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This Week from the Library Nov. 8, 2019

Library Closed Veteran’s Day

Monday — The Newton Public Library will be closed Nov. 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday.

Computer Chairs for Sale

The Newton Public Library is replacing chairs throughout the building and is selling the used computer chairs for $3 each. The chairs have cloth upholstery and there are options with and without wheels. If you are interested in purchasing chairs, visit the library information desk, or call 641-792-4108. Cash only. The new library chairs are a gift to the library from the Newton Public Library Foundation.

Classics & Conversation Book Club

10 a.m. Nov. 19 — Join our classics book club for a discussion of “Little Men” by Louisa May Alcott. Copies of the book may be requested at the library information desk or by calling the library at 641-792-4108. New members welcome.

Bibliophile Book Club

1 p.m. Nov. 20 — Join our library book club for a discussion of “Blood, Bones and Butter” by Gabrielle Hamilton. Copies of the book may be requested at the library information desk or by calling the library at 641-792-4108. New members welcome.

Parent Café

10:30 p.m. Nov. 21 — Join us Nov. 21 for a Parent Cafe co-hosted with the Jasper County Health Department at the library. Children ages 3 to 5 may join Miss Phyllis for storytime, while the Jasper County Health Department visits with parents about the services they offer. No registration required, all attendees will receive a free book.

In Their Own Words: Stories from Iowa’s Veterans

6 p.m. Nov. 21 — Surviving a Prisoner of War Camp, describing the sounds and smells of Vietnam, feeling the bitter cold of a Korean winter. Journalist and National Guard member, Sara Maniscalco Robinson collected these stories and will share these amazing first-hand accounts. You will hear about the day Pearl Harbor was bombed and the morning the Twin Towers were attacked, what it was like to be a woman in the military in World War II and what it feels like to be in and IED explosion driving across Iraq. Sara is the founder of The Iowa Veteran’s Perspective, a non-profit dedicated to interviewing Iowa veterans and documenting their stories for future generations. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Sponsored by Humanities Iowa.

Local Veteran Interviews at the Library

Nov. 22 — The Iowa Veterans’ Perspective Foundation will be interviewing local veterans at the Newton Public Library on Nov. 22. Veterans of any age and rank are invited to sign up for a time slot to be interviewed and included in this important project. Interviews will be one-on-one and interviewees will be given a DVD recording of their interview to keep or give to family. Contact public services librarian Becca Klein at 641-792-4108 if you or someone you know would like to be interviewed.

The Naughty List: Escape from the North Pole

5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3-5 — Christmas is just a couple of weeks away and you’re on the naughty list. It’s too late to hope for a Christmas miracle, and now your only hope is to sneak into Santa’s Workshop and steal the list. Grab your friends and put your problem-solving skills to the test in this special holiday escape room. Recommended group size is 4 to 9 players per team, with a 4 player minimum. Registration for this event opens at 10 a.m. Nov. 18. Call 641-792-4108 to reserve your time slot. Please note, this program is limited to adult participants only. Ages 18 and older.

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