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Celebrate police heroes at story time

The Newcastle Public Library celebrates some of its everyday, real-life heroes with its story time called “Policemen are Heroes, Too!” at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 8. Registration is not required to attend.

Shelly Spratt of the Newcastle Police Department will be at the library to talk about the police force and share stories. The event also will feature themed crafts and other activities, and is geared to preschool and elementary school-age children. It’s part of the library’s Summer Reading Program and its theme “Every Hero Has a Story.”

De-stress with natural help from the Oklahoma Museum Network

Have no fear! The fun of the Oklahoma Museum Network isn’t just limited to youngsters this summer, as the scientific stars will give adults a look into making their own bath complements as part of the Adult Summer Reading Program in the program “De-Stress with the Science of Herbs and Oils,” coming to the Newcastle Public Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. Space and materials are limited, so registration is required, which can be done online.

“There is such a big push to go natural, and there are ways to make your own in a do-it-yourself project,” said Eileen Castle, Outreach Coordinator for the OMN.

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Share a story with a therapy dog this summer

The Newcastle Public Library’s therapy dog program gives many opportunities for young readers to make a new friend while practicing their reading.

The goal of the child's furry buddy is to be a good listener. Young readers are able to read them stories in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment, which important for every child's development during the formative years. Parents or caregivers can reserve a time slot for their children between the age 4 and 13 to read to a dog by visitng the front desk of the library or by calling 387-5076.

Dates, times and dogs at the library during June are:

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon: June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 with Maggie;

Tuesdays, 1 to 6 p.m.: June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 with either Riley or Sadie;

Thursdays, 3 to 5 p.m.June 4, 11, 18 and 25 with Rusty.

We enjoy watching little readers learn and go, so we hope to see everyone there!

Doc Rogers is bending minds with summer magic show

book jacket for Animal Heroes: true rescue stories by Sandra Markle“Doc Rogers the Mind Bender,” portrayed by magician Doug Anderson, will perform his show “Every Hero Has a Story – Magic and Fun Show” at the Newcastle Public Library at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3. No registration is required.

In keeping with this year’s theme, the show is filled with a variety of super-heroic magical feats and stories highlighting a range of fictional and real-life heroes in the Rocket Patrol.

Interested in more heros and magic? Checkout some of the books about heros and/or books about magic tricks for children available at the library.

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Rolling Thunder Book Bus visit and more

two boys on the Thunder Book BusIt’s time for a heroic summer of reading at the Newcastle Public Library, as the annual Summer Reading Program is getting ready to get off to a “super” start.

This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story,” and local readers can begin finding those stories at the library’s 2015 Summer Reading Kickoff, set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 29, at the library.

The day features a visit from the Oklahoma City Rolling Thunder Book Bus, and the first 75 children to arrive will get a chance to board the bus to see the special surprises inside.

The morning also features games, crafts, activities, free hot dogs courtesy of the Friends of the Newcastle Library, superhero photo opportunities and a chance to sign up for the Summer Reading Program in person or online.

The slate of special programming for the summer runs throughout June and July, with activities set for children, teens or adults, as well as some family-friendly programs for all ages.