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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.
  • 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.

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

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.

Teen Video Group: 3 p.m. October 4. Join others to make videos promoting reading and the Library.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. October 6. Make pom-pom bookmarks. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

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.

Friend of Newton Public Library Fall Meeting: 7 p.m. October 8. Meet to talk about upcoming Book Sale, choose officers, and enjoy light refreshments.

Teen Read Week Craft & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. October 13. Paint a bookend for the library! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Teen Read Week Read Posters: 6 p.m. October 14. Make your very own READ poster.

Big Read – Bogart and Hammett: 6 p.m. October 15. Watch the movie and join the discussion of “The Maltese Falcon” from book to film, led by Ami Regier, Ph.D Professor of Literary Studies at Bethel College. Bring snacks to share.

Teen Read Week Game Zone: 6 p.m. October 16. The usual Game Zone activities, plus make Word Beads.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. October 16. Listen, read and discuss “Escape from Camp 14” by Blaine Harden. Contact the Library for copies of the book. The author is speaking at Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S Main Street in Hesston, on this date and time, so the group’s discussion will follow this presentation. Contact the Library for more information.

Teen Read Week Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. October 18. Watch the movie based on “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, rated PG-13.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. October 20. Make sticky hand matching games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

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.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. October 22. Gene T. Chávez, consultant on diversity issues as president of Chávez & Associates, leads a discussion of “Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger. This book is the third 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 Night: 6 p.m. October 23. Bring the whole clan to watch this animated movie in which a misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Rated PG.

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 on his adventures exploring and photographing caves.

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

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!

Brown, Sandra. The Silken Web. The web of lies is so fragile and extensive that one chance encounter could tear it apart. Large Print and Playaway Fiction

Captain America. Captain America, Black Widow and the Falcon must join forces to overthrow their enemy. DVD

Coelho, Paulo. Adultery. A provocative novel that explores how we balance life’s routine with the desire for something new. New Fiction

Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted. Intrigue, music, mayhem, and muppets! DVD

Dodd, Christina. Virtue Falls. An earthquake reveals long-concealed secrets and Elizabeth discovers her father is innocent of her mother’s murder. New Fiction

Eickhoff, Diane. The Big Divide. A travel guide to historic and Civil War sites in the Missouri-Kansas border region. New Nonfiction

McEwan, Ian. The Children Act. A judge with unresolved personal issues confronts a case of a child refusing medical treatment for religious reasons. New Fiction

Mitchell, David. The Bone Clocks. A surreal, invisible war involves many people Holly loves, even the ones who are not yet born. New Fiction

Shaara, Jeff. The Smoke at Dawn. The decisive confrontation at Chattanooga during the Civil War is the stage for this novel. CD, Playaway, and New Fiction

Under the Dome. The TV series based on Stephen King’s novel. DVD

Vreeland, Susan. Lisette’s List. A story of a woman’s awakening in the south of France to the power of art and love in the midst of war. New Fiction