Library Happenings

September Newsletter

Library Blog – staff recommendations, new resources, book reviews, craft instructions, and more.

129 Years of Service to the Public. Celebrate Newton Public Library! Free access for all to information, entertainment, and other services.

New Resource:  Lynda.com with access to thousands of courses for developers, designers, photographers, animators, videographers, educators, business people, musicians, and more!

Free Technology Events:

  • Tech Help Open Hours: 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays. Nathan, IT Supervisor, is available to help with any technology questions. No need to make an appointment, and his expertise is free! 3-5 p.m.
  • Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. First Tuesdays. The Newton Linux User’s Group (NLUG) meets to share information and applications regarding this open source alternative to Microsoft Operating Systems and discuss developments in the technology field.
  • Smart Phone Workshop: 7 p.m. First and Last Tuesdays. Z Wireless staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Bring your smart phone.
  • Computer Programming Help: 4:30 p.m. Second and Fourth Saturdays.  Angel Diaz will help you learn how to program, no matter your computer proficiency. Or he’ll answer any questions you might have. Free, drop in to learn more.
  • Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. September 8. Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “Ace a Job Fair: Presentation, Cover Letters, Resumes & Beyond.” Free to attend, no registration required.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

Sign up for Fall StoryTimes. Fall StoryTimes begin September 12. Preschool StoryTimes are for children ages 2 1/2 – 5 years old. There is still room in the Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. StoryTime. StoryTimes are free, but registration is required.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. August 31. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18. Challenge build: technology.

Genealogy Resources Discussion at Grand Central, 122 E. 6th St.: 10 a.m. September 1. Learn about genealogy resources available through the Library.

Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. September 1. Join others for Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Library Closed for Labor Day: September 5.

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. September 7. Read and discuss “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” by Michael Chabon. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Youth Services for Grandparents at Grand Central, 122 E 6th St.: 10 a.m. September 8. Learn about programs and materials to entertain your grandchildren when they visit the Library.

Teen YLinK (Youth Leaders in Kansas): 7 p.m. September 8. Lead, advocate, make a difference! The goal of YLinK is to improve life for ages 12-18 with mental health issues living in our community. Bring an adult ally.

Teen Otaku: 4-5:30 p.m. September 9. Join others to watch and discuss anime.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. September 12. Make faux gemstone bracelets.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Papercrafts & Coloring: 6:30 p.m. September 13. Papercrafts from recycled books, plus coloring sheets and bookmarks. Supplies provided or bring your own for creative stress relief.

Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. September 15. Join others for Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. September 15. Read and discuss “Spare Parts” by Joshua Davis, the Hesston College community read book for 2016. Contact the Library for copies of the book. Space is reserved for discussion members to attend the presentation by the author at the Hesston College Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main in Hesston, on October 4, 7:30 p.m.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. September 17. Betrayed by her evil sister, heartbroken Freya retreats to a northern kingdom to raise an army of huntsmen as her protectors (PG-13).

Teen GameZone (no craft today): 4-5:30 p.m. September 19.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Property Research: 7 p.m. September 20. Join Shannon Reed, Historic Preservation Planner with the City of Newton, Jane Jones, the Archivist at Harvey County Historical Museum, and John Thiesen, Co-Director of Libraries with the Mennonite Library and Archives of Bethel College for a discussion of strategies for researching the history of a property.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. September 21. Rachel Waltner Goosen, history professor at Washburn University, leads a discussion of “The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan. This is the second in a three-book series “The 1930s.” Discussion leaders and books are provided by Kansas Humanities Council. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen YLinK (Youth Leaders in Kansas): 7 p.m. September 22. Lead, advocate, make a difference! The goal of YLinK is to improve life for ages 12-18 with mental health issues living in our community. Bring an adult ally.

Library Closed for Staff In-Service: September 23.

Teen DIY Games, Superhero Edition: 3-5 p.m. September 24. Compete against other fandom teams to create a superhero scene out of limited craft supplies.

Art Display:  Photography by Ashley Smith is on display.

Display Case: Enjoy the doll collection of Krys Hiebert.

Good Reads in Your Inbox: Interested in the latest mysteries, or what’s new in self-help and fitness books, or maybe science fiction, or….? Sign up to receive e-mail notifications from BookLetters of new books that would interest you. Read the reviews, find out what’s next in a series, the latest audiobooks and what’s HOT. Check for lists of genres and online registration.

See photos from the 2010 Flower & Garden Tour.

See  a short video of the 2012 Flower & Garden Tour.

New Items at the Library:

National Geographic Online 1888 to Present: Includes a topic search “People, Animals, and the World”. Use your NPL card to access this inspirational magazine from newtonplks.org: click on “Online Resources”, then “Search Databases,” then scroll and click when you find this link.

Carr, Robyn. Swept Away. Although she is under threat of being discovered, Jennifer finds herself genuinely happy in her new identity. CD Fiction

Genius, by Stephen Hawking. Professor Stephen Hawking challenged volunteers to think like the greatest geniuses of the past, production of PBS. DVD

Hello, My Name is Doris. Doris finds her world turned upside down by a handsome new co-worker. DVD

Henderson, Dee. Traces of Guilt. The first novel of the Evie Blackwell Cold Case series, Evie suspects the new sheriff’s family will be the key to the answers she seeks. New and CD Fiction

The Lobster. Recently divorced David has just 45 days to find a new love or he will be turned into a lobster. DVD

Mr. Palfrey of Westminster. A British spy hunts down traitors in the heart of government, as seen on PBS. DVD

Reisz, Tiffany. The Bourbon Thief. A family with bourbon in its blood, and blood on its hands. New Fiction

Scottoline, Lisa. I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places. A new collection of stories, by Scottoline and her daughter. New, Large Print, and CD Nonfiction

Strassel, Kimberley. The Intimidation Game. Columnist for the Wall Street Journal argues the left is orchestrating a campaign to silence their opposition. New Nonfiction

The White House: Inside Story. The 200-year history of America’s most famous residence, by PBS. DVD