Adult Programs & Events

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Adult 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!

Jacksonville: 1 PM

  • Sept. 28: The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
  • Oct. 26: Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
  • Nov. 16: Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Richlands: 5 PM

  • Sept. 23: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  • Oct. 28: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • Nov. 18: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Sneads Ferry: 1 PM

  • Sept. 10: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • Oct. 8: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Nov. 12: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Swansboro: 11:30 AM

  • Sept. 14: The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes
  • Oct. 12: Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman
  • Nov. 16: The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen

Paging All Readers

Join the conversation anywhere, anytime. Read at your own pace and discuss the book at your convenience with staff and other members. Search Facebook: OCPL Online Book Club

Virtual: 7 PM

  • Sept. 26: Learning to Speak Southern by Lindsey Rogers Cook
  • Oct. 24: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Nov. 28: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Adult Programs

GENEALOGY MEETINGS
Valuable info, ideas, and tips to successfully research your roots!

Jacksonville: 10 AM

  • Sept. 13: Your Library – A Resource for Genealogy & Local History Research
  • Oct. 11: Past Tense (Genealogy Book Club)
  • Nov. 8: Adoption Research for Family Genealogists

BLOOD DRIVE

Not all heroes wear capes. Donate blood and save a life. Walk-ins welcome, appointments preferred. Visit the American Red Cross website or call the library for details. Schedule your life saving appointment today: bit.ly/onslowappt

Sneads Ferry: Oct 14, 9 AM- 2 PM

 

POETRY IN THE KITCHEN

Join local poet duo, Franco & Susan Pagnucciin this exciting program mixed with cooking, poetry, and great fun!

Swansboro: Sept. 29; 4 PM

 

PAST TENSE BOOK CLUB

Join us at our Genealogy Book Club meeting to discuss In the Blood (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery) by Steve Robinson.

Jacksonville: Oct 11; 10-12 PM

 

SWANSBORO COOKING CLUB

Join us as we explore new cookbooks. September’s cookbook is Best Recipes from America’s Country Inns and Bed & Breakfasts by Kitty and Lucian Maynard. Pick up a recipe at the Swansboro branch and bring in your dish to discuss these tasty tests!

Swansboro: Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18; 4 PM

 

REEL FILM FANS

Join fellow film enthusiast to view and discuss classic and iconic movies.

Sneads Ferry: 2 PM

  • Sept. 20: Citizen Kane
  • Oct. 18: Casablanca
  • Nov. 15: The High and the Mighty

EDWARD JONES FINANCIAL WORKSHOP

Stop in and sign up for “Outsmarting the Scammers.” Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to the Swansboro branch to attend.

Swansboro: Sept. 27; 5 PM

 

NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS

Continuing our community partnership in financial education and resources, please join us each third Wednesday of the month to get tips and guidance to strengthen your financial well-being.

Virtual: Sept. 15th, Oct. 20, Nov. 17; 10 AM

 

SENIOR SERVICES

Celebrate National Senior Center Month by sitting in on this engaging conversation with Lisa Mobley from Onslow County Senior Services to learn about all the programs and resources they have to offer!

Jacksonville: Sept. 9; 9:30 AM


Career, Education & Self-help


THE FOUNDATION CENTER

Need to answer questions about nonprofit management, grants, and fundraising? Foundation Center resources are free of charge and available to the public. Candid’s online resources -- Foundation Directory Online (FDO), Grants to Individuals and GuideStar -- are available for research during open hours on our public computers at any OCPL location. For more assistance, schedule a one on one session through Book-a-Librarian.

Jacksonville: Introduction to Finding Grants

  • Oct. 4; 10:30 AM
  • Oct. 22; 12:30 PM (lunch and learn - bring your lunch)

LEGAL AID

Attend free virtual self-help clinics to learn how to handle certain basic legal issues without hiring an attorney. You will receive all the guidance and paperwork necessary to walk out of the clinic and into the courthouse. Dates and times vary, please visit legalaidnc.org/clinics to view and register.


NATIONAL ENTREPRENEUR’S DAY

Let’s talk business with Michael Drummond. Are you a budding entrepreneur or small business owner? OCPL is here to help guide your entrepreneurial success. Join Michael D. as he shares resources to start and grow your small business.

Virtual: Nov. 16; 12 PM


Hobbies & Crafts


IT’S A PIECE OF CAKE DECORATING CLASS

Would you like to learn the secrets to successful cake decorating? Join Amanda as she takes you through steps to impressing your friends and family with confectionary perfection.

*Registration Required

Sneads Ferry: 10 AM

  • Sept. 18: Icing and Piping
  • Oct. 16: Icing the Cake
  • Nov. 20: Cup Cake Flowers

PINTEREST PARTY

You are invited to a Pinterest Party! Join us as we create some of our favorite crafts. You may register online, by calling your local branch or coming into the library. Project and supplies are provided - you bring the creativity!

*Registration Required

Jacksonville: Oct. 9; 11:30 AM: Book Witch

Richlands: Oct. 2; 10AM: Christmas holiday project

Sneads Ferry: 10 AM

  • Sept. 25: Poe inspired Wreath
  • Nov. 13: Gift Card Holders

Swansboro:

  • Sept. 24: Sew a Book Pouch 9:30 & 11 AM
  • Nov. 12: Pinwheel Wreath, 10 AM

GRAB & GO KITS

Take-home craft kits are available at the Jacksonville branch and will be first come, first serve.

Jacksonville

  • September: Cork Pumpkin,
  • November: Fall Garland with Book Page Leaves

MAKERSPACE SEWING AND EMBROIDERY MACHINES

From simple stitching to advanced fashion design, you can do it all with our sewing machines. Don’t know how to sew? No problem! We offer sewing and embroidery basics. Sign up for a time slot online.

*Registration Required

Jacksonville: 10 AM-7 PM

  • Sept. 13 & 27: Fall Tea Tow el (Embroidery)
  • Oct. 11 & 18: Neck Warmers (sewing)

MAKERSPACE CIRCUITS

Interested in making an electric connection? Join us for fun with circuits!

*Registration Required

Sneads Ferry: Sept. 13 & 27, Oct. 11 & 18; 10 AM-5 PM


MAKERSPACE 3D PRINTING

Experience the thrill of realizing a unique design becoming a physical 3D object.

*Registration Required

Sneads Ferry: Nov. 1 & 15 10 AM - 5 PM