Library Happenings

February 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!

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. March 8. Nathan, IT Supervisor, continues his Back-2-Basics as he talks about “Internet for Beginners.” Attend Nathan’s class to learn about browsers, digital literacy, search engines, dangers and benefits. 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.

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.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): February 7 through April 14. Trained volunteers offer free tax help to lower income taxpayers. Contact the Library for more information and a list of things to bring. Registration is first-come, first-served, with sign up beginning at 9 a.m. for each assistance day.  The days and times of assistance will be:

  • Mondays from 6 – 8:15 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 9:15 a.m. – 12 noon and 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. – noon

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. February 17. Bring your friends to watch “The Princess Bride” (PG). Snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. February 19. Make some wall art. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Voices of Freedom – The Story of the McWorter Family: 7 p.m. February 20. Karen Wall will present stories from her research of the genealogy of Free Frank and Lucy McWorter’s family and their local connections.

Healthy Nutrition for Good Health: 7 p.m. February 21. Constance Gehring, DOM, CWK, will talk about the secrets of Chinese medicine for maintaining health, overcoming inflammation, and increasing energy and well-being.

Teen GameZone & TechTime: 4-5:30 p.m. February 26. See what techie things Nathan brings to play with! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Scenic Harvey County: 7 p.m. February 27. Photographer Bruce Regier presents this program, just in time for prime photography season!

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. February 28. Sister Mary Kolich, teacher of English at the University of Saint Mary, leads a discussion of “The Lazarus Project” by Aleksander Hemon. This is the second book in a three-part “The Exile’s Place” discussion, sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. March 3. Bring your friends to watch “Wonder Woman” (PG-13). Snacks, too!

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

Mystery Lover’s Book Club: 5 p.m. March 7. Read and discuss “The Red Hunter” by Lisa Unger. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Family Movie: 4 p.m. March 9. Everyone’s welcome to watch “The Incredibles” (PG). Snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. March 12. Create dragon eggs. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Spring Papercrafts & Coloring: 6:30 p.m. March 13. Craft something from books headed for recycle or color yourself calm. Supplies provided, or bring your own.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. March 15. Read and discuss “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Challenge – Name Brand or Knock Off: 3 p.m. March 17. Think you know your name-brand foods? Challenge your friends to identify the real deal.

Teen GameZone & Tech Time: 4-5:30 p.m. March 19. Nathan, IT Supervisor, brings some tech gadgets. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Display Case: Kay Self shares her amazing tea cup and tea party collections.

Art Display: Tjaden Simmons and Duane Graham display photos from excursions to the Flint Hills.

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.

Andre, Christophe. Happiness. 25 ways to live joyfully through art. New Nonfiction

Bad Lucky Goat. After accidentally killing a goat with their father’s truck, a sibling duo embark on a journey to right their wrongs. DVD

Currid-Halkett, Elizabeth. The Sum of Small Things. A theory of the aspirational class. New Nonfiction

Green, John. Turtles All the Way Down. Aza and her best friend Daisy are eager to solve the mystery of billionaire Russell Pickett, but must deal with Pickett’s son Davis. CD, Playaway and New YA Fiction

Hattery, Angela. Policing Black Bodies. How Black lives are surveilled and who to work for change. New Nonfiction

Hyde, Katherine Bolger. Arsenic with Austen. A new mystery series finds Emily, who is brilliant at analyzing fictional characters, now turning toward real people, before the next fatal accident is her own. New Fiction

Ibrahim, Laila. Mustard Seed. A story of three women returning to the plantation they once called home. New Fiction

Redmond, Jodee. The Dangers of Drug Abuse. Opioids and opiates, the silent epidemic. New YA Nonfiction

Roberts, Nora. Year One. A new series begins with the collapse of science and technology and the rise of magick, some good, some evil. CD, Playaway and New Fiction

The Square. The respected curator of an art gallery finds it difficult to live up to his hype when his phone is stolen. DVD