2016 Summer Reading Schedule

Don’t have enough to do this summer? Check this out!

May 28, Saturday, 10:30am: Summer Reading Kick-Off. We will have treats, reveal grand prizes, learn about programming and more. Sign up for the program begins on this day, but you may do so later. All ages.

June 1, Wednesday, 3pm: Lego Day: Things That Go. We will have a great contest and several prizes. All Ages.

June 2, Thursday, 3pm: Let’s Color! For Teens. We will have plenty of supplies and pages to color, plus treats to eat. Teens.

June 3, Friday, 3pm: Bingo in the Books. Great prizes, great fun. All Ages.

June 7, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime – Things That Go. This event combines song, movement, stories and a treat. Younger Children.

June 8, Wednesday, 3pm: Drinking Straw Weaving. Who knew you could weave with straws? Learn this easy craft and how to turn it into a belt, bookmark or art. All Ages.

June 9, Thursday, 10:30am: Jewelry Junkies – Knotted Bracelet and Necklace. Learn to make a heart necklace from thin paracord and a bracelet from old t-shirts. Teens.

June 9, Thursday, 3pm: Duct Tape for Teens. We supply loads of duct tape and you supply the creativity. Teens.

June 10, Friday, 3pm: Tiddlywinks and Shrinkydinks. We’ll learn about the game of Tiddlywinks and make our own squidgers, then play the game. All Ages.

June 14, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime – Going to the Beach. Join us for stories, songs, art and treats. Younger Children.

June 15, Wednesday, 3pm: Talking Puppet Craft. Make your own puppet with a moving mouth. Make yours unique. All Ages.

June 16, Thursday, 10:30am: Jewelry Junkies: Pop Cap Bracelets. Woven bracelets with pop top charms, as unique as you. Teens.

June 16, Thursday, 3pm: 3D Printing for Teens. Learn about our new 3D printer and how it can work for you. We’ll talk about software to use, files to print and copyright issues to consider. Everyone who attends will receive a free 3D print coupon. Teens.

June 17, Friday, 3pm: Ladderball and Ice Cream. Learn how to make your own ladderball goal and balls. Play a few games and eat ice cream. All ages.

June 21, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime: Breakfast with the Moose. We will snack on muffins and learn about the letter M with songs and activities. Younger children.

June 22, Wednesday, 3pm: Ribbon Bookmarks. These bookmarks make great gifts for everyone. Choose a sports theme with a charm to match, a patriotic theme, or an elegant one of a kind original. All ages.

June 22, Wednesday, 6:30pm: Adult Coloring. We will introduce the library’s large collection of coloring books and provide coloring supplies and refreshments. Join us for 1-1/2 hours of relaxation.

June 23, Thursday, 10:30am: Jewelry Junkies: Metal Washer Necklace/Bracelet. We will turn this simple piece of hardware into an original work of jewelry art using one of several different techniques. Teens.

June 23, Thursday, 3pm: Dia de Los Muertos Skulls for Teens. Learn the history of these adorned skulls honoring the dead. We have limited supplies to make your own, so it is first-come, first-serve. Teens.

June 24, Friday, 3pm: Architectural Challenge: Tallest Structure. This STEM challenge encourages young builders to exercise their creativity in making a structure from spaghetti and marshmallows. We will have divisions according to ages, so everyone can participate. Prizes will be awarded. All ages.

June 28, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime: Horse Play. Barrel and horse racing are on the agenda for this fun storytime. We’ll share horsey treats (apples and carrots) as we sing songs and hear stories about horses. Younger children.

June 29, Wednesday, 3pm: Perler Paradise. We have so many Perler beads we don’t know what to do. Oh wait, we’ll share with you. There will be plenty of patterns, beads and an adult on hand to melt your creations. Plus, we will search online for that special pattern for you. Make zipper pulls, coasters and more. All ages.

June 29, Wednesday, 6:30pm: Library Board Meeting. Everyone.

June 30, Thursday, 10:30am: Jewelry Junkies: Clothespin Jewelry. Who knew you could create jewelry from the wire findings on clothespins? We will show you how to make unique pieces you’ll be proud to wear. Teens.

June 30, Thursday, 3pm: Paint Slip & Slide for Teens. We are getting messy! Bring your t-shirts, socks and other white clothes. Eye/clothing protection provided. We will load the slip-n-slide up with paint and let you make an original design as you slide down. Paint colors will be blue and red, which will probably end up with some purple highlights. Teens.

July 1, Friday, 3pm: Drawbots. This robot creation draws on paper. We will give basic instructions and you use your imagination to make a robot. Older Children and Teens.

July 5, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime: Silly Monsters. Includes stories, songs and silly monster treats. Younger Children.

July 6, Wednesday, 3pm: Making Silly Monsters. These clay creations can be as silly as you like. We provide air-dry clay and you supply the imagination. All Ages.

July 7, Thursday, 10:30am: Jewelry Junkies: Drink Me Necklace. This Alice in Wonderland inspired jewelry has a vintage touch, with a tiny bottle and a skeleton key. Teens.

