Library Happenings

September Newsletter

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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.

NEW! Check out a Wi-Fi Hotspot and/or an iPad! Patrons 18 years and older, can check out WiFi Hotspot devices and/or an iPad mini for a lending period of one week. This project is made possible by the State Library of Kansas, U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Sprint. Borrowers are encouraged to fill out a customer survey to help the State Library determine possibilities of expanding the program to more libraries. The pilot project will run through the end of December 2014.

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.  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.
  • Internet Safety: 6:30 p.m. October 9. Protect your privacy! Learn strategies for staying safe online with Nathan, NPL’s IT Supervisor. It’s free, no registration necessary.
  • 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 Saturday Teen Screen: 3 p.m. September 20. Watch this PG-13 movie based on the first book in the “Divergent” series.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. September 22. Create Banned Book comics! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 6:30 p.m. September 23. Join others for a photo outing to Greenwood Stables near Peabody. Contact the Library for more information.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. September 24. Beverly B. Mack, professor of African and African American Studies at KU, leads a discussion of “Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table” by Ruth Reichl. This book is the second in a four-part series, “Growing up American.” The discussion leaders and books for the series are provided through a program of the Kansas Humanities Council. Pick up books at the Library.

Family Movie: 6 p.m. September 25. Everyone is welcome to watch this movie based on a famous Roald Dahl character. Bring your own snacks.

Teen Book Club: 3 p.m. September 27. Read a banned book of your choice. Share about it, if you wish. Listen to the experiences of others who’ve read a banned book. Contact Jannell for book choice ideas.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. September 29. Make your own scratch tickets! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. October 1. Read and discuss “The Black Country” by Alex Grecian. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. October 7. 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.

Friends of Newton Public Library Fall Meeting: 7 p.m. October 8. Plan upcoming events (especially the book sale), vote for new officers, discuss business concerns, and enjoy light refreshments.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. October 16. Read and discuss “Escape from Camp 14” by Blaine Harden. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Third Tuesday Genealogy: 7 p.m. October 21. Donnis Crane will be here to present step-by-step guides to finding ancestor’s land records.

Friends Book Sale: 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. October 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. October 25. The Friends of Newton Public Library host a book sale with proceeds benefitting the Library. Special items by Silent Auction include a 12-piece Christmas dish set, including serving pieces and drink glasses, and a bride doll in excellent condition. Friends members-only presale will be from 6-8 p.m. on October 23. Join the Friends – $10/year or $50/lifetime.

Art Display:  Enjoy the photography of Cindy Fisher.

Display Case: The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) share a display highlighting the U.S. Constitution.

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 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!

Blackbeard’s Lost Ship. An examination of the remains of Queen Anne’s Revenge reveals some of this pirate’s history. DVD

Brezenoff, Steve. Guy in Real Life. It’s Labor Day weekend and boy and girl collide on a dark street and everything changes. New and CD Fiction

Freedom Riders. An exploration of an integrated band of college students who challenged segregation by buying tickets on a Greyhound bus. DVD

Gallo, Carmine. Talk Like TED. Nine public speaking secrets from the world’s top minds are presented. New Nonfiction

Lewis & Clark. This PBS series by Ken Burns examines the journey of the Corps of Discovery. DVD

Miodownik, Mark. Stuff Matters. Exploring the marvelous materials that shape our man-made world. New Nonfiction

Piketty, Thomas. Capital in the Twenty-First Century. The author talks about the impact of economic inequalities. New Nonfiction

Pope, Nick. Encounter in Rendlesham Forest. The inside story of the world’s best-documented UFO incident. New Nonfiction

Wonders of the African World. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes a fresh look at the history of the continent in this PBS series. DVD