Wayne County Reads
is a one book, one-community project started in Wayne County, N.C. in 2004. In addition to discussing each book’s literary merits, WCR provides free public programs such as lectures, exhibits, performances, films, discussions, demonstrations, contests and festivals that explore the themes and issues in the books. The New York Times bestseller, Educated by Tara Westover, recounts a young woman’s struggles to gain an education and through that, a way out of her harsh life with her Mormon survivalist family living in Idaho. Programs will be held during the month of March, and will focus on lifelong learning, and its role in building resiliency. The book can be borrowed from local Wayne County Public Library branches or purchased from the Wayne Community College Bookstore and Books-A-Million in Goldsboro. The 2019 Wayne County Reads partners include:
  • Wayne Community College
  • Wayne County Public Library
  • Literacy Connections
  • University of Mount Olive
  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Library
  • Wayne County Public Schools
Book Clubs

For Adults:

Page Turner's Book Club (Steele Memorial)

Meets every 2nd Thursday from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Please call Paige Newcomb at 919-299-8105 ext. 3 to register.

New Dawn Inspirational Book Club (Senior House, 903 E. Ash St.)

Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Senior House, 903 E. Ash Street, Goldsboro. Please call to find out the latest title at 919-735-1824, ext. 5102.

Wanye County Who-Done-It Readers

Meets the first Wednesday of each month from 5:00-6:00PM for mystery novel enthusiasts.  For more information call 919-735-1824 ext. 5121.

For Children:

S.A.S.I.E. Club (ages 8-12)

Fremont Library Every other Monday 4:30-5:30 pm Register at 919-705-1893 We are STEAMing at the Fremont Library!  Come be a part of our new innovative group, the S.A.S.I.E. Club.  We are: Serious About Science & Internet Exploration.  We’ll be making robotic creations and discovering safe and fun ways to explore the Internet. We’ll also be reading and discussing books. There is no charge to join the club, but seating is limited and registration is necessary – registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Young Readers (K-2nd grade)

Goldsboro Library  Beginning Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:30-5:30 pm Register at: 919-735-1824, ext. 2 Come read, sing, and play with us! We will read your favorite picture books, craft, & some other fun activities. Please register.

Book Worms (3rd-5th grade)

Goldsboro Library Beginning Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:00-7:00 pm Register at: 919-735-1824, ext. 2 Join us for a night full of books, talking, activities, and laughter! We’ll read a selected book each month. Please register, there will be limited space. Please register.
Book Buddies
Book Buddies is the outreach services extension of the Wayne County Public Library. The library seeks to provide high-quality reading material of interest to all members of our community.  Contact the library if you or someone you know can benefit from these services. Services for Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Centers Book Buddies is for facilities that serve residents who are unable to live on their own. Once a month, a library staff member or volunteer will bring an assortment of books to your facility based on what residents are interested in reading. Contact Rose Waters at 919-735-1824 for more information.
Work It Series
This series is presented by guest speaker, Elvira Johnson, Career Counselor at Wayne Community College, on job skills for those who are looking to start or change into a new career. Ms. Johnson gives excellent and invaluable advice to help any determined job seeker along their way. This four part series is posted on the WCPL facebook, but you can catch the Youtube Links below.

Part I: Finding a Job

Part II: Writing a Winning Resume and Cover Letter

Part III: Interviewing Skills

Part IV: Choosing a Career

Crafting With Karen
Karen, our resident crafting expert, walks us through some simple crafts in these virtual craft courses. Crafting videos will be release weekly as part of the Summer Reading Program 2020. We will be making Glass Gem Magnets, Summer under Glass, Flowers in a Frame and more! For those who need help with instructions or supplies, sign up for the Crafting Program here!

Crafting With Karen Full Playlist

Living Well Series
Vennessia Hill, Registered Nurse and Community Relations Specialist with Eastpointe, will present programs on a variety of mental wellness topics. Join us for an experienced look at topics such as anxiety, depression and more.

Click here to watch the Living Well Series.

Mount Olive Myths and Legends
Did you know Mount Olive has its own myths and legends? Are you interested in hearing about Mount Olive’s famous ghosts, Revolutionary War history, or even how the town got its name? Paige, reference librarian at Steele Memorial Library, shares information from Mount Olive’s unknown history.

Click here to access the full playlist.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. This program is focused on teens, but people of any age can have fun performing these easy-to-do STEAM activities using basic household items!

Click Here for the Teen STEAM  playlist!

Emily’s Cooking Show
Every month, Emily, library assistant at Steele Memorial Library, will show how to make fun, fast, family-friendly foods using just a few ingredients!

Click here for the full playlist! Check back for more episodes monthly.

Small Business Smarts
If you’ve ever thought about starting a small business, you probably had a lot of questions and maybe some apprehension. This Small Business Smarts series is all about helping people like you get into the entrepreneurial spirit while learning what resources are available to you in Wayne County, NC. From Wayne Community College’s Small Business Center (free) seminars to local small business owners talking about their experiences, this series is all about small business matters. If you have questions about available resources, feel free to reach out to our Reference staff and they’d be happy to help you. (919) 735-1824

Click here for the full playlist.

Humans of Wayne County (HoWC)

In 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton initiated a project called Humans of New York, where he photographed and interviewed different members of his community. Its purpose was to promote peace and understanding throughout the community by spreading the stories of thousands of people.

The Wayne County Public Library has partnered with Rohan Shreenath, a junior at Wayne Country Day School and resident of Wayne County since he was 11 months old. Together, we are launching a similar project called Humans of Wayne County (HoWC).

This page will share information about the residents of Wayne County in written format, oral interview, and/or video interviews.

For more information, click here.