Adult Programs & Events

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Winter 2022-2023

Book Clubs

Jacksonville Main Library

Vivian Maier Developed book coverJan. 24; 1 pm
Vivian Maier Developed: The Untold Story of the Photographer Nanny by Ann Marks

The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post book coverFeb 18; 1 pm
The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post by Allison Pataki

Past Tense Genealogy Book Club


The Race to Save the RomanovsJan. 9; 10 am
The Race to Save the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport


Richlands Branch

The House in the Cerulean Sea book coverDec. 15; 5 pm
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

The Things They Carried book coverJan 26; 5 pm
The Things They Carrie by Tim O'Brien

The Wives book coverFeb. 23; 5 pm
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Sneads Ferry Branch

Anxious People book coverDec. 9; 1 pm
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

The House by the LakeJan. 13; 1 pm
The House by the Lake by Ella Carey

Operation Mincemeat book coverFeb. 10; 1 pm
Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre

Swansboro Branch

Mr. Dickens and His Carol book coverDec. 13; 11:30 am
Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

The Secret of Snow book coverJan. 10; 11:30 am
The Secret of Snow by Viola Shipman

Mrs Lincolns Sisters book coverFeb 14; 11:30 am
Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini

Paging All Readers: Virtual Book Club

Join the conversation on the Bookclubs app! Download the app or go online to bit.ly/ocplonlinebookclub and discuss the monthly reads.

The Burning Girls book coverDec. 1; 7 pm, Virtual
The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

The Road book coverJan. 1; 7 pm, Virtual
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

When No One is Watching book coverFeb 1; 7 pm, Virtual
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Arts & Crafts

Makerspace Sewing
Sneads Ferry • Every Monday at 10:30 a.m.
These classes will introduce sewing techniques through progressive hands-on learning by constructing sewing projects at each class. All supplies provided unless otherwise indicated.
*Open sewing lab available Monday - Friday (10am- 4pm with sign-up)*
Registration Required.
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Fiber Friends
Sneads Ferry • Every Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Waiting on pins and needles? Join Fiber Friends. Bring any project to craft and laugh with your friends! We will also have monthly projects to try.
Dec: Washcloth, Jan: Socks, Feb: Cable Knit Hat. Registration Required.
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Spin A Yarn Fiber Arts Circle
Jacksonville • Jan. 27, Feb. 24; 10 a.m.
Come and join this circle of fiber arts enthusiasts to talk patterns and projects, share tips and tricks and socialize while you work on your latest creation.
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Common Threads
Richlands • Jan. 6, Feb. 3; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join us as we interweave a love for creating handmade art together. Bring any project, laugh, and craft with your friends!

Grab ‘N Go Take Home Craft
Pick up a Grab ‘N Go craft kit with everything you need to make your own fun crafts!
Jacksonville
Dec.: Mini Wine Cork Wreath
Feb.: Paper Heart Garland

Loving Art with Lonna
Swansboro • Jan. 27; 10 a.m.
Explore drawing with colored pencils and get creative focusing on eyes and reflections! Registration Required.

Pinterest Party
Richlands • Feb. 10; 10 a.m.
Sneads Ferry • Jan. 14; 10 a.m.
Join fellow crafters in a creative process as we produce unique projects.
Sneads Ferry project: A Year of Birthday Cards - Registration Required.
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Other Programs

Addiction Support Q & A
Swansboro • Jan. 9; 6 p.m.
Please join us for a Q & A with the Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse and Awareness. Learn to identify a problem and seek guidance as to what to do to if you or someone you know are submerged in the problem. 
Sign Up Genius for babysitting (20 max). Open to anyone, no limit on adults.
Registration Required.
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American Red Cross Blood Drive
Jacksonville • Dec. 7; 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sneads Ferry • Dec. 22, Feb 15; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Not all heroes wear capes! You can walk-in or make an appointment at bit.ly/onslowappt to save a life and donate blood!
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CookBook Club
Richlands • Jan. 10, Feb. 14; 4 p.m.
Sneads Ferry • Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 14; 1 p.m.
Swansboro • Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9; 4 p.m.

