September 24, 2023

Library News

August Monthly Mystery Bag

Wondering what to read next? Check out our FREE monthly mystery bags for adults! Mystery bags have a different theme every month and contain a surprise selection of 4-5 books and an adult craft. Return the books when you’re done with them - keep the craft. The August theme is “May We Recommend …” and includes a selection of library staff’s favorite titles and recommended reads. The craft is a colorful spice jar terrarium. Please direct message the library on Facebook or call 641-792-4108 to register. Ages 18 and older.

Borrow a Librarian: Drop-In Photo Digitizing

Aug. 8, 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Now is the perfect time to start scanning those old family photos! Drop-in on the second Monday morning of the month to learn about our Memory Lab Digitization Equipment and have our Public Services Librarian scan your photos. Attendees may bring up to 15 photos per visit and a flash drive to store their scans on. Questions? Contact Becca Klein at 641-792-4108 or The Newton Public Library Memory Lab is made possible through the generosity of the Jasper Community Foundation.

Sit ‘n Stitch

Aug. 10, 10 a.m.

Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or bring your own beverage, while working on your current stitching project. Stitchers of all experience levels are welcome! This is an open forum for crafters to share their projects, ask other stitchers for assistance or troubleshooting, and enjoy crafting company. This event will be held in the library meeting room. No registration required.

How Iowa Met Baseball: the Myths, the History, the Players

Aug. 16, 5:30 p.m.

Over the past century, the setting for the spring passion of many Iowans has been the ballpark. Join professor and historian, John Liepa, for an exploration of the myths of baseball’s origins, the early history and evolution of the game, baseball’s journey to Iowa and the role of the Civil War in spreading its popularity. Audiences will learn about some of Iowa’s baseball pioneers and view an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia featuring Iowa players. This program is open to the public and free to attend. All ages welcome! This program is sponsored by Humanities Iowa.

Planning for the Future: End of Life Care and Advance Directives

Aug. 22, Noon

Join Everystep Hospice to learn how to create advance directive documents, living wills, and designate a power of attorney, while planning for important future healthcare and end-of-life decisions. This program is free to attend and is open to the public. No registration required.

Become a Library Trustee!

We’re looking for library trustees! Applicants should live in either Ward 1 or Ward 2 and must be a citizen of Newton age 18 or older, and a registered voter. Library trustees work with the Director to develop and adopt governing policies, approve operation budgets, and advocate for the library through contacts with general public, civic organizations, and public officials. Applications can be picked up in person at the library information desk or printed from our website at