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Superfoods that are easy to cook

book jacket for Healing Foods: eat your way to a healthier lifeSuperfoods are here to help you stay healthy! Adults and teens are invited to learn about foods that can benefit your health and take part in a cooking demonstration at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at the Newcastle Public Library.

“Superfoods is not a made-up term, but superfoods are foods that can give you the maximum nutrition for the calories,” said Matthew Joplin, one of the co-founders of Food for Thought. “You’re talking about things like parsley, oregano, many herbs, many kinds of fruit, like blackberries or blueberries.

The Food for Thought Learning Institute will demonstrate easy recipes that use ingredients already in your house, are cost effective, and can reduce your risk of diseases or improve your mood.

The program is limited to the first 40 participants, so register in advance to save your space.

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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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