Write Club is making new authors

Calendar and penYoung authors or those just interested in writing are welcome to improve their skills with the Newcastle Public Library and its Write Club, next meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

The group will share ideas and engage in activities geared to inspire creativity and self-expression and compose stories for fun.

Ages 12 to 17 may participate, and any level of experience in writing is welcome. Registration is encouraged but is not required.

Pre-K Story Times slated on Wednesday mornings

Teddy bearThe Newcastle Public Library invites families with preschool children to its weekly story times, at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays during February.

The library’s Pre-K Story Time provides stories, songs, activities and a craft. It’s geared to ages 2 to 5 but babies and even older children are welcome too. And on the first week of the month on Feb. 7 the activity wll be a special Health and Fitness Story Time made possible thanks to a donation from the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

The monthly bilingual story activity, Viva GLARt!, will take place on Feb. 21. Activities include play time and stories in a bilingual setting and are for children up to age 5.

Registration is encouraged in advance for each of the programs.

Find activity in Friday afternoon series

PaintbrushThe Newcastle Public Library welcomes school-age children to spend part of their Friday here for various afternoon activities, each starting at 2 p.m.

The February schedule features:

Feb. 2Art for School-Age Children: The group will read “A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison” by Margriet Ruurs and Katherine Gibson and then create artwork in Mr. Harrison’s style using supplies provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Feb. 9STEAM It Friday: Explore science and basic engineering with the use of K’Nex building systems.

Feb. 16Book-N-Cook: With inspiration from the book “Dumpling Dreams: How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge” by Carrie Clickard, participants will then make their own dumplings from scratch. Supplies again are provided thanks to the Newcastle Friends.

Feb. 23Crafts for School-Age Children: Make a colorful and personalized coaster for drinks to take home for yourself or as a gift.

Registration is required separately for each of the programs.

Learn Ham Radio in new class series

Ham radioThe Newcastle Public Library presents another installment of its series “Learning Ham Radio,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, and continuing at that time on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Each class takes place at the library and either teens or adults are invited to participate.

Attendees will learn the basics of ham radio in preparation for being able to take the test at the end of the course to apply for their own license. Expert operators and instructors will lead the classes.

The series follows a successful run last fall in which several participants were able to earn their Ham Radio license.

Refreshments for each session of the series will be provided thanks to the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Registration in advance is required.