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Drop-In Sunflower Craft

Drop by the meeting room on Wednesday, August 10 from 2:00-3:30 pm to make a 3-D sunflower using real sunflower seeds with Miss Nora.  Recommended for ages 3 and up, parents are asked to remain with their child. Make one for our bulletin board and one to take home!

Back to School With Learning Express Library

Goodbye summer, hello back to school! Need a little refresher in a few subjects?  Check out Learning Express Library, a database which features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks.  The resources in the School Center can help students in elementary, middle and high school prepare for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects. Start the new school year off with an advantage. Free with your C.H. Booth Library card.

A cool place, but not a cooling center

During periods of extreme heat, cooling centers are often opened up at the local level. Cooling centers provide a place to cool off for members of the community especially those most impacted by extreme heat.

While the C.H. Booth Library is a great place to visit, and while we are happy to have functional air-conditioning (for the time being *), it is not an officially designated cooling center.

Designated cooling centers are listed through United Way-211 which lists the site location and facility hours. There are no official cooling centers in Newtown.

According to the great people at 2-1-1, the closest official cooling centers for our locality that are available for the short term (Wednesday 8/3 through Friday 8/5) are:

* Danbury War Memorial located on One Memorial Drive in Danbury is available as a Cooling Center and Charging Station W-F: 5am-10pm

* Danbury Public Library located on 170 Main Street is available as a Cooling Center W,Th: 10am-8pm; F: 10am-5pm

* Hatters Hall located on 7 East Hayestown Road is available as a cooling center W,Th: 9am-4:30pm; F: Closed

* New Street Shelter located at 41 New Street, will be available as a cooling center W,Th,F: 9am-2pm.

* The hvac system at the library is beyond the end of its service life and frequently stops working during the summer months. Since the facility is owned by the town, the library is working on a plan for replacement to present the municipality for its Capital Improvement Process.

Intellectual Freedom: YOUR Freedom to Read

Intellectual Freedom: Freedom to Read       

Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. C.H. Booth Library, in accordance with its Statement of Commitment to Patrons, believes it is essential that library resources, both physical and digital, remain free to use for all.

The C.H. Both Library Board of Trustees stands with the CT Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Statement Against Censorship. As this Statement reads: Recently, organized attacks have targeted library materials and programs by BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Jewish authors that address race, racism, enslavement, history, sexuality, gender identity and expression, bigotry, and antisemitism. This is a callous system erasure to undermine and eliminate the diversity of thought and experiences that reflect the BIPOC, LQBTQ+, and Jewish communities. These assaults of intimidation  threaten the livelihood and safety of authors, library workers, educators, and board members. CLA vehemently condemns these acts of censorship and intimidation.” The C.H. Booth Library will continue to hold strong against these attacks.

The library’s Collection Development Policy states, in part, that the Library assures free access to its holdings for all patrons, who are free to select or reject for themselves anything in the collection. The Library is a forum for all points of view on current and historical issues and adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom as expressed in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights as contained within its Freedom to Read and Freedom to View principles.



Read the CT Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Statement Against Censorship




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