Read to a therapy dog during June

Reading dogThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes young readers to the library for weekly time to read with therapy dog friends at the library on several occasions during June.

Read a Story to Maggie takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, June 13, 20 and 27. And the library also will have dogs at the library for Read to a Therapy Dog from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Young readers may bring their own books or pick from the many that are part of the library’s collection. The goal of the program is to provide young readers a place to practice their reading in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment. 

Parents or caregivers are asked to set up a time slot in advance for their children to read.

It’s a morning of stories at the library

Boy playsWe’re sharing stories with some of our youngest customers inside the Newcastle Public Library, with Pre-K Story Time scheduled at 10 a.m. on each Wednesday in June, beginning Wednesday, June 7.

Activities are geared to ages 2 to 5 and include not just stories but also songs, crafts and a chance for parents and caregivers to learn a little more about the library’s Growing Like a Read program.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Science Museum offerings targeted to local teens

SRP logoScience Museum Oklahoma brings its combination of education and entertainment to teen audiences at the Newcastle Public Library for multiple programs as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program.

Events are for ages 12 to 17 and take a look at science while also incorporating literature and a theme that seeks to appeal to teens. This summer’s programs and dates for teen events are:

Rube Goldberg Challenge, 2 p.m. Friday, June 9 – Rube Goldberg was famous for developing overly complicated machines to accomplish simple tasks, and participants will do the same by combining their engineering and logic skills in a collaborative activity.

Escaping the Wormhole, 2 p.m. Friday, June 16 – Participants will use teamwork and their wits to try find their way out of an “alternate dimension” in an escape challenge.

Read more about the Museum and its programs this summer here.


Learn a few "Life Hacks" with help of Science Museum Oklahoma

SRP bannerThe entertainment and education Science Museum Oklahoma brings to its events during the Summer Reading Program in hometown libraries isn’t just limited to children or teens.

There also is a chance for adults ages 18 and up to take in an activity just for them. The Newcastle Public Library presents the SMO program “Life Hacks,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at the library.

This hands-on session will show how using a little science can help people engineer easy, low-cost shortcuts to help negotiate the day’s pesky obstacles and improve their everyday lives. Space for the program is limited to 30, so registration in advance is required.

Learn more about the Science Museum and its summer activities here.


Workshop focuses on using Facebook for Business

Login screenWake up early and get ideas for promoting your business with the Newcastle Public Library and its free workshop Facebook for Business, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 27.

Participants will get an introduction to ways that the popular social networking website Facebook can be used to help them market and grow their businesses. Arnand McCoy, Director of Creative Services with Trifecta Communications, will lead the program.

Ages 18 and up are invited to attend, and registration is required in advance.