Library Happenings

July Newsletter

Sign Up for Summer Reading! “A Universe of Stories” awaits this summer! Some programs are limited. Sign up early to reserve your spot! There are programs and activities for children, teens and adults.

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!

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.

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 Technology, Etc.: 6:45 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month.  The Harvey County Tech Enthusiasts meet to share information and applications regarding developments in the technology field. Open to all!

  • Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. August 8. Nathan, IT Supervisor, will present “Google Translate.” Nathan reviews how technology is enhancing communication. 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.

Conquistadors on the Plains: 7 p.m. July 16. Sandra Randel, Director of the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum, will present a program on the “Lost City” of Etzanoa, a recently discovered archaeological site where people of the Wichita tribe once lived.

Family Time Fun: 1:30 p.m. July 17. Join the Color Magician for amazing entertainment. Free fun for the whole family!

Teen Cup Games: 7 p.m. July 17. Compete against your friends for best design and speed in cup stacking! Prizes for winners!

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. July 18. Read and discuss “Doomsday Book” by Connie Willis. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Breakfast Book Club: 10 a.m. July 20. Enjoy some breakfast goodies while you discuss “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho with your friends. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

Apollo Moon Landing Party: 1:30 p.m. July 20. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing! Make and test bottle rockets. Enjoy snacks. And stay for the movie! It’s free fun for the whole family.

Family Movie: 3 p.m. July 20. In this movie, Homer believes rocketry may be his path to a better life, even though his father disapproves (PG).

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. July 22. Make a duct tape notebook or pencil pouch. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

The Science of Treating Chronic Pain Through Acupuncture: 7 p.m. July 22. Constance Gehring, licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine, gives this presentation.

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. July 22. Create a space themed make-it-and-take-it.

Flash! A Photography Presentation: 7 p.m. July 23. Photographers Jim Griggs and Jeff Heidel present “Flash! When Available Light Just Isn’t Enough!” This presentation will include demonstrations.

Jay and Leslie Laughing Matters: 1:30 p.m. July 24. Entertainers Jay and Leslie present Flights of Fancy Comedy Fun.

Make Harvey: 7 p.m. July 25. Join other makers to learn new things and share projects and ideas.

STEM Workshops from Spokes Stanford: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. July 29. Students from Stanford are biking across America, sharing their love of math and science with workshops for kids ages 10-18.  Classes planned are “Try Chemistry Experiments,” “Learn How Tornadoes Form and What Causes Floods,” “Make Electric Circuits,” Learn the Secret of Sudoku…,” and “Practice Meditation and Mindfulness.” Contact the Library to register as space is limited.

Family Time Fun: 1:30 p.m. July 31. The Kansas Cosmosphere brings out of this world fun for the whole family!

Turn in Summer Reading Logs: July 31. Make sure you’ve turned everything in – it’s the last day of Summer Reading! (Of course, we all keep reading, no matter the season!)

Teen Breakfast Book Club: 10 a.m. August 3. Munch some breakfast goodies while discussing “Spy School” by Stuart Gibbs. Copies of the book available at the Information Desk.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. August 3. Bring your friends to watch as Sebastian and Mia fall in love, only to find that success in their careers as a pianist and an actress drives them apart (PG-13). Enjoy some snacks, too!

Pool Party for Summer Reading Finishers: 6-8 p.m. August 4 at Newton Municipal Pool. Celebrate your reading success with a splash in the pool with fellow readers!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. August 5. Paint flower suncatchers. Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

First Monday Movie: 6:30 p.m. August 5. Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (R) Enjoy some popcorn, too!

Display Case: The creativity of Jim VanDyck is on display.

Art Display: Gale Nachtigal displays her photography.

New Items Now Available:

Anderson, Kevin J. Spine of the Dragon. The first novel in an epic fantasy politically charged, full of swords, sorcery, vengeance, and the rise of sleeping dangers. New Fiction

Aronson, Louise. Elderhood. Redefining aging, transforming medicine, reimaging life. New Nonfiction

Chernoff, Marc. 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently. Simple and supportive wisdom to make big changes in your life. New Nonfiction

Kepner, Tyler. K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches. A history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching. New Nonfiction

Lee, Heath Hardage. The League of Wives. The untold story of the women who took on the U.S. Government to bring their husbands home from Vietnam. New Nonfiction

Schwartz, John Burnham. The Red Daughter. A novel based on Joseph Stalin’s daughter who defects to the United States during the turbulent 1960s. New Fiction

Walton, Jo. Lent. Young Giraolamo’s life is a series of miracles, but he is about to discover the truth about himself and this will be only the beginning of his many lives. New Fiction

Weiner, Jennifer. Mrs. Everything. A story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and paths, deal with the question of how to be a woman in the world. New Fiction