Library Happenings

August Newsletter

Library Blog – staff recommendations, new resources, 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!

Free Technology Events:

  • Smart Phone Workshop: 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Bring your smart phone and join the staff from Z Wireless to get your questions answered. No registration necessary.
  • 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.
  • Best DIY Sites: 6:30 p.m. September 10. What’s all this about a Maker Movement? Find out and you too can Do It Yourself. Presented by Nathan, IT Supervisor. Free, no registration necessary.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

Game Zone for Teens: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Mondays; and 6 – 8 p.m. Thursdays. Teens are invited to play the Wii™, board games, Xbox 360 Kinect™, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Teen Popsicle Wars: 3 p.m. August 29. It’s an outdoor party! Wear old clothes!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. August 31. Craft headbands from T-shirts. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. September 1. The Newton Linux User’s Group (NLUG) will meet to share information and applications regarding this open source alternative to Microsoft Operating Systems and discuss developments in the technology field around the world. Meetings are free and open to all.

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. September 2. Read and discuss “The Mangle Street Murders” by M.R.C. Kasasian. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Library Closed: September 7. The Library will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.

Bob Lujano Author Talk & Book Signing: 1:00 p.m. September 5. Newton native Lujano will tell his story of facing abuse, abandonment, and the amputations of all four limbs from meningococcemia by the time he was nine years old. He will also share about writing his book: No Arms, No Legs, No Problem: When Life Happens, You Can Wish to Die or Choose to Live.

Teen Video Group: 3 p.m. September 5. This is your chance – make a video of “things you’re not allowed to do in the Library.”

Library Closed: September 7. The Library will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.

Slavery by Another Name: 3 p.m. September 13. The fourth documentary in the NEH “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” series film will be shown at Krehbiel Auditorium, Bethel College. Local partners include Kauffman Museum, Bethel College Library, Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Mennonite Library and Archives and Newton Public Library.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. September 14. Make cork keychains. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Voices on the Prairie Author Talk & Book Signing: 7 p.m. September 14. Author Rick McNary will talk about writing his newly published book, followed by a book signing. Free and open to the public.

Deciphering Old Tombstones: 7 p.m. September 15. Third Tuesday Genealogy will meet at Greenwood Cemetery near the Warkentin Mausoleum to look at some of the oldest tombstones and discuss methods to transcribe them.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. September 17. Read and discuss “Etched in Sand” by Regina Calcaterra. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. September 19. Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side. Rated PG13.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. September 21. Toilet paper roll wall decorations are the craft. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Artist Trading Cards: 7 p.m. September 21. Learn to create Artist Trading Cards with found materials. Pocket-sized pieces of art (2.5 x 3.5″), Artist Trading Cards are traded, one-for one, with others. Supplies are provided, but bringing your own favorite art and found supplies is encouraged. All ages welcomed.

Fourth Tuesday Photography Annual Potluck: 6:30 p.m. September 22. BYO meat to grill and a side dish to share at Rex Schechter’s place. Cutlery, plates, napkins, cups and drinks provided. Contact the Library for directions.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. September 23. Brenda Craven, instructor of English at Fort Hays State University, leads a discussion of “The March” by E. L. Doctorow. This book is the second in a four-part series, “The Civil War.” The discussion leaders and books for the series are provided by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Teen Waffle Iron Chef: 3 p.m. September 26. Who will waffle their way to stardom? Ingredients provided. Register at front Teen table.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 3:30 p.m. September 28. Learn some banned stuff trivia. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops. Play games with friends.

Understanding Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture: 7 p.m. September 28. Constance Gehring will present this free program, open to the public.

Art Display:  Denny Lammers exhibits historic photos he has digitized.

Display Case: Barbie dolls, from the collection Kari Sauerwein began at the age of four, are displayed.

Photography Exhibit: Denny Lammers exhibits historic photos he has digitized.

Good Reads in Your Inbox: Interested in the latest mysteries, or what’s new in self-help and fitness books, or maybe science fiction, or….? Sign up to receive e-mail notifications from BookLetters of new books that would interest you. Read the reviews, find out what’s next in a series, the latest audiobooks and what’s HOT. Check for lists of genres and online registration.

See photos from the 2010 Flower & Garden Tour.

See  a short video of the 2012 Flower & Garden Tour.

New Items at the Library:

Zinio Magazines Online: Enjoy your favorite magazines, cover-to-cover. Come in to Newton Public Library to set up your account, then use this resource from the comfort of your home!

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.

George, Nina. The Little Paris Bookshop. A warm and charming tale of love, loss and the power of reading. New Fiction

Gist, Deeanne. Tiffany Girl. A story of one of the girls behind Tiffany’s chapel and the love that threatens it all. CD Fiction

Kaiser, Charles. The Cost of Courage. The tragic and triumphant story of three siblings who helped save the honor of France during WWII. New Nonfiction

The Last Orangutan Eden. A documentary of the efforts to save the population of wild orangutans in North Sumatra. DVD

McLain, Paula. Circling the Sun. Colonial Kenya finds Beryl, a record-setting aviator, caught up in a passionate love triangle. New Fiction

Pierpont, Julia. Among the Ten Thousand Things. A portrait of an American family on the cusp of irrevocable change – a story of love and time lost. New Fiction

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Love and laughter reign as Sonny plans for his own wedding. DVD

Spurgeon, Ian Michael. Soldiers in the Army of Freedom. The 1st Kansas Colored, the Civil War’s first African American combat unit. New Nonfiction

Wilkie, David. A Second Shot of Coffee with Jesus. Laugh with Jesus at the absurdities of our world and the ways we walk in it. New Nonfiction

Zalaxiewicz, Jan. Ocean Worlds. The story of seas on Earth and other planets. New Nonfiction