Library Happenings

November 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 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. 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. December 14. Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “Top Ten Travel Smart Websites.” Get some ideas for trips in the new year. 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.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. November 20. It’s a trebuchet contest!  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Fall Puppet Show: 7 p.m. November 20. Laugh along with the fall escapades of the Barnyard Puppets. All are welcome to this free program.

Third Tuesday Genealogy: 7 p.m. November 21. Kansas author Judi Kirk talks about “Remnants: Prairie Gas Stations Remembered.” A book signing follows the presentation.

Library Closed for Thanksgiving: November 23 and 24. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. November 27. Make an origami creation!  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

MAKE Harvey: 7 p.m. November 30. MAKE Harvey is an open group of people who like to create in whatever form or medium they choose, sharing talents and ideas, asking questions, giving and receiving advice and celebrating mistakes.

Teen Screen: 3 p.m. December 2. Bring your friends to watch Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13). Plus snacks!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. December 4. Make CD decorations and ornaments.

Family Movie: 4 p.m. December 8. Bring the kids to enjoy Jumanji (PG). There will be snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. December 11. Make hanging snowflakes. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Holiday Papercrafts & Coloring: 6:30 p.m. December 12. Deck your halls with papercrafts created from books headed for the recycle bin! Supplies provided.

Book Club Extravaganza: 7 p.m. December 13. Mystery Lovers and Third Thursday Book Clubs combine to discuss “Whiteout” by Ken Follett. Bring snacks to share, if desired. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Library Olympics: 3 p.m. December 16. Compete against your friends in book stacking, speed shelving, book cart relays, and more. Free books for winners!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. December 18. Create with Perler Beads. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Holiday Family Time: 7 p.m. December 18. Pack up the crew for holiday stories, puppet shows, and hot cocoa (courtesy of Friends of Newton Public Library).

Display Case: Dan Eells displays his collection of nutcrackers.

Art Display: Enjoy the photography of Max Voran.

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  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.

Cashore, Kristin. Jane, Unlimited. Jane is invited to Tu Reviens where she will have the chance to determine a new story for herself. New YA Fiction

Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother. Marcus, aka “wln5t0n,” finds himself caught in the aftermath of a terrorist attack and contemplates taking down the Department of Homeland Security when they institute a police state. New YA Fiction

Hilderbrand, Elin. Winter Solstice. As the temperatures drop and the drama heats up, will the Quinns of Nantucket rediscover the special bond they share? New Fiction

Jones, Dan. The Templars. The rise and spectacular fall of God’s holy warriors. New Nonfiction

Morely, Jefferson. The Ghost. The secret life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angelton. New Nonfiction

Mulfinger, Dale. The Family Cabin. Inspiration for camps, cottages, and cabins. New Nonfiction

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Deadly ghost sailors escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea. DVD

Ree Drummond. The Pioneer Woman Cooks Come and Get It! Simple, scrumptious recipes for crazy busy lives. New Nonfiction

Spencer, Katherine. Thomas Kinkade’s Cape Light Christmas Blessings. Stories of Cape Light residents fill this holiday novel. New Fiction

Spider-Man: Homecoming. A young peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity. DVD