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.

Grow and learn at weekly story time

babyThe Newcastle Public Library’s Preschool Story Time takes place at 10 a.m. each Wednesday during July, on July 6, 13, 20 and 27. Activities are designed for ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers, and the programs include stories, songs and other activities.

And, for those who cannot make it to a story time during the week, the library also will host a Family Story Time at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16.

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.