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This Week at the Library

Lobby Display Case

Tropical Ecology

This month’s display is coordinated by the Jasper County Conservation Board and Greg Oldsen. Greg is working with the Board through an internship and is currently a senior at Central College. The display’s topic is Tropical Ecology and includes pictures from Belize and Costa Rica. Thank you to the Jasper County Conservation Board and to Greg Oldsen for sharing their environmental knowledge.

Charlotte M. Smith Memorial Display Case Barbie Doll Collection

On display in the Charlotte M. Smith Memorial Display case is the Barbie Doll Collection presented by Susan Waldman. Thank you to Susan for sharing her collection.

Story Time

Enjoy a story about “Pete the Cat” with Youth Services Librarian Phyllis Peter in the Carousel Horse Room for story time at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. This program is designed for ages 3 to 5, siblings welcome.

Toddlers and Twos story time is Tuesday, Feb. 12. Choose to attend either at 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. (not both). We offer the back to back sessions so that each group will not be too large. Toddlers and Twos story time is for children 18 months to 36 months old with a caregiver. If you have questions, contact Youth Services Librarian Phyllis Peter at (641) 792-4108.

Blues Under the Blue Roof

Every Monday during February at 6:30 p.m. we will be welcoming a musician in the Meeting Room of the Library. The South Skunk Blues Society has a great line-up planned for this annual event. Come join us on Monday in listening to Nick Knudsen a blues guitarist and singer and one of Newton’s own local artist.

Blind Date with a Book

Take a chance on a new love! Pick out a book based on its genre. These books will be specially wrapped and can be found in the New Nonfiction and Fiction sections at the library.

Smart Investing @ Your Library

All investments involve risk but some investments are riskier than others. “To avoid your own ‘risky business’ scenario, it helps to understand all the many dimensions of risk. Then you can make investment decisions that will work for you,” says Margaret Van Ginkle family finance program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

This Iowa State University Extension series is a part of the Smart Investing @ Your Library” project at the Newton Public Library. The program is made possible through a grant received by Iowa Library Services provided by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association. Learn more at

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