Adult summer reading, book clubs at library
Adult Summer Reading — Between the Covers
Adults are encouraged to participate in the summer reading program by completing an entry form for each book read over the summer. Drop the entry in the decorated ballot box to be eligible for the drawings. The adult summer reading program will end Aug. 3. Adults must be 18 or older to participate. All entrants (including past weekly winners) will be eligible for the grand prize drawing to be held Aug. 3. Two different grand prize winners each will receive one gift certificate for $50 in Newton bucks. Contact Public Services Librarian Holly Youngquist at (641) 792-4108 or email at email@example.com with programming or registration questions on the program.
Between the Covers Weekly Winner
The weekly winner for June 8 is Beth Thorpe. Congratulations!
Genreflecting: A Book Club for Adults
On Wednesday, June 27, at 1 p.m. the book club will hold its first meeting in the library meeting room. The first book up for discussion — which will be led by Public Services Librarian Holly Youngquist — is “The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde, a cozy mystery that mixes genres and humor. Registration still is available to attend the first book club meeting. Call the information desk to sign up, then come in to check out your copy of the June read. Each month readers will enjoy a book from a different genre of fiction.
Story Times at Newton Public Library
• There will be no Preschool Story Time Thursday.
• Toddlers and Twos Story Time, which is for children ages 18 months to 36 months old, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. A second Toddlers and Twos Story Time will follow at 11 a.m. Choose to attend one session, but not both. The 10:30 a.m. story time is very full, so Youth Services Librarian Phyllis Peter encourages caregivers and toddlers to join the 11 a.m. story time. All story times meet in the Carousel Horse Room, except on holidays, and are free and open to all children and their caregivers. No registration is necessary. Contact Youth Services Librarian Phyllis Peter at (641) 792-4108 with questions.
Congratulations to winners of the prize drawings at our summer reading kickoff picnic. Krystal Hughson won the folding chair from Advantage Credit Union, Noah Braafhart won the $25 Kirby savings bond from Advantage Credit Union and Jaxson Chumba and Jacob Nichols each won a scale model NASCAR race car from the Iowa Speedway.
Read with Raven
Kindergartners through sixth graders are invited to improve their reading skills by reading to Raven at the Newton Public Library each Tuesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Raven, a black Labrador retriever, is a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. Her handler is Carol Meador, an occupational therapist. The event will take place in the children’s department of the Newton Public Library. Children will read books from the PBS Martha Speaks Read -Aloud Book Club collection. Call Youth Services Librarian Phyllis Peter at (641) 792-4108 with questions.
Creations with a Twist
Balloon artist Daniel Poe will share stories and balloon sculptures in the library meeting room Thursday. The event is for children ages 3 and older. Register for the 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. show, but not both.
Kids, join Youth Services Librarian Phyllis Peter for the fun movie “The Muppets” at 1 p.m. Friday. The movie will be shown in the library meeting room. Drinks will be provided, but bring your own popcorn. Seating is on the floor, so bring a pillow to sit on. No registration is necessary. This program is open to all children and their caregivers.
Moon Phases and the Summer Solstice
Join the fun from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, as a Jasper County naturalist leads families and children from kindergarten through sixth grade in discovering this summer’s theme: “Wonders of the Night.” Each program includes a story, activity and group guided explorations. All programs are free and open to the public. No registration necessary. Call (641) 792-9780 or visit www.jaspercountyconservation.com for more information.
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