127 Years of Service to the Public. Celebrate Newton Public Library! Free access for all to information, entertainment, and other services.
Free Technology Classes:
- Programming for Arduino: 12:30 p.m. Second and Fourth Saturdays (no class December 28). 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.
- Save Dollars for Yourself: 2 p.m. December 14. Nathan, IT Supervisor presents free software and money-saving sites to make your life more affordable. Free to attend, no registration necessary.
- Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.
Smart Phone Workshop: 7 p.m. Tuesdays through December 17. Bring your smart phone to get help in using your phone. No registration required.
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.
Want to be a VITA volunteer? Contact the Library if you are interested in helping others file simple tax returns. Training is required.
Holiday Paper Crafts: 7 p.m. December 10. Bring a pencil, scissors and ruler. We’ll make gift tags that double as tree ornaments from recycled book pages. This program is free and open to any age that can handle the materials!
Heritage Holiday Party: 7 p.m. December 17. Bring a holiday food, decoration, or memory from your family tradition. We’ll share food and stories. Free to all.
A Night Before Christmas Party: 7 p.m. December 18. Bring the family for favorite stories, puppet shows, hot chocolate and cookies. Free holiday fun.
Teen Holiday Party: 6-8 p.m. December 19. Fun, games, snacks, movie, crafts! Bring friends and your NPL card if you want to use a laptop.
Third Thursday Fiction Book Discussion: 7 p.m. December 19. Read and discuss “A Redbird Christmas” by Fannie Flagg. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Sign Up for Winter/Spring StoryTimes: After December 20. Preregistered participants enjoy a weekly StoryTime with puppets, songs, rhymes, crafts, and, of course, stories! Children ages 2 1/2 – 5 years old may enroll for Preschool StoryTimes Mondays at 7 p.m., or Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Toddler StoryTime entertains children ages 6 months – 2 1/2 years old and is held Fridays at 9:30 a.m. StoryTimes for this session begin on January 6.
Library Closed: December 24 at noon and December 25 for the Christmas holiday.
Library Closed: December 31 at noon and January 1 for the New Year’s holidays.
Winter Puppet Show: 10 a.m. January 3. The Barnyard Puppets love winter! Bring the family for free laughs and fun!
Learn, Share, Discuss Linux: 6:45 p.m. January 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.
Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. January 8. Read and discuss “The Yard” by Alex Grecian. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Art Display: Kelly Nachtigal displays his photography.
Display Case: The Chisholm Trail is the subject of the display, courtesy of Harvey County Historical Museum.
WPA Dolls at Kauffman Museum: Select dolls from the WPA display at the Library are on loan to Kauffman Museum, 27th & Main in North Newton, for “Art that Worked: WPA Art in Newton, 1935-1943.” The exhibit runs from September 8-January 5.
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 145 of your favorite magazines, cover-to-cover. Use your NPL card to access this link from newtonplks.org: click on “Online Resources”, then “Search Databases,” then scroll and click when you find “Zinio”.
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!
Broken. 11-year-old Skunk finds the happy certainties of life give way to fear-filled doubt. DVD
Byler, Linda. The Christmas Visitor. Ruth is widowed shortly before Christmas, but surprise gift packages keep appearing on her doorstep. New Fiction
Cameron, W. Bruce. The Dogs of Christmas. A heartwarming holiday tale of the power of love and a basketful of puppies. New Fiction
Iron Man 3. When Iron Man finds his world reduced to rubble, he must use all his ingenuity to survive. DVD
Mallery. Susan. Christmas on 4th Street. In the town of Fool’s Gold, love is always waiting to be unwrapped. New Fiction
Palin, Sarah. Good Tidings and Great Joy. The author makes the plea to bring back the freedom to express the religious spirit of the season. New Nonfiction
Parkes, Clara. The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting. The author uses the metaphor of knitting to tell her own story. New Nonfiction
Perry, Anne. A Christmas Hope. A gripping Victorian holiday story about the battle between goodness and evil and the search for meaning. New Fiction
Shackleford, Dorothy. Time for Me to Come Home. When country music star Heath Sawyer realizes all he wants is to be back home for Christmas, it will take a miracle to make it happen. New Fiction
Smart, Elizabeth. My Story. Ten years after her abduction, Elizabeth Smart tells her story. New Nonfiction