for ages 5 and up take place on Tuesdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, at 7 p.m. Activity packets will be available for pickup at the circulation desk on the Monday before each program, while supplies last.

• Storytime for ages 0-10 takes place on Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact Scott Houston, youth services manager, at 252-237-5355 ext. 5025, or [email protected]

YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS

• Ages 12-19 are invited to read as many scary books as they can during the Teen Reading Scare-a-Thon, taking place Oct. 1-31. View the spooky horror/thriller reading list, posted to the library’s website and Facebook, for a chance to win a prize. Registration is required; contact [email protected] to register.

• Ages 13-18 are invited to a virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. TAB gives teens the opportunity to share ideas and plan programs and services offered to their peers by the library. Members of TAB 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. No registration required. Meetings will be held via Zoom. Contact Kate Brittain, young adult librarian, at 252-237-5355 ext. 5073 or [email protected] to register and obtain a Zoom link.

• Ages 12-19 may participate in virtual trick-or-treat on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. Post a picture of your best Halloween costume on the library’s Facebook page for a chance to win a prize. The more creative the better. Photos must comply with the library’s customer conduct policy to be approved for posting.

• TGIF is a weekly book review show featuring teen librarian, Kate Brittain. Brittain reviews and recommends books for readers of young adult literature and provides background information on each book. Tune in to the Facebook or YouTube pages every Friday at 11 a.m. for a brand new episode.

For more information, contact Kate Brittain at 252-237-5355 ext. 5073 or [email protected]

ADULT PROGRAMS

• The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program online self-paced course will begin Monday, Oct. 5. This program is designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset as an essential life skill. The program draws upon eight fundamental concepts of entrepreneurial thought and process derived from the companion text, “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur.” Each lesson contains video case studies featuring a variety of real-world “unlikely” entrepreneurs who have overcome challenges by embracing the core concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset. The program also provides for experiential learning through the process of identifying problems, finding solutions and making connections beyond the classroom. Participants will complete online self-paced lessons. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Amanda Gardner, assistant library director, at 252-237-5355 ext. 5072 or [email protected]

• Add beautifully bookish décor to your home when you make a wreath from recycled books. This free craft program is open to ages 16 and up. Registration is required as supplies are limited. Contact adult services at 252-237-5355 ext. 5028 to register and to learn how to obtain your supply packet, then follow along with our instructional video on Facebook or YouTube, which will air Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m.

LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY PROGRAMS

• All ages are invited to “Haunted N.C. Stories” on Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. Celebrate Halloween through learning about our state’s ghostly past. Tammy Medlin, local history and genealogy librarian, will tell tales of pirates, headless specters, haunted gold mines and more.

For more information, contact Tammy Medlin, local history and genealogy librarian, at 252-237-5355 ext. 5029 or [email protected]

BRANCH PROGRAMS

• The Black Creek Branch is located at 103 Central Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information, call 252-237-3715. Children ages 6-10 can pick up grab-and-go kits on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to create pipe cleaner pumpkins from beads. Kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, and Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., ages 6-10 can pick up grab-and-go kits for the Bat Bags Scavenger Hunt. Participants will make a bat for Halloween and go on a scavenger hunt outside to find items that bats might eat. 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. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 252-236-4269. During October, the branch will explore traditions of Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration that includes remembering and honoring family members who have died. The library’s versions of the sugar skull, calavera, will be a tissue paper decoration for children and a luminary for teens. Pick up the craft to take home between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

• The Lucama Branch is located at 103 E. Spring St. in Lucama. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday and Thursday. For more information, call 252-239-0046. “Ghoulish Gang” monster kits for ages 5-12 may be picked up on Monday, Oct. 12, and Thursday, Oct. 15, from noon to 5 p.m. Participants will craft a variety of monster figures from popsicle sticks, wiggly eyes and other bedazzled jewels. To-go kits for creating “Perky Pumpkin Stix” will be available on Monday, Oct. 26, and Thursday, Oct. 29, from noon to 5 p.m. Participants will create their own unique version of Halloween pumpkins. Kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

• The Crocker (Stantonsburg) Branch is located at 114 S. Main St. Hours are 2:30-6 p.m., Monday and Thursday. For more information, call 252-238-3758. Enjoy a family-friendly craft with a spooky theme with family fun crafts to go on Mondays, Oct. 12 and 29, and Thursdays, Oct. 15 and 29. Kits can be picked up between 2:30-5:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Main library hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Branch hours vary. Locations are closed on Sundays. For more info, call 252-237-5355 or visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org.

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