Granville County Library Clerk Chotsey Winborne of the Berea Branch Library has been recognized by the N.C. Genealogical Society with the Award for Excellence in a Publication Relevant to North Carolina Genealogy. Her book, “Berea Notebook: Tracing the Early History of Berea, North Carolina through Property Deeds,” was singled out at the organization’s annual conference, held on Nov. 2 in Raleigh.
The N.C. Genealogical Society’s website lists all winners awarded at the conference, calling Winborne’s work “painstaking,” as well as “an interesting take on researching the history of an area.” The book details the early history of the Berea vicinity by tracing land ownership through property deeds. Many of the deeds are platted and the book includes colorful illustrations with clear links to ownership of the properties.
“Berea Notebook” is available at all four branches of the Granville County Library System in Oxford (Richard H. Thornton branch), Creedmoor (South Branch), Berea and Stovall. Learn more about the statewide awards at https://www.ncgenealogy.org/latest/2019-ncgs-awards/.
(Winborne is pictured on the far right, back row, along with winners from all over the state.)
Granville County Senior Services will host the annual “Nifty 90’s” dinner on Tuesday, July 23 at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center, 4185 US Hwy. 15 South. This event will honor residents 90 years of age and older in Granville County. There will be a catered meal and entertainment.
Residents who are 90+ years old will be admitted free and may bring one guest for a small fee. Those who would like to attend or would like more information should contact the Senior Center in Oxford at (919) 693-1930.
Reservations will be taken until July 17.
The Granville County Board of Commissioners’ Summer Civic Leadership Program for rising Granville County seniors began on June 13. The program is in its twentieth year. Interns will work for five weeks, rotating through Granville County departments and learning about how their local county government operates. The program has a competitive application and interview process. Fifteen applicants were interviewed this year. Interns are Brooklyn Pridgeon, Sarah Elliott, Anthony Goreman, Tanaura Harrison, and Akoya Penny-Campbell.
Pictured (left to right, front) are Brooklyn Pridgeon, Sarah Elliott; and (back)) Anthony Goreman, Tanaura Harrison, Akoya Penny-Campbell.
The four branches of the Granville County Library System will offer several new and innovative events and programs during the month of March.
On Saturday, March 2 and Saturday, March 9, Women’s History Month is celebrated as two female authors are featured. Children’s author Amber Parker of New Bern, NC will be on hand at the South Branch Library on March 2 to discuss her books at 3 p.m. Young readers are especially invited to experience the world of nature she describes. Following up on that presentation will be a book signing at the Berea Branch on March 9 at 11 a.m. as author Faye Little presents her work, “Snapshots of a Country Diary.” Originally from Berea, Little (formerly Faye Adcock) now lives in Virginia and will share memories of growing up and living on the family farm. For more details about these presentations, contact the South Branch Library at (919) 528-1752 or the Berea branch at (919) 693-1231.
Other events to be presented for Women’s History Month, in conjunction with Friends of the Library, include a program by Dr. Christine Darden, a “Hidden Figure” of NASA fame, on March 3 at 2 p.m.; “The Status of Women in North Carolina” at 7 p.m. on March 6, with featured speaker Mary Williams Stover of the N.C. Council on Women; The Poetry of Mary Oliver on March 11 at noon; “Three Questions to Ask Yourself” discussion by Stacy Abrams, March 13 at 7 p.m.; “The Rise and Fall of the Rocket Girls” book discussion on March 15 at 11 a.m.; “African American Women and the Suffrage Movement” presentation on March 20 at 7 p.m.; and “The Political Progress Women Have Made,” facilitated by Cecile Richards at 7 p.m. on March 27. All of these events will be held at the Thornton Library.
Brightstar Touring Theatre will also present “American Women in History” at 5 p.m. on March 9. This production puts the spotlight on some of the world’s most remarkable female pioneers such as Sacajawea, Susan B. Anthony and many more. This program is also open to the public and will be held at the South Branch Library in Creedmoor.
Women aren’t the only focus for the month of March, however, as registered participants can follow mysterious clues from the “wizard world” to escape a “locked” room inside the Thornton Library. Reading all seven Harry Potter books before participating in the Escape Room is helpful but not required, according to Children’s Librarian Amy Carlson. While the registration list is full, a waiting list is now available for those who have not yet signed up to participate. The Harry Potter Escape Room will be open to registered participants of all ages on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. Learn more at Granville.lib.nc.us.
“Game Night” will continue the wizardry theme as “Dungeons and Dragons” is featured at the Thornton Library from 6 until 8 p.m. on March 7. Call 919-693-1121 for more details and “heed the call!”
Children’s programming for March includes story time at the Stovall branch (Mondays) and at the Thornton branch (Wednesdays), with topics of “Opposites,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Spring” and “My Emotions.” The Lego Club will also meet every Tuesday in March at the Thornton branch from 3:30 until 4:45 p.m.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programming continues on Thursday afternoons for students in grades K through 5. Held each week at 4 p.m., March topics include robot play, a presentation on the importance of clean water, building flashlights and building bridges. To participate or for more details, contact Amy Carlson at 919-693-1121, ext. 212.
Other hands-on activities include a crotchet class at the South Branch, scheduled for 2 p.m. on March 18. This workshop is open to the public and all materials will be provided. A “makerspace” is also a new feature of the Thornton Library and consists of yarn, knitting needles, fabric scraps, etc. which have been donated for use by library patrons. Ask about it at the library checkout counter!
In addition, a “Seed Library” is being established at the Thornton branch. By the end of March, library patrons will be able to “check out” vegetable seeds with their library card to take home and plant in their gardens. It is hoped that residents who utilize this service will cultivate these plants and share their seeds with the library after harvest for “checkout” the following season by other interested gardeners.
Your local library is not just for books anymore! Find out “what’s new” at one of the four branches of the Granville County Library System in Oxford, Creedmoor, Stovall or Berea today, or visit https://granville.lib.nc.us/ for a full listing of events at the library closest to you.
Information sessions for the Granville County Recreation Grant are scheduled for:
- Wednesday, December 12th, from 10-11am at the County Manager’s Office in Oxford
- Friday, January 4th, from 3:30-4:30pm at the County Manager’s Office in Oxford
- Monday, January 7th, from 5:30-6:30pm at Thornton Library, Oxford
Learn more about the recreation grant here.
The JCPC meeting has been cancelled for October 12th.
-Charla Duncan, JCPC Coordinator
As a part of the partnership between Granville County Government and the Granville County United Way, two new partners have highlighted a different type of recreation at the Granville Athletic Park (the GAP). Franklin Granville Vance (FGV) Smart Start partnered with Boy Scout Troop 637 (sponsored by the Oxford United Methodist Church) to build, install, and stock two little free libraries at the GAP. Steve Sievert is the troop leader. The work to cut, paint, and assemble the libraries was performed by Chay Strother as a part of his Eagle project.
One library is located near the butterfly garden at the Belltown Road entrance to the park, and the other library is located near the playground and picnic shelter area. A variety of books will be provided for visitors to read while attending the park or to take home with them.
FGV Smart Start is asking for donations of books to keep the Little Free Libraries stocked. Call FGV at 919-433-9110 to donate. You can also take a book to exchange when you visit the little free libraries.
The partnership between Granville County and the United Way is a three-year community focus to diversify recreation at the GAP and to make the park a more inclusive space for all. The GAP is located at 4615 Belltown Road, Oxford.