Library Happenings

Sign Up for Summer Reading! “Build a Better World!” is the theme for summer reading for all ages. Some programs have limited enrollment, so sign up early! The kid’s program includes collecting Reading Tickets, StoryTimes, special programs, Family Time Fun on Wednesdays and more! Teens will be filling bingo cards with reading and other challenges, having special programs, gaming, crafts, movies, book discussions and more! Adult Summer Reading features weekly prize drawings and more special programs, many of them adding to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of The Chisholm Trail!

June 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 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.
  • Computer Programming Help. Contact the Library to arrange special one-on-one instruction or help with Angel Diaz, library coding volunteer.
  • 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.
  • Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. July 6 (note date change). Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “Beat the Heat: Google Thermostats, USB Fans, and more! Free to attend, no registration required.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

Summer Reading Programs Begin: June 1-July 29. Make sure to sign up and get reading! Read for fun and prizes. Programs for all ages! The kid’s program includes collecting Reading Tickets, StoryTimes, special programs, Family Time Fun on Wednesdays and more! Teens will be filling bingo cards with reading and other challenges, having special programs, gaming, crafts, movies, book discussions and more! Adult Summer Reading features weekly prize drawings and more special programs, many of them adding to the celebration of 150 years of The Chisholm Trail! “Build a Better World!”

Teen Mystery Bag Mayhem: 3 p.m. June 24. What’s in the bag? Build something from the bag you choose.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. June 26. Create CD scratch art.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Black and White Photography: 7 p.m. June 27. David Sloan Welfelt talks about how to capture great images in black and white, as well as some resources for enhancing photography.

Susan Mueller’s Animal Parade: 1:30 p.m. June 28. Susan Mueller brings her animals for Family Time Fun – free entertainment!

Master Builders … LEGO® Blocks and KEVA Planks: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. June 28. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Teen Mystery Bag Mayhem: 3 p.m. June 24. What’s in the bag? Build something from the bag you choose.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. June 26. Create CD scratch art.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Black and White Photography: 7 p.m. June 27. David Sloan Welfelt talks about how to capture great images in black and white, as well as some resources for enhancing photography.

Susan Mueller’s Animal Parade: 1:30 p.m. June 28. Susan Mueller brings her animals for Family Time Fun – free entertainment!

Master Builders … LEGO® Blocks and KEVA Planks: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. June 28. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Teen Bakeoff: 3 p.m. July 1. Create your own mug cakes – a sweet take on cake!

Brown Bag Movie: 12:30 p.m. July 3. It’s Western Showtime in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail! Bring your lunch (or not) and enjoy The Cowboys (PG).

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. July 3. Participate in an archeological dig.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Library Closed for Independence Day Holiday: July 4.

Master Builders … Squishy Circuits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. June 28. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. July 5. Read and discuss Carl Hiassen’s “Bad Monkey.” Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen: 3:30 p.m. July 7. Bring friends to watch “Hidden Figures” (PG). Snacks, too!

Harvey County Maker Club: 7 p.m. June 22. Meet with an open group of people who like to create in whatever form or medium they choose. Share talents, ideas, ask question, give and receive advice and celebrate failures and successes.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. July 10. Create with Perler Beads.  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. July 11. Craft something from discarded books, or color yourself calm. Supplies provided, or bring your own.

Flying Debris Juggling: 1:30 p.m. July 12. Richard Holmgren brings a show packed with comedy, zany juggling stunts, and lots of audience participation to Family Time Fun.

Master Builders … Arduino: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. July 12. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Teen Battledecks: 3 p.m. July 15. Karaoke, PowerPoint style!

Learning Festival with “Spokes America:” July 17 and July 18. Students biking across America from Harvard and MIT will once again stop in Newton to offer free science and engineering camps for students ages 10-18. Classes offered are Games and More Games (math and strategy), How Computers Work (building circuits), Make a Real Plate Speaker, and Human Sensory/Biology with cow eye dissection. Contact the Library for more details and to register as space is limited.

Cowboys in Harvey County: 7 p.m. July 18. In the spirit of the celebrations of the Chisholm Trail, Darren McMannis tells the stories of the cowboys in Harvey County.

The Bug Lady: 1:30 p.m. July 19. Critters galore will come with the Bug Lady to Family Time Fun. Bring the kids for a freaky good time.

Master Builders … Snap Circuits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. July 19. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Cap’n Literary Crunch: 6 p.m. July 20. Teens in Honors or AP English will play trivia games inspired by these books on the summer reading list: “Animal Farm” and “Of Mice and Men.”

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. July 20. Read and discuss “The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas” by John Boyne. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Takeover: 3 p.m. July 22. Help Jannell plan programs for the fall.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. July 24. Try your hand at paper marbling.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

New Women of the Trail: 7 p.m. July 25. Photographer Dave Leiker presents photographs and stories of the women who work the land in Kansas.

Happy Faces Entertainment: 1:30 p.m. July 26. Magic, juggling and comedy are part of Happy Faces Entertainment’s program for Family Time Fun.

Master Builders … littleBits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. July 26. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Waves of Danger: 6 p.m. July 26. It’s a murder mystery. Kids Grades 6-12 play the part of detective, accomplice, or murderer. Dennis of Happy Faces Entertainment leads the “who dunnit.”

Cap’n Literary Crunch: 6 p.m. July 27. Teens in Honors or AP English will play trivia games inspired by these books on the summer reading list: “Into the Wild,” “The Help” and “The Things They Carried.”

Harvey County Maker Club: 7 p.m. July 27. Meet with an open group of people who like to create in whatever form or medium they choose. Share talents, ideas, ask question, give and receive advice and celebrate failures and successes.

Teen Breakout EDU: 3 p.m. July 29. Help Harry catch the Golden Snitch.

Summer Reading Pool Party: 6 p.m. July 29. Summer Reading finishers receive an invitation to a pool party at the Newton Municipal Pool.

Learning Festival with “Spokes America” – Stanford: July 31. This is the first year for Stanford students to bike across America starting from the west coast. They will stop in Newton to offer free science and engineering camps for students ages 10-18. The two classes offered are Logic and Cockroaches and How to Design a Brain.  Contact the Library for more details and to register as space is limited.

Display Case: Harvey County Historical Museum has a display of photos of local historical architecture.

Art Display: Enjoy the striking black and white photography by David Sloan Welfelt.

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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.

Before I Fall. What if today was the only day of the rest of your life? DVD

Benzakein, Erin. Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden. Grow, harvest and arrange stunning seasonal blooms. New Nonfiction

Brooks, A.J. Mendez. Crazy is My Superpower. Recently retired WWE superstar writes about her struggles with loneliness and mental illness with humor and honesty. New Nonfiction

Denial. Based on a true story, Deborah Lipstadt must defend herself in a libel lawsuit with the heavy burden of proving that the Holocaust happened. DVD

Harrison, Jamie. The Widow Nash. When Dulcy’s eccentric wealthy father dies, she vows to disappear from her old life and create another. New Fiction

King, Laurie R. Lockdown. A Career Day takes a shocking turn when explosive confrontations come to a head. New Fiction

Koontz, Dean. The Silent Corner. A new series with a heroine bent on finding out why people with everything to live for are taking their own lives. New and CD Fiction

Lashinsky, Adam. Wild Ride. Insie Uber’s quest for world domination. New Nonfiction

Quinn, Kate. The Alice Network. A war-time story of a daring group of female spies known as the Alice Network. New Fiction