July 7, Thursday, 3pm: Making Masks: Venetian Masquerade for Teens. We will explore the history of masks and make one of our own. Each piece will be an original. Teens.

July 8, Friday, 3pm: Stem Challenge: Floating Babies and Bungie Barbies. Another STEM challenge to stretch your imagination. Can you keep a baby from drowning? Can you make a Barbie bungee that allows her hair to touch the floor, but not her body? We supply materials and sweet rewards. You supply creativity and teamwork. All Ages.

July 12, Tuesday, 10 am: Storytime: Owl Be Seeing You Soon. Join us for owl stories, songs, handprint craft and owl cookies. Younger children.

July 13, Wednesday, 3pm: Chia Pet Creations. Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia. Our pets will have a green head of hair and a funny face.

July 14, Thursday, 10:30am: Jewelry Junkies – Clay Scents. Air dry clay medallions for scented air fresheners, necklaces, keychains and more. We will even send you home with a mini bottle of essential oils to refresh your creation. Teens.

July 14, Thursday, 3pm: Sweet Treats For Teens. We are searching our recipe files for unique culinary creations filled with sugar for you to make. You’ll have some to taste and more to take home. Teens.

July 15, Friday, 3pm: Outdoor Games (P.S. May Involve Water). We will have plenty of ice pops and ice water to cool you down. Depending on the day, we may spend a lot of time using water to keep us cool, so dress appropriately. All Ages.

July 19, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime: Hedgehogs. We’ll hear a story, learn about hedgehogs, see a live hedgehog and then make our very own hedgehogs to take home. Younger children.

July 20, Wednesday, 3pm: Lip Smacking Lip Balm. This easy activity teaches you how to make lip balm in your favorite flavors to keep or give as a gift. Pick your favorite to make and take home. All ages.

July 20, Wednesday, 6:30pm: Adult Coloring. All supplies and treats are provided. Join us for this relaxing activity.

July 21, Thursday, 10:30am: Jewelry Junkies: Baseball Bracelets. Who knew you make jewelry from old baseballs? We will show you how. Teens.

July 21, Thursday, 3pm: Sugar Skull Decorating. This time we are making sugar skulls from real sugar and royal icing. We learn about molding the skulls, mixing the icing, and the history of these methods to create one-of-a-kind art. Teens.

July 22, Friday, 3pm: Minute to Win It. One minute challenges that are sure to surprise. Who will be the Minute to Win It champs?

July 26, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime: Elegant Elephants. Listen to an elephant story, make an elephant puppet and eat elephant’s favorite treat – fruit. Younger children.

July 27, Wednesday, 3pm: Free Craft Day. We have so many left over supplies and we are exhausted, so we supply materials and let you create. This has been a lot of fun in the past. Come early for best selection. All Ages.

July 27, Wednesday, 6:30pm: Library Board Meeting. Everyone.

July 28, Thursday, 10:30am: Jewelry Junkies: Baked Marble Jewelry. We are creating jewelry pieces from dollar store items. This beautiful jewelry looks like a million bucks. Teens.

July 28, Thursday, 3pm: Chain Reaction for Teens. This STEM challenge tests our limits as we attempt to make a chain reaction from popsicle sticks and plastic cups. Will we suceed? The finale could be amazing. Teens.

July 29, Friday, 3pm: Grand Prize Extravaganza. This is it! It’s everything you have been working toward this summer. We have door prizes, refreshments and fun until we draw for our grand prizes at 4pm. Don’t miss this. All Ages.

HOOPLA updates

Are you using HOOPLA? It is a service, accessible by using your library card. that lends movies, ebooks, music downloads and more. Recently, they added the ebook portion of this experience, along with DC comic books. To download two free items per month, go to hoopladigital.com. Set up an account by choosing the Nortonville Public LIbrary as your home library. You will need your library card number, as well as the 4 digit pin you chose when your account was set up. If you have forgotten this information, please stop by the library and we will be happy to help.  To work, your account must be in good standing.

eBooks and Audiobooks

Use a Kansas library card number, available from your local library, to download free ebooks and audiobooks from the Kansas State Library. Simply go to www.kslc.org and choose from OneClickdigital Audiobooks, Freading ebooks, Tumblebooks ebooks for children or 3M Cloud Library ebooks. These resources are free to any Kansas resident. For more information, contact your local library.

