Library Happenings

Sign up for Summer Reading! “Libraries Rock” is the theme, with programs for children, teens, and adults. Some programs for children and the Spokes Learning Festival have limited space – enroll to reserve your space! Programs begin June 1.

June 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 hoopladigital.com. Log in with your library card and instantly borrow up to four items per month … no waiting … no late fees … always available. Lynda.com 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: 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 Tuesday 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. July 12Nathan, IT Supervisor, will talk about “Parental Controls.” He’ll be joined by Tech ER to cover the purposes and methods of controlling your child’s technology life, as well as offering some survival tips. Free to attend, no registration required.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, 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. The program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Children receive a book bag with information, coloring pages, reading activities, a free book and a reading chart. At each level of 100 books read, there are free stickers. Each child completing 1,000 books receives a free t-shirt and a photo on the Library’s Wall of Fame.

Hoopla brings you eBooks, Audiobooks, Comics, Music, Movies and TV Shows! Download the app or go to hoopladigital.com. Log in with your library card and instantly borrow up to four items per month … no waiting … no late fees … always available.

Enroll NOW in Summer Reading Programs: June 1 – July 31. “Libraries Rock” is the theme, with programs for children, teens, and adults. Some workshops and classes have limited enrollments. Check out the Children’s, Teen and Adult Summer Reading plans. In addition to reading there are special learning opportunities, parties, book discussions, movies, 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.

Harvey County’s Melodies and Melodramas: 7 p.m. June 19. Family groups and community groups, choirs and bands, traveling minstrels and resident musicians, all sought to entertain – or at least pass the time.  Meander through our musical past with Darren McMannis as he shares a variety of melodious and dramatic presentations enjoyed (and not-so-enjoyed) in our county.

Family Time Fun: 1:30 p.m. June 20. Glenda and Mike’s Mysteries and Wonders Magic Show will delight and entertain all ages.

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

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. June 23. Enjoy “Jurassic Park” (PG-13) and DIY agate candies.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. June 25. Make squishies! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Learn the Library “Intro to Digital Lending”: 7 p.m. June 25. Bring along your digital device to learn to use Hoopla, Libby (Overdrive), OneClickDigital, and cloudLibrary for access to eBooks, audiobooks, video and music.

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. June 25. 3-8 year-olds and their families will search for the treasure the pirates have hidden at the Library!

Gavin Peters, Food Photographer: 7 p.m. June 26. One of the most renowned food photographers in the Midwest comes to talk about his art.

NPL Opens at 10 a.m. June 27: Staff and volunteers will be attending an appreciation breakfast, hosted by the NPL Board.

Barnyard Puppet Theatre: 1:30 p.m. June 27. NPL’s own Barnyard Puppets make some musical waves for Family Time Fun!

Teen Thursday Craze: 6-8 p.m. June 28. Take the dare: see if you can beat NPL staff at MarioKart 8. Audiences welcome!

Make Harvey: 7 p.m. June 28. Join other Makers to share ideas and inspiration.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. June 30. Enjoy “Hairspray” (PG-13) and DIY record cookies.

Movies that Rock: 12 p.m. July 2. Enjoy a classic free movie, “High Fidelity” (R). You are welcome to bring your lunch.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. July 2. Create a stained glass votive! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. July 3. Read and discuss “In a Dark, Dark Wood” by Ruth Ware. Contact the Library for copies of the book. Notice the Holiday date change!

Library Closed July 4 for the Independence Day Holiday.

Spokes Learning Festival: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. July 5. Students from MIT are biking across America, sharing their love of math and science with workshops for kids ages 10-18. Classes planned are “Scratch from Scratch,” “Picture This: The Science of Photography,” “Robots, Trains, and Circuits Galore!” and “3…2…1…Build!” Contact the Library to register as space is limited.

