Library Happenings

Summer Reading Program: The 2021 Summer Reading Program features events, reading challenges, and prizes for all ages. It starts June 1, and registration is open now! To register, call 316-283-2890, email library@newtonplks.org, or ask a staff member.

Children’s Activity Packets: Free activity packets for preschool through kindergarten-aged children are available for pickup in the children’s area. New packets are released on Mondays. Reservations are not required, but patrons can call ahead to confirm availability.

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.

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.

Teen Virtual GameTime: 4 p.m. June 28. Teens and tweens, join a Zoom video chat and play online games together. Email library@newtonplks.org to sign up and get the Zoom link.

StoryTime, Ages 1-5: 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. June 29. Enjoy stories, singing and dancing in the library’s Bessmer Meeting Room. Wearing a mask is required for school-aged children and older.

StoryTime, Ages 5-9: 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. July 1. Enjoy stories, singing and dancing in the library’s Bessmer Meeting Room. Wearing a mask is required for school-aged children and older.

Breakfast Book Club for Teens/Tweens: 10 a.m. July 3. Meet at the library to discuss “Redwall,” by Brian Jacques, and enjoy breakfast goodies. Contact the library to sign up and borrow a copy of the book.

Library Closed: July 5. Newton Public Library is closed all day July 5 in observance of Independence Day.

StoryTime, Ages 1-5: 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. July 6. Enjoy stories, singing and dancing in the library’s Bessmer Meeting Room. Wearing a mask is required for school-aged children and older.

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. July 7. Read and discuss “Florida Roadkill” by Tim Dorsey. The discussion will meet indoors at the library; masks required. Contact the library to borrow a copy of the book.

StoryTime, Ages 5-9: 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. July 8. Enjoy stories, singing and dancing in the library’s Bessmer Meeting Room. Wearing a mask is required for school-aged children and older.

Tech Talk with Nathan Carr: 6:30 p.m. July 8. The library’s IT supervisor will present “Electronic Resources and Tools for Book Lovers.” Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

Family Movie in the Park: 8 p.m. July 9. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for an outdoor screening of “Wonder” (PG) in Military Park. The event starts at 8; the movie will start as soon as it’s dark enough. The screening will be canceled in the event of bad weather.

Teen Virtual GameTime: 4 p.m. July 12. Teens and tweens, join a Zoom video chat and play online games together. Email library@newtonplks.org to sign up and get the Zoom link.

StoryTime, Ages 1-5: 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. July 13. Enjoy stories, singing and dancing in the library’s Bessmer Meeting Room. Wearing a mask is required for school-aged children and older.

Nonfiction Book Club: 7 p.m. July 13. Read and discuss “Quiet,” by Susan Cain. The discussion will meet indoors at the library; masks required. Contact the library to borrow a copy of the book.

StoryTime, Ages 5-9: 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. July 15. Enjoy stories, singing and dancing in the library’s Bessmer Meeting Room. Wearing a mask is required for school-aged children and older.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. July 15. Read and discuss “The Professor’s House,” by Willa Cather. The discussion will meet indoors at the library; masks required. Contact the library to borrow a copy of the book.

Breakfast Book Club for Tweens/Teens: 10 a.m. July 17. Meet at the library to discuss “Crenshaw,” by Katherine Applegate, and enjoy breakfast goodies. Contact the library to sign up and borrow a copy of the book.

Teen Virtual GameTime: 4 p.m. July 19. Teens and tweens, join a Zoom video chat and play online games together. Email library@newtonplks.org to sign up and get the Zoom link.

StoryTime, Ages 1-5: 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. July 20. Enjoy stories, singing and dancing in the library’s Bessmer Meeting Room. Wearing a mask is required for school-aged children and older.

Kansas Author Talk with Dan Glickman: 7 p.m. July 20. The former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, congressman, and MPAA chief will give an online talk about his new memoir, “Laughing at Myself.” Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

StoryTime, Ages 5-9: 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. July 22. Enjoy stories, singing and dancing in the library’s Bessmer Meeting Room. Wearing a mask is required for school-aged children and older.

Kansas Author Talk with Katherine Wiens: 7 p.m. July 22. Local author Katherine Burkey Wiens will read from and talk about her new memoir, “Please Don’t Send Me Back.” Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

Teen Virtual GameTime: 4 p.m. July 26. Teens and tweens, join a Zoom video chat and play online games together. Email library@newtonplks.org to sign up and get the Zoom link.

StoryTime, Ages 1-5: 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. July 20. Enjoy stories, singing and dancing in the library’s Bessmer Meeting Room. Wearing a mask is required for school-aged children and older.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. July 27. Fourth Tuesday welcomes Fernando Salazar, a professional photographer whose career includes 30 years as a Wichita Eagle photojournalist. Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

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.

