Library Happenings

February 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.
  • 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.
  • Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. March 9. Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “Typing for Speed and Fun.” Become a faster computer user! Free to attend, no registration required.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): February 8 through April 12. Trained volunteers offer free tax help to lower income taxpayers. VITA Information Sheet includes 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

Kansas Travelogue: 7 p.m. February 28. Photographer John D. Morrison of Prairie Vistas Gallery presents this program of evocative images of Kansas.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 1. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Mystery Lover’s Book Club: 5 p.m. March 1. Read and discuss “Memory Man” by David Baldacci. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Hangout: 7 p.m. March 2. Come and talk, play games, watch a movie, or whatever you’d like to do!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. March 6. Ductigami time!  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 8. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Newton Young Professionals @ NPL: 12-1 p.m. March 9. Come find out what NPL has to offer you.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. March 13. Make bottlecap pie magnets!  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Papercrafts and Coloring: 6:30 p.m. March 14. Create something new from books headed for recycling, or relax with a coloring sheet. Supplies provided, or bring your own.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 15. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Teen Hangout: 7 p.m. March 16. Come and talk, play games, watch a movie, or whatever you’d like to do!

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. March 16. Read and discuss “City of Thieves” by David Benioff. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Breakout! 3 p.m. March 18. Dr. Johnson has plans to unleash a deadly airborne virus that will turn everyone who encounters it into a zombie! You have 45 minutes to find the antidote and save the world.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. March 20. 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.

Third Tuesday Genealogy: 7 p.m. March 21. Fern Bartel of the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum of Goessel will be sharing about using the RootsWeb site for research.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 22. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Art Display: The photography of Sean Tomlinson is on display

Display Case: Enjoy a display of quilting handiwork by Linda Jones.

Good Reads in Your Inbox: Interested in the latest mysteries, or what’s new in self-help and fitness books, or maybe science fiction, or….? Sign up to receive e-mail notifications from BookLetters of new books that would interest you. Read the reviews, find out what’s next in a series, the latest audiobooks and what’s HOT. Check for lists of genres and online registration.

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.

Arden, Katherine. The Bear and the Nightingale. Vasilia must call on dangerous gifts she has concealed in order to protect her family. New Fiction

Coover, Robert. Huck Out West. Huck hires himself out to “whosoever” during the most formative era of the nation’s history in the West. New Fiction

Dalai Lama. The Book of Joy. Two spiritual giants spend five days together discussing joy. New Nonfiction

Dyson, Michael Eric. Tears We Cannot Stop. A sermon to White America. New Nonfiction

Johnson, Lindsey Lee. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth. An idealistic teacher strives to connect in that realm of cruelty and peril: the American high school. New Fiction

Kang, Han. Human Acts. A portrait of political unrest and struggle for justice in South Korea. New Fiction

Marrin, Albert. Uprooted. The Japanese American experience during World War II. New Nonfiction

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Jake unravels a mystery that spans alternate realities and times. DVD

Shetterly, Margo Lee. Hidden Figures. The true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA. New and CD Nonfiction

Sully. Tom Hanks stars as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger who landed his disabled plane in the Hudson River. DVD