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CSI Iowa: True Crime Tales

Monday, June 27, 5:30 pm

Jump into the universe of blood spatter, bullet fragments, and fingerprints! Join retired Des Moines Police Crime Scene Investigator, Greg Gourd to learn about the real-world challenges of forensics and discuss procedures that convicts use to collect and document evidence at a crime scene. Learn the facts and myths of forensics at this fascinating event. No registration required. This program is intended for an adult audience.

Blank Park Zoo Show & Tell

Tuesday, June 28, 10 am

Join zookeepers from the Blank Park Zoo to learn about fascinating animals at this hands-on program. Zookeepers will introduce attendees to four different animals from the zoo. The program will be held on the library lawn, and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on.

Teen Yogurt Jar Macramé

June 30, 6 pm

Upcycle a glass Oui yogurt jar to hold a succulent or air plant with a simple macramé holder. Plants will not be provided, all other materials are. This program is for teens in grades 5-12 (grade just completed). Registration opens at our Summer Reading Kick-Off on June 2nd.

July 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 July theme is “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and includes a selection of our favorite fiction and non-fiction books about incredible friendships. The craft is a set of painted terracotta coasters. Registration opens June 27th. Please call 641-792-4108 to register. Ages 18+

Library Closed for Independence Day

The Newton Public Library will be closed Monday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5th.

Teen Beach Pebble Cactus Art

July 6, 6 pm

Teens in grades 6-12 (grade just completed) are invited to make their own beach pebble cactus art. We’ll paint beach pebbles to look like a cactus then “plant” them in a flower pot. Call the library at 641-792-4108 to register.

DIY @ the Library: Mini Galaxy Planter

July 7, 5:30 pm

Make your own painted mini galaxy flower pot! Attendees are encouraged to bring an apron or wear clothing for painting. All materials provided. Class size will be limited and registration is required to attend. Registration opens June 27. Please call the library at 641-792-4108 to register. Age 18 and up.

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

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