Library Happenings

StoryTimes: Join Ms. Amy for StoryTime on the NPL Facebook page! This fall, toddler StoryTime videos are released on Tuesdays, preschool StoryTimes on Mondays, and chapter book read-along StoryTimes for school-aged kids on Mondays and Fridays.

Puppet Theatre: “Fall Into Fun” with online puppet shows on NPL’s Facebook page! New puppet shows for toddlers are posted on Thursdays, while shows for preschool-aged kids are posted on Wednesdays.

Library Services: The NPL building is open with limited services. Digital resources and programs are available 24/7! Click here for more information.

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.

Wichita Architecture the Wright Way: 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Hear about Frank Lloyd Wright and his architectural influence on Wichita, from his seminal Henry J. Allen House to the Corbin Education Center and beyond. Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live. Part of the Third Tuesday Genealogy / Local History series.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. Sept. 17. Read “Exhalation,” by Ted Chiang, then join an online discussion. Contact the Library to borrow a copy of the book.

Teen Afternoon of Crafts: 3 p.m. Sept. 19. Pick up a bag of craft supplies at NPL in advance, then join a Zoom meeting to follow along and complete the craft as a group. Whether or not they can attend the Zoom meeting, participants are welcome to pick up free craft supplies. Contact the Library to sign up.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. Sept. 22. Pansy Fryman presents “How (and Why!) to Judge 4-H Photography.” Connect via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Join Dennis Etzel online to discuss “Being Mortal,” by Atul Gawande. This event is part of “Dearly Beloved,” a TALK discussion series sponsored by Humanities Kansas. For more information, visit Contact the Library to borrow a copy of the book.

Teen Book Club: 10 a.m. Oct. 3. Teens and tweens are invited to join an online discussion of “The Thing About Jellyfish,” by Ali Benjamin. Contact the Library to borrow a copy of the book.

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. Oct. 7. Read and discuss “Blue Monday,” by Nicci French. Contact the Library to borrow a copy of the book. Weather permitting, the discussion will be held outdoors in Military Park; bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket. Face masks and social distancing will be required.

Top 20 MakerSpace Sites: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8. IT supervisor Nathan Carr will present “Top 20 MakerSpace Sites and Apps for 2020,” part of his “Top 20 for 2020” series of monthly tech talks. Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Read “My Brilliant Friend,” by Elena Ferrante, then join in an online discussion. Contact the Library to borrow a copy of the book.

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.

Technology Help: Nathan, NPL’s IT Supervisor, is available to answer questions and troubleshoot technology issues. Call 316-283-2890 during staff hours, or email

New Items Now Available:

Use the online catalog to get more info and place holds on these items, or contact the Library for assistance!

Dailey, Janet. Whirlwind. One of three sisters who would carry on their family’s bull-breeding legacy debuts a promising specimen at a professional bull rider’s competition while resisting the advances of an attractive cowboy who tests her resolve against the dangers of rodeo life. New Fiction

Green, Anna Katharine. That Affair Next Door. The first book in a new classic mystery series created in partnership with the Library of Congress, this novel follows Miss Amelia Butterworth, an inquisitive single woman who becomes involved in a murder investigation after the woman next door turns up dead. New Fiction

Hall, Alexis J. Boyfriend Material. Fabricating a respectable relationship with a man with whom he shares nothing in common when his rock-star father’s comeback leads to unwanted attention, Luc stages publicity-friendly dates that become complicated by all-too-real feelings. New Fiction

Kline, Christina Baker. The Exiles. Sent to a Tasmanian penal colony after conceiving her employer’s grandchild, a young governess befriends a talented midwife and an orphaned Aboriginal chief’s daughter while confronting the realities of British colonialism and oppression in 19th-century Australia. New Fiction

Randall, Alice. Black Bottom Saints. A celebrated nightclub emcee and Detroit fine arts philanthropist reflects on his encounters with legendary Black artists from the Great Depression through the post-World War II years. New Fiction

Stephens, Gin. Fast, Feast, Repeat. In this guide to moving toward an intermittent fasting (IF) lifestyle, the author shares her IF protocol – the culmination of three years of following the latest IF and autophagy research out of top universities, as well as coaching tens of thousands of people. New Nonfiction

Weiden, David Heska Wanbli. Winter Counts. A vigilante enforcer on South Dakota’s Rosebud Indian Reservation enlists the help of an ex to investigate the activities of an expanding drug cartel. New Fiction