May 24 through 29

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

May 24 through 29
Newton Public Library: Located at 720 N. Oak St. Phone: 283-2890. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closed Sunday.
Closed: The library will be closed on May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.


Free Computer classes: Hands-on, one-session classes require registration as space is limited. Classes are free and open to all:
• Internet Basics, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 29.
• Beginning Word 07, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
• Intermediate Word 2007, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday or 7 to  8 p.m. June 2.
• Intermediate Excel 2007 Formulas, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
• PowerPoint 07, 7 to 8 p.m. June 1.
• Publisher 07, 7 to 8 p.m. June 8.
• Computer Basics, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 15.
• Organizing Computer Files, 7 to 8 p.m. June 29.

Sign up for the Summer Reading Program: Get ready to “Make a Splash: Read.” Summer reading for kids and teens begins June 1. The teen theme is “Make Waves: Read.” Read for fun and prizes.

Local author visit: Kansas author B.D. Tharp will talk about her book, “Feisty Family Values,” at 7 p.m. today. The book is set in the once-opulent Riverside neighborhood of Wichita. A book signing will follow the talk. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Trent Rose of the Salina Public Library will discuss the pros and cons of various photo sharing web sites. Bring cameras, cords and manuals for interacting and learning from others. Open to all levels of experience.

Theater performance: At 1:30 p.m. June 2, bring the whole family to enjoy the characters of the Roving Imp Theatre troupe. This program is free to all ages.

Thrilling Thursday Teen Kick-off: From 6 to 8 p.m. June 3, enjoy root beer floats and decorate the library sidewalks with chalk art to kick off teen summer reading. Free to those ages 10 through 18.

Teen Movies and More Saturdays: From 3 to 5 p.m. June 5 through July 24, go to the library or call 283-2890 to find out the movie special for the week. Free entertainment and snacks for all teens.

Magic Show: At 1:30 p.m. June 9, be amazed by the magic of Keith Leff. Free family entertainment is open to all ages.

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

Teen crafts and more: From 6 to  8 p.m. June 10, make a friendship bracelet, participate in gaming or enjoy friends. Free to all teens. Bring library cards to use the laptops.

Flower and Garden Tour: The 2010 Second Century Endowment Foundation Flower and Garden Tour to benefit Newton Public Library will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12 and from 1 to 5 p.m. June 13.

Getting Ahead information session: From 7 to 8 p.m. June 14, those tired of struggling to get ahead can find out more about this program to improve your life.

Rollout of the Harvey County Headstone Project: At 7 p.m. June 15, Darren McMannis will debut this searchable database, which includes every headstone in Harvey County, including transcriptions and photos. This has been a project of the Harvey County Genealogical Society.

Sedgwick County Zoo: At 10:30 a.m. June 16, 8- to 11 year-olds are invited to register to meet and learn about the water creatures from the zoo who will visit the library.

Barnyard Puppets: At 1:30 p.m. June 16, bring the whole family to laugh along with the antics of NPL’s own puppets.

Teen crafts and more: From 6 to 8 p.m. June 17, bring a colored garment to try out reverse tie-dye, participate in gaming or enjoy friends. Free to all teens. Bring library cards to use the laptops.

Windows 7 Video Conference: From 2 to 3:30 p.m. June 17, learn about the features of this Windows Operating System with Trent Rose, technology trainer from Salina Public Library.

Teen gaming and more: From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, 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. on Mondays to share patterns, ideas and expertise.

Needlework arts: Join Marilyn Swanson to learn or enjoy needlework skills at 1 p.m. on Saturdays in the Large Print area. Bring your own projects.

Friends of NPL cart sales: Used books are for sale at about 1 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday and at about 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month for a couple of hours. Proceeds benefit the library.

Display case: Space toys and robots from the collection of Raymond Olais are featured.

Art display: Enjoy the artwork of Marilyn Musser, featured artist for the promotion of the 2010 Flower and Garden Tour. This display is courtesy of the artist and the Newton Fine Art Association.

Enjoy these new items now on the shelves:
• bin Laden, Najwa. “Growing Up bin Laden.” Osama’s wife and son give an inside look at their secret world. New Nonfiction
• Binchy, Maeve. The Maeve Binchy Writers’ Club. Advice, inspiration, and information on writing and getting published. New Nonfiction
• Heath, Chip. “Switch.” How to change things when change is hard. New Nonfiction
• McEwan, Ian. “Solar.” Michael Beard has become complacent when unexpectedly he has a chance to save Earth from environmental disaster. CD, MP3, and New Fiction
• Parker, Robert B. “Blue-Eyed Devil.” Guns for hire are opposed by a power-hungry chief, with Cole and Hitch caught in the middle. New Fiction
• Pickard, Nancy. “The Scent of Rain and Lightning.” Set in Kansas, the man convicted of murdering Jody’s father may return. New Fiction
• Robards, Karen. “Shattered.” Secrets, betrayal and a mysterious family history are present in this romantic thriller. New Fiction
• Rogers, Douglas. “The Last Resort.” A memoir of Zimbabwe, the author writes about his parent’s holdout against the program to reclaim white-owned land. New Nonfiction
• “The Wind Journeys.” Ignacio is dogged by a spirited teenager who wants to follow in his footsteps and learn to play the accordion. DVD
• Wolmar, Christian. “Blood, Iron, and Gold.” How the railroads transformed the world. New Nonfiction