New Castle Public Library 

September 2023 E-Newsletter

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Mon & Tues 10:00am - 9:00pm

Wed & Thurs 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fri & Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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In this newsletter

  • Tweens and Teens programs
  • Youth programs
  • Adult programs
  • Library Friends
  • Online resources


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What's New?

Commencing in September 2023, #DelawareLibraries is proud to introduce Auto-Renewal! You can now enjoy the convenience of eligible physical items renewing automatically, eliminating the need for you to take any action. Discover further details right here!

Patron Connect

The Museum Pass program is accessible to Delaware Library cardholders who are adults (18 years and older).

Visit your local library to borrow a museum pass and enjoy a wonderful, cost-free visit to one of Delaware's captivating museums. Presently, our selection includes passes for Mt. Cuba, Brandywine Zoo, and Tyler Arboretum.

For passes to additional attractions, kindly verify their availability through the Museum Key.

It's important to be aware that each museum pass comes with its own set of admission regulations. Reserving a museum pass signifies the patron's commitment to adhering to the library's museum pass policy. For further details, please reach out to our reference department at (302)328-1995 or click here.


A fresh and easy way to borrow and read from your library. Explore the collection through catalog guides, subjects, featured titles, and curated lists.To learn more, click HERE.

Kanopy Available Now!

Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides instant access to thousands of critically acclaimed movies, documentaries and Kid favorites. You can stream on any of your favorite devices; via mobile/tablet apps for iPhone and Android, on your Desktop, and SmartTV apps like Roku, Apple TV, and Fire Stick. Get started with your Delaware Library card at

World Trade Press

World Trade Press is now available through the New Castle Public Library!

Recipe of the Month: Lemon Tart

Lemon tart, known as "tarte au citron" in French, represents a timeless dessert creation composed of a delicate pastry shell that crumbles at the touch, enveloping a luscious lemon custard center. The ideal lemon tart achieves a harmonious fusion of zesty and sweet fruity notes. Distinguished from pies, it finds its form within a shallow tart tin. Various lemon tart recipes follow distinct techniques: some involve pre-baking the crust before filling it with the cooked lemon custard, which is then chilled in the refrigerator, while others opt to combine the uncooked filling with an unbaked crust before subjecting it to the oven's gentle heat.

To access recipe, click here!

Youth & Family Events

Lego Club

October 3rd & 17th 6:00 PM Tuesday

Join us for Lego Club, suitable for students in grades K-8! We gather on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at the New Castle Public Library from 6:00 to 7:00pm, where you can unleash your creativity by constructing themed Lego designs alongside your family and friends.

To secure your spot, registration is a must, and all necessary supplies are provided. In the event that it's 15 minutes past the program's scheduled start time and there's available space, we'll prioritize families from the waitlist.

  • We kindly ask that you register only if you have a firm plan to attend the program. Our programs often have waiting lists, and our goal is to accommodate as many families in our community as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding!

Click here to register!

"Hogwarts Halloween Party"

Saturday, October 3rd, 2023 2:00-3:00PM

Families with children between the ages of 5 and 12 are invited to join us for a magical afternoon filled with craft activities, delectable Hogwarts-themed treats, and more! Our enchanting adventure kicks off with the Sorting Hat ceremony, followed by engaging classes in Transformation, Potions, and Wandmaking. We encourage both adults and children to embrace the magic of the occasion by dressing up in their Halloween costumes, and we've set up a photo booth for delightful snapshots.

While the program's activities are primarily designed for children aged 5-12, younger children can participate with the supervision of a caregiver. Registration is a must, and all necessary supplies are included.

  • We kindly request that you only register if you intend to attend the program. Many of our programs have waiting lists, and our aim is to accommodate as many families in our community as possible.

Click here to register!

"Family Crafternoon"

Monday, October 23rd, 2023 4:30-5:30pm

In October, we'll be crafting our very own spiderwebs and other Halloween-themed artwork using glue, salt, and watercolors. All the necessary materials will be provided for every participant, including caregivers. While this program is primarily aimed at children aged 5 to 12, we happily welcome older and younger siblings to join in the fun! To participate, registration is mandatory, and each group must include at least one child under the age of 12 who is registered.

Click here to register!

Baby Storytime 10:30 AM Friday

Infant Storytime caters to little ones aged 0-24 months, featuring a delightful blend of songs, tales, and interactive movements tailored specifically for this age range. This Storytime session is designed to be a joyful experience, fostering the connection between caregivers and infants while nurturing the early development of literacy skills.

