Library Happenings – The Kansan

Newton Public Library

720 N Oak Street

Newton, KS 67114

(316) 283-2890

fax: (316) 283-2916 www.newtonplks.org library@newtonplks.org

library@newtonplks.org

Library Hours:

Mon-Tues, Thurs: 9am – 8pm

Wed, Fri-Sat: 9 am – 6 pm

Teen Book Club: 11 am April 2. Read and discuss “Last Night at the Telegraph Club,” by Malinda Lo. With breakfast goodies! Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Library Closes at 1 pm: April 2. Newton Public Library will close early on Saturday, April 2, so that staff may attend a memorial service.

Mystery Lovers Book Club: 5 pm April 6. Read and discuss “Finders Keepers,” by Stephen King. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Harvey County Tech Enthusiasts: 6:30 pm April 7. Meet with other enthusiasts to share tips, tricks and info about the latest developments in technology-related fields.

Nonfiction Book Club: 12 pm April 8. Read and discuss “World of Wonders,” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Feel free to bring a meal or snack to enjoy during this lunchtime discussion. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Poetry Night at the Library: 7 pm April 12. In honor of National Poetry Month, join fellow poetry fans and poets for a casual poetry night at the library. Participants are invited to bring a poem to share; that can be an original poem or a favorite written by someone else.

Monthly Tech Talk: 6:30 pm April 14. Join the library’s IT supervisor, Nathan Carr, for his monthly talk on technology issues, trends and skills. This month’s topic: “Should I Worry About… Cell Phone Radiation?” Join in-person or watch via Zoom or Facebook Live.

TALK Book Discussion: 7 pm April 18. Read and discuss “The Family Man,” by Elinor Lipman, with guest discussion leader Deborah E. Peterson. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Kansas Author Talk: 7 pm April 19. Join Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor for an author talk and interactive Q&A on “Called,” the true story of how Newton-area Mennonite missionaries revolutionized care for people with leprosy in 1940s Paraguay. Online only. Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.

Library Closed: April 20. Newton Public Library will be closed Wednesday, April 20, for all-staff training.

NKMSO Chamber Ensemble: 6-8 pm April 21. Members of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra will perform in the library as part of the orchestra’s Community Chamber Music Series. Free; eat and go

Spring Used Book Sale: April 21-23. Browse a wide selection of used books and DVDs, including items withdrawn from the library collection as well as donated by the community. During library hours.

Third Thursday Book Club: 7 pm April 21. Read and discuss “The Remains of the Day,” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.

Author Talk: “We, the House”: 7 pm April 22. Authors Warren Ashworth and Susan Kander will give a reading from their new book, a historical novel set in Newton. Join in person at the Warkentin House Museum, 211 E. 1st, or watch the livestream on Facebook. Free admission.

How the West Was Framed: 4 pm April 23. Architect Warren Ashworth will give a lecture on balloon framing, an unsung construction method that greatly sped the pace of westward expansion in America. Meet at the Warkentin House Museum, 211 E. 1st Street, or watch on Facebook Live.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 pm April 26. Sean Tomlinson will share photos he took on a recent trip to Death Valley. Meet in-person at the library, or watch a livestream on the library’s Facebook page.

Tax Assistance: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) at Newton Public Library continues through April 11. Seniors, those with disabilities, and all taxpayers with incomes of $54,000 or less, are eligible to file their taxes for free with the help of volunteer preparers. For details, go to www. newtonplks.org/tax, or pick up an info sheet at the library.

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 pm, or contact the Library to request help or set up an appointment at another time.

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:

Burton, Jessie. Jellyfish. Exiled to a far-flung island, Medusa has little company except for the snakes adorning her head instead of hair until a beautiful boy named Perseus arrives, disrupting her lonely existence de ella and unleashing desire, love, and betrayal. New YA Fiction

Chan, Jessamine. The School for Good Mothers. After one moment of poor judgment involving her daughter Ella Harriet, Frida Liu falls victim to a host of government officials who will determine if she is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion. New Fiction

Eternals. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Eternals, a race of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years, gather to battle the evil Deviants. Rated PG-13. New DVD

Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury. Retells the tragic times of the Compson family, including beautiful, rebellious Caddy; manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their Black servant. fiction

Grossman, Lev. The Magicians. After one moment of poor judgment involving her daughter Ella Harriet, Frida Liu falls victim to a host of government officials who will determine if she is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion. fiction

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