Newcastle Friends to present Book Sale, Craft Show

booksThe Friends of the Newcastle Library have announced their annual Friends of the Library Book Sale and Craft Show, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the library.

The event is the group’s biggest fundraiser for its efforts to support the programs and services of the Newcastle Public Library throughout the year. In addition to seeing the books and crafts available, participants can get information on becoming a member of the Friends group.

All ages are welcome, and registration is not required.

Get a history of art at six-week workshop

summer art workshopThe Newcastle Public Library is bringing the world of art into the lives of local children in its six-week Summer Art Workshop series, set for 11 a.m. on Thursday mornings, beginning June 2 and running through July 7.

The workshops are for ages 8 to 13, and will feature a history lesson on some of the art world’s most influential and then a chance to create a piece of art based on the style of the artists.

All supplies will be provided by the library. Space is limited, so registration will be required for each of the classes.

Preschool Story Time sessions slated throughout June

story timeThe Newcastle Public Library’s Preschool Story Time takes place at 10 a.m. each Wednesday in June. Activities are designed for ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers, and the programs include stories, songs and other activities.

And, for those who cannot make a story time during the week, the library also will host a Family Story Time at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18.

Registration is not required to take part in any of the programs, which include an introduction to the library’s Growing Like a Read initiative for families with young children.


Summer Reading gets started with morning of activities

srp2016The Summer Reading Program brings thousands of readers into the hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System, and this year’s activities once again provide opportunities for all ages to experience the library.

The Newcastle Public Library gets its Summer Reading Program festivities started with a SRP kickoff event On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 27, at the library.

This year’s Summer Reading Program takes a look at exercise, not just of body but of mind as well, as both mental and physical activity are featured for those who come inside the library. The themes for SRP in 2016 are “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!for children; “Get in the Game: Readfor teens and “Exercise Your Mind. Read! for adults.

A slate of performers will tour throughout the 11 hometown libraries in the system, and activities are set nearly every day as SRP hits its peak during June and the first part of July.