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Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9:30 am-8:00 pm
Friday- Saturday 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Get Breaking News From Around the World

SCOLA is a streaming service that rebroadcasts news, cultural events, and programming from around the world in over 100 languages. You can live-stream television channels, view archived broadcasts, and access periodicals and photo galleries. Ready-to-use multimedia lessons and materials are also available for use in the classroom or for independent study. Try it today for free courtesy of the C.H. Booth Library. Visit with username: chbooth and password: library
Have a library question? Chat with us

Our chat service is available during library hours: 9:30 am-5:00 pm Monday through Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 am-5:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm-5:00 pm except during holiday closures.

Click here to chat now or look for the chat symbol in the bottom right hand corner of our website to get started.
Armchair Travel Reading Challenge for Adults

Join our year-long reading challenge for adults and “travel” around the world. You can enter to win the year-end raffle! It’s easy – here’s how to get started:
Pick up a reading log at the Circulation or Reference Desk, print one out online, or request one via curbside and commit to reading one book related to the destination of the month. (Audiobooks, e-books & DVDs count too!).

Your challenge for MARCH: Read any book that takes place in the British Isles or Northern Eurpoe. Once you have finished, bring your log in to the library and get your “passport” stamped! Check our list of suggested titles below here.

Good luck and happy travels!
Read Around the World:
A Self-guided Reading Program for ages 4-12

Stop by the children's department to pick up a "Read Around the World" passport. We want to encourage young readers to expand their horizons, and choose books about other cultures and countries. Any child that reads at least six books before May 31, can enter a raffle to win one of three great prizes.
Upcoming Library Programs
Story Time
Tuesday, March 8 | 11:00 am
Ages 3-5 | Registration required
Children's Department

Books, rhymes and flannel board activities. Children are required to wear a mask and should be able to sit independently for the 30-minute program.
30 Minute Flex and Balance with
Sean Fitzpatrick
Wednesday, March 9| 10:30 am
Zoom | Registration required

Join us for a gentle movement practice that will communicate with all of the muscles and joints of your body. We will practice a series of dynamic stretches that will improve flexibility, increase blood flow, and build strength and balance. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to learn a simple full-body routine that you can personalize and do on your own.
Craft and Create
Wednesday, March 9 | 2:00 pm
Meeting Room | No registration required
Ages 3-6

Drop by for creative fun!
Craftastic! Beaded Gecko Keychains
Wednesday, March 9 | 3:00 pm
Makerspace | No registration required
Open to teens in grades 6-12

While we all need to carry keys, no one said our keyrings had to be boring. Add a little whimsy to yours with a beaded gecko! Drop by the chbMAKERS' Corner after school to learn how! Make your bookmark at the library or pick up a kit to take home!

All the materials needed will be provided. There are a limited number of kits available. Kits are first come, first served. 
Midweek Game Night
Wednesday, March 9 | 5:00 pm
chbMAKERS' Corner
Registration not required

Calling all tabletop gamers! Are you looking for a place to play? Want to share your love of tabletop with others? Then join us each Wednesday for Midweek Game Night! Discover new games, play old favorites, and meet other gaming enthusiasts. Each week we'll choose a different game to highlight!
Springtime Bake-Along with Tina Zaccardi:
Mixed Berry Galette
Wednesday, March 9 | 7:00 pm
Zoom | Registration required

Join Tina Zaccardi, winner of the Great American Baking Show for a mixed berry Galette with all-butter flakey pie crust bake-along! Tina will show you how to put the dough together, from mixing in the butter to creating the flakiness and rolling it out. You will then make the filling and she will show you how to make sure your juicy berries don’t run out of your Galette.

When you register for this class you will be sent the ingredients & recipe.                  

Thanks to Generous Funding from The Friends of C. H. Booth Library.
Chair Yoga with Beth Bierko
Thursday, March 10 | 5:00 pm
Zoom | Registration required

The class includes many of the physical benefits associated with a traditional mat class – strength, flexibility and balance – but eliminates the stress resulting from moving from standing to sitting and back again throughout the session. 

We begin with centering and move to seated warm ups and moderately challenging poses in the chair. 

