February 18, 2021 is Gibsonville’s 150th birthday!
Gibsonville celebrates Charter Day on Feburary 18th – the day in 1871 that we officially became a Town.  This year, the library and parks and recreation department are honoring 150 years in socially-distanced ways.  Go on a town-wide hunt to help find all 150 gold nuggets – and turn them in to the community center for treats!  And stop by the library on February 18th for a grab and go 150th birthday goodie bag.  There might even be something to see on the town green in the days leading up to Charter Day.  Happy 150th, Gibsonville!

Sign up now to participate in Culture Fest, Saturday, May 8, 2021
Culture Fest focuses on bringing together the community, attracting tourists and visitors, showcasing the diversity in Gibsonville, and celebrating our town. 2021 is Gibsonville’s 150th anniversary, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the establishment, growth, and diversification of our town.  Individuals, groups, and organizations are invited to participate in Culture Fest by representing their heritage and culture through displays, information booths, stage performances, and food.
Learn more about Culture Fest and how you can be a part of it at giblib.org/culturefest

Check out the latest episode of Who Knew? at giblib.org/whoknew
This Jeopardy-style quiz game is designed to be a fun way to bring the Gibsonville community together in a time when many of us feel isolated. Contestants are community members nominated by YOU! The first episode streams live at 7pm on Thursday, Jan. 21 – but you can find a link to the recorded episode here.
Want to see your teacher, coach, pastor, scout leader, family member or friend go head-to-head against two other contestants? Fill out a nomination form at giblib.org/whoknew

In February, we usually celebrate Take your Child to the Library Day, well this year we’re celebrating Take the Library to Your Child instead!
We offer many ways to bring the library to your child this month (and every month), including:
STEAM activity boxes for K-5 – new activity each month
Pick up a STEAM activity box at the library (or contact us to set up a curbside pickup). New activity available on the first of each month – activity kits are free for everyone, no sign-up required.  This month: Science with Pennies

Storytimes and Grab & Go Activity Kits Intended for birth-PreK.
Our weekly Zoom Storytimes are  Tuesdays at 7:00 PM. Coming up:
1/26/2021– Snowmen
2/2/2021 — Dinosaurs
2/9/2021 — Valentine
2/16/2021 — Fish
2/23/2021 — Birds
giblib.org/zoomstory PW: 498295

Don’t forget – we still offer BookFix for Kids, Teens, and Adults  giblib.org/bookfix
We want to help you get your book fix! When you complete and submit the BookFix request form, library staff will use your preferences to hand-select a batch of books for you. Library staff will also take requests over the phone at 336-449-6455.
When your BookFix batch has been selected- usually within 3 business days- staff will contact you to schedule a pickup time (either in person or via curbside service).

What is in my MOUTH? — Monday, February 8 @ 7PM (Teens)
So…. nobody’s traveling the world right now. BUT we can learn about distant places and cultures through food and trivia from home! Take your tongue on a trip to a different country each month as we explore the world by asking: What is in my mouth???
The library will provide free snack foods from a different part of the world each month, and host a live, online tasting party on the second Monday of each month with facts about the featured country, trivia, and the chance for participants to rate their mystery snack.
Sign up to reserve your snack and get info about the next online tasting party. We’ll let you know when new snacks are available to pick up from the library each month. Snacks will be bagged so you won’t know what you got until it’s time to taste together. That means folks with food sensitivities will need to proceed with EXTREME CAUTION. Intended for middle and high school ages.

Help maintain our Community Pantry
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the library’s Community Pantry! So far, we have been able to keep the pantry stocked with donations from our neighbors. The pantry is being used, which means we are meeting a need in our community. If those who are able to contribute continue to donate nonperishable food items, basic toiletries, and baby supplies (find a full list here), we can continue to help our neighbors who are in need. This is one more way we can continue to share the love in Gibsonville.