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February 22, 2018

All libraries will be closed on Thursday, due to weather conditions. Watch this site and our social media for further updates.

PLS Big Read soars to "Five Skies"

Five Skies coverFor a 12th consecutive year, the Pioneer Library System will be celebrating literature with its PLS Big Read, inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts’ initiative, The Big Read.

The Big Read is a celebration of literature started by the NEA as a way for communities to get together for activities centered around classic literature. The featured book selected by PLS representatives for this year is Five Skies by Ron Carlson.

The Newcastle Public Library will present a scholar-led discussion of the book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6

Leading the discussion will be scholar Carolyn Cole, retired professor of literature from Oklahoma Baptist University. Copies of the book are available from the library’s Information Services Desk.

Carlson is a longtime and award-winning short story writer who wrote Five Skies after a break of about 30 years from novel writing. It tells the story of three men from different backgrounds brought together for a summer construction project in the Rocky Mountains. It builds a story from how their collective pasts intertwine.

The NEA has funded five Big Read projects for PLS:  The Grapes of Wrath in 2007; Bless Me, Ultima in 2008; The Maltese Falcon in 2010, Old School in 2013 and A Wizard of Earthsea in 2015. PLS Big Reads produced solely with state and local funding include were To Kill a Mockingbird in 2009; The Things They Carried in 2011, The Joy Luck Club in 2012, True Grit in 2014, Fahrenheit 451 in 2016, Being Mortal in 2017 and this year’s project.

Sponsors for this year’s activities are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Norman Arts Council, Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Pioneer Library System.

New series taking kids into the garden

PlantThe Newcastle Public Library is helping children develop their green thumbs heading into the spring gardening season through its new Garden Club.

The group will meet at 4 p.m. on 10 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning March 7 and running through May 9.

Children second grade and older are invited to participate, and they’ll learn about growing vegetables and preparing them for eating in the first activity using the new Newcastle Community Garden located at the library.

Representatives from the McClain County OSU Extension Service will lead the programs, and participants who attend all 10 sessions will be certified as Junior Master Gardeners.

Registration is required in advance.

Find activity in our Friday afternoon series

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

The schedule for March includes:

March 2Art for School-Age Children: The group will read Frida by Jonah Winter and then create a self-portrait in the style of Mexican master artist Frida Kahlo using supplies provided by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

March 9STEAM It Friday: Explore science and basic engineering with a look at metal engraving tools.

March 16Book-N-Cook: The group will read The Runaway Tortilla by Eric Kimmel and then produce flour tortillas from scratch. Supplies again are provided thanks to the Newcastle Friends.

March 23Crafts for School-Age Children: Attendees will make Q-Tip flowers using supplies provided by the Newcastle Friends.

Registration is required separately for each of the activities.

Workshop looks at basics of wine making

GrapesThe Newcastle Public Library takes a look inside “The Process of Wine Making” in an upcoming workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3.

Jon Tankersley, wine hobbyist, will share some of his expertise on the topic with a presentation on making wine from home-grown fruits or juicers available from the grocery store.

Mr. Tankersley is the City of Newcastle’s Assistant Emergency Manager and has aided the library on multiple programs in the past.

The workshop is for ages 18 and up, and registration is required in advance to attend.

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.