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Onslow County Public Library to host sixth Annual Homeschool Fair

at the Main Library in Jacksonville


Onslow County Public Library to host sixth Annual Homeschool Fair

(Onslow County) The Onslow County Public Library (OCPL) will host its sixth annual Homeschool Fair at the Main Library in Jacksonville on Saturday, May 3rd from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Meet other home school families and get connected with information and resources for a successful home school experience!

The Homeschool Fair is an informative open-house showcasing local businesses, organizations, and support groups that serve the growing number of local area homeschool families and prospective homeschoolers. This year, participating organizations include the Onslow County Public Library, Camp Lejeune Base Libraries, Carolina Christian Educators, East Coast Homeschool Organization, Classical Conversations of Jacksonville, Agape Leadership Development, City of Jacksonville Recreation and Parks, Onslow County Partnership for Children, Kingsfriend Music, Carobell, Inc., and the Camp Lejeune School Liaison among others.

This event is free and open to the public.


For more information, please visit www.onslowcountync.gov/library or call the OCPL Youth Services Department at the Main Library in Jacksonville at 910.455.7350, ext. 1420.



Onslow County Public Library hosts The Last Days of Blackbeard the Pirate

at the new Sneads Ferry Branch Library


Onslow County Public Library hosts The Last Days of Blackbeard the Pirate


(Onslow County) Onslow County Public Library will host The Last Days of Blackbeard the Pirate at the new Sneads Ferry Branch Library, Thursday, May 1st at 7:00 pm. Learn what happened during Blackbeard’s last days that precipitated his demise? Who, truly, was Edward Teach, and from whence did he come? What was his true name? And where may he have hidden his treasure?

Author Kevin Duffus invites audiences to enter the dimly-lit passageway of time and learn surprising contradictions to previously-published historical accounts of the last days of Blackbeard the pirate. He discloses new information about how the pirate captain was cornered and attacked at Ocracoke in 1718, why he tried to escape rather than to fight back, and how his life might have been spared had he lived for three more weeks. He reveals the true meaning of a mysterious letter found in Blackbeard’s possessions, and explores the possibilities of government conspiracies and cover-ups. New research finds that many of the 25 pirates who remained with Blackbeard after the wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge were sons of North Carolina families. And for the first time, Duffus proves that most of Blackbeard’s captured crew members were not hanged in Virginia, and that one of them — 10 years after purportedly being executed—became a respected and wealthy landowner and the grandfather of heroes of the American Revolution and a Tennessee governor.

For the first time, Duffus exposes the truth behind many of the enduring Blackbeard myths — his Bristol, England, birthplace; his 14 wives, including Mary Ormond; the burning of fuses in his hair to frighten his victims; and the countless tall tales of buried treasure, secret tunnels, and the shocking origins of the legend of his silver-plated skull used as a drinking cup by a secret society.

Kevin Duffus is a noted North Carolina author, writer, filmmaker, journalist, and historical researcher. Over the past 15 years he has published four books and produced four award-winning television documentaries on North Carolina maritime history. His research accomplishments and discoveries have garnered national publicity and have contributed new facts and significant knowledge to traditional accounts of North Carolina’s maritime history featuring colonial-era pirates, Outer Banks shipwrecks, southern lighthouses during the Civil War, and the devastating German U-boat attacks off the North Carolina coast in 1942.

*This Road Scholar presentation is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council. The North Carolina Humanities Council is a nonprofit foundation and a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


For more information, please contact Karen Moore at Onslow County Public Library at 910.455.7350 ext. 1421 or visit us online at www.onslowcountync.gov/library.




Onslow County Public Library hosts Every Child Ready to Read Parent Workshop

Onslow County Public Library

Onslow County Public Library hosts Every Child Ready to Read Parent Workshop

(Onslow County) Onslow County Public Library will host an Every Child Ready to Read Parent Workshop, Saturday, April 26th at 10:00 am at the Jacksonville Main Branch Library. Give the young children in your life a head start on their road to reading. Attend this fun and informative program to discover how you can help your children (ages birth to 5 years) develop early literacy skills through Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing! Please register online through our website.
Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® is a parent education initiative. Traditionally, early literacy programs at libraries have focused on children. Storytimes and other programs might model strategies that parents can use to develop early literacy skills, but parent education is not typically the primary intent.

The Public Library Association (PLA) and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) concluded that public libraries could have an even greater impact on early literacy through an approach that focused on educating parents and caregivers. If the primary adults in a child's life can learn more about the importance of early literacy and how to nurture pre-reading skills at home, the effect of library efforts can be multiplied many times.

Teaching parents and other caregivers how to support the early literacy development of their children is the basis of Every Child Ready to Read @ your library®. When the first edition of ECRR was introduced in 2004, the focus on educating parents and caregivers was a significantly different approach for many libraries; one that certainly has proven its value.




