Library Happenings

Visit NPL’s events page on Facebook for detailed instructions on how to participate in online events and programs! Questions? Visit the Library, email library@newtonplks.org, or call 316-283-2890.

Teen Breakfast Book Club: 11 a.m. Dec. 3. Teens and tweens, read and discuss “A Boy Called Christmas,” by Matt Haig. Copies of the book are available, and the first nine participants will get a copy to keep.

Teen Screen: 3 p.m. Dec. 3. Enjoy a screening of “The Fault In Our Stars” (PG-13), plus snacks and drinks.

Teen GameZone: 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Youths ages 10-18, head to the library for video games, board games and crafts. This week’s craft: sand art ornaments.

Nonfiction Book Club: 12 p.m. Dec. 9. Read and discuss “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” by Les Standiford. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Crafternoon: 2-5 p.m. Dec. 10. Adults and teens are invited to Bring Your Own Craft (BYOC) to Newton Public Library for a fun afternoon of social crafting. If you don’t have a craft project, come anyway and we will provide adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

Teen GameZone: 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Youths ages 10-18, head to the library for video games, board games and crafts. This week’s craft: cardinal ornaments.

Creative Teen Writers: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Teens and tweens who enjoy writing stories, poetry, or comic books are invited to join other writers to work on their writing. You will be invited (but not required) to share something you’ve written, followed by time to write.

Holiday Book Discussion: 5 p.m. Dec. 14. The Mystery Lovers and Third Thursday book clubs will come together for a holiday discussion of “Iron Lake,” by William Kent Krueger. Participants are invited to bring a snack or treat to share.

Early Reader Book Club: 4 p.m. Dec. 15. Children in grades K-2 are invited to participate in this program designed to help foster a love of reading. Participants will read a book together, discuss it, and follow up with fun, book-themed activities and snacks. Registration is required; call 316-283-2890 or email library@newtonplks.org to sign up.

Community Flu Vaccine Clinic: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Get your flu shot at the library, courtesy of Health Ministries Clinic. Vaccines will be provided at no cost for insured as well as non-insured patients.

KanCare/Medicaid Help: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 16. GraceMed’s Mayra Mauricio Rosales and Esther Epp of the Kansas Division of Health Care Finance will be at the library to answer questions about Medicaid/KanCare, and assist with enrollment, first and third Fridays of each month.

Snow Much Fun Winter StoryTime: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16. Children of all ages, and their caregivers, are invited to get ready for snowy weather with winter-themed stories, rhymes, songs and crafts.

Teen Cookie Decorating: 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Youths ages 10-18, join us for a free cookie decorating activity at the library.

Ben Chappell on “Mexican American Fastpitch”: 7 p.m. Dec. 20. Ben Chappell will give a talk and answer questions about his book, “Mexican American Fastpitch: Identity at Play in Vernacular Sport.” Chappell is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of Kansas. Attend in person, join online via Zoom, or watch a livestream on the library Facebook page.

Library Closed: Dec. 24-26. The library will be closed Dec. 24-26 in observance of Christmas.

Library Closes at 1 p.m.: Dec. 31. The library will close at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Library Closed: Jan. 2. The library will be closed on Jan. 2 in observance of New Year’s Day.

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.

Legos at the Library. Every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., head to the youth services level to play and create with a sizeable collection of Lego construction toys.

New Items Now Available:

Use the online catalog to get more info and place holds on these items, or contact the Library for assistance! The newest items are at the top of the list. This is just a selection of new items; more can be found at the library and under the “New Titles” tab in the online catalog.

Bogdanich, Walt and Michael Forsythe. When McKinsey Comes to Town. Conducting hundreds of interviews, obtaining tens of thousands revelatory documents and following the money, two prizewinning investigative journalists expose how the prestigious international consulting firm that advises corporations and governments has often made the world more unequal, more corrupt and more dangerous. New Nonfiction

Haberman, Maggie. Confidence Man. The New York Times reporter chronicles the rise of our 45th president, from his days as a New York City real estate developer to vanguard of a new norm-shattering era in American political history. New Nonfiction

MacAskill, William. What We Owe The Future. Making a case for “longtermism,” which positively influences the long-term future, as a major priority of our time, an Oxford philosopher shows how if we put humanity’s course to right, our future generations will thrive. New Nonfiction

Meacham, Jon. And There Was Light. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer examines the life and moral evolution of Abraham Lincoln and how he navigated the crises of slavery, secession and war by both marshaling the power of the presidency and recognizing its limitations. New Nonfiction

Munroe, Randall. What If? 2. The author consults the latest research on everything from swing-set physics to airliner catapult design to answer his readers’ questions, clearly and concisely, with illuminating and occasionally terrifying illustrations. New Nonfiction

Ripa, Kelly. Live Wire. The beloved daytime talk show host shares sharp-witted and insightful stories about her life as a professional, wife, daughter and mother, bringing hard-earned wisdom and an eye for the absurdity of life to every minute of the day. New Nonfiction

The Bob’s Burgers Movie. The Belchers try to save the restaurant from closing as a sinkhole forms in front of it. The kids try to solve a mystery. Rated PG-13. DVD

Elvis. The life of American music icon Elvis Presley, from his childhood to his rock and movie stardom in the 1950s, is depicted in this Baz Luhrmann-directed film starring Tom Hanks and Austin Butler. Rated PG-13. Blu-ray.

