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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 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. August 10. Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “Safe Behind the Lens: How to Use Security Cameras in your Car, House, and on Your Lapel.” 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 StoryTime. Fall StoryTimes begin September 11. Preschool StoryTimes are for children ages 2 1/2 – 5 years old. Preschool sessions are Mondays at 7 p.m., and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Toddler StoryTime is for children ages 6 months – 2 1/2 years old on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. StoryTimes are free, but registration is required.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. August 14. Get ready for back-to-school with a duct tape pencil pouch. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.
Pioneer and Indian Trails of Newton: 7 p.m. August 15. Brian Stucky presents the findings of his research detailing the many trails used by the pioneers and Native Americans in the Newton area.
Master Builders … littleBits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. August 16. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.
Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. August 17. Read and discuss “Songs of the Willow Frost” by Jamie Ford. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Teen Harry Potter Breakout EDU: 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. August 19. Help Harry catch the Golden Snitch.
Watch the Solar Eclipse at Newton Public Library: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. August 21. Glasses will be dispensed at the NPL event for safe viewing. Thanks to the Space Science Institute for making the glasses available for Monday’s NPL event.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. August 21. Make a locker picture frame. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.
TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. August 21. “I Hear the Reaper’s Song” by Sara Stambaugh is the first book in a three-book discussion series on “Faith in Fiction: Christianity.” Marilyn Klaus, lecturer with Religious Studies and African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas, leads the discussion. This series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Making Photos Physical: 7 p.m. August 22. Phil Parrish of Atelier Design and Print in McPherson will talk about printing and framing photography.
Master Builders … Librarian’s Choice: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. August 23. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.
MAKE Harvey: 7 p.m. August 24. New name! 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.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. August 28. Make mandala word art. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.
Master Builders … Librarian’s Choice: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. August 30. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.
Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. September 2. Bring your friends to watch “Guardians of the Galaxy” (PG-13). Snacks, too.
Library Closed for Labor Day Holiday: September 4.
Master Builders … Snap Circuits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. September 6. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.
Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. September 6. Read and discuss “She’s Not There” by Joy Fielding. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Friday Family Movie: 3:30 p.m. September 8. Watch “The LEGO Batman Movie” (PG). Snacks, too.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. September 11. Perform some Gummi Bear surgery. 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 12. Craft something from discarded books, or color yourself calm. Supplies provided, or bring your own.
Master Builders … Squishy Circuits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. September 13. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.
Teen Banned Stuff Trivia: 3 p.m. September 16. Test your knowledge of banned stuff around the world.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. September 18. Make Perler fidget spinners. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.
Third Tuesday Genealogy: 5:30 p.m. September 19. Vince Marshall will lead a tour on the topic “Dowsing for History Clues.” (Rescheduled due to rain.) Contact the Library for directions.
Master Builders … littleBits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. September 20. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.
TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. September 20. Gene Chavez, founder and president of Chavez and Associates of Kansas City, leads a discussion of “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya. This is the second book in a three-book series “Faith in Fiction: Christianity.” Discussion leaders and books are provided by Kansas Humanities Council. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. September 21. Read and discuss “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Display Case: The Headings family displays some of the creative arts and crafts they’ve created.
Art Display: Enjoy the portraits, landscapes and wildlife images of photographer Ashley Smith.
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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.
Anders, George. You Can Do Anything. The surprising power of a “useless” liberal arts education. New Nonfiction
Brashares, Ann. The Whole Thing Together. Sasha and Ray share the same sprawling house on Long Island, just not at the same time since Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom. New Fiction
Burdick, Joseph. Install Your Own Solar Panels. Designing and installing a photovoltaic system to power your home. New Nonfiction
Danticat, Edwidge. The Art of Death. How writers have dealt with the final story. CD and New Nonfiction
Green, Jane. The Sunshine Sisters. Three estranged sisters are called home by their mother to help her end her life. New and CD Fiction
Greer, Andrew Sean. Less. Arthur Less tries to run away from an invitation by planning to attend a series of literary events and runs into mishap. New Fiction
Hanh, Thich Nhat. Happy Teachers Change the World. A guide for cultivating mindfulness in education. New Nonfiction
Nye, Bill. Everything All at Once. How to unleash your inner nerd, tap into radical curiosity, and solve any problem. CD and New Nonfiction
Schmidt, Sarah. See What I Have Done. A recasting of the unsolved murder case involving Lizzie Borden’s family. New Fiction
Wilson, Daniel H. Clockwork Dynasty. This thriller weaves a path through history following a race of humanlike machines that have been hiding among us for centuries. New Fiction