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Shut Up and Write!

Thursdays at 6:30 pm at the C.H. Booth Library
1. Show Up
2. Find a Seat, Settle In, & Write
3. Take Off or Hang Around to Chat, Share, Help, and Learn
One of the most successful techniques for developing a new habit is to commit to a specific day, time, and location when you will follow through. By making the commitment to show up for your writing at the same time each week, you are able to turn one hour of focused writing into a stable routine that yields remarkable results.
Studies have shown that even the smallest sense of belonging increases performance on a variety of tasks. When you show up for a Shut Up & Write event, not only are you supported and motivated by everyone else writing around you, you are also a part of a community of writers all over the world.

Programs to Help You Be Prepared and Safe

National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. Take a look at these programs, from cybersecurity to disaster preparedness topics, to help you stay informed and be safe.

Defend Against Ransomware Attacks
Thursday, September 15 at 11:00 AM: A virtual webinar brought to you by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Learn more and register here.

Protect Your Kids from Cyberbullying
Monday, September 19 at 4:00 PM: A virtual webinar brought to you by National Cybersecurity Alliance. Learn more and register here.

Be Red Cross Ready: Hurricane Safety
Monday, September 19 at 6:00 PM in the Meeting Room: Learn more about this program and register here.

Be Red Cross Ready: Thunderstorms and Flooding
Monday, October 17 at 6:00 PM in the Gathering Room: Learn more about this program and register here

Ready Rating: Is Your Business Prepared for Emergencies?
Tuesday, October 25 at 6:00pm in the Meeting Room: Learn more about this program and register here.

Basics of Emergency Preparedness
Monday, November 7 at 6:00pm in the Meeting Room: Learn more about this program and register here.

Fall Programs Begin in September

Visit our calendar to register for any of the following children’s programs offered this fall.

Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5 meet on Tuesday or Friday at 10:00 am in the children’s program room. Stories, rhymes and flannel board activities for children that are able to sit independently for 30-minutes. Note that Friday’s story time is a repeat of Tuesday’s program.

Mother Goose on the Loose meets Wednesday at 10:00 am in the library meeting room. Rhymes, puppets, songs and flannel board activities for children ages birth to 2 with a caregiver

Art Explorers with Miss Nora takes place on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 pm in the meeting room. Children ages 3-6 with an adult caregiver will explore a variety of mediums, including paint, pastels, markers and collage. Don’t forget to dress for a mess!

Simple STEM takes place on Thursdays at 2:00 pm in the library meeting room. Simple STEM provides an opportunity for children ages 4-6 to engage in hands on learning using a variety of building materials and manipulatives.

Mother Goose II for ages 2-3 and a caregiver meets on Thursday at 10:00 am. Mother Goose II is an early literacy program designed for young children, ages 2-3. This 30-minute program of rhymes, songs, puppets, flannel board activities and books is fun and engaging for little learners and a caregiver.

Music Dynamics takes place on Fridays at 11:00 am from September -November in the library meeting room. Music educator, Brad Peterson will lead children in a variety of musical activities including finger plays, nursery rhymes, poems, songs, circle games, dances and stories for children ages 2-6 with an adult caregiver.  Each session is a fun, fast paced lesson designed to help children with pitch matching and steady beat skills, as well as helping them with their early language arts development.

Music Monday takes place bi-monthly at 11:00 am at the Newtown Community Center: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19.  Al deCant, songwriter, performer, storyteller and former elementary school principal combines his love of music with his knowledge of child development in an interactive musical experience that promotes social, physical, emotional and cognitive development in young children.

Connecticut Energy Assistance Program

The application period for the 2022-2023 winter season of the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is now open. The program helps Connecticut residents – including both homeowners and renters – with the costs associated with heating their homes. Applications for the 2022-2023 winter season must be received by May 31, 2023.
There are several ways to apply:
Additional information can be obtained by visiting ct.gov/heatinghelp or calling 2-1-1.

Live Pre-school Music this Saturday, August 27

Join Susan Peak for musical fun this Saturday, August 27 at 11 am in the library meeting room. Susan  has been playing guitar since she was 13 years old. Shen teaches guitar, bass guitar and ukulele in her Middletown studio and preschool music classes designed to help children learn basic music concepts in a fun and interactive way.  Open to children ages 2-6 with an adult caregiver.  Click here to register.