Note: this class may include some standing and balancing poses using the chair for support, but they are always optional.
Dungeons & Dragons Night!
Thursday, March 10 | 5:00 pm
Grades 6-12 | Young Adult Department
Registration required

Fight monsters! Hunt for treasure! Cause chaos! Join us Thursdays for Dungeons & Dragons Night! 
Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop fantasy role playing game where players work together to complete quests. The game is overseen by the Dungeon Master (DM) who provides the plot and acts as the referee. All that's required to play is some dice, a character, and your imagination! l skill levels are invited.
'The Quilt Shop by Lois'
Opening Reception
Thursday, March 10
5:00 pm-7:30 pm
Meeting Room

Come and see the colorful glory of Lois' quilts. Light refreshments will be served.
Caregiver Success With Nancy Rhodes, APRN
Thursday, March 10 | 6:30 pm
Meeting Room or Zoom
Registration required

Drop in or join online to learn tips, tools, and information that will help you care for yourself and others.
Presented by local author and nurse, Nancy Rhodes, APRN-BC. 
Nancy Rhodes has 40 years of experience working in home care. She learned that there are many things we do not know about getting older and many ways to avoid a medical crisis. Nancy gathered her knowledge to write a book full of practical tips and tools that will help you be informed and age well. It is called "Caregiver Success".

Nancy also realized people learn by watching, so she started a YouTube Channel in April 2019. To view Nancy's YouTube Channel click here.
Game On!
Friday, March 11 | 2:45 pm
Teens | Registration not required
YA Department

Meet up with friends after school for some multiplayer video game fun! Use our Switch to race karts, cook meals, and splatter paint. Just keep your eye out for anyone who's sus! Available Switch games include: Among Us: Crewmate Edition, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Minecraft, Overcooked! All You Can Eat, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
LED Zodiac Art
Saturday, March 12 | 1:00 pm
Meeting Room | Registration Required
Teens in grades 6-12

Everyone has a zodiac sign. What's yours? What does your sign say about you?

Join us as Ingrid Schaeffer teaches us about our signs and the constellations that correspond to them. Then, learn how to make your own 3D LED wall light of your zodiac sign! 

All the materials needed to make your LED art will be provided. 

Thanks to Generous Funding from The Friends of C. H. Booth Library.
English Language Learning
Saturday, March 19 | 11:00 am
C.H. Booth Library Third Floor
Registration required

Attention English Language Learners! Free conversation groups in a safe, friendly environment. Free learning guide included. Childcare and snacks provided. Please register online or call the library at (203) 426-4533.

If you or someone you know can benefit from this important service, please register today. 

Classes meet the first and third Saturday of the month through May.                                     

Thanks to Generous Funding from The Friends of C. H. Booth Library.
Nonfiction Book Club: Clean, the New
Science of Skin by James Hamblin
Tuesday, April 5 | 1:00 pm
Antiques Room | No registration required

Copies of the book are available at the library. In Clean, the New Science of Skin (2020) skilled “Atlantic Monthly” writer James Hamblin explores the surprising and unintended consequences of common hygiene practices. 
Click to view all of our program offerings.

Friends of the Library
With the Holiday Boutique closed and the 46th Annual Book Sale a few months away, the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library reminds shoppers that they can continue to find high-quality, well-priced adult and children's books, games, jigsaw puzzles, gift items and more at the Friends' Little Book Store, located near the main circulation desk on the second floor of the C.H. Booth Library.

The Little Book Store is open year-round during regular library hours. Friends' volunteers restock the shelves frequently with readers' favorites and seasonal themes. Enjoy the convenience of shopping locally while supporting the C.H. Booth Library!
Donation Guidelines

