Library Happenings

December 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.

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.

#FakeNews + NPL Business Resources: 7:15 a.m. December 15 at Meridian Center. NPL will sponsor the Chamber Breakfast, with Betsy and Dan talking about #FakeNews and Lynda.com, Universal Class, and Learning Express. Contact the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce for reservations (316-283-2560)

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 warm cocoa & cookies (courtesy of Friends of Newton Public Library).

Sign up for StoryTime December 18 – January 8. Spring StoryTimes begin January 8. Preschool StoryTimes are for children ages 2 1/2 – 5 years old. Preschool sessions are Mondays at 7 p.m., and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Toddler StoryTime is for children ages 6 months – 2 1/2 years old on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. StoryTimes are free, but registration is required.

Circle of Health Community Tour: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. December 21. Marvin Rice of Peace Connections will be hosting discussions about our community’s health issues in the library. Come give your input.

Library Closed: Noon, December 23 through December 25. The Library will close for the Christmas holiday and will open as usual on December 26. Stock up on movies, books, music and more to ensure a Happy Holiday!

Master Builders: 3:30-5 p.m. December 26. Bring your friends for building time. Today: LEGOs.

Hiking the Cordillera Huayhuash: 7 p.m. December 26. Mark Kreider shares photography from his hikes through the Andes mountains.

Master Builders: 3:30-5 p.m. December 27. Bring your friends for building time. Today: Snap Circuits.

Master Builders: 3:30-5 p.m. December 28. Bring your friends for building time. Today: create with the NEW LittleBits and Star Wars R2D2 droid kit.

Master Builders: 3:30-5 p.m. December 29. Bring your friends for building time. Today: Squishy Circuits.

Library Closed January 1 for New Year’s Day.

Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. January 3. Read and discuss “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. January 6. Bring your friends to watch “The Goonies” (PG). Snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. January 8. Create winter critters. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Papercrafts & Coloring: 6:30 p.m. January 9. Make a valentine’s card or your own artwork from books rescued from the recycle bin! Coloring sheets and pencils available, too. Supplies provided, or bring your own.

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.

Because I Was a Girl. True stories for girls of all ages written by women from different eras. New Nonfiction

Brightwell, Emily. Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women. When Christopher Gilhaney is murdered the heiress, the neighbor, and the cook use their powers to find the murderer. New Fiction

Cartoon Network. Special holiday episodes from the Cartoon Network. DVD

Chakraborty, S. A. The City of Brass. When Nahri decides to enter the legendary city of brass, her arrival threatens to ignite a war that has been simmering for centuries. New Fiction

Glover, Dennis. The Last Man in Europe. The last three years of George Orwell’s life are reimagined, as he struggles to write Nineteen Eighty-Four. New Fiction

Ngozi, Chimamanda. Courage is Contagious. A collection of essays celebrating Michelle Obama. New Nonfiction

Noblin, Annie England. Pupcakes. Brydie pet-sits an overweight pug named Teddy as she recovers from her divorce and begins to rebuild her life. New Fiction

Taibbi, Matt. I Can’t Breathe. An exploration of the roots and repercussions of the killing of Eric Garner by the New York City police. New Nonfiction

Trump, Ivana. Raising Trump. The first wife of President Trump tells her story of raising their children. New Nonfiction

Twelve Dogs of Christmas. There are plots to shut down the local puppy orphanage, so Emma comes up with a holiday musical to raise money. DVD