Library Happenings

Summer Reading Program: The 2021 Summer Reading Program features events, reading challenges, and prizes for all ages. It starts June 1, and registration is open now! To register, call 316-283-2890, email library@newtonplks.org, or ask a staff member.

Children’s Activity Packets: Free activity packets for preschool through kindergarten-aged children are available for pickup in the children’s area. New packets are released on Mondays. Reservations are not required, but patrons can call ahead to confirm availability.

Technology Help: Nathan, NPL’s IT Supervisor, is available to answer questions and troubleshoot technology issues. Visit during Tech Help Open Hours, Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m., or contact the Library to request help or set up an appointment at another time.

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

Teen Afternoon of Crafts: 3 p.m. May 15. Request a free bag of craft supplies in advance, then join a Zoom meeting to work on crafts together. Participants are welcome to claim free craft supplies whether or not they can join the Zoom.

Teen Virtual GameTime: 4 p.m. May 17. Teens and tweens, join a Zoom video chat and play online games together. Email library@newtonplks.org to sign up and get the Zoom link.

Crossing Flint – My Personal Journey with the Land and People of the Flint Hills: 7 p.m. May 18. Florence Schloneger will talk about her new book of poetry, along with the historical and personal resonances that informed her writing. Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. May 20. Read and discuss “Nothing to See Here,” by Kevin Wilson. Bring a lawn chair for an outdoor meeting in Military Park. In the event of bad weather, the meeting will be held on Zoom. Contact the Library to borrow a copy of the book.

Teen Virtual GameTime: 4 p.m. May 24. Teens and tweens, join a Zoom video chat and play online games together. Email library@newtonplks.org to sign up and get the Zoom link.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. May 25. Former Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton will present “Embrace the Journey,” an online program showcasing photos he has taken since moving to the Seattle area. Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

Teen Virtual GameTime: 4 p.m. May 31. Teens and tweens, join a Zoom video chat and play online games together. Email library@newtonplks.org to sign up and get the Zoom link.

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. June 2. Read and discuss “Still Life With Crows,” by Douglas Preston and Lee Child. Bring a lawn chair for an outdoor meeting in Military Park. If the weather is bad, the meeting will be held on Zoom. Contact the Library to borrow a copy of the book.

Birdwatching 101: 7 p.m. June 3. Join Gregg Friesen to learn about birds, bird books, binoculars, and everything else you need to know to start birdwatching. Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

Breakfast Book Club for Teens: 10 a.m. June 5. Read and discuss “Into the Wild,” the first book in the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Meets outdoors in Military Park, weather permitting; otherwise on Zoom. Contact the Library to sign up.

Teen Virtual GameTime: 4 p.m. June 7. Teens and tweens, join a Zoom video chat and play online games together. Email library@newtonplks.org to sign up and get the Zoom link.

Kansas’ Local Architecture: 7 p.m. June 7. Liz Kowalchuk, KU associate professor of visual art, will present a program on “Kansas’ Local Architecture: History, Place, and Identity.” Join via Zoom or watch the livestream on the library Facebook page.

Nonfiction Book Club: 7 p.m. June 8. Join us for the inaugural meeting of the Nonfiction Book Club! Read and discuss “The Library Book,” by Susan Orlean. Ask a staff member to sign up and reserve a copy. We will gather in person, with social distancing, in Military Park. If the weather does not cooperate, we will meet via Zoom.

Tech Talk with Nathan Carr: 6:30 p.m. June 10. The library’s IT supervisor will revisit and refresh some of his tech talk topics of years past. This month: “Find Yourself: Maps, GPS and Geocache.” Join via Zoom or watch the livestream on the library Facebook page.

Teen Virtual GameTime: 4 p.m. June 14. Teens and tweens, join a Zoom video chat and play online games together. Email library@newtonplks.org to sign up and get the Zoom link.

2020 U.S. Census: 7 p.m. June 14. Jason Dean, U.S. Census Bureau, will share results and information from the 2020 U.S. Census. Join via Zoom or watch the livestream on the library Facebook page.

Animal Tales of Harvey County: 7 p.m. June 15. Kris Schmucker, curator of the Harvey County Historical Museum, will present this local history program. Join via Zoom or watch the livestream on the library Facebook page.

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:

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.

