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Friday means school's out, but we're open

Georgia in Hawaii coverWith school out on Friday afternoons, the Newcastle Public Library invites children to take part in a variety of afternoon activities on most Fridays.

Events are slated at 2 p.m. each of the first four Fridays of September at the library. The schedule features:

Sept. 1Art for School Age Children: This month, participants will learn about Georgia O’Keeffe. After reading the book Georgia in Hawaii by Amy Novesky, the group will create a close-up leaf picture in O’Keeffe’s style. Supplies are provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Sept. 8KEVA Planks Building Fun: Get a look at one of the library’s STEAM Power Maker Kits, and use the KEVA Planks to build a variety of objects.

Sept. 15Book-N-Cook: Go through the book “Cora Cooks Pansit” by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore and then  cook the Filipino noodle dish Pansit using the recipe that’s included in the book.

Sept. 22Movie Matinee: It’s a showing of the animated classic based on Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Award winning book “The Tale of Despereaux.”

Tweens, teens can get Ham Radio training

Ham radio antennaThe Newcastle Public Library is giving tweens and teens an introduction to Basic Ham Radio in a seven-session series beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, and running at that time on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Thursday, Sept. 28.

Participants will learn about radio communication and wireless technology, and at the conclusion of the series will be prepared to take their ham radio licensing test. Ages 10 to 15 may participate in the series.

Representatives from Newcastle Emergency Management will lead the series, and the Friends of the Newcastle Library will provide refreshments during each session.

Space is limited, so registration is required in advance to attend.

Nutrition made easy and fun at teen workshops

VegetablesFind ideas for a healthier lifestyle with the Newcastle Public Library and its teen program “Skills for Life – Basic Nutrition,” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The workshop gives information on the building blocks of daily nutrition and good practices for everyday life.

The following week, participants are invited to another informational event “Nutrition Food Lab,” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19. It’s a chance to learn how to make several nutritionally good snacks with supplies provided by the library.

Ages 13 to 18 may attend the events. Registration is required separately for each.

Book groups set for monthly discussions

Dune coverJoin 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 Book Club during the school year and continuation of two adult groups. This month’s meetings, program dates and selected topics are:

Brown Bag Book Discussion, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 – The adult group will discuss “Turner House” by Angela Flournoy. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch, and there will be some additional refreshments provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Tween Book Discussion, 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 – Ages 8 to 13 will be discussing the Walter Farley classic “The Black Stallion.” The event also will feature a sand art craft.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 – This month’s talk will be on “Dune” by Frank Herbert.

Copies of the books are available for checkout at the front desk of the library.