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The Neuse Regional Library System has many fun and educational weekly programs for children at each of our eight locations and throughout the community.

These programs are free to all and we offer something for every age group. Each program supports the goal stated in our Strategic Plan to develop culturally diverse programming that attracts and engages the entire community, and participants gain real benefits in their early literacy development. We hope that you will take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to learn, have fun, and interact with other members of our community.

Storytime is for children ages birth-5 years and consists of stories, songs, crafts and other activities. Each week’s program starts with a welcome song that incorporates shakers and movement followed by fun stories and songs that keep children engaged and learning. A theme-based craft or activity ends each session allowing children to hone their fine-motor skills and increase their creative thinking. Storytime is held at the Greene County Public Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m., at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., at the La Grange Public Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., and at the Pink Hill Public Library on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

Countdown to Kindergarten is an early literacy program geared towards preschoolers. Through stories, songs, and crafts, young children learn some of the skills they will need to be successful in school. They also get much needed interaction with other children. While this program does not teach children everything that they will need to know before they start school, it is an excellent foundation for early literacy skills. Countdown to Kindergarten is held at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m.

Movement and Music is a song and dance-based program that is enjoyable for children and caregivers alike. Each week children gather to sing, dance, and play for a thirty-minute session that includes one music or movement-based story. Shakers, bells, scarves, ribbons, bubbles, and flannel board activities add to the fun. Toys are available at the end of each week’s session for children and their caregivers to relax and play at the library. Movement and Music is held at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library on Fridays at 9:30 a.m.

Family programming happens each weekend at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library with a rotation of Storytime fun and creative crafting. Storytime programs feature stories, songs, crafts and other activities, while Crafting Saturdays will provide artistic fun for everyone. These programs are held at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library each Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

STEM Lab is a STEM-based program that takes place at each of our Neuse Regional Library locations on various afternoons throughout the week and is geared towards school-age children. In this program, children explore science, technology, engineering and math through group and individual experiments. STEM Labs are held at the Trenton Public Library on Mondays at 4:00 p.m., at the La Grange Public Library on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m., at the Maysville Public Library on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m., at the Greene County Public Library on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m., at the Pollocksville Public Library on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m., at the Pink Hill Public Library on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m., and at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

In addition to weekly programming for children, the library hosts special programs sponsored by the Friends of the Library throughout the year at each of its locations. Check out our Events page on the new library website at www.neuselibrary.org,follow Neuse Regional Library or your local location on Facebook, or call the Children’s Department at 252-527-7066 ext. 133 for more information.

Beginning June 1, all Neuse Regional Libraries are opening at reduced capacity and limited hours. Curbside services will still be available. Click here for hours of operation.