For more information, please contact Youth Services at Onslow County Public Library at 910.455.7350 ext. 1414 or visit us online at www.onslowcountync.gov/library.



Starting Your Own Veggie Garden

Apr 5, 2014 10:00 am until 12 noon

the Swansboro Branch Library
The Swansboro Friends of the Library and Onslow County Public Library hosts Starting Your Own Veggie Garden featuring Master Gardener Marsha Horner

(Onslow County) The Swansboro Friends of the Library and Onslow County Public Library will host Starting Your Own Veggie Garden featuring Master Gardener Marsha Horner. This event will be held Saturday, April 5th from 10:00 am until 12 noon at the Swansboro Branch Library and is free and open to the public.

Horner will discuss specific planting of some common garden vegetables, planting mediums, types of seeds, needs for growth, light, nourishment, ventilation, common mistakes, and special tips for success. Make your own “mini greenhouse” to take home and nourish!

Marsha Horner has been a Master Gardener for over 30 years. She has independently studied greenhouse management and the maintenance of vegetable and flower plants. She has experience in seed starting and growing of vegetables, flowers, fruit crops, berries and root crops, maintaining heirloom seed, harvesting of seed varieties, and propagation. She has completed plant trials using micronutrients, mixtures, and dilution of natural additives in organic gardening, and benefits accomplished. She has also taught the care of succulents and how to blend other plants to make living art forms for over 10 years.

For more information, please visit www.onslowcountync.gov/library or call the Swansboro Branch Library at 910.326.4888.


Literacy Volunteers of Beaufort County

Mar 25, 2014 11:00 a.m.

Auditorium at Beaufort County Community College
The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read author, John Corcoran will make an appearance in Beaufort County at 11:00 a.m. on March 25, 2014 in the Auditorium at Beaufort County Community College. The free event is co-sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Washington and Literacy Volunteers of Beaufort County. Mr. Corcoran, who read only at a second grade level until the age of 48 managed to graduate from high school and college and to work as a high school teacher and real estate developer without being discovered. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, Tavis Smiley Show and has become a national spokesperson for adult literacy. In 1997 he started his own foundation, The John Corcoran Foundation to make a way for anyone to learn to read. He has also written and published another book A Bridge to Literacy . You can read more about his life and experiences at www.johncorcoran.org He will also be appearing in Raleigh, New Bern and several other North Carolina cities while on this tour. Please bring your friends and join us on March 25, 2014 at 11:00 am at BCCC Auditorium for this inspiring program!

Further information, please contact Pat Lurvey, Literacy Volunteers at plurvey@suddenlink.net; Virginia Jenks, First Presbyterian Church; or newhopeliteracy.org who are arranging his schedule.


Onslow County Public Library hosts Proposal Writing Basics – a free financial aid workshop

Mar 4, 2014 1 pm

Main Library Branch in Jacksonville
Onslow County Public Library is hosting Proposal Writing Basics at the Main Library Branch in Jacksonville March 4 at 1 pm.

Are you new to proposal writing? This class will cover how the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process. Learn what to include in a standard proposal to a foundation, tips for creating a standard proposal, and what funders expect to see in your proposal. We will discuss how to best communicate with funders during the grant process and we will take a look at sample proposals that earned grant funding.

Onslow County Public Library is a Foundation Center Funding Information Network member. We offer print and digital resources for nonprofits as well as quarterly classes.

Nonprofits are invited to join us Tuesday, March 4 at 1pm. Registration is required.

For more information, please contact Karen Moore at Onslow County Public Library at 910.455.7350 ext. 1421 or visit us online at www.onslowcountync.gov/library.


Onslow County Public Library hosts Dangerous Marine Life with Executive Vice President of the nonprofit NC Aquarium Society Mark Joyner

Mar 6, 2014 6:30 pm

Swansboro Recreation Center
(Onslow County) – Onslow County Public Library and the Swansboro Friends of the Library will host Executive Vice President Mark Joyner of the nonprofit NC Aquarium Society at the Swansboro Recreation Center on Thursday, March 6 at 6:30 pm for a fun and interactive evening learning about what might be swimming below you in our North Carolina waters.

Bring the whole family to learn about sharks, stingrays, venomous and toxic fishes, stinging jellyfish & electric rays! Learn the natural history of these animals & how to avoid encounters or treat the aftermath.

Mr. Joyner has worked with the North Carolina Aquariums for over thirty years and currently serves as Executive Vice President of the nonprofit NC Aquarium Society. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a Master’s degree in Education from NC State University. He is a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and author of over a dozen natural history articles that have been featured in Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.



For more information, please call the Swansboro Branch of the Onslow County Public Library at 910.326.4888 or visit us online, anytime at www.onslowcountync.gov/library.