Library Happenings

October 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 Tuesday of the Month. 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. October 12. Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “Keep Your Online Persona Safe.” Hold a mirror to your online image, personal and professional. Free to attend, no registration required.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

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. The program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Children receive a book bag with information, coloring pages, reading activities, a free book and a reading chart. At each level of 100 books read, there are free stickers. Each child completing 1,000 books receives a free t-shirt and a photo on the Library’s Wall of Fame.

Big Read Wichita: October 1 – November 15. Newton Public Library is a 2017 Big Read Wichita partner. The library has copies ofLatehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir,” by Kao Kalia Yang. The author is a Hmong-American author, filmmaker, public speaker, and storyteller. Events are listed here: http://www.wichitalibrary.org/bigread/pages/events.aspx.

Friends Members-Only PreSale: 6-8 p.m. October 19. Friends of Newton Public Library have first pick of items for sale at the fall Book Sale. Join the Friends of $10/year or $50/lifetime! All proceeds benefit the Library and your reading habit!

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. October 19. Read and discuss “Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir,” the 2017 Big Read Wichita selection, by Kao Kalia Yang. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Friends Fall Book Sale: 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. October 20. Friends of Newton Public Library host their annual book sale! Bargains galore! Proceeds support Newton Public Library and your reading habits!

Friends Fall Book Sale: 9 a.m. – noon. October 21. Friends of Newton Public Library host their annual book sale! Even better bargains on Saturday! Proceeds support Newton Public Library and your reading habits!

Mini-Monster Pumpkin Decorating Contest: 3 p.m. October 21. Pick your mini pumpkin, provided by Friends of Newton Public Library, and decorate it with felt, markers, stickers, paper, glue, etc. (no puncture wounds for these pumpkins!). Pumpkins will be displayed on the main floor October 24-30. Vote for your favorite mini-monster pumpkin during that week by “liking” on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be announced October 31.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 23. Decorate a mini pumpkin.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. October 23. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, professor at Goddard College of Plainfield, Vermont, leads a discussion of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by James Baldwin. This is the last book in a three-book series “Faith in Fiction: Christianity.” Discussion leaders and books are provided by Kansas Humanities Council. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Images on Ice, a Photographer’s Life in Antarctica: 7 p.m. October 24. Join internationally recognized photographer Kira Morris for a photographic journey through her four-year experience living and working at McMurdo Station, a U.S. research base in Antarctica.

Library Closed: October 25 and 26. Library staff will attend the Kansas Library Association Conference.

Unclaimed Property Checks and College and ABLE Savings Awareness: 12:30 – 3: p.m. October 27. Tom Treacy with Kansas Treasurer’s Office presents this free program.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 30. Make a Harry Potter wand.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

“Blue Revolution” Discussion, 7 p.m. October 30. Brad Guhr, Education Coordinator at Dyck Arboretum, will be a guest speaker and discussion leader for the discussion of the Hesston Community Read book, “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis,” by Cynthia Barnett.

Face Painting, Slime Making, “Casper” Watching: 4-6 p.m. October 31. Get yourself in the mood for trick or treat. Movie rated PG.

#FakeNews, Bethel College Krehbiel Auditorium, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. November 1: Join Betsy and Dan at their Life Enrichment Series presentation.

Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. November 1. Read and discuss “Beyond Cold Blood” by Larry Welch. Michael Eells, an agent for the State of Kansas, will be available to share his insights. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Author Talk, Hesston College Mennonite Church, 309 S Main, Hesston, 7:30 p.m. November 2: Hesston Community Reads author Cynthia Barnett talks about her book “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis.”

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. November 4. Bring your friends to watch “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (PG-13). Snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. November 6. Make Sticky Hands.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

How Soap is Made: 7 p.m. November 6. Cedar Creek Soap Company in Halstead will be here to talk about the process for making soap.

Immigration in Kansas Today: 7 p.m. November 9.  Matthew Sanderson, professor of sociology at Kansas State University, talks about how immigration today compares with immigration since the 1860s, connecting the trends that communities face when new people move in. This is a Big Read Wichita program and is sponsored by Kansas Humanities Council.

Taste of Christmas: November 9 – 11. Pick up a Taste of Christmas puzzles board at participating businesses, including Newton Public Library. When you have completed the puzzle, return it to one of the participating businesses for a chance to win a prize.

Family Movie: 4 p.m. November 10. Load up the crew to watch “A Goofy Movie” (G). Snacks, too.

Teen GameZone & LEGOs: 4-5:30 p.m. November 13. Join Nathan, aka Mr. Dude, for some building time.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

: October 1 – November 15. Newton Public Library is a 2017 Big Read Wichita partner. The library has copies ofLatehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir,” by Kao Kalia Yang. The author is a Hmong-American author, filmmaker, public speaker, and storyteller. Events are listed here: http://www.wichitalibrary.org/bigread/pages/events.aspx.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 16. Make a faux crystal bracelet.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Third Tuesday Genealogy: 7 p.m. October 17. Gary Clark of the Wichita Genealogical Society will present “Dating and Identifying Your Mystery Photographs.”

Friends Members-Only PreSale: 6-8 p.m. October 19. Friends of Newton Public Library have first pick of items for sale at the fall Book Sale. Join the Friends of $10/year or $50/lifetime! All proceeds benefit the Library and your reading habit!

