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Perfect your skills as a super hero or a super villain (or both)

Are you enjoying our superhero theme? Well, there's more! The Newcastle Public Library is making heroes, and then villains, in a two-week program series for teens as part of its Summer Reading Program.

Its Super Hero Academy begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 10, with How to Become a Super Hero, followed a week later by its counterpart, How to Become a Super Villain, also at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 17. Since supplies are limited, registration will be required in advance of each of these programs. Registration can be completed using the online form.

In the first program, participants will choose a super hero name and create their costume from mask and cape materials provided by the library. Then in week two, they’ll have a chance to make their own doomsday device and then make the big decision, whether to use their powers to be a summer hero or a vile villain.

Build and Grow with project at the library

Do you or your child enjoy hands-on experiences and building things? We're offering a great bonding opportunity this summer! The Newcastle Public Library is bringing creativity into the library at its “Build and Grow” workshop, partnering with Lowe's of Mustang, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.

Lowe's will provide the supplies, including a work apron, goggles, badge, and certificate at no charge to participants in the program. The program is for ages 5 to 11 with the help of a parent or guardian, and supplies will be limited, so registration in advance to attend. Registration can be completed using the online form.

OKC Zoo shows off “Zooper-Heroes”

The Newcastle Public Library welcomes friends from the Oklahoma City Zoo for the Summer Reading Program event “Zooper-Heroes,” at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8. All ages are welcome to attend, and registration is not required in advance.

The program features stories, role playing, and interactive demonstrations that explore the animals that have inspired many superheroes. Representatives from the zoo will show off and describe several animal friends in this program, part of the zoo’s outreach series.

The event is made possible thanks to a grant from the Oklahoma City Zoological Trust.


Celebrate American heroes

book jacket for Heroes of the American Revolution by Mary Hertz ScarbroughThe week of Independence Day is a chance to look at heroes who helped found our country. The Newcastle Public Library will look at heroes from the American Revolution at its American Hero Story and Craft Time, at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 2.

Some of the featured books for the program include:

All these books and more are available in the library’s collection.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Share a story with a new furry friend

dog with bookThe Newcastle Public Library’s therapy dogs are available for young readers to make a new friend while practicing their reading.

Maggie, Riley, Sadie, and Bubba won't judge if you read slowly or make a mistake. They just love listening to a good story. You may bring a book from home or pick one from the library shelves.

Timeslots for children ages 4 to 13 to read to a dog can be reserved at the library or by calling 387-5076.

The schedule has changed slightly for the rest of June and July. Dogs will be ready to listen these dates and times: