Library Happenings

Visit NPL’s events page on Facebook for detailed instructions on how to participate in online events and programs! Questions? Visit the Library, email, or call 316-283-2890.

Play Dungeons & Dragons: 3-6 p.m. Jan. 8. Join Roll With It for a public D&D gaming session at Newton Public Library. No experience required. Recommended for ages 13 through adult. Participants are asked to wear face masks.

Kansas Author Talk with Bill Bush: 7 p.m. Jan. 11. The Halstead author will give an online talk entitled “Writing by Faith,” including info on some of his newest fiction releases. Online only: Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

Library Opens Late: Jan. 12. The library will open an hour late, 10 a.m. instead of 9, in order to facilitate an all-staff meeting.

Nonfiction Book Club: 12 p.m. Jan. 14. Join a discussion of “It Happened In Kansas,” by Sarah Smarsh. Feel free to bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the event. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Tween/Teen Breakfast Book Club: 10 a.m. Jan. 15. Join Sharon and other youths ages 10-18 for a discussion of “The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street,” by Karina Yan Glaser. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Kansas Author Talk with Landry Brewer: 7 p.m. Jan. 18. Southwestern Oklahoma State University professor Landry Brewer will give an online talk about his book, “Cold War Kansas.” Online only: Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

Third Thursday Book Club: 7 p.m. Jan. 20. Read and discuss “The Magicians,” by Lev Grossman. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

KanCare/Medicaid Help: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 21. GraceMed’s Mayra Mauricio Rosales and Esther Epp of the Kansas Division of Health Care Finance will be at the library to answer questions about Medicaid/KanCare, and assist with enrollment, first and third Fridays of each month.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. Jan. 25. Photographer Cary Conover will give an online talk about his project, “Close to Home,” which features photos taken within a 1-mile radius of his home in Wichita. Online only: Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

Harvey County Tech Enthusiasts: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Meet with other enthusiasts to share tips, tricks and info about the latest developments in tech.

Mystery Lovers Book Club: 5 p.m. Feb. 2. Read and discuss “Death at Rainy Mountain,” by Mardi Oakley Medawar. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Technology Help: Nathan, NPL’s IT Supervisor, is available to answer questions and troubleshoot technology issues. Visit during Tech Help Open Hours, Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m., or contact the Library to request help or set up an appointment at another time.

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.

Tax Assistance: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) at Newton Public Library begins Feb. 7 and continues through April 11. Seniors, those with disabilities, and all taxpayers with incomes of $54,000 or less, are eligible to file their taxes for free with the help of volunteer preparers. For details, go to, or pick up an info sheet at the library.

New Items Now Available:

Use the online catalog to get more info and place holds on these items, or contact the Library for assistance! The newest items are at the top of the list. Not all new items are listed here.

Abedin, Huma. Both/And. Hillary Clinton’s famously private top aide and longtime advisor emerges from the wings of American political history to take command of her own story. New Nonfiction

Chambers, Clare. Small Pleasures. When Gretch Tilbury claims that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, Jean Swinney, a feature writer on a local paper, sets out to prove whether Gretchen is a miracle or a fraud – an investigation that sends dark ripples across all their lives. New Fiction

Clark, P. Djèlí. A Master of Djinn. Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for Cairo’s Ministry of Alchemy, she’s certainly a rookie. So when someone murders a brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, she is called onto the case. New Fiction

Cross-Smith, Leesa. This Close to Okay. When recently divorced therapist Tallie Clark encounters a man on the brink of suicide, she devotes the weekend that follows to providing him a safe and comfortable space. However, Emmett is not the only one who needs help. New Fiction

Reid, Ava. The Wolf and the Woodsman. Follows a young pagan with woman with hidden powers and a one-eyed captain of the Woodsmen as they form an unlikely alliance to thwart a tyrant. New Fiction Walter, Heather.

Malice. The tale of Sleeping Beauty is retold from the perspective of an evil fairy who falls in love with Princess Aurora. New Fiction

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Help DK and his friends to get their home back from Vikings. Swim, swing, leap and barrel-blast through eye-popping levels to save DK Island from a permanent freeze. Nintendo Switch Game

Farming Simulator 20. Grow your farm and drive over 100 authentic vehicles and machines. On a huge open-world playground, enjoying farming activities such as harvesting crops, tending to livestock and riding your horses. Nintendo Switch Game

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Travel across fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule. Nintendo Switch Game

Mario Tennis Aces. Engage Nintendo characters in full-blown tennis battles, combining (sort of) realistic tennis strategy and myriad arcade-style game modes. Nintendo Switch Game

Metroid Dread. Suit up as intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran and battle your way out from the depths of a mysterious alien world plagued by a mechanical menace. Nintendo Switch Game

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. Fans of Super Smash Bros. will want to try this fighting game featuring characters from Nickelodeon TV shows past and present. Playable characters include CatDog, Reptar, Aang, Ren and Stimpy, and two different Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Nintendo Switch Game

Yoshi’s Crafted World. Legend has it that a fabled artifact can grant the bearer their wildest dreams. But when the artifact’s gems are sent flying, it falls upon Yoshi and friends to find them. Explore a world made of everyday objects, like boxes and paper cups. Stages can be played backwards, providing new perspectives and ways to explore. Nintendo Switch Game

Brands, H.W. Our First Civil War. A best-selling historian presents a dramatic narrative of the American Revolution that reminds us that before America could win its revolution against Britain, the Patriots had to win a bitter civil war against family, neighbors and friends. New Nonfiction

