• By Mia Jordan
  • Posted Thursday, March 23, 2023

Celebrate Forsyth Creek Week with the Forsyth County Public Library

Celebrate Forsyth Creek Week

Forsyth Creek Week is March 18-26, 2023. 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:

Tiny Art Show
Pick up art kits from Feb. 1 - 28.
Tiny Art Show is March 18 - 26.
Reynolda Manor Branch
2839 Fairlawn Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
For all ages.
The Reynolda Manor Branch Library is bringing back its’ Tiny Art Show! Create your own tiny masterpiece with a tiny art kit. Kits can be picked up at the Reynolda Manor Branch during the month of February, while supplies last. If you would like your art to be displayed during our show (March 18 – 26), we ask that all art is returned by March 10.
Our theme will be focused on creeks, aquatic animals, and water as we are celebrating Forsyth Creek Week! We do ask that all submissions are family friendly.
If you have any questions, feel free to call Miss Priscilla at 336-703-2960.

Winston (& Salem’s) Waterways Exhibit
March 1 – 31
Central Library – The North Carolina Collection
660 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem 27101
For all ages.
On display, during the month of March, from log pipes to “The Pond” tragedy, we will look at the history surrounding the development of the water systems for Winston & Salem.

Forsyth Creek Week Documentary Film Series
Saturday, March 18 from 12 – 2 p.m.
Monday, March 20 from 12 – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21 from 12 – 2 p.m.
Walkertown Branch Library
2969 Main St. Walkertown, NC 27051
For all ages.
"In recent years our knowledge of what goes on in our ocean has been transformed. Blue Planet uses cutting-edge breakthroughs in science and technology to explore worlds, reveal astonishing creatures and extraordinary new animal behaviors." Join us as we experience this three-part documentary series to learn about how our ocean health and what the future holds for our blue planet.

Forsyth Creek Week Library Prize Drawing
Week of March 18 – 25
All Forsyth County Public Library Branches
For ages 5 and up.
Check out a book or DVD relating to water, our waterways, or aquatic life at any Forsyth County Public Library branch from March 18-25 (Forsyth Creek Week) to be entered into a drawing for a prize bag. Fill out an entry form at the circulation desk for each water-related item you check out. The winning name will be drawn during the last week of March.

The Birds of Our Neighborhood
Tuesday, March 28 at 10 a.m.
Central Library
660 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Join us as we go in search of local birds around our library while using binoculars and also trying to identify their songs. All ages welcome. To register, call 336-703-3024, or email leonarzl@forsyth.cc.

Forsyth Creek Week Finale Event
Sunday, March 26th from 1-4 pm
Salem Lake Marina Center & Fishing Station
815 Salem Lake Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27107
Drop by our Book Mobile at the Forsyth Creek Week Finale Event for children's activities and to learn about the Forsyth County Public Library’s resources.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR KIDS:

Nature Notebooks
March 18 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 18 (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 Emily Emerson (emersoem@forsyth.cc) for more information.

Forsyth Creek Week Storytime
Monday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Reynolda Manor Branch
2839 Fairlawn Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
We will host a special storytime to celebrate Forsyth Creek Week! Join Miss Priscilla for 30 minutes filled with music, stories, and more surrounding creeks, and aquatic animals. This program is for kids, from birth - 5, and their families. Email Miss Priscilla (spencepr@forsyth.cc), or call 336-703-2960 with any questions.

Nature Walk

Monday, March 20 from 3:30 pm- 4:30 p.m.
Carver School Road Branch Library
4915 Lansing Dr, Winston Salem, NC 27105
For ages 6-11
Please join us for a fun outdoors activity at Carver School Road Branch Library where children will be able to discover the ways in which water helps the environment.

