Library Happenings

Summer Library Program: June 1 – July 31. Reading goals, take-home activities, prizes and special programs for youth, teens and adults. Visit to learn more and sign up.

StoryTimes: Posted to Facebook each week on Mondays at 9 a.m.

Puppet Theatre: Posted to Facebook each week on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

No-Contact Pickup: The NPL building is currently closed to the public, but borrowing of books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, etc., is available with no-contact pickup. To learn more, click here, or call 316-283-2890 for assistance.

Youth SLP Special Program: 1:30 p.m. June 5. The Circus Man, Jason D’Vaude, performs juggling, clowning and other circus acts on the NPL Facebook page. D’Vaude will return 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 9, for a live online Q&A.

Dusk Photography” with Dave McKane: 1 p.m. June 6. Professional photographer Dave McKane will explain how to take captivating landscape photos at dawn or dusk. Join via Zoom video chat, or watch the live video stream on NPL’s Facebook page.

Teen Book Discussion: 10 a.m. June 6. Teen Summer Library Program participants are invited to read “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and discuss it via Zoom video chat. Email to sign up and get more information.

StoryTime: 9 a.m. June 8. This week’s StoryTime theme is “The Little Red Hen.” Watch Ms. Amy on NPL’s Facebook page.

Youth SLP Special Program: 6:30 p.m. June 9. The Circus Man, Jason D’Vaude, will take part in a live Q&A on Newton Public Library’s Facebook page. With an adult’s help, children can ask questions and learn how D’Vaude became a circus artist and mastered his many amazing skills.

Puppet Theatre: 9 a.m. June 10. Ms. Amy and Mr. Jon present “Chicken Little” on NPL’s Facebook page.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. June 10. The last Spring TALK book discussion will finally be held – online! Join Dr. Kevin Rabas, past Poet Laureate of Kansas, who will lead the discussion on “The Woman in Black,” by Susan Hill. Contact the library to borrow a copy of the book. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas.

Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. June 11. Nathan, IT supervisor, will present “Top 20 Culinary Sites & Apps,” part of his “Top 20 for 2020” series of monthly tech talks. Featuring special guest Lindsey Young, author of Newton Now’s “Spice Up Your Life” column. Watch the livestream on NPL’s Facebook page.

Moment by Moment – Family History Writing Workshop: 7 p.m. June 16. Learn how to turn family stories, and genealogical records, into engaging narratives that will be more meaningful to your family and descendants. Led by Dr. Kim Stanley, McPherson College, and sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Join via Zoom video chat.

Enthusiastic Sandwich Talk: 2 p.m. June 17. Join NPL on Facebook Live for a savory conversation with Sharon Entz of Crust & Crumb Co.

Teen Book Discussion: 10 a.m. June 20. Teen Summer Library Program participants are invited to read “Mirror Mirror: A Twisted Tale,” by Jen Calonita, and discuss it via Zoom video chat. Email to sign up and get more information.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. June 23. Join via Zoom or Facebook Live for Newton Public Library’s monthly photography club meeting. Presenter to be announced.

Online Book Club: 7 p.m. July 1. Join a combined, online meeting of NPL’s Mystery Book Club and Third Thursday Book Club to discuss “The Zig Zag Girl,” by Elly Griffiths. Find a Zoom videoconference link on the NPL Facebook event page.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. Contact the Library to register.

Technology Help: Nathan, NPL’s IT Supervisor, is available to answer questions and troubleshoot technology issues. Call 316-283-2890 during staff hours, or email

New Items Now Available:

1917. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack. (R) DVD

Agent Toby Barks. Two teen kids discover that their pet dog Toby can hack a computer, fight bad guys, and talk. (G) DVD

Dolittle. When the young Queen Victoria falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dr. Dolittle must set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, joined by a raucous coterie of animal friends. (PG) DVD

Just Mercy. After graduating from Harvard, young lawyer Bryan Stevenson has his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation. One of his first and most incendiary cases is that of Walter McMillian. (PG-13) DVD

Mejia, Mindy. Strike Me Down. A high-stakes financial crime triggers a woman’s complicated and potentially deadly search for the truth. Playaway Audiobook

Moving Out. A physics-based moving simulator that brings new meaning to “couch co-op.” You’ll take on moving jobs all across the town of Packmore. Grow your business to brave neigh heights, recruit colorful customizable characters, and save your town from furniture peril. Xbox One Video Game

Spies in Disguise. An unlikely duo is forced to team up for the ultimate spy mission, requiring super spy Lance Sterling to transform into a pigeon. (PG) DVD

Tyler, Anne. Redhead by the Side of the Road. Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit who seems content to lead a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend tells him she’s facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah’s door claiming to be his son. Playaway Audiobook

Uncut Gems. Adam Sandler is a charismatic jeweler who makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business, family, and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win. (R) DVD