All PLS libraries will be closed on Monday, January 20th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 21st with regular hours.

Read, play and learn at children’s events

The Newcastle Public Library welcomes families with children to experience the library through its regularly scheduled story times and activities geared to new readers and those even too young yet to read.

Wednesday morning brings Pre K Story Time, taking place each week at 10 a.m. It features books, songs, activities and craft time. It’s focused for children ages 2 to 5, but all ages are welcome to attend.

A new activity planned in January is Sensory Play Time, scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. This will feature activities particularly geared to children who have a difficult time in large groups or are on the autism spectrum. It will be limited to 10 families so signup in advance is required.

The library also has access to thousands upon thousands of children’s books as part of the Pioneer Library System’s collection, as well as learning literacy kits and more resources to help develop early reading skills.

Wrap up the week with your library

The Newcastle Public Library welcomes local students to take part in a variety of activities offered in two weekly program series.

A new offering on Thursdays – Afterschool No Worries Thursday – begins in 2020. The series is for teens in grades six through 12 and will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in January, beginning on Jan. 9.

Each week gives a chance to a time to unwind for teens with audiobooks, music, coloring, simple arts and other activities. No advance registration is required.

The library also continues its series of Friday afternoon events for school-age children. This month’s programs are:

Jan. 3Feed the Beast: Create Winter Bird Feeders;

Jan. 10Baby It’s Cold Outside: Experiment With Ice;

Jan. 17“The Runaway Wok” and Homemade Fried Rice’

Jan. 24Create Art in the Style of Gustav Klimt;

Separate registration is required for each of the Friday events.

Kick off your New Year with us!

Happy New Year!

The Newcastle Public Library is ready to lead the community into 2020 through its many resources, services and program opportunities.

The library presents dedicated spaces for its collection of books for children, teens and adult readers, as well as public computers, meeting areas and more.

In total through the collaboration of the 12 branch libraries in the Pioneer Library System, cardholders have access to more than 700,000 books, magazines and downloadable items. Also, PLS provides access to more than 60 online databases that cover topics from genealogy to homework help.

Need to know more? Talk to a librarian or take a look around our online resources, available through this website or the Pioneer Library System Connect App, which can be downloaded on iTunes or Google Play.

We hope we’ll be a big part of your plans in the new year!

Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Find out more about what’s going on this month in Newcastle by picking up a copy of the library’s monthly calendar, or by looking at our online calendar.