Library Happenings

March 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.
  • Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. April 13. Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “What Computer is Best for You?” PC or Apple? Android or iPhone? Desktop, laptop or tablet? Learn the differences. 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

KidFEST: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. April 1. At Sunset Elementary School. Free event for Harvey County kids ages birth to 8. Complete fun activities hosted by businesses and organizations including Newton Public Library. Fire truck and smoke tunnel by Newton Fire/EMS. IdentAKid by Newton Police Department. Receive a book when you’re done! Wrap up the festivities with a hunt for Easter Eggs, provided by Newton Young Professionals, at 11:30 on the playground.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. April 3. Make stained glass art!  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Friends of Newton Public Library Spring Meeting: 7 pm. April 4. Support Newton Public Library! $10/year, $50/lifetime. Light refreshments served.

Mystery Lover’s Book Club: 5 p.m. April 5. Read and discuss “Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen: 4 p.m. April 7. In Ancient Polynesia, a curse reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. (PG)

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. April 10. Fashion some wire charms!  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. April 11. Easter and springtime papercraft themes, plus free coloring supplies. Or bring your own supplies and projects.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. April 20. Read and discuss “Under the Persimmon Tree” by Suzanne Fisher Staples. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 12. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Teen “Take Tech Apart”: 3 p.m. April 15. See the insides of the technology we use every day.

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

The Shawnee-Arbuckle Cattle Trail: 7 p.m. April 18. Gary and Margaret Kraisinger, authors of “The Shawnee-Arbuckle Cattle Trail, 1867 – 1870 : the predecessor of the Chisholm Trail to Abilene, Kansas,” talk about their research into this cattle trail. A book signing follows the event.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 19. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Friends Members-Only PreSale: 6-8 p.m. April 20. Friends of Newton Public Library have first pick of items for sale at the Spring Book Sale. Join the Friends of $10/year or $50/lifetime! All proceeds benefit the Library and your reading habit!

Art and Music in the Heart of Newton: 6-8 p.m. April 20. The NUTS (Newton Ukulele Tunes Society) will be jamming in the Library!

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. April 20. Read and discuss “Under the Persimmon Tree” by Suzanne Fisher Staples. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Friends Spring Book Sale: 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. April 21. Friends of Newton Public Library host their annual spring book sale! Bargains galore! Proceeds support Newton Public Library and your reading habits!

Friends Spring Book Sale: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 22. Friends of Newton Public Library host their annual spring book sale! Even better bargains on Saturday! Proceeds support Newton Public Library and your reading habits!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. April 24. Try your hand at CD weaving!  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Dangerous Beauty: 7 p.m. April 25. Storm chaser and photographer Gene Thieszen will present “Storms Through the Lens.” Learn more about Fourth Tuesday Photography.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 26. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

#FakeNews: 7 p.m. April 26. Confused by all the talk of fake news? Learn how to be a savvy news consumer and some of the history and techniques used regarding fake news.

Harvey County Maker Club: 7 p.m. April 27. Meet with an open group of people who like to create in whatever form or medium they choose. Share talents, ideas, ask question, give and receive advice and celebrate failures and successes.

Art Display: The photography of Mary Ann Drum is on display

Display Case: Harvey County Master Gardeners showcase growing things and materials and programs the Extension office provides.

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.

Fulton, Sybrina. Rest in Power. A parent’s story of love, injustice, and the birth of a movement following the death of Trayvon Martin. New Nonfiction

Hacksaw Ridge. The true story of Desmond Doss who saved 75 men in Okinawa during WWII without firing or carrying a gun. DVD

Handley, Ann. Everybody Writes. Your go-to guide to creating ridiculously good content. New Nonfiction

James, Vic. Gilded Cage. Book One of the Dark Gifts trilogy tells of aristocrats with magical gifts – and all commoners must serve them for ten years, but there’s a power that could break the world. New Fiction

Krentz, Jayne Ann. When All the Girls Have Gone. Charlotte attempts to contact her stepsister to tell her than one of her closest friends is dead, but the stepsister has also vanished. New and CD Fiction

Lee, Min Jin. Pachinko. The story of several generations of one Korean family in Japan, exiled from their homeland, enduring harsh realities, but also encountering great joy. New Fiction

Moody, Jo. The Book of Jewelry. Create your own jewelry with beads, clay, paper-mache, fabric and more everyday items. New Nonfiction

The New Yorker. A national weekly magazine that offers a signature mix of award-winning reporting and commentary on politics, foreign affairs, business, technology, popular culture and the arts, along with humor, fiction, poetry and cartoons. Online Digital Flipster Magazine

Penny Dreadful.  British-American horror drama television series. DVD

Yokoyama, Hideo. Six Four. A police department press officer revisits a botched investigation of a kidnapping and uncovers secrets he could never have imagined. New Fiction