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Sign up for Summer Reading Programs! “Every Hero Has a Story” is the theme for preschool and grade school. “Unmask!” is the teen theme. “Escape the Ordinary” is the adult slogan. Summer StoryTimes, “Reading Heroes” for children ages 5-8 years, and some Wednesday Workshops for 8-12 year-olds have limited space, so sign up early to reserve your spot. Summer Reading programs begin June 1.
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.
- Video Calls: 6:30 p.m. July 9. How do Skype and Goggle Hangouts compare for video chatting? And how does it work? Presented by Nathan, IT Supervisor. Free, no registration necessary.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.
GameZone 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. No GameZone Thursday, May 7 and 14.
Smart Phone Workshop: 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Bring your smart phone to get help in using your phone. No registration required.
Record Your Reading Progress! June 1 – August 1. All ages are invited to track their summer reading and turn in weekly reading logs – for fun and a chance for prizes!
Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. July 1. Read and discuss “Murder of Roger Ackroyd” by Agatha Christie. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Engineering Learning Festival with “Spokes America:” 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. July 6. Students bicycling across America from Harvard and MIT will stop by Newton to offer free science and engineering camps for middle and high school students: 1) Model Rockets: Mechanical Engineering (two sessions, one from 9 a.m. – noon, the other from 1-4 p.m.); 2) Scratch: Computer Science (two sessions, one from 9 a.m. – noon, the other from 1-4 p.m.); and 3) Spout Robots: Electrical Engineering (one all-day session with lunch hour off) . Contact the Library to register. Space is limited.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. July 6. Create your own comic strip. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.
Teen BookTalks: 2 p.m. July 7. Honors or AP English students will appreciate discussing required summer reading. This week: “Animal Farm.”
Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. July 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.
Juggler Brian Wendling: 1:30 p.m. July 8. Bring the family to be wowed by the juggling of Brian Wendling. Free entertainment!
Teen BookTalks: 2 p.m. July 9. Honors or AP English students will appreciate discussing required summer reading. This week: “Of Mice and Men.”
Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. July 11. Bring a friend to enjoy the special bond that develops between a plus-sized inflatable robot and his group of friends. Snacks, too. Rated PG.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. July 13. Fashion pop tab bracelets. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.
Teen Brainy is the New Superpower: 6-8 p.m., July 14. Solve a crime, drink Moriar Tea, and wear your imaginary deerstalker hat!
Yarn Dyeing with Deb Waggoner: 10:30 a.m. July 15. Fabric artist Deb Waggoner will demonstrate yarn dyeing.
Barnyard Puppet Theatre: 1:30 p.m. July 15. The hero puppets of the Barnyard Theatre will delight the whole family with free entertainment.
Teen BookTalks: 2 p.m. July 16. Honors or AP English students will appreciate discussing required summer reading. This week: “Into the Wild.”
Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. July 16.
Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. July 18. Bring a friend to watch Peter Pan return to Neverland to rescue his children from Captain Hook. Snacks, too. Rated PG.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. July 20. Craft some parachute cord creations. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.
Artist Trading Cards: 7 p.m. July 20. Learn to create Artist Trading Cards with found materials. Pocket-sized pieces of art (2.5 x 3.5″), Artist Trading Cards are traded, one-for one, with others. Supplies are provided, but bringing your own favorite art and found supplies is encouraged. All ages welcomed.
Teen BookTalks: 2 p.m. July 21. Honors or AP English students will appreciate discussing required summer reading. This week: “The Things They Carried.”
The Harvey Girls Multicultural Workforce: 7 p.m. July 21. Michaeline Chance-Reay, professor emeritus, Women’s Studies at KSU, will present this Kansas Humanities Program.
Mad Scientists Family Fun Time: 1:30 p.m. July 22. Be dazzled and wowed by a team of Mad Scientists. Free fun for the whole family!
“Freedom Rider” Film & Discussion: 1 – 3:30 p.m. July 23. Watch and discuss the “American Experience” documentary of an integrated band of college students who decide to buy tickets on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South, managing to bring the American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil rights.
Teen BookTalks: 2 p.m. July 23. Honors or AP English students will appreciate discussing required summer reading. This week: “The Help.”
HOPE FEST: Harvey County Resource Festival: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. July 25 @ Newton Rec Center. FREE Fun family festival for all ages. Learn about available resources in Harvey County. Plus entertainment, food, bike rodeo (ages 7-11) and Kid Zone. Come check out the NPL booth.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. July 27. Make bouncy balls – and try them out, of course. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.
Teen BookTalks: 2 p.m. July 28. Honors or AP English students will appreciate discussing required summer reading. This week: “Jane Eyre.”
Digitizing History: 7 p.m. July 28. Denny Lammers talks about the process and benefits of digitizing old photos and negatives.
Comedians Jay & Leslie: 1:30 p.m. July 29. Family Fun Time ends with a blast of comedy from Jay & Leslie. Free fun for all ages!
Teen BookTalks: 2 p.m. July 30. Honors or AP English students will appreciate discussion required summer reading. This week: “The Kite Runner.”
Last Day to Turn in Summer Reading Logs. Be sure to finish Summer Reading for a chance for prizes and an invitation to the Finishers’ pool party!
Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. August 1. Bring a friend to travel along as Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of wild dragons. Snacks, too. Rated PG.
Teen Pizza Party for Super Readers: 6 p.m. August 4. Read 10,000 pages and receive an exclusive invitation for a pizza party (thanks to Papa Johns) and a screening of a movie (PG-13).
Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. August 5. Read and discuss “After I’m Gone” by Laura Lippman. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Display Case:Barbie dolls from Kari Sauerwein’s collection, begun when she was about four years old, are on display.
Photography Exhibit: Denny Lammers exhibits historic photos he has digitized.
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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 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!
Fuller, Claire. Our Endless Numbered Days. Peggy lives in the woods with her survivalist father, believing the world has ended, until she finds an abandoned pair of boots. New Fiction
Green, Jane. Summer Secrets. Cat Coombs travels back to her past and the family she left behind in Nantucket to earn their forgiveness for earlier mistakes. New Fiction
Haig, Francesca. The Fire Sermon. After a nuclear apocalypse the Alphas have inherited the earth, but all humans are born in pairs, and whenever one twin dies, so does the other. New Fiction
Haruf, Kent. Our Souls at Night. A man and a woman come together in advanced age to wrestle with events in their lives. New Fiction
Iwata, Ryoko. Coffee Gives Me Superpowers. An illustrated book about the most awesome beverage on earth. New Nonfiction
Schatzker, Mark. The Dorito Effect. The surprising new truth about food and flavor. New Nonfiction
Sherrod, Egypt. Keep Calm … It’s Just Real Estate. Your no-stress guide to buying a home. New Nonfiction
Smith, Alexander McCall. Emma. A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s beloved heroine. New and CD Fiction
Spitzer, Robert J. Guns Across America. Reconciling gun rules and rights. New Nonfiction
The Wipers Times. Based on the true story of a satirical newspaper published on the front lines of WWI. DVD