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Adults: Watershed Moments

Information for Adult Programming and Resources

The “Watershed Moments” special initiative is designed to explore our varied relationships with the environment. “Watershed Moments” programs will include a Statewide Read, an environmental journalism panel, film discussion series, and the statewide tour of the Smithsonian exhibit, Water/Ways

Diving into why water is essential, Water/Ways will give six small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations the capacity to catalyze community conversations about water’s impact on American and North Carolina culture. Water/Ways is part of the Council’s Museum on Main Street program, a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. 

Click HERE for the tour schedule. 

The Carteret County Public Library System, along with 27 other libraries, are partnering with the NC Humanities Council for a collaborative reading program designed to promote reading, discussion, books and libraries. The program is estimated to engage thousands of North Carolinians in common conversations about environmental challenges and access to information.

“Watershed Moments” Statewide Read is a statewide book club that invites the people of North Carolina to read selected works of literature as the jumping-off point for meaningful conversations among North Carolinians that can help us better understand important issues in our community and state.

This year’s selections explore our relationship with water and the environment culturally and historically. These stories about water highlight how humanities, literature, and journalism build understanding about significant issues in North Carolina.




How can I participate?

Stop by your local branch and see if there are free materials still available. We have a limited number of titles available for participants to keep! You can also check out the titles from our physical and digital collections!.

Click here to place a hold on Dry, by Neal Shusterman

Click here to place a hold on The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi

Click here to place a hold on the digital copy of Dry, by Neal Shusterman

Click here to place a hold on the digital copy of The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi


Join Us for Virtual Live Monthly Events Featuring Special Guests and Opportunities to Discuss Dry and The Water Knife.

  • March 16, 2021Panel Discussion about Environmental Journalism and Disaster Reporting
    Join us for a panel discussion with special guests who will examine and discuss how real life journalists report about disasters and the environment in North Carolina.    
  • April 22, 2021: Statewide Read Finale 
    Join us for a conversation with the authors as we celebrate and reflect upon the North Carolina Humanities Council's Statewide Read

“Watershed Moments” is part of the national initiative on “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” administered through the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Water/Ways is brought to North Carolina by the North Carolina Humanities Council and is sponsored by National Humanities Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina Sea Grant, NC Water Resources Research Institute and Our State Magazine.