Naturalist Chrissy Rea will visit the library at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, to talk about the amphibians and reptiles. She will bring a salamander and a snake for demonstration purposes, talk about the differences between them and look at some common and not-so-common Iowa “herps.” Then everyone will work together to demonstrate how a snake digests its meal.
Story Times at Newton Public Library
• Toddlers and Twos Story Time, which is for children ages 18 months to 36 months old, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
• Youth Services Librarian Phyllis Peter will read stories about lambs and sheep during Preschool Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Come enjoy stories, fingerplays, music and a craft. All story times meet in the Carousel Horse Room, except on holidays, and are free and open to all children and their caregivers. No pre-registration is necessary. Contact Youth Services Librarian Phyllis Peter at (641) 792-4108 with questions.
• The Newton Public Library also will offer a 10:30 a.m. Story Time featuring volunteer Helen Rose on Saturday, March 17. Contact Youth Services Librarian Phyllis Peter at (641) 792-4108 with questions.
Book Review of the Week
On Jan. 8, 2011, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was meeting with her constituents in Tucson, Ariz. A gunman walked up to her and shot her in the head, killed six people and wounded 13 others. I remember watching the coverage of this on television and being horrified — sickened when they reported that Gabby had died and thankful when they said they were wrong and she was still alive. Like many others, I’ve watched her recovery with hope and admiration for her courage and the strength and support of her family.
In “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope,” Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, share their story with the world. This inspirational account will capture the reader immediately with the opening lines from Mark Kelly right through to the final chapter in Gabby’s voice. I found this very moving, and I think other readers will as well. The book is available on the new biography shelves of the library.
Job Search Strategies
The next class offered by Debbie Mascaro of Iowa Workforce Development will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the library meeting room. The class will cover job search strategies, including preparation and organizing for job search, developing a positive work search attitude, networking for success, looking in places you never thought of, skills matching and researching for a good job fit. The classes will provide attendees with an overview of the parts of a résumé as well as what information to include and what to exclude. Call (641) 792-4108 to register.
Intro to the Internet Library Classes
Computer classes for adults will be taught by Public Services Librarian Holly Youngquist every other week from March through May. Classes will meet from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each one-week session will cover computer basics and an introduction to Internet searches. Sign-up sheets will be located at the Information Desk. Classes are free but limited to five students per weekly session. Students are asked to complete a pre-class computer skills assessment survey. Call the library at (641) 792-4108 with questions.
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The library column is moving. Beginning Wednesday, the column will appear in the Wednesday edition of the Newton Daily News instead of the Friday edition.