Library Happenings


December Newsletter

128 Years of Service to the Public. Celebrate Newton Public Library! Free access for all to information, entertainment, and other services.

Policy Change: Video checkouts are limited to five (5) per patron. This includes DVDs, Video Games, and VHS tapes. This policy change was made necessary due to huge losses from materials being checked out and not returned. The benefit will be that patrons will find many more of their favorite videos on the shelf, ready to be checked out for a week.

Free Technology Events:

  • Smart Phone Workshop: 7 p.m. Tuesdays.  Bring your smart phone and join the staff from Z Wireless to get your questions answered. No registration necessary.
  • Anyone Can Program!: 12:30 p.m. Second and Fourth Saturdays. No meetings in December.  Angel Diaz teaches the basics of programming. Learn to make things and get a leg up on the competition at work. Suitable for all levels of computer proficiency. Free to attend, no registration necessary.
  • Bring Your Tech Gadget Gifts: 6:30 p.m. December 11. Holiday tech gadgets have your head spinning? Bring them in for personalized help from Nathan, IT Supervisor. Find archived recordings of Nathan’s other Tech Talks.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

Game Zone for Teens: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Mondays; and 6 – 8 p.m. Thursdays. Teens are invited to play the Wii™, board games, Xbox 360 Kinect™, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Monday Knight Kneedlers: 7 p.m. on Mondays. All levels of experience in any kind of needlework are welcome to gather at the Library to share patterns, ideas, expertise and friendship.

Smart Phone Workshop: 7 p.m. Tuesdays.  Bring your smart phone to get help in using your phone. No registration required.

KANSASWORKS Employment Specialist Help: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Second and Fourth Tuesdays. One-on-one employment assistance will be available from a specialist at Kansas WorkforceOne, including resume creation and job search help.

Third Tuesday Genealogy: 7 p.m. December 16. Haly Hendricks portrays Sarah Johnson, recounting the travels of Isaac Johnson during the Civil War.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. December 18. Read and discuss “The Christmas Wedding” by James Patterson. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. December 20. Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape. Rated PG-13.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. December 22. Play “Minute to Win It.” Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Family Holiday Time: 7 p.m. December 22. Bring the family for puppet shows, stories and candy canes! It’s free!

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. December 23. Mark Kreider presents “A Year of Alaska Photography.” Mark was a 2013 recipient of a scholarship for high school students to study photography with professionals of NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association). Mark spent a year doing voluntary service in Alaska after high school and before college.

Library Closed. The Library will close at noon on December 24 and remain closed December 25 for the Christmas holiday.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. December 29. Bottle painting will be the craft. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Winter Fun Puppet Show: 10:30 a.m. December 30. The whole family is welcome to enjoy the wintertime antics of the Barnyard Puppets. It’s free!

Library Closed. The Library will close at noon on December 31 and remain closed January 1 for the New Year’s holiday.

Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. January 6. The Newton Linux User’s Group (NLUG) will meet to share information and applications regarding this open source alternative to Microsoft Operating Systems and discuss developments in the technology field around the world. Meetings are free and open to all.

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. January 7. Read and discuss “Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Heartful Papercrafts: 6:30 p.m. January 13. Make a card for your Valentine from recycled books. Bring your favorite scissors and join the fun!

Art Display:  Amanda Botterweck shares gorgeous photos of Colorado.

Display Case: Miniatures from the collections of the Harvey County Historical Museum are on display.

Friends Cart Sales: Pick up a good read and support the Library. Used books and other materials are for sale Mondays at about 1 p.m. 

Good Reads in Your Inbox: Interested in the latest mysteries, or what’s new in self-help and fitness books, or maybe science fiction, or….? Sign up to receive e-mail notifications from BookLetters of new books that would interest you. Read the reviews, find out what’s next in a series, the latest audiobooks and what’s HOT. Check for lists of genres and online registration.

See photos from the 2010 Flower & Garden Tour.

See  a short video of the 2012 Flower & Garden Tour.

New Items at the Library:

Zinio Magazines Online: Enjoy over 100 of your favorite magazines, cover-to-cover. Come in to Newton Public Library to set up your account, then use this resource from the comfort of your home!

National Geographic Online 1888 to Present: Includes a topic search “People, Animals, and the World”. Use your NPL card to access this inspirational magazine from click on “Online Resources”, then “Search Databases,” then scroll and click when you find this link.

Tumblebook! New online reading fun for kids!

Armstrong, Karen. Fields of Blood. Religion and the history of violence. New Nonfiction

Ebola: The Plague Fighters. Nova’s exploration of the 1995 Ebola virus outbreak in Zaire. DVD

Evans, Richard Paul. The Mistletoe Promise. Elise and Nicholas agree to pretend to be a couple in the weeks leading up to Christmas, understanding it ends on Christmas day. New Fiction

Mott, Jason. The Wonder of All Things. Ava finds herself having to make very difficult decisions when her power to heal becomes known. New Fiction

O’Shaughnessy, Patrick. Millennial Money. How young investors can build a fortune. New Nonfiction

Poehler, Amy. Yes Please. Amy’s hilarious and candid book with thoughts, lists and stories from her life. New Nonfiction

Rastam, Hannes. Thomas Quick: The Making of a Serial Killer. A real-life Scandinavian crime story. New Nonfiction

Row, Jess. Your Face in Mine. Kelly Thorndike discovers a friend who has had “racial reassignment surgery.” New Fiction

Thayer, Nancy. An Island Christmas. Family and friends gather on Nantucket for a winter wedding with lots of surprises in store. New Fiction

The Who, the What and the When. 65 artists illustrate the secret sidekicks of history. New Nonfiction