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📚 Do your shelf a favor
Looking down a hallway with brown carpet with bookshelves on either side. Black stepstools are on the end of three rows on the right.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for, library staff can usually get it from another branch the next day. | Photo by WStoday
There’s a lot going on at your local library. Keep reading to learn how to take advantage of free learning opportunities within the 10-branch Forsyth County Public Library system.

Get your card

Your library card is your ticket to everything the library system has to offer, although services and events inside libraries can be accessed without one. Cards are free for Forsyth County residents, property owners, employees, educators, and students.

The cards are made on the spot. Show up to any branch with a valid ID that has your current address and staff will make the card on the spot. Replacing a lost card will cost you $1.

You can renew most books online, over the phone, or in person up to four times. Late fees are a thing of the past (except for some digital devices + museum passes).

Yellow wall with white "Technology" letters behind rows of desktop computers and printers.

Staff is ready to help with research and to answer technology questions.


Photo by WStoday

Much more than books

The library system is your window to more than just the literary world. There are book clubs, storytimes, cooking classes, Tai Chi, and many other events. An electronic calendar is in the works. Card holders enjoy these perks, too:
  • Read digital articles in the Winston-Salem Journal.
  • Check out museum passes to the Kaleideum (up to six children + two adults) and Reynolda House Museum of American Art (two adults).
  • Access e-resources like academic articles, genealogical research, and audio books.
  • Explore a rotating art exhibit on the second floor of the Central Library.
  • Host events in public meeting spaces.
  • Explore Forsyth County artifacts held within the North Carolina Collection.
  • Use a 3D printer and other technology in makerspaces.
  • Get guidance when starting a small business or nonprofit.
Sunny day with clouds. Exterior of Central Library with windows. Two cars and a motorcycle are parked out front.

The Central Library is located at 660 W. 5th St. in Winston-Salem.


Photo by WStoday

Learning for a lifetime

Library officials stress that everyone is welcome inside the library system and services and materials are always free. Funding comes from state + federal resources, and the Forsyth County budget (read more on page 114).
What public places are you interested in learning more about?

A. Parks and outdoor spaces
B. Event venues and gathering spaces
C. Transportation hubs
D. Art displays and exhibits
Monday, Feb. 26
  • A Conversation with Ernie Pitt | Monday, Feb. 26 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Chad’s Chai, 617 N. Liberty St., Winston-Salem | $14 | Journalist and publisher Ernie Pitt will share his experiences founding the city’s first and only Black-owned newspaper.
  • Aging and Mental Health | Monday, Feb. 26 | 1-2 p.m. | Brown & Douglas Neighborhood Center, 4725 Indiana Ave., Winston-Salem | Free | Geriatric Adult Specialty Team Clinician Evelyn Smith will discuss trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in older adults.
Tuesday, Feb. 27
  • Dmitri Vorobiev in Recital: Florestan and Eusebius | Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Watson Hall, UNC School of the Arts, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem | $15-$20 | Faculty artist Dmitri Vorobiev presents a program of lesser-performed works by 19th century composer Robert Schumann.
Wednesday, Feb. 28
  • Overview of Forecasted City Projects | Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Forsyth County Central Library, 600 W. 5th St., Winston-Salem | Free | Representatives from City Departments will discuss upcoming city capital projects planned through 2024.
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News Notes
  • It’s not too late to cast your final vote for Lesser-Known Beer Company in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice poll. The brewery on South Broad Street is in the running to be named one of America’s favorite new breweries — voting closes today at 12 p.m.
Coming Soon
  • Celebrate the grand opening of Dream Kreams store at 102 W. 3rd St., Unit 102 on Saturday, March 23. The mobile artisanal creamery has been known for unique flavors and non-dairy options since 2018.
  • Winston-Salem State University basketball teams will compete in the CIAA Tournament this week. The women’s team will play Bowie State tonight at 7 p.m. The men’s team will play Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. (Winston-Salem Journal)
  • The RiverRun International Film Festival has received $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award. The grant will be used to support RiverRun’s screening fees, venue rentals, and filmmaker travel stipends for the festival happening April 18 through April 27.
  • Tickets are still available for the two-day DocStock II event at The Ramkat. The annual birthday celebration honoring bluegrass picker Doc Watson starts Friday, March 1 with the Alison Brown Quintet and continues Saturday, March 2 with four performing acts.
  • Weigh in on a newly released draft of the Olmstead Plan, the blueprint for how NC assists people with disabilities. The deadline for public comment is Thursday, March 7 — the two-year plan is expected to be published in April. (WFDD)
A performance for everyone
Seated musicians dressed in black play violins and cellos.
Talent of all ages take the stage. | Photo by J. Farley Photography
Winston-Salem Symphony’s annual Concert for Community will be held Saturday, March 9 at 3 p.m. in Wait Chapel. Although all Winstonians are invited to attend, audiences are encouraged to RSVP for a complimentary ticket.

The concert is a gathering of the Youth Symphony and their professional counterparts in the Winston-Salem Symphony. Music Director Michelle Merrill will conduct the combination orchestra.

“The students’ limitless energy and passion, combined with valuable experiences alongside seasoned musicians, contribute to a gift the Winston-Salem Symphony proudly presents to the community each year,” Merrill said. “Witnessing the collaboration between our professional musicians and dedicated students is truly a special offering.”

Two youth performers — pianist Jacqueline Lui and Winston-Salem native, double bassist Gavin Hardy — have won the opportunity to perform the concerto of their choice with the Winston-Salem Symphony during the concert. They competed in the Peter Perret Youth Talent Search for the opportunity. The competition is named for the symphony’s former music director.
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The library was one of my favorite places to study in college. I got my own library card during my tour of Central Library and I can’t wait to put it to good use to continue learning + challenging myself with new ideas.
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