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 hoopladigital.com. Log in with your library card and instantly borrow up to four items per month … no waiting … no late fees … always available. Lynda.com gives Newton Public Library cardholders access to thousands of courses for developers, designers, photographers, animators, videographers, educators, business people, musicians, and more!

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 Linux, Etc.: 6:45 p.m. First Tuesdays of the Month.  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.February 14. Nathan, IT Supervisor, will present “Google Search Techniques.” Nathan reviews ways to find what you want when you want it. 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.

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.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is a much-appreciated service provided by volunteers. Consider receiving training to help with this valuable service to low-income taxpayers. Or be a greeter. Greeters do no assist with the taxes. Interested? Contact Dan at NPL.

Darrin Hackney at Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. January 22. “Shoot from the heart: adding emotion to your photography” will be the topic of a presentation by Wichita professionalal photographer Darrin Hackney.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. January 23. Carmaletta Williams, retired English and African American Studies professor from Johnson County Community College, leads a discussion of “March” by John Lewis. This is the first book in a four-part “Civil Rights Revisited” discussion, sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. January 28. Make a pipe cleaner heart banner! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Teen Screen Saturday: 3 p.m. February 2. Bring your friends for an action-packed movie “Thunderstruck” (PG). Enjoy snacks, too!

Santa Fe 5/6 Center: 3:15 – 7:45 p.m. February 4 and 3:15 – 8:15 p.m. February 5. Parents/Caregivers – come talk with Sharon and check out the NPL table at the Santa Fe Open House.

Teen GameZone & Activity: 4-5:30 p.m. February 4. Get your STEAM on with littleBits! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): February 6 through April 10. Trained volunteers offer free tax help to lower income taxpayers. Contact the Library for more information and a list of things to bring. Registration is first-come, first-served, with sign up beginning at 9 a.m. for each assistance day.  Tax Blitz Week Special Hours will be February 6 & 8: 9:15 a.m. – noon and 1-5 p.m.; February 7: 2-5 p.m.; and February 9: 9:15 a.m. – noon. Generally, the days and times of assistance will be:

  • Mondays from 6 – 8:15 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 9:15 a.m. – 12 noon and 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. – noon

Pinkalicious & Peterrific: Valentine’s Day Celebration: 10 a.m. February 6. Attend a special preview screening of new shows coming to PBS Kids!

Mystery Lovers Book Club: 5 p.m. February 6. Read and discuss “Dance Hall of the Dead” by Tony Hillerman. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Hora de Cuentos – Pre-escolar en Español / Spanish StoryTime: 7 p.m. February 6. Children ages 2 ½ – 5 years old are invited to enjoy StoryTime activities, presented in Spanish.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. February 11. Create a hearts and flowers wreath! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Crafts Night: 6:30 p.m. February 12. Craft supplies and project ideas supplied, or bring your own. Great free family activity.

NPL Goes to Norm’s: 4 p.m. February 13, 613 N Main. Staff from the Library bring Circuit Scribe drawing kits for STEAM fun!

Teen Breakfast Book Club: 10 a.m. February 16. Discuss John Lewis’s graphic novels “March” over breakfast goodies. Contact the Library for copies of the books.

Teen Library Scavenger Hunt: 3 p.m. February 16. Where is it? The hunt is on at the Library!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. February 18. Make a Chinese lantern! Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Student Rights and Student Protests at Bethel College in the 1960s: 7 p.m. February 19. Keith Sprunger, emeritus professor of history, looks back at teaching and campus activities in the turbulent sixties.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. February 20. Annette Billings, African-American Kansas poet, leads a discussion of “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander. This is the second book in a four-part “Civil Rights Revisited” discussion, sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Hora de Cuentos – Pre-escolar en Español / Spanish StoryTime: 7 p.m. February 20. Children ages 2 ½ – 5 years old are invited to enjoy StoryTime activities, presented in Spanish.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. February 21. Read and discuss readings from “Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.” Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Display Case: Gene Hastings displays his wood burning art.

Art Display: Images by photographer Marilyn Friesen are on display.

New Items Now Available:

Anthony, Gretchen. Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners. A formidable matriarch learns the hard way that no family is perfect. New Fiction

Berg, Elizabeth. A Night of Miracles. The residents of Mason come together when tragedy strikes. CD, Playaway, and New Fiction

BlackKklansman. The first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department tries to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. DVD

Earnhardt, Dale Jr. Racing to the Finish. The NASCAR racers story of his worry about the impact of multiple racing-related concussions. New Nonfiction

L’Amour, Louis. No Traveller Returns. The SS Lichenfeld is on a perilous journey because of its cargo and because the lives of its crew are mysteriously intertwined. CD Fiction

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Sophie is now pregnant and, like her mother, will need to take risks. DVD

Obama, Michelle. Becoming. A behind-the-scenes account of the former first lady’s life. CD, New and, Spanish Nonfiction

Pomerantz, Gary M. The Last Pass. Bob Cousy tells the author of his regrets for his lack of understanding of the prejudice against Bill Russell on the legendary Celtics team. New Nonfiction

Sangster, Jimmy. Touchfeather. Book One in a series starring a carefree airline stewardess who is actually a top British spy. New Fiction

Tasting Italy. A culinary journey brought to you by America’s Test Kitchen. New Nonfiction