Downtown Clayton Aerial Banner
Welcome the Town of Clayton, North Carolina

Click here for news from your hometown library!

ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY -  Monday, August 21, 2017, 1 - 4 p.m.

Clayton Library is one more than 3,000 libraries across the country participating in the celestial event of the century! During this national event, the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean blocking the sun in a spectacle that hasn't occurred in decades. In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the U.S. was nearly 40 years ago. You Must View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely and our library has already handed out 900 FREE safety glasses thanks to the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and NASA. We still have 300 eclipse glasses and will be giving them out starting at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 21st in Town Square where we'll gather to view this amazing sky show! Predictions for Clayton are that we'll begin to see the moon eclipse the sun around 1:17 p.m. and it will reach its peak at around 2:45 p.m. when the moon will cover about 93% of the sun! The sun won't be fully visible again until around 4 p.m.  Bring a blanket or chair and join us in Town Square, just a block from the library. We'll have eclipse maps, games, and experiments for everyone to enjoy. If the weather doesn't cooperate, we'll head back inside the library and watch the live broadcast with NASA! Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience! For more information, please contact Mardia Jacobs at the library.

CODE CLUB! Every Friday! 2 sessions: 1-2:30 p.m. & 2:30-4 p.m. 

Does your kid want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Wozniak? Open to kids of all ages this summer Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and 2:30-4 p.m.! Kids just need to be old enough to read and use a computer on their own. We encourage you to bring your own device! 

We're partnering with Prenda for this exciting new program, and they've got info and a video for parents here. In short, the company describes Code Club as that magical time of the week when kids get together and teach computers to do what we want them to! As Dropbox CEO Drew Houston put it, coding is the closest thing we have to a superpower! And did we mention there are currently 500,000 unfilled coding jobs in the United States with average salaries of $70,000?! You'll learn the Prenda software, which not only teaches kids how to code games, websites and backend software – it also teaches you how to learn! Kids progress through the program at their own pace, and the program is designed to encourage children to solve problems on their own using Internet research and collaboration with their peers. That equips kids to continue teaching themselves, and it's how professional coders solve problems every day!


  • Adult Coloring Club is held EVERY 2nd and 4th Monday from  5 to 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. Coloring isn't just for kids, it can actually help adults combat stress!
  • Knit Night is held EVERY 1st, 3rd and 4th Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. Knitters of all levels and ages are welcome! Please bring your own needles and yarn.
  • Teen Game Night is held EVERY 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Bring your own or learn to play ours with others!
  • All-Ages Coding Club will soon begin at the library on Friday afternoons! If you have interest in volunteering for this new event, please stay tuned for more info! In the meantime, stop in the library and checkout our MakerSpace, a creative space for young makers and educators, is always open in the library meeting room. You can check out our Toys & Games for in-house use at the Children's Desk.


  • Monday Night Book Club meets every third Monday at 6 p.m. Book discussion, opinion sharing, refreshments, and lots of fun! It is open to young adult and up in age and new members are always welcome. Meets year-round. Please contact Mardia for any special dates and locations along with our reading list.
  • J Club (ages 7-12) meets every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in the meeting room from September through May. See Mary in the Children's Room to pick up a book! Meets September through May.


EVERY Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Join Liza for our new story hour! Stories designed for preschool age children. Meets year-round.

EVERY Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Stories, crafts and special guests designed for Kindergarten to 5th grade  students. Meets year-round.

EVERY Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.  Stories, crafts and special guests designed for preschool age children. Meets year-round.

EVERY Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  Baby songs, stories, giggles and rhymes for children 2 years and under with their caregivers. Meets year-round. 


Best bargains in Town: a whole grocery bag of books for practically nothing!  Every spring and fall, the non-profit Friends of the Library host a book sale at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library to help support the Clayton Library.  Learn more about this great event and how your bargains will benefit your library!  The Friends of the Library holds general meetings at 4:00 p.m. on the 4th Thursday of January, July and October. All are welcome!

FALL 2017                                                  
September 8, 4pm-7pm : $25 per bag                  
September 9, 8am-2pm  : $15 per bag                 
September 11, 4pm-7pm : $10 per bag       

If you're considering donating items, please read the Friends of the Library Inc. Book Sale Donation Guidelines. Thank you for all of your donations!


Join us every summer for our Summer Reading Program. This free Collaborative Summer Library Program will have free special programming each week of the summer from the end of the traditional school year until usually the end of July. It's a statewide coordinated program that encourages all ages to continue to improve their reading skills during the months when school is not in session. 2017 Theme was "Build a Better World"! Look out for the 2018 Summer Reading Program details next Spring!

What would you like to see at your local library? Let us know by emailing us at 


Latest News
Video Gallery
© Town of Clayton All Rights Reserved