Fantastic Mr. Fox. An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation. Rated PG. Blu-ray

Isle of Dogs. When all the canines of Megasaki City are exiled to Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature airplane in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. Rated PG-13. Blu-ray

Lightyear. Legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits Mo, Izzy, Darby, and his robot companion, Sox. Rated PG. Blu-ray

Where the Crawdads Sing. A woman who raised herself in the marshes of the Deep South becomes a suspect in the murder of a man with whom she was once involved. Rated PG-13. Blu-ray

Ali, Kasim. Good Intentions. If love really is a choice, how do you decide where your loyalties lie? The author depicts the complexities of immigrant families and racial prejudice. New Fiction

Eustace, Nicole. Covered With Night. On the eve of a major treaty conference, two white fur traders attack and Indigenous hunter and leave him for dead near Conestoga, Pennsylvania, setting in motion a remarkable series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations. New Nonfiction

Kuang, R.F. Babel: An Arcane History. A Chinese boy orphaned by cholera and raised in Britain is trained to work at Oxford’s prestigious Royal Institute of Translation, the world’s center for translation and magic through silver-working, where he must choose between competing loyalties. New Fiction

Lozano, Brenda. Witches. Journalist Zoe comes to the town of San Felipe to learn about the famous healer Feliciana, who has the ability to heal the soul as well as the body, and about the murder of Feliciana’s teacher, Paloma. New Fiction

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau. When the arrival of Eduardo Lizalde sets in motion a dangerous chain of events, Carlota Moreau finds her carefully constructed world falling down. In the sweltering heat of the jungle, a motley group of monstrosities awaits. New Fiction

Walker, Sarah. The Cherry Robbers. The Chapel sisters long to escape the eerie fairy tale of their childhood in a cloistered mansion. The only way out is marriage. Yet it soon becomes clear that for these sisters, marriage equals death. New Fiction

Feeney, Alice. Daisy Darker. In a crumbling, gothic house on a tiny island, family members gather to celebrate their matriarchs 80th’s birthday. Then they begin disappearing, one by one. New Fiction

Gospodinov, Georgi. Time Shelter. Gaustine opens an institution offering an inspired treatment for Alzheimer’s sufferers, allowing them to travel back in time to unlock what is left of their fading memories. When healthy people seek out the clinic to escape their daily lives, he struggles to keep up the charade. New Fiction

Kauffman, Rebecca. Chorus. Each of the seven Shaw siblings describe their own versions of two events that altered their lives: first, the untimely death of their mother, and second, a shocking teen pregnancy. New Fiction

Simon, Rachel. Pickleball for All. Pickleball has become a nationally-growing phenomenon. Weaving inspiring stories from the world’s top players during their most exciting pickleball moments, this fun-filled book shows how the sport was born. New Nonfiction

Swan, Erin. Walk the Vanished Earth. In 1973, a buffalo hunter named Samson travels the Kansas plains. In 1975, an adolescent girl named Bea walks those same plains. In 2024, an engineer named Paul builds a floating city above the drowned streets of New Orleans. In 2073, Moon has heard only stories of the blue planet Earth, now succumbed entirely to water. New Fiction

Williams, Odette. Simple Pasta. The author shares tasty recipes for classics such as cacio e pepe and carbonara, as well as new seasonal favorites to add to your pasta repertoire. New Nonfiction

Chen, Kirstin. Counterfeit. Ava Wong, a strait-laced Chinese American lawyer and her former college roommate from Mainland China, who dropped out under mysterious circumstances, join forces in an ingenious counterfeit operation selling replica luxury handbags. New Fiction

Chen, Mike. Star Wars: Brotherhood. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker must stem the tide of the raging Clone Wars and forge a new bond as Jedi Knights. New Fiction

Johnson, Craig. Hell and Back. In the 18th installment of the Longmire series, Craig Johnson takes the beloved sheriff to the very limits of his sanity as he does battle with the most dangerous adversary he’s ever faced: himself. New Fiction

Ray, Victor. On Critical Race Theory. Drawing on the radical thinking of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ida B. Wells and W.E.B. Du Bois, among others, a renowned scholar traces the foundations of Critical Race Theory, showing why it matters and why we all should care. New Nonfiction

Richardson, Kim Michele. The Book Woman’s Daughter. After her parents are imprisoned, Honey Lovett picks up her mother’s old packhorse library route, delivering books to the remotest parts Appalachia, where she must fight for her place, learning that the women who run the hills and hollers can make all the difference in the world. New Fiction

Robards, Karen. The Girl from Guernica. The daughter of a German rocket scientist joins the World War II-era underground resistance movement, becoming deeply embedded in a web of secrets, lies and deceit that threatens to destroy her already fragile family. New Fiction

The Bob’s Burgers Movie. The Belchers try to save their restaurant from closing as a sinkhole forms in front of it, while the kids try to solve a mystery. Rated PG-13. New DVD and Blu-ray

Jurassic World: Dominion. Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, Biosyn operatives attempt to track down Maisie Lockwood, while Dr Ellie Sattler investigates a genetically engineered swarm of giant insects. Rated PG-13. New DVD and Blu-ray

Lightyear. While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source.

Minions: The Rise of Gru. The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain. Rated PG. New DVD

Slapface. A boy deals with the loss of his mother by creating a dangerous relationship with a monster rumored to live in the woods. Not rated. New DVD