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Published October 1st 2013
Books are only half the story Newcastle City Library
When people think of libraries, they think of old brick buildings, rows and rows of books and grumpy old librarians. Well to be honest, they're not too far off.
However Newcastle City Library has a lot more to offer, and the librarians aren't grumpy at all. In fact, as I walked into the City Library I was greeted quite cheerily as they ran about providing the many kids scattered about with balloons and colouring pages.
I had stumbled in on one of their many Meet the Author days. This particular author was Deborah Kelly, promoting her new book, Bouncing Ball.
Even though I had to wait a while, as there were many kids and parents lined up to get their books signed and questions asked, I was able to talk with a librarian about the many events that they ran throughout the holidays.
It was quite astonishing. Like many others, I always thought the library as only a place for books. The City Library however has many events on offer and not just for little kids.
The Gallery: I have been to the library multiple times but never taken notice of the second floor, or what could possibly be up there. A gallery is the answer and there's always something showing. There's currently an interesting collection called "Now and Then", portraying photos within photos of key locations around Newcastle.
Held not just at the City Library but all Newcastle libraries, Storytime is a program to introduce the magic of books to children. There is a session on at least once a week at one of the libraries so contact your local branch for times.
Wacky Wombat Program: Like Storytime, The Wacky Wombat program, sponsored by the Newcastle Permanent, is a more active and playful session. It includes the use of puppets, songs, crafts and games, and ran by experienced performers. This does cost $3.
Ten Minutes a Day Baby Book Time:
This program is aimed towards parents and their babies. With emphasis on early literacy skills, this provides parents with practical ideas on using stories, rhymes, songs and music.
These are some of the more common ongoing programs that the City Library and surrounding branches provide. However there are a lot more events and during the holidays its even busier.
Whether it be making a pet mammoth, meeting the RSPCA, or participating in writing and photography workshops, come visit the Newcastle City Library, as it has more to offer than just books.