Children invited to Wednesday morning story times

ChildrenThe Newcastle Public Library invites families with preschool children to its weekly story times, scheduled at 10 and 11 a.m. on each Wednesday during December.

At 10 a.m., the library’s 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 Story Time 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 in advance for each of the programs.

Wrap up 2018 with Friday afternoon series

Too Many Tamales coverOn Friday afternoons that school is not in session, school-age children are invited to visit the Newcastle Public Library to be part of its special series of Friday programs.

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

Dec. 7Art for School Age Children, with this month’s featured book being It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate.

Dec. 14Crafts for School Age Kids, featuring a variety of holiday-themed crafts.

Dec. 21Book-N-Cook, featuring the book Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto.

Dec. 28STEAM It Friday, with the theme "Edible Destruction."

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