Library Happenings

December 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, Thursdays or Fridays at 10:30 a.m.  Toddler StoryTime is for children ages 6 months – 2 1/2 years old on Fridays at 9:30 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.
  • 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.
  • Computer Programming Help: 4:30 p.m. Second and Fourth Saturdays.  Angel Diaz will help you learn how to program, no matter your computer proficiency. Or he’ll answer any questions you might have. Free, drop in to learn more.
  • Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. December 8. Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “Gamify Your Life” – keep your brain young the fun way! 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: 4-5:30 p.m. December 8. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. No crafts this time. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

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

Papercrafts and Coloring: 6:30 December 13. Create your holiday stress away with fun projects to celebrate the season.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. December 14. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Holiday Book Club: 7 p.m. December 14. Mystery Lover’s and Third Thursday readers unite to read and discuss A Christmas Visitor by Anne Perry. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Youth Leaders in Kansas: 7 p.m. December 15. 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 Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. December 17. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents (PG).

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

Family Holiday StoryTime: 7 p.m. December 19. Hear Christmas stories, watch puppet shows and enjoy hot chocolate. A relaxing fun (and free!) family evening.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-4:30 p.m. December 21. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Hour of Code: 3 p.m. December 22. Ages 10 and up, learn to program Droids to play in your own Star Wars game! It’s free, but registration is required.

Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. December 22. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Library Closed December 24 at noon and all day December 26. We wish you jolly good times with family and friends (and books and movies and music from the Library)!

Colorado Photography: 7 p.m. December 27. Mark Kreider presents his photography taken during summers working on Colorado trails, as well as hiking and camping trips from the last few years.

Library Closed December 31 at noon and all day January 2. Happy New Year! May it be filled with reading, watching, listening, and learning from Library resources!

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

Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. January 4. Read and discuss “The Ranger” by Ace Atkins. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Youth Leaders in Kansas: 7 p.m. January 5. 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.

Art Display:  Vibrant, detailed photography by Carl Koster is on display.

Display Case: A festive collection of paper napkins from the collection of Clarice Titus is on display, courtesy of Harvey County Historical Museum.

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.

Achen, Christopher H. Democracy for Realists. Why elections do not produce responsive government. New Nonfiction

Chouinard, Yvon. Let My People Go Surfing. The story of Patagonia’s unusual idea to challenge the culture of consumption. New Nonfiction

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. A film by Ken Burns for PBS about an American minister and his wife who committed to save refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation. DVD

Lowry, Beverly. Who Killed These Girls? The cold case of the yogurt shop murders is examined. New Nonfiction

Meier, Leslie. Eggnog Murder. Murder dampens the holiday spirit – is it the eggnog? New Fiction

Men Go to Battle. Months after Henry disappears from their Kentucky farmstead, his brother Francis discovers he’s joined the Union army, leaving each to find out what the Civil War will bring. DVD

Nelson, Willie. Pretty Paper. A Christmas tale finds Willie befriending a legless man on a cart who is a fellow musician. New Fiction

Norton, Sheila. Oliver: The Cat Who Saved Christmas. The tale of a little cat with a big heart. New Fiction

Spencer, Katherine. Because It’s Christmas. Thomas Kinkade’s Cape Light series continues. New Fiction

Vargas, Elizabeth. Between Breaths. A memoir of panic and addiction by the ABC journalist. New Nonfiction