Library Happenings

Visit NPL’s events page on Facebook for detailed instructions on how to participate in online events and programs! Questions? Visit the Library, email, or call 316-283-2890.

Cinema SocieTea: 2 p.m. Nov. 25. Newton Public Library’s cinematic exploration of the world of Jane Austen concludes with “Becoming Jane,” a 2007 biopic starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy. Join us for a free movie screening, accompanied by hot tea and treats from Bee’s Bakes & Goods.

Matthew Schloneger on Vocal Health: 7 p.m. Nov. 28. Dr. Matthew Schloneger, associate professor of voice at Friends University, will share his knowledge of vocal health, including practical, everyday information that can help everyone speak and vocalize in healthy ways. This is a hybrid program. Join in person at the library, register to join via Zoom, or head to the NPL Facebook page at the time of the event for a livestream.

KanCare/Medicaid Help: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 1. GraceMed’s Mayra Mauricio Rosales is at the library to answer questions about Medicaid/KanCare, and assist with enrollment, on the first Friday of each month.

Teen Breakfast Book Club: 11 a.m. Dec. 2. Youths ages 10-18, read and discuss “The Girl Who Ruined Christmas,” by Cindy Callaghan, or “Young Scrooge,” by R.L. Stine, your choice, and enjoy breakfast goodies. Email Sharon,, to receive a free copy of one of the books, or ask at the library.

Teen Screen: 3 p.m. Dec. 2. Youths ages 10-18, enjoy a free library screening of “Home Alone,” with drinks and snacks provided.

Early Reader Book Club: 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Early Reader Book Club is designed to help foster a love of reading in children in grades K-2. We’ll investigate a book, read it together (children need not be able to read independently), discuss it, and follow up with fun, book-themed activities. Snacks will be provided. Registration required; contact the library to sign up.

Library Closes Early: Dec. 7. The library will close at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, so that library staff may march in the Newton Lions Club Parade of Lights. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and will head down Main Street.

Nonfiction Book Club: 12 p.m. Dec. 8. Read and discuss “Wintering,” by Katherine May. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Documentary Screening: Mexican Americans Hit Home Runs in Kansas: 1 p.m. Dec. 9. Newton’s Mexican American Fastpitch Softball Tournament celebrated its 75th year last summer. With support from Humanities Kansas, the Wichita North End Historical Society collected oral histories from Hall of Famers in town for the tournament and created a short documentary that celebrates the past and present of this community and cultural event.

Creative Teen Writers: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Teens and tweens who enjoy writing stories, poetry, or comic books are invited to join other writers to work on their writing, second Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. You will be invited (but not required) to share something you’ve written, followed by time to write. All you need to get started is a device or notebook to write on and an idea.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club: 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Read and discuss “Hogfather,” by Terry Pratchett. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Holiday Book Club: 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Read and discuss “Winter’s Bone,” by Daniel Woodrell. This will be a joint meeting of the Third Thursday and Mystery Lovers book clubs, open to the public. The library will provide cookies, and others can bring snacks to share if they would like. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Library Closed: Dec. 15. The library will be closed Friday, Dec. 15, for a staff training day.

Stories and STEAM: 4-5 p.m. Dec. 21. Kids in grades 2-4, join Lori Gingerich for hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Registration is required, and space is limited. Call 316-283-2890 or email to sign up.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Youths ages 10-18, head to the library for video games, board games and crafts, Mondays and Wednesdays (except holidays) from 3:15 to 5 p.m.

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.

Legos at the Library. Every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., head to the youth services level to play and create with a sizeable collection of Lego construction toys.

New Items Now Available:

Use the online catalog to get more info and place holds on these items, or contact the Library for assistance! The newest items are at the top of the list. This is just a selection of new items; more can be found at the library and under the “New Titles” tab in the online catalog.

