Library Happenings

March 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 Websites for Book Lovers: 6:30 p.m. March 12. Book Lovers! You’ll love this one! 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.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): No VITA service on Monday, March 2, or Saturday, March 21. Trained volunteers offer free tax help to lower income taxpayers through 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.  For questions about VITA, call 316-804-8210, rather than the Library’s direct line. 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

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

Teen Crafts and GameZone: 3:30 p.m. March 2. Try some spool knitting. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Easter Papercrafts: 6:30 p.m. March 3. Unusable books and papers will be given new life as embellished cards, treat boxes, and seed packets (marigold seeds included!). Free, no registration required. Bring a favorite scissors.

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

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. March 4. Read and discuss “Still Life” by Louise Penny. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Summer Reading Planning: 3 p.m. March 7. Have your say about the Summer Reading Program for 2015. Ages 12-18 only, please.

Teen Crafts and GameZone: 3:30 p.m. March 9. Deconstruct a computer (what?). Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Teen Tech Week Retro Gaming: 6-8 p.m. March 10. Play old console and board games.

Jenna Quentin Author Talk: 7 p.m. March 10. Jenna Quentin talks about writing “What I’m Going to Be When They Grow Up” with Dorothy Perez who, along with her husband, fostered and parented more than ninety children.

Teen Tech Week Friday Funday: 3:30-5:30 p.m. March 13. Try some retro gaming and squishy circuits.

Teen Crafts and GameZone: 3:30 p.m. March 16. Make something from computer parts. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Big Library Read: March 17-31. Unlimited copies of the eBook “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard” by Laura Bates will be available through the Sunflower eLibrary. The author will be available to chat through Twitter with readers the week of March 23.

The Good (??) Ole Days in Harvey County, Part 2: 7 p.m. March 17. Darren McMannis tells local stories that might cause one to wonder about “The Good Ole Days.” Free and open to all.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. March 19. Read and discuss “Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. March 21. Watch the movie about Alexander and his day that was really terrible, horrible, no good … you know the rest. Rated PG.

Teen Crafts and GameZone: 3:30 p.m. March 23. Egg carton crafts! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

iPhoneography, the Art of the Camera Phone: 7 p.m. March 24. Photographer John Ellert presents a program on getting the most from your camera phone.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. March 25. Dennis Etzel Jr., instructor of English at Washburn University, leads a discussion of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Juno Diaz. This is the third 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.

The Art of Pysanky Eggs: 7 p.m. March 31. Erin Bailey Schmidt presents the art of pysanky, Ukrainian Easter eggs.

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!

Alexander, Eben, M.D. The Map of Heaven. How science, religion and ordinary people are proving the afterlife. New Nonfiction

Clark, Mary Higgins. The Cinderella Murder. Is Cinderella’s murderer really ready for his reality television drama debut? New and CD Fiction

Get on Up. The James Brown story. DVD

Hawkins, Paula. The Girl on the Train. Rachel feels she knows the couple she sees out the train window, and is shaken when she sees something shocking. New Fiction

Hooper, Emma. Etta and Otto and Russell and James. When 83-year-old Etta leaves to walk to the sea, the whole family begins a journey. New Fiction

I Love Lucy. The long-running television comedy, starring Lucille Ball. DVD

Jones, Dan. The Wars of the Roses. The fall of the Plantagenets and the rise of the Tudors are recounted in this fictionalized account. CD Fiction

Ortberg, Mallory. Texts from Jane Eyre and Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters. Texting, by your favorite characters. New Nonfiction

Schultz, Mark. Foxcatcher. The true story of the author’s brother’s murder, his murderer’s madness and the quest for Olympic Gold. New Nonfiction