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The Blanchard Public Library is closed due to a power failure. We plan to reopen on Saturday Sept 23 if power is restored. Check social media for updates.


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.