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Posted on: September 9, 2019

Summer Reading Wrap-Up

Summer Reading Wrap-Up

We had great participation in the Summer Reading Program this summer, with 587 children participating and 85 teens. Our special events were attended by 3619 children in June, July & August!  Adult Summer Registrations broke the Library&rs...

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Posted on: September 6, 2019

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Update

1000 Books

Our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program continues to grow, with 122 enrolled, and 35 children have completed the program by reaching the 1000 Book milestone! Congrats to Acelynn, who is our most recent finisher of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten pro...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Library Choir Camp

Choir Camp 1

The library hosted another successful Choir Camp at the end of Summer Reading. The camp was taught by Courtney Tabor, a Newton native, and Rachel Peter, both music major graduates from Central College. The group chose “The Day the Crayons Quit&a...

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Posted on: September 3, 2019

Story Time at Maytag Park

Story Time at Maytag Park

The Library and Community Services Division partnered for a Toddler Story Time before Toddler Swim at the Maytag Pool on August 9th. Around 40 participants came to the event and enjoyed songs, books, and coloring with sidewalk child on the park’...

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Posted on: September 6, 2019

Library Escape Room a Success!

Library Escape Room a Success!

Our Public Services Librarian, Becca Klein, created and hosted a new Escape Room during the first week of August called “History Heist: Locked in the Louvre”. The 90 attendants were zip-tied together and had to successfully escape the room by breaking the...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Meet Brainfuse!

Meet Brainfuse!

Brainfuse is the online resource provider for career services, test prep, and software tutorials for cardholders of the Newton Public Library. One feature that sets Brainfuse apart is the live coaching and live veteran support available during most aftern...

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Posted on: July 29, 2019

Very Hungry Caterpillar 50th Anniversary

Very Hungry Caterpillar 50th Anniversary

The picnic was in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Eric Carle’s beloved book! The kid’s had an exciting snack - the ate what the caterpillar ate in the book! They got to eat one slice of salami, one slice of watermelon, a piece of cher...

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Posted on: July 26, 2019

Drones in the Library

Drones in the Library

Erikson is an Emmy Award-winning journalist; an advisor for the Women and Drones organization, and an FAA certified remote pilot. Attendees learned about the many ways drones are impacting our lives in agriculture, search and rescue, commerce, and more. A...

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Posted on: July 25, 2019

Kindness Rocks at Maytag Park

Kindness Rocks at Maytag Park

The programs combined had 320 participants! There are multiple websites claiming they began the Kindness Rock Project but all stem back to spreading kindness in either an inspirational message or beautiful painting on a rock that is placed strategically o...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Feel the Cosmos

Feel the Cosmos

Attendees learned about Braille and the planets with different sensory items.

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Posted on: July 23, 2019

Newton Library Receives Accreditation from the State Library of Iowa

Newton Public Library

The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Newton Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Sixth Edition.”

Achieving accreditation requires a signif...

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