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If you’re reading this column, I know you are a supporter of the printed word. Need I remind you that one of New England’s largest book sales gets underway this Saturday, July 12, right here in town? Friends of the C.H. Booth Library presents the 39th Annual Book Sale at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane, beginning at 9 am. The real fun begins at 7 am, though, when numbered admission tickets go on sale at the door, for $5 each. (That’s the only day there is a charge to wallow in the thousands upon thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, LPs, and more at the sale.) The sale runs from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Monday, half price day, hours are 9 am to 7 pm, as they are on Tuesday, when you can stuff a bag for just $5. Wednesday is the traditional “free day,” with no charge for any items carried off. Hours on Wednesday are 9 am to noon.

If you think there are not die-hard bibliophiles out there, think again. This lineup of boxes for books (and to hold a Saturday morning place in line) was already outside of RIS on Monday morning, and I understand that some of the boxes appeared last week. Now that’s dedication!

Men looking for fellowship and a good breakfast are invited to join the Men’s Breakfast Club at the Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road, the first Thursday of each month. You don’t have to be a member of the center to take part. All men are welcome to the free morning get-together. The next Breakfast Club meets Thursday, August 7, at 9 am. Bring your appetite!

Congratulations to 341 Studios’ founders Pam Trickey, a longtime resident of Newtown, and Gretchen Bruno. 341 Studios’ website and logo development were winners at this year’s “Big W” awards, sponsored by The Advertising Club of Westchester. The Darien-based graphic design and marketing studio was awarded a silver award for its redesign of The Stamford Palace website, and a bronze award for the redesigned CMS mobile responsive website for Bedrock Capital Associates, LLC. 341 Studios also came home with bronze awards in the Corporate Design: Identity (Logo/Trademark) category for its work on AccuShares and Custompressions.

Here’s a young man who is working to “Turn Cans Into Cash.” David Jensen, a St Rose eighth grader, will be raising money for Western Connecticut Health Network’s Danbury Hospital Kids Care, as a service project to satisfy requirements for his 2015 confirmation. The funds will support the Danbury Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. David is a 2000 “graduate” of the Danbury NICU, coming into the world with breathing, heart, and blood sugar issues. Today, he is as healthy as can be, and wants to give back to the unit that made a lifesaving difference to him. From July 14 to 18, he will have containers in the vestibule of St Rose Church on Church Hill Road to receive donations of deposit cans and bottles (rinsed out would be super nice). David will present a check to WCHN Kids Club, specifically for needs in Danbury’s NICU, after redeeming the donations. No need to be a member of St Rose to donate — stop by and drop off any bottles and cans you wish. David, and the NICU, will appreciate your support.

I’m tempted to give the Good Egg Award to David, but Chuck Leety would love it if I gave it to the staff of Chintz and Prints, on Route 25 in Newtown. Chuck stopped by the longtime Newtown business in need of a cushion replacement for a footstool he was repairing. Shortly thereafter, he also found himself in need of canvas to repair a chair seat. (Sounds to me like Chuck is planning to put his feet up for the rest of the summer…) At any rate, he was very impressed with the store itself, calling it “one of Newtown’s treasures,” but especially with the two women who assisted him on both visits. Being a bit of a fish out of water in the world of fabric, “I found the clerks to be very helpful,” says Chuck, adding that he hopes there is local support for this fabric business in town. He does not know the clerks’ names, but Chuck is certain that their exemplary helpfulness is worthy of the Good Egg, and so am I. A little kindness goes a long way.

Good luck to Kelsey McEvoy of Newtown. Kelsey will be swimming with Swim Across America (SAA) to support pediatric cancer programs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center, this Saturday, July 12. She’ll participate in the one mile and half-mile swims at Nantasket Beach, Hull, Mass., beginning at 9 am. Swim fast, Kelsey!

Check The Bee calendar online for the buzz on upcoming special studio times at Ben’s Bells Newtown, including the next two Fridays, July 11 and 18, from 10 am to 3 pm, and on July 18 from 8 to 11 pm for the very popular Ladies Night Out Fun-Raiser at $10 per person. This coming Tuesday, July 15, from 7 to 9 pm, a special call is put out for assistance in slab rolling kindness coins made at the 17 Church Hill Road studio. You must be 15 years of age or older to take part in the July 15 evening program. For complete information visit bensbells.org/newtown.

I heard from Lisa Dawson that her husband Stephen Dawson, who works for the school district, is being hospitalized at Yale New Haven Hospital. Lisa said if you want to send a note of support and good wishes, feel free to mail them to their home, 257 White Pond Road, Stormville NY 12582, and she’ll see he gets them. Stephen can have visitors at the hospital, too, if you are headed down that way.

I Hate Hamlet, the latest Town Players of Newtown production, continues this weekend on Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, at 8 pm, and Sunday, July 13, at 2 pm. Newtown Bee theater reviewer Elizabeth Young declared this production to be “the perfect antidote to summer doldrums and a delightful evening of theater.” And Beth would not lie. For ticket information visit www.reservationsnewtownplayers.org.

I do believe that this very column may be another perfect antidote to the summer doldrums, so be sure next week to… Read me again.

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