Donna Staley, Chair Board of Trustees

As we observe the one-year anniversary of our new Central Library, I hope that you’ve had a chance to visit.

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite spot in the new library, but as an amateur genealogist, the North Carolina Room is special to me. I’ve been able to trace my family back eight generations and locate relatives in 12 states. You’ll be amazed at how far you can reach around the world and back in time to discover your family’s history through the genealogical books and records available. You can also access Ancestry.com for free

I invite you to find your own space among the many inviting nooks and crannies at Central Library. Read a magazine by the fireplace in the third-floor Forsyth Reading Room. Enjoy a view of Pilot Mountain on a clear day from the rooftop deck. Take in an art exhibit in the gallery space on the second floor.

Our library system is on the move. The Kernersville Regional will open later this year and we look forward to opening a new Clemmons Regional next year. Even if your branch is not among those receiving a major makeover, you can be sure that our librarians are constantly on the lookout for new books, programs and technologies that teach, inform and inspire. We’ll be spotlighting some of the interesting programs and people at our branches in this space later this year.

Technology is a force in all of our lives, and you’ll discover classes, workshops and even Computer Coaches to help you make technology work for you. We offer computer classes for beginners and seniors. You can learn Canva, which will help you create professional flyers and other materials. For those who truly want to become experts, we offer coding classes for ages 8 to 16.

Assistive technology is available during regular library hours at the Central, Carver and Kernersville branches.

As we look back on our first year in the new library, we’re grateful to the citizens of Forsyth County for their support of our library system through the years. We’re heartened to see you come into the library whether it’s to check out books, attend a class, meet friends or just to hang out. We’re actually one of the best places to experience community.

Sincerely,

Donna L. Staley
Chairwoman, Forsyth County Board of Trustees