Newcastle Library September Calendar
Posted on 08/31/2017

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Children & Families

Play & Learn-Chinese
Tuesday, September 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10:30am
Newborn to age 5 with adult. Have fun singing songs, sharing books and stories, creating art and playing. This program is conducted primarily in Chinese but the facilitator is a bilingual English/Chinese speaker.

Japanese Story Times
Thursday, September 7 and 14, 10:30am
Family program, all ages welcome with adult. Stories, songs and fun!

Toddler Story Times
Monday, September 11, 18 and 25, 10:15am and repeated at 11:30am 
Stories, songs and fun! Play time follows.

Infant Story Times
Wednesday, September 13, 20 and 27, 10:15am
Newborn to 12 months with adult.
Stories, songs and fun! Play time follows.

Preschool Story Times
Wednesday, September 13, 20 and 27, 11:30am
Ages 3 to 5 with adult.
Stories, songs and fun! Play time follows.


IdeaX: Kerbal Space Program Club
Wednesday, September 6, 6pm
Ages 10 to 17.
Join fans of rockets, space travel, and explosions in playing the award-winning computer game Kerbal Space Program! Use one of our laptops or bring your own if you already play. Space is limited. First come, first served.

Study Zone
Tuesday, September 12, 19 and 26, 4-6pm
Wednesday, September 13, 20 and 27, 3:30-5:30pm
Thursday, September 14, 21 and 28, 4:30-6:30pm
Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

Newcastle Youth Community Engagement (NYCE)
Wednesday, September 20, 6:30pm
Held at Newcastle City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way #200, Newcastle, WA 98056.
Attention middle and high school students! Volunteer and join Newcastle Youth Community Engagement (NYCE) to help the Newcastle Library and the City of Newcastle create the programs, services, and events you want to see! Munch on snacks and have fun while you make a difference!

How to Write Great College Essays
Monday, September 25, 6:30pm
Presented by Tom Barry, CollegeWise.
A lot of really good kids write really poor college essays. It's not their fault; most kids don't know what college admissions officers actually want to read, or that great college essays are written very differently from the essays assigned in English classes. We'll explain what admissions officers want (and don't want) to read, reveal the five most overused essay topics, and teach writing techniques that help students write engaging and effective college essays. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend.


Newcastle Genealogy Meet-Up
Friday, September 8, 10:30am-12:30pm
Amateurs, experts and drop-ins welcome. Have a passion for family history? Just getting started with your family tree? Want an opportunity to share your stories, swap strategies, and network with other genealogy enthusiasts? Bring your stories, your research, and your questions. An experienced genealogist facilitates each meeting. Family Tree Maker software is used for demonstrations, but not a requirement for participation. 

LaRue at Lake Boren Park
Saturday, September 9, 3pm
Held at Lake Boren Park, 13058 SE 84th Way, Newcastle, WA 98056.
Join Newcastle Library at Newcastle Days!
Visit our Library2Go bookmobile and, at 3pm, enjoy musical act, LaRue. Inspired by equal rights, hip hop culture and a desire to stand up for human rights, LaRue made the decision to produce only positive, intelligent, clean music. Appreciated for his accessible lyrics and engaging story-telling, this is an MC that brings elevation to his craft.

Stories about Your Life
Thursday, September 21 and 28, 10:30am
Memoirs written as a way to pass down a personal legacy have emerged as a personal and family responsibility. This program concentrates on the development of short, single-topic memoirs. These can become a more a lengthy memoir, one dealing with a whole life. In the first session we will examine ways to identify and start converting memories to a short story about an event in your life. A variety of tools to help you move forward are provided. The second session will give you the opportunity to get feedback on your progress to date. Writing tips will be covered.

Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal
Saturday, September 23, 11am
The challenge of getting Newcastle coal to Elliott Bay inspired early Seattleites to envision a canal connecting Lake Washington to Puget Sound but it would take 63 years for the vision to become reality. Join us to hear Jennifer Ott, Ott, co-author with David B. Williams of Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal, share some of the stories they uncovered in their research about the decades of false starts, political shenanigans, and far-reaching social, economic and environmental impacts of the canal's construction and operation.

Friends of the Newcastle Library Meeting
Wednesday, September 27, 7pm

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