Kansas State Library Resources

The Kansas State Library offers numerous databases and online resources for residents of Kansas, all available for free, at www.kslc.org. A Kansas library card number, from your local library, is required to access them from your personal computer.  The current list includes:

Academic Search Premier
Applied Science & Technology Abstracts
Art Abstracts
Art Full Text
Education Abstracts
Fuente Academica
Legal Collection
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
Religion and Philosophy Collection
Auto Repair Reference Center
Business Source Premier
Computer Source
Professional Development Collection
Small Business Reference Center
Regional Business News
Library Literature & Information Science Index
MAS Ultra
MasterFILE Premier
Vocational & Career Collection
Consumer Health Complete
Alternative Health Watch
Health Source: Consumer Edition
European Views of the Americas (1493-1750)
History Reference Center
Military & Government Collection
Middle Search Plus
Primary Search
Teacher Reference Center
Literary Reference Center
Newspaper Source Plus
Health Source: Nursing/Academic
Medica Latina
NoveList Plus
Book Collection Non-fiction (elementary school edition)
Book Collection Non-fiction (full edition)
Book Collection Non-fiction (high school edition)
Book Collection Non-fiction (middle school edition)
Britannica Online Academic Edition
Britannica Online School Edition
Britannica Online Public Library Edition
Spanish Reference Center
LearningExpress Library
Job & Career Accelerator
Mango Languages
Nursing & Allied Health Source
Genealogy Connect
Kansas History, Territorial through Civil War Years, 1854-1865
Virtual Reference Library

Thriving in Tough Times

The State Library of Kansas has compiled several helpful internet tools for employment, finances, housing, health families and seniors. These resources are available at http://thrivingintoughtimes.wordpress.com. This virtual library will help you with everything from rental property disputes to locating a good childcare facility.

Preschool Storytime

Each week, when school is in session, we will host a preschool storytime for our youngest library users on Thursdays at 10:30. Each session will last about 30-45 minutes and feature stories, games, songs and lots of fun. Be sure to join us and share this special time with your little ones.

Book Review: Creep by Jennifer Hillier

CREEP (207x320)Jennifer Hillier makes her fiction debut with Creep, a thriller sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Dr. Sheila Tao, professor of psychology, doesn’t know what she is in for when she ends a months long affair with her teaching assistant, Ethan Wolfe. Newly engaged to an investment banker, Sheila’s conscience steers her toward this decision. Ethan isn’t accustomed to being turned down and his obsession with her grows. A cat-and-mouse game begins with blackmail and threats. While evading Ethan’s determined will, one of her students is found stabbed to death. Can she escape his clutches without her colleagues or her fiance’ discovering her most intimate secrets?

At first, you might believe you know where this novel is going, but don’t write it off so easily. The surprising end has an unexpected twist. So, cancel your plans and settle in because this book is difficult to put down.

Book Review: Trapped by Michael Northrop

Reviewed by Marjorie Belveal for Young Adults

Scotty, a fifteen year old sophomore has two thing on his mind, Krista and basketball, and attends high school in the middle of nowhere. As the snow starts falling in the morning, students wait for school to be cancelled. This does not happen and by the time school dismisses for the day,  there were blizzard conditions. At the end of the day, seven students waited for rides from their parents, including Scotty. No one came for them. There was no cell phone service, lights, heat or water. This is a story of seven people, not really friends, coming together to survive. It was as if no one knew they were there. With Scotty telling this story, I felt as if I was there with them. At the end, I felt there were some issues left unsolved, but I liked the book because the students were able to work together with minimal disagreements.

Book Review: The Last Song

 By Megan Domann

    When a rebellious teenager, Ronnie, and her little brother, Jonah, are forced to visit her dad for the summer it creates a story of love, forgiveness, and heart-breaking sadness that will have you crying over the pages. Ronnie has felt a strong hatred for her dad since her parent’s divorce, as well as hating the fact of being  with her dad for the summer. But soon Ronnie realizes what’s important in life. She grows and learns from her experiences of the summer. This is what makes this book by Nicholas Sparks worth reading.    

    I very much recommend this book to all teenagers and adults. This book is indeed a good read, a book you could sit down and read for hours. I love this book, though it is sad, at the same time it is very romantic and loving. This book is full  of good humor and fun-loving romantic situations. I feel this book will be enjoyable to all who read it.

    Nicholas Sparks has created a book full of truly real characters in real life situations. Within the pages of this book, Ronnie learns to love and to be loved, and to cherish life. Her summer with her dad and brother, changes her forever and for the better.
    I very much recommend this book. I don’t expect that this loving book would disappoint anyone. The Last Song is definitely a book worth reading.

Book Review: The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans

Did you ever have the assignment of writing your own obituary? It’s the kind of thing that makes you look back on your life and ponder.

James Kier has a similar experience. He reads his own obituary upon waking one morning and, before he can respond, finds the comments under his online obituary less than complimentary. His girlfriend, upon hearing of his untimely death, goes on a huge shopping spree using his credit card.  His company’s chief operating officer, and weekly squash partner, calls him the Grinch, Scrooge and Bergermeister all rolled into one.  His history with his soon-to-be ex-wife and his son is less than ideal.

Richard Paul Evans manages to bring us this story of a man who gets a reality check without being overly emotional. It is a quick read with short chapters for those of us with little time. 

If you have read Nicholas Sparks, you will find his style similar to Evans. A lot of depth and very real characters. Both authors have several titles that make us feel our humanity just a bit more that usual. 

If you don’t find The Christmas List on the new shelf, we will be happy to place a hold on it for you. We would also be happy to share other titles by these authors with you, as well.