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  1. Bibliophile Book Club

    August 28, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    Join our adult library book club for a discussion of a different book every month. The club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. The upcoming book will be selected by the group at the monthly meeting. Request your copy of the current month's book at the library information desk, or by calling 641-792-4108. New members always welcome! The August title is "The Shoemaker's Wife" by Adriana Trigiani

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  2. Ghost Towns of Jasper County

    August 28, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    You might not know it, but Jasper County is full of ghost towns! Ghost towns in Iowa are not necessarily deserted buildings on a dusty Main Street. They are marked by the graveyard on the gravel road. The old church sitting alone. A bend in the road by the old farmhouse. Why are we curious about the people and places that came before us? We will explore several examples of these lost places. How did Monroe City nearly become the capitol? Why did the railroad bring Turner to life but kill Greencastle? What is the story behind Wittenburg? How can we keep places like Ira and Valeria from becoming tomorrow's ghost towns? All of these questions and more will be discussed. Dave Baker, writer and photographer for "Iowa The 29th State" has photographed over 10,000 communities, landmarks, historic sites, and places of interest in Iowa. Dave will show dozens of original photographs and will have a variety of artifacts pertaining to Jasper County history on display.

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