Notes from Newcastle: Library has help when you need it

January 2, 2015

My brother has probably always been mentally ill, but it wasn’t until he was in his late 20s that a psychiatrist confirmed his schizophrenia. Adding to his complexity, he is vulnerable with a developmental disability, a wandering soul and a fierce streak of independence.

Before I became his official caregiver in 1999, my family saw him evicted from apartments, thrown in jail and pursued by collection agencies, and he was one bad break away from becoming homeless. Flash forward 15 years and I’m happy to say, with the proper help from a variety of agencies, my brother is stable.

My personal experiences with my brother and my work as a public librarian make me keenly aware of the challenges some of our community members face. The Newcastle Library doesn’t often see the challenging societal issues some of our other King County Library System branches face, but we remain aware the need for assistance exists in every community, regardless of age, ethnicity or income level. Read more

America the beautiful

July 31, 2014

Eastside residents become U.S. citizens at Newcastle Library

By Greg Farrar Immigrants from around the world, who passed citizenship tests and renounced allegiances to the countries of their birth, take the oath of allegiance from officials of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services July 23 during a naturalization ceremony at the Newcastle Library.

By Greg Farrar
Immigrants from around the world, who passed citizenship tests and renounced allegiances to the countries of their birth, take the oath of allegiance from officials of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services July 23 during a naturalization ceremony at the Newcastle Library.

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Notes from Newcastle: Summer at the library

July 11, 2014

NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 11, 2014

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Kelcy Tiger

My favorite childhood memories from summer are ones where I got to experience something out of the ordinary. This usually meant my parents packing my sister and me into our car, enduring an hour drive in traffic (are we there yet?), trying to find parking (are we there yet!) and finally making our way to the museum, exhibit or center we planned on visiting. This summer you can save yourself a trip downtown and still visit a museum, center or aquarium, just by coming to the Newcastle Library! Read more

Nominations come in for 2014 Diamond Awards

July 2, 2014

For the second year in a row, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards will be an elegant evening affair, hosted at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Nominations are already coming in for the Nov. 20 ceremony that honors Newcastle’s top community members. Get to know some of the nominees below, and be sure to cast your nominations at www.newcastle-chamber.org.

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Friends group hosts book sale March 26-29

March 22, 2014

NEW — 12:15 p.m. March 22, 2014

Julia Hunter, Friends of the Newcastle Library President arranges materials on the shelf of the library’s ongoing book sale. The Friends group will host a large book sale in March. File

Julia Hunter, Friends of the Newcastle Library President arranges materials on the shelf of the library’s ongoing book sale. The Friends group will host a large book sale in March.
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The Friends of the Newcastle Library will host its annual book sale March 26-29. Read more

Notes from Newcastle

March 5, 2014

Get a start on fitness at your local library

Not long ago, I found myself walking up a moderate incline of a driveway, realizing my heart was beating a little faster and my breath was a little harder to catch than the situation warranted. My first thought — “Hmm, maybe an iron deficiency?” It didn’t take but another step or two for me to recognize that, nope, I’m simply out of shape.

Vicki Heck

Vicki Heck

I’ve always considered myself a fit person. I eat right, do yoga and walk. But, on closer inspection of my days, I see my life has changed. I sit at work, my senior dogs don’t go as fast or as far on our walks and my gym membership has lapsed. Busy days make it tough to squeeze in one more thing, so how am I going to get motivated?

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Friends group hosts book sale

March 5, 2014

The Friends of the Newcastle Library will host its annual book sale March 26-29.

The sale begins March 26 for paid members of the Friends group. Only members will be allowed to purchase books that day, from 3-9 p.m. Memberships will be available at the library door.

Julia Hunter, Friends of the Newcastle Library President arranges materials on the shelf of the library’s ongoing book sale. The Friends group will host a large book sale in March. File

Julia Hunter, Friends of the Newcastle Library President arranges materials on the shelf of the library’s ongoing book sale. The Friends group will host a large book sale in March.
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It continues through Saturday with sales open to the public. The sale begins at 10 a.m. the three remaining days, but wraps up at 9 p.m. March 27, at 6 p.m. March 28 and at 5 p.m. March 29.

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Problems plague library construction

July 3, 2012

New opening date set tentatively for October

Contributed by King County Library System
This artist’s rendering depicts what the Newcastle Library will look like upon completion. The $11.9 million facility will feature a green roof, a waterfall window and a glass façade.

After setbacks have plagued the long-anticipated Newcastle Library, the King County Library System has set a new tentative opening date of October for the new facility — two years after the groundbreaking in 2010.

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Library group to approve bylaws, elect officers

April 5, 2012

An important Friends of the Newcastle Library meeting will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. April 7 at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue.

The meeting will lay the groundwork for the library and elected officer positions that will form the Friends group. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting will include approving of the group’s official bylaws, electing the group’s officers, viewing updated plans of the Newcastle Library and planning for the Newcastle Library’s opening-day activities.

Learn more at http://blogs.kcls.org/newcastle or like the library on Facebook.

Newcastle Library group to approve bylaws, elect officers

March 13, 2012

NEW — 1:40 p.m. March 13, 2012

An important Friends of the Newcastle Library meeting will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Newport Way Library on April 7. The Newport Library is located at 14250 S.E. Newport Way in Bellevue.

The meeting will lay the groundwork for the library and elected officer positions that will form the Friends of the Newcastle Library. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Made up of volunteers, friends groups act as advocates for local libraries and primarily focus on fundraising. The funds earned go to programs such as summer reading programs and other library system initiatives.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting will include approving of the group’s official bylaws, electing the group’s officers, viewing updated plans of the Newcastle Library and planning for the Newcastle Library’s opening day activities.

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