Edit: We love our yearbook collection so much and everyone that comes by is having so much fun that we’re extending our reunion! We will have our yearbooks out for your enjoyment through Saturday. Come by for a visit!


Come to the North Carolina Collection at the Central Library today to visit and reminisce with your high school days! A boombox we do not have, but we suggest the song of the day is Little River Band’s “Reminiscing”!  So come out and visit with your old classmates! We’d love to hear if you were in the band, played sports, or maybe you were in the school play?

We are also actively collecting yearbooks to fill in our high school collection. If you have one you would like to donate we can tell you if we need that year in the collection.

Hope to see you!





Summer Reading is just around the corner! This year Summer Reading will take place between June 8th and July 27th. We wanted to let you know about this fun annual event at all branches of the Forsyth County Public Library and what programs we have coming up for you in the North Carolina Collection.  Visit the Summer Reading page on the Library’s website for suggested reading lists, event calendars, and reading logs. Reading logs will be available at the start of Summer Reading on June 8th.

We have three programs coming up for the summer months. The first is a High School Yearbook Reunion on Thursday, June 14th from 10 am to 12 pm in the North Carolina Collection. We will have yearbooks from local high schools available for viewing. Bring your memories to share and reminisce about your school days!

The second program is Creating Family Oral Histories on Tuesday, June 19th from 3-4 pm in the Computer Learning Center. This program will teach you how to interview and record conversations with family members and how to preserve the sound recordings for future generations.

The third program is Genealogy and Your DNA on Thursday, July 12 from 10-11 am in the Computer Learning Center. Learn what your DNA does and does not tell you about your genealogy and how genealogy DNA tests differ.

We also have staff and volunteers available to help you with genealogy questions. Our Local History & Genealogy Program calendar has dates and times for Genealogy Help and program information too.  Print it out or pick one up in the North Carolina Collection research room the next time you visit the Central Library.

Call the North Carolina Collection at 336-703-3070 if you have questions about any of our programs. We look forward to seeing you at the Library this summer!


Join us for an opening reception of the exhibit They Welcomed Us: Illuminating Refugee Resettlement in the Triad. This Wake Forest University student-curated exhibit will be shown at the North Carolina Collection from May 9th through the month of June.

Come learn about the exhibit and area refugee resettlement tonight, Wednesday, May 9th, in the Central Library auditorium from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  We will be collecting business cards from local businesses owned by refugees or that employee refugees.  If you are interested in volunteering with World Relief, please bring your questions.

We look forward to seeing you at the Library tonight!



This month we have some fun things coming up in genealogy. Genealogy 101 programs will be held in the Computer Learning Center on the first floor of the Central Library. Come learn how to search databases and find your ancestors online! Genealogy Help is offered in the North Carolina Collection room by request. Please stop in or call 336-703-3070 for more information.

April_Gen 101

We have lots of people available to help with your genealogy research. Our knowledgeable staff genealogist Janice and wonderful volunteers from the Forsyth County Genealogical Society are here to assist with your questions and help you find resources. Please stop in and pick up a calendar or download the April calendar here.



Celebrate Black History Month in February with these history and genealogy programs. 

Free Book Reading Event at the United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church on February 11, 2018 @ 4:00 PM.  A copy of Little School in the Woods is available for reference in the North Carolina Room. 



Join us for a free program on African American Genealogy at the Walkertown Branch Library on Tuesday, February 20th @ 6:00 PM. 



Celebrate Women’s History Month in March with true tales of North Carolinian women. 

Free program presented by the New Winston Museum on Wednesday, March 14th @ 6:30 PM in the Central Library Auditorium. 



lightsThe holiday season is upon us.  Below is a list of the library holiday closings for your convenience. The North Carolina Collection room follows the branch hours for the Central Library.

All Forsyth County Public Library branches will be closed on these days:

Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving
Friday, November 24 Thanksgiving
Friday, December 8 Staff Development Day
Friday, December 22 Christmas
Saturday, December 23 Christmas
Sunday, December 24 Christmas
Monday, December 25 Christmas
Tuesday, December 26 Christmas

In addition, library branches will close at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22.

We would like to wish everyone very happy holidays, however you spend them, and hope to see you at the library!






A great partnership has begun with Wings Over Winston, an aerial photography company, and the North Carolina Collection staff at the Forsyth County Public Library. We are providing historical context for selected images taken by Wings Over Winston for their Instagram account. Check it out when you have time. Follow them on Instagram or Facebook to see great views of Winston-Salem and learn about local history.


Next Page »