Library Happenings

Sign Up for Summer Reading! “Build a Better World!” is the theme for summer reading for all ages. Some programs have limited enrollment, so sign up early! The kid’s program includes collecting Reading Tickets, StoryTimes, special programs, Family Time Fun on Wednesdays and more! Teens will be filling bingo cards with reading and other challenges, having special programs, gaming, crafts, movies, book discussions and more! Adult Summer Reading features weekly prize drawings and more special programs, many of them adding to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of The Chisholm Trail!

May 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. June 8. Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “Artificial Intelligence: Why it is NOT Scary … Yet.” Free to attend, no registration required.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. May 22. Make band bookmarks.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. May 23. Join others to photograph windmills and other features at Harper Farms. Contact the Library for directions and further details.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. May 24. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Harvey County Maker Club: 7 p.m. May 25. 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.

Teen Summer Reading Kick-Off Party: 3 p.m. May 27. Play capture the flag and sign up for Summer Reading “Build a Better World,” all while enjoying ice cream floats!

Library Closed for the Memorial Day Holiday: May 29.

NPL Opens at 10 a.m. May 31: Staff and volunteers will be attending an appreciation breakfast, hosted by the board.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. May 31. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Summer Reading Programs Begin: June 1. Make sure to sign up and get your reading started! Read for fun and prizes. Programs for all ages! The kid’s program includes collecting Reading Tickets, StoryTimes, special programs, Family Time Fun on Wednesdays and more! Teens will be filling bingo cards with reading and other challenges, having special programs, gaming, crafts, movies, book discussions and more! Adult Summer Reading features weekly prize drawings and more special programs, many of them adding to the celebration of 150 years of The Chisholm Trail! “Build a Better World!”

Drum Safari SRP Kick-Off Party: 7 p.m. June 1. Drum roll, please! Kick off Summer Reading with an interactive musical “safari.” Bring the family for free fun!

Teen Fear Factor: 3 p.m. June 3. Fear Factor, the Food Edition! Come prepared to taste your fear!

Brown Bag Movie: 12:30 p.m. June 5. It’s Western Showtime! Bring your lunch (or not) and enjoy Fistful of Dollars (R).

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. June 5. Make a Pokemon Magic 8 Ball.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Crust and Crumb: 2 p.m. June 6. Sharon Entz, proprietor of Crust and Crumb, shares about growing and milling Turkey Red wheat and the process of making it into tasty bread!

Monty the Reading Magician: 1:30 p.m. June 7. Family Time Fun hosts Monty the Reading Magician. Bring the family for free entertainment!

Master Builders … Snap Circuits: 3:30-4:30 p.m. June 7. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Mystery Lover’s Book Club: 5 p.m. June 7. Read and discuss “Holmes on the Range” by Steve Hockensmith. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

#FakeNews: 10 a.m. June 8 at Grand Central, 122 East Sixth. Another chance for you to learn ways to discern the veracity of news and information, presented by Dan Eells, Adult Services Supervisor and Betsy Davis, Technical Services Supervisor.

Teen Screen: 3:30 p.m. June 9. Bring your friends to watch “Spare Parts” (PG-13). Be inspired by this true story. Snacks, too!

2017 Flower & Garden Tour: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. June 10 and 1-4 p.m. June 11. The Second Century Library Foundation sponsors a tour of area gardens. More information coming!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. June 12. Make a biodome.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Teens Fight Against Drug Use: 2 p.m. June 13. Kansas Learning Center for Health and Youth as Resources of Harvey County team up to talk about the consequences of drug use and the effect that lead to tolerance and addiction. Activities, giveaways, and more!

Papercrafts & Coloring: 6:30 p.m. June 13. Craft something from discarded books, or color yourself calm. Supplies provided, or bring your own.

StoneLion Puppet Theatre: 1:30 p.m. June 14. Hear the story “I’d Rather be a Hummingbird” as told by a beaver, a bear, and other puppets. Family Time Fun is free entertainment!

Master Builders … Rube Goldberg Challenge: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. June 14. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Nancy Pickard Author Talk: 7 p.m. June 14. Nationally acclaimed Kansas author Nancy Pickard will talk about her books and writing process.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. June 15. Read and discuss “True Tales of the Prairie and Plains” by David Dary. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Brown Bag Movie: High Noon. June 19. It’s Western Showtime! Bring your lunch (or not) and enjoy High Noon (PG).

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. June 19. Make bath fizzies.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Author Talks: 7 p.m. June 19. Bill and Blake Bush, father/son authors of the “Vetrix” books, and N. Jade Gray, author of “All for the Love of a Cowboy.” Book signings will follow the presentation.

Cowboys and Clerics: 7 p.m. June 20. John Burchill, author and criminal justice historian at Kansas Wesleyan University, looks into the early years of Kansas clergy and the colorful characters that made up our early faith communities. This program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Barnyard Puppet Theatre: 1:30 p.m. June 21. Laugh along with the NPL’s own Barnyard Puppets! Family Time fun is free entertainment!

Master Builders … littleBits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. June 21. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Harvey County Maker Club: 7 p.m. June 22. 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.

Teen Mystery Bag Mayhem: 3 p.m. June 24. What’s in the bag? Build something from the bag you choose.

Display Case: Harvey County Historical Museum has a display of photos of local historical architecture.

Art Display: Enjoy the striking black and white photography by David Sloan Welfelt.

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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.

Armstrong, Ross. The Watcher. Lily is a bird-watcher and gets drawn into spying on her neighbors, but someone is also watching Lily. New Fiction

Backman, Fredrik. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. A portrait of an elderly man’s struggle to hold onto his most precious memories and his family’s efforts to care for him. New Fiction

Cannell, Michael. Incendiary. The psychiatrist, the mad bomber, and the invention of criminal profiling. New Nonfiction

El Akkad, Omar. American War. In a near future in which a politically polarized America descends into a second Civil War, a family fights to survive. New and CD Fiction

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. I’d Die for You. A collection of previously unpublished and uncollected short stories by the iconic author of The Great Gatsby. New Fiction

Newsweek Global. News and commentary on developments in the nation and the world, including national and international affairs, science, sports, religion, business, medicine & the arts. Flipster Digital Magazine

Paterson. Paterson is a bus driver in Paterson, NJ, observing the city and writing poetry of what he experiences. DVD

Sears, Stephen W. Lincoln’s Lieutenants. A multilayered group biography of the commanders who led the Army of the Potomac. New and CD Nonfiction

To Walk Invisible. The Bronte sisters face a life of hardship but discover that their imaginative fantasy world my offer a way out, by Masterpiece Theater. DVD

Winchester, Simon. When the Sky Breaks. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and the worst weather in the world. New Nonfiction