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Sign up for Summer Reading Programs! “Every Hero Has a Story” is the theme for preschool and grade school. “Unmask!” is the teen theme. “Escape the Ordinary” is the adult slogan. Summer StoryTimes, “Reading Heroes” for children ages 5-8 years, and some Wednesday Workshops for 8-12 year-olds have limited space, so sign up early to reserve your spot. Summer Reading programs begin June 1.
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.
- Computer Programming Help: 4:30 p.m. Second and Fourth Saturdays. Angel Diaz is here to answer your questions and provide guidance on programming. Get a leg up on the competition! Suitable for all levels of computer proficiency. Free to attend, no registration necessary.
- Electronic Gaming: 6:30 p.m. June 11. Hear about the past, present, and future of electronic games. Presented by 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.
GameZone 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. No GameZone Thursday, May 7 and 14.
Smart Phone Workshop: 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Bring your smart phone to get help in using your phone. No registration required.
Teen Summer Reading Program Kick-Off: 3 p.m. May 30. Crush the competition in an outdoor obstacle course. Enjoy an ice cream float while you sign up for Summer Reading! (Ages 10 and up only, please.) Get ready to Unmask!
Record Your Reading Progress! June 1 – August 1. All ages are invited to track their summer reading and turn in weekly reading logs – for fun and a chance for prizes!
Summer Reading Kick-Off Party: June 1, 7 p.m. Bring the whole family to enjoy the magic of The Amazing Hamilton. It’s free! And pick up your reading logs to begin a summer of Every Hero Has a Story!
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. June 1. You provide a colored t-shirt and the Library will provide the bleach pens! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.
Summer Reading Kick-Off Party: June 1, 7 p.m. Bring the whole family to enjoy the magic of The Amazing Hamilton. It’s free! And pick up your reading logs to begin a summer of reading fun!
Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. June 2. 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.
Percussion Magic Workshop: 10:30 a.m. June 3. 8-12 year-olds learn about percussion magic. Enrollment required to participate.
Percussion Magic: 1:30 p.m. June 3. Bring the whole family to join the beat of Percussion Magic.
Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. June 3. Read and discuss “Basket Case” by Carl Hiaasen. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. June 6. Bring a friend to watch the Avengers stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. Snacks, too! Rated PG-13.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. June 8. “Elemental Superheroes” is the craft. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.
Kids Watercolor Workshop: 10:30 a.m. June 10. Join artist Susan Bartel to create some super watercolor artwork. Enrollment required to participate.
Barnyard Puppet Theatre Show: 1:30 p.m. June 10. Bring the whole family to enjoy the super troubles and triumphs of the Barnyard Puppets.
“Crust and Crumb” Talks Bread Making: 2 p.m. June 11. Proprietor Sharon Entz shares bread making secrets.
Newton/North Newton 2015 Flower & Garden Tour: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. June 13 and 1-5 p.m. June 14. The Second Century Library Endowment Fund sponsors a tour of area gardens. Suggested admission donation is $8 per person with proceeds benefiting the Library.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. June 15. Create a pipecleaner Ninja. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.
Harvey County “Heroes:” 7 p.m. June 16. Darren McMannis talks about some of our local “good guys/gals.”
The Bug Lady Workshop: 10:30 a.m. June 17. Registration required to meet The Bug Lady’s creepy critters in person! For 8-12 year olds.
The Bug Lady: 1:30 p.m. June 17. Learn about bugs and other critters from The Bug Lady. Bring the whole family for free entertainment.
Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. June 18. Read and discuss “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” by Aimee Bender. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Cookin’ Up Mysteries Book Sale: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. June 19. The Friends of Newton Public Library host a book sale of cookbooks and mystery novels! All proceeds benefit Newton Public Library.
Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. June 20. Bring a friend to watch the movie based on Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider novel. Snacks, too! Rated PG.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. June 22. Make a duct tape wristband. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.
WHO’s Your Hero? Teen Party: 6-8 p.m. June 23. Smash the competition in Doctor Who trivia, make a fez, and more.
Fourth Tuesday Photography Outing: 7 p.m. June 23. Join others to photograph Toews’ engines and antiques. Contact the Library for directions.
Balloon Twisting: 10:30 a.m. June 24. Happy Faces Entertainment leads 8-12 year-olds in experimenting with balloon creations.
Magic with Happy Faces Entertainment: 1:30 p.m. June 24. Join Happy Faces Entertainment’s magical act: “Super Me to the Rescue!” Free fun for the whole family!
“The Abolitionists” Film & Discussion: 1 – 4 p.m. June 25. Watch the “American Experience” documentary in which Abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. June 27. Bring a friend to watch Captain America lead the fight against the Nazi-backed HYDRA organization. Snacks, too. Rated PG-13.
Display Case:Barbie dolls from Kari Sauerwein’s collection, begun when she was about four years old, are on display.
Photography Exhibit: Enjoy the black and white photography of Tim Carden.
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 newtonplks.org: click on “Online Resources”, then “Search Databases,” then scroll and click when you find this link.
Tumblebook! New online reading fun for kids!
Albert, Elisa. After Birth. Two unlikely women, Ari with a new baby, and Mina who is nine months pregnant, begin a friendship. New and CD Fiction
Boy Next Door. A rebound night of intimacy leads Noah to obsess about Claire (Jennifer Lopez). DVD
Harrison, Mette Ivie. The Bishop’s Wife. When a neighbor’s wife goes missing, Linda is suspicious of the circumstances. New and CD Fiction
McGregor, Robert Kuhn. A Calculus of Color. The integration of baseball’s American League. New Nonfiction
Merlis, Mark. JD. Martha finds herself learning to know her dead husband when going through his papers and manuscripts. New Fiction
Norris, Mary. Between You and Me. Confessions of a comma queen. New Nonfiction
Pearl, Matthew. The Last Bookaneer. The story of literary thieves bent on a final, epic attempt to steal Robert Louis Stevenson’s new novel. New Nonfiction
Scotton, Christopher. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth. An act of violence in a small, Southern town has repercussions in Kevin’s life. New and CD Fiction
Sports Illustrated Basketball’s Greatest. The point guards, the rebounders, the slam dunks, the coaches, the big men and the franchises are all in this book. New Nonfiction
Tirado, Linda. Hand to Mouth. Living in bootstrap America. New Nonfiction
Wagenen, Maya Van. Popular: A Memoir. The story of the author’s attempt to follow a 1950s popularity guide. New Nonfiction
Wurzer, Cathy. We Know How This Ends. Living while dying – the author’s story of living with his ALS diagnosis. New Nonfiction