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Explore Middle Earth at the Library

round blue door in side of hillThe Newcastle Public Library hosts “Tolkien’s Middle Earth Exploration” at 2 p.m. Friday, July 12 for teens.

The Hobbit program features an obstacle course, a chemistry experiment in which participants will turn pennies into “gold,” and of course, a dragon. Participants also will recreate versions of some of Tolkien’s “famous foods.

register by calling 387-5076 or online.

“We always try to find several programs per age group, based on a literary theme or book series,” said Eileen Castle, coordinator of outreach programs with OMN, which includes Science Museum Oklahoma and five other facilities in the state.

“Using science to explore literature is a way to really bring the literature alive.”

This year, the Pioneer Library System is targeting museum programs to teens as part of their Summer Reading Program schedule and offers some unique options, including this program, which features activities from “The Hobbit.”

It wasn’t hard for Castle, as a big fan of the J.R.R. Tolkien series, to come up with great ideas for putting this program together.

“It helps make people want to read, and we try to put as many subjects from the book in our programs as we can,” she said

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