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Newton Public Library to host Japanese Taiko event

Winter Clothing Drive

Oct. 2-14 — The library is collecting new cold weather clothing for kids ages 6-18. Donated clothing will be given to Newton Community Schools, to be distributed to children in need. Donations may be dropped off at the circulation desk. Items being collected include: new sweaters, hoodies, gloves, coats, hats, socks and scarves.

Japanese Taiko Drumming

6 p.m. Oct. 16 — All ages are invited to experience Japanese culture through the art of Taiko, a traditional drum used in festivals. Following the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to try playing Taiko. This event is sponsored by the Japan America Society in Iowa. This event is free and open to the public.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Entries Accepted Oct. 19-21 — Turn a pumpkin or gourd into your favorite book character. Pumpkins may be painted, dressed or accessorized, but not carved, and will be accepted for Youth/Family and Adult categories. The public will vote for winners in both categories beginning Oct. 23. Winners will receive a Halloween treat basket.

New App for
Downloading eBooks

We’re introducing a new way to download library ebooks and audiobooks. This new app offers a simpler way to download and read digital materials. Android and Apple users may download the free Libby by Overdrive app in the iTunes or Google Play stores for quicker, easier downloading. To learn more or receive additional help with your device, please call the library to make an appointment with Becca Klein, 641-792-4108.

Test Proctoring for Students

Test proctoring services are available to Newton Public Library card holders, free of charge. To learn how to get started or to set up an appointment, contact Public Services Librarian, Becca Klein at 641-792-4108.

eBooks by Appointment

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25 — Need a little help with that new Kindle or iPad? Make an appointment for one-on-one help with downloading free library ebooks and audiobooks to your tablet or mobile device. Call 641-792-4108 to reserve your time slot.

Science and the Afterlife

6 p.m. Oct. 26 — Ghost hunter and co-founder of “Unexplained Research,” Terry Fisk, discusses existing research on mediums, near death experiences, past life regressions, and out of body experiences. Fisk will also share his experiences working with medium Allison DuBois (TV series “Medium”) and psychic Chip Coffey (“Paranormal State”). This program is sponsored by the Newton Public Library Foundation.

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