Library Happenings

September Newsletter

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128 Years of Service to the Public. Celebrate Newton Public Library! Free access for all to information, entertainment, and other services.

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.
  • Anyone Can Program!: 12:30 p.m. Second and Fourth Saturdays.  Angel Diaz teaches the basics of programming. Learn to make things and get a leg up on the competition at work. Suitable for all levels of computer proficiency. Free to attend, no registration necessary.
  • Organizing Computer Files and Folders in Windows: 6:30 p.m. September 11. Having trouble finding photos or documents on your computer? Nathan, IT Supervisor, will help you learn how to organize your online life! It’s free, no registration necessary.
  • 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. Second and Fourth Tuesdays. One-on-one employment assistance will be available from a specialist at Kansas WorkforceOne, including resume creation and job search help.

Teen Outdoor Game Zone: 3 p.m. August 30. Bring your friends for some outdoor fun in the sun … and be prepared to get wet!

Library Closed for Labor Day: September 1.

Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. September 2. 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. September 3. Read and discuss “Dog On It” by Spencer Quinn. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Newton Area Senior Center Community Chat: 8:30 a.m. September 4. Join Daniel, Adult Services Supervisor, at the Newton Area Senior Center, 122 East Sixth, for the Community Chat about NPL, following the Center’s monthly 7:30 a.m. breakfast.

Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training: 9:30 a.m. – noon September 8. Police and Sheriff Chaplain Jason Reynolds leads any interested community members in a training to prevent suicides. This program is sponsored by The Harvey County Suicide Prevention Coalition and The Harvey County DV/SA Safe House.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. September 8. Make pipe cleaner ninjas! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Owlish Bookish Papercrafts: 7 p.m. September 9. Reuse and recycle by making a mobile, a card, and/or a treat box, featuring owls – perfect for Fall and Halloween. Free, no registration necessary. Open to all ages, but requires good cutting skills.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. September 15. Construct a marble maze! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Roy Bird “Harvest Home” Talk: 7 p.m. September 16. Kansas Humanities speaker Roy Bird talks about the role of women at harvest time. Roy will also bring his new book “In God We Trusted: Pioneer Stories from Kansas” for sale and book signing.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. September 18. Read and discuss “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Third Saturday Teen Screen: 3 p.m. September 20. Watch this PG-13 movie based on the first book in the “Divergent” series.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. September 22. Create Banned Book comics! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 6:30 p.m. September 23. Join others for a photo outing to Greenwood Stables near Peabody. Contact the Library for more information.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. September 24. Beverly B. Mack, professor of African and African American Studies at KU, leads a discussion of “Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table” by Ruth Reichl. This book is the second in a four-part series, “Growing up American.” The discussion leaders and books for the series are provided through a program of the Kansas Humanities Council. Pick up books at the Library.

Family Movie: 6 p.m. September 25. Everyone is welcome to watch this movie based on a famous Roald Dahl character. Bring your own snacks.

Teen Book Club: 3 p.m. Read a banned book of your choice. Share about it, if you wish. Listen to the experiences of others who’ve read a banned book. Contact Jannell for book choice ideas.

Teen Crafts & Game Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. September 29. Make your own scratch tickets! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Art Display:  Enjoy the photography of Cindy Fisher.

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!

Croke, Vicki Constantine. Elephant Company. The inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II. New Nonfiction

Dicker, Joel. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. Marcus Goldman finds himself trying to clear the name of his mentor who is implicated in a thirty-year-old murder. New Fiction

Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe. The dirtiest, funniest, and most adventurous jobs are explored in these episodes from the Discovery Channel. DVD

Maum, Courtney. I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You. A failed monogamist attempts to win back his wife in a series of misguided ventures. New Fiction

Mendelsund, Peter. What We See When We Read. An examination of the reader’s mind in both prose and illustration. New Nonfiction

Olsen, Gregg. If I Can’t Have You. The story of Susan Powell, her mysterious disappearance, and the murder of her children. New Nonfiction

Owen, Lauren. The Quick. In 1892, Charlotte descends into a labyrinthine London in an attempt to discover why her brother has disappeared. New Fiction

Sheshire, Scott. High as the Horses’ Bridles. From 1980 Queens in New York, to California, to a tent revival in rural Kentucky, this novel explores the beliefs and the love that bind generations. New Fiction

Thorpe, Helen. Soldier Girls. The battles of three women at home and at war provide a window in to life in the military. New Nonfiction