Library of Trees

By Alissa Orr,

We are in need of sponsors for our Library of Trees Event. Advertise your organization or business by participating in this fun event. Simply pick a book and decorate your tree based on the book’s theme. Each tree will have a sign stating who is sponsoring it and the book they have chosen. Each tree will also need to have a decorated box under it. Guests may vote for their favorite tree by leaving canned food items in the box of their favorite tree. The organization/business who receives the most donations will be the Library of Trees champion. All canned food items will be donated to local food banks.

If your business or organization is interested in participating please email Alissa at Please include your book choice and tree theme in the email. Also, please include whether you are able to provide your own artificial tree or are in need of a tree. We have a limited amount of trees available. Set up time will begin Tuesday, November 24th during library operating hours. Please have your tree decorated by 5pm Thursday, December 3rd.

This event will be great for our community in many ways including advertising for local businesses and organizations affected by COVID, providing food to our local food banks and last but certainly not least providing a free and safe event to the community. If you have any questions please email Alissa.


By Alissa Orr,

ATTENTION STUDENTS!!! Don’t get all in a tizzy not knowing what or how to study for the SAT & ACT tests! The library is here to help. The Princeton Review is sending us (FREE) SAT & ACT practice tests. The tests will be proctored here at the library. All of the tests will be sent back to the Princeton Review where a free diagnostics report will be made up. Don’t wait! Register now! Join us March 14 from 10am-2pm for the SAT practice test. Join us March 28 from 10-2pm for the ACT practice test.

*Registration is required

Family R.E.C.

By Alissa Orr,

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb!!! Escape the crazy weather and join us in the story room every Tuesday and Thursday in March at 10am. Drop-in to Read-Eat-Create with your child. We provide books for you to read together, a snack, and a craft. Check out all the fun R.E.C. themes this month.


March 10 & 12: GREEN

March 17 & 19: ST. PARTICK’S DAY

March 24 & 26: LAMB

March 31: FROGS


By Alissa Orr,

NOTHING TO DO IN THIS COLD WINTER WEATHER????? Join us in TeenScape for Teen Tuesdays @ 4pm. All teens (grades 7-12) are welcome to attend.

March 3- MINECRAFT CRAFT DAY: To celebrate Minecraft Madness Month, we are making creeper slap bracelets. SNACKS PROVIDED

March 10- TECH TAKE APART: Ever wonder what the inside of some technology looks like? Take apart various electrical devices with us to find out! SNACKS PROVIDED

March 17- IRISH DAY!: Travel to Ireland via the Oculus go, try Irish food, and make shamrock art.

March 24- SPICY FOOD CHALLENGE: Like spicy food? Then join us for this spicy food challenge! From Flaming Hot Cheetos to ghost pepper hot sauce…come see if you can handle the heat! All allergies will need to be mentioned before the challenge.

Library Storytimes

By Alissa Orr,

Join us for Storytimes!!! The library offers three different storytimes each week during the month of February.

Join us on MONDAY evenings at 6:30 pm for Pajama Storytime. Grab your favorite stuffed animal and wear you PJ’s for a fun evening of stories, music, and a craft.

Join us on TUESDAYS at 10am for Alphabet Storytime. This storytime is for preschoolers, ages 4 and up. Learn letter shapes and sounds, hear stories, sing songs, make a craft and experience a sensory activity related to the letter of the day.

Join us on THURSDAYS at 10 am for Tiny Tot Storytime. This storytime is for ages 0-3 and their caregivers. Enjoy themed stories and fingerplays during this inclusive program suitable for children of all abilities. Get grooving to the music, take part in large and small motor activities, and create a craft.


By Alissa Orr,

Exciting changes coming to Overdrive in early 2020!

Do you hate when the book you’ve been waiting for becomes available when you’re not ready for it? Problem solved! You can now suspend your holds when you are next in line and keep your place in line so that you can read when you are ready.

OverDrive will be introducing HOLDS REDELIVERY in early January 2020. Patrons have always been able to place a hold on a title when it’s not currently available to borrow. But now, when a hold becomes available, instead of automatically checking out the title, you will receive a notification that will allow you to either go into the app and borrow the title within 3 days, or suspend the hold for a set time period. Once that time period is over, you’ll be next on the list. If no action is taken, the hold will automatically be suspended for 7 days as a one-time courtesy on that hold.

Holds suspension and redelivery will allow users to borrow a book when you’re ready, not a week or more before you are ready to start reading. You can finish the current book you’re reading without the pressure of the next book being there too soon. As an added bonus wait times will improve because the holds queue will move more efficiently.

Watch this video to learn more.



Winter Reading Press Release

By Alissa Orr,

Winter Reading Program Kicks off at the New Castle- Henry County Public Library

Penguins are waddling to the New Castle- Henry County Public Library for the winter reading program. The program is offered through the library, runs from December 14 through January 11, and is open to all ages. The theme for this year will be penguins, with each program varying depending on age category.

During winter reading, participants can register on Beanstack, which is an online tracking program. The registration address is Once registered, readers can track time spent reading and attending library events using Beanstack website or mobile app.

“If you or someone you know loves penguins, definitely check out our winter reading program this year!” noted Krystal Stanich, Teen and Adult Services Librarian.

Several events happening during the winter months will be tied into the winter reading themes, including the following:

Winter Reading program kick-off will be held on December 14 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Library. Penguins from the Newport Aquarium will be visiting, giving participants the opportunity to enjoy an up close and personal encounter with the incredible animals.

The STEAM program will be held on January 11 and will also be penguin themed.
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