Library Happenings

October 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 Resources: Hoopla brings you eBooks, Audiobooks, Comics, Music, Movies and TV Shows! Download the app or go to Log in with your library card and instantly borrow up to four items per month … no waiting … no late fees … always available. gives Newton Public Library cardholders access to thousands of courses for developers, designers, photographers, animators, videographers, educators, business people, musicians, and more!

Free Technology Events:

  • Tech Help Open Hours: Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m. 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 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. November 15. Nathan, IT Supervisor, will present “Black Friday/Cyber Monday: What’s it all about?” Find out the definition, security, all about VPN’s, WPA2, DNS filters, passwords and more! Free to attend, no registration required.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, computer questions, 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. Contact the Library to register.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is a much-appreciated service provided by volunteers. Consider receiving training to help with this valuable service to low-income taxpayers. Interested? Contact Dan at NPL. First training is November 7.

Hora de Cuentos – Pre-escolar en Español / Spanish StoryTime: 10:30 a.m. on Mondays. Children ages 2 ½ – 5 years old are invited to enjoy StoryTime activities, presented in Spanish.

Immigration Stories of Newton – from There to Here: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. October 13. “From There to Here: Immigrant Stories of Kansas/De Allá Para Acá: Historias de Inmigrantes en Kansas” a writing workshop will be led by José Faus of the Latino Writer’s Collective. No previous writing experience is necessary. Bring an object that is meaningful to inspire your writing, if you wish. The workshop is available in Spanish and English and is a program of Humanities Kansas.

Star Wars Reads Day: 3-5 p.m. October 13. Join the 501st Storm Troopers for a Star Wars Reads celebration. Photo ops, StoryTime, coloring and keychain crafts, build a book maze for Droids, scavenger hunt and Star Wars books, of course!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 15. Make a skeleton key chain. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

The Service Men: 7 p.m. October 16. Author and photographer Judi Kirk returns with her second book on prairie gas stations entitled “Glimpses: Fill’er Up Memoirs & Memorabilia.” Judi will relate the stories of 4 or 5 of the gas station service men who worked the pumps. A book signing follows the presentation.

Third Thursday and Big Read Wichita Book Discussion: 7 p.m. October 18. Read and discuss “Stations Eleven,” the Big Read Wichita book, by Emily St. John Mandel. Contact the Library for copies of the book. Find more Big Read Wichita events at

Teen Breakfast Book Club: 10 a.m. October 20. Munch some breakfast while discussing “The Prince of Mist” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Copies of the book are available at the Library – ask at the front desk.

Teen Mini-Pumpkin Decorating: 3 p.m. October 20. Decorate a mini-pumpkin with bits from Sharon’s stash. Pumpkins will be on display in the adult services area, with voting for the crowd favorite on Facebook.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 22. Decorate a mini-pumpkin, if you missed Saturday’s event, or create a black cat foam mosaic sign just in time for Halloween! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Unnatural – Objects, Angles & Oddities: 7 p.m. October 23. Photographer Debbie Wiens shares her perspective on capturing unique images.

Fall Puppet Show: 10 a.m. October 24. Leaves and pumpkins and spookiness and more at the Barnyard Puppets Show! All ages welcome.

Library Closed: October 25. Staff will attend the Kansas Library Association Conference meetings in Wichita.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 29. Make your own Halloween treat bag! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Face Painting: 4-6 p.m. October 31. Get your Halloween face on at the Library! Free face painting!

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. November 3. Huddle with your friends to watch Blind Side (PG-13). Snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. November 5. Create leaf silhouettes! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Mystery Lover’s Book Discussion: 5 p.m. November 7. Read and discuss “Unsub” by Meg Gardiner. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Taste of Christmas: November 8 – 10. Pick up a Taste of Christmas puzzles board at participating businesses, including Newton Public Library. When you have completed the puzzle, return it to one of the participating businesses for a chance to win a prize.

Railer Roundtable. 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. November 10 at NPL. The Roundtable is at NPL! Bring questions and share your thoughts and opinions about Newton USD 373 schools with Superintendent Dr. Deb Hamm and the school district.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. November 12. Here is your chance to make rubber band puzzles! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers: 7 p.m. November 12. Families of preschoolers are invited to celebrate “Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure” by Derek Anderson. Stories, puppet shows, crafts, and snacks will be part of the evening of free activities.

Display Case: Marla Pauls displays miniatures.

Art Display: Photographer Jeff Heidel shares his nature photography.

New Items Now Available:

American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures. Actress America Ferrera has edited a vibrant and varied collection of accounts about the experience of growing up between cultures. New Nonfiction

Coelho, Paulo. Hippie. Follow Paulo on his journey across continents in search of a deeper meaning for his life. New Fiction

Gowar, Imogen Hermes. The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock. Be transported to 1785 London as Johan Hancock unexpectedly is given a mermaid, which is dead, that everyone wants to see. New and CD Fiction

Harari, Yuval Noah. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Explore the challenge of navigating life, as technology advances faster than our understanding it, and preparing for a different world. New Nonfiction

Moore, Wayétu. She Would Be King. The early years of Liberia is reimagined through three unforgettable characters. New Fiction

Otis, Abbey Mei. Alien Virus Love Disaster: Stories. Twelve stories using strange situations to explore power, oppression and grief. New Fiction

Rhoades, J. D. Fortunate Son. Thirteen years after two brothers were found alone, hungry and freezing, the big brother kidnaps his younger brother to find their mother. New Fiction

Stallworth, Ron. Black Klansman. The true story of an undercover black police officer who joins the Ku Klux Klan. New Nonfiction