Online Display Table: Black #OwnVoices

Following up on yesterday’s post about diversity and representation in the world of books and libraries, Dan put together this “Online Display Table” highlighting #OwnVoices books from African-American authors. #OwnVoices is a social media hashtag used to highlights books and stories where the author and protagonist share a marginalized identity. The hashtag started in the…
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Seeing yourself, seeing others in library books

By Sam Jack, sjack@newtonplks.org Diversity in the world of books and publishing has increased over the last few years – but the industry is still unrepresentative of the United States as a whole. According to a 2019 survey, people working in publishing are 76 percent white; 6 percent Latinx, Latino or Mexican; and 5 percent…
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Return to the world of ‘The Hunger Games’

By Sam Jack, sjack@newtonplks.org The Hunger Games and its sequels, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, were Nos. 1, 2 and 5 on Newton Public Library’s countdown of the top young adult fiction of the 2010s. The first book in the series was also the second-most-circulated book overall, behind only the first volume in the Harry Potter…
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Sam reviews John Scalzi’s ‘The Last Emperox’

By Sam Jack, sjack@newtonplks.org The Last Emperox is a light, quick read, and it provided easy distraction, which I was looking for in the time of COVID-19. But it was in fact so light that none of the characters or situations felt at all real or weighty. Briefly, the situation in The Last Emperox, and the “Collapsing…
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Concept design for new library revealed

On Tuesday, May 26, Peter Bolek of HBM Architects revealed the concept design for a new Newton Public Library building. It features a one-story layout incorporating natural light, more flexible/efficient use of space, and drive-up services. The site plan includes on-site parking and re-orienting the building to make better use of the green space in…
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Announcing the 2020 Summer Library Program

Newton Public Library’s Summer Library Program officially kicks off on June 1 and continues through July 31. To register, email library@newtonplks.org, or call 316-283-2890 during staff hours. “Summer is our favorite time of the year at Newton Public Library,” library director Marianne Eichelberger said. “Hundreds of children, teens and adults participate in reading challenges, book…
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Some books just don’t work as ebooks

By Sam Jack, sjack@newtonplks.org Opinions vary on ebooks and e-reading. I, personally, am a fan. I don’t mind heading to the Sunflower eLibrary or Hoopla to grab the next volume in whatever sci-fi series I’m currently absorbing. Sometimes I like to read on my smartphone at night, with the only light coming from the backlit…
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New movie releases on Hoopla

By Dan Eells, deells@newtonplks.org These weekend movies are new or newer releases on Hoopla. I hope you enjoy them. (Hoopla is available free with your library card. Don’t have a library card? You can sign up via email or Facebook message.) Capote (2005) (R) From Hoopla: In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas…
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Newton Public Library resumes no-contact borrowing May 18

Newton Public Library entered Phase 1 of its reopening plan on Monday, May 18. Books, DVDs and other physical library items are circulating again, with a no-contact pickup procedure in place. The library building, except the front lobby, remains closed to the public. Computers, copying, printing and faxing services are not available at this time.…
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