Family Programs & Events
FAMILY STORYTIME (0-5 years old)
- Every Wed, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 AM
- Every Thurs, 10:30 & 11:30 AM
Sneads Ferry: Every Tue, 10:30 AM
- Every Tue, 9:30 AM
- Every Wed, 9:30 & 10:30 AM
- Every Thu, 10:30 & 11:30 AM
THE GREAT COSTUME SWAP
Donate your gently used Halloween Costumes to the Main Branch between September 7th and October 8th. Then come back on October 16th for Family Fall Fest and pick out a new costume.
Jacksonville: Drop off Costumes: Sept. 7-Oct. 8,
Swap day: Oct. 16
FAMILY FALL FEST
Get ready for the harvest! We’ll have fun games inside and outside and have some Halloween fun as we welcome fall!
Jacksonville: Oct. 16, 10 AM - 12 PM
Join us for an interactive and inclusive story time for neurodiverse children and their families. We will sing, dance, and read books with a focus on meeting the sensory needs of all children.
Jacksonville: 10:30 AM
Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13
BATTY BINGO FOR BOOKS BASH
Join us for a batty bingo for books event! Bingo winners get their choice of new or gently used books!
Sneads Ferry: Oct. 9, 12-2 PM
STORYBOOK PUMPKIN PATCH
Create your favorite storybook character from a foam or uncut (non-pierced) real pumpkin during the month of October. Bring it to the library to be displayed. On October 31st, we will choose a winner.
ALL BRANCHES: Entries due 10/1-10/30
COFFEE WITH A COP
Stop in and meet your local law enforcement. Our local police, sheriff’s department, and NC Highway Patrol will be here to get to know the public they serve. Light refreshments available.
Swansboro: Nov. 9; 9-11:30 AM
Join us for a program about owls, rescue animals and the awesome work done by Possumwood Acres. Seating is limited to 30.
Swansboro: Oct. 9, 1 PM
Come in costume for a drop in Halloween Extravaganza. Games, Hot Dogs, Crafts and more. This is an ongoing event so come when you can to enjoy the festivities. All ages are welcome, and all ages can get dressed up!
Swansboro: Oct. 30; 12:-2 PM
FAMILY FORT NIGHT
Bring your blankets, sheets and building materials for a fun night of family time building, reading, snacking and having a blast with friendly family competition for the best fort!
Jacksonville: Sept. 17; 6:30 PM
FALL GARDEN SERIES
Parents and kids can join us to explore our community garden and introduce our seed library and terrariums along with other gardening tips and tricks of the trade from Master Gardeners in Onslow County.
Jacksonville: Sept. 13, Oct. 12, Nov. 16; 5:30 PM
STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER
Drop your favorite stuffed buddy off at the library for a sleepover! Join us the following morning for breakfast and a slideshow of your buddy’s overnight adventures. Jacksonville drop off alternative: you can design a teddy bear using the activity sheet provided at the library to see what your paper bear is exploring after hours.
Jacksonville & Richlands
- Drop off: Nov. 12, 4-6 PM
- Reunion Breakfast Nov. 13, 10-11 AM
INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK
Celebrate International Games Week with friendly competition between friends, family and fellow game lovers. We’ll supply the games, you bring the skills!
Jacksonville: Nov. 8, 6-8 PM
Richlands: Nov. 10, 4-6 PM
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
Enjoy popcorn and a fun family flick!
- Sept 17; 5 PM: In the Heights
- Oct 8; 5:30 PM: Hocus Pocus
- Oct 29; 5:30 PM: Hotel Transylvania
Costumes Encouraged Oct. 8 & 29.
MOVIE ON THE LAWN
Grab a lawn chair and blanket, it’s going to be a fun night. Enjoy popcorn and a movie on the lawn during our Fall movie series!
Jacksonville: 9 PM
- Sept. 3: Sonic the Hedgehog (PG)
- Oct. 1: Raya and the Last Dragon (PG)
- Nov. 5: Tom & Jerry (PG)
FAMILY PUMPKIN DECORATING DAY!
You supply the pumpkin and we supply the rest!
Richlands: Oct. 9; 10-12 PM