Library Happenings

Thank you to all who helped with the storm damage that impacted the Library on April 3, including City workers, Wray Roofing, Lamunyon Cleaning and Restoration, Belfor Property Restoration, and many others. Repairs to the roof are beginning April 13 – thanks again to Wray Roofing.

April 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.
  • Top Ten Travel Smart Websites: 6:30 p.m. May 14. Just in time to plan your best vacation to date! 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. Fourth Tuesdays. One-on-one employment assistance will be available from a specialist at Kansas WorkforceOne, including resume creation and job search help.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. April 18. Bring your friends to watch as Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever, rated PG. Snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. April 20 and 6 p.m. April 23. Make sticky hands. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Bev Buller Author Talk & Book Signing: 7 p.m. April 20. Beverley Olson Buller talks about writing “Winfield,” a book that describes the history of the author’s hometown in postcards, from her mother’s collection. A book signing follows the presentation.

Third Tuesday Genealogy: 7 p.m. April 21. Learn about preparing your family history for presentation at the County and State Fairs, as well as for future generations.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. April 22. Sister Rosemary Kolich, teacher of English at University of Saint Mary, leads a discussion of “Anil’s Ghost” by Michael Ondaatje. This is the final 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.

Newton Ukulele Tunes Society (NUTS): 6 – 8 p.m. April 23. Join the open jam, or just enjoy toe-tapping good times with the NUTS as part of Art & Music in the Heart of Newton.

Teen Mug Cake Bake Off: 3 p.m. April 25. Registration required. Ingredients provided. Cakes judged based on texture, use of secret ingredient, creativity and taste.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. April 27 and 6 p.m. April 30. Fashion seed bead jewelry. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Storytelling through Photography: 7 p.m. April 28. Kristen Garlow Piper will present her perspectives as a photojournalist looking to tell a good story.

Spring Book Sale: 9 a.m.-5:45 p.m. May 1, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 2. The Friends of Newton Public Library host their Spring Book Sale with proceeds to benefit Newton Public Library. Friends Members-Only Presale is Thursday, April 30, 6-8 p.m. Join the Friends of NPL: $10/year or $50/lifetime. Support your library and your reading habit!

Mother’s Day Papercrafts: 6:30 p.m. May 5. Make something special with materials salvaged from the recycle pile. Bring a favorite scissors, if you have one.

Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. May 5. 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 6. Read and discuss “The Professionals” by Owen Laukkanen. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Third Tuesday Genealogy: 7 p.m. May 19. We’ll meet in the original section at Greenwood Cemetery to work on transcribing some hard-to-read headstones.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. May 21. Read and discuss “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Art Display:  The iPhone images of John Ellert are displayed. 

Display Case: Model ships built by Mitch Boese are displayed.

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!

Alcott, Kate. A Touch of Stardust. A novel that takes the reader behind the scenes of the filming of Gone with the Wind. New Fiction

Blaedel, Sara. The Forgotten Girls. When an unidentified body turns out to be a missing child mental patient, an investigation uncovers more crimes. New Fiction

Caldwell, Ian. The Fifth Gospel. A lost gospel, and a contentious relic send two Vatican priest brothers on a quest. New Fiction

Doidge, Norman, M.D. The Brain’s Way of Healing. Remarkable discoveries and recoveries from the frontiers of neuroplasticity. New and CD Nonfiction

Durbravac, Shawn. Digital Destiny. How the new age of data will transform the way we work, live, and communicate. New Nonfiction

Essbaum, Jill Alexander. Hausfrau. Anna, an adrift housewife living in Zurich, crosses a moral threshold and then finds there is no going back. New Fiction

Finlay, Victoria. The Brilliant History of Color in Art. Discover the stories behind your favorite colors. New Nonfiction

A Most Wanted Man. Inspired by true events, adapted from novels by John le Carre. DVD

Slow Cooker Revolution. 200 amazing recipes. New Nonfiction

Waggoner, Robert. Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple. Tips, techniques for insight, creativity and personal growth. New Nonfiction