Braswell Memorial Library is partnering with The Tar River Arts Collaborative to host a series of art exhibitions at the library.

The first exhibit, The Tar River Arts Collaborative Resident Artist Show, will be exhibited from May 13 through July 4. The public invited to the artist reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on May 13 on the second floor of the library.

The Tar River Arts Collaborative was established in 2020 as a way to bring artists of the Tar River Region together for their shared love of art, need for inspiration and desire to connect with the community. The mission of the Tar River Arts Collaborative is to connect a diverse group of artists to create art, cultivate art appreciation and give back to the Tar River community of eastern North Carolina.

Braswell Memorial Library is thrilled to work with these talented local artists.

The Braswell Bookmobile Outreach team is partnering with Nash County to bring summer storytime programs to WB Ennis Memorial Park at 4605 North Carriage Road. Storytime programs will take place at 10:00 a.m. from May through August on the following Mondays: May 3, 7 and 24, June 7 and 21, and August 2, 16 and 30. Meet us at the park, enjoy a terrific storytime and check out the bookmobile

Sign-ups for summer reading will begin on June 11. You can register by coming into the library or by signing-up online. Information for online sign-up will be available soon. Summer reading will be virtual again this year. Readers who meet their weekly reading goals will be entered into weekly prize drawings beginning July 9. Special programs are scheduled with the N.C. Zoo, the N.C. Symphony and Tommy Terrific’ s Wacky Magic Show. Summer Reading is a fun way to enjoy books, stories and programs all summer long.

May is Military Appreciation Month. Throughout the month, we will display the flags for the five military branches and the MIA/POW flag in the library. Library patrons are invited to write a card of appreciation to service members. We have cards available for your use and a box to collect completed cards is located on the display table near the circulation desk. Completed cards will be delivered to area veterans and active military personnel by Memorial Day.

On May 20 from 3–5 p.m., Anthony Rogers, veteran services assistant with Nash County, will provide a PowerPoint presentation and Q&A session for the public.

The Information Services Team is working on a virtual tour of “Where is Braswell’s Bookmobile?” Brenda will ride along with the outreach team and film Rocky Mount and local communities from the bookmobile. You can get a sneak peek of the inside of the vehicle and see some of the spots the bookmobile visits. Please watch our Facebook and Instagram feeds for more information.

Braswell Memorial Library is an ecoEXPLORE loan spot in partnership with the North Carolina Arboretum. The ecoEXPLORE program encourages children to be citizen scientists by making observations about wild organisms and sharing their discoveries online.

Participants sign up to be an ecoEXPLORER at the Webpage An email is sent to the participant’s parent where they can click a link to provide permission to participate. First, EcoEXPLORERS look for wildlife species, such as plants, reptiles, amphibians, insects or birds, and take a photograph. Next, login to your online profile and submit your observation, including the location, time, size and species observed.

Submissions are reviewed by N.C. Arboretum staff, who post all approved submissions to the iNaturalistNetwork, which is used by real scientists. Braswell Memorial Library has installed a bird feeder and a small pollinator garden outside the windows of the children’s library. It’s a great spot for budding naturalists to make observations of local wild birds and insects.

Library programs and activities are free and open to all.

Catherine Roche is the director of Braswell Memorial Library.