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 library@newtonplks.org, or call 316-283-2890.

Monthly Tech Talk: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11. NPL IT supervisor Nathan Carr presents “Should I Worry About Drones?” Join in person, or watch online via Zoom or Facebook Live.

Play Dungeons & Dragons: 3-6 p.m. Aug. 13. Roll With It hosts public D&D gaming sessions at the library, second Saturdays of each month from 3 to 6 p.m. These sessions are open to both new and experienced players, and new participants can jump in any time.

Teen GameZone: 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Youths ages 10-18, head to the library for video games, board games and crafts. This week’s craft: Washi tape notebook decorating.

Advertising a Small Town: Whitewater, 1885-1979: 7 p.m. Aug. 16. Using ads and related newspaper materials, Darryl Claassen and Kim Fields will tell the story of Whitewater, Kansas, unfolding a history that, though unique to Whitewater, is also the story of nearly every town in mid-America. Attend in person, join remotely via Zoom, or watch the livestream on the library’s Facebook page.

Third Thursday Book Club: 7 p.m. Aug. 18. Read and discuss “Daisy Jones & The Six,” by Taylor Reid Jenkins. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

KanCare/Medicaid Help: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 19. GraceMed’s Mayra Mauricio Rosales and Esther Epp of the Kansas Division of Health Care Finance will be at the library to answer questions about Medicaid/KanCare, and assist with enrollment, first and third Fridays of each month.

Teen Screen: 3 p.m. Aug. 20. Visit the library for a free screening of “Avatar” (PG-13), with popcorn provided.

Teen GameZone: 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Youths ages 10-18, head to the library for video games, board games and crafts. This week’s craft: Dolphin sand art keychains.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. Aug. 22. Read and discuss “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman, with guest discussion leader Sister Rosemary Kolich. TALK is sponsored by Humanities Kansas.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. Aug. 23. Michelle Terry will give a talk about her self-published book, “Windswept,” which combines photos and original poetry to take readers on a journey “through the riverbeds, caverns and starscapes of the heart.” Attend in person, join via Zoom, or watch the livestream on the Newton Public Library Facebook page.

Teen GameZone: 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Youths ages 10-18, head to the library for video games, board games and crafts. This week’s special activity: Legos and Snap Circuits.

Teen Kindergarten: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 30. Already tired of long assignments, tests, and rushing from class to class? Longing for the simpler days of kindergarten? Relive those days with coloring, finger-painting, cookies, cartoons, and maybe even musical chairs. Youths ages 10-18 are invited.

Harvey County Tech Enthusiasts: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Sept. 1. Meet with other enthusiasts to share tips, tricks and info about the latest developments in technology-related fields.

Kansas Author Talk with Brian Daldorph: 7 p.m. Sept. 1. Brian Daldorph will give a talk and answer questions about his book “Words Is a Powerful Thing: Twenty Years of Teaching Creative Writing at Douglas County Jail.” He will be joined by Todd Lehman, executive director of Newton-based nonprofit Offender Victim Ministries. Attend in person, join via Zoom, or watch the livestream on the Newton Public Library Facebook page.

Exercise in the Park: 9-9:30 a.m. Sept. 3. Join free exercise classes in the park outside the library, 9-9:30 a.m. each Saturday during September and October. Adult and teen participants will exercise with the Healthy Harvey Coalition. Children will exercise or participate in an outdoor activity presented by the library.

Teen Breakfast Book Club: 11 a.m. Sept. 3. Read and discuss “Fahrenheit 451,” by Ray Bradbury, with breakfast goodies. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Teen Screen: 3 p.m. Sept. 3. Visit the library for a free screening of “How to Train Your Dragon” (PG), with popcorn and drinks provided.

Library Closed: Sept. 5. The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day.

Mystery Lovers Book Club: 5 p.m. Sept. 7. Read and discuss “Two Nights,” by Kathy Reichs. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Monthly Tech Talk: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8. NPL IT supervisor Nathan Carr presents “Should I Worry About Online Retail Dominance?” Join in person, or watch online via Zoom or Facebook Live.

Nonfiction Book Club: 12 p.m. Sept. 9. Read and discuss “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” by Azar Nafisi. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Poetry Night at the Library: 7 p.m. Sept. 13. Join fellow poets and poetry fans for a casual Poetry Night at the Library. Participants are invited to bring one or more poems to share. These can be poems you wrote, and/or favorites written by someone else. Teens as well as adults are invited.

