Library Happenings

Technology Help: Nathan, NPL’s IT Supervisor, is available to answer questions and troubleshoot technology issues. Visit during Tech Help Open Hours, Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m., or contact the Library to request help or set up an appointment at another time.

Visit NPL’s events page on Facebook for detailed instructions on how to participate in online events and programs! Questions? Visit the Library, email, or call 316-283-2890.

Library Closed: Sept. 6. Newton Public Library will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

Harvey County Tech Enthusiasts: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Meet with other tech enthusiasts to share tips, tricks and info about the latest news and developments in technology.

Tech Talk with Nathan Carr: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9. The library’s IT supervisor revisits and refreshes some of his tech talks of years past. This month: “Everything Google.” Join via Zoom or watch live on Facebook.

Family Chalk Walk: 10 a.m. Sept. 11. Kids and families are invited to create sidewalk chalk masterpieces. Bill Thompson’s picture book, “Chalk,” will be displayed for inspiration, and chalk and other tools will be provided.

Nonfiction Book Club: 7 p.m. Sept. 14. Read and discuss “Silent Spring,” by Rachel Carson. Borrow a copy at the library.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. Sept. 16. Read and discuss “Black Swan Green,” by David Mitchell. Borrow a copy at the library.

Teen Book Discussion: 10 a.m. Sept. 18. Youth ages 10-18 are invited to join a discussion of “A Long Walk to Water,” by Linda Sue Park. Breakfast treats will be served. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Teen Saturday in the Park: 3-4:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Youth ages 10-18 are invited to take a break from schoolwork and come play in Military Park. Attractions will include giant Connect 4, giant blocks, an obstacle course, sidewalk chalk art, poster-making, coloring books, and snacks and beverages.

Historic Newton Walking Tours: 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 21. Join David Haury for a walking tour of historic downtown Newton. Meets at the library, 720 N. Oak. Participation is limited, and both tours are currently at capacity. Email to be added to a wait list.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. Sept. 23. Read and discuss “The Chaperone,” by Laura Moriarty, with guest discussion leader Sister Rosemary Kolich. The TALK program is sponsored by Humanities Kansas, and all three books in the summer/fall discussion series are now available. For more information, go to

Fun With Paper Airplanes!: 10 a.m. Sept. 25. Kids and families are invited to make and test paper airplanes. Participants will listen to airplane-themed stories, make and test a variety of airplane designs, then enter their best in a friendly competition to see whose flies farthest. Simple craft activities will be available to occupy little ones.

Fourth Tuesday Photography Potluck: 6 p.m. Sept. 28. Bring something to share and join fellow photography enthusiasts for a potluck supper at Harvey County East Lake. Meet at the shelters near the park office. The general public is welcome to attend.

Fall Used Book Sale: Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Don’t miss Newton Public Library’s big fall book sale, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Proceeds will support library events as well as new material purchases.

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. Oct. 6. Read and discuss “A Rising Man,” book one of the Sam Wyndham series by Abir Mukherjee. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

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.

New Items Now Available:

Use the online catalog to get more info and place holds on these items, or contact the Library for assistance! The newest items are at the top of the list.

Dubois, Laurent. Haiti: The Aftershocks of History. The author argues that Haiti’s troubled present can be understood only by examining its complex past: the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world; the hostility that this generated among colonial powers; and the intense struggle within Haiti to define its newfound freedom and realize its promise. New Nonfiction

Drunk History, Seasons 1-6. History repeats itself, especially when the storyteller is wasted. Watch big name stars act out the semi-coherent historical recollections of tanked comics, including booze-addled versions of Al Capone, Abe Lincoln, and Elvis Presley. TV on DVD

Glickman, Dan. Laughing at Myself: My Education in Congress, on the Farm, and at the Movies. The well-known Kansan tells stories of his life and career, including his stints as U.S. Representative, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and president of the Motion Picture Association of America. New Nonfiction

Godzilla vs. Kong. The two titans clash in a battle for the ages. As Monarch embarks on a mission into the Earth’s interior, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe out all giant monsters. Rated PG-13. DVD