Mexican American Baseball and Fast-Pitch Softball in Kansas: 7 p.m. July 5.The authors of “Mexican American Baseball in Kansas City,” will conduct a panel discussion as part of the 70th year celebration of the Newton Annual Men’s Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament. Panelists include Genovevo Teodoro (Gene T.) Chavez Ortiz, Richard Santillan, Ramon Del Castillo, Raymond Olais, and Rod Martinez. The discussion will center on the role of baseball in development of Mexican American (Chicano) community identity and solidarity.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. July 7. Enjoy “Rent” (PG-13) and DIY Seasonings of Love.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. July 9. Make a LED bookmark! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. July 9. Families with children ages 3-8 years old find that fairytales come to life with unicorn petals!

Learn the Library “Online Learning and Career-Building Tools”: 7 p.m. July 9. Explore Learning Express, Lynda.com, and Universal Class to further your personal skills.

Didgeridoo Down Under Australian Music: 1:30 p.m. July 11. It’s free Family Time Fun! Bring the kids so you don’t miss a beat!

Movies that Rock: 12 p.m. July 16. Enjoy a classic free movie, “School of Rock” (PG-13). You are welcome to bring your lunch.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. July 16. Make faux crystals! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. July 16. Families with children ages 3-8 years old are invited to bring teddy bears to the Teddy Bear Picnic!

Opera House Culture on the Kansas Frontier: 7 p.m. July 17. Jane Rhoads, author of a book on the subject, will share her exploration of the opera houses in Kansas, their role in early frontier life, and her photos of those that remain in our state. This program is sponsored by Humanities Kansas.

Barnyard Puppet Theatre: 1:30 p.m. July 18. Laugh along with NPL’s own Barnyard Puppets! Bring the kids for free Family Time Fun!

Newton Ukulele Tunes Society (NUTS) Jam: 6-8 p.m. July 19. Bring your own instrument to play along with the NUTS! All ages are welcome to join in or enjoy the performance.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. July 19. Read and discuss “One Last Thing Before I Go” by Jonathan Tropper. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Breakfast Book Club: 10 a.m. July 21. Like breakfast? Like books? Enjoy both with a discussion of “Goodbye Days” by Jeff Zenter. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen: 3 p.m. July 21. Gather your friends to watch “Raiders of the Lost Ark”(PG-13. Create DIY Cookie Arks to consume.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. July 23. Paint canvas artwork! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Learn the Library “Online Research Tools”: 7 p.m. July 9. Learn about using Explora and other State Library of Kansas resources, essential for school and personal research.

Display Case: Music is the theme of the display from Harvey County Historical Museum.

Art Display: Photographer Jim Griggs displays photos of Maxwell Wildlife Refuge.

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See  a short video of the 2017 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.

Annihilation. Lena and her team must enter a deadly world of mutated landscapes to discover how to stop the phenomenon threatening the Earth. DVD

Casey, Kathryn. In Plain Sight. The story of the Kaufman County Prosecutor murders, carried out by Eric Williams and his wife, Kim. New Nonfiction

Dyson, Michael Eric. What Truth Sounds Like. RFK, James Baldwin, and our unfinished conversation about race in America. New Nonfiction

Fisher, Todd. My Girls. A lifetime with Carrie and Debbie Fisher, a memoir. New Nonfiction

Herron, Mick. Slow Horses. Slough House is a dumping ground for British intelligence agents who’ve screwed up and River Cartwright is determined to redeem himself. New Fiction

Israel, Steve. Big Guns. The Congressman-turned-novelist writes a comedic tale in which all American families are required to own a firearm. New Fiction

Johnstone, William W. Die by the Gun. The first novel in the Chuckwagon Trail western series. New Fiction

Reardon, Bryan. The Real Michael Swann. When Julia Swann’s call with her husband is abruptly cut off after a bomb goes off in the station where he is waiting for a train, Julia tries to find him. New Fiction

Red Sparrow. A former ballerina is forced into an espionage game she desperately wants to escape. DVD

Smith, Michelle. The Whole Smith Good Food Cookbook. Delicious real food recipes to cook all year long. New Nonfiction