Library Happenings

December 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 Log in with your library card and instantly borrow up to four items per month … no waiting … no late fees … always available. 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. January10. Nathan, IT Supervisor, will present “Privacy Policies and Google Internet Security.” Nathan reviews ways to protect yourself online. 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 is a much-appreciated service provided by volunteers. Consider receiving training to help with this valuable service to low-income taxpayers. Or be a greeter. Greeters do no assist with the taxes. Interested? Contact Dan at NPL.

Hora de Cuentos – Pre-escolar en Español / Spanish StoryTime: 10:30 a.m. on Mondays. Children ages 2 ½ – 5 years old are invited to enjoy StoryTime activities, presented in Spanish.

Spring StoryTime Registration Begins December 17.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. December 17. Make a woodland mushroom wreath. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Holiday String Music with BCAPA: 6:30 p.m. December 17. The Suzuki & Strings group from Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts will play holiday songs for the enjoyment of Library patrons.

Every Quilt has a Story: 7 p.m. December 18. Chris Allen shares her unique way of recording stories and history using quilts.

Library Closed: December 24 and 25 for the Christmas Holidays.

Winter Puppet Show: 10:30 a.m. December 27. The Barnyard Puppets have some winter stories to share for the enjoyment of all ages.

Make & Take Crafts: All Day December 28. Ms. Amy will empty her cabinets with projects for kids to make fun crafts all day long.

Holiday GameZone: 3 – 5 p.m. December 29. Tired of lying around the house? video games, LEGOs, Snap Circuits, littleBits, jigsaw puzzles.

Library Closed: December 31 at noon and January 1 for New Year’s Day Holidays.

Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. January 2. Read and discuss “Heartsick” by Chelsea Cain. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Roblox Tournament: 3:30-5 p.m. January 3. Newton Public Library vs. Hays Public Library. Who will win Island Royale? Sign up with your friends in teams of 3, or singly, to participate.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. January 5. Bring your friends for snacks and a viewing of “New Year’s Eve” (PG-13).

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. January 7. Weave a dreamcatcher. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

First Monday Movie: 6:30 p.m. January 7. Enjoy some popcorn as you watch “The Crucible” (PG-13). This movie ties in with the January Third Thursday discussion book “The Heretic’s Daughter” by Kathleen Kent.

Crafts Night: 6:30 p.m. January 8. Craft supplies and project ideas supplied, or bring your own. Great free family activity.

NPL Goes to Norm’s, 613 S. Main: 4 p.m. January 9. Staff from the library will bring littleBits™ STEAM activities.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. January 14. Play with papercrafts and make a snowman, snowflakes, and cardinals. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Display Case: Beverley Buller displays Christmas villages.

Art Display: Photographer Max Voran displays images of Fall.

New Items Now Available:

BlackKklansman. The first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department tries to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. DVD

Dunn, Rob. Never Home Alone. From microbes to millipedes, camel crickets, and honeybees: the natural history of where we live. New Nonfiction

Hartley, Gemma. Fed Up. Emotional labor, women, and the way forward. New Nonfiction

Hood, Ann. Kitchen Yarns. Notes on life, love and food. New Nonfiction

Jackson, Lisa. Santa’s on His Way. Four holiday stories of unexpected love. New Fiction

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Sophie is now pregnant and, like her mother, will need to take risks. DVD

McKevett, G.A. Murder in her Stocking. Christmas is coming and Prissy Carr (high on the naughty list) is found dead in the alley leaving Stella to set everything straight. New Fiction

Perry, Anne. A Christmas Revelation. Mayhem is found under the mistletoe and intrigue stalks the cobblestone streets of old London Town. New Fiction

Saunders, George. Fox8. A darkly comic fable about the unintended consequences of our quest to tame the natural world. New Fiction

Simmons, Steven P. Brain Health as you Age. A practical guide to maintenance and prevention. New Nonfiction