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Over the next couple of weeks we are making a switch to a new calendar & room booking system.

We greatly appreciate your patience as we make this transition. If you experience difficulties accessing our calendar or requesting a meeting room please contact your local library for assistance.

Don't blow your top! It's an afternoon of "Exploring Volcanoes"

Volcanoes coverThe Newcastle Public Library is "Exploring Volcanoes" in an afterschool event for children, beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.

It will be a journey into the phenomenon of volcanoes, with information about how and why they happen. After the program, take a look at these books the Pioneer Library System has for children and teens on the topic and learn even more!

Ages 8 to 13 are invited to participate in the program. Registration is not required in advance.

Our library has therapy dogs that will listen to your children read

ReadingDogThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes young readers to the library for weekly time to read with therapy dog friends at the library on numerous dates during April.

Read a Story to Maggie takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25. And the library also will have dogs at the library for Share a Story With a Therapy Dog from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Young readers may bring their own books or pick from the many that are part of the library's collection.

The goal of the program is to provide young readers a place to practice their reading in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment.

Parents or caregivers are asked to set up a time slot in advance for their children to read.

Wednesday morning means we're having Story Time

BubblesThe Newcastle Public Library invites families with young children to its weekly Pre-K Story Time, scheduled at 10 a.m. on each Wednesday in April, on April 5, 12, 19 and 26.

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.

Movie Matinee features Disney classic

FilmReelThe Newcastle Public Library brings the excitement of the movies into the library for its free Movie Matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1.

This will be the family-friendly Disney classic Mary Poppins, featuring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. All ages are invited to attend, and refreshments will be provided, courtesy the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Registration is not required to attend.

FRONTLINE screening, discussion featured in PLS Big Read

PLSBigReadLogoIf you were diagnosed with a serious life-limiting illness, what would be the things that would matter most to you and who would you want to know?

The Pioneer Library System is tackling that topic in its activities surrounding the 11th edition of its PLS Big Read, focusing on the novel Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

Each library will host a screening for the FRONTLINE film "Being Mortal," followed by a panel discussion. The 60-minute film was produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston. The Newcastle Public Library's presentation will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21. Scholar Cynthia Thomas will lead the post-film discussion.

Being Mortal was the 2015 Indies Choice Book Award winner in the Adult Non-Fiction category. The author also is the recipient of the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science and two national magazine awards.

Sponsors for this year's PLS Big Read are the Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.