June 30 through July 5

Newton Public Library: Located at 720 N. Oak. Phone: 283-2890. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Thursday, closed Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.


June 30 through July 5

Newton Public Library: Located at 720 N. Oak. Phone: 283-2890. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Thursday, closed Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The library also is closed Sunday.

Fourth of July: The library will be closed for the holiday on Friday.

Summer Reading Programs: Join the fun. Sign up for “Catch the Reading Bug!” 2008 Summer Reading Program for children and “Metamorphosis @ Your Library” for teens. Also enroll for free special programs and activities.

Thursday summer programs for teens: These free programs from 3 to 4:30 p.m. require enrollment: July 10: Learn some yoga, plus make a healthy snack; July 17: Make some jewelry cool enough for guys; and July 24: artist Jesse Graber talks about working as a cartoonist and will offer critiques, too, if teens have their own illustrations to share.

Teens, change your afternoons: Come for Gaming Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. Try out the new Wii Video Game System or play some board games. Bring a pillow and a friend and enjoy Movie Saturdays at 3 p.m. On June 28: “August Rush”; on July 12: “Transformers”; on July 19: “Arachnophobia”; on July 26: “Evan Almighty.” Free fun for all teens.

Learn, share, discuss Linux: The Newton Linux User's Group will meet at 6:45 p.m. July 9 to share information regarding this open source alternative to Microsoft Operating Systems. Meetings are free and open to all.

Stone Lion Puppet Theatre: “Bubba and Trixie” will be at 1:30 p.m. July 9. This program is free with limited space.

Storyteller Jo Ho: Listeners of all ages will get a “buzz” out of Jo Ho’s bug stories from around the world at 1:30 p.m. July 16. This free program has limited space.

Magician Eric Vaughn: The “Magician of the Year” will amaze and astound all ages at 1:30 p.m. July 23. This program is free and has limited space.

Poetry reading with photography From Chase County: Sammie Simmons, poet, and Duane Graham, photographer, will share words and photos from their book, “Tall Grass Prairie Offering Praise: A Book of Poems and Photographs of Chase County in Kansas” at 7 p.m. July 29. A book signing will follow. This program is free and open to all.

Free computer classes: Hands-on classes require registration as space is limited. Classes are free and open to all:

• Beginning Word 2007, 7 to 8 p.m. July 22.. The most commonly used features of Microsoft Word 2007 will be explored. Participants should have a basic knowledge of the keyboard and using a mouse.

• Yahoo! E-mail, 7 to 8 p.m. July 8, for those wanting to sign up for a free e-mail account and learn features of Yahoo! e-mail.

• Computer Basics Class, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 15 or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 22. This class is for people who have very little or no experience using computers. Components of a computer, how to use a mouse and basic computer tasks will be covered.

• Internet for Beginners Class, 7 to 8 p.m. July 17. Participants will gain experience using the Internet and searching effectively for information. Participants should have a basic knowledge of the keyboard and using a mouse.

Display case: Fantasy art created by Amy and Saje Bayes is displayed.

Art display: Enjoy the colorful watercolors of Carolyne Seymore. This display is courtesy of the artist and the Newton Fine Arts Association.

Kansas featured on our shelves:

• As a response to her own children's questions after the Greensburg tornado of May 4, 2007, Shandi Lang wrote a book, “Where is God in the Storm?” illustrated by her 5-year-old daughter, Grace Lang. Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the Greensburg Public Library to help them rebuild the Children’s Literature Department. This book and a framed picture of the author/illustrator were donated by Jana Fuller-Ward, a friend of the family. Our library's signed copy is in the Juvenile Easy section.

• Goessel native Aaron J. Ratzlaff has illustrated the book “Fred and Mary,” written by L. Kobie Wilkerson. The children’s book, written in rhyme, encourages focusing on character, rather than appearance. Included is a DVD/CD so readers may hear and/or watch the author telling the story. This book was donated by Jay and Ginny Holstine. Aaron has signed the library's copy of the book, which may be found in the Juvenile Easy section.

• Kansan Roy Bird, author of “Civil War in Kansas,” writes about the oft-forgotten Indian Wars, which happened during this same period in Civil War and the Indian Wars. This book is on the new non-fiction shelf.

• John R. Brinkley, called “the most creative criminal,” worked his cons in Milford, Kan. Pope Brock has authored the book “Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam,” detailing this colorful person from Kansas past. Find the book in the new nonfiction section.

• Those following the presidential race are well-aware that presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama, has ties to Kansas. Read more about it in David Mendell’s book, “Obama: From Promise to Power.” This book may be found in the new nonfiction area.