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Celebrate the holidays with cookies and more at book discussion groups

cookiesThe Newcastle Public Library’s Teen and Tween Book Clubs, as well as its adult Brown Bag Book Discussion group, each get together for their monthly meetings Thursday, Dec. 10, at the library.

The adult group meets at 12:30 p.m., and this month features the group’s Annual Cookie Exchange, to go along with discussion of each group member’s favorite holiday books. Attendees are asked to bring three dozen holiday cookies, along with the recipe.

Both the teen and tween groups meet after school at 4 p.m. The Tween Book Club is for ages 8 to 12, and the book for this month is The Mouse Family Robinson by Dick King-Smith. Copies of the book are available at the front desk of the library, and the meeting will feature discussion, snacks and a themed craft.

The Teen Book Club, for ages 13 to 17, is in the holiday spirit with the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol as this month’s offering. The monthly discussion includes snacks and a chance to learn more about everything offered at the library for teens.

Refreshments for each group are provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Come to our holiday ornament craft event

ornamentThe Newcastle Public Library presents a Tween and Teen Holiday Ornament Craft activity, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Participants will have a variety of styles of supplies to be able to make an ornament unique to their creativity and taste!

The program is for tweens or teens, ages 8 to 18, and registration is not required to attend. All supplies will be provided by the library!


Get active at the library’s story time

storytimeIt’s time to get active with the Newcastle Public Library’s Stretch and Wiggle Story Time, taking place twice in December, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and at the same time Saturday, Dec. 19.

This event has something for the whole family, and while it will include the stories and rhymes that are popular in the library’s Family Story Times, it also will have a little physical activity, with some dancing to music and learning a few basic yoga poses!

And this isn’t the only chance for story time at the library, as a weekly Preschool Story Time is offered each Wednesday of December. Program dates will be Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 10 a.m., with stories and activities for children ages 2 to 5, no doubt many of them holiday themed, coming up!

Registration is not required to attend any of the story times.


Read to Maggie at the library

dogThe Newcastle Public Library announces a slight change in its schedule for its therapy dog reading program for upcoming weeks.

Children can join therapy dog Maggie for reading times from 10 a.m. to noon each Tuesday through the rest of 2015, on Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

The goal of the program is for dogs to be good listeners while young readers are able to read them stories in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment. Parents or caregivers can reserve a time slot for their children age 4 to 13 to read to a dog at the front desk of the library or by calling 387-5076.

Yarn enthusiasts welcomed to new weekly get-together

knitThe Newcastle Public Library is turning Tuesday evenings into the library’s time to Keep Calm and Carry Yarn, at 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday beginning, Nov. 3 at the library.

It’s a chance for those interested in crocheting or knitting to come to the library with their current projects and share ideas and tips with each other. Participants also can look at the library’s collection of books on crocheting or knitting that could give them even more ideas for a future project!

All ages and ability levels are welcome, and registration is not required to attend.