Summer Reading Volunteer Training: Tuesday, June 5 or Wednesday, June 6 4:00-4:45 pm
Students entering grades 7-12 in the fall who would like to volunteer for the summer reading program are required to attend a brief training session on June 5 or June 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm in the children’s story hour room. (volunteers from previous years are not required to attend the training but they still need to fill out an application form). The summer reading program utilizes volunteers to listen to children discuss the books they are reading and reward incentives. Volunteers are scheduled according to their availability. Summer reading begins June 26th and ends August 18th. All volunteer applications are due on or before June 13th. Late applications will be added to our substitute list.
Summer Reading Dream Big Magic Show and Children’s Book Sale: June 26thSummer Reading officially begins on June 26th with two special magic shows by Magician, Debbie O’Carroll at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free tickets for both performances will be available at the children’s circulation desk at 9:30 a.m. on June 26th. The Friends of the Library will hold a special children’s book sale on the same date from 9:30-5:00 p.m. Prices are reasonable, so you will want to stock up for your summer reading.
Young Adult Programs:
COOL DRINKS & COOL STORIES, Monday, June 25 from 2:00-4:00pm, is the kickoff for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge for Newtown’s Rising 6th thru 12th Graders. Relax and beat the heat with a delicious fruit smoothie, then settle back and listen to acclaimed storyteller Jackson Gillman, "The Stand-Up Chameleon." Full details will be available for the 2012 Teen Summer Reading Challenge, including the prizes and how to take part. We urge young people to sign up quickly for this popular event! Signups are online at www.chboothlibrary.org.
GLOWING ANKLETS & BRACELETS, Wednesday, June 27 from 3:00-4:30pm, for Rising Grades 6-12. Make a beaded anklet or bracelet that glows in the dark with Newtown artist Pat Martin! Limited to 15 young people; $3.00 supply fee payable at program. Sign up online atwww.chboothlibrary.org.
CREATIVE WRITING SUMMER CAMP, for young people who love to write, welcomes back YA author Sarah Darer Littman for 2012. Rising Grades 6&7 will meet from 3:30-5:30 and Rising Grades 8&9 from 6:00-8:00 on five Thursdays from June 28 to July 26. Each group is limited to 10 participants, with preference given to Newtown students and residents. Students are expected to attend all class sessions. Every session allows time for writing and sharing stories. Sharing is an important part of all writing groups. Sign up online at www.chboothlibrary.org.
Book Discussion Groups
Daytime Book Group: Into the Woods by Tana French on Monday, June 12th at 1 pm in the Antiques Room
Evening Book Group: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand on Thursday, June 21st at 7:30 pm in the Old Board Room
Non-Fiction Book Group: Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley on Tuesday, June 5th at 1 pm
Getting Started with Computers
There will be a free program for seniors on June 1, 9-11 AM. Learn the parts of a computer (software and hardware) and basic computer skills: the mouse, clicking, how to type a letter, what the internet is and how to access it. Have no fear! Trainer Diane McKeever conveys this basic information in a clear and fun way. Please register for this program by calling the library at 203-426-4533 or online at www.chboothlibrary.org.
Sustainable Film Series: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
On Sunday, June 3, 2-5 PM Transition Newtown is hosting a film at the library. RSVP by registering for tickets online at www.transitionnewtown.com. There will be an optional potluck snacks at 2 PM, with discussion after the film.
What’s All The Fuss About FaceBook?
On Friday, June 8, 9-11 a.m., seniors are invited to learn about FaceBook the safe way…by watching. You don’t have to create a FaceBook account; we’ll show you why you might be interested in getting started in this hot social media forum. We’ll show you how you could reconnect with friends from your childhood as well as your kids/grandkids/great grandkids! We’ll also address how you can keep your information limited to only those you allow. Please register by calling the library at 203-426-4533
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 books to be discussed are:
June 13th - In Pharaoh's Army - Tobias Wolff, June 27th - The Soloist - Mark Salzman, 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.
Meet the Author-Todd Wood
On Monday, June 18th at 7 PM Todd Wood will speak about his new book, Currency. In Currency, Wood has pulled off a first novel that captures the reader with a page-turning adventure, while it addresses head-on the most pressing and intense global economic, military and political issues of our very challenging current times. Wood's real world experience on both Wall Street and at the center of the US Military Special Operations world, combine with his love of history and command of current global issues, to create a story that is as intense and gripping as it is timely. Currency weaves the historical adventures of our US Founding Fathers who built the country's early economic structure, with current day hero Connor Murray. Connor unexpectedly finds himself thrust into a world shaped as much by greed, betrayal and violence as it by heroism, loyalty, love and the quest for personal peace. Join us for a special evening. Books will be available for purchase at the time of the talk.
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.
The Little Book Store Notes
Special Selection of NASCAR books – Great for Father’s Day gifts!! We were very fortunate to receive a beautiful collection of 1970’s – 1990’s hard cover NASCAR books. They are in like-new gift condition and are at bargain prices. If you are looking for a great Father’s Day gift or are a NASCAR fan come in and see our display. We have a selection of NASCAR Illustrated magazines with storage case and some Race Car Classics books also. Remember, all items from The Little Book Store are available for purchase whenever the library is open.