Library Happenings

May Newsletter

Sign Up for Summer Reading! “A Universe of Stories” awaits this summer! Some programs are limited. Sign up early to reserve your spot! There are programs and activities for children, teens and adults.

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!

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. Contact the Library to register.

Free Technology Events:

  • Tech Help Open Hours: Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m. 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.

  • Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc.: 6:45 p.m. First Tuesdays 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. June 20 (note this is a week later than usual). Nathan, IT Supervisor, will present “Gmail 101.” Nathan reviews gmail, Google’s free email service. Free to attend, no registration required.

  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, computer questions, help with eReaders, and more.

Make Harvey: 7 p.m. May 23. Come find out and/or share about Homesteading.

Library Closed for Memorial Day, May 27.

Photographer Jerry Burnell at Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. May 28. Burnell presents “Shooting and processing big bird…s and other moving objects.” Learn about overcoming the difficulties in photographing large birds and optimizing images to look the way YOU would like them to look.

Teen Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party. 7 p.m. May 29. Make a planet piñata! Eat chips and salsa! Sign up for Summer Reading and get your first BINGO card!

NPL Opens Later. 10 a.m. May 30. NPL Board will host an appreciation breakfast for staff before NPL opens for the day.

Goddard Puppet Ladies at Prairie Harvest, 601 N. Main. 3:30 p.m. May 30. Bring the family to hear the beloved Dr. Seuss classic “Horton Hatches the Egg.” NPL will have staff on hand with information about Summer Reading.

Enjoy 2019 Summer Reading: 9 a.m. June 1. Summer Reading program and activities officially begin. Sign up and record the number of books you read or listen to through July 31. You might even win some prizes!

Tween Breakfast Book Club: 10 a.m. June 1. Enjoy some breakfast goodies while discussing “The Fourteenth Goldfish” by Jennifer L. Holm. Copies of the book available at the Information Desk.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. June 1. Watch as Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station’s plans for the Rebel Alliance. Rated PG-13.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. June 3. Make some space-themed art with sidewalk chalk! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Gardening for Wildlife: 7 p.m. June 3. Katie Schmidt from Dyck Arboretum will be here to help us support the critters with our plantings!

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. June 3. Families of children ages 3-8 are invited to a fun time with the Barn Yard Puppet Theatre!

Garden Club: 10:30 a.m. June 4. Children ages 5-10 sign up to help plant the library’s garden and other gardening activities each week on Tuesdays.

Star Travelers: 10:30 a.m. June 5: Sign up for this weekly summer program for children ages 5-8. Lots of great stories and activities!

Family Time Fun: 1:30 p.m. June 5. Happy Faces Entertainment has a universe of fun to share with all ages!

Mystery Lovers Book Club: 5 p.m. June 5. Read and discuss “Gravity” by Tess Gerritsen. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

eBook Help: 3-5 p.m. June 6. Nathan and Dan will be on hand during this come-and-go session to help patrons with eReading. Bring your devices to learn about Sunflower eLibrary, Hoopla, and resources from the State Library of Kansas.

Railroaded, the Industry that Shaped Kansas: 7 p.m. June 6. Leo Oliva will present this program that examines the complicated legacy of railroads in our state. This is a program of Humanities Kansas.

2019 Flower & Garden Tour: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. June 8 and 1-4 p.m. June 9. The Second Century Library Foundation sponsors a tour of area gardens to support Newton Public Library. There will be a raffle for a mower and even a food truck at one of the gardens each day. More information coming!

Teen GameZone & Activity: 4-5:30 p.m. June 10. STEAM electronics fun! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. June 10. Head to the Children’s Department for a rocket make-it-and-take-it project.

Summertime Crafts: 6:30 p.m. June 11. Supplies and instructions will be provided for a craft project, or bring your own.

Books & Beans: 7-8:15 p.m. June 11 at Mojo’s Coffee Bar, 300 27th St., N. Newton. Sample new reads and sip new coffees at this event presented by Mojo’s, Newton Public Library, Lincoln Perk, and Hesston Public Library. Space is limited to 30 participants. Register at Newton Public Library.

Family Time Fun: 1:30 p.m. June 12. Juggler Jason D’Vaude will amaze the entire family with his show!

Teen Wednesday Orbit: 7 p.m. June 12. Build your own mini universe terrarium with Lee Llamas.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. June 17. Make a knickknack shelf from popsicle sticks! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. June 17. Head to the Children’s Department for a rollicking good time with the Barn Yard Puppet Theatre.

Newton Mexican American Fast Pitch: 7 p.m. June 18. Ray Olais talks about the history of Mexican American fast pitch baseball in Newton and researching this topic for a book written for the anniversary last year.

Family Time Fun: 1:30 p.m. June 19. Enjoy a special performance of the Japanese drum group Three Trails Takio.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. June 20. Read and discuss “Neuromancer” by William Gibson. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Breakfast Book Club: 10 a.m. June 22. Enjoy some breakfast goodies while discussing “The Riverman” by Aaron Starmer. Copies of the book available at the Information Desk.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. June 22. Watch as a routine spacewalk turns disastrous, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue (PG-13), plus snacks.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. June 24. You know you want a bath bomb for lathering luxury! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. June 24. Head to the Children’s Department to for a kooky alien make-it-and-take-it project.

The Ne’er-Do-Wells Concert: 7 p.m. June 24. The Ne’er-Do-Wells trio perform folk rock music for the pleasure of Library patrons.

Display Case: The creativity of Jim VanDyck is on display.

Art Display: Kelly Nachtigal displays his photography.

New Items Now Available:

Black, Dustin Lance. Mama’s Boy. A story of one family bridging divides by the LGBTQ activist with unlikely origins in a conservative Mormon household. New Nonfiction

Dewdney, Christopher. 18 Miles. The epic drama of our atmosphere and its weather. New Nonfiction

Glass. An explosive new comic book thriller. DVD

Koryta, Michael. If She Wakes. Tara is involved in a deadly accident that leaves her aware, but unable to communicate, so how can she share her deadly billion-dollar secret? New Fiction

McCullough, David. The Pioneers. The heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west. New Nonfiction

McEwan, Ian. Machines Like Me. Charlie and Miranda design a near-perfect synthetic human, only to find themselves caught up in a love triangle. New Fiction

McPhail, Diane C. The Abolitionist’s Daughter. An emotional novel that explores the Southern Abolitionists during the Civil War. New Fiction

Meyer, Deon. Fever. An epic drama of love, betrayal and survival in a world devastated by a fatal virus. New Fiction

Shapiro, Dani. Inheritance. A memoir of discovering through a DNA test that the person the author thought was her father is not. New Nonfiction

Welcome to Marwen. Based on a true story of a man’s attempt to rebuild his life after his memory leaves him by creating a wondrous fantasy world. DVD