Computer Access and Classes

Computer UseComputer use is an integral part of Newton Public Library activities and information resources.

Public Access Computers

Use of computer stations is open to all registered Library patrons and visitors in good standing by presenting a Newton Public Library card or government-approved photo ID. Microsoft Office software is available on all public computer stations.

Wireless Internet is accessible to laptop users in good standing throughout the Library.

For more information governing Internet and computer access, please read Library Policies.

Computer Classes

Free computer classes are offered each month to the public using the Helen E. Claassen Mobile Lab laptops. Registration is required for each one-time, hands-on class.

Let the Library know if you would like to volunteer to offer a class to the public.

Nathan, NPL IT Supervisor, gives monthly Tech Talks. Click the link to view archived presentations.

Twilight Video Conference DiscussionVideo Conference

Check calendar for video conference offerings to the public.

Video conference equipment is available for public use, following the Meeting Room Policies and approval of a Meeting Room Application.

Other programs

Computers are also an integral part of many programs at NPL. Programs are free and open to the Genealogy Workshoppublic. Check calendar for more information.

  • Third Tuesday Genealogy Worknight meets monthly at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Various topics are discussed with laptops available for information and learning.
  • Fourth Tuesday Photography meets at 7 p.m. on most fourth Tuesdays to give assistance to photographers of all levels of experience in using their digital cameras. Laptops are often used to explore and learn. Photos from the group may be viewed on Flickr and Facebook.Fourth Tuesday Photographers on Photo Walk

Program Handouts

Photography

High Dynamic Range (HDR) by Jeff Heidel

Denny Lammers’ Tutorial on “Out of Bounds” photo manipulation

Duane Graham – What am I going to do with all these photographs

Catch the Eye by John Ellert

The Art of Seeing Photographically by Jim Griggs

Savoring the Ordinary by Bob Regier

Signing Up for Flickr

Photography Composition by Jeff Heidel

Macro Photography by Amanda Botterweck

Making Money at Microstock by Weldon Schloneger

Video Conferences with Randy Merrell of Salina Public Library

Digital Photo Editing

Maps, GPS, and Geocaching

eReader

eReader Glossary and Websites from Winnie and Mack

Choosing an eBook Reader from Winnie and Mack

Downloading free eBooks from State Library of Kansas from Winnie and Mack

How to Get the Most Out of Your Kindle from Winnie and Mack

Getting Into Your Nook’s Crannies from Winnie and Mack

Genealogy

Harvey County Genealogy Database Step-by-Step by Darren McMannis

Gardening

Great Gardening Websites for Kansas Gardeners