The Granville County Library System will mark the end of the 2019 Summer Reading program with a cookout on Aug. 10. This year’s finale celebration, to close out the season’s theme “A Universe of Stories,” will be held at Lake Rogers Park in Creedmoor from noon until 3 p.m. There will be hot dogs, fun and games to celebrate a successful summer of reading. The public is invited to attend.
On Thursday, Aug. 15, learn about archeological discoveries from the wreck of Blackbeard’s infamous pirate ship, “The Queen Anne’s Revenge.” Kim Urban of North Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources and staff archeologist responsible for projects of the N.C. Department of Transportation, will present the program at 6 p.m. at the South Branch Library in Creedmoor. The remains of the ship were discovered in November of 1996 off the North Carolina Coast (Beaufort Inlet) and many historically significant artifacts have been recovered from the site.
A book discussion will be held on Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. as the “Books Between Friends” Book Club meets at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford. The book “Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters and their Journey” by Asne Seierstad will be the featured book for this meeting.
Those interested in DIY projects are invited to a “Crafternoon” workshop on Aug. 13 at the Stovall branch and on Aug. 15 at the library in Berea. Participants over the age of 12 can learn to make scented teacup candles at 2 p.m. in both locations. Registration is recommended. Call the Stovall Library at 919-693-5722 for details.
Drop-in computer help is available each Friday at the Thornton Library at 10 a.m. for anyone needing assistance with computers or smart phones. Those living in the northern end of the county can take advantage of this service at the Stovall branch on Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
For the younger set, Story Time is offered at all four library branches during the month of August. The theme for the second full week of August is “Hello, Goodbye,” with stories being read at the Stovall branch on Monday (10:30 a.m.), at the South Branch Library on Tuesday morning (10:30 a.m.), at the Berea branch on Tuesday afternoon (1 p.m.) and the Thornton Library on Wednesday (10:30 a.m.).
On Aug. 15 and Aug 16, those registered for the 3-D Printing Exploration workshop, presented by “Toysinbox,” can learn how 3-D printing works as they use Makerbot printers to design small objects in multiple colors. This workshop, for students in Kindergarten through grade 8, will be held at the Thornton Library on Thursday and at the South Branch on Friday at 2 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m.
Also for students in kindergarten through grade 8, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) workshops continue to be offered at the Thornton Library at 4 p.m. each Thursday as Game Nights continue (“Dungeons and Dragons”) on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m.
The “senior” population can learn to embrace aging at a “Food for Thought” workshop at the South Branch Library on Aug. 14. Join the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service to discover ways to eat smart, have a positive attitude, handle stress, be socially active, and other ways to age gracefully and increase longevity. This session will be held at 3:30 p.m.
Today’s library system isn’t just about books. To learn more about the services and programs offered through the public library closest to you – in Oxford, Creedmoor, Stovall and Berea – visit the Granville County Library System website at https://granville.lib.nc.us/.
(Pictured is Kim Urban, Archeologist for the N.C. Department of Natural Resources, who will present the “Queen Anne’s Revenge” program at the South Branch Library in Creedmoor, Aug. 15)