TALK About “Bless Me Ultima”

Gene Chávez to lead book discussion Gene Chávez, founder and president of Chávez and Associates in Kansas City, will lead a discussion of Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, at 7 p.m. on September 20. This is the second book in a three-part “Faith in Fiction: Christianity” series. Bless Me Ultima tells the tale of…
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Guest Review: “The Knowledge Illusion”

—Steve Richards reviews “The Knowledge Illusion”  by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach Imagine a book that upsets your world in a way that is also comforting and encouraging. The Knowledge Illusion by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach convincingly argues that we don’t know as much as we think we do. Yet that is what enables…
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Top Ten Nonfiction Check-Outs of 2016

Newton Public Library readers were interested in self-help, cookbooks, manga and a miraculous true story! 1. Christmas with Southern Living The definitive resource for Southern food, decorating, and entertaining ideas. It’s the publication no Southern home-in any part of the country-can be without.                 2. The Life-Changing Art of Tidying…
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Top Ten Fiction Check-Outs of 2016

NPL’s favorite reads of 2016, according to circulation:  1. Rogue Lawyer  by John Grisham Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no…
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Why I Love My Library – by Barbara

Back in the Ice Ages, when I was little,  “Story Hour” was my stay-at-home, non-driving mom reading to me our personal copy of the Golden Book Encyclopedia . Today, I  still read to my grandchildren, but my Newton Public Library offers me such diverse resources!     StoryTime is a great way to introduce children…
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Butterflies to Celebrate NPL’s 130th Anniversary!

Have you noticed our logo resembles a butterfly? We’re decorating the Library with paper butterflies to celebrate! If you’d like to participate, here are three patterns: An easy butterfly for those who are good with a scissors.  An origami butterfly, a relatively easy pattern, by origami standards: http://bit.ly/1rp4hsK The last pattern we’re supplying uses two…
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Why I Love My Library, by Lois

Imagine a place where you can get current popular books, newspapers, magazines, online access — FREE! That is your public library.  I have been an avid patron of the Newton Public Library for over 45 years — enjoying current publications, classics, books on tape and now CD, as well as stimulating discussion groups. Oh, and…
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Top YA Books for 2016

Last Thursday (4/14) was one of my favorite days in the world of YA literature: YALSA’s  Teens’ Top Ten nominees were released! Every year teen groups around the country nominate their favorite titles from the previous year. The finalists are released during National Library Week in April, giving teens plenty of time to start reading the…
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