Greensboro Public Library provides educational and entertaining programs for people of all ages. Through these programs and classes, the Library seeks to foster lifelong learning and inspire the joys of reading.
You can download our CONNECTIONS magazine for Library and History Museum news, information and events. You can also pick up a physical copy at your local branch library.
- Book clubs
- Technology Assistance
- Career workshops
- Art studio classes for all ages at Hemphill Branch Library
- Environmental workshops at Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Library
- Nonprofit management and resources at Central Library
- English for speakers of other languages at Glenwood Library
- Business planning and development at Central Library
- Genealogy at Central Library
Throughout the year, the Library sponsors these major programs and events:
One City, One Book
What if everyone in Greensboro read the same book...and then set out to build a stronger community? Every other year, the Greensboro Public Library along with many partners, leads a city-wide reading of a selected title. Lively programs of discussion, films, theatrical productions, readings, and more are held to engage the entire community in the theme of the chosen book. The next One City, One Book will be held in Fall 2019. The book selection process is underway. Visit the archive of Past Projects for more information about each selection.
El Día de los niños
(Day of the Child) is a celebration of childhood and literacy. Join the Greensboro Public Library, Casa Azul, the Latino Community Coalition of Guilford County, and other community partners for our annual celebration on Saturday, April 28 from 1-4:30 pm on Church Street between the Central Library and the Greensboro Children’s Museum. We will have books, music, dancing, art activities, food, and much, much more. It’s bilingual fun for everyone!
Each year June through August, the Library hosts a reading incentive program to encourage kids of all ages to keep reading through the summer. Reading logs are distributed for kids and adults to record their own personal reading goals, and the titles they have read. Participants are encouraged to bring in their reading logs throughout the summer to receive small prizes. Every week the library hosts dozens of fun and educational programs to make library visits exciting and memorable.
Download the Adult Reading Log or pick one up from your library.
A Seat at the Table
Share Your Thoughts & Help Shape Our Tomorrow
During the Fall of 2018, the Greensboro Public Library hosted “We’re Listening” events at each of our 8 library locations. These events were designed and facilitated by the Library’s staff as opportunities to foster greater connections with the community and learn directly from both current and prospective Library users about their hopes and ambitions for their neighbors and neighborhoods.
At each of these events, people of all ages, races and abilities gathered to discuss the state of their communities and swap ideas for how to improve the overall quality of life experienced and enjoyed by Greensboro residents.
At the Central Library, program attendees discussed an array of topics ranging from affordable housing to safety in the Downtown area to specific ideas for library programs and events. At our branches, participants also discussed a variety of issues impacting community such as supporting minority-own businesses, the upkeep of sidewalks and additional program and engagement opportunities for our teen and young adult population. Overall, each of these events proved to be very insightful and gave staff and community members opportunities to grow and learn from one another.
As we boldly begin the 2nd quarter of 2020, we are continuing to integrate the ideas that we listened to and learned about during these events into the current slate of programs and services at the Library.
Whether through information referrals to other City departments and community agencies or through the design and implementation of programs such as Relaxing with Resources at the Central Library or the Coffee & Conversations program at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch, we are serving as the community’s conduit to destiny by letting your suggestions and stories shape and drive our success.
As we remain committed to the process of listening, learning and growing with the community, we are again inviting you to have “A Seat at the Table” for our 2020 version of We’re Listening. This time, in addition to learning about your hopes and aspirations for the community at-large, we want to be intentional about using these opportunities to sit down with you to chat about how we, as a Library (Department of Libraries/Museum), can be most effective in our service to you, your neighbors and the greater Greensboro community.
Your thoughts will help shape our tomorrow. Come join us and have a seat at the table!