Creek Week Frog-themed Storytimes (ages 2-5)

Tuesday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m.
Clemmons Branch Library
6365 James St, Clemmons, NC 27012

Preschool Water Storytime

Tuesday, March 21 from 10- 10:30 a.m.
Carver School Road Branch
4915 Lansing Dr, Winston Salem, NC 27105

Creek Discovery Play

Tuesday, March 21 at 11 a.m.
Central Library- Front Lawn
660 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
For ages 2-6.
In honor of Forsyth Creek Week, you are invited to join the Children’s Library on the front lawn for Creek Discover Play. Children will have an opportunity to look under rocks in a simulation of a creek to discover some of the insects, fish and plants live in our local creeks. This is an outdoor activity, so bundle up and come out to explore what lives in our local creeks. In case of rain this activity will be moved indoors. If you have questions, please call 336-703-3040.

Forsyth Creek Week Storytime

Tuesday, March 21 at 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Southside Branch
3185 Buchanan Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27127
Join Miss Grace for an aquatic animal storytime filled with music, stories, and more.
This program is for kids, from 2-5, and their families. Email Miss Grace (schermmg@forsyth.cc), or call 336-703-2980 with any questions.

Preschool Water Storytime

Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. (for ages 3-6)
Paddison Memorial Branch
248 Harmon Ln, Kernersville, NC 27284

Creek Week Fish Trivia and Craft

Wednesday, March 22 at 5 p.m.
Clemmons Branch Library
6365 James St, Clemmons, NC 27012
Grades K-5.
Celebrate Creek Week at the Clemmons Branch library at our All About Fish program. Grade school students (and parents and siblings too!) are invited to participate in the ultimate freshwater fish trivia challenge, learn about fish traps, and create a fish craft.

Family Film

Wednesday, March 22 at 6-7:45 p.m.
Clemmons Branch Library
6365 James St, Clemmons, NC 27012
Join us for a movie where two people cursed into frog form travel through the bayous of Louisiana in hopes of breaking their curse. Rated G. 97 minutes.

Toddler Water Storytime

Thursday, March 23 at 10 a.m. (for ages 2 and under)
Paddison Memorial Branch
248 Harmon Ln, Kernersville, NC 27284

Forsyth Creek Week Storytimes

Thursday, March 23 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11 a.m.
Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center
1110 E. 7th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 336-703-2950
Celebrate Forsyth County's waterways and natural resources in this Forsyth Creek Week storytimes. Lenny the Lifeguard will join us for a special Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Meet Creek Week's froggy mascot, get your picture taken, and stay for your regularly scheduled stories and songs. Children, ages birth to 5 years old, are welcome.

Preschool Water Storytime

Thursday, March 23 at 11 a.m.
Rural Hall Branch Library
7125 Broad Street, Rural Hall, NC 27045

Preschool Frog Craft (to-go craft kits will also be available while supplies last)

Thursday, March 23 at 11:30 a.m.
Clemmons Branch Library
6365 James St, Clemmons, NC 27012

Little Seedlings Storytimes and Children’s Activities

Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cobblestone Farmer’s Market
1007 Marshall St SW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Drop by the Cobblestone Farmer’s Market for stories and activities for children ages 2-8.

Creeks and Crafts

Saturday, March 25 at 1 p.m.
Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center
1110 E. 7th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 336-703-2950
Learn about macroinvertebrates and keeping our waterways safe from members of the Yadkin River Keepers. Make and take home a fish print while learning more about creek water creatures. This free program is open to all ages. Please call the front desk for more information at 336-703-2950.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR TEENS AND TWEENS:

Creek Week Trivia

Wednesday, March 22 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Carver School Road Branch
4915 Lansing Dr, Winston Salem, NC 27105
For ages 12-18.
Come out to enjoy a competitive game of trivia revolving around fun water facts in celebration of Forsyth Creek Week.

STEAM for Teens & Tweens- Drinking Water Clean-up Experiment

Central Library- Makerspace (2nd floor)
660 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Wednesday, March 22 from 5-6 p.m.
For ages 9 -18.
We do different STEAM activities every Wednesday in our Makerspace. Join us this Wednesday to learn about the process that is used to clean our drinking water. For more information, email Mia Jordan (jordanmc@forsyth.cc).

LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS:

Witchy Washi & What Not Crafts

Wednesday, March 15 at 10 a.m.
Lewisville Branch Auditorium
6490 Shallowford Rd
Lewisville, NC 27023
Join us in learning how to make origami flowers, butterflies or other water-dependent items. Space and supplies are limited to the first 12 registrants so be sure to call to reserve your spot. To register, email Sue at deguzmse@forsyth.cc or call the branch at 336-703-2940.

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Shed

Saturday, March 18 at 11 a.m.
Lewisville Branch Auditorium
6490 Shallowford Rd
Lewisville, NC 27023
Do you have the backyard blues because of runoff from heavy rain events? Stormwater SMART’s Danica Heflin will be at the Lewisville Branch to help you learn three simple strategies to control the flow: disconnection (downspout redirection), collection (rain barrels), and naturalization (gardening with native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees). These methods make your landscape more resilient during and after heavy storms and help you save money on utilities. You’ll also be helping to improve the water quality in our creeks, streams, and rivers! Need more motivation? Lucky participants will take home helpful freebies: You could win a rain barrel, mature native plants, wildflower seeds, gardening guides, or a combination of prizes! Registration is encouraged if you would like to receive a reminder email. To register, email Sue at deguzmse@forsyth.cc or call the Lewisville Branch at 336- 703-2940.

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Shed, Celebrating Forsyth County Creek Week

Tuesday, March 21 at 10 a.m.
Kernersville Branch Auditorium
248 Harmon Lane
Kernersville, NC 27284
Do you have the backyard blues because of runoff from heavy rain events? Stormwater SMART’s Danica Heflin will be at the Kernersville Library to help you learn three simple strategies to control the flow: disconnection (downspout redirection), collection (rain barrels), and naturalization (gardening with native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees). These methods make your landscape more resilient during and after heavy storms and help you save money on utilities. You’ll also be helping to improve the water quality in our creeks, streams, and rivers! Need more motivation? Lucky participants will take home helpful freebies: You could win a rain barrel, mature native plants, wildflower seeds, gardening guides, or a combination of prizes! Registration is encouraged. To register, email Lara at GoldstLB@forsyth.cc or call her at 336-703-2932

Why Your Plant Choices Matter: The Case for Native Plants

Tuesday, March 21 at 2 p.m.
Reynolda Manor Branch Auditorium
2839 Fairlawn Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Learn how pollinator conservation can help improve water quality, including YOUR local watershed! Join Bee City USA liaison Moriah Gendy for an in-depth discussion on how your planting choices can make a difference and learn how to construct and maintain a bee hotel. Supplies included for up to 15 people to register. For more information or to register, email Staci at falkowsz@forsyth.cc or call 336-703-2962

NOVA: Poisoned Water

Thursday, March 23 at 10 a.m.
Clemmons Branch Library
6365 James Street
Clemmons, NC 27012
The Clemmons Branch Library will present a free screening of “NOVA: Poisoned Water.” When Flint, Michigan changed its water source to save money, it led to disastrous results including widespread lead poisoning and an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. 54 minutes.

African American Reads Book Club

Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center
1110 E. 7th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 336-703-2950
Join us for an adult book club where members can read books about African American authors on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can participate in-person or virtually during this book club. To celebrate Creek Week, in March the book club pick will be “Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson. Please register to obtain a copy of the book at the library by calling the front desk at 336-703-2950, and/or email yisakrs@forsyth.cc to receive a link to join the book discussion virtually.

Color & Coffee

Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m.
Lewisville Branch Library
6490 Shallowford Rd
Lewisville, NC 27023
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 in honor of Forsyth Creek Week. Call the branch at 336-703-2940 for more information.

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SUGGESTED READS FOR TEENS:

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