Symphony: Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra Spring Masterworks Concert will highlight Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 Op. 36 and Jonathan Bailey Holland’s Shards of Serenity at 7:30 p.m. May 12 at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. 2nd St. Pre-concert commentary by NW Radio Host Steve Reeder begins at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $12-$18. Visit www.byso.org or call 425-204-3454.
Police story time: Children of all ages with an adult can enjoy a free story time with Renton police officers at 10 a.m. May 13 at the Renton Library, 100 Mill Ave. S. Read stories, sing songs and even sit inside a police car. Call 425-226-6043.
Railroad history: Join author Kurt Armbruster for a discussion of his latest book, “Pacific Coast, Seattle’s Own Railroad” at 6 p.m. May 16 at the Renton History Museum, 235 Mill Ave. S. After Seattle was passed up for the terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad, Seattle citizens decided to build their own. This book tells the colorful story of the building of one of the West Coast’s most significant railroads. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and children, free for ages 8 and under. Event is free with museum admission. Learn more at www.rentonhistory.org or call 425-255-2330.
Friends of the Newcastle Library annual book sale: This event runs generates money to pay for local events the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way. Bid on silent auction items and browse thousands of books and media for purchase. Event runs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 17, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee with a Cop: Representatives from the Renton Police Department will be available to answer questions over coffee and treats from 10 a.m. to noon May 18 at Everest Tea and Coffee House, 200 SW 43rd St. The public is invited to ask questions related to crime prevention, traffic enforcement, investigations, recruitment or community programs and services. Call 425-430-7500 for information.