Grid of photos of Ben Lerner, Kevin Young, Kevin Willmott and Sarah Smarsh.

Announcing NPL’s 2021 Reading Challenge

Newton Public Library invites local readers to explore the breadth and depth of its collection via the 2021 Reading Challenge! Library staff have chosen reading prompts for each month, starting with the January prompt, “Read a YA (Young Adult) Novel.” NPL will release videos and blog posts each month, featuring some relevant staff picks and…
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Cover of The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Get Ready for the Big Read!

Newton Public Library is proud to be participating in NEA Big Read: Wichita! From Jan. 9 to Feb. 21, the world of Madeline Miller’s Circe will come to life through book discussions, special programs, and performances based on the book’s characters, settings and themes. NPL will host two related book discussions, plus a special Greek…
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Cover of Satellite by Nick Lake.

YA Books From the ‘Final Frontier’

“Space: the final frontier…” Those words have opened countless Star Trek episodes. The idea of a “final frontier,” full of limitless possibilities, is key to the appeal of science fiction. This month, teen librarian Sharon Cepeda is highlighting some young adult (YA) novels about exploring, or living in, space. Don’t forget to pack your Tang!…
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October’s Top Checkouts

We crunched the numbers: Here are Newton Public Library’s top checkouts from the month of October. You can reserve these items for convenient pickup! Each title is linked directly to the item’s page in NPL’s online catalog, where you can place a hold. You can also call the library at 316-283-2890, stop in, or email…
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September’s Highest-Circulating Titles

Here’s what Newton Public Library users were reading, watching and listening to last month, as ranked by how many times items were checked out! Why not browse these items? Click a title link to go directly to an item’s page in Newton Public Library’s online catalog. From there, you can place an item on hold…
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Hear oral histories on Digital Newton site

By Sam Jack, Newton Public Library’s Digital Newton, Kansas, is a history resource, providing online access to local history video and audio interviews collected by library staff and volunteers in the 1970s and 1980s. I recently spent some time exploring the collection, and I was struck by the stories not only of Newton’s history,…
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