Photography, teen gaming, computer classes, new books and more offered at the Newton Public Library.


Newton Public Library: 720 N. Oak St. Phone: 283-2890. Web site: www.newtonplks.org. E-mail: library@newtonplks.org. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Wednesday. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

• Beginning Word 2007, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

• Beginning Excel 2007, 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3,

• Intermediate Excel Formulas, 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10

• PowerPoint, Tuesday, November 17, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.;

• Computer Basics, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19,

• Internet Basics, Friday, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 20

• Creating Holiday Greetings with Publisher, 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 24

Teen Gaming and More: From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.Mondays and from 6 to 8 p.m Thursdays. Bring library cards for laptop use, play card games and the Wii, access online tutoring with HomeworkKansas, or just hang out.

Interested in knitting? All levels of experience are welcome to gather at 7 p.m. Mondays to share patterns, ideas and expertise. Lois Nattier, master knitter, will lend her expertise.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Photojournalist Vada Snider will talk about “Capturing the Moment” in anticipation of getting great images during the holiday season. Bring your camera, cord, manual, and questions to learn about digital photography. Laptops available or bring your own.

The Big Read “Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe”: At 3:30 p.m. Nov. 8, “Consciousness, Living Art and Taxidermy in The Raven”, a lecture and discussion by Ami Regier, Bethel College English professor, at Kauffman Museum, 27th and North Main streets, (316) 283-1612, North Newton (co-sponsored by Newton Public Library). Free and open to the public.

Ten Steps to Positive Parenting: A five-session class, co-sponsored with Communities in Schools, meeting Mondays beginning from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 9. Contact Communities in Schools to register and for more information.

H1N1 Questions Answered: At 7 p.m. Nov. 10, Dr. Ted Cook, medical director of Newton Medical Center’s emergency department, and Rita Flickinger, director of Harvey County Health Department, will answer questions and give updates on the H1N1 virus. Complimentary face masks will be available for those families requesting them. This event is free and open to the public.

Learn, Share, Discuss Linux: The Newton Linux User’s Group (NLUG) will meet at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 11, to share information and applications regarding this open source alternative to Microsoft Operating Systems. Meetings are free and open to all.

Digital Photos and Photoshop Elements Videoconference: at 2 p.m. Nov. 12, Trent Rose, Technology Trainer from the Salina Public Library, will talk about methods for taking better digital photos, enhancing them, and sharing photos with others. Photoshop Elements also will be discussed. This videoconference is free to all without registration.

Third Tuesday Genealogy Work Night: From 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Finding African American ancestors will be explored. Also bring your questions or searches, make use of the Library’s resources, people knowledgeable in the field, as well as laptops for conducting online research.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers About Fitness: Nov. 15 through 21, Families with preschoolers, get ready to Wiggle at the Newton Community Kansas Reads to Preschoolers night on Nov. 16. There will be special activities, StoryTime, book give-aways and bedtime snacks. More details to follow. At 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18, join Doreen Cronin, author of this year’s chosen book, “Wiggles,” while she reads her book to youngsters and their families across Kansas via videoconference. These events are free to preschoolers and their families.

TALK Book Discussion: “Before the Civil War” is the topic of a four-part discussion series. Phillip D. Thomas of Wichita State University will lead the fourth and final discussion of T. H. Gladstone’s “The Englishman in Kansas” at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. Books for the series are made available by the Kansas Humanities Council and may be reserved at the Library.

Needlework With Marilyn: Join Marilyn Swanson at 1 p.m. Saturdays at to learn to quilt or embroider or just to sit and stitch with others. Bring your own supplies and meet at the table near the Large Print area.

Friends Cart Sales: Used books are for sale at about 1p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month for a couple of hours. Proceeds benefit the Library.

Display Case: The Pride, Silbeck, and Werner families were early settlers in Harvey County. Their intertwined histories are the subject of this display, courtesy of Karen Wall. Art Display: Enjoy the colorful watercolor collages of artist Mary Johnson. This display is courtesy of the Newton Fine Arts Association and the artist.

Enjoy these new items now on the shelves:

• Albright, Madeleine. “Read My Pins.” Photos and stories of the pins made famous by this former Secretary of State. New Nonfiction

• Burke, James Lee. “Rain Gods.” A compelling mystery stemming from the grisly murders of illegal aliens. CD and New Fiction

• Byatt, A.S. “Children’s Book.” A story of a children’s book author and the passions, betrayals, and secrets tearing apart those around her. New Fiction

• “Hoaxed: Fakes and Mistakes in the World of Science.” The editors of Yes magazine tell the stories of eleven elaborate schemes. New Juvenile Nonfiction

• Krakauer, Jon. “Where Men Win Glory.” The odyssey of Pat Tillman, the NFL football player who left for service and was killed in Afghanistan. New Nonfiction

• Lackey, Mercedes. “Gwenhwyfar.” The story of King Arthur, told through eyes of his third wife. New Fiction

• Luntz, Dr. Frank I. “What Americans Really Want…Really.” The truth about our hopes, dreams and fears from a pundit whose predictions are based on extensive research. New Nonfiction

• Nardone, Tom. “Extreme Halloween.” The ultimate guide to making Halloween scary again. New Nonfiction

• Walls, Jeannette. “Half Broke Horses.” The story of the author’s grandmother, a tale of survival against great odds. New Fiction

• Zuiker, Anthony. “Level 26.” The first “digi-novel” by the author of CSI with extra three-minute bonus scenes to log in and enjoy. New Fiction