Newcastle Library looking for ‘The Voice’

July 2, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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Winner to sing at library’s first naturalization ceremony

O say, can you sing “The Star-Spangled Banner?”

If so, the Newcastle Library wants to test your patriotic pipes at its July 12 singing competition.

“The Voice of the Newcastle Library” contest will crown a local crooner, who will then get the honor of singing the national anthem at the library’s first naturalization ceremony July 23.

“It’s a fun way to showcase the singing talent in our community, draw community members together and find a special singer for our naturalization ceremony,” librarian Vicki Heck said.

The competition is open to anyone 13 and older. Contestants don’t have to be Newcastle residents to participate; just drop by the Newcastle Library to register. Space is limited, but the library will accept drop-ins the day of the event, if room is available, Heck said.

During the contest, singers must belt the first verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a panel of Newcastle-centric judges, including Imelda Dulcich, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, and Wendy Kirchner, the city’s community activities liaison.

The winner will receive a red, white and blue sash and a gift basket from the Friends of the Newcastle Library, in addition to the July 23 singing gig.

If you go

‘The Voice of the Newcastle Library’ competition

2 p.m. July 12

Naturalization ceremony

3:30 p.m. July 23

Newcastle Library

12901 Newcastle Way

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will administer the oath ceremony for new citizens. The department recently started offering the ceremonies at smaller community venues, such as libraries.

It’s a huge honor for the Newcastle Library, Heck said, to host the ceremony, and she hopes the live singer, rather than just a recording of the national anthem, makes it all the more memorable for attendees.

“Our USCIS contact let us know that it’s extra special to have a live singer during that section, so our teen librarian Donna Day and I started brainstorming how to suss out the singing talent we are confident exists within our community,” she said.

A lineup of local elected officials will attend the oath ceremony, Heck said, including Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri and state Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn. Newcastle City Council members Rich Crispo, Lisa Jensen and Carol Simpson will also be there.

“We encourage the singers in our community to come out, have some fun and show us your stuff,” Heck said of the July 12 contest. “Help us show our newest United States citizens that Newcastle’s got talent.”

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