Library Happenings

March 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: 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. April 11. Nathan, IT Supervisor, will present “Google Sheets.” Nathan reviews Google’s program for writing and sharing spreadsheets. 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.

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.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): through April 10. 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

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. March 21. Read and discuss “Exit West” by Moshin Hamid. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen GameZone & Activity: 4-5:30 p.m. March 25. STEAM fun with littleBits and LEGOs. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

The Art of Authentic Posing: 7 p.m. March 26. Professional photographer Amy Sharp looks for authentic poses in her work as a wedding, family, and portrait photographer. She will share some of her insights with Fourth Tuesday photographers.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. March 27. Dennis Etzel, Jr., instructor of English at Washburn University, leads a discussion of “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine. This is the third book in a four-part “Civil Rights Revisited” discussion, sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Make Harvey “Gardening in Limited Spaces”: 7 p.m. March 28. Katie Schmidt of Dyck Arboretum gives ideas for small space gardeners.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. April 1. Make a fuzzy flower magnet! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Mystery Lovers Book Club: 5 p.m. April 3. Read and discuss “Appaloosa” by Robert B. Parker. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Movie Screening: 6 p.m. April 3. Watch the movie based on the book “Appaloosa,” rated R.

NPL Community Visioning Task Force @ Grand Central, 122 E 6th, 8:15 a.m. April 4: Come learn about the NPL Task Force and give your input at the Community Chat. Open to everyone!

April 4, KidFest: 9 -11:30 a.m. April 6 at Slate Creek Elementary, 901 E. 4th. Look for the NPL booth with activities celebrating “A Universe of Stories,” the Summer Reading theme, and the book “Goldilocks and the Three Martians.”

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. April 6. Watch the PG rated movie based on Nobel Prize winner Louis Sacher’s children’s story. A boy goes to camp for punishment, which turns out to be a brutal place where he is forced to dig holes in the desert all day. Enjoy snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. April 8. Celebrate Easter with an egg-shaped beaded keychain! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Decorate an Easter Treat Bag: 6:30 p.m. April 9. Supplies provided for this craft, or bring your own projects to create alongside others.

“Explore the Outdoors” Special Screening: 10 a.m. April 10. Bring the kids for a special preview of a new show coming to PBS Kids! “Explore the Outdoors” will include episodes from Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, and Ready Jet Go!

Halstead Family Fun Night, 5 – 8 p.m. April 12: Come try out STEM activities at the NPL table hosted by NPL’s “Mr. Dude.” Activities are held at Halstead Middle School, 221 W. 6th.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. April 15. Decorate Easter eggs! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Third Tuesday Genealogy & Local History: 7 p.m. April 16. The group will visit the Masonic Lodge in Newton, 106 East Broadway, to learn about its history from Adrian McCullough.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. April 17. Sheryl Wilson, director of KIPCOR (Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution), leads a discussion of “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This is the final book in a four-part “Civil Rights Revisited” discussion, sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. April 18. Read and discuss “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Breakfast Book Club: 10 a.m. April 20. Munch breakfast goodies while discussing Everlost by Neil Shusterman. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Breakout Box Challenge: 3 p.m. April 20. Figure out the combinations and solve the puzzle!

Display Case: Gene Hastings displays his wood burning art.

Art Display: Images by photographer Jenn Rafter are on display.

New Items Now Available:

Movie Screening: 6 p.m. April 3. Watch the movie based on the book “Appaloosa,” rated R.

KidFest: 9 -11:30 a.m. April 6 at Slate Creek Elementary, 901 E. 4th. Look for the NPL booth with activities celebrating “A Universe of Stories,” the Summer Reading theme, and the book “Goldilocks and the Three Martians.”

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. April 6. Watch the PG rated movie based on Nobel Prize winner Louis Sacher’s children’s story. A boy goes to camp for punishment, which turns out to be a brutal place where he is forced to dig holes in the desert all day. Enjoy snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. April 8. Celebrate Easter with an egg-shaped beaded keychain! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Decorate an Easter Treat Bag: 6:30 p.m. April 9. Supplies provided for this craft, or bring your own projects to create alongside others.

“Explore the Outdoors” Special Screening: 10 a.m. April 10. Bring the kids for a special preview of a new show coming to PBS Kids! “Explore the Outdoors” will include episodes from Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, and Ready Jet Go!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. April 15. Decorate Easter eggs! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Third Tuesday Genealogy & Local History: 7 p.m. April 16. The group will visit the Masonic Lodge in Newton, 106 East Broadway, to learn about its history from Adrian McCullough.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. April 17. Sheryl Wilson, director of KIPCOR (Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution), leads a discussion of “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This is the final book in a four-part “Civil Rights Revisited” discussion, sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. April 18. Read and discuss “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Breakfast Book Club: 10 a.m. April 20. Munch breakfast goodies while discussing “Sadie” by Courtney Summers. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Breakout Box Challenge: 3 p.m. April 20. Figure out the combinations and solve the puzzle!