Play Dungeons & Dragons: 3-6 p.m. Sept. 10. Roll With It hosts public D&D gaming sessions at the library, second Saturdays of each month from 3 to 6 p.m. These sessions are open to both new and experienced players, and new participants can jump in any time.

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.

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. 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.

Allen, Rachael. Harley Quinn: Reckoning. When Harleen Quinzel scores an internship in a psych lab at Gotham University, she’s more than ecstatic; she’s desperate to make a Big Scientific Discovery that will land her a full-ride college scholarship and get her away from her abusive father. But when Harleen witnesses the way women are treated across STEM departments, and experiences harassment herself, she decides that revenge and justice are more important than her own dreams. New YA Fiction

Bremmer, Ian. The Power of Crisis. Drawing on strategies both time-honored and cutting edge, from the Marshall Plan to the Green New Deal, Brenner provides a roadmap for surviving and thriving in the 21st century, despite three great crises unfolding over the next decade: global health emergencies, transformative climate change, and the AI revolution. New Nonfiction

Jackson, Kosoko. Survive the Dome. The Dome surrounds the city of Baltimore, forcing those within to subscribe to a total, militarized shutdown. As unrest grows and the lockdown continues for days on end, Marco, Catherine and Jamal take the fight directly to the chief of police. New YA Fiction

Jackson, Lisa. The Girl Who Survived. When the person believed to be responsible for the brutal massacre of her family is released after 20 years in prison, Kara McIntyre wonders how many times she can be the girl who survived as people around her die horrible deaths. New Fiction

Kay, Guy Gavriel. All The Seas of The World. On a dark night, along a lonely stretch of coast, a small ship sends two people ashore. Their purpose is assassination. They have been hired by two of the most dangerous men alive to alter the balance of power in the world. If they succeed, the consequences will affect the destinies of empires, and lives both great and small. New Fiction

Millard, Candice. River of the Gods. Set against the backdrop of the race to exploit Africa by the colonial powers, a story of courage and adventure brings to life the rivalry between two enemies – a decorated soldier and a young aristocrat/Army officer – as they set out to find the mysterious headwaters of the Nile River. New Nonfiction

Animal Crossing: New Horizons. How will you live your island life? Nook Inc. presents the Deserted Island Getaway Package, the ultimate island escape. Craft and customize your world, celebrate the seasons and gather friends for island adventures. Seasons unfold in real time and reveal new events and activities. Nintendo Switch Game

Brooks, Geraldine. Horse. A scientist from Australia and a Nigerian-American art historian become connected by their shared interest in a 19th-century racehorse, one studying its remains, the other uncovering the history of the Black horsemen who were critical to its success. New Fiction

Carson, Ben. Created Equal. The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development uses his personal experiences as a member of a racial minority to analyze and discuss the current state of race relations in America. New Nonfiction

Gates, Bill. How to Prevent the Next Pandemic. The technologist, business leader and philanthropist who founded Microsoft explains the science of fighting pandemics, discusses the lessons learned from COVID-19 and provides a path forward to preventing another pandemic from taking millions of lives. New Nonfiction

Henry, Emily. Book Lovers. Agreeing to a holiday escape to the country, literary agent Nora keeps running into a bookish, hardheaded, arrogant editor she knows from Manhattan, and wishes she didn’t, even as she discovers they have more in common than previously thought. New Fiction

Samuels, Robert and Toluse Olorunnipa. His Name Is George Floyd. Two Washington Post reporters examine how systemic racism impacted both the life and death of the 46-year-old Black man who was murdered in broad daylight outside a Minneapolis convenience store by white officer Derek Chauvin. New Nonfiction

Armstrong, Kelley. A Rip Through Time. While visiting her dying grandmother in Edinburgh, a homicide detective out on a jog is beaten unconscious and wakes up in the body of a housemaid, left for dead in the exact same spot in 1869. New Fiction

Barker, Clive. The Damnation Game. In a night world where decomposing corpse-assassins stalk their prey, Marty Strauss, the bodyguard to a famous industrialist, discovers that someone is coming to collect the soul of his employer as payment for an ancient debt. New Fiction

Black, Holly. Book of Night. In a world where shadows have feelings and memories and can be altered, a low-level con artist/bartender is pitted against doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires, shadow thieves, and her own sister while trying to keep out of trouble. New Fiction

Mallery, Susan. The Boardwalk Bookshop. Three best friends brought together by chance, bookshop owners Bree, Mikki and Ashley each get a chance for a new beginning and a love to last a lifetime when they fight for what they really want. New Fiction