Berry, Wendell. The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry. Chosen by the author, these 100 poems written between 1957 and 1996 reflect the development of Berry’s poetic sensibility over four decades. Poetry

Casey, Susan. The Underworld. Drawing on interviews with marine geologists, marine biologists and oceanographers, Casey provides a fascinating history of deep-sea exploration and shows how urgent it is that we understand the ocean in a time of increasing threats from climate change. New Nonfiction

James, Tania. Loot. Set in 18th-century India, England and France, this sweeping novel follows gifted woodcarver Abbas who embarks on a perilous journey to retrieve the giant wooden tiger he created for Tipu Sultan from an estate in the English countryside, where it is displayed in a collection of plundered art. New Fiction

The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom. Join Jack and his friends in an epic, post-apocalyptic quest to save our world from the Queen of the Slime Monsters. Nintendo Switch Game

Renner, James. Little, Crazy Children. Drawing on research culled from police files, court records, transcripts, uncollected evidence and new interviews, this gripping work of investigative journalism revisits the 1990 unsolved murder of 16-year-old Lisa Pruett in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, revealing the dark secrets teens tell – and keep. New Nonfiction

Russo, Richard. Somebody’s Fool. When a decomposing body is found in an abandoned hotel between North Bath and Schuyler Springs, police officers Charice Bond and her ex-lover Doug Raymer are drawn together again, while the town’s residents speculate on the identity of the victim and wonder who among their number could’ve disappeared unnoticed. New Fiction

Asteroid City. Junior Stargazers and Space Cadets from across the country assemble for the annual Asteroid Day celebration, but the scholarly competition is spectacularly upended by world-changing events. DVD & Blu-ray

Conklin, Tara. Community Board. A woman moves back into her parents’ empty home after her husband leaves her and spends her days on the town’s internet community board. New Fiction

Groff, Lauren. The Vaster Wilds. Escaping from a colonial settlement in the wilderness, a servant girl, with nothing but her wits, a few possessions and some faith, is tested beyond the limits of her imagination, forcing her to question her belief of everything her own civilization taught her. New Fiction

Leckie, Ann. Translation State. With a long-standing treaty between humans and the dangerous alien Presger on the line, three individuals – the Presger translator Qven, the reluctant diplomat Enae, and the starship mechanic Reet – make decisions that have ripple effects across the stars. New Fiction

Petri, Alexandra. Alexandra Petri’s US History. The Washington Post humor columnist’s “historical fan fiction” draws on real events and completely absurd fabrications to create an irreverent takedown of our nation’s complicated past. New Nonfiction

Stardust, Mercury. Safe and Sound: A Renter-Friendly Guide to Home Repair. The TikTok “Handy Ma’am” explains how to tackle over 50 simple home maintenance projects, such as replacing showerheads or troubleshooting a faulty garbage disposal. New Nonfiction

Catton, Eleanor. Birnam Wood. The founder of a guerilla gardening group that plants crops on roadsides, parks and neglected yards fights an enigmatic billionaire over a parcel of land. New Fiction

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Still reeling from the loss of Gamora, Peter Quill must rally his team to defend the universe and protect one of their own. If the mission is not completely successful, it could possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them. DVD

Lacey, Catherine. Biography of X. X – an iconoclastic artist, writer, and polarizing shape-shifter – falls dead in her office. X’s widow, CM, wild with grief and refusing everyone’s good advice, hurls herself into writing a biography of the woman she deified, opening a Pandora’s box of secrets, betrayals and destruction. New Fiction

McBride, James. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store. Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 1972: a skeleton is found at the bottom of the well. The question of who it was and how it got there threatens secrets long-kept by residents of Chicken Hill, a dilapidated neighborhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans live side by side. New Fiction

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia. Silver Nitrate. When Montserrat and her best friend, Tristan, agree to help a cult horror director shoot the missing scene from a film he never finished, they start seeing strange things. They may find that sorcerers and magic are not only the stuff of movies. New Fiction

Vlahos, Hadley. The In-Between. A hospice nurse shows that end-of-life care can teach us just as much about how to live as it does about how we die, sharing moving stories of joy, wisdom and redemption from her patients’ final moments while offering wisdom and comfort for those dealing with loss. New Nonfiction

Grann, David. The Wager. On Jan. 28, 1742, a ramshackle vessel of patched-together wood and cloth washed up on the coast of Brazil. Inside were 30 emaciated men, barely alive, and they had an extraordinary tale to tell. They were survivors of H.M.S. The Wager, a British vessel that had left England in 1740 on a secret mission during an imperial war with Spain. New Nonfiction