Rhythm & Rhyme Storytime 10:30 AM Tuesday

R&R Storytime welcomes children aged 2-5 years, offering a program brimming with age-appropriate songs, engaging stories, and interactive movements. We enthusiastically promote learning through play, enhancing the early literacy skills of our young participants by incorporating elements such as stories and egg shakers into the experience.

Recommended Children's Books of the Month

You're My Little Baby Boo by Nicola Edwards

You’re My Little Baby Boo is the sweetest treat to share with the little ones in your life. This addition to the beloved You’re My Little series features beautiful nighttime illustrations of iconic Halloween characters such as ghosts, pumpkins, and candy corn. Children will love the interactive features alongside the story about a parent’s love for a child. This adorable board book is a wonderful bedtime story for Halloween or any time of the year.

Grumbones by Jenn Bennett

In this middle-grade novel blending elements of Pixar's Coco and Neil Gaiman's tales, a determined girl embarks on a quest to ensure her deceased grandmother's peaceful rest, leading her into the mystical and perilous realms of the underworld. In the ghost-filled town of Whispering Pines, Helena Novak and her friend Ben have yet to connect with her late grandmother's spirit. However, when her offerings on Babi's grave vanish, Helena and Ben uncover a secret crypt door, plunging them into an eerie underworld teeming with strange kingdoms and enigmatic characters. Determined to find her grandmother, Helena risks everything with the help of the eccentric underworld guide Grumbones, even if he raises suspicions with his peculiar appearance and eerie belongings.

Upcoming Teen Events

Switch It Up: Video Game Club

Are you a fan of Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, or Mario Party? If so, don't miss out on our "Switch it Up: Video Gaming Club" program! We'll supply the Nintendo Switch, sufficient controllers for up to 8 teenagers, the games, and even some snacks for a great gaming experience. This program is specially tailored for students in 7th through 12th grade. Click here to register!

Embrace the spirit of October by crafting your very own eerie haunted house! We'll be transforming miniature dollhouses into spooky abodes, using materials like moss, eyeballs, skeletons, and more. All the necessary supplies will be provided. This program is designed for students ranging from 5th to 12th grade. Click here to register!

In this creative writing workshop designed for students in grades 6 through 12, participants will have the opportunity to explore their self-expression while gaining insights into the world of flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry genres. Click here to register!

Recommended Teen Books of the Month

Holly Horror by Michelle Jabes Corpora

When teenage Evie moves with her mother and brother to a new home known by locals as the Horror House, where a teen mysteriously vanished without a trace many years ago, she becomes haunted by a terrifying bonneted specter.

A Banquet For Hungry Ghosts by Ying Chang Compestine

 Presents an eight-course banquet of ghost stories centering around Chinese cooking and culture. Each story is followed by a recipe and historical notes.

Recommended Adult Events

Join us for the final 2023 installment of our Movies by Moonlight series, where we show classic, camp, and cult movies in our back garden under the stars.

To wrap up 2023, we're proudly showing Scream, the 1996 meta-slasher classic about a teenage girl and her friends who are terrorized by a masked killer that uses scary movies as part of a deadly game.

This event is 21+ and BYOB. Be sure to remember your lawn chair or blanket! This event is in partnership with the New Castle Historical Society and Arts Council.

To ring in the Halloween season, our regular adult book discussion group will be having a potluck dinner based around Recipes for Murder by Karen Pierce, which matches a different recipe with 66 of Agatha Christie's iconic novels.

Attendees will pick a recipe, read its corresponding book, and share their thoughts and food with the rest of the group. To sign up for a recipe and book, please see our Adult Services Librarian, Tyler Antoine. This program is intended for adults only. Registration is required. Click here to register!

Join us for another installment of our Movies by Moonlight series, where we show classic, camp, and cult movies in our back garden under the stars.

For our first October screening, we'll be showing the 1980 slasher classic Friday the 13th, in which a group of camp counselors trying to reopen a summer camp called Crystal Lake are stalked by a mysterious killer.

This event is 21+ and BYOB. Be sure to remember your lawn chair or blanket! This event is in partnership with the New Castle Historical Society and Arts Council.

Become a Friend!

Join New Castle Library Friends

NCLF membership is a great way to connect with others and make a difference in your community.

Membership in the organization is open to any individual, organization, or corporation.

Please donate generously to help support our community library. Membership dues are our major source of funds.

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New Castle Public Library

424 Delaware Street

New Castle, DE 19720

P: (302) 328-1995

Creator: N.Wiggins

A Member of the New Castle County Public Library System

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