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 Resources: Hoopla brings you eBooks, Audiobooks, Comics, Music, Movies and TV Shows! Download the app or go to hoopladigital.com. Log in with your library card and instantly borrow up to four items per month … no waiting … no late fees … always available. Lynda.com gives Newton Public Library cardholders 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 Tuesday of the Month. 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 10. Nathan, IT Supervisor, gets you ready for the summer with “Camping Tech.” Learn how to use Maslow’s Hierarchy, the rule of 3, Gore-Tex, GPS, water filtration, and more. Free to attend, no registration required.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

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. The program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Children receive a book bag with information, coloring pages, reading activities, a free book and a reading chart. At each level of 100 books read, there are free stickers. Each child completing 1,000 books receives a free t-shirt and a photo on the Library’s Wall of Fame.

Hoopla brings you eBooks, Audiobooks, Comics, Music, Movies and TV Shows! Download the app or go to hoopladigital.com. Log in with your library card and instantly borrow up to four items per month … no waiting … no late fees … always available.

Friends Members-Only PreSale: 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 19. Friends of Newton Public Library have first pick of items for sale at the Spring Book Sale. Join the Friends of $10/year or $50/lifetime! All proceeds benefit the Library and your reading habit!

Spring into the Arts Downtown Celebration: 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 19. As you make your way around town, enjoying the sights and sounds, stop by the Library to view photography by Sandy Stucky.

MAKE Harvey Woodcarving Workshop: 6:30 – 8 p.m. April 19 at private location. Learn how to carve a “2-minute owl” from local craftsman Roy Hosie. Open to ages 12 and up. Space is limited. Registration required for this free workshop: https://goo.gl/forms/PtJhStX50OtaXmZe2

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. April 19. Read and discuss “Unwind” by Neal Shusterman. Contact the Library for copies of the book. Teen readers are encouraged to attend!

Friends Spring Book Sale: 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. April 20. Friends of Newton Public Library host their annual spring book sale! Bargains galore! Proceeds support Newton Public Library and your reading habits!

Friends Spring Book Sale: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. April 21. Friends of Newton Public Library host their annual spring book sale! Even better bargains on Saturday! Proceeds support Newton Public Library and your reading habits!

Teen Box of Lies: 3 p.m. April 21. Stump your friends about what’s hidden inside your mystery box.

Rafe Martin, Author Storyteller: 3 p.m. April 22, Memorial Hall at Bethel College. Enjoy a performance by this author of more than 20 popular children’s books, followed by a book signing. This is one of KIPCOR’s 30th anniversary celebration events.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. April 23. Make an edible terrarium! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Photographing Raptors: 7 p.m. April 24. Crystal Socha and Mike Scheufler will lead this presentation, highlighted by their amazing raptor photography.

MAKE Harvey: 7 p.m. April 26. Join other MAKErs to share knowledge and projects.

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

Sign up for Summer Reading Begins May 1! “Libraries Rock” is the theme. Some programs for children have limited space – register to reserve your space!

Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. May 2. Read and discuss “The Fifth Assassin” by Brad Meltzer. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Resume Workshop: 7 p.m. May 3. Megan Kershner, Director of Career Services at Bethel College, will talk about resume do’s and don’ts. Bring along your resume, if you wish.

Teen Screen: 3 p.m. May 5. Bring your friends to watch “The Sandlot” (PG). Snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. May 7. Make fruit pompoms! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Papercrafts and Coloring: 6:30 p.m. May 8. Create some flower themed papercrafts for Mother’s Day. Or color something beautiful. Or bring your own craft and enjoy creating with others. Supplies provided, or bring your own.

Family Movie: 4 p.m. May 11. All ages welcome to enjoy “The Emperor’s New Groove” (G). Snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. May 14. Make mini squishies! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Author Lana Wirt Myers: 7 p.m. May 15. Lana Wirt Myers, editor of “Diaries of Reuben Smith, Kansas Settler and Civil War Soldier” will be here to discuss her new book about the life of Reuben Smith, followed by a book signing.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. May 17. Read and discuss “At the Edge of the Orchard” by Tracy Chevalier. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Name Brand or Knock Off? 3 p.m. May 19. Think you can tell the difference between name brand and generic foods? Challenge your friend’s taste buds to a taste-off!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. May 21. Create a braided ring! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Display Case: Enjoy items from the collections of Kauffman Museum featuring the Chisholm Trail.

Art Display: Sandy Stucky shares her photography.

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  a short video of the 2017 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.

Brown, Rebecca L. Flying at Night. A novel of a family on the brink with an autistic child, a determined mother and a distant grandfather. New Fiction

Clare, Gwendolyn. Ink, Iron and Glass. Book One, a certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can write entirely new worlds into creation. New YA Fiction

Denton, Lauren K. Hurricane Season. Jenna is a mother finding herself while her sister’s desire to have children is reawakened as she cares for Jenna’s daughters, and meanwhile a hurricane is brewing. New Fiction

Goldstone, Nancy. Daughters of the Winter Queen. Four remarkable sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the enduring legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots. New Nonfiction

Last Men in Aleppo. A documentary of the White Helmets, a group of ordinary citizens who rush toward military strike victims in the hope of saving lives. DVD

McPherson, Catriona. Scot Free. The lighter side of the underbelly of the California Dream: Book One in the Last Ditch series. New Fiction

Morton, Andrew. Meghan. A Hollywood Princess – the biography of Meghan Markle. New Nonfiction

Rosen, Ilene. Saladish. A crunchier, grainier, herbier, heartier, tastier way with vegetables. New Nonfiction

The Scent of Rain and Lightning. Jody Linder’s past resurfaces when the man convicted of killing her parents is pardoned. DVD

Sedgwick, John. Blood Moon. An American epic of war and splendor in the Cherokee Nation. New Nonfiction