Library Happenings

February Newsletter

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

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

New Resource:  Lynda.com with access to thousands of courses for developers, designers, photographers, animators, videographers, educators, business people, musicians, and more!

FREE Trial of FlipsterTry out reading popular magazines online. The user id is “newtonpub.” The password is “trial.” Let us know what you think!

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: 4:30 p.m. Second and Fourth Saturdays.  Angel Diaz will help you learn how to program, no matter your computer proficiency. Or he’ll answer any questions you might have. Free, drop in to learn more.
  • Computer Guts: 6:30 p.m. February 11. A hands-on exploration of the inside of a computer. Just what does make a computer work? Presented by Nathan, IT Supervisor. Free, no registration necessary.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): February 3 through April 16. Trained volunteers offer free tax help to lower income taxpayers. Contact the Library for more information and a list of things to bring. Registration is first-come, first-served, with sign up beginning at 9 a.m. for each assistance day.  The days and times of assistance starting in February will be:

  • Mondays from 6-8:15 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 12 noon and 1-5 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9:30-noon

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 6-8 p.m. February 11. Create a bangle. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Computer Guts: 6:30 p.m. February 11. What’s inside a computer and how does it work? Presented by Nathan, IT Supervisor. Free, no registration necessary.

Teen Anime: 4-5:30 p.m. February 12. Teens ages 12-18 are welcome to watch an anime movie and discuss.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. February 15. Decorate a light switch cover. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Love, Pioneer Style: 7 p.m. February 16. Darren McMannis talks about courting and marriage practices in the pioneer days and ways to locate these records.

YLinK (Youth Leaders in Kansas): 7 p.m. February 18. Lead, advocate, make a difference! The goal of YLinK is to improve life for ages 12-18 with mental health issues living in our community. Bring an adult ally.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. February 18. Read and discuss “About a Boy” by Nick Hornby. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. February 20. Watch the movie based on the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center (PG). Snacks provided.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. February 22. Make Buddy bookmarks. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. February 23. Stan Reimer, a Master Photographer Craftsman with 50 years of photography experience, talks about “The Art of Photographing People.” All are welcome to attend this free program.

TALK Book Discussion: February 24, 7 p.m. Martha Sanchez, community educator for the City of Wichita and adjunct for both Friends and Wichita State University, leads a discussion of “Tortilla Curtain” by T. C. Boyle. This is the second in a four-book series “Between Fences.” Discussion leaders and books are provided by Kansas Humanities Council. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 6-8 p.m. February 25. Make Buddy bookmarks. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Teen Wii U Mario Kart Tournament: 3 p.m. Grades 5-12. Registration from 3-3:15 p.m. Controllers provided. Limit of 16 contestants.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. February 29. Customize your own puzzle. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. March 1. The Newton Linux User’s Group (NLUG) will meet to share information and applications regarding this open source alternative to Microsoft Operating Systems and discuss developments in the technology field around the world. Meetings are free and open to all.

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. March 2. Read and discuss “The Day of the Jackal” by Frederick Forsyth. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Learn about VITA: 7:30 a.m. March 3 at Grand Central. Volunteer Income Tax head volunteer Cleta Smith and NPL supervisor Dan Eells with talk about the VITA program at NPL.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 6-8 p.m. March 3. Customize your own puzzle. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. March 5. A chain reaction of events is set off when the genetically engineered dinosaur escapes from Jurassic World luxury resort (PG-13).

Teen GameZone & Circuit Board Projects: 4-5:30 p.m. March 7. Build something electrical! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

YLinK (Youth Leaders in Kansas): 7 p.m. March 10. Lead, advocate, make a difference! The goal of YLinK is to improve life for ages 12-18 with mental health issues living in our community. Bring an adult ally.

Art Display:  Enjoy Jim Grigg’s photos of Scotland.

Display Case: The match book collection of Daniel and Elizabeth Eells is on display.

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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.

The Autobiography of James T. Kirk. An edited compilation of the story of Starfleet’s greatest captain. New Fiction

Copleton, Jackie. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding. A heart-wrenching debut novel of family, forgiveness, and the exquisite pain of love. New and CD Fiction

Cuddy, Amy. Presence. Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges, by one of the most popular TED speakers. New Nonfiction

Eco, Umberto. Numero Zero. A depressed hack writer is working on the theory that Mussolini’s corpse was a body double. New and CD Fiction

Kilmeade, Brian. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates. The forgotten war that changed American history. New Nonfiction

Map. Exploring the world through 300 fascinating maps from the birth of cartography to digital. New Nonfiction

Rollins, James. The Bone Labyrinth. A war is coming that will stretch from prehistoric forests to the cutting-edge research labs of today. New Fiction

Schweikart, Larry. 7 Events that Made America Great. Proof that the Founding Fathers were right all along. New Nonfiction

Slaughter, Anne-Marie. Unfinished Business. The author writes about lessons learned from an inability to manage a high-powered job and a family with young children. New and CD Nonfiction

A Sloth Named Velcro. This is the PBS story of Ana’s return to see how much has changed in the life of an orphaned sloth she raised and released in the wilds of Panama. DVD