Newton Public Library 720 N Oak Street Newton, KS 67114 (316) 283-2890 fax: (316) 283-2916 www.newtonplks.org [email protected] Library Hours: Monday – Tuesday, Thursday Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri-Sat: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The neighborhood around Mango Street: 7 p.m. on March 29. Scott Chesebro, a Chicago-based urban studies scholar, will frame the 2022 Big Read book, “The House on Mango Street,” with his experiences in and around the Pilsen neighborhood, which is speculated to be the location of the fictional street. Online only; join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.
TALK Book Discussion: 7 p.m. March 31. Join former Kansas Poet Laureate Kevin Rabas for a discussion on “The Burgess Boys,” by Elizabeth Strout. Sponsored by Kansas Humanities. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.
KanCare/Medicaid Aid: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1. Mayra Mauricio Rosales of GraceMed and Esther Epp of the Kansas Division of Health Care Finance will be at the library to answer questions about Medicaid/KanCare and assist with enrollment on the first and third Fridays of each month.
Teen Book Club: 11:00 a.m. on April 2. Read and discuss “Last Night at the Telegraph Club”, by Malinda Lo. With treats for breakfast! Copies of the book are available for borrowing.
The library closes at 1 p.m.: April 2. Newton Public Library will close early on Saturday, April 2, so staff can attend a memorial service.
Mystery Lovers Book Club: 5:00 p.m. April 6. Read and discuss Finders Keepers by Stephen King. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.
Harvey County Tech Enthusiasts: 6:30 p.m. April 7. Meet fellow enthusiasts to share tips, tricks, and information on the latest developments in tech-related fields.
Nonfiction Book Club: 12:00 p.m. on April 8. Read and discuss “World of Wonders” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Feel free to bring a meal or snack to enjoy during this noon hour discussion. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.
Poetry evening at the library: 7 p.m. on April 12. In honor of National Poetry Month, join other poetry lovers and poets for a casual poetry night at the library. Participants are encouraged to bring a poem to share; it can be an original poem or a favorite written by someone else.
Monthly Tech Talk: 6:30 p.m. April 14. Join Library IT Supervisor Nathan Carr for his monthly keynote on technology issues, trends and skills. Topic of the month: “Should I be worried about… cell phone radiation?” Join us in person or watch via Zoom or Facebook Live.
TALK book discussion: 7 p.m. April 18. Read and discuss “The Family Man,” by Elinor Lipman,
with guest host Deborah E. Peterson. Sponsored by Kansas Humanities. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.
Kansas Author Talk: 7 p.m. 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 dementia. leprosy in the 1940s in Paraguay. Online only. Join via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.
Library closing: April 20. Newton Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, April 20 for training for all staff.
NKMSO Chamber Ensemble: 6-8 p.m. 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; come and go.
Spring Used Book Sale: April 21-23. Browse a wide selection of used books and DVDs, including items removed from the library’s collection as well as community donations. During library opening hours.
Third Thursday Book Club: 7 p.m. 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 p.m. on April 22. Authors Warren Ashworth and Susan Kander will give a reading from their new book, a historical novel set in Newton. Join us in person at Warkentin House Museum, 211 E. 1st, or watch the live stream on Facebook. Free entrance.
How the West was framed: 4:00 p.m. April 23. Architect Warren Ashworth will lecture on balloon framing, a little-known construction method that dramatically accelerated the pace of westward expansion in America. Visit the Warkentin House Museum, 211 E. 1st Street, or watch on Facebook Live.
Photograph of the fourth Tuesday: April 26 at 7 p.m. Sean Tomlinson will share photos he took on a recent trip to Death Valley. Meet in person at the library or watch a live stream on the library’s Facebook page.
Tax Assistance: Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) at the Newton Public Library continues through April 11. Seniors, people with disabilities and all taxpayers with an income of $54,000 or less can file their taxes for free with the help of volunteer preparers. For more details, go to www.newtonplks.org/tax or pick up an information sheet from the library.
Tech Help: Nathan, NPL’s IT supervisor, is available to answer questions and troubleshoot technology issues. Visit during Tech Help hours, Tuesdays 3-5 p.m., or contact the library to request assistance or make an appointment at another time.
1,000 pounds before kindergarten. Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, a national challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. Contact the library to register.
New items now available:
Burton, Jessy. Astonished. Exiled to a distant island, Medusa has little company except for snakes that adorn her head instead of her hair until a handsome boy named Perseus arrives, disrupting her lonely existence and unleashing desire, the love and betrayal. New YA Fiction
Chan, Jessamine. The school of good mothers. After a moment of lapse in judgment involving her daughter Harriet, Frida Liu falls victim to a host of government officials who will determine whether she is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a woman’s devotion. mother. New fiction
Eternals. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Eternals, a race of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have lived secretly on Earth for thousands of years, come together to battle the evil Deviants. Rated PG-13. New DVDs
Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury. Recounts the tragic times of the Compson family, including the beautiful and rebellious Caddy; the child Benjy; Haunted and neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. fiction