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Tar Heel Traveler: Stories from the Road

Farmville Public Library, 4276 West Church St., Farmville, NC 27828
The Farmville Public Library is pleased to announce that Scott Mason, “The Tar Heel Traveler,” will be making his way to Farmville Public Library on Monday, September 21 at 6:30 pm for a free program.

Scott Mason travels all over North Carolina, usually steering clear of highways and bounding instead along bumpy roads and off-beaten paths. He uncovers hidden gems everywhere he goes: people and places full of feeling and flavor—and wonder. In this presentation, he celebrates the colorful characters, out-of-the-way places, and rich history of North Carolina that are sure to educate and entertain.
Scott Mason is a broadcast journalist with 25 years of television experience. He has won dozens of awards for documentaries, writing and feature reporting, including three National Edward R. Murrow awards and 14 Emmys. In both 2004 and 2005, the Electronic News Association of the Carolinas named Scott the North Carolina Television Reporter of the Year. Scott graduated in 1984 from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he majored in both Journalism/ Communications and English. Scott works at WRAL TV in Raleigh where he researched, wrote and produced nine documentaries before adding his talents to the nightly news team as a reporter specializing in features. Today, Scott is known as the Tar Heel Traveler. His Monday through Thursday feature series on WRAL takes viewers along the back roads of North Carolina, where he meets memorable characters, finds out-of-the-way places, and unearths fascinating historical footnotes.

This program has been sponsored by the Friends of Farmville Public Library.

David Miller,, (252) 753 3355

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 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 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; Virginia Jenks, First Presbyterian Church; or 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

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