Library Happenings

July Newsletter

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

Sign Up for Summer Reading! Enroll in Summer Reading Programs for all ages: “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for the kids; “Spark a Reaction!” for the teens; and “Literary Elements” for adults. Keep up your reading skills and participate in fun programs!

Free Technology Events:

  • Programming for Arduino: 12:30 p.m. Second and Fourth Saturdays. 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.
  • 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.
  • Google, the Everything: 6:30 p.m. August 14. Google, beyond a search engine, has documents software, maps, e-mail, books, and more, much more! Come and learn. 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.

Read with Ty, the Dog: 10 a.m. Fridays. Mutt-i-grees is bringing Ty, the dog that loves to read with kids. Come and read a story with a dog!

Teen Screen Saturday: 3-5 p.m. July 19.  Jack Hall makes a daring trek to reach his son, trapped in a new Ice Age storm. Plus snacks!

New TALK Discussion Series Books Available July 21. “Sag Harbor” (August 27), “Tender at the Bone” (September 24), “Catcher in the Rye” (October 22), and “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” (November 18) are the books in the series on the topic “Growing Up American.” The discussion leaders and books for the series are provided through a program of the Kansas Humanities Council.

Teen Crafts & Gaming: 3-5 p.m. July 21. Bring a 16.9 fl oz bottle to make your own lava lamp. Plus gaming – bring your NPL card to use laptops.

Scott Bean Presents “Photographing the Milky Way”: 7 p.m. July 22. Learn about nighttime photography. All are welcome to this free presentation.

Comedian Eric Vaughn at Family Fun Time: 1:30 p.m. July 23. Eric Vaughn uses magic and humor to delight all ages!

Teen Sci-Fi Book Discussion: 3 p.m. July 24. Read and discuss “Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3-5 p.m. July 26.  This movie is based on the second book in the “Hunger Games” trilogy. Plus snacks!

Teen Crafts & Gaming: 3-5 p.m. July 28. Not exactly a craft, play the ever-popular “Book Bingo!” Plus gaming – bring your NPL card to use laptops.

Teen BookTalks: 2 & 3 p.m. July 29. Teens in Honors or AP English can get a head start on their summer reading. Discuss “Into the Wild” at 2 p.m. and “Jane Eyre” at 3 p.m.

The Bug Lady: 10:30 a.m. July 30. Learn all about bugs! Open to all, ages 8 and up!

Magician Keith Leff: 1:30 p.m. July 30. Bring the family for the amazing illusions of Keith Leff.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3-5 p.m. August 2.  This highest grossing film of 1985 stars Michael J. Fox. Plus snacks!

Summer Reading Logs Due by August 2. Turn in your reading logs for a chance for prizes and an invitation to the pool party!

Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. August 5. 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. August 6. Read and discuss “Tell No One” by Harlen Coben. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Bonnie Tharp Author Talk: 7 p.m. August 12. Tharp, author of “Patchwork Family” and “Fiesty Family Values” will be here to talk, followed by a book signing.

Third Thursday Genealogy: 7 p.m. August 19. Virginia Downing, a member of the Wichita Genealogical Society, gives the program. All are welcome to attend this free presentation.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. August 21. Read and discuss “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Display Case: Kauffman Museum displays some of their artifacts.

Art Display: Enjoy the photography of James D. Nelson.

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!

The Grand Budapest Hotel. A recounting of the adventures of Gustave H., a concierge at a hotel between the wars. DVD

Iggulden, Conn. Wars of the Roses. The first book in a historical series about two families who plunged England into a civil war. New Fiction

Miller, Sue. The Arsonist. When houses in the neighborhood are burned, one by one, the backdrop is one of fear and an unexpected affair. New Fiction

Monroe, Mary Alice. The Summer Wind. Readers are back in at Sullivan’s Island for the second story about sisterhood and second chances. New Fiction

Robbins, Tom. Tibetan Peach Pie. A true account of the author’s imaginative life. New Nonfiction

Roberts, Robin. Everbody’s Got Something. A memoir by the anchor of “Good Morning America” in which she recounts her struggles with medical crisis and other challenges. New Nonfiction

Schulman, Daniel. Sons of Wichita. How the Koch brothers became America’s most powerful and private dynasty. New Nonfiction

Veronica Mars. Mars gets pulled back to her hometown to unravel a murder mystery. DVD

Wiggs, Susan. The Beekeeper’s Ball. A return to sun-drenched Bella Vista and the family secrets buried there. New Fiction

Winspear, Jacqueline. The Care and Management of Lies. A poignant picture of love and friendship strained by separation and the chaos of war. New Fiction