SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Rowan Public Library has big year planned for 2018 with a host of programs and activities, according to a news release.
In addition to the print and digital nonfiction and reference collections that can teach new skills, languages, or new hobbies like crochet or woodworking, RPL has a slate of programs specially designed to "enrich and broaden your mind and to make your New Year's resolutions about healthy living, professional development, and financial management a reality." \
All of the following events are free and open to the public.
Get an "Introduction to Bullet Journaling" on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. at Headquarters, located at 201 W. Fisher St. in Salisbury. This personal organization trend is all over social media and is a fun and inexpensive way to personalize, tailor, and combine your datebook, budget, health tracker, to-do list, shopping list and pile of random sticky notes into one. Bring your own blank book and learn the tools and tricks to make the life-planner you've always needed and could never find! If you can't make it on Jan. 9, this program will also be offered at South Rowan Regional, located at 920 Kimball Rd. in China Grove, on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. Registration for both events is encouraged; visit the website or call Abby at 704-216-8248.
Learn "Beginning Genealogy" on Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. at Headquarters (Salisbury). This class will cover the basics for researching your family history and provide an overview of essential records and websites. This event is co-hosted by the Genealogical Society of Rowan County. Registration is encouraged; visit the website or call Gretchen at 704-216-8232.
Did you receive an iPad as a gift? Already have one but don't know what to do with it? Learn how to operate your device at "Tech Tuesdays: iPad Basics." This one-hour class will be held Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at South Rowan Regional (China Grove). Space is limited, so to register, call Paul at 704-216-7737.
Teen fans of anime and manga are invited to "Random Fandom: Anime & Manga." This program will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 4:30 p.m. at Headquarters (Salisbury) and on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at South Rowan Regional (China Grove). Attendees are encouraged to cosplay as their favorite character and join in a taste-testing of authentic Japanese treats, making Pokémon origami, and watching a classic Hayao Miyazaki film. "Random Fandom: Minecraft" will be held on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at East Branch, located at 110 Broad St. in Rockwell. Teens can eat themed snacks, make their own swords, and play Minecraft-inspired games.
"Adulting 101" is a new teen programming series designed to teach valuable life skills. January's program, "Adulting 101: Food," will share simple microwave recipes, advice on how to eat health, and tips on making meals on a shoestring budget. Attendees will get to sample what they cook, so be sure to come hungry! Headquarters (Salisbury) will offer this program on Jan. 16 at 4:30 p.m. and at South Rowan Regional (China Grove) on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.
After two successful escape rooms this fall, Rowan Public Library is now excited to announce that it will offer a regular teen escape room program, "Escape! at the Library," at all three branches. January's escape room, "Save the Clock Tower," is based off of the popular 1980s "Back to the Future" films. Participants must journey back in time to save the clock tower by solving clues and cracking codes. Headquarters (Salisbury) will offer this program on Jan. 23 at 4:30 p.m.; at South Rowan Regional (China Grove) on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m.; and at East Branch (Rockwell) on Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
For teens who want to participate in decisions about upcoming library programs – or who just want to hang out and play board games – the Teen Board will meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at Headquarters (Salisbury). This month's meeting will be held Jan. 30.
For more information about RPL's upcoming programming and other resources, visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or your nearest branch.