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.

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!

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. May 3. Bring your friends to watch Emperor Kuzco get turned into a llama. Snacks provided.

eReader Petting Zoo: 3-5 p.m. May 5, 12 & 19. Try out various brands of eReaders to get a feel for their features and capabilities. Nathan, IT Supervisor, will be on hand to answer questions and offer help.

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. There also will be a brief discussion of April’s book, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” since few could attend April’s discussion. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Book Discussion: 3 p.m. May 24. The book to be discussed will be decided at April’s meeting, so stay tuned so you can request your copy of the book.

NPL Closed for Memorial Day: May 26.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. May 27. Bob Gress, co-founder of, will present a program about Peru: its culture, scenery and wildlife. Programs of Fourth Tuesday Photography are free and open to all.

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 click on “Online Resources”, then “Search Databases,” then scroll and click when you find this link.

Tumblebook! New online reading fun for kids!

Green, Jane. Tempting Fate. Gabby, seemingly the last person to be tempted by an affair, finds herself allured by the attention of a handsome younger man. New Fiction

Hobbs, Peter. In the Orchard, the Swallows. A mismatched couple become attracted to each other in Pakistan, the father of the girl imprisons the boy without explanation for fifteen years. New Fiction

Kaku, Michio. The Future of the Mind. The scientific quest to understand, enhance, and empower the mind. CD and New Nonfiction

Mothering Mennonite. Edited by Rachel Epp Buller and Kerry Fast, an attempt to incorporate religious groundings in interpretations of motherhood. New Nonfiction

Philip, Gillian. Firebrand. The first novel in a new “Rebel Angels” series is set at the end of the sixteenth century in the land of mortals who are unaware of the realm of the Sithe beyond the Veil. New Fiction

Roose, Kevin. Young Money. Inside the hidden world of Wall Street’s post-crash recruits. New Nonfiction

Rosenberg, Joel C. The Auschwitz Escape. A Protestant pastor and a Jewish freedom fighter attempt to escape from Auschwitz to make it to the Allied forces. New Fiction

Senior, Jennifer. All Joy and No Fun. The paradoxes of modern parenthood are examined. New Nonfiction

Wasdin, Howard E. Easy Day for the Dead. A Seal Team Six outcasts novel. New Fiction

The Wolf of Wall Street. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a young stockbroker hungry for fame and glory. DVD