Library Happenings

StoryTimes: Join Ms. Amy for StoryTime on the NPL Facebook page! This fall, toddler StoryTime videos are released on Tuesdays, preschool StoryTimes on Mondays, and chapter book read-along StoryTimes for school-aged kids on Mondays and Fridays. Also on Tuesdays, join Ms. Sharon on Facebook for a Spanish-language StoryTime: “Hora de cuentos con Sharon.”

Puppet Theatre: “Fall Into Fun” with online puppet shows on NPL’s Facebook page! New puppet shows for toddlers are posted on Thursdays, while shows for preschool-aged kids are posted on Wednesdays.

Reading Rescue Club: On the First Tuesday of every month this fall, school-aged children or their grown-ups can pick up a free Reading Rescue Packet, featuring a book from the series “Pet Rescue Adventures.” The packet will include a book, crafts, activities, pet info, special gifts and much more. Packets can be picked up in the Library’s front lobby. Patrons may call ahead to confirm availability.

Library Services: The NPL building is open with limited services. Digital resources and programs are available 24/7! Click here for more information.

Technology Help: Nathan, NPL’s IT Supervisor, is available to answer questions and troubleshoot technology issues. Call 316-283-2890 during staff hours, or email

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

Teen & Tween Book Discussion: 10 a.m. Dec. 5. Join Sharon for an online discussion of “The Angel Tree,” Daphne Benedis-Grab. Contact the Library to get the Zoom link and borrow a copy of the book.

Teen Virtual GameTime: 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Teens and tweens, join a Zoom video chat and play online games together. Email to sign up and get the Zoom link.

Fourth Tuesday Photography Show & Tell: 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Join Fourth Tuesday Photography two weeks early for an end-of-year social event via Zoom video chat. Bring up to three photos to share and discuss informally. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Holiday Book Discussion: 7-8 p.m. Dec. 9. The Third Thursday and Mystery Lovers book discussion groups combine this month and read “The Life We Bury,” by Allen Eskens. An online (Zoom) session will be held 7-8 p.m.

Top 20 Online Security Sites: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. The Library’s IT supervisor, Nathan Carr, will present the final program in his “Top 20 for 2020” series of monthly tech talks.

Teen Virtual GameTime: 4 p.m. Dec. 14. Teens and tweens, join a Zoom video chat and play online games together. Email to sign up and get the Zoom link.

Using DNA to Unlock Family History: 7 p.m. Dec. 15. Genetic genealogy expert Marty Flanagan will discuss DNA testing and what you can do with your results, in an interactive, participatory online class.

Kansas Author Talk with N. Jade Gray: 7 p.m. Dec. 17. Harvey County author N. Jade Gray will read from and discuss her new holiday romance novel, “Tangled in Tinsel.” Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

Teen Afternoon of Crafts: 3 p.m. Dec. 19. Sign up to receive a free bag of craft supplies from the Library in advance, then join a Zoom meeting to chat and complete the crafts together. Participants are welcome to pick up free craft supplies whether or not they can join on Zoom. Contact the Library to sign up.

Teen Virtual GameTime: 4 p.m. Dec. 21. Teens and tweens, join a Zoom video chat and play online games together. Email to sign up and get the Zoom link.

Kansas Author Talk with Julia Largent: 7 p.m. Dec. 21. McPherson College professor Julia Largent will discuss the new book she co-edited, “Eating Fandoms: Intersections Between Fans and Food Cultures.” Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

Holiday Hours: Dec. 24-26. Newton Public Library closes at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24, and is closed all day on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 25 and 26. Regular hours resume on Monday, Dec. 28, at 9 a.m. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

 Teen Virtual GameTime: 4 p.m. Dec. 28. Teens and tweens, join a Zoom video chat and play online games together. Email to sign up and get the Zoom link.

New Year’s Holiday Hours: Dec. 31 – Jan. 1. NPL closes at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 and is closed New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. Regular hours resume on Saturday, Jan. 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Happy New Year!

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. Jan. 6. Read and discuss “City of the Lost,” by Kelley Armstrong. This discussion will meet online via Zoom. Contact the Library to sign up and borrow a copy of the book.

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.

New Items Now Available:

Use the online catalog to get more info and place holds on these items, or contact the Library for assistance!

Cole, Alyssa. When No One Is Watching. Finding unexpected support from a new friend while collecting stories from her rapidly vanishing Brooklyn community, Sydney uncovers sinister truths about a regional gentrification project and why her neighbors are moving away. New Fiction

Gefter, Philip. What Becomes a Legend Most: A Biography of Richard Avedon. A portrait of the twentieth-century photographer examines how Avedon endured intense personal and professional discrimination to join an influential group of artists who transformed women’s culture. New Nonfiction

Gregory, Tim. Meteorite. Meteorites have long been seen as portents of fate and messages from the gods, their fiery remains inspiring worship and giving rise to legends that have persisted for millennia. But beyond the lore, meteorites tell an even greater story: that of our solar system. Gregory explores the world of meteorites to uncover new insights into what our solar system was like before our sun became a star. New Nonfiction

Henry, Emily. Beach Read. An acclaimed but blocked literary master and a best-selling novelist who has stopped believing in true love agree to a summer-long writing project that challenges them write well in each others’ styles. New Fiction

McCausland, Henry. Eight-Lane Runaways. In this whimsically absurdist graphic novel, eight runners “race” through an endless, yet friendly, wilderness featuring sentient ponchos, a juice institute, kite flying to the moon, and dogs that do algebra.  New Graphic Novel

Rose, Karen. Say No More. Cult escapee Mercy Callahan teams up with homicide detective Rafe Sokolov to track down the leader of the twisted cult that would reclaim her dead or alive. New Fiction

Vinsel, Lee. The Innovation Delusion. The author poses the question: What if innovation’s benefits have been exaggerated, and our obsession with finding the next big thing has distracted us from the work that matters most? New Nonfiction