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Letters to Newtown

Flooding Closure Updates

 

Page Updated as of 3/5/2014 - Please note this page will be updated as we receive additional information to share.

 

The library closure is caused by extensive flooding due to burst sprinkler pipes in the attic area above the Director's Office and the Technical Services Office. 

 

The library is projected to re-open on March 8th, but we will continue to update the recovery progress. Check out our Facebook page for photos!

 

Only authorized personnel are allowed in the building. We cannot allow members of the general public in the building at this time.Thank you for your understanding.

 

We are now able to accept returns in the bookdrops. Please do not bring items into the library but you can place returns in the bookdrops outside of the building. See below for more information regarding returns and Holds/Requested items.

 

Librarians and staff members are planning for recovery and re-opening. Please note, the library's phone system is currently not working.

 

Thank You for all of the offers to help!

Acting Director Beryl Harrison sent out this appeal: "For those of you who want to help, please remember our annual drive is still underway. You may send tax deductible donations directly to the C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street and be assured that they will be used wisely to make the library even better than before." Alternatively, online donations can be given through the C.H. Booth Library's "Just Give" account.

 

You can now return C.H. Booth Library items to our bookdrops outside of the library building. Please do not enter the building.

 

No fines will be charged for the duration of the library's closing period and we plan an amnesty period for after we re-open as well. You will still receive the automated email notices of overdue or lost items but you can disregard these notices, we will not be charging fines related to this flooding closure. However, if you are able to return your library materials to either our front or back bookdrops that will assist us in getting materials returned and shelved. It will also clear the overdues from your record sooner.

 

Please note, the "no fines" notice is for items belonging to C.H. Booth Library only. If you have borrowed books from Danbury or other local libraries (and this includes books received via interlibrary loan) you may be responsible for fines. Also, those libraries will want their materials back at their due dates. Please return those items either to our bookdrops or to an area library.

 

Libraries in our neighboring towns are aware of our situation and their staff are ready to help you. Your Newtown library card will work at any Connecticut library.

 

Holds. We will be able to have your requested items available for you to pick up at C.H. Booth as soon as we re-open. We have started keeping your Holds here at C.H. Booth, so if you get an email notification that a Hold is available, you will be able to pick that Holds up at our Main Circulation Desk once we reopen.

 

 

The C.H. Booth Library @ Home is Still Open! (In fact, it never closes)

 

You can still access the library's downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, take an online class, learn a new language, brush up your resume, find homework help, research your next big purchase, and so much more. Access all of C. H. Booth's online services and databases right here from this website. Check out the "buttons" on the left side of this page or under the "Collections" dropdown menu.

 

Looking for free Wi-Fi?

Free WiFi is available at the Edmond Town Hall.

 

The First Selectman's office sent out a notice on 1/8/2014: " The Municipal Center welcomes residents to use the Wi-Fi at the Municipal Center while the library is closed. Space will be made available in the conference rooms when not in use for town/school meetings. Tables will be set up in the corridors to accomodate any overflow."

 

VFW Post 308 has shared that they also have free Wi-Fi. The post is located at the corner of Rt.25 and Wasserman Way. They are open to the public daily, 10am to 9pm.

 

There will be no programs or club meetings at the library until the building can reopen. You will notice on our website's frontpage that our programmers and local group event organizers have been able to relocate some meetings and programs. Thanks to all those who have assisted and opened their doors to help!

 

If you have questions about Adult programs or outside group meetings please contact Lucy Handley at chbprograms@chboothlibrary.org; for Children's programs contact Alana Bennison at chbooth@chboothlibrary.org and for Young Adult programs contact Kim Weber at chbya@chboothlibrary.org

 

The Friends of the Library ARE STILL accepting donations at the Transfer Station during this closure. You can drop off items at the Newtown Recycling Center at the Transfer Station (Ethan Allen Road off South Main Street) during their hours of operation. You do not need a town sticker to access the Recycling Center.

 

If you have any questions about donating materials to the Friends, please call 203-426-4041. The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library will gladly accept your donations at the library as soon as the re-opens.