Library Happenings

January Newsletter

Library Blog – staff recommendations, new resources, craft instructions, and more.

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

New Resource:  Lynda.com with access to thousands of courses for developers, designers, photographers, animators, videographers, educators, business people, musicians, and more!

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.
  • Google Drive & Google Docs: 6:30 p.m. February 12. Learn about Google Docs (for typing documents, using spreadsheets, and creating presentations) and Google Drive which lets you share them and/or work collaboratively with others. 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.

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.

Teen Crafts and GameZone: 3:30 p.m. February 2. Ductigami – everyone’s favorite! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. February 3. 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.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): Trained volunteers offer free tax help to lower income taxpayers February 4 -April 15. Contact the Library for more information and a list of things to bring. Registration is first-come, first-served, with sign up beginning at 9 a.m. for each assistance day.  The days and times of assistance will be:

  • Mondays from 5:45 – 8:15 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 12 noon and 1-5 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. February 4. Read and discuss “Zero Day” by David Baldacci. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Video Group: 3 p.m. February 7. Meet with others to plan video projects.

Teen Crafts and GameZone: 3:30 p.m. February 9. Play Candy Heart Bingo. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Teen Crafts and GameZone: 3:30 p.m. February 16. Make cupcake liner fortune cookies. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Kansas Learning Center for Health Programs: 1 p.m. February 17. Kansas Learning Center for Health presents programs on Senior Nutrition (find out how foods can rejuvenate your body and mind) and Polio (discover the details of the poliovirus and how it affected the world). Free and open to all.

The Good (??) Ole Days in Harvey County: 7 p.m. February 17. Darren McMannis tells local stories that might cause one to wonder about “The Good Ole Days.” Free and open to all.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. February 18. Rachel Waltner Goossen, history professor at Washburn University, leads a discussion of “Bel Canto” by Anne Patchett. This is the second discussion in a four-part “Entangled World” series. TALK is a program of the Kansas Humanities Council. Contact the Library for copies of the books in the series.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. February 19. Read and discuss “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. February 21. Bring your friends to watch this animated movie about fun-loving and mischievous box-wearing creatures. Rated PG.

Teen Book Madness begins February 23. Stop by each week to vote for your favorite library books checked out in 2014! Which book will take the prize?

Teen Crafts and GameZone: 3:30 p.m. February 23. Make cork pendants. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. February 24. “Recent explorations of the human spirit, from environmental portraits to the Faces Project” will be the topic of photographer Dave Leiker and author Cheryl Unruh. Cheryl’s new book is “Waiting on the Sky,” a collection of more essays from her “Flyover People” column.

Movies Worth TALKing About: 6 p.m. February 25. The second in the four-part Spring Film Series is based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel “Everything is Illuminated.” Rated PG-13. Free, bring snacks if you wish.

Teen Book Club: 3 p.m. February 28. Come and share what you are reading.

Art Display:  Six Flint Hills images from the “Winter at the Arndt Ranch” series by photographer Dave Leiker are exhibited..

Display Case: The glass baskets from Bob McAllister’s collection 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 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!

Boyhood. Award-winning story of one boy’s epic journey to adulthood. DVD

Brooklyn Ninety-Nine. TV comedy series featuring a Brooklyn detective with little respect for authority. DVD

Collins, Stephen. The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil. An off-beat fable. New Nonfiction

Gaynor, Hazel. The Girl Who Came Home. Maggie, an Irish immigrant to the U.S., is one of the few survivors of the Titanic, and vows never to talk of it. New Fiction

Hamilton, Gabrielle. Prune. A cookbook by the author of “Blood, Bones & Butter.” New Nonfiction

MacManus, James. Sleep in Peace Tonight. Blitz-era London and politics are brought to life in this novel of WWII. New Fiction

Margolin, Phillip. Woman with a Gun. An intriguing photograph may contain long-hidden answers to the mystery of a millionaire’s murder. New Fiction

Palahniuk, Chuck. Beautiful You. Maxwell’s plan for world domination must be stopped – but how? New and CD Fiction

Richardson, Sarah. Sarah Style. An inspiring room-by-room guide to designing your perfect home. New Nonfiction

Williams, Kate. Ambition and Desire. The dangerous life of Josephine Bonaparte. New Nonfiction