Family Programs & Events


Summer Reading Kickoff - All Ages

  • Onslow Pines Park
    • June 11; 9-11 a.m.

Kickoff summer reading with a morning of fun! Join the library with various other community partners like Possumwood Acres, the Sheriff’s Department, and more.   Activities, crafts, music, and dance parties will fill the day while you have fun and register for the Oceans of Possibilities 2022 Summer Reading Program.  Register online after June 1 at

Animal Senses - Family Program

  • Richlands • July 7; 2 p.m.
  • Sneads Ferry • June 29; 10:30 a.m.
  • Swansboro • July 27; 2 p.m.

Jamie McIntire from Sturgeon City will be teaching us about animal senses!

Beach Safety - Family Program

  • Richlands • July 21; 2 p.m.

Special Presenter - Eric Heden, NWS in Newport: Coastal issues and beach safety

Boating Safety - Family Program

  • Swansboro • July 13; 2:30 p.m.

Join us as members of the United States Coast Guard to teach us about boating safety (geared to older elementary, teens, and adults).

Fossils! - Family Program

  • Jacksonville • July 9; 10 a.m.
  • Richlands • June 16; 2 p.m.
  • Swansboro • June 29; 2:30 p.m.

Lisa Whitman-Grice from the County Museum will be teaching us about fossils!

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse - Family Program

  • Richlands • June 30; 2 p.m.

Join Katie Proffitt, and learn the Oceans of Possibilities from Recycling, Reducing, Reusing, and Air Quality!

What is Taxidermy? - Family Program

  • Richlands • July 14; 3 p.m.

What is a Taxidermist? What does a skull look like? How do beetles play a role in Taxidermy? Come and meet Barney Taylor to learn more.

Back-to-School Bash

  • Richlands • Aug. 10; 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Families can join us for fun activities just in time for the end of Summer and the beginning of school. Sponsored by the Richlands Teen Advisory Board, donations for the Ice Cream Social portion of this event can be dropped off during June and July at any OCPL location during business hours.

Bad Art Night!

  • Jacksonville • July 14; 6 p.m.

Recreate famous artwork using leftover craft supplies provided by the library.

Registration Required.

Exploring with Dad - Family

  • Sneads Ferry • June 18; 10:00 am

Kids are encouraged to invite Dad to an EcoEXPLORE-themed event which promises to have participants asking for s’more!

Family Lego - Family

  • Richlands • Every Monday, June 13-July 25; 10 a.m.

Monday Lego challenges. Different challenges each week.