Library happenings

Staff Writer
The Kansan

Summer Library Program: June 1-July 31. Reading goals, take-home activities, prizes and special programs for youth, teens and adults. Visit www.newtonplks.org/slp2020 to learn more. There's still time to sign up.

Live Q&A with a NASA Artemis (Moon) Engineer: 3 p.m. July 27. The Library and Newton Public Schools will host a Facebook Live event with a member of the NASA Artemis engineering team. Watch live and ask questions on the NPL Facebook page. With the Artemis program, NASA aims to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024.

Kansas Legends and Folktales: 7 p.m. July 28. Grasshoppers so big that cowboys can ride them. Summers so hot that corn pops in the field. Kansas is a place of big skies and tall tales. Connect via Zoom or Facebook Live for this program presented by Emporia State University's Jim Hoy, and sponsored by Humanities Kansas.

Teen Book Discussion: 10 a.m. Aug. 1. Teen Summer Library Program participants are invited to read “Black Brother, Black Brother,” by Jewell Parker Rhodes, and discuss it via Zoom video chat. Email library@newtonplks.org to sign up and get more information.

Mystery Lovers Book Discussion: 5 p.m. Aug. 5. Read and discuss “Down the River Unto the Sea,” by Walter Mosley. Contact the Library to borrow a copy of the book. Weather permitting, this discussion will be held outdoors in Military Park. Participants are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, and to practice social distancing.

Top 20 Online Gaming Sites: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Nathan Carr, NPL IT supervisor, will present this program via Zoom and Facebook Live stream, along with gamer and Twitch streamer Clayton Hodson. Part of the “Top 20 for 2020” series of tech talks.

Teen Afternoon of Crafts: 3-5 p.m. Aug. 15. Pick up a bag of craft supplies at NPL in advance, then join a Zoom meeting to follow along and complete the craft as a group. Contact the Library to sign up.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 7 p.m. Aug. 20. Read and discuss “The Nickel Boys,” by Colson Whitehead, with NPL's Sam Jack and guest facilitator Sheryl Wilson, director of KIPCOR. This discussion will be held via Zoom video chat. Contact NPL to borrow a copy of the book.

Fourth Tuesday Photography: 7 p.m. Aug. 25. Kalene Nisly will present an online program on her photography project, "From Refugee to Home." Join via Zoom or Facebook Live. Presented by the Fourth Tuesday Photography Club; everyone is welcome to attend.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. Contact the Library to register.

Technology Help: Nathan, NPL's IT Supervisor, is available to answer questions and troubleshoot technology issues. Call 316-283-2890, or email library@newtonplks.org, to set up an appointment or get help remotely.

For more information visit newtonplks.org or call 316-283-2916.