Adult Summer Reading Program — Neuse News

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As the weather warms and summer sets in, join us at the Neuse Regional Libraries for the Adult Summer Reading Program. Pleasure reading is a proven stress reliever, a great way to exercise your brain and improve your focus and ability to concentrate. The theme of this year’s program is Ocean of Possibilities. Participants will embark on underwater adventures during this 8-week program through book discussions, cooking demonstrations, beach-themed paint parties, and a presentation from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science about the inhabitants of the prehistoric seas.

Registration begins July 1 at all Neuse regional libraries as well as online at neuselibrary.org; activity packs can be picked up at registration, curbside, or viewed online for easy printing. . Filled with a variety of brain teasers, puzzles and other fun projects, each completed activity can be turned into a raffle ticket to be entered into a draw for one of the prize baskets.

The Adult Summer Reading Program offers a variety of activities both at the library and at home for all to enjoy. This summer, the following books will be discussed: The Brilliant Abyss: Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean and the Looming Threat to It by Helen Scales, The wall by John Lanchester, and The Island of the Women of the Sea by Lisa See. Copies of these books will be available in all regional libraries in Neuse. Electronic copies are available in e-book and e-audio format via Libby (https://e-inc.overdrive.com/).

The following book discussions will take place in July: The Brilliant Abyss: Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean and the Looming Threat to It by Helen Scales to Greene County Public Library Monday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m. and Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library Thursday July 28 at 6:30 p.m.; The wall by John Lanchester at

Municipal Library of La Grange Thursday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m. and Pollockville Public Library Tuesday, July 26 at 1:30 p.m. The following book discussions will take place in August:

The Island of the Women of the Sea by Lisa See at Greene County Public Library Monday August 15 at 3:30 p.m.; the Municipal Library of La Grange Thursday August 18 at 2:00 p.m.; the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library Thursday August 25 at 6:30 p.m.; the Pollockville Public Library Tuesday, August 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Kelly Tyndall of the Lenoir County Cooperative Extension will be our special guest for cooking classes introducing the Mediterranean way of eating. She will share a cool summer dish and how to prepare it. Cooking classes will take place at the following locations: Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library (252.527.7066, ext. 134) Wednesday July 13 at 11 a.m.; Pink Hill Public Library (252.568.3631) Tuesday July 19 at 1 p.m.; La Grange Municipal Library (252.566.3722) Wednesday, August 10 at 11 a.m. Each program is limited to 15 participants. Please call your local library to reserve your spot.

Join us for a beach-themed painting night hosted by a local artist at a library near you. Paint parties will be held at the following locations: Maysville Public Library (910.743.3796) Saturday July 16 at 3:00 p.m.; La Grange Municipal Library (252.566.3722) Saturday July 30 at 2 p.m.; Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library (252.527.7066, ext. 134) Saturday August 20 at 2 p.m.; Greene County Public Library (252.747.3437) Saturday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. Each program is limited to 15 participants. Please call your local library to reserve your spot.

The adult summer reading program concludes with a visit to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Join us at Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library Tuesday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. for their presentation of Prehistoric seas: mosasaurs, pliosaurs and plesiosaurs, oh my! Participants will embark on a prehistoric maritime expedition, learn why plesiosaurs had such long necks, how a group of dinosaurs took to the waves, and which modern lizard has a surprisingly aquatic past. For more information, please call the Information Services office at 252.527.7066, ext. 134.

Participants earn raffle tickets by participating in programs and submitting completed activities from the activity pack. The raffle tickets allow you to participate in the draws of the thematic baskets which will be distributed in all the Regional Libraries of the Neuse. All activities must be returned by September 2 and the draws will take place on September 9.

We hope you will join us for these exciting new programs while enjoying the books featured. If you have any questions about the Adult Summer Reading Program, please feel free to contact Amber Hargett at [email protected], call the Information Services Office at 252-527-7066, ext. 134, or contact your local library.

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