Adult Programs & Events

SPIRITUAL CROSSINGS


Join us as Andrea provides insight into helping spirits cross over, some local history of Swansboro, and how she came to utilize her talents as a Christian medium.
Swansboro: Sep 21; 1pm

POLLINATORS IN YOUR BACKYARD


Pollinators come in all shapes and sizes, and many live in your backyard. Learn about the importance of pollinators from Onslow County’s NC Cooperative Extension Consumer Horticulture Agent. Registration is required.
Sneads Ferry: Sep 28; 10am

ONSLOW WINDS JAZZ BAND


Join the Onslow Winds Community Band for a concert! Free and open to everyone, do not miss this performance by local musicians. Sponsored by the Sneads Ferry Friends of
the Library.
Sneads Ferry: Oct 18; 6:30pm


MASTER GARDENERS: FALL PLANTINGS


Onslow County Master Gardeners will be presenting a fall gardening class! Join us for pointers on beautiful fall gardens, as well as, tips for winter lawn preparation.
Jacksonville: Oct 24; 2pm

BLOOD DRIVE


Not all heroes wear capes. Donate blood and become an everyday hero! Walk-ins welcome, appointments preferred. Visit the American Red Cross website or call the library for more details.
Jacksonville: Oct 31; 1-6pm

MEET THE AUTHOR: JAY LEUTZE


Stand Up That Mountain author, Jay Leutze, will be visiting the Jacksonville Library to discuss his book and land conservation efforts.
Jacksonville: Nov 18; 6:30pm



BOOK CLUBS


Reading becomes an even richer experience when it is shared. Book clubs are a great way to meet new people, discover new genres or titles, have good conversations, and get to know your local library each month.

Jacksonville: 1pm
Sep 24: The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley
Oct 22: The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
Nov 26: The Secret of the Nightingale Palace by Dana Sachs

Richlands: 5:30pm
Sep 5: Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
Oct 3: One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
Nov 7: The Zoo Keeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Sneads Ferry: 1pm
Sep 20: LaRose by Louise Erdrich
Oct 18: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Nov 15: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Books at the Bistro: Swansboro
Mix and mingle at the White Oak River Bistro in Swansboro, socialize with book talks and food for thought. 11:30am
White Oak River Bistro, 206 W Corbett Ave,Swansboro
Sep 10: The Woman in the Window
by A.J. Finn
Oct 8: The Reckoning by John Grisham
Nov 12: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

CAREER, EDUCATION & SELF-HELP



ICE HOUSE ENTREPRENEURIAL PROGRAM


Are you self-directed, intrinsically motivated, and open to learning something new? Join us at one of the information sessions and see if OCPL can help to realize your entrepreneurial potential.
Jacksonville: Sept 28; 10am & 2pm

FOUNDATION CENTER NONPROFIT CLASS


Looking for grants for your nonprofit? Attend a free Foundation Center session to receive hands-on practice using Foundation Directory Online. The Foundation Center connects you with funding opportunities to make a real difference. Registration is required.
Jacksonville: Oct 8; 10am & Nov 14; 6pm

INVESTING 101: RULES OF THE ROAD


Learn the 10 principles for sound investing and discuss how to identify and avoid the most common investment mistakes. Program provided by Stephanie Snead of Edward Jones. Registration is required.
Jacksonville: Oct 17; 6:30pm
Sneads Ferry: Oct 19; 10am

PERSONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT


Gain personal financial management skills such as budgeting, savings and wise spending with this hands on financial management class.
Jacksonville: Nov 2; 1pm

JOB FAIR


Join us for a great opportunity to connect with multiple employers at one time. Teen and adult job seekers are welcome!
Jacksonville: Sep 27; 10-12pm

APPY HOUR


Drop by the Jacksonville Library during “Appy” hour for help with the digital book app Libby!
Jacksonville: Every Wednesday; 12-1pm


DIGITAL RESOURCE SHOWCASE


Stop by the library during monthly resource showcases for free information and demos of digital resources available from NCLIVE!
Jacksonville: All Day Mango: Sep 19
Homegrown EBooks Collection: Oct 10
Films On Demand: Nov 21

LEGAL AID OF NC DIY CLINICS


Free Legal Aid Video Clinics. Participants receive paperwork and general legal information. No specific advice is given on individual cases and no lawyers will be physically present.
Advance registration is required:visit legalaidnc.org/clinics
Jacksonville: 2:30pm
Child Custody: Sep 10 & Nov 12
Tenant Rights: Sep 26
SSI/SSDI: Oct 3
Divorce: Oct 17
HCPOA: Oct 22
Employee Rights: Nov 14

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE


Visit OCPL locations to consult with an experienced Veterans Employment Assistance representative and learn more about jobs, job fairs, education and training, and resources.
Jacksonville: Every Fri; 1-3pm
Richlands: Every Wed; 1-3pm
Sneads Ferry: Every Wed; 1-3pm
Swansboro: Every Tue; 1-3pm

