Manage your medication more safely with workshop advice

Take a more active role in managing medications for yourself or loved ones with the help and information from the Newcastle Public Library program “Using Medications Safely,” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the library.

Representatives from the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative will lead the program, which seeks to increase knowledge on the types of medication that could cause a drug-related problem for an older person and empower individuals to be more active in decisions about their medications.

Ages 18 and up are invited to attend the program. Registration in advance is required to guarantee participants a copy of the printed materials that will accompany the presentation.

Tween/ teen book clubs are back!

Join the discussion with the Newcastle Public Library and its variety of book clubs meeting monthly at the library.

September marks the return of the Tween and Teen Book Clubs during the school year!

This month’s meetings, program dates and selected topics are:

Brown Bag Book Discussion, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 – The adult group will discuss Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch, and there will be some additional refreshments provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Tween Readers Book Club, 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 – Tween readers will look at Bummer in the Summer by Dan Gutman and enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Teen Book Club, 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 – Teens ages 12 to 18 will discuss Jack Cheng’s book See You in the Cosmos and also enjoy snacks provided by the Newcastle Friends group.

Copies of the books for each of the discussions are available for checkout at the front desk of the library.

Sharing literature and a love of reading in Newcastle

Activity literally surrounds the Newcastle Public Library. From youth competing on the soccer fields next to the library to the expansion of homes around the area in the growing city to hundreds of children attending class at the nearby schools, a visit to the library puts residents at the center of activity.

In 2019, the library celebrated 15 years in its current location after a move from several blocks to the east. It includes meeting spaces, dedicated areas for materials in various book genres and public computers and much more. Plus a fairly recent edition to the property is a community garden located behind the library.

It’s also a hub for programs and activities for all ages. A popular time is Wednesday morning, when families with preschool children are invited for Pre-K Story Time at 10 a.m., followed by Baby Story Time at 11 a.m.

The library also features dedicated events for teens and adults, and a Friday afternoon series for school-age children who are out of school as part of the Newcastle Public Schools’ four-day class week.

Want to see it all? Find out more about everything that is going on this month in Newcastle through our online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar at the library.

Stretch out, shape up with our therapy band series

Learn the use of therapy bands for physical fitness in the Newcastle Public Library’s Therapy Band classes, beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the library.

Each class will be a 45-minute exercise session to help participants strengthen and tone the muscles in their arms, legs and upper body.

This will be a six-week series running at 2 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday through Thursday, Oct. 10.

The series is offered with the training and support of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative. Ages 18 and up may attend and registration is required in advance. 

Improve balance through our Tai Chi series

Tai ChiThe Newcastle Public Library will host the series “Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance” for adults beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the library.

Attendees will learn movements of Tai Chi in an effort to help reduce stress and increase balance and flexibility. The program is designed for people of all levels of mobility and can be performed either standing or sitting.

The series will continue at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a total of 12 sessions through Thursday, Sept. 12.

Space is limited so advance registration is required, and participants need to attend the first class to take part in the series.