The annual celebration of your right to read what you like, Banned Books Week, started this past Saturday, September 27, and runs through Saturday, October 3. For reasons that range from “anti-family” to “unsuited to age group,” to dozens of other supposed offensives, hundreds of books each year are targeted by groups and individuals for removal from school and public libraries.
From left, volunteers with Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Denise Kaiser, Carm O’Neill, Carol Benson, and Jack Hickey-Williams look over book donations. Shoppers at the Annual Book Sale, July 11 to 15, will find plenty for books ideal for summer reading, they said.
The volunteers from the Friends of C.H. Booth Library held their usual Spring Donation Day event on Sunday, April 19. Once again, it was a pleasure seeing so many generous towns people bringing boxes, bags, and trunk loads of books, CD’s, DVD’s, books on CD, records, and puzzles for donation.
The C.H. Booth Library announces The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows as the title of the book for the 2015 Newtown Reads!
Newtown Reads! is a library-sponsored program intended to encourage all residents of town to read the same book, between May 1 and July 1. The book is appropriate for mature middle school to adult readers.
Flagpole Photographers Camera Club is presenting “The Progression of Photography,” with 19 cameras ranging from a 1930 Kodak Rainbow Hawk-Eye to a 2010 Canon Powershot, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.
New ceiling and carpet tiles give the Children’s Department of C.H. Booth Library a fresh look. Shelves full of books are ready for checking out, although the loss of 10,000 water-damaged books means some favorites may not yet be available.
From left, Bill Hamilton, president of the Brookfield Philatelic Society, Maxine Mangiafico, and Robert Lund stand near one of three stamp displays at the C.H. Booth Library promoting the hobby of stamp collecting.
Boxes of books packed by workers from J.P. Maguire, remediation specialists, are readied to be moved from the Children’s Department of C.H. Booth Library to a climate controlled warehouse, while repairs are underway for water damage from a February 17 burst pipe. Furniture, shelving, and all other equipment must also be temporarily relocated for replacement of carpeting in that department.
It seems that some childhood memories are too sweet to forget. Litta Alexander is reaching out in the hopes someone in Newtown can help her recreate a favorite dessert from her younger years. “I moved to Newtown in 1955, as a 5-year-old,” Litta writes to us. “We lived in Hawleyville, but the family shopped in Newtown. Our special treat was from Mrs Anderson’s Bakery. It was an iced loaf cake with cinnamon and cake/sweet bread-like consistency. I think they just called it coffee cake.