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  • Booth Children’s Department Days Away From Reopening

    New carpet tiles cover the floor of the Children’s Department of the C.H. Booth Library and ceiling tiles were being placed Tuesday, March 3, as the library moves toward a quick recovery from a second dousing in just over two years, from frozen and burst pipes.

  • Beryl Harrison Celebrates 25 Years At C.H. Booth Library

    In 25 years as a librarian at C.H. Booth Library, Beryl Harrison has served in numerous and valuable capacities. She has seen the library grow — and shrink, as digital options become equally preferred to hard copy volumes. She has worked side by side with a staff that she calls “wonderful.” She has also endeared herself to patrons and fellow staff members, through her dedication to her career.

    Library Director Brenda McKinley calls her “one of the kindest people I know.

  • Second Major Water Leak In 13 Months Closes Booth Library

    An unidentified Hook & Ladder volunteer surveys the damage after an apparent pipe malfunction, ceiling collapse and flood in the Children's Department of the C.H. Booth Library Tuesday morning. Responders immediately went to work clearing the area where debris fell, while library staff began assessing the damage. The library will remain closed until further notice.

  • Historical Society Program Postponed; Additional Closings Announced

    Due to the weather today, Newtown Historical Society has decided to postpone tonight’s scheduled program, “Women’s Work In WWII.” A new date for the program will be an-nounced.

  • Parem Hwah Asian Brushwork On View At Library

    The work of Mary Barrett Anders, who presented Asian brushwork classes at HealingNewtown, is the focus of an exhibit of her work at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street in Newtown. Located in the showcase outside the children’s library, the exhibit — a collaboration between the library and Newtown Cultural Arts Commission —  will be on display through March 1 during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am-8 pm; Friday, 11 am-5 pm; Saturday, 9:30 am-5 pm; and Sunday, 12-5 pm.

  • Delayed Opening For Library

    UPDATE (11:44 am): The library has opened.

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    C.H. Booth Library will be opening late this morning, after the building's sidewalks and stairways cleared of snow.

    Library Director Brenda J. McKinley says she hopes to be open by 11 am, “but we are asking people to call before coming over just to be sure.”

    The library, at 25 Main Street, can be reached at 203-426-4533.

  • Many Helped Make The Book Sale A Success

    To the Editor:

    Now that the 39th annual book sale to benefit the C.H. Booth Library has drawn to a close, the Friends wish to extend our gratitude to the many volunteers, local officials, businesses and civic groups whose support made the event so successful. The substantial funds raised through the annual book sale will underwrite the acquisition of materials and technology, and the many programs that we so enjoy in our town library.

  • Lizzy Rockwell At Library For Two Programs, June 11

    On Wednesday, June 11, the ongoing series The Joy of Art with Joy Hoffman at C.H. Booth Library will host a special guest: children’s author and illustrator Lizzy Rockwell.

    Ms Rockwell is the illustrator of numerous books and games for children, and is the author and illustrator of Good Enough to Eat, Hello Baby, The Busy Body Book and Plants Feed Me.

  • Library Director Search Focus Groups Begin

    Four members of the Young Adult Council of C.H. Booth Library and seven community members met Monday, March 31, with consultants from the Connecticut State Library to provide input regarding the selection of a new director for the library.

    Dawn LaValle, director of the Division of Library Development, and Mary Engels, director of the Middletown Library Service Center, facilitated the afternoon meeting for the young people, and the evening meeting that was open to the public.

  • Creative Writing: Fiction For Young Adults To Be Offered At Booth Library

    Calling young authors: The Booth Library Creative Writing Group for Young Adults will offer Fiction this winter.

    Students in grades 6-8 who love to write will be led by Wally Wood, teacher, author and Newtown resident, with assistance from Linda Strange, a committed volunteer assistant in the Creative Writing program and teacher in Waterbury. All sessions will allow time for writing and sharing short stories in progress as well as one-on-one communication between adults and young people.