The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library welcomes your donations of new and gently-used books, CDs, DVDs, LPs, jigsaw puzzles, and games. We’re also interested in unusual vintage and collectible items.
The newest and nicest items we receive will be available for purchase in the Friends’ year-round Little Book Store or in our Holiday Book & Gift Boutique, both on the second floor of the library. Other items will be earmarked for the Friends’ 46th Annual Book Sale, tentatively scheduled for July 8-12, 2022, at Newtown’s Reed Intermediate School.
You can bring your donations to the library year-round anytime the library is open and place them inside the Friends’ Donation Room opposite the elevator on the first floor of the library. Note that we will not be able to accept any donations in the weeks before and immediately after the summer book sale.
The Friends cannot accept the following items:
·      Encyclopedias and Time-Life Series
·      Outdated reference and text books, and travel guides
·      VHS tapes
·      Readers’ Digest books
·      Magazines and free pamphlets
Proceeds from the sale of the items you donate help the Friends support the purchase of library materials, online services, programs, and special projects. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Community and Partner Events
Elder Justice Hotline
Have you been the victim of a fraud? Received a message demanding immediate payment and aren’t sure if it’s legitimate? Have you or your loved one been the victim of abuse or neglect? Do you need help accessing benefits or assistance? If so, contact the Elder Justice Hotline at 1-860-808-5555.
IRS Tax Help

The IRS will open many of its Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) on the second Saturday of each month through May 2022 to offer in-person help.

Check HERE for up-to-date information on location openings. Availability may change without notice.
Nature-Based Efforts to Create
Resilient Cities
Wednesday, March 16 | 4:00 pm
Online Webinar | Registration Required

Cities are experimenting with ways of reintroducing nature to be resilient to the rising tides, floods, and extreme weather events caused by climate change – from restoring wetlands to constructing oyster reefs, and expanding the floodplains of creeks, streams, and rivers. This presentation will cover how different types of environments are responding to the climate crisis regionally, links between the natural world and human environments in cities, and nature-based adaptation solutions to the climate crisis. 

This program is sponsored by The National Audubon Society.
Newtown Historical Society
Clothing and Soft Goods Collection
Saturday, March 20 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Matthew Curtiss House
44 Main Street | Newtown, CT

Drop off your clothes, shoes, accessories (belts, scarfs, pocketbooks, etc), sheets, quilts, bedspreads, tablecloths, and napkins. All should be clean an in gently used condition as they are going to Savers for resale. No pillows, please.
This is a fundraiser for us, so feel free to tell your friends and family.
Thank you for supporting the Newtown Historical Society!

The Westport Library calls for visual artists to submit work to be featured on a vinyl album cover–and to be used for digital and print promotions. 

Fairfield County-based painters, illustrators, designers, photo-graphers, collage makers, and more, please apply. (Must be 14 years or older to be eligible).

On April 9, 2022 the Westport Library will reveal a first-of-its-kind Verso Records Compilation #1, an independent record label produced by the Library’s media resources and production hub, Verso Studios.

The debut album, a limited press, will be a compilation of emerging Connecticut and tri-state area musicians/artists. The compilation features a diverse array of talent across all genres, from jazz, rock, folk, to indie, heralding the oft unsung heroes of the region. All tracks were recorded live at Verso Studios in our state-of-the-art, hybrid-analog SSL Recording Studio. 

The Library has asked the Artists Collective of Westport to oversee an independent jury committee. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the artist whose work is chosen.

12”x12” artwork should be in TIF, JPEG, PNG or PDF format at a minimum of 300 dpi. 

Note: The in-house art department will add text and crop materials at their discretion. 
Spring Cleanup for Seniors
Sunday, April 24 | 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Want to make a difference? Help seniors who have requested help with spring cleanup. Beverly Bennet Schaedler, Director of the Friends of Newtown Seniors Newtown Chore Services will be coordinating the event.

For additional information or to register a team call (203) 430-0633 or email

FONS is an insured, all-volunteer, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization serving Newtown seniors since 2016.
Kindergarten Registration is Open

Kindergarten Registration for Newtown Public Schools is open. To register your child for the 2022-2023 school year:
  • Visit Newtown Public School website by clicking here.
  • Click on “New Student Registration” in the lower right hand corner.
  • You’ll receive a prompt for the year. Select 2022/2023 School Year.
  • Create your family’s account with the Newtown Public Schools (one account per family).
  • Alternatively, you can also visit your Elementary School’s website and access registration from the homepage.
  • If you don’t know which school your child will attend, call Central Office at (203) 426-7606.