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Paint April showers on the canvas

paintsThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes April showers with the latest edition of its Art 101 series, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11 for adults.

Participants will learn acrylic painting techniques and take home a painting of a figure standing with an umbrella in the rain. Space is limited so registration is required.

Supplies will be provided, although participants are invited to bring their own brushes and smock if desired.


Teen Book Club looks at super-powered novel “Steelheart”

book jacket for Steelheart by Brandon SandersonThe Newcastle Public Library’s Teen Book Club dives into the book Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson at its next get-together, at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9.

The novel is the first in the Reckoners trilogy written about a group of super-powered individuals in a post-apocalyptic world.

At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

The Teen Book Club meets the second Thursday of the month during the school year to discuss a book, create a themed craft, and enjoy refreshments provided courtesy the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Dinner & a Big Read book discussion

book jacket for A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula leGuinCome to the Newcastle Public Library for dinner and an exciting discussion of this year’s The Big Read novel, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9.

“The discovery brings him victory, the kind of victory that isn’t the end of a battle but the beginning of a life.”

Scholar and award winning author Debra Chester will share her knowledge of the science fiction and fantasy genres as she delves into the novel and leads a discussion. 

Dinner will be provided by Friends of the Newcastle Library. Call 387-5076 to reserve your spot.

The Big Read is funded by grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Norman Arts Council, Oklahoma Humanities Council, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Norman Public Library and the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

Explore the prairie with the OKC Zoo

prairie dogThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes the Oklahoma City Zoo for an afternoon of exploring the prairie life in its “Little Sod House on the Prairie” program at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 for families and children of all ages.

It’s a chance to learn about how frontier settlers survived on the land and get to know some of the animals that call the open prairie their home. After the program, you may wish to explore more information about frontier and pioneer life or prairie animals.

The program is part of the zoo’s offering of outreach events and is made possible thanks to a grant from the Oklahoma City Zoological Trust.

Be artistic through the "Balance of Earthsea"

boy teen holding notan artThe Newcastle Public Library invites adults and teens over 12 years old to its fantasy art workshop,  “A Balance of Earthsea,” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 6.  Participants will learn the history and technique of the Notan art style.

"The massing of tones of different values which could achieve a perfect synthesis through opposition, transition, subordination, repetition and symmetry"- Composition: understanding line, notan and color by Arthur Wsley Dow

The workshop is centered on the featured novel for this year’s edition of The Big Read, “A Wizard of Earthsea,” the 1968 fantasy classic written by Ursula K. Le Guin. Registration is not required, but space is limited so arrive early to get a seat.

Get healthy eating ideas for kids

ingredients on cutting boardIt’s never too early to start eating right, and the Newcastle Public Library is giving families some resources and ideas with its program “Exercise and Nutrition for Preschoolers,” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 1.

Melissa Church from the Chickasaw Nation will demonstrate several easy, healthy snacks that kids can enjoy and help prepare themselves. Children also will learn some basic kitchen safety.

Children and caregivers are invited to attend, and registration is not required.