Library Happenings

Summer Library Program: June 1 – July 31. Reading goals, take-home activities, prizes and special programs for youth, teens and adults. Visit to learn more and sign up.

StoryTimes: Posted to Facebook each week on Mondays at 9 a.m.

Puppet Theatre: Posted to Facebook each week on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

Limited Reopening: The NPL building has reopened with limited services. In-person programs and gatherings are still suspended. Click here for more information.

Online Book Club: 7 p.m. July 1. Join a combined, online meeting of NPL’s Mystery Book Club and Third Thursday Book Club to discuss “The Zig Zag Girl,” by Elly Griffiths. Find a Zoom videoconference link on the NPL Facebook event page.

Independence Day: July 4. Library closed. Happy Fourth of July!

The Story Behind the Object: 7 p.m. July 8. Kris Schmucker, curator of the Harvey County Historical Museum, will talk about a beverage set that illuminates Newton history in the 1880s and 1890s. Watch a livestream on the NPL Facebook page, or join via Zoom.

Top 20 Job-Hunting Sites & Apps: 6:30 p.m. July 9. NPL IT supervisor Nathan Carr will talk about some of the best online resources and apps for jobseekers. Watch a livestream on the NPL Facebook page, or join via Zoom.

Youth SLP Special Program: 1:30 p.m. July 10. Exploration Place science educators will present a video program, “Amazing Alchemy.” Meet a wondrous wizard, experience his enchanting experiments, hear an amazing story, and launch catapults. Watch the premiere on July 10, or tune in later for on-demand viewing.

Teen Book Discussion: 10 a.m. July 11. Teen Summer Library Program participants are invited to read “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien, and discuss it via Zoom video chat. Email to sign up and get more information.

Third Tuesday Genealogy / Local History: 7 p.m. July 14. Join NPL librarian Sam Jack for “Creating Your Personal Archive.” Learn tips and best practices for organizing and preserving both digital and physical items. Connect via Zoom or Facebook Live.Yes, it’s on the Second Tuesday this month.

Teen Book Discussion: 10 a.m. July 18. Teen Summer Library Program participants are invited to read “The Hidden Oracle,” by Rick Riordan, and discuss it via Zoom video chat. Email to sign up and get more information.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. July 21. Join via Zoom or Facebook Live for Newton Public Library’s monthly photography club meeting. Dave Leiker will present “Horses of the Flint Hills.” Yes, it’s on the Third Tuesday this month.

Youth SLP Special Program: 1:30 p.m. July 24. Singer Aaron Fowler presents “Imagine Your Story: Everyone Has One.”

Live Q&A with a NASA Artemis Engineer: 3 p.m. July 27. The Library and Newton Public Schools will host a Facebook Live event with a member of the NASA Artemis engineering team. Watch live and ask questions on the NPL Facebook page. With the Artemis program, NASA aims to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024.

Kansas Legends and Folktales: 7 p.m. July 28. Grasshoppers so big that cowboys can ride them. Summers so hot that corn pops in the field. Kansas is a place of big skies and tall tales. Connect via Zoom or Facebook Live for this program presented by Emporia State University’s Jim Hoy, and sponsored by Humanities Kansas.

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.

Technology Help: Nathan, NPL’s IT Supervisor, is available to answer questions and troubleshoot technology issues. Call 316-283-2890 during staff hours, or email

New on

Hope Springs. When artist Colin discovers the love of his life and fiancée Vera is marrying another man, he flees to America and the sleepy New England village of Hope to bury himself in his art and soothe his tortured psyche. Streaming Movie

Ólafsdóttir, Auður Ava. Miss Iceland. Hekla always knew she wanted to be a writer. In a nation of poets, where each household proudly displays leather-bound volumes of the Sagas, and there are more writers per capita than anywhere else in the world, there is only one problem: she is a woman. Ebook Fiction

Phillips, Ashleigh Bryant. Sleepovers. This short story collection takes us to a forgotten corner of the rural South, full of cemeteries, soybean fields, fishing holes and Duck Thru gas stations. Ebook Fiction

Mantel, Hilary. Bring Up The Bodies. This sequel to “Wolf Hall” delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Audiobook Fiction

Straight Talk. A telephone operator’s life changes when she innocently walks through the wrong door at the right time and is mistakenly identified as a radio station’s new on-air psychologist. Starring Dolly Parton. Streaming Movie

West, Catherine Adel. Saving Ruby King. When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it means she’ll be living alone with her violent father. West traces the way trauma is passed down through generations and the ways in which communities can come together to create sanctuary. Audiobook Fiction

Zhang, Lun and Adrien Gombeaud. Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes. Follow the story of China’s infamous June Fourth Incident – otherwise known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre – from the first-hand account of a young sociology teacher who witnessed it all. Graphic Novel