August brings Genealogy Sundays

ManComputerThe Newcastle Public Library is giving an added boost for those interested in researching their family history with an upcoming series of basic genealogy programs.

Genealogy Sundays will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 7, 14 and 21, at the library. Shirley Harman, Genealogy Consultant with the Daughters of the American Revolution, will lead the sessions, giving guidance and ideas for beginning or continuing a search of family history.

Participants also will learn about the online resources for genealogy offered through the library.

Space will be limited so registration is required separately for each of the classes.

Wednesday mornings bring story times

4203913106 2b7259e30a mRemember how fun listening to a great story was when you were a kid?

The Newcastle Public Library is making those sort of memories at its Preschool Story Time, which takes place at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays during August, with events on Aug. 3, 10, 24 and 31.

Activities are designed for ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers, and the programs include stories, songs and other activities.

Registration is not required to take part in any of the programs, which include an introduction to the library's Growing Like a Read initiative for families with young children.

Share a story with a furry friend

ReadingDogDogs and reading go hand in hand at the Newcastle Public Library and its longtime Share a Story program. In August, young readers will have multiple chances to read with visiting therapy dogs.

Maggie will be at the library from 10 a.m. to noon while Bubba will visit from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

The goal of the program is for reluctant readers to be able to sit with the dog and read to them in a non-threatening atmosphere.

Registration for a 15-minute increment to read should be made in advance through library staff or by calling the library at 387-5076.

Celebrate with us as Summer Reading nears the finish line

childSRP500x136The finish line of this year's Summer Reading Program is almost here, and the Newcastle Public Library is ready to have a good day with local readers in its SRP Celebration, from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 29.

The afternoon will feature games, activities and food in a last race under this year's Summer Reading theme, "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!"

All ages are invited to attend, and registration in advance is not required.

Book group going beyond this world

GracelingA girl's deadly talent has made her valuable to the king of her land. But it's left her with a life that she doesn't even realize is about to change.

The Newcastle Public Library goes beyond the words of this world in its monthly Sci-Fi Book Club, next meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the library.

This month's discussion will be on Graceling by Kristen Cashore. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the front desk.

Refreshments will be provided for the group's discussion thanks to the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

The book club is for ages 18 and up, and registration is not required in advance to participate.