Local libraries book variety of events in 2019

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Adult coloring, knitting and crocheting, chair yoga, bridge, mahjong, movies — these are just some of the activities available at Brunswick County’s library branches.

It’s not just books anymore, though there are plenty of scheduled events celebrating the published word, too, including children’s storytime, book clubs and special programs showcasing authors from the local area and beyond.

The county’s five branch libraries in Shallotte, Leland, Southport, Oak Island and Carolina Shores are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte, Leland Library and the G.V. Barbee Sr. Branch Library in Oak Island are also open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Here’s a closer look at upcoming and ongoing events and a sampling of what’s being booked in 2019 at local libraries.

Rourk Branch Library, 5068 Main St., Shallotte, 754-6578

Children’s Storytime — 10-11 a.m. Thursdays

Movie Day — 2-5:30 p.m. Thursdays

Crochet and Knitting: Beginners and Advanced — 12:30-2 p.m. Mondays

Rourk Book Club: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie — 1-2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14

Color Me Calm adult coloring — 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays

Leland Library, 487 Village Road, Leland, 371-9442

Children’s Storytime — 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays

Barbee Library, 8200 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island

LifeLong Learners: The Vikings — 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays

Socrates Café Discussion Group — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays

Children’s Storytime — 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays

Margaret and James Harper Jr. Library, 109 W. Moore St., Southport. For information call the library at 457-6237

Southwest Brunswick Branch Library, 9400 Ocean Hwy. W., Carolina Shores, 575-0173

Chair Yoga — 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays ($6 per class). This class is suitable for people with injuries or other limitations. This is an extra gentle practice done mostly seated in a chair for ease of movement and balance.  

Beach Border Quilters — noon to 4 p.m. second Fridays of each month. They have about 50 members and dues are $12 per year. They have a block of the month and fat quarters swaps, challenges, periodic quilt shows, sit-and-sews for charity and a variety of helpful programs. Contact dshart@atmc.net for more information.

Stitchin’ Time — 9 a.m. to noon Mondays. Join the group each week to share talents and learn new techniques.

Movie Mondays — 3 p.m. All Monday movies are free, but please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the local food pantry.

20/20/20 Fitness — 9:15-10:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays ($5 per class). Three workouts in one and a total body workout consisting of a blend of 20 minutes of low impact cardio, 20 minutes of strength training and 20 minutes of core and stretching — no floor work. A 20+ year certified instructor, Cheryl Cullina, leads the classes. Contact her at KerryAtTheBeach@gmail.com or 703-501-4558.

Duplicate Bridge Club — 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays ($9 per session for non-members). Each time you play bridge with this club a portion of your entry fee is set aside to support various charities. For more information, go to bridgewebs.com/myrtlebeach.

Adult Coloring — 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Relax, reduce stress and have fun. All materials are provided by the Southwest Brunswick Friends of the Library.

Genealogy Assistance — 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays (free). Stumped? Stymied? Befuddled? Volunteer Vera Anderson will help put your genealogy research back on track. Registration is not necessary, just drop in. Program is open to the public and meets in the computer lab. The library also offers Ancestry.com, which can be accessed in the computer lab during library hours, and Heritage Quest, which can also be accessed at home through NC Live.

Chess Club — 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays. All ages and skill levels welcome. No registration required. 

NC Writers Network — 1 p.m. first Tuesdays of the month. Do you like to write? Are you hoping to be published? Join members of this group each month to explore topics all writers need to know if they are considering publication. You do not need to have any writing experience to attend. No reservations are needed and all are welcome. For more information contact NCWN regional representative Joan Leotta at joanleotta@atmc.net.

Storytime — 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with weekly storytime with Miss Kristyna, consisting of book sharing, rhymes and songs. Storytime encourages language and pre-reading skill development to help children grow into successful readers. Parents are encouraged to participate. 

Afternoon Knit & Crochet — 12:30-3 p.m. Wednesdays. All skill levels welcome from beginners up. For more information call Lili at 575-2606.

How to Mat & Frame a Treasured Memory with Carmen Daughtry — 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Whether it’s a photo, letter, postcard, poster or anything else of value, this special session will help participants preserve items to enjoy and showcase. Learn how to choose mat colors and the right type of frame. Participants should, if desired, bring the item, a mat and frame of their choice. Daughtry will supply written information.

Southwest Brunswick Friends Of the Library meeting 2-3 p.m. third Thursdays (Jan. 17). Join the group and learn what members do to support the library.

Why Knot Stitch? — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 22. This Needlepoint Guild of America group meets at the library the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Meet the Author: Jack Heslin — 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. The Carolina Shores veteran’s new book is a riveting account of his time as a combat helicopter pilot during the period of the most intense combat for American forces in the Vietnam War including the 1968 Tet Offensive. Climb into the front seat of a combat assault UH-1 helicopter with Jack, and experience the intense fear and exhilaration of flying through a hail of bullets to save dying men. The intensity of the action is only matched by the gravity of the situation at this crucial time in the war. Jack takes you from his arrival in-country with an Assault Helicopter Company when, on his first night in Vietnam, the only thing he had to defend himself was a single silver .38 caliber bullet.

Heslin, spent two tours in Vietnam, 1967-68 and 1971-72, both in the Central Highlands operating out of Camp Holloway in Pleiku. His experience as a helicopter pilot and operations officer during the Easter Offensive of 1972 in Kontum Province provided him with firsthand experience and many insights relating to the military operations of that period.

He launched his website thebattleofkontum.com on March 30, 2002, the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam Easter Offensive. After all these years, it is his hope that some of the insights gained during this period will be of use to others and may provide a better understanding of this battle. His website is his effort to commemorate those few Americans who stayed and fought the battle with the South Vietnamese, especially the aviators who did extraordinary things in a battle most Americans never heard of.

Meet the Author: Jeff Siebold — 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. Jeff Siebold loves a good mystery. A lifelong reader, he has embarked on a personal creative journey designed to contribute to the delight of mystery readers everywhere. In 2016, the Cape Fear River barrier island resident published his first Zeke Traynor Mystery. Since then, he’s published three others, and the fifth book in the series will be published soon. 

AARP Tax-Aide — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting Friday, Feb. 1. Free individualized tax preparation for low– to moderate–income taxpayers, especially those 50 and older. Tax-aide is available each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during tax season. Appointments are not taken and clients are seen on a first-come basis. AARP does ask that participants bring their tax return from last year and each person filing must be present when returns are prepared.