Dec. 29 through Jan. 3

Newton Public Library: 720 N Oak St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, closed Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


Dec. 29 through Jan. 3

Newton Public Library: 720 N Oak St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, closed Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. E-mail: library@newtonplks.org.

Closed: The library will close at 3 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed Thursday for New Year’s holidays.

Holiday Break Puppet Show: Bring the whole family to enjoy the antics of the Barnyard Puppet Theatre, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. This program is free and open to the public.

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

• Computer Basics Class, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 7 or 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 8 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.

• Keyboarding, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13 or 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 29 is for practice and proficiency in typing skills.

• Internet for Beginners Class, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 or 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15. 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. Jan. 13 or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15. 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.

Gaming Mondays is for teens: Join your friends from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays. Try out the new Wii® Video Guitar Hero and Game System or play some board games. Bring your library cards to use the Claassen Mobile Lab laptops. Be part of a new Yu-Gi-Oh! club. Free fun for all teens.

Resume Creation/Online Job Search Videoconference: This free virtual class is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 14; it will cover how to create cover letters and resumes as well as techniques for using online resumes and databases. Tips and techniques for online job searches will also be presented in this videoconference with Salina Public Library.

Learn, share, discuss Linux: The Newton Linux User’s Group will meet at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 14 to share information and applications regarding this open source alternative to Microsoft Operating Systems. Meetings are free and open to all.

British classics TALK discussion: Sign up now to participate in the spring TALK discussion series focusing on British Classics. “Emma” by Jane Austen will be the topic of the first discussion at 7 p.m. Feb. 4. Contact the library for more information or to reserve books for the four-part series. TALK is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council and is free and open to all.

Volunteers needed: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance has been helping older, handicapped, non-English speaking and lower-income tax filers properly fill out their tax forms for more than 30 years. Volunteers are needed to help with filing during the upcoming tax season. If you are interested, call Marilyn Schmidt for training materials and times.

Display case: The display features the work of Friends of Newton Public Library.

New materials on library shelves:

• Bayard, Pierre. “Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of The Hound of the Baskervilles.” One of our most beloved stories is turned on its head. New Fiction

• “The Best American Short Stories: 2008.” This year’s collection, edited by Salman Rushdie. New Fiction

• Doty, Jean Slaughter. “Winter Pony.” Ginny and her horse Mokey take the sleigh out along and find themselves in danger. New Juvenile Fiction

• Elias, Stephen. “The Foreclosure Survival Guide: Keep Your House or Walk Away With Money in Your Pocket.” NOLO’s guide to the subject. New Nonfiction

• Flynn, Vince. “Extreme Measures.” Mike Nash pursues a top secret role in the War on Terror until he is blindsided by a betrayal. New and CD Fiction

• Garten, Ina. “Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients.” Ina breaks down her ideas on flavor. New Nonfiction

• “Green Matters.” A series of videocassettes on everything from alternative energy and bio fuels to organic living and recycling. DVD

• Morrison, Toni. “A Mercy.” The ambivalent story of a mother who casts off her daughter to save her, and the daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment. New Fiction

• “Take Me Back: A Trip Through History From the Stone Age to the Digital Age.” A visually packed history book from Dorling Kindersley. New Juvenile Nonfiction

• “Voices from Newton: Oral Histories from the StoryCorps Interviews.” Local stories collected by the Newton/North Newton Historic Preservation Commission. New Nonfiction