Monthly book group goes into the realms of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Swan Riders coverGo beyond the confines of this world with the Newcastle Public Library and its Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club, a monthly discussion group that next meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25.

This month, the group will be reading and discussing The Swan Riders by Erin Bow, her sequel to The Scorpion Rules. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the front desk of the library.

Ages 18 and up are welcome to attend, and registration in advance is not required. Refreshments will be provided at the discussion thanks to the Friends of the Newcastle Library. 

Our library has therapy dogs that will listen to your children read

ReadingDogThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes young readers to the library for weekly time to read with therapy dog friends at the library on numerous dates during April.

Read a Story to Maggie takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25. And the library also will have dogs at the library for Share a Story With a Therapy Dog from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Young readers may bring their own books or pick from the many that are part of the library's collection.

The goal of the program is to provide young readers a place to practice their reading in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment.

Parents or caregivers are asked to set up a time slot in advance for their children to read.

Wednesday morning means we're having Story Time

BubblesThe Newcastle Public Library invites families with young children to its weekly Pre-K Story Time, scheduled at 10 a.m. on each Wednesday in April, on April 5, 12, 19 and 26.

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.