• By Mia Jordan
  • Posted Thursday, February 11, 2021

Celebrate Forsyth Creek Week with the Forsyth County Public Library

Celebrate Forsyth Creek Week

Forsyth Creek Week is March 20 - 28, 2021. During this week, there will be fun and informative activities for all ages in honor of our waterways. Visit your local library and learn more about these amazing and vital natural resources.

Forsyth Creek Week is a county-wide initiative organized by the Winston-Salem Stormwater/Erosion Control Division, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Forsyth County Center, Winston-Salem DOT, Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks, Winston-Salem Human Relations, Forsyth County Public Libraries, Forsyth County Environmental Assistance and Protection, the Town of Kernersville, the Village of Clemmons, The Town of Lewisville, Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, Forsyth Audubon, the Gateway Nature Preserve, Kaleideum, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Piedmont Environmental Alliance, Piedmont Land Conservancy, Reynolda Gardens, the N.C. Sierra Club Foothills Group, and Yadkin Riverkeeper.

All Forsyth County Public Library programs are free and open to the public.

LIBRARY PROGRAM FOR ALL AGES:

Celebrate the Water Cycle and the Importance of a Clean Environment
Rural Hall Branch Library
7125 Broad Street, Rural Hall, NC 27045 336-703-2970
Visit Rural Hall Branch Library during the month of March to celebrate Forsyth County Creek Week by browsing a display on water conservation and other environmental issues related to water. Pick up packets containing a variety of coloring pages focused on the water cycle, the different kinds of animals found in a stream, and the importance of clean water to the environment.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR KIDS:

Forsyth County Public Library’s Creek Week Storytimes (Virtual):
Join us for stories, rhymes, songs, and activities designed to improve early literacy on a Creek Week theme. Recommended for children ages 2 - 5 years and their caregivers, but all ages are welcome.

Register for virtual storytimes here.
You will be emailed a link and password to attend the Zoom meeting. If you do not have a webcam or microphone, you may still attend.

Monday, March 22 at 10 a.m.
Monday, March 22 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, March 23 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, March 24 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, March 24 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 25 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 25 at 11 a.m.
Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m.
Friday, March 26 at 2 p.m.

Nature Notebooks
Lewisville Branch Library
6490 Shallowford Road, Lewisville, NC 336-703-2940
Pick up your Nature Notebook at the Lewisville Branch Library starting on March 1, 2021 (while supplies last). Participants ages 5-11 will watch short videos on 9 different categories of plants and animals. They will then find plants or animals in each category in the wild and draw them. When they have drawn a plant or animal in each category, they bring the notebook to the Lewisville Branch Library for a prize. Participants will have until August 31, 2021 to complete their notebooks. Presented by Stormwater Smart of The Piedmont Triad Regional Council. Email Mia Jordan (jordanmc@forsyth.cc) for more information.

Crafternoon To Go Kits for Kids
Paddison Memorial Branch (Kernersville)
248 Harmon Lane, Kernersville, NC 336-703-2930
March 1-31, 2021
Kids ages 4 to 11 can pick up a craft kit to go this month and make a paper bag frog puppet in celebration of Creek Week. For more information, contact Stefanie Kellum at kellumsm@forsyth.cc.

Discover Life in our Waterways with ecoEXPLORE (Virtual)
Monday, March 22, 4 p.m.
EcoEXPLORE is a citizen science program run by the N.C. Arboretum that encourages kids and families to explore nature and support scientific research with their observations. This program is geared to children ages 5-13. Children can photograph wildlife and submit their findings on the ecoEXPLORE website to earn prizes and badges. In attending this program, you will learn more about ecoEXPLORE and how you can check out ecoEXPLORE Discovery Packs from the Central Library. You will also learn about how to find macroinvertebrates and other forms of water life at the Gateway Nature Preserve. Co-sponsored by Forsyth County Public Library and the Gateway Nature Preserve.
Register here.

ecoEXPLORE Program (Virtual)
Tuesday, March 23, 4 p.m.
Learn about the ecoEXPLORE program from a Greensboro Science Center educator. Discover new and interesting facts about botany during this session. Email Ruddiyette Yisak (yisakrs@forsyth.cc) to sign up.

