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This Week from the Library

Library Card Sign-Up Month

Ends Sept. 30 — Help us celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month. Register for a new library card during the month of September to be entered in a prize drawing. Existing cardholders earn an entry for every five books, movies, music cds, or magazines they check out — all month long. There is no limit on the number of drawing entries you can earn. Prizes include tote bags, movie tickets, Kindle tablets and more. Library Card Sign-Up Month prizes are donated by the Friends of the Newton Public Library.

Outdoor Storytimes in September

10 a.m. Tuesdays — Join us every Tuesday morning in September at 10:30 am for Outdoor Storytime. The group will meet by the Sir Rust-O-Lot statue and attendees should bring a blanket to sit on. Attendees will spread out on the library lawn to maintain social distancing. In the event of rain, storytime will be canceled. This program is best suited to children ages 2-5, no preregistration necessary.

Library Browsing Hours

The Newton Public Library is now offering Browse-N-Go service on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Library patrons who would like to browse library materials in-person are invited to make brief visits to check out materials on these days. Public internet computers are also available during Browse-N-Go hours for walk-in use; no appointment needed. Social distancing measures will be in place and masks are required for all building visitors.

Browse-N-Go Hours are as follows:

Monday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New Curbside Pick-Up and Computer Appointment Hours

We invite patrons who prefer contactless library service to continue using curbside pick-up service on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Appointments are available 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library building will be closed to walk-in traffic and browsing on these days. To request materials, please use our online curbside pick-up form at:

Just for Job-Seekers: Resume and Tech Support

2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoons — Work on your resume, edit your cover letter, or complete an online application during our job-seeker support hours. Our Public Services Librarian will provide dedicated support for job-seekers on Tuesday afternoons. Please contact Public Services Librarian, Becca Klein at 641-792-4108 to schedule your appointment.

Winter Clothing Drive for Kids

Oct. 12-24 — The Newton Public Library is collecting NEW cold weather clothing for children ages 6-18. Donated clothing will be given to Newton schools, to be distributed to local students in need. Items being collected include: sweatshirts, gloves, hats, coats, socks, and scarves. Donations will be accepted Oct. 12-24 and can be dropped off at the library circulation desk.

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