Library staff’s top books of 2022

What a year it has been! Newton Public Library’s staff collectively read hundreds of books in 2022. Here are some of our favorites. Click the links to go directly to each book’s page in our online library catalog. Chambers, Becky. A Psalm for the Wild-Built. “It’s been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness…
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Graphic of books with superimposed text reading "Read More, Worry Less. Newton Public Library is no longer charging late fees on overdue items. Just bring it back to check out more!

Newton Public Library is officially fine free!

Newton Public Library is now officially fine free! This means that patrons owe fees only if items are damaged or lost. Past overdue fines will also be waived. “We paused collection of overdue fines in 2019, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, so many patrons have already noticed the lack of fines when they…
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Library seeks VITA tax prep volunteers

Looking for a way to help the Newton community in 2023? Volunteering with Newton Public Library’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a great opportunity. The VITA program helps seniors and people with low-to-moderate incomes to file their taxes for free. Volunteers work one-on-one with taxpayers to gather the needed financial information and complete the…
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Kids are invited to be picture book creators!

To celebrate Children’s Book Week (Nov. 7-13), Newton Public Library is inviting kids in grades 1-4 to write and illustrate their own picture books! Who can participate? Young book lovers in grades 1-4. What will participants do? Starting on Monday, November 7, blank booklets will be available for participants to pick up, which will be…
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Could you write a novel in a month?

Calling all writers: Do you enjoy writing poetry, short stories, or comic books? Do you dream of writing a complete novel? If so, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is for you. Newton Public Library will host meet-ups for NaNoWriMo participants, every Tuesday evening in November from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. NaNoWriMo is a fun, seat-of-the-pants…
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Covers of "The Surgeon," "Braiding Sweetgrass," and "Super Sad True Love Story are pictured sitting on a table.

November book club picks now available

Newton Public Library’s book club selections for November are now available for borrowing! Copies circulate on a first-come, first-served basis, and you’re welcome to borrow them whether or not you can attend the associated discussion. (Though of course, we’d love to see you!) Mystery Lovers Book Club, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 The Surgeon, by…
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Library fundraising campaign enters final month

It’s October, and that means we are in the final month of the campaign to help fund a new Newton Public Library! The campaign has reached its original goal of $2.7 million, but costs have increased since the initial estimates for this project were made, about two years ago. Through the Newton Public Library Foundation,…
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New library campaign receives major gift

The WHERE COMMUNITY CONNECTS Campaign for a new Newton Public Library building has received a $50,000 gift from the Lewis H. Humphreys Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., of Lebo, Kansas. This moves the campaign past the $2.4 million mark in total funds raised. Lewis Humphreys was a farmer, rancher and World War II veteran.…
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