The public is invited to celebrate the reopening of the C.H. Booth Library, Saturday, March 22, during regular library hours, 9:30 am to 5 pm. After remediation for flooding that occurred January 4, newly painted walls and woodwork, new carpet, and upgraded utilities, alarms, computers, and more mean that patrons of the C.H. Booth Library will find the library an even more welcoming space to visit.
Balloons will decorate the library, and refreshments and treats will be offered all day long. Extra staff will be on hand to explain any changes or updates, said Acting Director Beryl Harrison.
On the first floor, visitors are welcome to talk with members of the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library, and find out opportunities for volunteering.
Make and take crafts will take place in the children’s story hour room, between 11 am and 5 pm. Visit the young adult area on the main floor to build with Legos or play a family friendly board game.
At 11 am, children ages birth through 6, with their caregivers, are invited to a one-hour program of “Family Music & Movement Fun,” in the Meeting Room, with Julie Capuano of Music Together of Monroe and Newtown.
From 1 to 3 pm, children can enjoy the talents of “Modern Day Vaudevillian” Eric Girardi of Walk Around Entertainment. Mr Girardi is an award-winning yo-yo artist. While juggling fire is one of his more than 20 circus skills, balls of flame will not be dancing in his hands at this performance. His many other magical talents will thrill people of all ages, however.
Also from 1 to 3 pm, Christina Dolzall of Fairytale Memories will be on hand, transformed into Tinker Bell, and available to greet children, sign autograph postcards, and pose for pictures. Cameras are welcome, so pack a smile to bring along.
Adult visitors will not be forgotten. From 2 to 3:30 pm, in the Meeting Room, adults can enjoy “Story and Song with Lenny Levine.” Mr Levine has had a long career as a recording studio singer and songwriter. His songs have been recorded and performed by Diana Ross, The Pointer Sisters, and Barry Manilow, and Mr Levine has sung backup for Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Peggy Lee, and others. Also a widely published author, his stories have appeared in literary magazines and journals. He received a 2011 Pushcart Prize nomination for short fiction.