Library Happenings

May 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 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.
  • Amazon Prime, Is It Worth It?: 6:30 p.m. May 12. What does Amazon Prime provide, and is it worth the cost? Free, no registration necessary. 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.

Sign Up for Summer Reading! May 2. Enrollment for Summer Reading begins in May! Some programs require registration and have limited space. Summer Reading Programs begin June 1.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. May 2. Make pompom pens! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. May 3. 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. May 4. Read and discuss Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 6-8 p.m. May 5. Make pompom pens! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Teen De-Stress Party: 3 p.m. May 7. Step away from studying to make your own portable Zen garden, color, give yourself a washi tape manicure, and more.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. May 9. Design pop tab flowers! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Papercrafts & Coloring: 6:30 p.m. May 10. Paper flowers and birds, plus coloring sheets and bookmarks. Supplies provided or bring your own for creative stress relief.

Teen YLinK (Youth Leaders in Kansas): 7 p.m. May 12. 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.

Teen Otaku Club: 4 p.m. May 13. Watch and discuss “Kuroko’s Basketball.”

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. May 16. Make corner bookmarks! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Third Tuesday Genealogy: 7 p.m. May 17. Join the group for a tour at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel, 200 N. Poplar.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 6-8 p.m. May 19. Make corner bookmarks! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. May 19. Read and discuss “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. May 21. Good fortune shines on Arlo, the frightened dino, when he meets a Neanderthal boy who helps him find his way home, rated (PG). DIY dinosaur bone snacks.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. May 23. Make iPad/tablet sleeves! Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. May 24. Scott Stebner, author/photographer of “Kansas Farmer,” presents “How to Plan and Produce a Personal Photography Project.” A book signing follows the presentation.

Teen YLinK (Youth Leaders in Kansas): 7 p.m. May 26. 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.

Teen Summer Reading Kick-Off Party: 3 p.m. May 28. Play Muggle Quidditch! Sixth grade and up, must have guardian-signed permission slip.

Library Closed for Memorial Day: May 30.

Art Display:  Enjoy Erin Bailey Schmidt’s spring-themed photography.

Display Case: Harvey County Master Gardeners showcase their work.

Good Reads in Your Inbox: Interested in the latest mysteries, or what’s new in self-help and fitness books, or maybe science fiction, or….? Sign up to receive e-mail notifications from BookLetters of new books that would interest you. Read the reviews, find out what’s next in a series, the latest audiobooks and what’s HOT. Check for lists of genres and online registration.

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.

Bouchard, Loren. The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book. Real recipes for joke burgers. New Nonfiction

Brahm, Ajahn. Kindfulness. A new approach to meditation that adds kindness to mindfulness. New Nonfiction

Creed. Sylvester Stalone stars as a boxing trainer for Apollo Creed’s son Adonis. DVD

Holt, Nathalia. Rise of the Rocket Girls. The women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars. New Nonfiction

The Lady in the Van. Based on the true story of a woman who parks her van in a London driveway and lives there for 15 years. DVD

Leyner, Mark. Gone With the Mind. An inventive and raucously funny fictional autobiography of Mark Leyner and his relationship with his complicated mother. New Fiction

Quindlen, Anna. Miller’s Valley. Mimi must leave home to find her own way, but finds no one ever leaves the town where they grew up. New Fiction

Runcie, James. The Shadow of Death. Vicar Sidney Chambers finds he can go where the police cannot in solving mysteries. New Fiction

Scott, Jonathon. Dream Home. The Property Brothers’ ultimate guide to finding and fixing your perfect house. New Nonfiction

Scottoline, Lisa. Most Wanted. The Nilssons discover the sperm donor of their unborn child is a serial murderer. New Fiction