Library Happenings

September Newsletter

Library Blog – staff recommendations, new resources, book reviews, craft instructions, guest contributions 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:

  • 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.
  • Learn, Share, Discuss Linux, Etc: 6:45 p.m. First Tuesdays. 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.
  • Smart Phone Workshop: 7 p.m. First and Last Tuesdays. Z Wireless staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Bring your smart phone.
  • 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.
  • Monthly Tech Time: 6:30 p.m. October 13. Nathan, IT Supervisor, presents “Computer Security.” Learn ways to keep your computer free of threats and protect your privacy. Free to attend, no registration required.
  • Call to arrange one-on-one sessions for Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Pinterest, help with eReaders, and more.

Newton Public Library Celebrates 130 years of Service to the Public: September 27. Come in for a cookie and a book bag to color with permanent markers.

Fourth Tuesday Photography Annual Potluck at Memorial Grove: 6:30 p.m. September 27. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the company of other photographers. Call the Library for more details.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. September 28. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. September 29. Join others for Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Big Read “Fahrenheit 451”: October 1- November 15. Newton Public Library will again participate in the Wichita-area Big Read. This year’s novel, “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, tells a tale of a fireman tasked with burning illegal books. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Bad Art Day: 3 p.m. October 1. Create bad art … on purpose!

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 3. Make bottlecap pendants.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Hesston Community Read: 7:30 p.m. October 4 at Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S Main St. in Hesston. Author Joshua Davis talks about his book “Spare Parts” (Third Thursday book club discusses this book on September 15, 7 p.m.).

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. October 5. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Mystery Lover’s Book Club: 5 p.m. October 5. Read and discuss “On What Grounds” by Cleo Coyle. Special guest Patty Meier of Mojo’s will participate in the discussion. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Friends of NPL: 7 p.m. October 5. Come join Friends of Newton Public Library at their fall meeting.

Teen YLinK (Youth Leaders in Kansas): 7 p.m. October 6. Lead, advocate, make a difference! The goal of YLinK is to improve life for ages 12-18 with mental health issues living in our community. Bring an adult ally.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 10. Paint some book ends for the Library shelves.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Papercrafts & Coloring: 6:30 p.m. October 11. Papercrafts (spooky!) from recycled books, plus coloring sheets and bookmarks. Supplies provided or bring your own for creative stress relief.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. October 12. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Teen GameZone: 6-8 p.m. October 13. Join others for Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Big Read Discussion: 7 p.m. October 13. Read and discuss “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Teen Read-In: 3 p.m. October 15. Bring a pillow or bean bag! Enjoy muffins and tea while reading a good book, or discover a new favorite.

Teen GameZone & Crafts: 4-5:30 p.m. October 17. Make Boho Bangles.  Play Xbox 360 Kinect™, Wii™, board games, card games, and online games. Bring your NPL card to use the laptops.

Grave Mysteries: 7 p.m. October 18. Brian Stucky talks about early cemeteries in the Newton area.

Master Builders … LEGO®s: 3:30-5:30 p.m. October 19. Bring your friends for building time! Ages 8-18.

Library Closed October 20. Staff will attend Kansas Library Association Conference in Wichita.

Teen Takeover: 3 p.m. October 22. The Library wants you! Plan upcoming programs, suggest book titles, and more (with snacks)!

TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. October 24. Marilyn E. Klaus, lecturer with Religious Studies and African American Studies at the University of Kansas, leads a discussion of “Mules and Men” by Zora Neale Hurston. This is the last in a three-book series “The 1930s.” Discussion leaders and books are provided by Kansas Humanities Council. Contact the Library for copies of the book.

Art Display:  Photography by Beth Hostetler and her daughter Sara is on display.

Display Case: Enjoy the artwork of Parker Harpley and Elizabeth Groot, high school students employed at NPL.

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:

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.

Children of Syria. Frontline portrays one family’s journey to a new life. DVD

Dennis-Benn, Nicole. Here Comes the Sun. Steely, determined women confront scars and fight for freedom in Jamaica. New Fiction

Kerr, Hillary. The Career Code. Must-know rules for a strategic, stylish and self-made career. New Nonfiction

Miller, Louise. The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living. Pastry chef extraordinaire leaves Boston for Guthrie, Vermont and finds herself immersed in small-town life. New and CD Fiction

Money Monster. Financial TV hosts work against the clock when an irate investor who lost everything takes over their studio. DVD

Olmstead, Larry. Real Food, Fake Food. Why you don’t know what you’re eating and what you can do about it. New Nonfiction

Paris, B.A. Behind Closed Doors. Jack and Grace seem to have it all, but Grace never answers the phone or meets for coffee, causing others to wonder what goes on behind the metal shutters. New Fiction

Schwartz, Kyle. I Wish My Teacher Knew. How one question can change everything for our kids. New Nonfiction

Towles, Amor. A Gentleman in Moscow. Sentenced to house arrest, Count Alexander Rostov observes tumultuous events happening in Russia from his window. New Fiction

Wahlgren, Anna. For the Love of Children. Childcare and child rearing for 0-16 years. New Nonfiction

Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad. Colson reimagines the story of the underground railroad as an actual railroad. New Fiction