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Books and Bricks:  Read Stories and Build with Legos!  Lego parade

Thursday, September 18

5:30-6:15 pm

Miss Mimi will read, "Balloons Over Broadway." Participants will build their own Lego creations based on something you might see in a parade. 


For Ages 5-8.



For more details and to sign up check out "What's Happening..."



Science Saturdays:  Spy and Sleuthing Science science saturdays

Saturday, September 20  2:00-3:00 pm

There is a mystery to solve and only a team of highly

trained experts can get the job done. Learn about invisible ink, color chromatography and other techniques to help solve the mystery.


For grades 2-4.




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"The Evolution of the Detective in Literature" with Dr. Mark Schenker


Sunday, September 21st from 2:00 to 3:00

The detection of crime has been a subject in literature since the time of the Bible and Oedipus Rex. Dr. Schenker of Yale College will lecture on its evolution in the literature of the English-speaking world. Along the way, he'll consider influences as varied as religious myth, the Western, film noir and contemporary television.


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chbMAKERS Open House

Saturday, September 27th from 12, noon-4 pm



Come build, craft, invent, play and MAKE cool stuff with us.


Join us at the library for a family-friendly event celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, science, technology & the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. This is for resourceful, creative people who like to tinker and love to make things.


Here's your chance to make something that does something!



20+ Exhibiting Makers

Hands-On Workshops





Soldering Workshopsoldering badge


Saturday, September 27th

1/2 hour sessions beginning at 12, noon and
running every half hour until 3:30 pm


Learn the basics of electronic soldering by making
your very own blinky robot badge with LED lights.



Please sign up to the right under "What's Happening..."


$3 supply fee
For ages 12 to adult


Hey, all of you engineers & artists! This one's for you!

Learn how to build modular electronic circuitry!littlebits


Saturday, September 27th

12:15 pm - Ages 8-10
1:00 pm - Ages 11-13
2:15 pm - Ages 14 and up!

No wiring, soldering required, only creativity.


With LittleBitsTM modules,  called “The Legos for the iPad Generation”, the power of electronics is  placed into the hands of everyone.  Instructions and demos will teach you how to prototype and build functional electronic hardware using switches, sensors, LED’s, motors and more. The combinations are limitless. Learn the logic of electronic modules to build a motion detector, water alarm or sound activated small car. Future possibilities are connections to the Cloud for remote alerts to a smartphone. Or electronic hardware interfaced with parts made with the library’s 3D printer.

Plenty of free time outside of the scheduled classes to fully explore the possibilities available with LittleBits.



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chbMakers Open House: Needle Felting with Katie Stevensonfairy

2:00 pm in the Story Time Room (in Children's)

Learn to make a small animal or flower during this popular class, using a special burred needle and colored wool. Needle felting is reallyenjoyable and relaxing. This program is for 12 and up, with a $5 materials fee.


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Register for Sensory Story Time:  September 4-25  pinwheel

For ages 3-5

Sensory Story Time is designed to engage the senses through music, movement, reading,

play and art. The program takes place in the library meeting room on Saturday mornings, October 4-November 1, 10:30-11:30 am. Parents must remain with their child throughout the program.  Classes are led by local speech-language pathologist, Jessica Horvath.

Registration forms are available at the children's circulation desk.


This program is funded by a grant from GE Capital.



Passport to CT Libraries - beginning September 2nd!Pssport to CT Libraries


We're celebrating "Library Card Sign Up Month" and you get a chance to win!


Pick up your "passport" starting September 2nd for a chance to win a $150 or $100 Visa gift card! Visit any participating CT library from Sept. 2-30 present your library card, get your "passport" stamped, and receive a token gift. Discover the power of your library card by learning all CT libraries have to offer. Stop in for more information. Link to Facebook.com/passporttoctlibraries for a list of participating libraries.



Creative Writing: The Fantastic


Five consecutive Thursdays in October - October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30green dragon
6pm -8 pm in the Antiques Room



Ghosts and monsters, witches and wizards, fractured fairy tales and magical lands.  In this writing group participants will use fantastical elements as a guide to explore the basic craft of fiction.  All sessions will allow time for writing, sharing and discussing stories in progress.


Led by Aimee Pokwatka, teacher, author, editor and Newtown resident. Aimee received her MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University, where she also taught writing and literature classes.

For grades 6-8-- limited to 10 with preference given to Newtown students.
You must be able to attend all five sessions.


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Minecraft at the LibraryMinecraft

For grades 6-8


September 27 and October 4th
from 10 am - 11:30 am - Note new time!

Sign ups are open! Please sign up for each date separately.


You must sign up for each date, individually.

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More Minecraft


Something new!!! For players in grades 2-5 -- A Minecraft Meeting on
Saturday, September 20th from 1-2:30 pm.

For more details and to sign up check out "What's Happening..."

FiberWorks Show: "Transformation"


October 11th through November 7th       

Opening: October 12th from 2:00-4:00

Second floor, Mystery areaFiberWorks

This show of contemporary fiber arts explores and conveys many facets of evolution, reorganization, reclamation and transmutation. It includes quilting, weaving, felting, and painting.


"New Stories for Newtown" Has a New Deadline

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New Stories for Newtown Award for Words and Images invites you* to submit your best art and writing work. The deadline has been extended to October 31, 2014. You can pick up registration forms at the C.H. Booth Library or download the form.


 Visit our New Stories Facebook Page

*open to any student under the age of 19 who currently resides or attends school in Newtown.


The Survivors Swing Band  NOTE: THIS DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED from 10/7


Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room

This 7 - piece band generates excitement wherever they perform, with classic melodies

from the Swing Era dancinand beyond. Come get your fingers snapping and your toes tapping!

Dancing is encouraged.



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An Afternoon of Poetry and Music

Saturday, October 18th from 2:00 to 4:00zzz

Please join us at our beautiful library in the glorious fall to

welcome and be entertained by four wonderful poets and

one fine musician. Reading their poems will be Kristen

DeVoe, Patrick Donnelly, Michael Klein, and Amy Nawrocki.

Music will be played by accomplished acoustic guitarist

Buzz Turner.



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 "Painting Churches", a Play by Tina Howe  presented by M&M 


Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 pm in the Meeting Roomx

Gardner and Fanny Church are preparing to move out of their Beacon Hill House to their summer cottage on the Cape. Gardner, once a famous poet, is now retired. He slips in and out of senility as Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. Their daughter Mags has agreed to come home and help them move, because she hopes to paint their portrait as well. She is now on the verge of artistic celebrity herself and hopes by painting her parents to come to terms with them and they with her.


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books heal hears"Books Heal Hearts" - donations to the C.H. Booth Library for our community

Visit the website, One Newtown, for information on support and recovery. A new website, Newtown Charities, provides charitable organization information.

Information on Grief Counseling, Financial Assistance, and Donations to Newtown, Click Here.

Visit the website called One Newtown, www.onenewtown.com, for information on our "path forward and things that support recovery".

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