Find stories and more for children in October

Pumpkin Soup coverThe Newcastle Public Library brings a series of activities for children with many weekly options available.

The library’s Pre-K Story Time, for ages 2 to 5, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on each Wednesday of the month, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The library also will present a series of programs on Friday afternoons during the school year. Each event is for school-age children, begins at 2 p.m. and this month’s schedule features:

Oct. 6Art for School-Age Children, based this month off the book Magritte’s Marvelous Hat by D.B. Johnson. Participants will then create a surrealist artwork in the style of Dutch artist Rene Magritte.

Oct. 13STEAM It Friday, with a program featuring Magna-Tiles.

Oct. 20Book-N-Cook, with a recipe based off the book Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper.

Oct. 27Scary Stories Around the Campfire, with Children’s Librarian Ann Miller telling several scary stories in advance of Halloween.

Teen Creativity Lab to focus on Sugar Skull Masks

Sugar skull masksThe Newcastle Public Library’s Teen Creativity Lab takes on a Halloween theme this month, as participants will be making Sugar Skull Masks in the program, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.

It’s a lesson on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the group will be making their own sugar skull paper masks in the tradition of the holiday.

Ages 10 to 18 may attend, and all supplies will be provided. Space is limited, so registration is required in advance.