Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Computer Classes for September

The Newport Public Library will offer the following free classes during the month of September.

Introduction to Pinterest will be taught on September 5 at 9:00 a.m. This goes over how to create a Pinterest account, create boards, and pin images from your computer or a website. Introduction to Facebook will be taught at 10:00 a.m. This class teaches the basic features of Facebook, with an emphasis on privacy settings.

On Friday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m., Introduction to Evernote will be taught. This class shows how to get organized by keeping track of lists, notes, websites, and more.

Beginning Excel will be taught on Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m. This class teaches the basics of creating a spreadsheet and adding rows and columns.

Intermediate Excel will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16. This class teaches how to balance a checkbook, use multiple worksheets, and create charts. 

An Overview of Library Databases will be taught on Friday, September 19 at 9:00 a.m. The Newport Public Library subscribes to dozens of databases that are available remotely to all Newport Library cardholders.

Beginning Word (2007) will be taught on Friday, September 26 at 9:00 a.m. This class introduces people to the basic commands to create a word processing document. Intermediate Word will be taught at 10:00 a.m. This class builds on the previous one, and teaches how to insert photographs, create lists using bullets and numbers, and set margins, tabs, and line spacing.

All classes are free and last one hour. Registration is required. For more information, please call (541) 265-2153 or check the library website,

Monday, August 25, 2014

You May Have Noticed Some Changes

After a comprehensive, six-month facilities study by staff and consultants, Newport library is undergoing a minor renovation. By reorganizing our collection, we hope to increase seating, meet the needs of the ever growing number of patrons who use their own electronic devices at the library, and improve the overall service to our community.

Some changes have already begun. Young adult patrons will notice a larger, more spacious and flexible “teenspace” downstairs in the southwest corner of the building. We have also created a separate juvenile non-fiction section to make it easier for grade- school students to find their material. Our magazine collection is changing to facilitate access, include more titles, as well as create casual seating arrangements.

In the coming months, mobile shelving in the children╩╝s room will make it a more flexible space. New carpeting and furniture, including chairs, sofas and work tables, will create “rooms” where patrons can relax with a book, or where students can use their own devices to research their next academic project from an improved wi-fi service to our reference and database collections. The library will also add a third private meeting/ study space. We plan more upgrades as time and funds allow.

We hope you will bear with us as we make these changes. Although the inconvenience will be slight, we think the improvements will be major.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Space Odyssey 2001 at the Libary!

How long has it been since you’ve seen Stanley Kubric’s classic movie Space Odyssey 2001 on a big screen? Come to the Newport Library on Tuesday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m. to do just that! Munch some popcorn as you watch the famous 1968 portrayal of the struggle between humanity and technology. 

This movie showing is the last event of Newport Public Library’s 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is “Literary Elements,” combining science and literature in a variety of events sure to pique your interest. All programs are free of charge. For more information, call the library at 541-265-2153 or check out our website at

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer Readers still have time to earn their t-shirts

These special t-shirts are sponsored by the Umpqua Bank.
Newport’s young readers who set a Summer Reading goal at Newport Public Library have until August 31 to reach that goal and receive a Fizz! Boom! Read! T-shirt.

Summer reading is a long-standing tradition at Newport Public Library. Some families still have t-shirts from their children's participation in the late ‘80’s, and now their grandchildren are earning their t-shirts.

Don't miss out on this year's shirt. Read on!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

National Geographic Kids

Books, magazines, and pictures! Thanks to the Oregon State Library, the National Geographic Kids Database is now available for free through our library’s website.

National Geographic Kids includes the complete issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009-present, over 200 National Geographic Kids books, and hundreds of downloadable images. 

Its simple layout makes it easy for children to use, and the bright, colorful pages will pique their interest.

(National Geographic Kids magazine article on puffins)

The book collection includes reference books as well as nonfiction books on history, biography, science and technology and the National Geographic Readers, which cover wildlife, pets, nature and other topics.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Quick by Lauren Owen

My first reaction to Lauren Owen's The Quick, a gothic suspense novel, was pure enjoyment—the evocative writing casts you into the pace of another time, when a young gentleman poet might frugally make his way in Victorian London, subsisting on the meager earnings of his dwindling estate. It really drew me in, and I stayed up far too late to finish reading the darn thing.

But when I finally reached the end, I realized I didn’t like the story. Or rather—I liked the story of two neglected children growing up in the wild gardens of an overgrown English manor. And then I was rather charmed by the story of the isolated young poet who never dared to dream that his flat-mate would defy social and familial expectations and love him back. And then, I was crushed when, quite suddenly, the plot veered through a random murder and into a horror story of vampire politics and wasted lives. And finally, I felt let down by the end, which I will resist telling you. I guess, as a reader, I prefer an elegant melding of genres rather than a serial visitation, and if a childhood is included, it should prove to have a great deal to do with the overall plot, not just a coincidence of settings.

The reviews of this book are glowing, with cover quotes by wonderful authors like Tana French and Kate Atkinson, and it has over a thousand reviews on Amazon averaging four stars. (Interestingly, it also has over a thousand reviews on Goodreads, averaging out to 3.4—do people who review on Goodreads have different standards than those who review on Amazon?)

Anyway, my negative reaction puts me in a minority, as it did in the case of Jonathan Strange and Mr.Norrell, another overly long book with paranormal elements set in 1800’s London, which also struck me as being poorly edited rather than cunningly crafted. Meaning—if you’re drawn to Victorian tales of gothic suspense, definitely give The Quick a try. Chances are, you’ll like it better than I did!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Joy Luck Club

We'll provide the popcorn; you bring the hankies. Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m. we'll be showing the 1993 film, The Joy Luck Club.

Based on Amy Tan's 1989 novel, the movie tells the story of four Chinese mothers and their American born daughters, and the chasm between generations. Flashbacks of the mothers as young women reveal the startling events and conditions that shaped their lives -- and how these experiences affected the dreams they each hold for their children.

The late Roger Ebert gave the film a five star review.   He said "These stories are about Chinese and Chinese-American characters, but they are universal stories. Anyone with parents or children, which is to say, everyone, will identify with the way that the hopes of one generation can become both the restraints and the inspirations of the next....The Joy Luck Club is like a flowering of talent that has been waiting so long to be celebrated. It is also one of the most touching and moving of the year's films."

The Joy Luck Club will be shown at no charge in the McEntee Meeting Room.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Electrified Puppet Show at Literacy Park

Puppet shows are an audience favorite in Newport and one of our favorite puppet companies is Dragon Theater Puppets from Portland. Jason Ropp and his cast of characters come to Literacy Park this Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. for You're Electric, an original show written especially for this summer's Fizz! Boom! Read! library program. All children and families are invited to attend this free program.

You're Electric brings the history, science, invention and safety of electricity to life using puppets and props designed and constructed by Jason. Show topics include the light bulb, how batteries work, how to stay safe around electricity, and how our own bodies use electrical responses. Featured characters are Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein and more!

Jason is a very talented performer who writes the scripts, makes all of his puppets and performs all the roles. Something this librarian appreciates about him is the time he takes after his shows to talk with the children and show them how things work behind the scenes. If folks have young visitors in town, this is a great show to bring them to.

This is the last show in Literacy Park for this summer. Young readers still have until August 31 to finish their reading contracts and get their t-shirts, courtesy of Newport's Umpqua Bank.