Frog vs. Bees (Virtual)
Tuesday, March 23, 2 p.m.
Southside Branch Library
3185 Buchanan Street, Winston-Salem, NC 336-703-2980
Discover why frogs and bees are important and needed. There will also be a craft demonstration. To follow along with the craft from home you will need a shallow pan, water, and some pebbles. Recommended for children. Presented by Jennifer Chrysson of The City of Winston-Salem. Email Jamall Grice (gricejm@forsyth.cc) to sign up.

Creek Week Craft for Preschoolers (Virtual)
Wednesday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m.
Join us for a water-themed preschool craft. Supply lists will be posted and a limited number of supply kits will be available at the Clemmons Branch Library.
Register here.

The Birds of Our Neighborhood
Friday, March 26, 10:15 a.m.
Carver School Rd Branch Library
4915 Lansing Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 336-703-2910
We will be hosting a nature walk around the library, to see just what birds thrive in our community. A bird related, outdoor storytime will immediately follow this event. To register, call 336-703-2910.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR TEENS:

Crafternoon To Go Kits for Teens
Paddison Memorial Branch (Kernersville)
248 Harmon Lane, Kernersville, NC 336-703-2930
March 1-31, 2021
Teens can pick up a craft kit to go this month and make an origami frog in celebration of Creek Week. For more information, contact Stefanie Kellum at kellumsm@forsyth.cc.

Make Terrariums in a Jar Teen Program (Virtual)
Thursday, March 25 at 4:30 p.m.
Join us for our Teen Talk Thursday series and learn to make a terrarium in a jar. A limited number of supply kits are available upon request at the Clemmons Branch Library.
Register here.

Make a Water Filtration System (Virtual)
Friday, March 26 at 4 p.m.
Water is one of the most important substances on earth. Learn how to filter dirty water using materials in nature such as sand and rocks to see how this necessary process cleans our water. Ages 13+. All materials will be provided and may be picked up at the Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center. For more information or to register contact Rodney Cline at 336-703-2950.

Careers in Conservation (Virtual)
Wednesday, March 24, 6 p.m.
Explore career options in a truly wide variety of interesting fields and work environments. Make an informed choice if you want to work managing our natural resources, protecting our environment, and increasing sustainability. Cameron Younts, a representative from NC State University's College of Natural Resources, and Jerry Dorsett, Soil and Water Conservationist with the Forsyth Soil and Water Conservation District, will be presenting via Zoom. For more information, email Esmirna Esparza (esparze2@forsyth.cc).
Register here.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS:

DIY Seed Bombs (Virtual)
Tuesday, March 23 at 3 p.m.
Participants will learn how to recycle materials and create biodegradable seed bombs which they can use to plant pollinator-friendly plants in all kinds of spaces. Recommended for adults. Email Brittney Barbour (barbouba@forsyth.cc) to sign up.

Creek Week Clean Up Contest
March 19-28, 2021
In honor of Creek Week, clean up an area and submit a before and after photo for the chance to win a prize from the Clemmons Branch Library. Recommended for adults. Email your photos to Christopher Kennedy (kennedcj@forsyth.cc).

Your Rain Garden and You: Protecting creek habitats from your own backyard (Virtual)
Wednesday, March 24 at 11 a.m.
Lewisville Branch Library
6490 Shallowford Rd., Lewisville, NC 336-703-2940
Danica Heflin, the environmental programs coordinator from Stormwater SMART, a division of the Piedmont Triad Regional Council, will give a 50-minute presentation via Zoom on the effects of water runoff for natural habitats. In this presentation, participants will learn how we all are part of an environment - family, neighborhood, larger community, and watershed. Even though we may not have a creek running through our backyard, the water from rain that runs off our roofs and driveways does impact the water quality of nearby creeks and streams through the municipal storm drain system. Participants will learn some of the reasons why "rainscaping" principles are beneficial for water quality and wildlife, and gain access to helpful tools that will guide their own backyard journeys. Though native plants and rain gardens are the main topic of discussion, participants need little or no gardening experience for the session, while experienced gardeners will find new resources to guide their next steps. There will be time for questions about "rainscaping," which participants may submit in advance after picking up the session materials at the branch. To register, email Susan deGuzman (deguzmse@forsyth.cc).

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