It's a collision of food and fiction

Apple Pie cover

The Newcastle Public Library is taking children on an exploration of literature through their taste buds in its program Book 'N' Cook, at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

The program will feature a book or books and a recipe to complement what's being read, and participants get the chance to make the dish and then eat it at the library. This month's theme is apple pies, and the selected book is How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman.

Ages 11 and under are invited to attend. So enough ingredients are on hand, space is limited, so registration is required in advance.

Art for All Ages event looks at the Statue of Liberty

Usa bymarlidiaShare your artistic talent and celebrate one of Amerca's greatest monuments with the Newcastle Public Library and its Art for All Ages series, which continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, with a patriotic theme.

This edition of the monthly series will explore the history and building of the Statue of Liberty, and participants will get a chance to make their own clay sculpture during the program.

As the title indicates, would-be artists of any age are invited to attend. Space and supplies are limited, so registration is required in advance.

Wednesday mornings are just right for a few stories

KidsInTunnelYoung minds are growing and learning a story at a time, at the Newcastle Public Library's weekly Preschool Story Time, scheduled at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26, at the library.

Each event is geared to ages 2 to 5, but younger or older children are welcome also. The story times feature not just books but songs and other activities, and a chance to learn more about the services offered for young readers at the library.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Therapy bands provide a new way to exercise

Summerfield byUnsplashThe Newcastle Public Library will debut its Therapy Band Exercise series, beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, and continuing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at that time for six weeks, through Thursday, Nov. 10.

The classes are geared to seniors, though anyone age 18 and up may attend. Participants will learn and do no-impact chair exercises using resistance bands to increase strength and muscle tone.

Classes are limited to 18 participants, so registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to come to all 12 classes to get the most benefit they can out of it.

Share a Story with a furry friend

Man's best friend can be a child's best friend as well, with the Newcastle Public Library and its "Share a Story" program.

ReadingDogThe library welcomes four different therapy dogs who listen to young readers, including extended hours while school is out on Fridays.

The schedule for October features:

Share a Story with Maggie10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25;

Share a Story with Maxine9 to 11 a.m. Fridays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28;

Share a Story with BubbaNoon to 2 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28;

Share a Story with Sophie2 to 4 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Parents or caregivers can sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read by visiting the library or calling 485-2275.