The Newcastle Public Library presents another installment of its series “Learning Ham Radio,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, and continuing at that time on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Each class takes place at the library and either teens or adults are invited to participate.
Attendees will learn the basics of ham radio in preparation for being able to take the test at the end of the course to apply for their own license. Expert operators and instructors will lead the classes.
The series follows a successful run last fall in which several participants were able to earn their Ham Radio license.
Refreshments for each session of the series will be provided thanks to the Friends of the Newcastle Library.
Registration in advance is required.
The Newcastle Public Library invites families with preschool children to its weekly story times, at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays during February.
The library’s Pre-K Story Time provides stories, songs, activities and a craft. It’s geared to ages 2 to 5 but babies and even older children are welcome too. And on the first week of the month on Feb. 7 the activity wll be a special Health and Fitness Story Time made possible thanks to a donation from the Pioneer Library System Foundation.
The monthly bilingual story activity, Viva GLARt!, will take place on Feb. 21. Activities include play time and stories in a bilingual setting and are for children up to age 5.
Registration is encouraged in advance for each of the programs.
The Newcastle Public Library welcomes school-age children to spend part of their Friday for various afternoon activities, each starting at 2 p.m.
The schedule for March includes:
March 2 – Art for School-Age Children: The group will read Frida by Jonah Winter and then create a self-portrait in the style of Mexican master artist Frida Kahlo using supplies provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.
March 9 – STEAM It Friday: Explore science and basic engineering with a look at metal engraving tools.
March 23 – Crafts for School-Age Children: Attendees will make Q-Tip flowers using supplies provided by the Newcastle Friends.
Registration is required separately for each of the activities.
The Newcastle Public Library takes a look inside “The Process of Wine Making” in an upcoming workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3.
Jon Tankersley, wine hobbyist, will share some of his expertise on the topic with a presentation on making wine from home-grown fruits or juicers available from the grocery store.
Mr. Tankersley is the City of Newcastle’s Assistant Emergency Manager and has aided the library on multiple programs in the past.
The workshop is for ages 18 and up, and registration is required in advance to attend.
For a 12th consecutive year, the Pioneer Library System will be celebrating literature with its PLS Big Read, inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts’ initiative, The Big Read.
The Big Read is a celebration of literature started by the NEA as a way for communities to get together for activities centered around classic literature. The featured book selected by PLS representatives for this year is Five Skies by Ron Carlson.
The Newcastle Public Library will present a scholar-led discussion of the book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6.
Leading the discussion will be scholar Carolyn Cole, retired professor of literature from Oklahoma Baptist University. Copies of the book are available from the library’s Information Services Desk.
Carlson is a longtime and award-winning short story writer who wrote Five Skies after a break of about 30 years from novel writing. It tells the story of three men from different backgrounds brought together for a summer construction project in the Rocky Mountains. It builds a story from how their collective pasts intertwine.
The NEA has funded five Big Read projects for PLS: The Grapes of Wrath in 2007; Bless Me, Ultima in 2008; The Maltese Falcon in 2010, Old School in 2013 and A Wizard of Earthsea in 2015. PLS Big Reads produced solely with state and local funding include were To Kill a Mockingbird in 2009; The Things They Carried in 2011, The Joy Luck Club in 2012, True Grit in 2014, Fahrenheit 451 in 2016, Being Mortal in 2017 and this year’s project.