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The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) selects summer reading program themes years in advance. Little did the selection committee know what the year 2020 would bring when they picked Imagine Your Story for the 2020 summer reading theme. As things change, the Neuse Regional Libraries must adapt, and we have yet again re-imagined our summer offerings.

The good news is the Summer Reading Program is still happening for children and teens; however, it will be a slightly different this year, with a four week program instead of the originally planned seven week program. Registration for both programs is now open. Upon completing the registration form and liability waiver, your child will receive a Summer Reading Booklet filled with a reading log, schedule of events, and challenge cards with activities they can complete at home or in the Library. Participants earn small prizes for completed reading logs and challenge cards as well as tickets to be entered into drawings for one of our grand prize packs. Every participant is encouraged to read at least 10 hours this summer.

In partnership with Lenoir County Parks and Recreation, Lenoir County Schools, and the Kinston-Lenoir County Friends of the Library, we are excited to present the following performances at Pearson Park:

Tuesday, July 21, 7:00 p.m. Casey’s Laugh and Learn

Travel to a land where pumpkins are prisons, wolves sneeze down houses, dragons are ice cold, and science tells the rest of the story.

Tuesday, July 28, 7:00 p.m. Magic by David

Experience an incredible magic show including live animals.

Tuesday, August 4, 7:00 p.m. Grey Seal Puppets

Get ready to be entertained by A Tangle of Tales, an imaginative mash up of The Frog Prince, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Three Little Pigs.

Tuesday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. Time with Tain

Join us for a one-man comedic circus show featuring a variety of colorful juggling props and interactive elements.

We will also be offering a Teen Summer Reading Program at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library. Teens are invited to join us at the Kinston-Lenoir County Library on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. where the following activities will be offered:

Wednesday, July 22, 3:00 p.m. – Casey’s Laugh and Learn

Travel to a land where pumpkins are prisons, wolves sneeze down houses, dragons are ice cold, and science tells the rest of the story.

Wednesday, July 29, 3:00 p.m. – Dragon Eyes and No-Sew Magic Pouches

Wednesday, August 5, 3:00 p.m. – Create Your Own Dragon in a Jar with Kelly Lewis

Wednesday, August 12, 3:00 p.m. – Interactive Movie – The Princess Bride

La Grange Public Library

In partnership with La Grange Park and the Kinston-Lenoir County Friends of the Library, the La Grange Public Library is excited to present the following performances at La Grange Park:

Tuesday, July 21, 3:00 p.m. Casey’s Laugh and Learn

Travel to a land where pumpkins are prisons, wolves sneeze down houses, dragons are ice cold, and science tells the rest of the story.

Tuesday, August 11, 3:00 p.m. Time with Tain

Join us for a one-man comedic circus show featuring a variety of colorful juggling props and interactive elements.

Pink Hill Public Library

In partnership with the Kinston-Lenoir County Friends of the Library, the Pink Hill Public Library is excited to present the following performances on the back deck at the Pink Hill Public Library:

Tuesday, August 4, 3:00 p.m. Grey Seal Puppets

Get ready to be entertained by A Tangle of Tales, an imaginative mash up of The Frog Prince, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Three Little Pigs.

Monday, August 10, 3:00 p.m. Big Bang Boom

Join us for a high-energy show featuring covers (with a twist) combined with hard-rocking funky original children’s music.

La Grange and Pink Hill Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program

Teens are invited to join us at the La Grange Public Library on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. and the Pink Hill Public Library on Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. where the following activities will be offered starting the week of July 20:

Week 1 – Dragon Eyes and No-Sew Magic Pouches

Week 2 – Magic Wands and Harry Potter Trivia

Week 3 – Create Your Own Dragon in a Jar with Kelly Lewis

Week 4 – Interactive Movie – The Princess Bride

We are also offering summer reading programs in Greene and Jones Counties; a full list of programming can be found at www.neuselibrary.org. For more information on Children’s and Teen Summer Reading programs, please call 252-527-7066, Ext. 133.

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.