Library Happenings

April Newsletter

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

Library Closed for Staff In-Service: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 28. Library opens to the public at 1 p.m.

Free Technology Events:

  • Programming for Arduino: 12:30 p.m. Second and Fourth Saturdays. Angel Diaz conducts sessions on Arduino, the open-source electronic prototyping platform for anyone interested in creating interactive electronic objects. Free to attend, no registration necessary.
  • Newton Hi-Fi Music Lovers Club: 2 p.m. Second Saturdays. Join others who have an interest in vinyl records and equipment. Free to attend, no registration required.
  • 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.
  • How to Fix a Slo-o-ow Computer: 6:30 p.m. May 8. Nathan, NPL’s IT Supervisor, walks you through the process of optimizing your computer at this free presentation, 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.

“Brick Wall” Genealogy Discussion: 7 p.m. April 15. Resources, tips and techniques, will be discussed in attempts to break through a genealogy “brick wall” submitted by a patron.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. April 16. Jane M. Holwerda, professor of English at Dodge City Community College, leads a discussion of “Spartina,” by John Casey. This is the third book of a 4-part discussion series on “Living with the Land.” Contact the Library for copies of the books in the series. TALK is a program of the Kansas Humanities Council.

Art & Music in the Heart of Newton: 6-8 p.m. April 17. Dixieland jazz will be performed by the Shriner’s Hillbilly Band.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. April 17. Read and discuss “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Schaffer. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. April 19. Watch a classic musical about two teens from rival NYC gangs who fall in love. Snacks provided.

Paper Carton Wallets at Teen Game Zone: 3:30-5 p.m. April 19. Bring your own clean paper drink container, with lid, to recycle into a wallet!

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. April 22. “History of Western Photography” will be the topic of photographer John Ellert’s presentation. This program is free and open to all.

Friends Annual Book Sale: 9 a.m.-5:45 p.m. April 25 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 26. Support your reading habit and the Library! Become a Friends of Newton Public Library member ($10/year or $50/lifetime) to attend the Friends Members-Only Presale, 6-8 p.m. April 24.

Teen Book Discussion: 11 a.m. April 26. Read and discuss “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, the winner of the March Madness contest, for the first discussion. Bring ideas for future reads and name ideas for the group.

Library Closed: April 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Staff will attend In-Service Training in the morning. The Library will open at 1 p.m.

Voter Registration Concerns?: 7 p.m. April 29. Are you registered to vote? The rules are changing. Rick Piepho, Deputy County Clerk of Harvey County, will be here to talk about the latest information and what you can do to exercise and protect your right to vote.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. April 30. Rachel Waltner Goossen, history professor at Washburn University, leads a discussion of “The Good Earth,” by Pearl S. Buck. This is the final book (rescheduled) of a 4-part discussion series on “Living with the Land.” Contact the Library for copies of the books in the series. TALK is a program of the Kansas Humanities Council.

Sign Up for Summer Reading: Begins May 1. Enroll in Summer Reading Programs for all ages: “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for the kids; “Spark a Reaction” for the teens; and “Literary Elements” for adults. Keep up your reading skills and plan for fun summer activities that begin June 2!

Learn, Share, Discuss Linux: 6:45 p.m. May 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. May 7. Read and discuss “Open and Shut” by David Rosenfelt. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. May 15. Read and discuss “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Display Case: Marvel at the exquisite stitches in Andrea Pankratz Unruh’s quilt display.

Art Display: Enjoy the photography of Kathy Woelk.

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. No cart sales in April.

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!

The Book Thief. Words and imagination provide Liesel and Max, a Jew her adopted family is harboring, an escape from the events of World War II. DVD

Coben, Harlan. Missing You. A heart-pounding thriller about the ties we have to our past and the lies that bind us together. New and CD Fiction

Donoghue, Emma. Frog Music. An explosive novel, based on an unsolved murder in 1870s San Francisco. New Fiction

Gutfeld, Greg. Not Cool. The desire to be “cool” can range from harmless to deadly. New and CD Nonfiction

Kolbert, Elizabeth. The Sixth Extinction. An unnatural history of the five major mass extinctions. New Nonfiction

Mackrell, Judith. Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation. The lives of Josephine Baker, Tallulah Bankhead, Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Tamara de Lempicka are explored. New Nonfiction

Scottoline, Lisa. Keep Quiet. Jake Buckman’s split-second decision to protect his son has devastating consequences. New Fiction

Sherman, Gabriel. The Loudest Voice in the Room. How the brilliant, bombastic Roger Ailes built Fox News – and divided a country. New Nonfiction

Waldman, Ayelet. Love and Treasure. A tale built around the fascinating, true history of the Hungarian Gold Train in the Second World War. New Fiction

Williams, Charlotte. The House on the Cliff. Therapist Jessica Mayhew is drawn into a sinister family mystery when she becomes ensnared with the Morgan family. New Fiction