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​ Every Family Ready to Achieve

 Helping our communities achieve personal success
through library programs and services.

Every Family Ready to Achieve (EFRA) offers opportunities for families to achieve their greatest potential through access to library books, programs, and services. EFRA's goals are to deliver programs and services that increase a variety of literacy skills at any age, to cultivate an environment of learning with the library, to connect families with resources to enhance their lives, and to provide enrichment experiences for families.


Young Child Programming 
ABC Craft & Learn
A program for children and their caregivers that simulates a preschool classroom and focuses on those pre-literacy, fine motor and social skills necessary for a successful launch to kindergarten.

Hooray for PreK!
Enriching preschool experiences in art, music, science and more designed to help children on their way to a successful launch to kindergarten.
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Marbles: Ready, Set, School Community Playdates
Marbles Children’s Museum visits eight library locations to host a monthly interactive event for preschoolers that helps children get ready for school. This outreach event is based upon successful in-house programs at Marbles and offers the experience to families who might not otherwise have access to the museum’s resources.

WCPL Bookmobile
The Bookmobile visits 35 Title 1 preschools in eastern Wake County, offering storytimes based on Every Child Ready to Read. Children are invited to board the vehicle and check out books for an experience that simulates a visit to the public library.

School Age Programming

Books with BRiAN
Books with BRiAN provides school age children the opportunity to build and improve their reading skills. This program includes interactive literacy-based activities and provides children opportunities to practice their skills by reading aloud to therapy dogs.

Discover Your World @ the Library
Select locations offer monthly movie afternoons featuring family-friendly films that encourage participants to Read, Create, Explore and Discover. A movie theater atmosphere (complete with popcorn and a beverage!) is provided to offer every family a special Movie Theater experience.


Teen Programming

This monthly ‘program-in-a-box’ experience focuses on life skills and personal development. Topics include social media etiquette, fitness and nutrition, and problem-solving strategies. Teens earn a formal letter of completion after attending six programs and collecting six buttons.

Thompson Fellowship
The Thompson Fellowship is an award-winning work/study opportunity that empowers teens to deliver early literacy enrichment activities in support of Wake County’s summer food initiative. The eight-week paid work/study program is funded by the county and open to rising 11th and 12th graders who have successfully completed service with the Libraries’ Teen Leadership Corps.

This Fellowship was developed in Ms. Thompson’s memory, impacting the communities for which she advocated. In her words, “Out of darkness is going to come light and you’ve got to believe that.”


Adult Programming

Ask a Lawyer
Library patrons can visit this monthly drop-in clinic and meet with a lawyer who will offer limited legal advice and counsel on civil issues. Made possible by North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center and Wake County Bar Association.

Citizenship Classes
InStepp, Inc. in partnership with WCPL hosts classes to prepare legal permanent residents for U.S. Citizenship. Funded by a grant by USCIS, this 10-week course includes instructional time and practice sessions for the naturalization interview and citizenship test.

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Get That Job!
Job seekers make appointments with an adult services librarian to review their resume and cover letter, navigate online applications, participate in a mock interview, and learn about employment resources available through Wake County.

Job Lab
Job seekers may drop in to our weekly Job Lab to review their resume and cover letter with an adult services librarian, navigate email and online applications, hone interview skills, and learn about employment resources available through Wake County.