Focus on fall with a variety of events and services

Autumn has arrived, and the Newcastle Public Library is ready for it with programs, activities and our constant level of service to the community on a daily basis throughout the month.

One small change customers will experience starting this month is a new phone number. You now can contact the library by phone at 825-1965.

But better than calling the library is stopping by to experience it. In addition to access to the Pioneer Library System’s collection of more than 700,000 items, visitors can take part in a variety of program options, including.

The library presents Friday afternoon activities for school-age children three times in October, starting at 2 p.m. On Oct. 11, the STEM for School-Age Children activity looks at “Fraction Masterpieces.” Oct. 18 features Book-N-Cook based on the book “Monsters Eat Whiny Children.” And on Oct. 25, Art for School-Age Children focuses on “The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau” by Michelle Markel.

Families with younger children are welcome to the library’s Pre-K Story Time at 10 a.m. each Wednesday, followed by Baby Story Time at 11 a.m.

And the library has popular weekend art activities for adults. Our Acrylic Painting class takes place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and “Keep Calm and Color On,” an adult coloring activity, will meet the following weekend at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

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

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.

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.