Join others who love to try new recipes and indulge in some different cuisine! Each month will feature a different cookbook. Stop by the library to select a recipe and join us to find out which recipes are pleasing to the palette! Registration Required for Sneads Ferry & Richlands.
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Women’s Self Defense 101
Swansboro • Jan. 12; 5 p.m.
Join Dolly Ramires from Ramires Black Belt Academy as she teaches techniques for defending yourself in real world
situations using the Krav Maga system. For women ages 16+.
Registration Required.

Trivia Night
Sneads Ferry • Feb. 23; 5 p.m.
Challenge yourself and others’ knowledge of little known facts at our Trivia Contest! Persons age 12 and up will be teamed with other participants for a fun evening of cranial craziness.
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DigitalLearn For Adults
Jacksonville • Jan. 23; 10 a.m.
Swansboro • Jan. 13, Feb. 3; 10 a.m.

If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed. Registration Required for Swansboro.
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Genealogy Meeting
Interested in genealogical research and learning more about your family story? Explore your roots with a different topic each month.
Jacksonville • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Dec. 12: U.S. Civil War Medicine and Medical Records.
Jan. 9: Past Tense Genealogy Book Club: The Race to Save the Romanovs by: Helen Rappaport
Feb. 13: African American Genealogy: Using Slave Narratives in Your Research
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NC Works
NC Works Career Services staff will be at the library providing free assistance with resumes, job searching, and career planning. The staff will also provide support services for veterans.
Jacksonville: Every Thursday; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Richlands:
  Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  Dec. 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 21; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sneads Ferry: Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7; 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Swansboro: Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 8; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
NC WORKS - Wed BannerDeadbolt Mystery Society
Jacksonville • Feb. 15; 6 p.m.
You can join the ranks of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot by examining the all the clues, take a hard lookat all the suspects, conduct interviews, and use your sleuthing skills to unravel the puzzles of this crime and determine who the guilty party is! Sign up to participate in the excitement of being a detective. Registration Required.
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Marine Federal Financial Aid Workshops
Jacksonville • Feb TBD; 10 a.m.
Grow your mind, grow your money. With a sound financial education, you’re better equipped to manage your money, now and in the future!

Navy Federal Financial Aid Workshops
Jacksonville • Dec. 14, Jan. 18, Feb. 15; 10 a.m.
Navy Federal’s experts are here to help you make sense of your money.
Financial health is important to the mission. Stop by and learn how to manage money effectively.
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It’s A Date!
Sneads Ferry • Feb. 11; 5 p.m.
Enjoy dinner and a movie with a friend or spouse. Dinner will be provided. Registration Required.

Free Health Screenings by Onslow Memorial Hospital
Jacksonville • Dec. 7, Jan. 6, Feb. 3; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Onslow Memorial Hospital offers complimentary health screenings from high blood pressure to cholesterol levels. Healthy resources can be found in one easy place.
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Parents’ Night Out
Jacksonville • Feb. 10; 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a kid-free night out! We will provide all of the supplies and the childcare so you can enjoy a kid-free evening with other adults. Registration Required.
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Virtual Event

Human Trafficking 101
Jan. 26; 7 p.m.

Follow link to tune in: bit.ly/TheBridgeInternational

The Bridge International is an anti-human trafficking nonprofit based out of Durham, NC. Their mission is to bridge gaps to reach underserved communities and spread awareness on the issue of human trafficking. Their goal is to develop an organization that would be part of a world where human trafficking doesn’t exist, where survivors are free of exploitation and empowered to pursue their dreams and live fulfilled lives. The Founder, Danyelle Kara and Kathy Nunez, collectively have over 14 years of experience in various roles within the anti-human trafficking movement.
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