Bring the kids for November activities

Noisy Paint Box coverThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes families with children for several weekly activities during November.

The library’s Pre-K Story Time, for children ages 2 to 5, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on each Wednesday of the month, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

The library also will present a series of programs on Fridays while school is out. Each event is for school-age children, begins at 2 p.m. and this month’s schedule features:

Nov. 3Art for School-Age Children, based this month off the book The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, with participants learning about how synesthia, a condition in which the senses overlap, influenced artist Vasily Kandinsky.

Nov. 17Book-N-Cook, with a spaghetti squash fritter recipe based off the book The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz.

We're talking books in monthly groups

Map Trap coverJoin the discussion with the Newcastle Public Library and its variety of book clubs meeting monthly at the library. November’s program dates and selected books are:

Brown Bag Book Discussion, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 – The adult group’s monthly discussion is on The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch, and there will be some additional refreshments provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Tween Book Club, 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9Ages 9 to 13 will be discussing The Map Trap by Andrew Clements, and participating in a craft related to the book.

Teen Book Club, 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9Ages 14 to 17 will look at There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 – The featured book this month will be Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

Copies of each of the books are available for checkout at the front desk of the library.

Friday afternoon activities slated throughout December

Gingerbread Houses coverThe Newcastle Public Library gives local students a variety of options for activities on Fridays during December.

Each program begins at 2 p.m. and are for ages 11 and under. The dates and offerings are:

Dec. 1Book-N-Cook, with participants making gingerbread houses while using the book No-bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids by Lisa Turner Anderson. All supplies are provided thanks to the Friends of the Newcastle Library, and those who choose can enter their house in a contest sponsored by the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce.

Dec. 8STEAM-It Friday, using technology to create paper airplanes that can be controlled remotely through a smartphone app or an iPad. Children that don’t have their own phone or iPad can borrow one from the library.

Dec. 22Art for School-Age Children, focusing on the style of Wouter Van Reek from his book Coppernickel Goes Mondrian. Supplies are provided by the Newcastle Friends.

Dec. 29Crafts for School-Age Children, with participants making a variety of paper snowflakes based on the Caldecott Medal-winning book Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.

Registration is required separately for each of the programs.