Garvin, Eileen. The Music of Bees. Three strangers navigating grief and devastating setbacks cross paths in a rural Oregon town, where they find unexpected friendship, healing and new chances on local honeybee farm. New Fiction

Genova, Lisa. Remember. The Harvard-trained neuroscientist presents an exploration of the intricacies of human memory that distinguishes between normal and concerning memory loss while explaining the profound roles of sleep, stress, and other contributing influences. New Nonfiction

Hudes, Quiara Alegría. My Broken Language. A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright shares her lyrical coming-of-age story against a backdrop of her devastated barrio home and the idiosyncratic, troubled and fiercely loving Puerto Rican family that inspired her literary voice. New Memoir

Lee, Andrea. Red Island House. Follows two decades in the life of Shay, an African-American professor whose husband Senna, a brash and wealthy Italian businessman, builds her a dream house in Madagascar. New Fiction

Mbue, Imbolo. How Beautiful We Were. A young revolutionary risks everything to secure her people’s freedom when her small African village is decimated by an American oil company that reneges on promises of reparation. New Fiction

Meiburg, Jonathan. A Most Remarkable Creature. A first book by an award-winning natural-science writer introduces readers to the remarkable world of the caracaras social bird of prey, discussing how the species baffled Darwin and why it has remained confined to a small South American region. Illustrations. New Nonfiction

Another Round. Four friends, all teachers, embark on an experiment to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them reach greater levels of freedom and happiness. Winner of the 2021 Oscar for Best International Film. DVD

Doucleff, Michaeleen. Hunt, Gather, Parent. An NPR Science Desk correspondent challenges child-rearing practices commonly recommended to today’s parents, outlining alternatives grounded in international ancestral traditions that are being used effectively throughout the modern world. New Nonfiction

Fine, Julia. The Upstairs House. Recovering from a difficult childbirth, a woman caring for her newborn alone while her husband travels for work suffers a psychological unraveling that causes her to see the ghost of famed children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown. New Fiction

McCracken, Elizabeth. The Souvenir Museum. This short story collection includes entries about a fear-testing Texas water park venture, a widower’s puffin search, and a villain actress’s New Year celebration. New Fiction

Minari. This film follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. DVD

Newport, Cal. A World Without Email. The author outlines recommendations for business leaders on how to maximize a working team’s professional productivity by improving administrative support and streamlining digital traffic. New Nonfiction

Sweig, Julia. Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight. A magisterial biographical portrait, and a major reevaluation of the profound yet underappreciated impact the First Lady’s political instincts had on LBJ’s presidency. New Nonfiction

Yu, E. Lily. On Fragile Waves. Growing up on their parents’ mythical stories about the opportunities of Australia, a brother and sister travel with their family from war-torn Pakistan through temporary homes in Indonesia and Nauru, before government indifference in Australia challenges their dreams. New Fiction

De Laurentiis, Giada. Eat Better, Feel Better. The star of “Everyday Italian” outlines a three-week wellness program designed to bolster nutrition and reduce inflammation. She also includes 100 new recipes, including more than two dozen dairy-, sugar- and gluten-free recipes. New Nonfiction

Divya, S.B. Machinehood. In 2095, when her client is killed in front of her, Weiga Ramirez, executive bodyguard and ex-special forces, discovers that a new and mysterious terrorist group called The Machinehood is responsible and that they are just getting started. New Fiction

Engle, Margarita. Your Heart, My Sky. Coming of age against a backdrop of Cuba’s “Special Peacetime” severe economic depression, Liana is emboldened by starvation to skip a summer of forced farm labor and team up with a quiet boy and a mysterious dog to search for alternate food sources. New YA Fiction

Judas and the Black Messiah. An FBI informant infiltrates the Illinois Black Panthers to track their charismatic leader, Fred Hampton, whose rising political prowess has captured the attention of J. Edgar Hoover’s bureau. Rated R. DVD

Lahiri, Jhumpa. Whereabouts. An English translation of a first Italian-language novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Lowland” follows the routines of a misfit city dweller who experiences a year of remarkable transformation in the aftermath of a parent’s death. New Fiction

Thayer, Nancy. Family Reunion. Newly widowed, Eleanor Sunderland finds dreams of a family reunion in Nantucket shattered when her money-driven children suggest she sell the house and move to a retirement home, and finds a lone ally in her 22-year-old granddaughter, Ari, who moves in with her for the summer. New Fiction

Tumulty, Karen. The Triumph of Nancy Reagan. A Washington Post columnist presents a portrait of the former First Lady that includes coverage of her traumatic early childhood, marriage to Ronald Reagan and crucial role in shaping the Reagan White House. New Nonfiction

Tyson, Neil DeGrasse. Cosmic Queries. The astrophysicist offers a unique spin on the mysteries and curiosities of the cosmos, building on rich material from his beloved StarTalk podcast. New Nonfiction