Library Happenings

January 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 Log in with your library card and instantly borrow up to four items per month … no waiting … no late fees … always available. 

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 everyone!
  • Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Nathan, IT Supervisor, will present “Top 20 Book Lovers Sites and Devices for 2020,” part of his “Top 20 for 2020” series of monthly tech talks. 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.

Teen Saturday – CSI Newton: 3 p.m. Jan 18. Detective Craig Douglass, Newton Police Department, will talk about how his job compares with what you see on TV. Plus, roleplaying activities: Bring in the usual suspects, interview witnesses, check for prints and inspect a crime scene.

MLK Service Day Special StoryTimes: 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 20. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, NPL is hosting two special StoryTimes for all ages. Up to four volunteers will tell stories at each session.

MLK Service Day Volunteer Opportunities: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 20. Newton Public Library will be available for walk-in volunteer projects in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including dusting, shelf reading and looking for lost or missing items. Advance sign-up is appreciated; please contact NPL.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Create a Chinese firework fan. Play Xbox One, Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii, board games, card games and online games. Bring your NPL card to use laptops.

An Evening with Jesse Chisholm: 7 p.m. Jan. 21. James Jordan will share historical facts about Chisholm, then step into character as the fur trader, scout, and namesake of the Chisholm Trail. Part of the Third Tuesday Genealogy / Local History series.

NPL Goes to Norm’s: 4 p.m. Jan. 22. Join NPL staff for a fun New Year-themed activity at Norm’s Coffee Bar, 613 N. Main.

Teen GameZone & Activities: 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Build with Legos and Duplo bricks. Play Xbox One, Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii, board games, card games and online games. Bring your NPL card to use laptops.

Black and White Photography in the Digital Age: 7 p.m. Jan. 28. Photographer Dale Strattman will talk about the importance of craft when creating black and white images in the chemical darkroom. He will also talk about how photographic images can become visual interpretations of reality. A Fourth Tuesday Photography event.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. Jan. 29. Dr. Kim Stanley leads a discussion of “The Haunting of Hill House,” by Shirley Jackson. This is the first in a three-part “Ghost Stories” series sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Contact the Library for a copy of the book.

Breakfast Book Club for Teens and Tweens: 10 a.m. Feb. 1. Munch some breakfast goodies while discussing “Summerlost,” by Ally Condie. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. Feb. 1. Round up your friends for a free movie screening. Spider-Man goes on a European vacation that ends up being far from relaxing (Rated PG-13).

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Decorate a Valentine’s Day bucket. Play Xbox One, Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii, board games, card games and online games. Bring your NPL card to use laptops.

Harvey County Tech Enthusiasts: 6:45 p.m. Feb. 4. Come learn, share, and discuss the latest developments in the technology field.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): Feb. 5 through April 15. Trained volunteers offer free tax help to lower-income taxpayers. For details, including days and hours, visit, or pick up an info sheet at the Library.

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. Feb. 5. Read and discuss “The Widows of Malabar Hill,” by Sujata Massey. Contact the Library for a copy of the book.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Create a woven heart basket. Play Xbox One, Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii, board games, card games and online games. Bring your NPL card to use laptops.

NPL Goes to Norm’s: 4 p.m. Feb. 12. Join NPL staff at Norm’s Coffee Bar, 613 N. Main, and decorate a Valentine’s Day bucket.

Top 20 Sites for Book Lovers: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Nathan, IT Supervisor, will present “Top 20 Book Lovers Sites and Devices for 2020,” part of his “Top 20 for 2020” series of monthly tech talks. Free to attend, no registration required.

Valentine’s Day Book Sale: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 14. Visit NPL and go home with some new (used) books you can keep. Free will donations will be accepted.

Beginning Your Family Research: 7 p.m. Feb. 18. Are you curious about your roots? Mary Hursey of the Wichita Genealogical Society will explain the how, who, when and where of researching your family history. Part of the Third Tuesday Genealogy / Local History Series.


Display Case: Pam Schmidt displays her collection of raccoon figurines and dolls.

Art Display: Dale Stelz exhibits abstract paintings that look different depending on where you stand.

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.

Legos at the Library: Kids of all ages are invited to visit Youth Services to build and play with NPL’s collection of Lego toys, from 3 to 5 p.m. every Friday.


New Items Now Available:

Alharthi, Jokha. Celestial Bodies. In the village of al-Awafi, Oman, three sisters and their families experience losses and loves, unspooling against a backdrop of a rapidly changing country evolving from a traditional, slave-owning society into its complex present. Winner of the Man Booker International Prize, and the first book by a female Omani author to be translated into English. New Fiction

Chatfield, Tom. The Gomorrah Gambit. With the divide between online and offline worlds vanishing, so too is the line between those transforming civilization and those trying to bring it to its knees. Azi Bello is an amiable hacker who becomes enmeshed in the dark side of the internet. In an age when identities can be switched at will and nobody is who they seem, how far will he go to end a nightmare? New Fiction

Crummey, Michael. The Innocents. A brother and sister are orphaned on an isolated cove of Newfoundland’s northern coastline. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing to keep them alive but the family’s boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father. As seasons pass, they wade deeper into the mystery of their own natures. New Fiction

Farrow, Ronan. Catch and Kill. A routine network television investigation led Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow and his producer pursued the story, they faced a degree of resistance they could not explain—until now. New Nonfiction

Myint-U, Thant. The Hidden History of Burma. A historian, former diplomat, and presidential advisor, Myint-U provides an insider’s diagnosis of a country at a breaking point. Are democracy and an economy that genuinely serves all its people possible in Burma? Myint-U warns of the possible collapse of this nation of 55 million while suggesting a fresh agenda for change. New Nonfiction

Siegel, Bettina Elias. Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World. Siegel combines original reporting with the hard-won experience of a mom to give parents a deeper understanding of the most common obstacle sot feeding children well. New Nonfiction

Smith, Douglas. The Russian Job: The Forgotten Story of How America Saved the Soviet Union from Ruin. For two years starting in 1921, a small, daring band of Americans fed more than 10 million men, women and children across a million square miles of Soviet territory. It was the largest humanitarian operation in history, preventing the loss of countless lives, social unrest on a massive scale, and, quite possibly, the collapse of the communist state. New Nonfiction

Townshend, Pete. The Age of Anxiety. The lead guitarist and principal songwriter of The Who writes a novel of a former rock star, an art dealer, an Irish girl and a young composer, all sent spiraling out of control by passion and musical ambition. New Fiction