Bring your preschooler for a variety of events in April

Girl and bunnyApril showers bring young children and thneir parents and caregivers to the Newcastle Public Library for its weekly activities at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays each week during April.

Pre-K Story Time provides stories, songs, activities and a craft. It’s geared to ages 2 to 5 but babies and even older children are welcome too.

The schedule features two special events:

10 a.m. April 18 – Healthy You Story Time, with stories, songs a healthy snack and a free book on healthy living for participating children. The program is made possible by the Pioneer Library System Foundation

10 a.m. April 19Viva GLARt! Grow A Learner Through Art. Activities include play time and stories in a bilingual setting and are for children up to age 5.

Registration is encouraged in advance for each of the programs.

We're talking books with you

Hero of the Empire coverThe Newcastle Public Library is talking reading and spreading the joy of books with its four regular book groups, which meet monthly at the library.

The book groups, their dates and topics for April’s meetings are:

Brown Bag Book Discussion, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 – The selected book is Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. Ages 18 and up may attend and should bring their own lunch, with some additional refreshments provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Teen Book Club, 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12 – This month will be an end of the season party for the group, which meets during the school year. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Tween Book Club, 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12 – For ages 9 to 13, this group likewise will have an end-of-season party with snacks and games and more.

Page Turners Book Club, 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 – The library’s newest book will discuss The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard in its April 24 meeting, and on April 17 the group will watch the 2017 movie release that looked into the life of Winston Churchill in preparation for the discussion of the book.

Copies of selected books for the discussions may be checked out at the library’s circulation desk.

Visit the library for Friday afternoon series

Bee bim bop coverThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes school-age children to spend part of their Friday for various afternoon activities, each starting at 2 p.m.

The April schedule features:

April 13STEAM It Friday: Explore science and basic engineering with the use of K’Nex building systems.

April 20Book-N-Cook: With inspiration from the book Bee-Bop Bim by Linda Sue Park, participants will then make their own version of the popular Korean dish. Supplies are provided thanks to the Newcastle Friends of the Library.

April 27Crafts for School-Age Children: Celebrate spring by making an assortment of suncatchers using supplies provided by the Newcastle Friends of the Library.

Registration is required separately for each of the programs.