Dalcher, Christina. Femlandia. After her husband leaves and the country sinks into total economic collapse, Miranda Reynolds and her daughter begrudgingly seek safety within the confines of Femlandia, a women-only colony founded by her mother decades ago, only to discover a horrifying secret. New Fiction

Follett, Ken. Never. Navigating terrorist attacks, illegal arms trading and smear campaigns, Pauline Green, the country’s first women president, is caught in a complex web of alliances with the most powerful countries that are being orchestrated by the enemy, and only those with the most elite skills can stop the inevitable. New Fiction

French, Nicci. The Unheard. When her young daughter returns from her ex’s house with a violent crayon drawing and the words “He did kill her,” Tess searches for the truth, which sets off an explosive chain of events where more than one life may be at stake. New Fiction

Lucado, Max. You Were Made For This Moment. When confronted with a royal decree that would annihilate her people, the Biblical Queen Esther had to make some tough choices. After three days spent in prayer, God gave Esther the courage to speak up. Author Max Lucado encourages readers to believe that God can and will do the same for each person confronting challenges. New Nonfiction

Macomber, Debbie. Dear Santa. In this fluffy holiday romance, Lindy Carmichael is feeling down after her boyfriend cheated on her. She heads home to Wenatchee, Washington, where her mother encourages her to write a grown-up letter to Santa. New Fiction

O’Meara, Mallory. Girly Drinks. The authorprovides a tour through the feminist history of women drinking, revealing the untold female distillers, drinkers and brewers that played vital roles in potent potable history, from ancient Sumerian beer goddess Ninkasi to 1920s bartender Ada Coleman. New Nonfiction

Abbott, Megan. The Turnout. When a suspicious accident occurs at their family-run ballet studio just at the onset of the annual performance of The Nutcracker, sisters Dara and Marie Durant find their delicate balance threatened by an interloper. New Fiction

Cook, Robin. Viral. With his wife in a coma after contracting a rare and highly lethal mosquito-borne viral disease, Brian vows to seek justice against the hospital and insurance company that won’t cover the costs by exposing the dark side of a ruthless industry and bring down the executives preying on the sick. New Fiction

Fortunati, Karen. The Weight of Zero. A seventeen-year-old suffering from bipolar disease wants to commit suicide, but a meaningful relationship and the care of a gifted psychiatrist alter her perception of her diagnosis as a death sentence. New YA Fiction

Kinsella, Sophie. The Party Crasher. To retrieve a beloved childhood treasure hidden in her old home during a huge party, Effie breaks into Greenoaks, and, while sneaking around the house, hears conversations that make her see her family in a new light—and make wonder what she really came here to find. New Fiction

Tooze, Adam. Shutdown. Focusing on finance and business, as well as politics and the global human experience, the author frames the pandemic story in a new light, showing how the virus has attacked the economy as much as it has our health during 2020—a year that changed everything. New Nonfiction

Wallace, Chris and Mitch Weiss. Countdown Bin Laden.  The Fox News Sunday anchor and his co-author, an investigative journalist for the Associated Press, narrate the final months of the successful 2010 hunt for Osama Bin Laden, based on in-depth interviews with the central participants. New Nonfiction

Frenkel, Sheera and Cecilia Kang. An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination. Two New York Times reporters detail how Facebook has become a conduit for disinformation, hate speech, and political propaganda while still pursuing a strategy of aggressive growth that reinforces this trend. New Nonfiction

Heller, Peter. The Guide. Trying to return to normalcy after a young life filled with loss, Jack takes a job as a guide for the elite Kingfisher Lodge where he, while guiding a well-known singer, discovers that this idyllic fishing lodge may be a cover for a far more sinister operation. New Fiction

Johnson, Walter. The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States. An award-winning historian presents this exploration of pervasive exploitation and radical resistance in America, told through the turbulent history of St. Louis. New Nonfiction

Lewis, John. Run: Book One. This graphic novel continues the life story of Congressman John Lewis, which began in the graphic novel series “March.” “Run: Book One” opens with the tragic death of Martin Luther King, Jr., and tells the story of how Lewis entered politics and organized a campaign that took him to one of the most important seats in Congress. New Graphic Novel

Meyer, Joyce. Authentically, Uniquely You. The author and Bible teacher explains how God has given each person unique gifts. She encourages readers to live free from comparison and the need to please. New Nonfiction

Ozeki, Ruth. The Book of Form and Emptiness. When he begins hearing voices one year after his father’s death, 13-year-old Benny Oh, seeking refuge in the library, meets a colorful cast of characters, including his very own Book, a talking thing, who narrates Benny’s life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter. New Fiction

Adams, Ellery. Murder in the Cookbook Nook. Six chefs prepare to compete in an outdoor culinary event at Storyton Hall, for prizes that will boost their careers. But is there someone who can’t stand the heat?

Brandon, Will. The Wolf Hunt: A Tale of the Texas Badlands. In the desolate Croton Breaks of West Texas a spectral creature with a six-inch pawprint has spooked livestock of late. When British-born cattle baron Basil Wolverton is found dead outside his own ranch gate, cowhands and nesters whisper of an ancestral curse.

Davis, T.L. Deputized. Frank Whittaker is just an unemployed trail hand trying to recover from a night of celebration when he witnesses a bank robbery and is deputized into a posse to track the outlaws.