Build and problem-solve with Rigamajig

The Newcastle Public Library and the Pioneer Library System’s Maker Mobile offer an afternoon of building with Rigamajig, in a presentation at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the library.

Rigamajig is a set of building materials that attendees will use to solve challenges they are presented during the program. The goal is to help participants to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

This activity is offered for tweens and teens ages 10 to 18. Space and supplies are limited so advance registration is required.

School-age children invited for Friday activities

The Newcastle Public Library continues offering a variety of activities school-age children during its continuing series taking place at 2 p.m. on the first four Fridays during November.

This month’s themes and topics are:

Nov. 1Upcycle Old Books: Give a new home to an old book using provided supplies.

Nov. 8 Experiment with Homemade Slime: A STEM activity gives attendees a chance to learn how to create their own slime.

Nov. 15Make it a “Cranberry Thanksgiving,” in the monthly “Book and Cook” activity. It will feature the book “Cranberry Thanksgiving” by Wende and Harry Devlin, and attendees will cook cranberry cookies.

Nov. 22Stained Glass in the Style of Marc Chagall: After reading “Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall’s Life and Art” by Barb Rosenstock, the group will paint “stained glass” using provided supplies.

Registration is required separately for each of the activities, and they are offered thanks to support of the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Dive into reading with the library

With more than 700,000 items available through the collection of the Pioneer Library System, the Newcastle Public Library is giving readers a huge number of ways to get into a good book.

One of those is through multiple book clubs offered monthly.

The Brown Bag Book Discussion meets at noon Thursday, Nov. 14, and the second Thursday of the month for lunch and book discussion. Readers are encouraged to bring their lunch, while beverages and dessert will be provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library. This month’s discussion focuses on “Women in Cabin Ten” by Ruth Ware, with copies of the book available for checkout before the event at the library’s front desk.

The Page Turners Historical Book Club tackles topics of historical interest in its monthly discussion at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. On Nov. 12, the group will look back a century in Brill Bryson’s novel “One Summer America, 1927.”

The library also hosts Teen and Tween Book Discussion groups on the second Thursday of most months during the school year. The Tween group will not meet this month but the Teen Book Club will look at the book “Dry” by Neal Shusterman at 4 p.m. Nov. 14.

Families with younger children are welcome to experience the library through stories, crafts and more at our Pre-K Story Time at 10 a.m. each Wednesday, followed by Baby Story Time for babies and their caregivers, at 11 a.m.

And the library has popular weekend art activities for adults. Our Acrylic Painting class takes place the second Saturday of most months, and “Keep Calm and Color On,” an adult coloring activity, will meet the following weekend at 10:30 a.m.

Check out everything going on in Newcastle in the calendar of events available inside the library, or with our online calendar here.