Read to a therapy dog during June

Reading dogThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes young readers to the library for weekly time to read with therapy dog friends at the library on several occasions during June.

Read a Story to Maggie takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, June 13, 20 and 27. And the library also will have dogs at the library for Read to a Therapy Dog from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

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.

It’s a morning of stories at the library

Boy playsWe’re sharing stories with some of our youngest customers inside the Newcastle Public Library, with Pre-K Story Time scheduled at 10 a.m. on each Wednesday in June, beginning Wednesday, June 7.

Activities are geared to ages 2 to 5 and include not just stories but also songs, crafts and a chance for parents and caregivers to learn a little more about the library’s Growing Like a Read program.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Science Museum offerings targeted to local teens

SRP logoScience Museum Oklahoma brings its combination of education and entertainment to teen audiences at the Newcastle Public Library for multiple programs as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program.

Events are for ages 12 to 17 and take a look at science while also incorporating literature and a theme that seeks to appeal to teens. This summer’s programs and dates for teen events are:

Rube Goldberg Challenge, 2 p.m. Friday, June 9 – Rube Goldberg was famous for developing overly complicated machines to accomplish simple tasks, and participants will do the same by combining their engineering and logic skills in a collaborative activity.

Escaping the Wormhole, 2 p.m. Friday, June 16 – Participants will use teamwork and their wits to try find their way out of an “alternate dimension” in an escape challenge.

Read more about the Museum and its programs this summer here.


Build a movie in teen workshop

Geoffrey SmithTeens are taking a crash course in putting together their own movie with the program "Teen Movie Making 101," hosted at 2 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the Newcastle Public Library. The free workshop is part of the library’s Teen Summer Reading Program.

The workshop will be led by Geoffrey Smith, a professional in the Oklahoma television and film industry. Smith is an Artist-in-Residence for the Oklahoma Arts Council and has taught video production in many venues throughout the state for years, including an annual video production camp at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Read more about the program here.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, SONIC, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Making little scientists in SMO presentation

SRP BannerThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes Science Museum Oklahoma for the program “Little Scientists Lab” at 10 a.m. Friday, June 23, at the library.

This program is specifically geared to children ages 11 and under. Participants will get to combine their imagination with science during a hands-on session that encourages creativity and curiosity.

Staff from Science Museum Oklahoma’s outreach wing travel outside the museum to provide programming in places like schools and libraries throughout the year. Each year’s library activities tie into both the theme for the annual Summer Reading Program as well as favorite books that relate to the program topic.

Find out more about the organization's activities in hometown libraries this summer here.