Leap In & Learn Day

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Saturday, February 29, 1:00 pm—4:30 pm

Join us as we take advantage of an extra day on the calendar to try some new things!  We will be having a how-to festival taking place in 5 different rooms!  In every time slot, a choice of 5 different programs!  Stay in one room all day, or go back and forth as to what pleases you.  No registration required.


Schedule of Events


Meeting Room, 1st floor

1:00—1:30   FUNdations of Investing with Maria Xavier, Edward Jones

Join us as Maria guides newcomers through the basics of investing and different types of investment vehicles.

1:45—2:15  Social Media Best Practices: How to Build and Engage Your Community on Social Media with Helen Brickfield

Helen from the Chamber of Commerce of Newtown, Inc., will share her thoughts on how to best reap the benefits of social media.

2:30—3:00  Planning Your Business Plan with Kim Welton of SCORE

In this session you’ll learn about the basics of business plan and how SCORE can help you start or grow your business with a FREE experienced mentor.

3:15—3:45    How to Pay Less for Theater Tickets: Tips, Tricks, and Long Lines

You don’t need to pay hundreds of dollars to get a good seat on Broadway, or otherwise Head of Reference Amy Schumann wouldn’t go nearly so much!  Join her as she shows you some of the ways to avoid paying the full price.

4:00—4:30  Identify Financial Scams:  Don’t Be a Victim

Scams are constantly changing and becoming more sophisticated. Join Roger Ames of People’s United Bank as he shows you how to identify scammers before they get you, and what to do when they do.


chbMAKERS, 2nd floor  Catherine Findorak and Terry Tortora

1:00—1:30  How to 3D Print  Come see our new 3D printer in action, learn about how to find files to print online, and websites to visit to design your own files

1:45—2:15  Preserving Your Memories  Do you have VHS tapes, records, or other media you want to convert?  Learn what we have available for your use in the chbMAKERS area.

2:30—3:00  No Crickets with the Cricut!  Learn how to make amazing designs on our Cricut machine, the kinds of gifts that will make people light up, not go…uh, thanks!

3:15—3:45  Make a Light up Paper Card  Speaking of light up, learn how to use copper tape to make a simple circuit on a card that lights up!

4:00—4:30  Make Stickers, Magnets, and Buttons Learn how to promote your cause or make your own decorative stickers, magnets, or buttons in the Makers’ Corner!


Gathering Room, 2nd floor

1:00—1:30   Elevator Pitch with John Barry, ITech Consulting Partners 

It’s essential, whether job hunting, interviewing at colleges, or just being in a new situation, to have a coherent & positive message about yourself.  Come learn how from an expert!

1:45—2:15  Creating Secure Passwords with Olivia Scully, IT Librarian, C.H. Booth Library

Having a strong, secure password is essential to protecting your personal data, but here’s a secret: creating them can be easy and fun, and the payoff is huge. Come find out how!

2:30—3:00  Digital Painting on iPad with Olivia Scully, IT Librarian, C.H. Booth Library  

Think the creative arts aren’t for you? Think again: no mess, no cleanup, and infinite possibilities exist when you’re painting with pixels! Come play with our iPads and see for yourself!

3:15—3:45    Improve Relationships with a Gift of Words with Bob Schmidt, LPC & Sharon Cohen

Learn how you can effectively communicate your caring thoughts to someone in a way that they can become worthy gifts.

4:00—4:30    Introduction to Meditation with Prabha Makayee

End the day with popular local instructor Prabha as she shows you an easy way to add meditation to your life.

Antiques & Collectibles Room, 3rd Floor

Join experienced members of the CT Woolcrafters as they demonstrate and teach various skills, such as making PomPom pals, 2D needle felting, crochet, and knitting.

1:00-4:00 pm Drop in and members of  CT Woolcrafters will show you how to make PomPom pals, as well as instruct you in basic knitting and needle felting

1:00-2:30 pm A crochet expert will show you how to crochet


Genealogy Room, 3rd Floor

1:00-4:00 pm  Join the Newtown Chess Club as they show you the basics of chess.  Try your mind at engaging one of the state champions in a simultaneous game!


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