Library Happenings

September 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!

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.

Free Technology Events:

  • Tech Help Open Hours: Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m. 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.

  • Learn, Share, Discuss Technology, Etc.: 6:45 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month.  The Harvey County Tech Enthusiasts meet to share information and applications regarding developments in the technology field. Open to all!

  • Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. September 12. Nathan, IT Supervisor, will present “Google Maps.” Nathan reviews how to make and share maps and find directions. Free to attend, no registration required

  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, computer questions, help with eReaders, and more.

Teen Breakfast Book Club: 10 a.m. September 7. Enjoy some breakfast goodies while discussing “Hope and Other Punchlines” by Julie Buxbaum. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. September 7. They’re real spies … only they’re kids. The movie is rated PG. Also … snacks!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. September 9. Make paper airplanes. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. September 9. Head to the Children’s Department to enjoy puppet shows about silly animals. Free fun for all ages.

Dennis Garcia Author Talk: 7 p.m. September 10. Dennis Garcia, author of “Marine, Public Servant, Kansan: The Life of Ernest Garcia” will talk about his book about the life of Ernie, raised in Kansas, from a family that immigrated from Mexico, who eventually rose to become the U.S. Senate sergeant at arms. A book signing follows the talk.

NPL @ Norms: 4 – 5 p.m. September 11.  Nathan and Sharon bring LEGOs for fun times at Norm’s Coffee Bar, 613 N. Main St., Newton.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. September 16. Decorate CDs. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Dorothy Nickel Friesen Author Talk: 7 p.m. September 16. Dorothy Nickel Friesen, author of “The Pastor Wears a Skirt,” will give a talk about her book, followed by a book signing.

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. September 16. Head to the Children’s Department to make and take a Fall craft. Free fun for all ages.

Cemetery Walk: 6:30 p.m. September 17. Karen Wall leads a walk and talk, highlighting the Anderson family history. Meet at the Mausoleum.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. September 18. Rosemary Kolich, teacher of English at University of Saint Mary, will lead a discussion of “An Artist of the Floating World” by Kazuo Ishiguro. This is the second of a three-book series on the theme “Encountering Asia.” TALK is a program of Humanities Kansas. Contact the Library for a copy of the book.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. September 19. Read and discuss “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros. Copies of the book are available at the Library.

Teen Marble Run Competition: 3 p.m. September 21. Kids ages 10-18 will build, and then compete in a marble run challenge. Prizes for winners and snacks for everyone!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. September 23. Be creative with Post-It note art. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. September 23. Head to the Children’s Department to enjoy puppet shows on the theme “Leaves are Falling.” Free fun for all ages.

Author Talk: 7 p.m. September 23. Michael Ross, author of “Across the Great Divide: Book 1 The Clouds of War,” will talk about his book, followed by a book signing.

NPL at Cooper Elementary for Resource Day: 5 p.m. September 24. NPL staff will share Library resources with students and families at Resource Day.

Fourth Tuesday Photography Potluck: 6:30 p.m. September 24. Contact the Library for more information.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. September 30. It’s LEGO’s time. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. September 30. Ready to make some lumpy & bumpy pumpkin crafts? Head to the Children’s Department to enjoy fall themed activities. Free fun for all ages.

Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. October 2. Read and discuss “The Bone Collector” by Jeffery Deaver. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Breakfast Book Club: 10 a.m. October 5. Discuss “Wings of Fire #1 (The Dragonet Prophecy)” by Tui T. Sutherland while you munch on some breakfast goodies. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. October 5. Settle in with popcorn and friends to watch as Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) circles the world in a race to stop the Zombie pandemic. (PG-13).

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

Come Be Afraid with Dan: 6:30 p.m. October 7. Halloween movies on Mondays in October, plus trivia. Tonight’s fright focuses on four women and their assistant who begin a ghost-catching business in New York City (PG-13). This program is also part of Big Read: Wichita.

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. October 7. Puppet shows about “Time for Bed Sleepy Head!” Head to the Children’s Department to enjoy fall themed activities. Free fun for all ages.

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

Come Be Afraid with Dan: 6:30 p.m. October 14. Halloween movies on Mondays in October, plus fun facts. In tonight’s fright (R) a young child, replaced at birth by American Ambassador Robert Thorn unbeknownst to his wife, after their own son was murdered at the hospital, enabling the son of Satan to grow up with wealth and power.

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. October 14. It’s time for batty crafts! Head to the Children’s Department to enjoy fall themed activities. Free fun for all ages.

Display Case: Marla Pauls displays miniatures

Art Display: Erin Bailey Schmidt shares her photographs of memorials from Washington D.C.

New Items Now Available:

Callahan, Maureen. American Predator. The hunt for the most meticulous serial killer of the 21st century. New Nonfiction

Clarke, Richard A. The Fifth Domain. Defending our country, our companies, and ourselves in the age of cyber threats. New Nonfiction

Dameron, William. The Lie. A memoir of two marriages, catfishing, and coming out. New Nonfiction

Day, Daniel R. Dapper Dan in Harlem. A memoir by the fashion icon and legend of the Black community. New Nonfiction

Folarin, Tope. A Particular Kind of Black Man. A story about a Nigerian family living in Urah and their uncomfortable assimilation to American life. New Fiction

Hassib, Rajia. A Pure Heart. Rose returns to Egypt to sift through the artifacts and questions left after her sister is killed in a suicide bombing. New Fiction

Jaswal, Alli Kaur. The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters. Three sisters who’ve grown apart return to India to carry out the final rites for their mother and find self-discovery. CD Fiction

Kamali, Marjan. The Stationery Shop. Roya and Bahman find love in their neighborhood stationery shop, but their romance is cut short by violence, only to be revisited again sixty years later. New Fiction

Shazam! A 14-year-old’s powers to transform into a Super Hero are tested when he squares off against the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. DVD

The Third Wife. In Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May becomes the third wife to a wealthy landowner, but her attraction to the second wife puts her status in jeopardy. DVD