Wednesday brings Story Times to the library

KidsThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes families with young children to its weekly Pre-K Story Time, scheduled at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the library.

Each event is geared to ages 2 to 5, but younger or older children are welcome also. The story times feature not just books but songs and other activities, and a chance to learn more about the services offered for young readers at the library.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Book and cook with a gingerbread theme at monthly event

Gingerbread for LibertyThe Newcastle Public Library takes a look back in history with a tasty theme at its Book-N-Cook program, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

Gingerbread for Liberty, by Mara Rockliff, is the featured book for this month's program. It looks at how a forgotten hero of the Revolutionary War helped the war effort by feeding soldiers gingerbread and other baked goods.

After going through the book, participants will make and bake gingerbread.

Children up to age 11 are invited to attend. Registration is required in advance so there are enough supplies on hand.

Share a Story with a therapy dog on Tuesdays, Fridays

ReadingDogThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes young readers to the library for weekly time to read with therapy dog friends at the library during February.

Share a Story with Maggie takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28. And the library also will have dogs at the library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Young readers may bring their own books or pick from the many that are part of the library's collection.

The goal of the program is to provide young readers a place to practice their reading in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment.

Parents or caregivers are asked to set up a time slot in advance for their children to read.