Hanks, Tom. The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece. The Academy Award-winning actor and bestselling author presents a thought-provoking novel about the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film based on a series of comic books that depict the changes in America and American culture since WWII. New Fiction

Paolini, Christopher. Fractal Noise. On the seemingly uninhabited plan Talos VII, there is a circular pit, not of nature, but of design. A small team must journey across the surface to learn who built it and why, followed with each step they take toward the mysterious abyss by the ghosts of their past. New Fiction

Sebag Montefiore, Simon. The World. Arranging the whole human story into a single narrative, the historian chronicles the world’s great dynasties, focusing on the one commonality they all share: families. New Nonfiction

Vladeck, Stephen. The Shadow Docket. The author, an acclaimed legal scholar, exposes the Supreme Court’s use of the behind-the-scenes “shadow docket,” through which the court regularly makes decisions affecting millions of Americans without public hearings. New Nonfiction

Wilbur, Matika. Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America. A social documentarian and photographer presents compelling personal narratives and photographs of Native people and the issues they face, seeking to educate and inspire. New Nonfiction

Benedict, Jeff. LeBron. This definite biography of one of the greatest athletes of all time chronicles not only Lebron James’ meteoric rise to fame but also his solid family, political activism and business empire. New Nonfiction

Cuffy, Nicole. Dances. Promoted to the rank of principal dancer at New York City Ballet, Cece Cordell, a young Black woman, still feels like she doesn’t belong, and, despite her dream achievement, is faced with a choice that may derail her career. New Fiction

Grisson, Kathleen. Crow Mary. Married to a white fur trader in 1872, a Crow Native woman has her journey to Saskatchewan interrupted. She steals two guns and saves five Nakota women who were kidnapped by drunken whiskey traders, setting off a culture war. New Fiction

Magsamen, Susan and Ivy Ross. Your Brain on Art. Combining breakthrough research, insights from multidisciplinary pioneers and real-life stories, this authoritative guide to the new science of neuroaesthetics shows how the arts, from painting and dancing to expressive writing, architecture and more, are essential for improving physical and mental health. New Nonfiction

Miranda, Megan. The Only Survivors. When a group of classmates reunite to mark the tenth anniversary of a terrible accident, one of the survivors disappears, casting fear and suspicion on the remaining individuals – and on the original tragedy itself. New Fiction

Rubin, Gretchen. Life in Five Senses. Drawing on cutting-edge science, philosophy, literature, and her own efforts to practice what she learns, the author of “The Happiness Project” offers insights and practical suggestions to heighten one’s senses and use powers of perception to live a richer life. New Nonfiction

Gomera-Tavarez, Camille. High Spirits. Eleven interconnected short stories center on an extended family across multiple generations, set in the fictional small town of Hidalpa as well as Santo Domingo, Paterson, San Juan and Washington Heights. New YA Fiction

Hammonds, Jas. We Deserve Monuments. When 17-year-old Avery moves to rural Georgia to live with her ailing grandmother, she encounters decades-old family secrets and a mystery surrounding her town’s racist past. New YA Fiction

Howl’s Moving Castle. Sophie befriends a wizard named Howl who lives in a magical flying castle. The evil Witch of Waste takes issue with their budding relationship and casts a spell to age Sophie prematurely. Now Howl must use all his magical talents to battle the jealous hag and return Sophie to her former youth and beauty. DVD & Blu-ray

Jumanji. A magical board game unleashes a world of adventure on siblings Peter and Judy Shepherd. DVD

Magic Mike’s Last Dance. Mike Lane is broke and bartending in Florida. Hoping for one last hurrah, he heads to London with a wealthy socialite who lures him with an offer he can’t refuse, and an agenda all her own. DVD

Sharknado: The Complete Collection. Across six feature films, total running time 9 hours, Ian Ziering and Tara Reid play a husband and wife who encounter “sharknadoes” wherever they go. Sharknadoes are tornadoes filled with sharks. DVD & Blu-ray.