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.
  • What Tech Tools Do You Need to Get ‘er Done?: 6:30 p.m. April 9. Find the perfect online tool to help you manage your life! 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): 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.  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

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.

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.

City Commissioner Forum: 7 p.m. March 26. Be informed before you vote! Bring your questions and hear the candidates speak about their vision for Newton.

Teen Book Club: 3 p.m. March 28. Talk about what you’re reading.

Teen Crafts and GameZone: 3:30 p.m. March 30. Follow the candy egg maze! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

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

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. April 1. Read and discuss “The Cairo Affair” by Olen Steinhaur. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Video Group: 3 p.m. April 4. Create videos promoting reading and the Library.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30 p.m. April 6 and 6 p.m. April 9. Everyone’s favorite – Ductigami! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

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

Friends of Newton Public Library Spring Meeting: 7 p.m. April 8. Join the Friends of Newton Public Library ($10/year, $50/lifetime) to give support to the Library! Light refreshments served.

Kid Fest at Sunset Elementary School: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 11. Families with children birth – age 8 come checkout the activities and parenting information at the NPL and other booths. Free admission to the 2015 Harvey County Kid Fest.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. April 13 and 6 p.m. April 16. Make magnetic poetry kits. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. April 16. Read and discuss “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

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.

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

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.

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!

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!

Eve, Nomi. Henna House. Adela is a Yemenite Jew searching for love and identity even as she and her extended family flee to a new city. New Fiction

Feiler, Bruce. The Secrets of Happy Families. Improve your mornings, rethink family dinner, fight smarter, go out and play, and much more. New Nonfiction

Kava, Alex. Breaking Creed. Ryder Creed and his dogs have intercepted several drug smugglers and now Creed’s name is on a hit list. New and CD Fiction

Krentz, Jayne Ann. Trust No One. Grace discovers she is being stalked and turns to Julius Arkwright to help her uncover the plan to destroy her. New and CD Fiction

Larson, Erik. Dead Wake. The last crossing of the Lusitania. New Nonfiction

Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach. The Dressmaker of Hair Khana. Five sisters in Afghanistan and their struggle to create hope and community, against all odds. New Nonfiction

Planet Earth. An exploration of the wild and beautiful parts of our planet, from BBC. DVD

Safran, John. God’ll Cut You Down. The tangled tale of a white supremacist, a black hustler, a murder, and how a year in Mississippi was lost. New Nonfiction

Thompson, Ted. The Land of Steady Habits. Anders Hill decides he’s had enough of steady habits only to find that leaving his wife and dependable life may be exactly what he needs. New Fiction

Travel with Kids. Destination Travel Series with several DVDs for popular locations such as Hawaii, New York, England, and more. DVD