Summer Hours: The library will be closed on Sundays through September 3rd
Independent readers can sign up to read with a special young adult buddy beginning July 9th. Practice reading aloud for 20 minute sessions Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00-7:30 pm and Saturday from 1:00-4:30 pm. Register online: www.chboothlibrary.org or call the children’s department: 203-426-3851 for more information.
Art with Randi:
Artist and educator, Randi Rote will read the Robert Munsch book, 'The Sand Castle Contest' on July 11th from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. Children will create an image from the book starting with a water color, then add sand for texture. The program is for children ages 4 to 7. A $3 material fee is due on the day of the program. Register online: www.chboothlibrary.org.
Robert the Guitar Guy:
On July 14th from 10 to 10:30 AM, Robert the Guitar Guy will sing and entertain your child. Robert Markowitz is a children's singer, guitarist, songwriter, educator, and recording artist. Robert’s repertoire includes over 75 children’s songs and he has also recorded three CDs. His style is to get on eye-level with your child and convey his delight in musical expression. The program is for ages 3 to 5. Register online: www.chboothlibrary.org.
Hawks and Owls:
On Friday July 13th from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, the Sharon Audubon Society will bring live hawks and owls and will explain how the animals live in their natural habitat. The program is for ages 4 and up. Register online: www.chboothlibrary.org.
From July 17th to August 14th from 6:30 to 7:45 PM, drop in for an exciting program full of songs, stories, a puppet show and merriment for ages 3-7. PJ Time runs approximately 45 minutes.
Bruce Degan ‘I Gotta Draw’ Author Event:
On July 18th from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, renowned children's book author and illustrator, Bruce Degen, will share his new book, 'I Gotta Draw.' Mr Degen is a long time Newtown resident who has written or illustrated many award winning books for children including 'Jamberry' and the Magic School Bus series. 'I Gotta Draw,' is about a young pup named Charlie who always has something to write with in his hand, doodling at home at school and at play. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase following the program. The program is geared towards children ages 5 and up. Register online: www.chboothlibrary.org.
Juggling Funny Stories:
On July 20th from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, nationally known story-performer Chris Fascione will act out the best of classical and contemporary children's literature and folktales in fun-filled, participatory show. His unique combination of storytelling, mime, juggling and comedy creates colorful characters from literature who tell their stories as laughter abounds. The program is for children ages 4 and up. Register online: www.chboothlibrary.org.
Cooking with Parul Patel:
Learn how to make delicious Indian food with Chef Patel on Saturday, July 21st from11:30-1 PM in the meeting room of the library. This cooking class is geared for children aged 8 and up when accompanied with an adult helper. Learn to make a simple tasty meal in a few easy steps. The meal will include a drink, salad, bean curry, basmati rice and warm dessert. $35 per pair (1 adult & 1 child) $10 for each additional child. Please register online at www.chboothlibrary.org.
Young Adult Programs:
Signups are online for all teen programs at www.chboothlibrary.org.
KNIT & CROCHET CLUB FOR TEENS in rising grades 6-12 will meet on four Mondays: July 2, 9, 16, 23 from 4:00-5:30pm. Come to one or come to all! Long-time instructor Maggie Flynn will provide all the materials to get you started, then work with you to complete a simple project. She also teaches single, double and triple crochet. All ability levels are welcome. There is a one-time materials fee of $8. Sign up online at www.chboothlibrary.org .
DUCT TAPE CRAFTS for rising grades 6-12 will be held on Tuesday, July 10, from 1:00-2:30. Craft maven Katie Stevenson will lead the workshop where young people can make all kinds of things from colorful duct tape, such as sandals, wallets, iPod or cell phone holders, flowers, tool belts, tote bags and more. Limited to 15 young people. Supply fee $6.00, payable at program. Sign up online at www.chboothlibrary.org.
Adult and Family Programs:
Play with Your Food:
Join us for a fun interactive demonstration workshop with Carol Collins on Wednesday, July 11th from 2-3:30 pm or Thursday, July 12 from 7-8:30 pm in the meeting room. Is it easier to build with rice crispie treats or fondant? Can broccoli really look like a French poodle? Do pretzel sticks make good fences? All of these questions will be answered and more…..Come get inspired for CHB’s Incredible Edible Book Contest or just come to have fun. $5 supply fee due at time of the workshop. For children aged 6 and up with adult helper, and also teens and adults. Space is limited so please register online at www.chboothlibrary.org.
Come One, Come All – Community Dance
Live music and called dances with Patricia Campbell and The Reel Thing on Friday, July 20th from 6-8 pm in the meeting room of the library. This is for couples, singles and fun seekers of all ages! No experience is necessary – Really! There will also be a cookie ‘throw down’ so come with your favorite homemade cookie. A best cookie award along with door prizes will be awarded. Please join us for a good time. Space is limited so please register atwww.chboothlibrary.org.
The INCREDIBE Edible Book Contest is back!
Create a book for the contest or just come for the show on Saturday, July 28th at 11:00 am in the Meeting Room. Check the CH Booth Library website for more details and to register. This contest is for all ages. Entries must be book related, edible and family friendly.
Daytime Book Group:
China Road by Rob Gifford will be discussed on Monday, June 16th (please note the change in date) in the Antiques room of the library on the third floor.
Good Reads for Hot Days-A Book Discussion Series
This is a four part lecture series of good books with Julie Stern Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM in the Antiques Room of the library. The remaining books to be discussed are:
July 11th - Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant - Anne Tyler and on July 21st - Hemingway's Short Stories.
Julie Stern is a retired English and Philosophy teacher from Western Connecticut State University. She teaches a writing class for young adults at CH Booth Library and also is a columnist for The Newtowner Magazine. Multiple copies of the books are available at the second floor circulation desk.
Luecella of the Newtown Seamstress has created a unique display of her knitted cats and dogs, and the books that have inspired them, in the case near the circulation desk on the main floor of the library. The miniature models, on display through the middle of June, are of actual pets whose owners have fondly commissioned them. Luecella is a local seamstress with a varied career in clothing design and construction, experienced in tailoring and alterations for the family. To the delight of library patrons, a visit to this exhibit reflects her artistic creativity with yarn and needles.
Wedding Dress Exhibit
June is here, which means wedding dresses! Mary Thomas has been working with library staff to assemble a small but distinguished group of wedding dresses on loan from Newtown families. Dresses from the 1930’s to the 1980’s will be on exhibit in the dining room on the third floor through July 2.