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Discussion groups talking The Big Read and More

The Newcastle Public Library talks The Big Read and more at three book discussions on Thursday, March 12.

book jacket for Blue AsylumReaders age 18 and up can be part of the Brown Bag Book Discussion, at 12:30 p.m. discussing the Civil War drama, Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall. The Friends of the Newcastle Library will provide refreshments, but attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch.

book jacket for A Wizard of EarthseaThe Teen Book Club meets at 4 p.m., and the book to be discussed this month is “A Wizard of Earthsea” by Ursula K. Le Guin, the featured book for The Big Read this spring. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Also meeting at 4 p.m. is the Tween Book Club, who will be taking part in a “Little Read” event with activities and stories related to The Big Read. The event features conversation, snacks and a craft.

Share a story with one of our therapy dogs

The Newcastle Public Library’s therapy dog program gives many opportunities for young readers to make a new friend while practicing their reading.

Their goal is to be good listeners while young readers are able to read them stories in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment. Parents or caregivers can reserve a time slot for their children age 4 to 13 to read to a dog during March by visiting the front desk of the library or by calling 387-5076.

Dates, times and dogs at the library during March are:

1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, March 1, 8, 15 and 22 with Stone

10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, March 3, 10 and 17 with Maggie;

1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17 and 24 with either Riley or Sadie.

Pick a book for a “blind date,” have a chance to win a prize

Don't judge a book by its cover. 

During the month of February, the Newcastle Public Library would like to “fix you up” with a blind date – as in, a blind date book, as readers have a chance to choose their next book based solely on its “dating profile.”

Library staff has selected a variety of books and wrapped them up in “secretive” brown paper. Readers won’t know the “identity” of their blind date book until they check it out and unwrap it.

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Newcastle debuts new Technology Tuesday series in January

The Newcastle Public Library introduces a new weekly offering at the library called Technology Tuesday.

Tuesdays at the Library are now the place to bring questions about eReaders or other devices for downloading from the library’s online collection of books, magazines or music.

The programs are planned at 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the library.

The sessions are for ages 18 and up, and attendees will need to bring their own device. Don't forget to bring any passwords and associated email addresses with the device as well.

 Registration is not required in advance to take part.