Library Happenings

April Newsletter

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

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

New Digital Magazines: Read your favorite magazines on your digital devices with Flipster.

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.
  • Computer Programming Help. Contact the Library to arrange special one-on-one instruction or help with Angel Diaz, library coding volunteer.
  • 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.
  • Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. May 11. Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “Location, Location, Location: Maps, GPS, and Alternative Reality.” Free to attend, no registration required.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. April 24. Try your hand at CD weaving!  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Dangerous Beauty: 7 p.m. April 25. Storm chaser and photographer Gene Thieszen will present “Storms Through the Lens.” Learn more about Fourth Tuesday Photography.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 26. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

#FakeNews: 7 p.m. April 26. Confused by all the talk of fake news? Learn how to be a savvy news consumer and some of the history and techniques used regarding fake news.

Harvey County Maker Club: 7 p.m. April 27. Meet with an open group of people who like to create in whatever form or medium they choose. Share talents, ideas, ask question, give and receive advice and celebrate failures and successes.

Sign Up for Summer Reading begins May 1. “Build a Better World!” is the theme for summer reading for all ages. Some programs have limited enrollment, so sign up early!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. May 1. Swirl some paper marbling!  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. May 3. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. May 3. Read and discuss “Virgin of Small Plains” by Nancy Pickard. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Adulting 101 … You’re Hired!: 7 p.m. May 3. Megan Kerschner of Bethel College will be here to discuss what to do/not to do in an interview, effective resumes, interview etiquette and more. “Dollars and Sense” and “Thyme to Get Cooking” are additional programs planned for “Adulting 101.” Make your life work for you! Attend all three sessions.

May the 4th Be With You: 6 p.m. May 4. It’s Star Wars 40th Anniversary! Celebrate by watching “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (PG-13), complete with make and take crafts for children and teens. The 501st Legion will make an appearance at 8 p.m. to take photos with participants.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. May 8. Make a hemp bracelet. 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. May 9. Spring-time papercrafts and coloring sheets, plus supplies will be available. Come for some free stress relief!

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. May 10. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Adulting 101 … Dollars and Sense: 7 p.m. May 10. Kimberly Richtig of First Bank will talk about getting a loan, saving money, budgeting and more ways to manage your money. Attend all three “Adulting 101” sessions to make your life work for you!

Teen Screen: 4 p.m. May 12. Bring your friends to watch Kubo locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past (PG).

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. May 15. Ductigami time!  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Dowsing for History Clues with Vince Marshall: 6-8 p.m. This program of Third Tuesday Genealogy will include meeting at a local cemetery, then driving to a burial mound for a demonstration of dowsing to find unmarked graves and other evidence of human activity. Contact the Library for further information.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. May 17. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Adulting 101 … Thyme to Get Cooking: 7 p.m. May 17. Anne Pitts of the Harvey County Extension office will talk about meal planning, helpful cookbooks, shopping tips, and more. Attend all three “Adulting 101” sessions to make your life work for you!

Third Thursday Movie & Book Discussion: 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 18. Read and discuss “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman, then watch the movie based on the book. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Art Display: The photography of Mary Ann Drum is on display

Display Case: Harvey County Master Gardeners showcase growing things and materials and programs the Extension office provides.

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.

City of Gold. A movie that discovers the real Los Angeles, one meal at a time. DVD

Cobbs, Elizabeth. The Hello Girls. A story of how America’s first women soldiers helped win WWI, earned the vote and fought the U.S. Army. New Nonfiction

Didion, Joan. South and West. Excerpts from the author’s notebooks of dialogue, observations, interviews and more while touring the South and an assignment to cover the Patty Hearst trial. New Nonfiction

Macallister, Greer. Girl in Disguise. Based on a real-life character, Kate Warne finds life as the first female detective a dangerous undertaking. New Fiction

McElwain, Julie. A Twist in Time. When Kendra Donovan’s plan to return to the twenty-first century fails, leaving her stranded in 1815, the Duke of Aldridge believe he knows why. New Fiction

Moonlight. A chronicle of defining moments, people and unknowable forces that make a life. DVD

Pamuk, Orhan. My Name is Red. Acclaimed artists are to illuminate the glories of the Sultan’s realm, but panic and scandal erupt when an artist and his work disappear. New Fiction

Rubin, Lance. Denton Little’s Still Not Dead. Denton Little lived through his deathdate and now he’s being chased by the Death Investigation Agency. New YA Fiction

Southern Living. Legendary food, gracious homes, lush gardens, and distinct places that make the South unique. Digital Flipster Magazine

Tyson, Neil DeGrasse. Welcome to the Universe. A tour of the cosmos by three of today’s leading astrophysicists. New Nonfiction