Library Happenings

Enjoy Summer Reading! “Build a Better World!” is the theme for summer reading for all ages. Some programs have limited enrollment, so sign up early! The kid’s program includes collecting Reading Tickets, StoryTimes, special programs, Family Time Fun on Wednesdays and more! Teens will be filling bingo cards with reading and other challenges, having special programs, gaming, crafts, movies, book discussions and more! Adult Summer Reading features weekly prize drawings and more special programs, many of them adding to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of The Chisholm Trail!

July 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 Resource:  Lynda.com with 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. July 11 (not date change for July). 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. August 10. Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “Safe Behind the Lens: How to Use Security Cameras in your Car, House, and on Your Lapel.” Free to attend, no registration required.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

Flying Debris Juggling: 1:30 p.m. July 12. Richard Holmgren brings a show packed with comedy, zany juggling stunts, and lots of audience participation to Family Time Fun.

Master Builders … Arduino: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. July 12. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Teen Battledecks: 3 p.m. July 15. Karaoke, PowerPoint style!

STEM Learning Festival with “Spokes America:” 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. July 17 and 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. July 18. 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 Games and More Games (math and strategy), How Computers Work (building circuits), Make a Real Plate Speaker, and Human Sensory/Biology with cow eye dissection. Contact the Library for more details and to register as space is limited.

Tales from the Trail: 7 p.m. July 18. In the spirit of the celebrations of the Chisholm Trail, Darren McMannis tells the stories the cowboys told around the campfire.

The Bug Lady: 1:30 p.m. July 19. Critters galore will come with the Bug Lady to Family Time Fun. Bring the kids for a freaky good time.

Master Builders … Snap Circuits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. July 19. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Cap’n Literary Crunch: 6 p.m. July 20. Teens in Honors or AP English will play trivia games inspired by these books on the summer reading list: “Animal Farm” and “Of Mice and Men.”

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. July 20. Read and discuss “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Harvey County Maker Club @ Wichita Mini Maker Faire: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. July 22, and noon – 5 p.m. July 23, at Exploration Place, 300 N. McLane Blvd. Look for the Harvey County Maker Club booth, as you enjoy learning from the many “makers” who share what they can do.

Teen Takeover: 3 p.m. July 22. Help Jannell plan programs for the fall.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. July 24. Try your hand at paper marbling.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

New Women of the Trail: 7 p.m. July 25. Photographer Dave Leiker presents photographs and stories of the women who work the land in Kansas.

Happy Faces Entertainment: 1:30 p.m. July 26. Magic, juggling and comedy are part of Happy Faces Entertainment’s program for Family Time Fun.

Master Builders … littleBits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. July 26. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Waves of Danger: 6 p.m. July 26. It’s a murder mystery. Kids Grades 6-12 play the part of detective, accomplice, or murderer. Dennis of Happy Faces Entertainment leads the “who dunnit.”

Cap’n Literary Crunch: 6 p.m. July 27. Teens in Honors or AP English will play trivia games inspired by these books on the summer reading list: “Into the Wild,” “The Help” and “The Things They Carried.”

Harvey County Maker Club: 7 p.m. July 27. Meet with an open group of people who like to create in whatever form or medium they choose. Share talents, ideas, ask question, give and receive advice and celebrate failures and successes.

HopeFest 2017: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. July 29 at Newton Rec Center, 415 N. Poplar. Look for the Library’s booth! Take advantage of health screenings, book exchanges, bouncy houses, door prizes, entertainment and more – all free!

Teen Breakout EDU: 3 p.m. July 29. Help Harry catch the Golden Snitch.

Summer Reading Pool Party: 6 p.m. July 29. Summer Reading finishers receive an invitation to a pool party at the Newton Municipal Pool.

STEM Learning Festival with “Spokes America” – Stanford: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 – 4:15 p.m. July 31. This is the first year for Stanford students to bike across America starting from the west coast. They will stop in Newton to offer free science and engineering camps for students ages 10-18. The two classes offered are Logic and Cockroaches and How to Design a Brain.  Contact the Library for more details and to register as space is limited.

Hungry to Win: 6 p.m. August 1. Teens who have completed 7 bingos during Summer Reading receive an exclusive invitation to this delicious party, featuring Minute to Win It, and Hungry Games.

Master Builders … LEGO® and Snap Circuits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. August 2. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Mystery Lover’s Book Club: 5 p.m. August 2. Read and discuss “The Spellman Files” by Lisa Lutz. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Cap’n Literary Crunch: 6 p.m. August 3. Teens in Honors or AP English will play trivia games inspired by these books on the summer reading list: “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Kite Runner” and “How to Read Literature Like a Professor.”

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. August 5. Bring your friends to watch “Before I Fall” (PG-13). Snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. August 7. Make Washi Tape notebooks.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Marci Penner Author Talk: 7 p.m. August 7. Marci Penner, co-author of the “Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers” will be here to talk about some of her favorites from the book, followed by a book signing.

Papercrafts & Coloring: 6:30 p.m. August 8. Craft something from discarded books, or color yourself calm. Supplies provided, or bring your own.

Master Builders … Squishy Circuits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. August 9. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Teen Screen Friday: 3:30 p.m. August 11. Bring the family to watch “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” (PG). Snacks, too!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. August 14. Get ready for back-to-school with 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.

Pioneer Trails of Newton: 7 p.m. August 15. Brian Stucky presents the findings of his research detailing the pioneer trails in the Newton area.

Master Builders … littleBits: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. August 16. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. August 17. Read and discuss “Songs of the Willow Frost” by Jamie Ford. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Display Case: The Headings family displays some of the creative arts and crafts they’ve created.

Art Display: Enjoy the portraits, landscapes and wildlife images of photographer Ashley Smith.

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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.

The Birth of a Nation. Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, orchestrates an uprising. DVD

Brooks, Terry. The Fall of Shannara: The Black Elfstone. In the far north, an unknown enemy is massing with wondrous powers unknown to the Druid order. New Fiction

The Eagle Huntress. A spellbinding true story about a 13-year-old girl as she trains to become an eagle hunter. DVD

Ellison, Sheila. 365 Days of Creative Play. Hours of no-fuss activities and creative fun. New Nonfiction

Hartnett, Annie. Rabbit Cake. Elvis has a head for facts, such as that she will grieve for her mother for eighteen months, but there is so much she does not know. New Fiction

Hone, David. The Tyrannosaur Chronicles. The biology of the tyrant dinosaurs. New Nonfiction

Sindu, S.J. Marriage of a Thousand Lies. A young Sri Lankan woman finds herself a misfit as she is caught between East and West. New Fiction

Terrill, Cristin. Here Lies Daniel Tate. Six years later, missing Daniel Tate resurfaces – except he’s not Daniel Tate. New Fiction

The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook. New whole-grain four blend, plus more than 75 dairy-free recipes. New Nonfiction

Trigiani, Adriana. Kiss Carlo. The story of an Italian family in their new home in the United States, struggling against what’s expected and following their dreams. New Fiction