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!

SRPKidsSlider16Sign Up for Summer Reading! Enrollment for Summer Reading begins in May! Some programs require registration and have limited space. Summer Reading Programs begin June 1. For kids: On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!  For teens: Get in the Game – READ! For adults: Exercise Your Mind – READ!

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.
  • Top Ten Android Apps: 6:30 p.m. June 9. Get up to date on the latest and greatest apps for your smart phone. 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.

Late Opening: 10 a.m. May 26. Staff will be attending an Appreciation Breakfast.

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.

Goddard Puppet Ladies: 1:30 p.m. June 1. Family Time Fun begins! Bring the whole family for free fun with the Goddard Puppet Ladies!

Teen Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. June 1. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18. Challenge build: Animals.

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. June 1. Read and discuss Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. June 2. Join Mr. Dude for Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. June 4. Beat the heat and watch the Bellas take on their male counterparts in a singing competition (PG-13). Make and consume nerdy popcorn balls.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. June 6. Make string art. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. June 7. 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.

Photographing Through Many Lenses: 7 p.m. June 7. Crystal Socha brings different format and varieties of cameras to showcase the images each creates.

Drum Safari: 1:30 p.m. June 8. Family Time Fun means free entertainment for the whole clan! Get ready to feel the beat.

Teen Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. June 8. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18. Challenge build: Food.

Newton Sports History: 7 p.m. June 8.    Phil Anderson, Brad Anderson, Ken Franz talk about memorable events in Newton through the years.

Teen YLinK (Youth Leaders in Kansas): 7 p.m. June 9. 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: 4-5:30 p.m. June 10. Geek out with fellow anime lovers and watch Sailor Moon Crystal.

Newton 2016 Flower & Garden Tour: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. June 11 and 1-5 p.m. June 12. The Second Century Library Foundation sponsors a tour of area gardens. Suggested admission donation is $8 per person with proceeds benefiting the Library.

Salted Creamery: 1 p.m. June 13. Join Kendra Burkey for a talk about everyone’s favorite food: ice cream.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. June 13. Fashion a faux gemstone bracelet. 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. June 14. Greeting cards for dad, plus coloring sheets and bookmarks. Supplies provided or bring your own for creative stress relief.

Mad Science: 1:30 p.m. June 15. Science that amazes and entertains! Free Family Time Fun!

Teen Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. June 15. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18. Challenge build: Buildings.

Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. June 16. Join Mr. Dude for Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. June 18. Make and eat Galaxy Bark as you watch Swackhammer and the Nerdlucks battle Bugs Bunny in a game of basketball (PG).

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. June 20. Make a finger lightsaber, handy for zapping your friends! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Murder & Mayhem in Harvey County: 7 p.m. June 21. Darren McMannis talks about his research and book on the wild side of Harvey County history.

Greenwood Stables & Equine Rescue: 10:30 a.m. June 22. 8-12 year-olds and their families are welcome to learn about horses and their care.

Kansas Cosmosphere: 1:30 p.m. June 22. Reach for the stars at Family Time Fun! It’s free and open to all.

Teen Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. June 22. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18. Challenge build: Fairy Tales.

Teen YLinK (Youth Leaders in Kansas): 7 p.m. June 23. 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 Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. June 25. BB8 quesadillas for snack as you watch as the First Order attempts to rule the galaxy, and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them (PG-13).

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. June 27. Make a geode trinket box! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

 “Don’t Quit, Use Grit” with Author Grant Overstake: 1 p.m. June 28. The author of “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon” talks with all ages about the importance of attitude in life success.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. June 28. Join others to photograph various locations in Halstead. Contact the Library for details.

Teen Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. June 29. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18. Challenge build: Science.

Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. June 30. Join Mr. Dude for Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. July 2. Make and eat mini fruit pizzas as you watch as Anna forms a soccer team in a small Texas town, hoping it pulls the town out of its funk (PG).

Art Display:  Artwork from member artists at the Carriage Factory Gallery, one of the featured stops on the Flower & Garden Tour, is displayed.

Display Case: Learn about the history of Newton’s Mexican-American Fastpitch Tournament.

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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.

Bessie. Queen Latifah stars in this account of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith. DVD

Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. Before We Visit the Goddess. Three generations of mothers and daughters discover their great source of strength in one another. New Fiction

Grissom, Kathleen. Glory Over Everything. A man must risk his life and make a dangerous journey into his secret past to fulfill a promise. New Fiction

Haag, Pamela. The Gunning of America. Business and the making of American gun culture. New Nonfiction

Hannah, James. The A to Z of You and Me. Think of a body part for each letter and think of memories connect to each one, and you’ve got the basis of this novel. New Fiction

Krantz, Matt. Investing Online for Dummies. Learn what to expect and how to assess risk, find data and choose a broker, and take advantage of the latest tools. New Nonfiction

Mines, Cynthia. For the Sake of Art. The story of a Kansas renaissance of art and culture in the early decades of the 20th century. New Nonfiction

Monk. TV series about an obsessive compulsive detective. DVD

’71. A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his military unit in Belfast. DVD

Wood, Monica. The One-in-a-Million Boy. The story of a 104-year-old woman and the sweet, strange boy assigned to help her around the house. New Fiction