Library Happenings

Date change:  McCrae Marionette Puppets will be at NPL on July 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Barnyard Puppets will be on July 27 at 1:30 p.m.

July Newsletter 

Library Blog – staff recommendations, new resources, book reviews, craft instructions, and more.

129 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!

SRPKidsSlider16Sign Up for Summer Reading! Enrollment for Summer Reading begins in May! Some programs require registration and have limited space. Summer Reading Programs begin June 1. For kids: On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!  For teens: Get in the Game – READ! For adults: Exercise Your Mind – READ!

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.
  • Tech Time in July is CANCELED.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

Learning Festival with “Spokes America:” 9 a.m. – noon, 1 – 4 p.m. July 14 and 9 a.m. – noon July 15. Students biking across America from Harvard and MIT will once again stop in Newton to offer free science and engineering camps for students ages 10-18. Classes offered are Aerospace Engineering, Neuroscience, Math, and Computer Science (coding games in Scratch). Contact the Library for more details and to register as space is limited.

Teen BookTalk: 3 p.m. July 14 CANCELED. 

Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. July 14. Join others for Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. July 16: Armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size and possess superhuman strength, this miniature hero must prevent Yellowjacket from using the same technology for evil (PG-13). DIY snack: mini dipped waffles.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. July 18. Create a salt painting! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Julane Hiebert Author Talk: 7 p.m. July 18. The author talks about the process of writing her new novel, “Wren.” A book signing follows.

KC Monarchs & Newton: 7 p.m. July 19. Baseball historian Phil S. Dixon talks about “The KC Monarchs in Your Hometown.” This team of the Negro National League sent many players to play major league baseball. This program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Petting Zoo Workshop: 10:30 a.m. July 20. Goats, bunnies, sheep and more join Susan Mueller in this program for 8-12 year-olds.

DATE CHANGE: McCrae Marionette Puppets: 1:30 p.m. July 20. The Clement McRae Puppet Theatre will be here with their special audience participation entertainment.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. July 20. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18. Challenge build: sports.

Teen BookTalk: 3 p.m. July 21. Teens in Honors or AP English discuss required summer reading: “The Help.”

Teen BookTalk: 4 p.m. July 21. Teens in Honors or AP English discuss required summer reading: “The Things They Carried.”

Teen YLinK (Youth Leaders in Kansas): 7 p.m. July 21. 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.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. July 21. Read and discuss “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. July 23. Four Jamaican bobsledders dream of competing in the Winter Olympics, despite never having seen snow (PG). DIY snack: Jamaican banana fritters.

Newton YMCA Talk: 1 p.m. July 25. Josh Gunderson and others from the new YMCA will be here to talk about the activities coming when the new facility opens.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. July 25. Craft leftovers – recreate or sample a craft you missed! 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. Successful commercial photographer Ray Martinez will talk about “My Journey in Photography.” All are welcome to attend.

DATE CHANGE: Barnyard Puppet Fun: 1:30 p.m. July 27. Come laugh along with the antics of NPL’s own Barnyard Puppets. Free fun for the whole family.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. July 27. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18. Challenge build: bridges.

Teen BookTalk: 3 p.m. July 28. Teens in Honors or AP English discuss required summer reading: “Pride and Prejudice” and “The Kite Runner.”

Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. July 30. Join others for Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

HopeFest: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. July 30 at Newton Recreation Center. Look for Newton Public Library’s booth!

Summer Reading Logs Are Due: July 30. Turn in your Summer Reading logs by 5:45 p.m. to be eligible for prizes and an invitation to the pool party!

Sign up for Fall StoryTimes, beginning August 1. Fall StoryTimes begin September 12. Preschool StoryTimes are for children ages 2 1/2 – 5 years old. Preschool sessions are Mondays at 7 p.m., and Tuesdays, Thursdays and 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.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. August 1. Make hyper colorful flowers to brighten your day.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Teen Pizza Party, by Invitation: 6 p.m. August 2. Teens who completed 5 Bingos during Summer Reading receive an invitation to the party.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. August 3. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18. Challenge build: space.

Mystery Lovers Book Club: 5 p.m. August 3. Read and discuss “The Templar Legacy” by Steve Berry. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen YLinK (Youth Leaders in Kansas): 7 p.m. August 4. 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.

Oral Health America: August 8. Hannah will be stopping in Newton as part of her bike across America to raise awareness of oral health project. She plans to be here to give tips and hand out oral health products donated by Crest through her partnership with Oral Health America. Read her blog at https://oralhealthamerica.org/smile4health/

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. August 8. For back-to-school, 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.

Papercrafts & Coloring: 6:30 p.m. August 9. Papercrafts from recycled books, plus coloring sheets and bookmarks. Supplies provided or bring your own for creative stress relief.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. August 10. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18. Challenge build: art.

Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. August 11. Join others for Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. August 15. For back-to-school, make locker clips.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Third Tuesday Genealogy: 7 p.m. August 16. Join others for a round-table discussion of genealogy topics.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. August 10. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18. Challenge build: castles.

Teen YLinK (Youth Leaders in Kansas): 7 p.m. August 18. 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.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. August 18. Read and discuss “The Reader” by Bernhard Schlink. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. August 20. Separated from her family, Cassie will do whatever it takes to reunite with her brother when aliens take decimate the planet (PG-13). And snacks!

Art Display:  Artwork from member artists at the Carriage Factory Gallery, one of the featured stops on the Flower & Garden Tour, is displayed.

Display Case: Enjoy the doll collection of Krys Hiebert.

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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.

Beauregard, Mark. The Whale, a Love Story. A fictionalized telling of Herman Melville’s relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne. New Fiction

Bowers, Sharon. The Useful Book. 201 life skills they used to teach in Home Ec and Shop. New Nonfiction

Cline, Emma. The Girls. The vulnerability, strength, and passion to belong are at the heart of this novel about teenage girls. New Fiction

Doiron, Paul Widowmaker. Game warden Mike Bowditch is on the trail of a ruthless vigilante amid the snow-covered mountains of Maine. New Fiction

5 Flights Up. A heartwarming story of a happily married couple who decide to let their Brooklyn apartment go and explore a new life. DVD

Isenberg, Nancy. White Trash. The 400-year untold history of class in America. New Nonfiction

Kelly, Kevin. The Inevitable. Understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future. New Nonfiction

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. A zombie outbreak provides a new twist on this Jane Austen’s novel. DVD

Sunstein, Cass R. The World According to Star Wars. The mythological tale of our time is used to explore questions about life. New Nonfiction

Tyler, Anne. Vinegar Girl. A contemporary take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. New Fiction