Category: Featured Programs & Events

Join Marie Sturdevant

Join Marie Sturdevant of the Newtown Woman’s Club at the library on Monday, June 13th at 6:00PM as she and three of Newtown’s premier nonprofits discuss the future efforts that nonprofit organizations will actively engage in to foster greater racial, cultural diversity and inclusion in Newtown.

“For thirty plus years the Newtown Woman’s Club has been a part of my life. The women of the Club all have the same intent of raising funds, having diversified programs, and donating to as many nonprofits as possible at the end of our meeting year. These include the Newtown Ambulance, Newtown Scholarship Association, the Women’s Center of Danbury, the C.H. Booth Library, and – one of our favorites – the veterans who served our country.”

Today is World Health Day

Over 13 million people around the world die due to an avoidable natural disaster each year.

To learn more about what steps you can take to protect your family visit https://medlineplus.gov/disasters.html

Want to learn more about World Health Day 2022? Click here https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2022

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Community Conversation #2 | A Discussion of Religion and Race

Join us on Monday, April 25th at 6:00PM for the second of this ongoing series. This session will feature the religious leaders of Newtown including –

  • Reverend Andrea Wyatt | Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Reverend M. E.Kristen Provost Switzer | Newtown Congregational Church
  • Pastor Rob Morris | Christ the King Lutheran
  • Deacon Michael P. Ronan, JD | St. Rose of Lima RC Church
  • Plus others

What are community dialogs?

  • A community dialog is a facilitated discussion that provides the opportunity for individuals to discuss community-based issues, challenges, and aspirations.
  • In thousands of communities across the U.S., these dialogs have helped people to understand their own and their neighbors’ feelings about themselves, each other, and various issues.
  • Community dialogs obtain meaningful feedback from residents
  • Conversations often revolve around improving community services for ethnically, economically, and geographically underserved and underrepresented audiences
  • Community dialogs help better connect local organizations with potential future partners that have shared interests

Community dialogs are NOT about leaving the room with a list of to-dos and answers to all the questions. They ARE about discussing topics and issues in an inclusive and uninhibited environment with community representatives and stakeholders. We do have guiding principles, below.

The focus is on bringing together new partners and new voices to conversations and on connecting groups that are not usually at the same place. Representative panelists will vary and will be from such groups as educators, local government, Chamber of Commerce members and business organizations, representatives of traditionally underserved / underrepresented groups, engagement groups, clubs, the interfaith community, neighborhood associations, parenting groups, social service groups, and the local media.

Want to get involved? At future sessions we may need note takers, assistants, and facilitators.

Guiding principles / Ground Rules:

  1. Everyone participates; no one dominates.
  2. There are no right answers. There are no wrong answers.
  3. Keep an open mind. Listen carefully and try hard to understand the views of those who disagree with you.
  4. Help keep the discussion on track. Stick to the questions, try not to ramble.
  5. It is ok to disagree, but don’t be disagreeable.
  6. Have fun. This is not a chore, this is an opportunity.

Part of the library’s mission is to raise the level of civil discourse in our community.

Click here for a webliography of resources, books, podcasts, and films about this topic and check out our other curated lists.

Online Book Discussion today 12:00 noon | Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality

Monday, March 21 | 12 – 1 PM | Zoom | Yale African American Affinity Group and Working Women’s Network
Join the Yale African American Affinity Group and Working Women’s Network for a conversation with Tomiko Brown-Nagin about her new book Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality. This event will be moderated by James Forman Jr., J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School.
Civil Rights Queen is the first major biography of one of our most influential but least known activist lawyers that provides an eye-opening account of the twin struggles for gender equality and civil rights in the 20th Century.

Photo of Constance Baker Motley

2-part program on Black female artists

Join the Russell Library of Middletown, CT during Women’s History Month for a celebration of Black female printmakers. Artists highlighted will include Elizabeth Catlett, Faith Ringgold, and Kara Walker. Their visual representations and pictorial studies of Black women mirror their beauty, strength, dignity, and the Black female experience. The presentation draws from local museum collections at New Britain Museum of American Art.

Following the talk, participants are invited to join Bernadine at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain for an in-person tour of black female artists works on view. Date: Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. Admission is free.

The registration link below will sign you up for both events: the Zoom talk on Monday, March 21st and the tour on Saturday, March 26th.

https://russelllibrary.libcal.com/event/8957304