Spend a morning painting with friends at the library

PaintThe Newcastle Public Library's popular Acrylic Painting for Adults series continues in December with its next monthly edition, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

Holly Saunders of the library will teach participants in various aspects of painting, from color mixing to shading, and the program will be chances to create a work of art from a provided example.

Painters can take their work home at the end of the program. All supplies will be provided, although participants may bring their own brushes and a smock to keep their clothes paint-free if they choose.

Registration is required in advance as supplies are limited.

It's a morning of pancakes at Book 'N' Cook

Pancakes for Breakfast

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, Dec. 9.

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 selected book is Pancakes for Breakfast by Tommy Depaola, with participants making their own pancakes after they go over the book.

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

Book groups prepare for final meetings of the year

Mistletoe PromiseThe Newcastle Public Library's selection of monthly book discussion groups include a variety of ages and genres.

The library hosts its Brown Bag Book Discussion for adults 18 and up at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. The group is discussing The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans in a holiday-themed selection for this month's discussion. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library's circulation desk.

Group members are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Refreshments will also be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

The library's Teen and Tween Book Clubs also host their monthly meetings Thursday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. The tween group is for ages 9 to 12 while the teen group is for ages 13 to 17. Each group features a related activity, discussion and snacks provided by the Newcastle Friends.

Registration is not required to be part of any of the discussions.

Visit on Wednesday mornings for Preschool Story Time

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, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28 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.