• By Mia Jordan
  • Posted Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Celebrate Forsyth Creek Week with the Forsyth County Public Library

Celebrate Forsyth Creek Week

Forsyth Creek Week is March 19-27, 2022. 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:

Creek Week BINGO at the Clemmons Branch
March 19 through March 27
Clemmons Branch Library
365 James Street, Clemmons, NC 336-703-2920
Want to learn how to help local waterways? Pick up a Creek Week bingo card at the Clemmons Branch Library, complete a set of water-friendly tasks, and return the completed card by March 27 for a prize.

Family Movie Night: "The Princess and the Frog" (Rated G) (In Person)
Monday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Clemmons Branch Library
6365 James Street., Clemmons, NC 336-703-2920
Join us every Monday for a family movie night in our storytime room. This week we'll feature "The Princess and the Frog" in honor of Forsyth Creek Week.

Family Films: Disney and Pixar's "Luca" (rated PG) (In Person)
Friday, March 25 at 4 p.m.
Lewisville Branch Library
6490 Shallowford Rd., Lewisville, NC 336-703-2940
Participants can bring their own snacks and drinks. This month's feature is in honor of Forsyth Creek Week.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR KIDS:

Nature Notebooks
March 19 through May 31
Lewisville Branch Library
6490 Shallowford Road, Lewisville, NC 336-703-2940
Recommended for ages 5-11
Pick up your Nature Notebook at the Lewisville Branch Library starting on March 19 (while supplies last). Participants will find plants that are native to NC in the wild and draw them. When they have drawn a plant in each category required, participants will bring their notebooks to the Lewisville Branch Library for a prize. Participants will have until May 31 to complete their notebooks. Each Nature Notebook comes with a packet of wildflower seeds. Presented by Stormwater Smart of The Piedmont Triad Regional Council. Email Raegen Luntz (luntzra@forsyth.cc) for more information.

Nature Notebooks
March 19 through May 31
Paddison Memorial Branch Library
248 Harmon Lane, Kernersville, NC 336-703-2930
Recommended for ages 5-11
Pick up your Nature Notebook at the Paddison Memorial Branch Library starting on March 19 (while supplies last). Participants will find plants that are native to NC in the wild and draw them. When they have drawn a plant in each category required, participants will bring their notebooks to the Paddison Memorial Branch Library for a prize. Participants will have until May 31 to complete their notebooks. Each Nature Notebook comes with a packet of wildflower seeds. Presented by Stormwater Smart of The Piedmont Triad Regional Council. Email Stefanie Kellum (kellumsm@forsyth.cc) for more information.

Students Solving Real-World Problems with STEM: “The Water Princess” (In Person)
Monday, March 21 at 3 p.m.
Central Library
660 West Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 336-703-3040
We will read and discuss “The Water Princess” by Susan Verde. Then we will find ways to filter water and study the differences. Recommended for grades K-1st. Due to limited space registration is required. To register, please call 336-703-3040 or email lowerycl@forsyth.cc.

The Birds of Our Neighborhood (In Person)
Tuesday, March 22, 10 a.m.
Carver School Road Branch Library
4915 Lansing Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 336-703-2910
Join us as we go in search of local birds around our library while using binoculars and also trying to identify their songs. To register, call 336-703-2913.
Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Water Filtration Program (Virtual)
Wednesday, March 23 at noon
Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center
1110 E. 7th St. Winston-Salem, NC 27101 336-703-2950
Learn about the effects of water pollution and how difficult it can be to filter polluted water to make it safe for humans and creatures. Pick up kits for use in the program at the Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center, Paddison Memorial Branch, and the Reynolda Manor Branch (while supplies last). To register, email Rudy at yisakrs@forsyth.cc. Ages 5 and up.

Storytime (Virtual)
Thursday, March 24, 2 p.m.
Rural Hall Branch Library
7125 Broad Street, Rural Hall, NC 336-703-2970
Children (ages 2-5) and their caregivers are welcome to sing, dance, and listen to stories about water during this special virtual storytime celebrating Forsyth Creek Week. Email Grace Schermerhorn (schermmg@forsyth.cc) to sign up.

Move and Groove Storytime (In Person)
Thursday, March 24 at 3 p.m.
Central Library
660 West Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 336-703-3040
Children and their caregivers are welcome to sing, dance, and listen to stories about water during this special storytime celebrating Forsyth Creek Week. Recommended for ages 3-5 years. Due to limited space registration is required. To register, please call 336-703-3040 or email lowerycl@forsyth.cc.