Hendrix, Grady. The Final Girl Support Group. Lynette Tarkington is a real-life “final girl” who survived a massacre. For more than a decade, she’s been meeting with five other final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable. Then one woman misses a meeting, and their worst fears are realized. New Fiction

Silva, Daniel. The Cellist. After the poisoning of a Russian billionaire, Gabriel Allon travels across Europe and finds himself in the reach of a virtuoso musician who may be able to help uncover the truth about his friend’s death. New Fiction

Weidensaul, Scott. A World on the Wing. In the past two decades, our understanding of bird migration has exploded. Scientists have made astounding discoveries about how migratory birds orient themselves and survive during long-range flights. The author shares these and other revelations to convey both the wonder of bird migration and its global sweep. New Nonfiction

Fenwick, Lynda. Prairie Bachelor: The Story of a Kansas Homesteader & the Populist Movement. Offers a front-row seat to the Populist Movement of the late 1800s through the lens of homesteader Isaac Werner’s 480-page journal, the populist newspaper at the county seat, and the populist leaders who spoke in nearby towns. New Nonfiction

Mosley, Eric. Making Work Human. From the pioneers of a management strategy that is transforming businesses worldwide, this book shows how to implement a culture of performance and gratitude in the workplace, and seize a competitive edge, increase profitability, and drive business momentum. New Nonfiction

Schwartz, Matthew B. Jews in America: The First 500 Years. Using a readable question and answer format, Jews in America: The First 500 Years presents the activities of Jews in America since the beginnings of European settlement. It tells something of the story of how Jews came to the “golden land” and what they have done here–men and women, scientists and athletes, soldiers and merchants, settlers and scholars. New Nonfiction

The Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook. The experts from America’s Test Kitchen offer a selection of varied, quick-prepared meal plans designed to save both time and money, outlining recommendations for pre-making vegetables and grains, organizing bulk pantry ingredients, and effectively storing leftovers. New Cookbook

Garvin, Eileen. The Music of Bees. Three strangers navigating grief and devastating setbacks cross paths in a rural Oregon town, where they find unexpected friendship, healing and new chances on local honeybee farm. New Fiction

Genova, Lisa. Remember. The Harvard-trained neuroscientist presents an exploration of the intricacies of human memory that distinguishes between normal and concerning memory loss while explaining the profound roles of sleep, stress, and other contributing influences. New Nonfiction

Hudes, Quiara Alegría. My Broken Language. A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright shares her lyrical coming-of-age story against a backdrop of her devastated barrio home and the idiosyncratic, troubled and fiercely loving Puerto Rican family that inspired her literary voice. New Memoir

Lee, Andrea. Red Island House. Follows two decades in the life of Shay, an African-American professor whose husband Senna, a brash and wealthy Italian businessman, builds her a dream house in Madagascar. New Fiction

Mbue, Imbolo. How Beautiful We Were. A young revolutionary risks everything to secure her people’s freedom when her small African village is decimated by an American oil company that reneges on promises of reparation. New Fiction

Meiburg, Jonathan. A Most Remarkable Creature. A first book by an award-winning natural-science writer introduces readers to the remarkable world of the caracaras social bird of prey, discussing how the species baffled Darwin and why it has remained confined to a small South American region. Illustrations. New Nonfiction

Another Round. Four friends, all teachers, embark on an experiment to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them reach greater levels of freedom and happiness. Winner of the 2021 Oscar for Best International Film. DVD

Doucleff, Michaeleen. Hunt, Gather, Parent. An NPR Science Desk correspondent challenges child-rearing practices commonly recommended to today’s parents, outlining alternatives grounded in international ancestral traditions that are being used effectively throughout the modern world. New Nonfiction

Fine, Julia. The Upstairs House. Recovering from a difficult childbirth, a woman caring for her newborn alone while her husband travels for work suffers a psychological unraveling that causes her to see the ghost of famed children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown. New Fiction

McCracken, Elizabeth. The Souvenir Museum. This short story collection includes entries about a fear-testing Texas water park venture, a widower’s puffin search, and a villain actress’s New Year celebration. New Fiction

Minari. This film follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. DVD