Emma Mershon: Newton’s Prima Donna
6 p.m. Monday — Take a glimpse into the life of one of Newton’s most famous residents. In the sesquicentennial year of her birth, local historian Larry Hurto discusses the family, life, and career of Newton’s prima donna, Emma Mershon. A child prodigy, Mershon (1867-1937) attended schools in Newton and in California, before receiving training in Pittsburgh and in Europe. Her lyric soprano voice caused a sensation in Chicago, New York and in Europe’s leading concert halls.
Lessons of the Holocaust
6 p.m. Thursday — Brad Wilkening of the Iowa Commission on Holocaust Education, discusses how the Nazi party rose to power and shares the valuable lessons to be learned from one of the darkest hours in human history. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Newton Public Library. All ages welcome.
Library Holiday Closures
The Newton Public Library will be closed on the following dates in November:
• Nov. 22 — Library closes at 5 p.m. for Thanksgiving
• Nov. 23 and 24 — Closed all day for Thanksgiving
Join our Youth Services Librarian, Phyllis Peter, on Monday mornings for a special storytime designed for the youngest members of the family. Baby storytime provides a gentle and fun introduction to literacy through songs, stories and finger plays. For newborns to 18 months with a parent or caregiver (siblings are welcome). Storytime begins at 10:30 a.m., then stay for play and social time after the program.
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.
eBooks by Appointment
2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 29 — 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.
Yoga at the Library
6 p.m. Dec. 4 — Certified yoga instructor, Meghan Davis, leads an introductory class for adults. No previous experience necessary. Attendees may bring a yoga mat or towel, if they wish. This event is sponsored by the Newton YMCA. Spaces are limited and registration is required to attend. Please call the library at 641-792-4108 to reserve your spot.