Taylor, Tom and John Timms. Superman: Son of Kal-El. When his father leaves Earth, the son of Superman and Lois Lane steps into his father’s large boots and dons the symbol of hope embodying everything the Man of Steel stands for – and then some. The new Superman strives to be a more proactive champion for real change and social justice in the world. He creates some powerful enemies along the way. New Graphic Novel

Van Pelt, Shelby. Remarkably Bright Creatures. After her husband dies, widow Tova Sullivan starts working at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, where she forms a special bond with a giant Pacific octopus who holds the key solving the mysterious disappearance of her 18-year-old son, Erik, over thirty years ago on the Puget Sound. New Fiction

Lauren, Christina. Something Wilder. When the man who broke her heart is in her tourist group, Lily Wilder, the daughter of a notorious treasure hunter, after the trip goes horribly and hilariously wrong, must decide whether she’ll risk her life and heart on the adventure of a lifetime. New Fiction

Lemire, Jeff. Sweet Tooth Compendium. An inexplicable plague has women giving birth to human-animal hybrid children all over the world. The deer-child Gus is left to fend for himself after his father dies, leaving him with more questions than answers. New Graphic Novel

Moore, Christopher. Razzmatazz. In 1947 San Francisco, bartender Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin is tasked by club owner Jimmy Vasco to find out who is killing the city’s drag kings, while Eddie “Moo Shoes” Shu seeks to save his uncle’s opium den from Squid Kid Tang. New Fiction

Pickett, Rex. The Archivist. When archivist Nadia Fontaine is found drowned, Emily Snow is hired to finish the job she started: to process the papers of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Raymond West. But was Nadia’s death really an accident? New Fiction

Straub, Emma. This Time Tomorrow. When Alice wakes up on her 40th birthday somehow back in 1996 as her 16-year-old self, she finds the biggest surprise is the 49-year-old version of her father with whom she is reunited, and, armed with a new perspective on life, wonders what she would change given the chance. New Fiction

Varjabedian, Craig. Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby. For more than 20 years, the author has explored and photographed the red cliffs and sweeping plains of the fabled 21,000-acre Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico. He shares more than one hundred new black-and-white photographs capturing its evanescent light. New Nonfiction

Green, Jane. Sister Stardust. Inspired by a true story, the author reimagines the glamorous and tragic life of fashion icon and socialite Talitha Getty through the eyes of Claire, a young woman in search of adventure who is drawn into Talitha’s orbit, forever changing her life. New Fiction

Kimball, Margaret. And Now I Spill The Family Secrets. A beautifully illustrated memoir investigates a family’s history with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and one woman’s quest to find healing among what remains. New Nonfiction

Parker, Nicky. Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Youth. Provides a deep dive into the protections and rights promised to children and young adults by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and how to defend them. New YA Nonfiction

Sepetys, Ruta. I Must Betray You. Seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer, but he decides to use his position to try to outwit his handler, undermine the regime, give voice to fellow Romanians, and expose to the world what is happening in his country. New YA Fiction

Spider-Man: No Way Home. When Peter Parker asks Doctor Strange to make his identity secret, the spell goes wrong and breaks open the multiverse, which allows dangerous foes from alternate realities to enter Parker’s world. Rated PG-13. New DVD

Spitzer, Toba. God Is Here: Reimagining the Divine. A rabbi discovers in the Hebrew Bible a rich and varied palette of metaphors for the divine, and addresses how we can use this ancient imagery to experience holiness in daily life. New Nonfiction

Yellowstone, Season 4. Who shot John Dutton? Following the brutal attacks at the end of Season 3, Rip and the other wranglers wield their own brand of justice to take revenge and defend the Dutton legacy. New DVD

Ashton, Edward. Mickey7. A disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice work Niflheim, Mickey7, who can regenerate after dying, must keep his newly arrived clone a secret from the rest of the colony as the survival of all lifeforms comes down to him. New Fiction

Keneally, Thomas. Dickens Boy. The son of England’s most famous author, Edward Dickens, is sent to Australia to make something of himself—or at least fall out of the public eye—where he works hard to prove to his parents and himself that he can succeed in this vast and unfamiliar wilderness. New Fiction

Nakamura, Fuminori. My Annihilation. What transforms a person into a killer? Can it be something as small as a suggestion? Turn this page, and you may forfeit your entire life. New Fiction

Ndlovu, Siphiwe Gloria. The History of Man. A white South African-born civil servant founds an Organization of Domestic Affairs to keep records of Black people’s births, marriages, divorces, education, work, and deaths, after learning a woman’s killing couldn’t be investigated because the police had no information about her. New Fiction