Book and cook with a gingerbread theme at monthly event

Gingerbread for LibertyThe Newcastle Public Library takes a look back in history with a tasty theme at its Book-N-Cook program, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

Gingerbread for Liberty, by Mara Rockliff, is the featured book for this month's program. It looks at how a forgotten hero of the Revolutionary War helped the war effort by feeding soldiers gingerbread and other baked goods.

After going through the book, participants will make and bake gingerbread.

Children up to age 11 are invited to attend. Registration is required in advance so there are enough supplies on hand.

Book groups set for monthly talks

The BeesThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes avid readers to join one of its four book discussion groups that meet monthly.

The library hosts its Brown Bag Book Discussion for adults 18 and up at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. The group is reading Kitchen of the Great Midwest by Ryan J. Stradel. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library's circulation desk.

Group members are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Refreshments will also be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

The library's Teen and Tween Book Clubs host their monthly meetings at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. The tween group, for ages 9 to 12, will read and discuss Extraordinary People by Michael Hearst, while the teen discussion, for ages 13 to 17, will be on The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson. Each group features a related activity, discussion and snacks provided by the Newcastle Friends.

Readers of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres can be part of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club, meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. This month's title is Laline Paull's The Bees: A Novel.

Registration is not required to be part of any of the discussions.

Share a Story with a therapy dog on Tuesdays, Fridays

ReadingDogThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes young readers to the library for weekly time to read with therapy dog friends at the library during February.

Share a Story with Maggie takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28. And the library also will have dogs at the library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24.

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.

Wednesday brings Preschool Story Time

Family ReadingThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes families with young children to its weekly Preschool Story Time, scheduled at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, at the library.

Each event is geared to ages 2 to 5, but younger or older children are welcome also. The story times feature not just books but songs and other activities, and a chance to learn more about the services offered for young readers at the library.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.