Library Happenings

August 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. September 13Nathan, IT Supervisor, will talk about “Electronic Resources and Tools for Book Lovers.” He’ll review sites for free eReading, book recommendations, tracking your reading, 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.

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.

Register for StoryTimes. Preregistered participants enjoy a weekly StoryTime with puppets, songs, rhymes, crafts, and, of course, stories! Children ages 2 1/2 – 5 years old may enroll for Preschool StoryTime. Toddler StoryTime entertains children ages 6 months – 2 1/2 years old. Monday night StoryTime includes children up to 8 years of age. Fall StoryTimes begin September 10 and continue until December 21, except for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday. Fall Preschool StoryTimes are Monday nights at 7 p.m. for children up to 8 years of age; Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for children 2 1/2 – 5 years old. Fall Toddler StoryTime is Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Teen GameZone and Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. August 13. Make a duct tape pencil case! Play 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. August 16. Read and discuss “Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen GameZone: 4-5:30 p.m. August 20. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Kansas Stories of the Vietnam War Community Discussion: 7 p.m. August 20. Sheryl R. Wilson, KIPCOR Director, and Dan Wassink, Director of the Community Mediation Center, lead a discussion that commemorates 50 years since the escalation of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. This is part of a multidimensional statewide oral history project sponsored by Humanities Kansas, in partnership with the Library of Congress. All are encouraged to attend.

Genetic Genealogy: 7 p.m. August 21. Barbara Mulvihill from the Salina Public Library will talk about using DNA as a tool in genealogy research.

Make Harvey: 7 p.m. August 23. Join other Makers to talk about projects and learn from others.

Library Closed: Noon – 1:45 p.m. August 27. NPL Staff will host Central Kansas Library System members for an in-service meeting and tour of NPL. The Library will be open from 9 a.m. – noon, and 1:45 – 9 p.m.

Teen GameZone: 4-5:30 p.m. August 27. 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 27. Sister Rosemary Kolich, teacher of English at Saint Mary University, leads a discussion of “Esperanza’s Box of Saints” by Maria Amparo Escandon. This is the first book in a three-part “Hispanic Heritage: Mothers, Sisters, and Daughters” discussion, sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Bug Photography: 7 p.m. August 28. Pam Paulsen, Reno County Extension Agent, likes to photograph bugs (and other things, too) and will be sharing some tips and tricks for capturing those elusive insects and caterpillars that share our gardens.

Kansas Stories of the Vietnam War Book Discussion: 7 p.m. August 30. Brad Born, Professor of English at Bethel College, will lead a discussion of “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen. This discussion is part of a program that commemorates 50 years since the escalation of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. This is part of a multidimensional statewide oral history project sponsored by Humanities Kansas, in partnership with the Library of Congress. All are encouraged to attend.

Library Closed for Labor Day Holiday: September 3.

First Monday Movie (on a Tuesday): 6:30 p.m. September 4. Invite friends and enjoy some popcorn while watching “Good Morning Vietnam” (R). 119 minutes.

Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. September 5. Read and discuss “Straight Into Darkness” by Faye Kellerman. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen GameZone: 4-5:30 p.m. September 10. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Display Case: Callie Knopp displays ceramics.

Art Display: Photographer Pam Paulsen shares bug images.

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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.

Barclay, Donald A. Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies. How to find trustworthy information in the digital age. New Nonfiction

Barclay, Linwood. A Noise Downstairs. A psychological thriller in which professor Paul Davis is troubled by odd sounds. New fiction

Delinsky, Barbara. Before and Again. Mackenzie Cooper attempts to start over after a devastating accident, but finds her new story of herself unraveling when her friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight. New, Large Print, and CD Fiction

Franqui, Leah. America for Beginners. An unlikely trio travels the United States, hoping to find Pival’s son living (or dead) in California. New Fiction

Gear, Kathleen O’Neal. Maze Master. An epic story of the end of the world, and only understanding ancient clues can save it. New Fiction

Ketchum, Carolyn. The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen. 150 low-card, high-fat recipes to maximize your health. New Nonfiction

The Leisure Seeker. A runaway couple journey in their faithful RV to recapture their passion for life. DVD

McAlary, Brooke. Slow. Simple living for a frantic world. New Nonfiction

7 Days in Entebbe. An act of terrorism leads to a daring rescue mission, inspired by true events. DVD

Siegel, Robert Anthony. Criminals. A recounting of the author’s family’s life on both sides of the law. New Nonfiction