Wednesday brings Preschool Story Time

Family ReadingThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes families with young children to its weekly Preschool Story Time, scheduled at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, at the library.

Each event is geared to ages 2 to 5, but younger or older children are welcome also. The story times feature not just books but songs and other activities, and a chance to learn more about the services offered for young readers at the library.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

We're making "Stone Soup" at the library

Stone Soup coverRemember a classic children's book and share a tasty warm snack in the next edition of the Newcastle Public Library's "Book and Cook" program, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

The Marcia Brown classic Stone Soup is the featured book for the program, with a reading of the book and then a chance for participants to create their own version of "stone soup" to sip and enjoy.

All supplies will be provided by the library.

The program is for children up to age 11 and registration is required in advance to participate.

Join the discussion at one of our monthly book groups

Secrets of Mary BowserThe Newcastle Public Library begins a new year with its four book discussion groups meeting in January.

The library hosts its Brown Bag Book Discussion for adults 18 and up at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. The group is reading The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library's circulation desk.

Group members are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Refreshments will also be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

The library's Teen and Tween Book Clubs host their monthly meetings at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12.

The tween group, for ages 9 to 12, will read and discuss This Side of Wild by Gary Paulsen, while the teen discussion, for ages 13 to 17, will be on I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest. Each group features a related activity, discussion and snacks provided by the Newcastle Friends.

Readers of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres can be part of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club, meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. This month's title is Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.

Registration is not required to be part of any of the discussions.

Wednesday is time for Preschool Story Time

Baby byjutheanhThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes families with young children to its weekly Preschool Story Time, scheduled at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at the library.

Each event is geared to ages 2 to 5, but younger or older children are welcome also. The story times feature not just books but songs and other activities, and a chance to learn more about the services offered for young readers at the library.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Six-week Therapy Band exercise series starts in January

Old bycoombesyThe Newcastle Public Library will present a Therapy Band Classes for Seniors series, beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, and continuing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at that time for six weeks, through Thursday, Feb. 9.

Participants will learn and do no-impact chair exercises using resistance bands to increase strength and muscle tone.

The 12-class series is geared to seniors, though anyone age 18 and up may attend.

Classes are limited to 18 participants, and attendees are encouraged to come to all the classes to get the most they can out of it. Registration is required.