Discover a Universe of Stories at the library

Summer logoThe Newcastle Public Library launches into its Summer Learning Program with its Kickoff Extravaganza, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 29.

The morning will feature come-and-go activities, out-of-this-world snacks and a chance for guests to dress up as their favorite alien in advance of this year’s Summer Learning Program, which has the theme “A Universe of Stories.”

It’s also a chance to get signed up for the Summer Learning Challenge, which can be completed at the library or anytime through the PLS website or through the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available for iPhone and Apple users at the App Store or for Android users via Google Play. The Summer Learning Challenge is available not only for children but for readers of any age.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Experience stories and more on Wednesday mornings

KidSummer is almost here, but there’s no need to wait for a positive activity with the Newcastle Public Library. Our staff is bringing a love of reading and literacy to families with preschool children as part of weekly story times, taking place on Wednesday mornings.

The library’s Pre-K Story Time, at 10 a.m., provides stories, songs, activities and a craft. It’s geared to ages 2 to 5 but babies and even older children are welcome too. Story Times take place on May 1, 8, 15 and 22, with the library's Summer Learning Kickoff event planned at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 29.

And for families with younger children, the library hosts Baby Story Time at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, May 1, 15 and 22 during May. 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.