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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

September is National

Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Newton Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that our students and community have the most important supply of all: a free library card. 

September is a great time to get your first library card, update your current library card or pay off any fines you may have accumulated on your card (see Food for Fines event). Resources at the Newton Public Library are available to anyone who has a current library card.

Our library offers access to important and entertaining resources, like our Library Catalog, Wilbor (e-Books), Hobbies & Crafts Resource Center, LearningExpress Library (GED Prep & Job Help), Auto Repair Reference Center,  and Internet Access including free Wi-Fi. Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities, including …

Food for Fines @ the

Newton Public Library

From 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, through 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, the library will be accepting non-perishable food items in exchange for overdue fines assessed against library materials.

Each food item donated to the library will be given to the Jasper Community Food Pantry. One food item will equal up to $1 in fines. Two food items equal $2, and so on. Some acceptable non-perishable food items include: rice, dried cereal, beans, soups, canned meats, canned juices, peanut butter, and any canned fruits or vegetables.

This program does not affect charges assessed for lost or damaged materials. You don’t have to have a fine to donate. So, dig into your cupboard to help those in need!

How Can I Get a

Library Card?

Library cards are available free to residents of Iowa. Library cards are issued immediately if you have current photo identification and verifying proof of current Iowa residential address at the time of application. A post office box is not sufficient proof of residency. Mail may be used as proof of address if it has been postmarked within 30 days of the current date.

Persons who have acceptable personal identification, but who are unable to provide verification of current residency, may have the library card mailed to them to verify residency. However, no library materials can be checked out until the Newton Public Library card is received.

Applications for all children up to age 13 must be signed by a parent or legal guardian who will then be responsible for the materials lost or damaged by the child.

Coffee & Movie:

‘Remember the Titans’

To celebrate the return of football, we will be showing “Remember the Titans” at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the library meeting room. We will have football themed snacks along with hot coffee.

We will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day.

Our Story Time schedules can be found on both the library’s website and the city’s website calendar of events. For questions on Story Time or Children’s Programming, contact Phyllis Peter at (641) 792-4108.

Don’t forget to check out our website at for research help, upcoming programs, to use our databases and check our catalog!

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