Newcastle Library June Calendar
Posted on 05/29/2018

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Children & Families

Play & Learn Chinese
Tuesday, June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10:30am
Newborn to age 5 with caregiver. 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.

Toddler Story Time
Monday, June 25, 10:15am and 11:30am
Join us for 30 minutes of silly songs and fun stories! This program is designed with toddlers in mind (children ages 1-3) but all children are welcome. Play time with a parachute, blocks, toys and bubbles takes place right after Story Time.

Make a Rock Star Puppet Craft Workshop
Tuesday, June 26, 2:30pm
Presented by Cheryl Hadley. Ages 8 and older; ages 6 to 7 must bring an adult helper. Create a rod puppet musician with moveable arms, choosing from a variety of props to personalize your member of the band. Then rock star puppet will have an opportunity to perform with a combo of other kids and their puppets. All supplies provided. Registration required. Registration opens on June 1. Sponsored by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Infant Story Time
Wednesday, June 27, 10:15am
Newborn to 12 months with adult, siblings are welcome to attend. Introduce your baby to books! Join us for silly songs and fun stories in this 30-minute lapsit program for pre-walkers! Play time with shakers, blocks, and bubbles takes place right after Story Time.

Preschool Story Time
Wednesday, June 27, 11:30am
Ages 3 to 5 with adult, siblings are welcome to attend. Join us for silly songs, fun stories and work on kindergarten readiness skills in this 30 minute program for preschoolers. Play time with a parachute, blocks and bubbles takes place right after Story Time!

Japanese Story Time
Thursday, June 28, 10:30am
Family program, all ages welcome. Come to the meeting room for stories and songs in Japanese! This program is for Japanese speaking children and families, and for children learning Japanese.

Teens and Tweens

Drop-In Film Editing Lab
Tuesday, June 5 and 19, 3:00 PM
Saturday, June 23, 1:30 PM

Presented by Newcastle Youth Community Engagement (NYCE). Grades 6-12. Use professional software Adobe Premiere to edit your film for the Newcastle Teen Film Contest. Bring an external hard drive to save your work.

Study Zone

Tuesday, June 5 and 12, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Wednesday June 6 and 13, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Thursday June 7 and 14, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

IdeaX: Kerbal Space Program Club
Wednesday, June 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.

Newcastle Youth Community Engagement (NYCE)
Wednesday, June 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!


SHIBA Counseling in Chinese and English
Friday, June 1, 10am
Volunteers from Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor (SHIBA) will offer free, unbiased individual health benefits counseling in Chinese and English. Appointment only - no drop-ins. Call 206-957-8540 to schedule. If you, or a family member, are struggling with understanding Medicare and Medicaid benefits, 1-on-1 counseling can help. This service is provided by Chinese Information Service Center by a trained SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor) volunteer. They can talk about:
• Health care options
• Medical billing
• Medicare and Medicaid
• Other issues related to paying for health care.

Talk Time 

Tuesday, June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 7:00 PM
Practice speaking English with other English language learners. Learn about American culture and meet people from around the world. Classes are free; join anytime.

Trails In and Around Newcastle
Saturday, June 9, 3:00 PM
Need inspiration for a local trail walk? Learn about Newcastle's many nature trails and the area's fascinating history in this joint presentation by Steve Williams, former President of the Issaquah Alps Club and Head Ranger on Cougar Mt and current board member of the Newcastle Historical Society; and Eva Lundahl, author of 14 Shorter Trail Walks In and Around Newcastle and outreach coordinator for Newcastle Trails. Steve will cover some of the local historical sites you will pass on trails, and Eva will talk about trail stewardship, and give you ideas for family-friendly walks that not only expose you to the area's history but also showcase beautiful scenery, native plants, animals, birds, and more! Books available for purchase and signing.

Picture Book Creation 101 with Dana Sullivan
Monday, June 11, 7:00 PM
You've got a brilliant story for a picture book floating around in your head or you've always wanted to make books for children. Now what? Join local author/illustrator Dana Sullivan for a one hour, interactive bootcamp on getting your story ready for publication. With 14 books under his belt and years of teaching picture book illustration, Dana knows a couple of things about how to go about getting your book in shape. This workshop will take you from the initial concept, to brainstorming, doodling, storyboarding, manuscript writing and getting your book dummy ready for submission. See Dana's work at In partnership with the Newcastle Arts Council.

Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis
Saturday, June 16, 2:00 PM
This Seattle Art Museum exhibition, which runs from June 14 to September 9, 2018, presents a comprehensive collection of Edward S. Curtis's magnificent portraits of Native Americans. Photographed during the turn of the last century, they now have an indelible place in the American consciousness, especially the works from the Pacific Northwest where he started his career. This lecture will explore his life and work, and the key Northwest tribes he portrayed. Tamara Moats is a Seattle art historian, former curator of education at the UW Henry Art Gallery, and history teacher at the Bush School Upper School. Sponsored by the Friends of the Newcastle Library. In partnership with the Newcastle Arts Council.

Zentangle Meditative Art Class
Thursday, June 21, 10:15am
Limited space. First come, first seated. What is Zentangle? It is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful drawings out of structured patterns. No drawing skill or experience is needed to enjoy this stress-free art form. People from all over the world practice Zentangle not just as an art but as a way to relax, reduce anxiety, cope with pain, and increase focus and mindfulness. This meditative art class will be guided by a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Sponsored by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.

Memoir Writers Meet-Up
Friday, June 22, 10:30 AM
Preserve your life experiences, leave a legacy for future generations. Share your stories, swap writing tips, network with other Memoir writers. Bring your stories and get feedback (not criticism) to what you have written. Get ideas for capturing more memories, write a 'creative' memoir. All writing levels and drop-ins welcome. An experienced writer facilitates each Meet-Up. Join us every 4th Friday of the month!

Newcastle Library Book Club – America's First Daughter
Thursday, June 28, 7:00 PM
America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray. Newcastle Library Book Group meets the 4th Thursdays of the month. Join us!

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