Newton Public Library will offer a four-part book discussion series January through April on the theme “Growing Up.” Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library, 720 N. Oak St.


Newton Public Library will offer a four-part book discussion series January through April on the theme “Growing Up.” Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library, 720 N. Oak St.

The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas program. The Council’s Resource Center is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the series.

The first meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 28. Michaeline Chance-Ray of Kansas State University will lead a discussion of “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. Fourteen-year-old Lily and her black nanny find refuge with African-American sisters who cultivate bees in South Carolina.

The books in this series explore many of the issues encountered in adolescent and pre-adolescent life — belonging, communication, societal expectations and maturity. Through diverse characters, these authors illustrate common themes that transcend the boundaries of ethnicity, gender, nationality, and religious differences.

As the series continues, readers will discuss “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini (March 4), “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon (March 24) and “My Last Days as Roy Rogers” by Pat Cunningham Devoto (April 21).

To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact the library at 283-2890.