Sept. 29 through Oct. 4

Newton Public Library: Located at 720 N. Oak St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday. E-mail: and Web site,

September Adult Reading Program: Sign up before it's too late. Enter once for each book read or listened to during September to win free prizes. The program is sponsored by Midland National Bank with the Grand Prize of $50 in Newton Bucks, with additional coupons and prizes donated by Ten Thousand Villages, Pages Books and Coffee, Faith and Life Bookstore, Friends of Newton Public Library and a gas coupon from Wenger Oil/Conoco One-Stop. Enjoy as many good books as possible for the best chance to win.

Free computer classes: Hands-on classes require registration as space is limited. Classes are free and open to all: • Computer Basics Class, 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15. The 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. Oct. 21 or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22. 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.

• Beginning Word 2007, 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28. 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.

Writers’ Group: This gathering is for those interested in sharing their writing of any kind with others for encouragement and critique. Bring a short piece of work to share from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7. Participation is free and open to the public.

Gaming Mondays is for Teens: Join your friends from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. each Monday. Try out the new Wii Video Game System or play some board games. Bring your library cards to use the Claassen Mobile Lab laptops. Free fun for all teens.

Learn, share, discuss Linux: The Newton Linux User’s Group will meet at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 8 to to discuss the use of several open-source tools to monitor/analyze network traffic and to solve real-world network problems. Meetings are free and open to all.

“Reader’s Choice” TALK book discussion: Sandra Weichert leads a discussion of “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel at 7 p.m. Oct. 8. Books for the series are available at the library. This event is free and open to the public.

The Big Read Features “My Ăntonia” Prairie Walk and Talk: From Wednesday through Nov. 15, Wichita-area Kansans will be encouraged to read and discuss Willa Cather’s “My Ăntonia.” On Oct. 12, stroll through a tallgrass prairie and tour an 1875 immigrant house at Kauffman Museum, 2801 N. Main St., North Newton, (283-1612) on the Bethel College campus, followed by a program from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. of contemporary responses to the themes of immigration and adaptation in Willa Cather’s novel. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. This program is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by Bethel College and Newton Public Library. Additional events are listed at

Closed: The library will be closed from 9 a..m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13.

Friends Mystery Book Sale: The sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25. Friends of NPL also host a cart sale of used books each Monday afternoon and the first Saturday morning of each month. In general, hardback and trade-size books are $1, paperbacks are 50 cents, and kids’ books are five for $1. Support the library and your reading habit by donating used books and purchasing books from the Friends’ cart.

Preschool Story Time theme: Leaves Are Falling!

Art display: Gloria Webber displays abstract acrylics on rice paper. This exhibit is courtesy of the Newton Fine Arts Association and the artist.

Display case: A display of the Prouty family is featured, courtesy of the Harvey County Historical Museum and Lois Prater, who did extensive research into the family’s history.

New materials

• Burg, Shana. “A Thousand Never Evers.” Addie Ann is on a mission to uncover the truth in this historical novel set during the American civil rights movement. New Juvenile Fiction

• Darnton, John. “Black and White and Dead All Over.” A powerful editor is found dead in his newsroom. New Fiction

• Ebershoff, David. “The 19th Wife.” Two very different tales of the polygamist strain of Mormon culture. New Fiction

• Frank, Thomas. “The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule.” The author of “What’s the Matter With Kansas” writes about government-by-entrepreneurship. New Nonfiction

• Friedman, Thomas L. “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — And How It Can Renew America.” The author looks at the loss of focus since 9/1l and the global environmental crisis and how they can be solved together. New Nonfiction

• “The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery.” Steve McQueen stars in this film noir classic retelling of this event. DVD

• Kershaw, Alex. “Escape From the Deep.” The epic story of the U.S.S. Tang submarine and her courageous crew. Nonfiction CD

• Marano, Hara Estroff. “A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting.” A connection is made between overparenting and the social crisis of the young. New Nonfiction

• Taylor, Benjamin. “The Book of Getting Even.” A story of finding one’s true home in the heart of another family. New Fiction

• Traviss, Karen. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” The Jedi must find out if the end ever justifies the means. New Fiction