Create a seascape & celebrate The Big Read

The Newcastle Public Library continues its Art 101 series for adults with a trip to the sea and a celebration of The Big Read in its next event. “Art 101: Seascape” takes place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14.

Participants will make their own acrylic painting of a seascape, with The Big Read novel, A Wizard of Earthsea as the inspiration for participants’ work.

All paint and supplies will be provided by the library, although participants are invited to bring their own brushes and smock. Space is limited so register online, at the library, or by calling 387-5076 in advance.

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Cat in the Hat Storytime

book jacket for The Cat In The HatIn honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America, the Newcastle Public Library will have a Cat in the Hat story time on Wednesday March 4th at 11:00 a.m. for pre-schoolers.

There will be a visit from Cat in the Hat himself, stories, crafts, and treats.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, much better known as Dr. Seuss, was born March 2, 1904, and is known for his 46 children’s books, including such classics as The Cat in the HatThe Lorax, and of course, Green Eggs and Ham.

Discussion groups talking The Big Read and More

The Newcastle Public Library talks The Big Read and more at three book discussions on Thursday, March 12.

book jacket for Blue AsylumReaders age 18 and up can be part of the Brown Bag Book Discussion, at 12:30 p.m. discussing the Civil War drama, Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall. The Friends of the Newcastle Library will provide refreshments, but attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch.

book jacket for A Wizard of EarthseaThe Teen Book Club meets at 4 p.m., and the book to be discussed this month is “A Wizard of Earthsea” by Ursula K. Le Guin, the featured book for The Big Read this spring. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Also meeting at 4 p.m. is the Tween Book Club, who will be taking part in a “Little Read” event with activities and stories related to The Big Read. The event features conversation, snacks and a craft.

Share a story with one of our therapy dogs

The Newcastle Public Library’s therapy dog program gives many opportunities for young readers to make a new friend while practicing their reading.

Their goal is to be good listeners while young readers are able to read them stories in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment. Parents or caregivers can reserve a time slot for their children age 4 to 13 to read to a dog during March by visiting the front desk of the library or by calling 387-5076.

Dates, times and dogs at the library during March are:

1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, March 1, 8, 15 and 22 with Stone

10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, March 3, 10 and 17 with Maggie;

1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17 and 24 with either Riley or Sadie.

Newcastle debuts new Technology Tuesday series in January

The Newcastle Public Library introduces a new weekly offering at the library called Technology Tuesday.

Tuesdays at the Library are now the place to bring questions about eReaders or other devices for downloading from the library’s online collection of books, magazines or music.

The programs are planned at 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the library.

The sessions are for ages 18 and up, and attendees will need to bring their own device. Don't forget to bring any passwords and associated email addresses with the device as well.

 Registration is not required in advance to take part.