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Take a trip with a good book

Courier-Times Staff Report

Travel to exotic destinations without a passport or plane ticket during the Winter Reading program happening at New Castle-Henry County Public Library.

The program runs from Jan. 4 through Feb. 15 and is open to all ages. The theme for adults and teens is travel, while children will have a jungle-themed program.

During Winter Reading, participants can register on Beanstack, which is an online tracking program. The registration address is nchcpl.beanstack.org.

Once registered, readers can track time spent reading and attending library events using the Beanstack website or mobile app. Children will also have the option to log Winter Reading points off-line using a paper “jungle card.”

“We are trying something new this year for participants: a community prize as the grand prize. Winter readers can vote for a pizza party with games or an ice cream party with a scavenger hunt,” explained Krystal Stanich, Teen and Adult Services Librarian. “Participants can take their grand prize entries (marbles) and place them in whichever ballot box they’d prefer. Ballot box locations will be at the main service desk as well as in the Children’s Library.”

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

Adult DIY crafts – Make coasters out of paper maps at 6 p.m. Jan. 8. Supplies and light refreshments are provided. Registration for the free event is required.

January Jungle STEAM – Elementary-aged children can enjoy active learning about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math at 2 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Children’s Library.

VR Teen Travel – Students ages 13-18 can visit Norway, Alaska and Antarctica using a virtual reality (VR) headset. The Norway trip is Jan. 17, the Alaska trip will be Jan. 24 and the Antarctica trip takes place Feb. 7. All events begin at 4 p.m. in the Teen Scape teen room.

Traveling to Russia – Local travelers Celia and David Burns will share travel experiences and photos from Russia at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the auditorium.

Romantic Vacation Spots – Great Destinations, a Muncie-based travel agency, will share top romantic destinations at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the auditorium.

Get digital

NCHCPL also offers a host of free DVDs, CDs and digital titles for cardholders.

Fifty new magazine titles were recently added to New Castle’s Overdrive e-book service.

The library’s monthly Anime Club meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium. This month’s feature is “Mob Psycho 100” with Yakisoba snacks. The anime club is open to adults and teens.

The auditorium will turn into a movie theater at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 when the library shows 2017’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

The Saturday Family Matinee feature at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 is the animated classic “The Jungle Book.”

Find additional events and library information online at www.nchcpl.org and by following New Castle-Henry County Public Library on Facebook and Twitter.