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. October 19. Read and discuss “Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir,” the 2017 Big Read Wichita selection, by Kao Kalia Yang. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Friends Fall Book Sale: 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. October 20. Friends of Newton Public Library host their annual book sale! Bargains galore! Proceeds support Newton Public Library and your reading habits!

Friends Fall Book Sale: 9 a.m. – noon. October 21. Friends of Newton Public Library host their annual book sale! Even better bargains on Saturday! Proceeds support Newton Public Library and your reading habits!

Mini-Monster Pumpkin Decorating Contest: 3 p.m. October 21. Pick your mini pumpkin, provided by Friends of Newton Public Library, and decorate it with felt, markers, stickers, paper, glue, etc. (no puncture wounds for these pumpkins!). Pumpkins will be displayed on the main floor October 24-30. Vote for your favorite mini-monster pumpkin during that week by “liking” on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be announced October 31.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 23. Decorate a mini pumpkin.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. October 23. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, professor at Goddard College of Plainfield, Vermont, leads a discussion of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by James Baldwin. This is the last book in a three-book series “Faith in Fiction: Christianity.” Discussion leaders and books are provided by Kansas Humanities Council. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Images on Ice, a Photographer’s Life in Antarctica: 7 p.m. October 24. Join internationally recognized photographer Kira Morris for a photographic journey through her four-year experience living and working at McMurdo Station, a U.S. research base in Antarctica.

Library Closed: October 25 and 26. Library staff will attend the Kansas Library Association Conference.

Unclaimed Property Checks and College and ABLE Savings Awareness: 12:30 – 3: p.m. October 27. Tom Treacy with Kansas Treasurer’s Office presents this free program.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 30. Make a Harry Potter wand.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

“Blue Revolution” Discussion, 7 p.m. October 30. Brad Guhr, Education Coordinator at Dyck Arboretum, will be a guest speaker and discussion leader for the discussion of the Hesston Community Read book, “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis,” by Cynthia Barnett.

Face Painting, Slime Making, “Casper” Watching: 4-6 p.m. October 31. Get yourself in the mood for trick or treat. Movie rated PG.

#FakeNews, Bethel College Krehbiel Auditorium, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. November 1: Join Betsy and Dan at their Life Enrichment Series presentation.

Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. November 1. Read and discuss “Beyond Cold Blood” by Larry Welch. Michael Eells, an agent for the State of Kansas, will be available to share his insights. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Author Talk, Hesston College Mennonite Church, 309 S Main, Hesston, 7:30 p.m. November 2: Hesston Community Reads author Cynthia Barnett talks about her book “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis.”

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. November 4. Bring your friends to watch “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (PG-13). Snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. November 6. Make Sticky Hands.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

How Soap is Made: 7 p.m. November 6. Cedar Creek Soap Company in Halstead will be here to talk about the process for making soap.

Immigration in Kansas Today: 7 p.m. November 9.  Matthew Sanderson, professor of sociology at Kansas State University, talks about how immigration today compares with immigration since the 1860s, connecting the trends that communities face when new people move in. This is a Big Read Wichita program and is sponsored by Kansas Humanities Council.

Taste of Christmas: November 9 – 11. Pick up a Taste of Christmas puzzles board at participating businesses, including Newton Public Library. When you have completed the puzzle, return it to one of the participating businesses for a chance to win a prize.

Family Movie: 4 p.m. November 10. Load up the crew to watch “A Goofy Movie” (G). Snacks, too.

Teen GameZone & LEGOs: 4-5:30 p.m. November 13. Join Nathan, aka Mr. Dude, for some building time.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Papercrafts & Coloring: 6:30 p.m. November 14. Make something from books headed for the recycle bin, or relax as you color. Supplies provided, or bring your own.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. November 16. Read and discuss “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Challenge Accepted! 3 p.m. November 18. It’s the World Record challenge event! How many Post-Its can you stick on your face? Or how many CDs can you balance on one finger?

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. November 20. It’s a trebuchet contest!  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Third Tuesday Genealogy: 7 p.m. November 21. Kansas author Judi Kirk talks about “Remnants: Prairie Gas Stations Remembered.” A book signing follows the presentation.

Display Case: Miniaturist Marla Pauls displays her miniature houses and furnishings.

Art Display: Enjoy the portraits of Robert Sandoval.

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See  a short video of the 2017 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.

All Eyez on Me. The story of Tupac Shakur, legendary rapper and activist. DVD

Coben, Harlan. Don’t Let Go. “Nap” Dumas is on a quest to determine the reason behind the death of his brother, his brother’s girlfriend, and the disappearance of his girlfriend. New Fiction

DeMille, Nelson. The Cuban Affair. Mac takes on Carlos as a client with the covert mission to recover sixty million dollars hidden when Castro’s revolution began. New Fiction

Garfunkel, Art. What is it all but Luminous. Notes from an underground man. New Nonfiction

Kendal, Claire. The Second Sister. A quest to solve the mystery of her older sister’s disappearance puts a young woman in mortal jeopardy. New Fiction

Markham, Lauren. The Far Away Brothers. Two young migrants and the making of an American life. New Nonfiction

Mathews, Brendan. The World of Tomorrow. A whirlwind week of love, blackmail, and betrayal in prewar New York. New Fiction

Meier, Leslie. Turkey Trot Murder. On the morning of the Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Lucy finds Alison Franklin dead and frozen in Blueberry Pond. New Fiction

Philipps, David. Wild Horse Country. The history, myth and future of the mustang. New Nonfiction

Rough Night. An all-girls reunion has unexpected consequences. DVD