VETERANS AFFAIRS REPRESENTATIVE


A representative from the Jacksonville Vet Center will be available to answer questions and assist with referrals. Veterans, active duty and families receive FREE counseling services to help the transition from military to civilian life.
Jacksonville: Fourth Fri; 1-3pm
Richlands: First Wed; 1-3pm
Sneads Ferry: Third Wed; 1-3pm
Swansboro: Second Tue; 1-3pm
  

COOKING & NUTRITION


INSTANT POT/CROCKPOT COOKING


Learn how to cook a nutritious meal in your instant pot or crockpot. Find out how to do it on a budget while maximizing your nutrition without giving up great taste! Registration is required.
Swansboro: Oct 24; 4pm

NUTRITION EDUCATION


SPONSORED BY FOOD LION FEEDS


Learn to feed a family nutritiously on a budget. Participants receive a reusable bag of nonperishable food courtesy of a grant provided by the Food Lion Feeds Foundation and the Dairy Alliance.

Swansboro:
NC Cooperative Extension Classes:
Sep 4, 11, 18 & 25; 5-6pm

Northeast North Carolina Food Bank:
Sugar Shockers: Sep 17; 1pm
Making Favorites Healthier: Oct 17; 1pm

Onslow County Department of Health
Meal Planning & Nutrition for Specialized
Diets: Food Allergies, Diabetes, Kidney Disease and Gluten Sensitivity:
Nov 2; 11am

COOK SMART, EAT SMART ($30)


NC Cooperate Extension presents classes on the value of cooking and eating smart. Learn to prepare simple, healthy, delicious meals. Cost includes meals for all 4 classes and a cookbook. Call the NC Cooperative Extension Office at 910-455-5873 to register.
Sneads Ferry: Oct 18 & 25, Nov 8 & 15; 10-1pm

SMORGASBOOK


Want to try a new cookbook, but not sure it’s for you? Join us for our cookbook club. Register in person at the Swansboro Branch Library to pick a recipe! Recipes are limited to one person, one recipe. Bring your dish in on the meeting day where all participants can have a tasting. Prizes will be awarded! Registration is required.
Swansboro: Thursdays; 5pm
No Peanuts, No Problem! by Katrina Jorgensen: Sep 26
Instant Pot Obsession by Janet A. Zimmerman and Whole30 Slow Cooker by Melissa Hartwig: Oct 24
You Don’t Have to be Diabetic to Love This Cookbook by Tom Valenti: Nov 21

GENEALOGY


GUEST SPEAKER: AMIE BOWSER TENNANT
ROOTING OUT YOUR NATIVE AMERICAN ANCESTRY


Many families have a Native American tradition in their family story. Learn the basics of tracing Native American Ancestry, particularly the Southeastern American tribes and discuss the pros and cons of DNA testing for the purpose of proving your Native ancestry. The Genealogy Reporter, Amie Bowser Tennant, will help you root out your Native American ancestry.
Jacksonville: Nov 4; 10-12pm
Sponsored by the Jacksonville Friends of
the Library.

GENEALOGY MEETINGS


Valuable info, ideas, and tips to successfully research your roots!
Jacksonville:
Researching Your Famous and Infamous
Ancestors:
Sep 9; 10-12pm
All Aboard! Finding Your Railroad Ancestors:
Oct 14; 10-12pm
Guest Speaker: Rooting Out Your Native
American Ancestry
: Nov 4; 10-12pm
Swansboro:
Lighthouses & Their Keepers: Oct 22; 11:30-12:30pm

HOBBIES & CRAFTS


ART WITH EMILY


Let your artistic side shine in this beginner art class presented by local artist, Emily Jeffreys. Ages 18 and up. Registration is required.
Jacksonville: Sep 26; 1pm

ART WITH KATHY


Unleash your creative side with this one-hour art class with acrylic paints. Join us as we create Colonial Art Theorem Paintings. Ages 18 and up. Registration is required.
Jacksonville: Oct 28; 1 & 6:30pm

PINTEREST PARTY


We pick a project and provide the supplies, you make it and take it home to enjoy! Registration is required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Jacksonville: Sep 7 (Reversible Holiday Pallet)
& Nov 2 (Wine Bottle Bird Feeders); 10am
Richlands: Sep 7 (Button Bouquet) & Nov 2 (Christmas Mason Jar); 10am
Sneads Ferry: Sep 21 (Pen-stitched Quilt Wall Hanging) & Nov 16 (Holiday Ornament); 10am
Swansboro: Sep 13 (Beeswax Candle Making) & Nov 8 (Wood Slice Pumpkins); 10am

COMMON THREADS CLUB


Do you enjoy stitching, knitting or crocheting? Come meet new friends and share tips and ideas at Common Threads! Coffee, tea and cookies provided by the Friends of the Library.
Richlands: Sep 6, Oct 4 & Nov 1; 12pm


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