Workshop seeks to keep kids safe

Stop signStop, go and tell.

That’s the literal title but more importantly the main idea for Norman Public Library West’s upcoming Summer Reading Program for children. “Stop, Go and Tell,” is a Safe Kids series program and takes place at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29 at the library.

The goal of the presentation, developed by a licensed therapist and presented by a trained educator, is to equip parents and children with vocabulary, permission and courage to prevent sexual abuse. The words “sexual abuse” are not used in the children’s presentation, which focuses on personal space and boundary rules.

As part of the activity, which is presented by Bethesda, Inc., of Norman, each child will receive a free hula hoop as a teaching tool and take-home toy.

Since attending children must be accompanied by an adult, no large groups will be allowed to attend this program. There is no registration required in advance.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

The zoo is sounding out in activity for kids

BobcatThe Newcastle Public Library presents music in a whole different way with ROARchestra! a presentation of the Oklahoma City Zoo, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the library.

It’s a chance to hear the musicians of the jungle, prairie, ocean and forest demonstrate their many sounds in a performance unlike any other.

The program is geared to children ages 11 and under. Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Make an escape in SMO teen presentation

Lock and keyEnjoy the challenge and entertainment of an escape room with the Newcastle Public Library and Science Museum Oklahoma’s presentation “Backstage Escape,” at 2 p.m. Friday, June 22.

Teens in grades six through 12 have a chance to test their problem-solving abilities while searching for clues and solving hidden rules, hopefully before the clock runs out on their attempted escape.

The challenge has a STEM emphasis and includes physical activity, an engineering-based component and a creative component.

Registration is required in advance to participate.

SMO will be in local libraries with presentations for multiple age groups this summer. Check at any library or online for dates and times of SMO activities.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Science Museum Oklahoma merges learning and fun in library activity

SRP logoOnce again, the scientific sounds and fascinating facts of Science Museum Oklahoma will come to the library for the Summer Reading Program.

SMO presents the program “Rockin’ Out with Science,” at 10 a.m. Friday, June 22, at the Newcastle Public Library.

It’s a look at what makes music really music, taking a look at the science behind sound in an interactive activity. The program is geared to ages 11 and under and their caregivers. Registration is not required in advance.

The Science Museum also will be in hometown libraries for activities for teens as well as adults this summer. Check the library calendar or at the library for dates and times of those activities.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Talk reading with book groups

Broken Wheel coverThe Newcastle Public Library’s adult book discussion groups start the summer with their monthly book talks during June.

Each group is for ages 18 and up and features a title read by all members of the group. This month’s times, dates and book selections are:

Brown Bag Book Club, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 – This month’s book is The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.

Page Turners Book Club, 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 – The group will discuss Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shatterly.

Copies of each book are available for checkout in advance of the discussions at the front desk of the library.

Registration is requested in advance to attend the book talks.

Visit the library for weekly story times

LadybugThe Newcastle Public Library invites families with preschool children to its weekly activities at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays each week during June.

Pre-K Story Time takes place on June 6, 13, 20 and 27. The programs provide stories, songs, activities and a craft and are geared to ages 2 to 5 but babies and even older children are welcome too.

Registration is encouraged in advance for each of the programs.