Library Happenings

January 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 Resource:  Lynda.com with access to thousands of courses for developers, designers, photographers, animators, videographers, educators, business people, musicians, and more!

Sign up for Spring StoryTime. Preregistered participants enjoy a weekly StoryTime with puppets, songs, rhymes, crafts, and, of course, stories! Children ages 2 1/2 – 5 years old may enroll for Preschool StoryTime: Mondays at 7 p.m., or Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.  StoryTimes are free, but registration is required. Spring StoryTimes begin January 9 and continue through April 21.

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.
  • Smart Phone Workshop: 7 p.m. First and Last Tuesdays. Z Wireless staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Bring your smart phone.
  • Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. February 9. Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “Computer Guts.” What does the inside of a computer look like? And what do all those “things” do? Free to attend, no registration required.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

2016 Trivia Teen Program: 3 p.m. January 21. Who had the best-selling song of 2016? Think you know the answers? Test your knowledge of all things 2016!

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

Kick Off the New Year with Your New Gear: 7 p.m. January 24. Professional photographer Jim Griggs will focus on creativity, stepping out of your comfort zone, shooting things you never have or shooting them in new ways while flexing that new gear. All are welcome to attend Fourth Tuesday Photography programs.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. January 25. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. January 25. “Motherless Brooklyn” by Jonathan Lethem is the first book in a three-book discussion series on “Award Winners.” Sister Rosemary Kolich, teacher of English at the University of Saint Mary, leads the discussion. This series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. January 26. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Harvey County Maker Club: 7 p.m. January 26. Join an open group of people who like to create in whatever form or medium. Share ideas, ask questions, receive answers, celebrate mistakes and successes. Free to makers of all variety or skill level.

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

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. February 1. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Mystery Lover’s Book Club: 5 p.m. February 1. Read and discuss “The Long Fall” by Walter Mosley. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Youth Leaders in Kansas: 7 p.m. February 2. Lead, advocate, make a difference! The goal of YLinK is to improve life for ages 12-18 with mental health issues living in our community. Bring an adult ally.

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

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): February 8 through April 12. Trained volunteers offer free tax help to lower income taxpayers. VITA Information Sheet includes a list of things to bring. Registration is first-come, first-served, with sign up beginning at 9 a.m. for each assistance day.  The days and times of assistance will be:

  • Mondays from 6 – 8:15 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 9:15 a.m. – 12 noon and 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. – noon

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

Coping, Emotions, and Stress with Alternative Medicine: 7 p.m. February 8. Constance Gehring, DOM, L.Ac. and Vicki Dukes, DC, talk about how alternative medicine can provide assistance in dealing with difficulties.

Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. February 9. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Teen Screen: 4 p.m. February 10. Follow the adventures of Belle, who finds herself in the castle of a prince who has been turned into a beast, rated G.

Teen GameZone … no Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. February 13.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Icky Love Stuff Puppet Show: 4 p.m. February 14. Bring the family to enjoy the antics of the Barnyard Puppets. Then create a Valentine for the library to mail to your favorite author!

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. February 15. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Third Thursday Book Cub: 7 p.m. February 16. Read and discuss “The Turner House” by Angela Flournoy. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Youth Leaders in Kansas: 7 p.m. February 16. Lead, advocate, make a difference! The goal of YLinK is to improve life for ages 12-18 with mental health issues living in our community. Bring an adult ally.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. February 20. Create a puzzle piece monogram.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Document and Photo Damage Repair: 7 p.m. February 21. Gary Clark, board member of the Wichita Genealogical Society, will share how to protect documents and photos from further damage and bring them back to life with digital archiving and restoration.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. February 22. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Art Display: The photography of Sean Tomlinson is on display

Display Case: Enjoy a display of quilting handiwork by Linda Jones.

Good Reads in Your Inbox: Interested in the latest mysteries, or what’s new in self-help and fitness books, or maybe science fiction, or….? Sign up to receive e-mail notifications from BookLetters of new books that would interest you. Read the reviews, find out what’s next in a series, the latest audiobooks and what’s HOT. Check for lists of genres and online registration.

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.

A Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness. Ira Israel leads beginners through everything they need to know to practice meditation. DVD

Clarke, Cassandra Rose. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter. Finn is an android, programmed to assist Cat in her tutoring, but when the government grants rights to the robot population, Finn struggles to find his place in the world. New Fiction

The Defenders. E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed star as a father-and-son team of defense attorneys. DVD

Fourez, Liz. A Touch of Farmhouse Charm. Easy DIY projects to add a warm and rustic feel to any room. New Nonfiction

Hansen, Dorte. This House is Mine. Two strong-willed women, live in an old farmhouse in East Prussia that began as a safe haven for refugees. New Fiction

Howard, Kate. The Ornatrix. When Flavia becomes the personal handmaid to Ghostanza, she learns she can cover her birthmark with poisonous white lead cerussa. New Fiction

Jacobson, Abbi. Carry This Book. A wonderfully weird illustrated look at the world around us from the framework of the things we carry. New Nonfiction

Lawton, John. Then We Take Berlin. The first in a historical espionage series, folloing Joe Wilderness, a man who becomes embroiled in a smuggling scheme in postwar Berlin. New Fiction

Mann, William J. The Wars of the Roosevelts. The ruthless rise of America’s greatest political family. New Nonfiction

Zach, Emily. The Art of Beatrix Potter. Sketches, paintings and illustrations by the beloved children’s book author and artist. New Nonfiction