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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 hoopladigital.com. Log in with your library card and instantly borrow up to four items per month … no waiting … no late fees … always available.
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 Technology, Etc.: 6:45 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. The Harvey County Tech Enthusiasts meet to share information and applications regarding developments in the technology field. Open to everyone!
- Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Nathan, IT Supervisor, will present “Google on Android Phones: Common Settings, Apps and Google Play.” Nathan reviews how to use Google on your Android smartphone. 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.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 25. Experiment with Circuit Scribe and Legos. Play Xbox One, Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii, board games, card games and online games. Bring your NPL card to use laptops.
Library Closed for Thanksgiving: Nov. 28-29.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Create ice skate ornaments. Play Xbox One, Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii, board games, card games and online games. Bring your NPL card to use laptops.
First Monday Movie: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining Christmas (2000 version, rated PG).
Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Head to Youth Services for puppet shows and a make-it-and-take-it craft. Free fun for all ages.
Author Talk with Rex Buchanan: 7 p.m. Dec. 4. The author of “Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills” will discuss his book, followed by a book signing.
Breakfast Book Club for Tweens: 10 a.m. Dec. 7. Munch some breakfast goodies while discussing “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson. Copies are available at the front desk.
Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Round up your friends and enjoy some snacks while you watch National Lampoon’s classic Christmas movie, starring Chevy Chase (PG-13).
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Create magic color scratch ornaments. Play Xbox One, Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii, board games, card games and online games. Bring your NPL card to use laptops.
Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Head to Youth Services for a holiday puppet show and a make-it-and-take-it craft. Free fun for all ages.
NPL Goes to Norm’s: 4 p.m. Dec. 11. Join Newton Public Library staff for a fun activity at Norm’s Coffee Bar, 613 N. Main St.
Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Nathan, IT Supervisor, will present “Google on Android Phones: Common Settings, Apps and Google Play.” Free to attend, no registration required.
Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Create a felt wreath ornament. Play Xbox One, Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii, board games, card games and online games. Bring your NPL card to use laptops.
Human Trafficking Awareness: 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Allison Pate of EmberHope Youthville will present a program on human trafficking, including information on what the public can do to help combat the problem.
Unfolding the Fold3 Database: 7 p.m. Dec. 17. Local history researcher Darren McMannis will review the features and possible uses of Fold3, a database of more than 500 million military records and related documents that is available free to Kansas residents. Part of the Third Tuesday Genealogy/Local History series.
Teen Cookie Decorating: 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Teens and tweens are invited to decorate Christmas and winter-themed cookies.
Display Case: Kay Self displays her collection of White House Christmas ornaments.
Art Display: Sean Tomlinson exhibits photographs from a road trip he took through the Southwest.
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.
New Items Now Available:
Betz-Hamilton, Axton. The Less People Know About Us. The author’s parents were victims of identity theft starting when she was 11 years old. Over the next 20 years, the thief harried her family and wrecked its finances. By the time the author’s parents finally figured out who was responsible, their lives had been changed forever. New Nonfiction
Féret-Fleury, Christine. The Girl Who Reads on the Metro. Juliette steps into an enchanted bookshop and is hired to match books with their ideal readers. A modern fairy tale about the power of books to unite us all. New Fiction
Glatt, John. The Family Next Door: The Heartbreaking Imprisonment of the Thirteen Turpin Siblings and Their Extraordinary Rescue. On Jan. 14, 2018, a 17-year-old girl climbed out of the window of her home and dialed 911 on a borrowed cell phone. She told the operator that she and her siblings were being abused. When the dispatcher asked for her address, she hesitated. “I’ve never been out.” New Nonfiction
Hamill, Shaun. A Cosmology of Monsters. Noah Turner’s family sees monsters. Dad built a shrine to them. Mom has caught glimpses, but refuses to believe. Noah sees monsters, too, but unlike his family, he chooses to let them in. New Fiction
Masumoto, Marcy, Nikiko Masumoto and David Mas Masumoto. The Perfect Peach. The Masumoto family’s heirloom peaches are widely considered the best in the world. Their debut cookbook gathers the family’s favorite recipes, from peach cobbler to stuffed French toach. New Nonfiction
Newitz, Annalee. The Future of Another Time. A “feminist, sci-fi, time-traveling thriller.” Against the vast and intricate forces of history and humanity, is it possible for a single person’s actions to echo throughout time? New Fiction
Prejean, Sister Helen. River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey. Sister Helen is known for her work as an activist nun, campaigning against the death penalty. Less widely known is her spiritual journey from praying for God to solve the world’s problems to engaging full-tilt in working to transform societal injustices. New Nonfiction
Schitt’s Creek, Seasons 1-3. When a filthy-rich video store magnate and his spoiled wife and children suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to live in a small, depressing town they once bought as a joke. They must confront their newfound poverty and discover what it means to be a family. DVD
Thayer, Nancy. Let It Snow. A Nantucket shopkeeper discovers that Christmas is the perfect occasion to make unexpected friendships, warm the coldest of hearts—and maybe even find love. New Fiction
The Art of Racing in the Rain. Based on the best-selling novel, a warm-hearted tale narrated by a philosophical dog named Enzo. DVD