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All hometown libraries will be closed
Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25
in honor of Memorial Day.

Doc Rogers is bending minds with summer magic show

book jacket for Animal Heroes: true rescue stories by Sandra Markle“Doc Rogers the Mind Bender,” portrayed by magician Doug Anderson, will perform his show “Every Hero Has a Story – Magic and Fun Show” at the Newcastle Public Library at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3. No registration is required.

In keeping with this year’s theme, the show is filled with a variety of super-heroic magical feats and stories highlighting a range of fictional and real-life heroes in the Rocket Patrol.

Interested in more heros and magic? Checkout some of the books about heros and/or books about magic tricks for children available at the library.

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Rolling Thunder Book Bus visit and more

two boys on the Thunder Book BusIt’s time for a heroic summer of reading at the Newcastle Public Library, as the annual Summer Reading Program is getting ready to get off to a “super” start.

This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story,” and local readers can begin finding those stories at the library’s 2015 Summer Reading Kickoff, set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 29, at the library.

The day features a visit from the Oklahoma City Rolling Thunder Book Bus, and the first 75 children to arrive will get a chance to board the bus to see the special surprises inside.

The morning also features games, crafts, activities, free hot dogs courtesy of the Friends of the Newcastle Library, superhero photo opportunities and a chance to sign up for the Summer Reading Program in person or online.

The slate of special programming for the summer runs throughout June and July, with activities set for children, teens or adults, as well as some family-friendly programs for all ages.

Share a story with a therapy dog!

The Newcastle Public Library’s therapy dog program gives multiple opportunities during May for young readers to make a new friend and practice reading skills.

The dogs' goal is to be good listeners while young readers are able to read them stories in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment. Time slots for children age 4 to 13 to read to a dog can be reserved at the library or by calling 387-5076.

Dates and times the dogs are available in May: