January 16-February 27

Welcome to Winter Reads, the Neuse Regional Libraries’ Adult Winter Reading Program. The theme for this 6-week program is “Healthy Minds and Bodies” and includes a Community Read. The only requirement is to register. Tickets can be earned by turning in completed activities and by attending a book discussion. All activity sheets must be turned in by February 27 to count toward the drawings.  All activities are subject to change.

The Community Reads selection is Mornings with Rosemary by Libby Page. Previously titled The Lido when originally published in 2018, Mornings with Rosemary follows the budding friendship between the elderly Rosemary Peterson and twenty-something Kate Matthews. Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life but everything is changing around her. Kate recently moved to town and is assigned to write a story about the closing of the Lido, the community pool, to housing developers. Soon Kate’s portrait of the pool focuses on a singular woman: Rosemary. And as Rosemary slowly opens up to Kate, both women are nourished and transformed in ways they never thought possible.

Request a copy of the Community Read title at your local library. The list below contains all discussion group meeting dates, times, locations and contact information.


Community Read Discussion Group Meetings

Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library

252.527.7066, ext. 134

Saturday, January 30, at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m.

Greene County Public Library – 252.747.3437

Monday, February 15, at 5:00 p.m.

La Grange Public Library – 252.566.3722

Thursday, February 25, at 5:30 p.m.

Pink Hill Public Library – 252.568.3631

Tuesday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m.

Comfort Public Library – 910.324.5061

Thursday, February 11, at 4:30 p.m.

Maysville Public Library – 910.743.3796

Saturday, January 23, at 11:00 am

Pollocksville Public Library – 252.224.5011

Thursday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Trenton Public Library – 252-448-4261

Thursday, February 25 at 5:00 p.m.

WINTER READS ACTIVITIES: All activities are subject to change. Please follow our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram @neuselibrary or call the location ahead of time to confirm the activity is available.



Beginning Wednesday, January 20, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Sarah Ware, Shelina Bonner, and Kelly Tyndall of the NC Cooperative Extension will present virtual presentations to help keep your body healthy through better nutritional choices as well as share some delicious recipes for you to try from the comfort of your own home. Alternatively, these videos can be viewed live in various Neuse Regional Libraries locations, where available. Please call to confirm a location is showing this program.

Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library

Treat your body right and enjoy a lunchtime Yoga class with Sharon Mervin. Participants will meet in the auditorium on Friday afternoons at 12:15 p.m. for four weeks beginning January 22. Please bring your own towel or yoga mat.


Greene County Public Library

Get your stretch on! Creed Piel will be leading a 4-week yoga class on Wednesdays beginning February 3 at 3:00 p.m. Please bring your own towel or yoga mat.


La Grange Public Library

Learn meditation techniques with Creed Piel. This 4-week program will be held Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. beginning February 4. Please bring your own towel or yoga mat.

A series of videos from EastPointe will be available via the Neuse Regional Libraries social media pages throughout the program. 


Journaling for Mental Health

Come to the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library to explore different methods of journaling for mental health on Saturday, January 16 at 11:00am and Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30pm. Various methods will be explored including visual, gratitude, and intuition journaling. Seats are limited to 15 participants per session. Each participant will receive a free composition notebook.

Maintaining Mental Health

Join Allison Garzo to learn some techniques to maintain good mental health at the La Grange Public Library on Thursday, January 28, at 5:30 p.m.

Greene County: The Garden Basket (contains flower seeds, 3 piece garden tool set, a $20 Ace Hardware of Snow Hill gift card, and a reusable cloth bag).

Jones County: The Cozy Basket (contains a fuzzy oversized blanket, aloe infused socks and Dr. Teals Lavender scented lotion all placed in a reusable basket) and the Car Wash Basket (contains a bucket, an Armor All car care kit, sponge and drying towel).

Lenoir County: The Outdoors Basket (contains a Hello NC oversized t-shirt, two flashlights, Hello NC coffee mug and a $20 Neuse Sports shop gift card), the Kitchen Basket (contains a $20 Farmer and the Dail gift card, mini waffle maker, dish towels, and a 5-piece bamboo utensil set), and the Coffee Lover’s Basket (contains 2 bags of New England Coffee, a $20 Middle Grounds gift card, a Hello NC coffee mug and oversized t-shirt).