EcoEXPLORE Nature Program: All About Plants (In-Person Outdoors)
Friday, March 25 at 11 a.m.
Historic Bethabara Park
2147 Bethabara Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Join the Greensboro Science Center as we learn all about plants native to North Carolina in this in-person outdoor program hosted at the Historic Bethabara Park by the Reynolda Manor Branch Library. Bring a chair, a blanket, or just yourselves to this program on Friday, March 25 at 11 a.m. Recommended for children in grades K-8, but all ages are welcome. Sponsored by the N.C. Arboretum. Email Priscilla Spencer (spencepr@forsyth.cc) for more information and to register.

Water Filtration Program (In Person)
Friday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m.
Walkertown Branch Library
2969 Main Street, Walkertown, NC 336-703-2990
Water is one of the essential substances on earth. Learn how to filter dirty water using natural materials such as sand and rocks to see how this necessary process cleans our water. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR TEENS:

DIY Ecosystem (In Person)
Wednesday, March 23 at 4 p.m.
Teen Central- Central Library
660 West Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
An ecosystem is a geographic area where plants, animals, and other organisms, as well as weather and landscape, work together to form a bubble of life. There is a misconception where in order to make your own ecosystem, you will need expensive supplies and know high level scientific knowledge. Not the case here, we will be teaching teens to make their own ecosystem out of materials that are easy to find around the house. Ages 12-18. To register, email Maryanna Ponce (poncem2@forsyth.cc).

LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS:

Display: "The Creeks of Forsyth County"
March 1-31
Central Library- The North Carolina Room
660 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 336-703- 3070
On display during the month of March we will be highlighting some of the history & stories surrounding the waterways of Forsyth County.

Witchy Washi Tape Craft (In Person)
Tuesday, March 15 at 10 a.m.
Lewisville Branch Library
6490 Shallowford Rd., Lewisville, NC 336-703-2940
Join us in learning how to make fun crafts with washi tape. Some supplies will be provided. Space and supplies limited to first 12 registrants so be sure to call to reserve your spot. March craft: Origami Frogs and Turtles (in honor of Forsyth Creek Week).

Creek Clean-up (In Person)
Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m.
Hanes Park
1404 W Northwest Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Join the Central Library staff in a spring clean-up of Peters Creek in Hanes Park on Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. We will be disposing of any unnatural debris that has found its way into the river this winter. Supplies are provided by Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful. Email Tory Darling at komljevl@forsyth.cc for more information or to register.

Ten Ways to Save Water at Home (In Person)
Saturday, March 19 from 1-2 p.m.
Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center
1110 E. 7th St. Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Learn 10 simple habits to reduce water use in and around your home without sacrificing comfort, cleanliness, or the well-being of flower beds and gardens spaces from a N.C. Cooperative Extension presenter. To register for this Creek Week program, please contact Ruddiyette Yisak at yisakrs@forsyth.cc or call the Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center front desk at 336-703-2950.

Forsyth Creek Week T-shirt Drawing
March 21 through 26
All Forsyth County Public Library Locations
Drop by any Forsyth County Public Library location from March 21-26 and check out a book or movie relating to water or aquatic life to be entered into a drawing for a Forsyth Creek Week t-shirt. Each location will have a winner. The winning names will be drawn on Monday, March 28. T-shirts come in adult sizes (small to XXL). Sizes are subject to availability.

Reflecting On Water: Poetry Prompts
March 21-26
Reynolda Manor Branch Library
2839 Fairlawn Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 336-703-2960
Anyone can write a poem! Poetry doesn’t have to rhyme or take a specific form. Poems can use few words, or many, and do not need to be written in complete sentences. To start, sit in a quiet place (outside or near water, if possible), and think about what you see, hear, smell, and feel. You can also close your eyes and imagine sitting somewhere peaceful in nature – like near Salem Lake, a Forsyth County park, or under a tree in your yard. Visit the Reynolda Manor Branch Library to pick up a prompt during Forsyth Creek Week to inspire your creativity.

The Yadkin Riverkeeper -The Past, Present and Future of the Yadkin (In Person)
Monday, March 21, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Lewisville Room - Mary Alice Warren Community Center
7632 Warren Park Dr., Lewisville, NC 336-703-2940
Let’s celebrate Creek Week! Come hear what the folks at the Yadkin Riverkeeper organization (YRK) are doing to protect and enhance the river, including not only how we can help keep it clean, but also how we can access and enjoy the river. The Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin is a precious resource in our county and state with a long history of human activity. Edgar Miller, executive director and current Riverkeeper, will share how YRK aims to educate, advocate for, and take action to keep the water clean. Don't you want to know how you can enjoy and protect this historic water supply? Then come join in this local educational experience. Spaced is limited. Registration is required. Please contact the Lewisville Branch at 336-703-2940, to register.

Color & Coffee (In person)
Friday, Mar 25 at 10 a.m.
Location: Lewisville Branch Library
6490 Shallowford Road, Lewisville, NC 336-703-2940
A morning to relax, color, be with others, and enjoy a cup of coffee on the house. Coloring sheets related to water and water life will be available. Call the branch for more information.

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