Learn about accessing free downloadable items in class

KindleFireAre you interested in downloading audiobooks and eBooks on OverDrive and want to become a pro at it?The Newcastle Public Library will give readers a look inside the library’s resources for downloadable materials at its adult program Download Audiobooks and eBooks with OverDrive, being offered at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at the library.

The workshop is an opportunity for learning how to use the library’s downloadable content through the service OverDrive. Participants are encouraged to bring their mobile device so they get a hands-on chance to learn how to download materials with their own device.

Devices that can be used to download books from the library include eReaders, smartphones, computers or tablets.

Registration is not required to attend the program. All participants must bring their library card or card number, and make sure their device is registered with the manufacturer. Come learn more about our popular service, OverDrive! 

Paint in acrylic at our monthly art event

paintNeed help getting inspiration for your paintings or do you just want to learn new techniques? Join us Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Newcastle Public Library for its series of Acrylic Painting workshops!

The class is for ages 18 and up, and will provide an introduction to the techniques of color mixing and shading as each participant paints their own piece from a provided example. In this month’s project, painters will create a landscape of an old covered bridge!

All supplies are provided, although participants are welcome to bring their own brushes or a smock to help keep their clothes clean.

Space is limited, so registration is required to attend.

Read to therapy dogs five times during February

dogIf your child struggles with reading in front of others, the therapy dog reading program at the Newcastle Public Library is an awesome event to attend! Your child may read to friendly therapy dogs, Maggie and Prairie, for a non-threatening and non-judgemental audience.

Children can join Maggie for reading times from 10 a.m. to noon each Tuesday in the month, on Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23Parents or caregivers can reserve a time slot for their children ages 4 to 13 to read to a dog at the front desk of the library or by calling 387-5076.

Prairie will be available for a come-and-go event from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Maggie and Prairie will be excited to meet you!

It’s Story Time for preschoolers at the library

readWho doesn't love Story Time? Check out these upcoming Story Time programs at the Newcastle Public Library!

Preschool Story Time will be taking place at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, with stories, songs and all kinds of activities designed just for children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers!

For the first time, the library also will present a bilingual event titled Family Play Time/Hora de Jugar en Familia, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. It’s a special presentation of the library’s Growing Like a Read program for developing readers and their caregivers. This program is also perfect for bilingual familes or families wanting to expose their children to different cultures and languages!

Registration is not required to take part in any of the programs.

Book groups set February topics

After reading a book, don't you feel like you have to share your ideas about it to others? Well, here's your opportunity! 

The Newcastle Public Library gives avid readers multiple opportunities to join the discussion of their favorite reads in monthly book discussion groups.

The library’s Sci-Fi Adult Book Club, which just began meeting in 2016, will have its next discussion at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the library. The group’s discussion will be on the classic novel Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Copies of each month’s title are available at the library’s Customer Service Desk.

This isn’t the only chance for book discussion at the library, with the adult Brown Bag Book Discussion, Teen Book Club and Tween Book Club all slated to meet Thursday, Feb. 11.

The brown bag book discussion group for adults meets at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 11, with the discussion focusing on the novel Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper. There will be refreshments and participants also can bring their lunch!

The teen book club, for ages 12 to 17, meets at 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 to discuss The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Snacks will be provided! 

The tween group, for ages 8 to 11, meets at 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 to discuss works by former Gov. Frank Keating and Oklahoma History.  The event will feature discussion, snacks and a themed craft!

Registration is not required for any of the programs.