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129 Years of Service to the Public. Celebrate Newton Public Library! Free access for all to information, entertainment, and other services.
New Resource: Lynda.com with 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.
- Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. First Tuesdays. 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.
- Smart Phone Workshop: 7 p.m. First and Last Tuesdays. Z Wireless staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Bring your smart phone.
- Computer Programming Help: 4:30 p.m. Second and Fourth Saturdays. Angel Diaz will help you learn how to program, no matter your computer proficiency. Or he’ll answer any questions you might have. Free, drop in to learn more.
- Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. November, 10. Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “Tech Gifts 2017” – just in time for gift-giving season! Free to attend, no registration required.
- Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.
Big Read “Fahrenheit 451”: October 1- November 15. Newton Public Library will again participate in the Wichita-area Big Read. This year’s novel, “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, tells a tale of a fireman tasked with burning illegal books. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. October 19. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.
Library Closed October 20. Staff will attend Kansas Library Conference in Wichita.
Teen Takeover: 3 p.m. October 22. The Library wants you! Plan upcoming programs, suggest book titles, and more (with snacks)!
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 24. Create mini comfort boxes. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.
TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. October 24. Marilyn E. Klaus, lecturer with Religious Studies and African American Studies at the University of Kansas, leads a discussion of “Mules and Men” by Zora Neale Hurston. This is the last in a three-book series “The 1930s.” Discussion leaders and books are provided by Kansas Humanities Council. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Photographing Kansas Waterfalls: 7 p.m. October 25. Photographer Scott Bean will focus on photographing Kansas waterfalls, highlighting a few favorites, as well as information on camera settings and shooting techniques.
Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. October 26. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.
Friends of Newton Public Library Book Sale: 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. October 28 and 9 a.m. – noon October 29. Books and other items sold benefit Newton Public Library. Friends Members-only Presale, 6-8 p.m. October 27. Join the Friends for $10/year or $50/lifetime. Support your Library and reading habits!
Teen Tabletop Games: 3 p.m. October 29. Join others for an afternoon of games.
Teen Zombify Yourself: 4-5:30 p.m. October 31. Come as you are, and transform yourself into a zombie using provided materials. Zombifying: 4-5 p.m.; Judging begins at 5 p.m.
Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. November 2. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.
Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. November 2. Read and discuss “A Perfect Evil” by Alex Kava. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Teen YLinK (Youth Leaders in Kansas): 7 p.m. November 3. Lead, advocate, make a difference! The goal of YLinK is to improve life for ages 12-18 with mental health issues living in our community. Bring an adult ally.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. November 7. Make a geode trinket box. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.
Papercrafts & Coloring: 6:30 p.m. November 8. Color yourself calm or create holiday papercrafts. Supplies provided, or bring your own.
Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. November 9. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.
Big Read Movie: 7 p.m. November 9. Watch “Fahrenheir 451,” followed by a discussion of the movie and book. For more events in the Wichita-area Big Read visit www.bigreadwichita.org.
Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. November 10. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.
Cheryl Clay Author Talk: 7 p.m. November 10. Cheryl Clay talks about “Immigrant in Peril: Carl Tangeman’s Heroic Journey Across America 1847-1848.” The author retells the story of her relative’s harrowing journey from Prussia through America to eventually settle in the Newton area.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. November 14. Expelliarmus! Conjure your own Harry Potter wand! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.
Kansas Reads to Preschoolers “Bear Sees Colors:” 7 p.m. November 14. Preschoolers and their families are invited to hear the story, make crafts, enjoy a puppet show, and have some snacks (courtesy of Friends of Newton Public Library). Free fun!
Ranchito Roots: 7 p.m. November 15. Harvey County Historical Museum Director Debra Hiebert shares the photos, stories, and documents collected from community members about the Ranchito (and neighboring) housing areas in Newton. Audience participation welcome!
Fall Puppet Show: 10 a.m. November 16. The Barnyard Puppet Theatre entertains all ages!
Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. November 16. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.
Youth Leaders in Kansas: 7 p.m. November 17. Lead, advocate, make a difference! The goal of YLinK is to improve life for ages 12-18 with mental health issues living in our community. Bring an adult ally.
Teen International Games Day: 3 p.m. November 19. Play board or card games, Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™ and more! Bring your NPL card to play online games.
Art Display: Photography by Beth Hostetler and her daughter Sara is on display.
Display Case: Enjoy the artwork of Parker Harpley and Elizabeth Groot, high school students employed at NPL.
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See photos from the 2010 Flower & Garden Tour.
See a short video of the 2012 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.
Akiyama, Lance. Rubber Band Engineering. You too can make slingshot-powered rockets and rubber band rifles. New Nonfiction
Captain America: Civil War. Captain America and Iron Man have become bitter enemies and the Avengers must deal with the fallout. DVD
Farsad, Negin. How to Make White People Laugh. Iranian-American comedian, Farsad believes she can change the world through jokes. New Nonfiction
Fitzpatrick, Ellen. The Highest Glass Ceiling. Women’s quest for the American Presidency. New Nonfiction
Joukowsky, Artemis. Defying the Nazis: The Sharp’s War. A Unitarian minister and his wife accept a mission to help address a refugee crisis on the eve of World War II. New Nonfiction
Marwood, Alex. The Darkest Secret. A three-year-old disappears at her father’s birthday party and at his funeral the secrets of the past will not stay hidden. New Fiction
Mullen, Thomas. Darktown. Atlanta’s first black police officers take up the case of a dead woman last seen in a white man’s car. New Fiction
Steel, Danielle. Rushing Waters. A catastrophe and its aftermath find characters joined together by accident. New, CD and Playaway Fiction
True Blood. HBO’s series based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels. DVD
Wayne, Teddy. Loner. David is a character one roots for even as he is an unreliable narrator telling the tale of his pursuit of a woman he believes will give him a shot at happiness. New Fiction