De Laurentiis, Giada. Eat Better, Feel Better. The star of “Everyday Italian” outlines a three-week wellness program designed to bolster nutrition and reduce inflammation. She also includes 100 new recipes, including more than two dozen dairy-, sugar- and gluten-free recipes. New Nonfiction

Divya, S.B. Machinehood. In 2095, when her client is killed in front of her, Weiga Ramirez, executive bodyguard and ex-special forces, discovers that a new and mysterious terrorist group called The Machinehood is responsible and that they are just getting started. New Fiction

Engle, Margarita. Your Heart, My Sky. Coming of age against a backdrop of Cuba’s “Special Peacetime” severe economic depression, Liana is emboldened by starvation to skip a summer of forced farm labor and team up with a quiet boy and a mysterious dog to search for alternate food sources. New YA Fiction

Judas and the Black Messiah. An FBI informant infiltrates the Illinois Black Panthers to track their charismatic leader, Fred Hampton, whose rising political prowess has captured the attention of J. Edgar Hoover’s bureau. Rated R. DVD

Lahiri, Jhumpa. Whereabouts. An English translation of a first Italian-language novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Lowland” follows the routines of a misfit city dweller who experiences a year of remarkable transformation in the aftermath of a parent’s death. New Fiction

Thayer, Nancy. Family Reunion. Newly widowed, Eleanor Sunderland finds dreams of a family reunion in Nantucket shattered when her money-driven children suggest she sell the house and move to a retirement home, and finds a lone ally in her 22-year-old granddaughter, Ari, who moves in with her for the summer. New Fiction

Tumulty, Karen. The Triumph of Nancy Reagan. A Washington Post columnist presents a portrait of the former First Lady that includes coverage of her traumatic early childhood, marriage to Ronald Reagan and crucial role in shaping the Reagan White House. New Nonfiction

Tyson, Neil DeGrasse. Cosmic Queries. The astrophysicist offers a unique spin on the mysteries and curiosities of the cosmos, building on rich material from his beloved StarTalk podcast. New Nonfiction

Bessey, Sarah and others. A Rhythm of Prayer. This collection of meditations from female artists and thinkers celebrates the tradition of prayer circles, which help women lighten the weight of carrying their burdens and find new restoration in their daily lives. New Nonfiction

Dickey, Eric Jerome. The Son of Mr. Suleman. Targeted and blackmailed by racist colleagues, a Black professor at a Memphis university is called away from a whirlwind romance by the death of his father and a family that has never acknowledged him. New Fiction

Nezhukumatathil, Aimee. World of Wonders. The beloved poet makes her nonfiction debut with a collection of essays about the natural world and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us. New Nonfiction

Perlroth, Nicole. This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends. The award-winning journalist, who covers cybersecurity in The New York Times, describes the dark market that pits nation-states, defense contractors, cybercriminals and security defenders against each other for a “zero day” computer bug. New Nonfiction

Theroux, Paul. Under the Wave at Waimea. A once-famous surfer confronts aging, privilege and mortality when he accidentally kills a man and makes an astonishing discovery about his personal link to the victim. New Fiction Wade, Juliette. Mazes of Power. When a plague strikes the cavern city of Pelismara, 17-year-old Tagaret is pushed to represent his noble family in a competition to choose the heir to the throne – a deadly game that pits brother against brother. New Fiction

Berry, Flynn. Northern Spy. Certain that her beloved sister did not join the Irish Republican Army by choice, a Catholic BBC producer confronts impossible decisions that test family bonds, the limits of her ideals and her responsibilities as a mother. New Fiction

Boulley, Angeline. Firekeeper’s Daughter. Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother and reluctantly becomes involved in the investigation of a series of drug-related deaths. New YA Fiction

Garcia, Gabriela. Of Women and Salt. The daughter of a Cuban immigrant battles addiction and the fallout of her decision to take in the child of an ICE detainee, while her mother wrestles with displacement trauma and complicated family ties. New Fiction

Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach. The Daughters of Kobani. The story of how an all-female Kurdish militia drove ISIS from the Syrian town of Kobani, empowering the women of that region and earning the respect and support of U.S. Special Operations Forces. New Nonfiction

Lima, Jamie Kern. Believe It. The founder of IT Cosmetics reveals how she, once a struggling waitress, turned her against-the-grain idea into an international bestselling sensation. New Nonfiction

Sten, Camilla. The Lost Village. Obsessed with the vanishing residents of an old mining town, documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt and her crew set up camp and are soon plagued by strange events that make them realize they are not alone. New Fiction

Stone, Sharon. The Beauty of Living Twice. The actress, activist and humanitarian chronicles her efforts to recover and rebuild after a massive stroke, discussing how her health challenges were also shaped by industry standards, childhood traumas, and family bonds. New Nonfiction

Vandermeer, Jeff. Hummingbird Salamander. Sent taxidermied specimens of two endangered species, a software manager becomes the target of ecoterrorists and wildlife traffickers behind a catastrophic global conspiracy. New Fiction

Dray, Stephanie. The Women of Chateau Lafayette. A multi-generational saga based on true events is set in an extraordinary castle in the heart of France, where a schoolteacher, a socialite and a noblewoman question their roles and identities in the face of three major wars. New Fiction