Library Happenings

September 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.

Third Tuesday Genealogy Outing: 5:30 p.m. September 19. Vince Marshall will lead a tour on the topic “Dowsing for History Clues.” Contact the Library for directions.

Master Builders … littleBits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. September 20. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. September 20. Gene Chavez, founder and president of Chavez and Associates of Kansas City, leads a discussion of “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya. This is the second 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.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. September 21. Read and discuss “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. September 25. Make sand bottles.  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: 7 p.m. September 25. Join the Friends of NPL at the fall meeting to discuss upcoming book sale and other projects. Snacks will be provided.

Fourth Tuesday Photography Potluck: 5:30 p.m. September 26. Join other photographers at North Newton Memorial Grove with a side dish to share. Following the potluck, the Bethel College Science Center Observatory deck will be open for photographers. Contact the Library for further details.

Master Builders … Librarian’s Choice: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. September 27. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

MAKE Harvey: 7 p.m. September 28. New Name! Meet with an open group of people who like to Dream/Learn/MAKE/Share in whatever form or medium they choose. Share talents, ideas, ask questions, give and receive advice and celebrate failures and successes.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 2. Make a Perler headphone case.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary: 7 p.m. October 2.  Kevin Rabas, Poet Laureate of Kansas will share how poetry can illuminate the path through our daily lives, revealing beauty in the mundane tasks and objects that we often overlook. The program is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Master Builders … Snap Circuits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. October 4. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. October 4. Read and discuss “Grave Sight” by Charlaine Harris. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Star Wars Reads Day: 6:30-8:30 October 5. Hang out with the 501st and check out a Star Wars book.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. October 7. Bring your friends to watch “Mean Girls” (PG-13) Snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 9. Paint a bookend.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Tax Information Session: 7:00 p.m. October 9. William Schmidt will talk about tax reform and how to prepare for filing taxes.

Papercrafts & Coloring: 6:30 p.m. October 10. Craft something spooky from discarded books, or color yourself calm. Supplies provided, or bring your own.

Master Builders … Squishy Circuits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. October 11. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Family Movie: 3:30 p.m. October 13. All ages are welcome to enjoy “Goosebumps” (PG). Snacks, too!

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.

Dating Old Photographs: 7 p.m. October 17. Gary Clark will talk about helpful clues to dating old photographs.

Master Builders … littleBits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. October 18. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Friends Members-Only PreSale: 6-8 p.m. October 19. 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!

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. October 19. Read and discuss “Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir,” the 2017 Wichita Big Read 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 spring 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 spring book sale! Even better bargains on Saturday! Proceeds support Newton Public Library and your reading habits!

Decorate Mini Pumpkin: 3 p.m. October 21. Teens will decorate a mini pumpkin in anticipation of the Pumpkin Decorating Contest, October 24-31. Supplies provided. (No perforations or cutting in this pumpkin contest!)

Display Case: The Headings family displays some of the creative arts and crafts they’ve created.

Art Display: Enjoy the portraits, landscapes and wildlife images of photographer Ashley Smith.

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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.

Culliton, Emily. The Misfortune of Marion Palm. A Brooklyn Heights wife and mother has embezzled from her children’s private school and makes a run for it. New Fiction

Dee, Jonathan. The Locals. The residents of a small town in the Berkshires deal with the billionaire in their midst in this story of rising inequality and working class decline. New Fiction

Ellwood, Nuala. My Sister’s Bones. A war reporter returns home when her mother dies and must deal with her own memories of a traumatic childhood that may not be as she remembers. New Fiction

Frezon, Peggy. Faithfully Yours. The amazing bond between us and the animals we love. New Nonfiction

Gifted. A single man, dedicated to raising his spirited niece, finds their lives interrupted when the young girl’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of her overbearing grandmother. DVD

Kalmus, Peter. Being the Change. Live well and spark a climate revolution. New Nonfiction

Land of Mine. A World War II story of German POWs forced to defuse and clear 2 million land mines on the Danish coast. DVD

Pearlman, Catherine PhD., LCSW. Ignore It! How selectively looking the other way can decrease behavioral problems and increase parenting satisfaction. New Nonfiction

Rachlin, Benjamin. Ghost of the Innocent Man. A true story of the wrongful conviction of Willie J. Grimes, his journey to freedom, and a path to meaningful reform. New Nonfiction

Spindler, Erica. The Other Girl. Officer Miranda Rader finds no one believes her as her past returns to haunt her during a murder investigation. New Fiction