Visit us for Friday activities in November

On Friday afternoons that school is not in session, school-age children can come to the Newcastle Public Library to be part of its special series of Friday programs.

Programs begin at 2 p.m. and the schedule for November features:

Nov. 2Art for School Age Children, with this month’s featured book being “In Her Hands: The Story of Augusta Savage” by Alan Schroeder. Participants will use modeling clay to create a sculpture of a human head.

Nov. 9 STEAM It Friday, with this month featuring a bridge challenge using Keva Planks to build a cantilevered circle bridge.

Nov. 16Book-N-Cook, featuring the book “Tea Cakes for Tosh” by Kelly Starling Lyons.

Supplies for activities are provided thanks to the help of the Friends of the Newcastle Library. Registration is encouraged to attend each event.

Boost Your Business with ReferenceUSA

The Newcastle Public Library invites business owners to learn a resource for improving productivity and efficiency at the program “Boost Your Business with ReferenceUSA,” at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the library.

ReferenceUSA is a database of business information and resources available for Pioneer Library System cardholders. Bill Carlson with ReferenceUSA will lead this demonstration of the database, showing ways it can be used for such tasks as identifying new sales prospects, creating customizing business and consumer marketing lists, defining delivery routes and more.

Ages 18 and up may attend, and having a Pioneer library card is helpful but not a requirement.

Space for the program is limited, so advance registration will be required. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

The program is presented in a partnership with the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, Mid-America Technology Center and the REI Women’s Business Center.

Stretch it out at therapy band class series

Improve flexibility and general physical fitness with the help of the Newcastle Public Library and its series of Therapy Band Classes, beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the library.

The series, presented by the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, will run at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks (except for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22) and will wrap up Tuesday, Nov. 27.

These are no-impact chair exercises using resistance bands with the goal of increasing strength, muscle tone and balance. Participants will get the most benefit if they are able to attend all 12 of the classes.

Space is limited to 12 participants, and registration is required.

Friday afternoon series rolls into October

The Newcastle Public Library again continues its series of Friday afternoon events for school-age students on days school is out.

Programs begin at 2 p.m. and the schedule for October features:

Oct. 5Art for School Age Children, with this month’s featured book being “Following My Paint Brush” by Dulari Deva.

Oct. 19 Book-N-Cook, featuring the book “Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli” by Barbara Jean Hicks.

Oct. 26Scary Stories Around the Camp Fire, featuring books in a Halloween theme.

Supplies for activities are provided thanks to the help of the Friends of the Newcastle Library. Registration is encouraged to attend each event.

Wednesday means story time for youngsters

The Newcastle Public Library invites families with preschool children to its weekly story times, at 10 a.m. on each Wednesday during October.

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 for families with younger children, the library hosts a Baby Lap Sit activity place at 11 a.m. each Wednesday of the month. These programs will feature songs, rhymes and stories that appeal to babies 15 months and younger and their caregivers.

Registration is encouraged for each of the programs.