Library Happenings

October 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.
  • Black Friday and Cyber Monday Hints: 6:30 p.m. November 13. Hints, tips, tricks, and horrors to help you navigate your online shopping experiences, presented by Nathan, NPL’s IT Supervisor.
  • 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.

Big Read:  October 1 – November 15. Join others in our region in reading “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett. Many activities are planned and can be viewed at

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.

Teen Book Club: 3 p.m. October 25. Read and discuss any Teens’ Top Ten nominees, seen on the display table.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. October 27. Halloween Party! Zombie makeover contest and Halloween candy sushi. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Big Read – Who Done It?: 7 p.m. October 27. A book discussion of “The Maltese Falcon” will be led by Daniel Eells, NPL Adult Services Supervisor.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. October 28. Rick Hines presents a program, “Going Underground,” on his adventures exploring and photographing caves.

Fall Puppet Show: 10:30 a.m. October 29. Enjoy the antics as the Barnyard Puppets celebrate Fall. Everyone is welcome to this free family presentation.

Library Closed: October 30. It’s scary, we know, but the NPL staff will be attending the Kansas Library Association conference.

Teen Video Group: 3 p.m. November 1. Join others to create video clips featuring the Library.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. November 3. Make metal foil rubbings. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Big Read – The Maltese Falcon: Write or Wrong: 7 p.m. November 3. A comparison of detective fiction and real life detectives presented by Laura Workman Eells, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology, McPherson College, and Michael Eells, Supervising Enforcement Agent, Alcohol Beverage Control/Kansas Department of Revenue.

Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. November 4. 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. November 5. Read and discuss “Trick of the Cat” by Nevada Barr. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Taste of Christmas: November 6 – 8. Come to NPL for your puzzle piece and your Friends of NPL Christmas treat during the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce Taste of Christmas event at a variety of Newton businesses.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. November 10. Laminated leaf bookmarks will celebrate the season. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Christmas Bookish Papercrafts: 7 p.m. November 11. Bring your scissors to make cards and decorations for the holiday season from unusable books.

Teen Mockingjay Party: 3 p.m. November 15. Play the Hungry Games and recap the stories by acting out a scripted version in 5 minutes!

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. November 17. Create mousetrap clips. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers: 7 p.m. November 17. Families of preschoolers are invited to hear the featured story “Is Everyone Ready for Fun?” by Jan Thomas, enjoy a puppet show, crafts, a snack and more!

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. November 18. Trish Reeves, teacher of English at Haskell Indian Nations University, leads a discussion of “The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie. This book is the last 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.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. November 20. Read and discuss “A Visit from the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Family Movie Night: 7 p.m. November 20. Watch the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty,” rated PG. Bring your own snacks if you wish.

Teen Book Club: 3 p.m. November 22. It’s all about family! Read and discuss your choice on this topic.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. November 24. String a gods-eye hanging to decorate your room. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

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. 

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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!

Abbott, Karen. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. Four women undercover in the Civil War. New Nonfiction

Brooks, Malcolm. Painted Horses. Set in the mid-1950s in the still-wild West, a dauntless woman travels into this landscape for life-changing adventure. New Fiction

Comer, Meryl. Slow Dancing with a Stranger. Lost and found in the Age of Alzheimer’s. New Nonfiction

Ilo Ilo. Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, this movie chronicles the day-to-day life of the Lim family. DVD

Nelson, Willie. Band of Brothers. The music of Willie Nelson and his band. CD

Oliver, Lauren. Rooms. A chilling ghost story full of love, guilt, and family secrets. New Fiction

Seabiscuit. The inspiring story of a jockey, a trainer and a businessman, and the undersized racehorse that made the ride of his life. DVD

Skirboll, Aaron. The Thief-Taker Hangings. How Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard captivated London and created the celebrity criminal. New Nonfiction

Thomas, Matthew. We Are Not Ourselves. Through the Leary’s, the author explores issues of immigration and economic prosperity that tell the story of twentieth century America. New Fiction

Timmer, Julie Lawson. Five Days Left. Sometimes loving someone means holding on, and sometimes it means letting go. New and CD Fiction