The four branches of the Granville County Library System are ready to begin the new month with a fresh lineup of programs and presentations for all ages.
In celebration of Black History Month, a presentation by Adlai “Pembo” Woodlief will be hosted by the Granville County Genealogical Society at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford. Woodlief, a lifelong resident of Granville County – as well as an expert collector, independent businessman and raconteur – will be showcasing Early African-American Recorded Music. This program is scheduled for Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. A second program, “Two Races, One Family” will also be presented on Feb. 23. Pamela Williams will make this presentation, which focuses on a personal ancestry journey by an extended Granville County family, at the Thornton branch at 1:30 p.m. in observance of Black History Month.
To mark the arrival of Valentine’s Day, author Cynthia Abbott of Oxford will provide a reading from her book “Forever Loved” at the Thornton branch. Abbott will also be available to sign copies of the book, which is written from a Christian perspective, at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10.
The “Not So Newlywed Game” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Thornton Library in Oxford. Last year’s event, presented in “game show” style, is being brought back for an encore as local married couples who have been married for decades compete to see how much they really know about one another. If interested in participating, contact the Granville County Senior Center at 919-693-1930. A maximum of ten couples is recommended and the public is invited to attend.
Hands-on workshops will also be offered at the South Branch in Creedmoor. Learn how to decorate cookies and make sweet treats” for special Valentines on Feb. 13 at 4 p.m., or learn to crochet with a beginner class on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. All materials will be provided and all ages are invited to participate.
The public library is also a center for concerts as “Buck Meek” and “Twain” will perform on Feb. 21. The 6:00 concert will be held at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford and is part of a national tour which follows Buck Meek’s self-titled debut album. Musical influences include blues, jazz and western swing. This performance is free and open to the public.
New to the library is a “Teen Advisory Board,” which will hold its first meeting at 4 p.m. on Feb. 2. Local teens are invited to attend to provide input and help make the library a place where they want to be. For more information about this Teen Advisory Board, contact Amy Carlson at 919-693-1121, ext. 212.
Computer workshops continue at the Thornton Library in Oxford, with sessions conducted from 10 until 11 a.m. every Friday. Participants can learn to set up an email account and use social media, as well as basic computer skills.
“Story Times” for toddlers and preschoolers continue at several library branches. The Stovall Library offers story time on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and children can enjoy story-reading at the South Branch location on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. The Children’s Library at the Richard H. Thornton Library also hosts story time at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. February themes include “Black History Month,” “Valentine’s Day,” “Numbers” and “My Body.”
The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program continues at the Thornton branch for students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. This weekly session is held on Thursdays at 4 p.m.
The Granville County Library System also announces that the Wilton Express Library is now back in service after being temporarily out of operation. There are three Express Library locations – in Wilton, Oak Hill and Stovall – which consist of lockers with a secure keypad and a book return. Transit deliveries are made on Monday and Thursday evenings. The Wilton “Express Library Center” is located at 2547 Hwy. 96 South, right next door to Wilton Elementary School.
Other library programs include a “Teen Club” which meets at 3:30 p.m. at the South Branch in Creedmoor on the first Thursday of each month and an “Arts and Crafts Time” at the South Branch every third Monday. The “Lego Club” continues to meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the South Branch and at the Thornton branch every second and fourth Tuesday. Meetings are held at 3:30 p.m. at both locations.
At the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford, “pop-up” libraries are offered each Wednesday. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Granville County Library brings movies, books and audio books to the Center, which is located at 107 Lanier Street.
There are four branches of the Granville County Library System, with sites in Oxford, Creedmoor, Stovall and Berea. To find out more about what the library closest to you has to offer, visit https://granville.lib.nc.us/.