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  • Finding Focus At The Library

    Just nine people scattered themselves throughout the rows of chairs set up in the C.H. Booth Library’s meeting room August 15 for the first of three scheduled “focus groups” designed to assess the community’s views on short- and long-term change at the library. The sessions may seem like the routine stock-taking exercises common to most public institutions in times of transition, but for some of those few who showed up last week, the invitation to weigh in on the direction of the library seemed particularly urgent and relevant.

  • Many Rose To The Reading Challenge

    To the Editor:

    The Teen Summer Reading Challenge for grades 6–12 at C.H. Booth Library has just ended, and it was a great success. Over 70 young people participated, reading 327 books, for a total of 93,562 pages!

  • An Abrupt Departure

    To the Editor:

     I would like the Newtown community to know why, after 15 years, I am no longer to be found at the reference desk of the C.H. Booth Library.

     On Friday, August 3, as I was preparing to head out on vacation, the director informed me that my job as reference librarian was eliminated as of August 10.  As part of the restructuring of the physical space and staffing, I was offered an alternate position which I declined.

  • Library Focus Group Session Raises Questions

    C.H. Booth Library Director Shawn Fields held the first of three public focus group meetings, Thursday, August 15, in the meeting room of the library.

    In the position of library director since July 1, Mr Fields hopes that the focus groups and comments delivered to him via social media will provide him with insight into what changes patrons would like to see, or not see, in the short term and in the long term, he said.

  • Library Board Needs To Reconsider

    To the Editor:

    We have lived in Newtown since 1968, raised two children here, and I taught 33 years in our school system. The Cyrenius Booth Library has been a constant source of learning, fine reading, pleasure and friendship. Now that my husband and I are retired, the library seems like an extension of our home.

  • A Call To Protest Changes At The Library

    To the Editor:

    There are times when we have to question and oppose the thinking and decisions that are made by those entrusted with the responsibility to provide the best operating environment for the residents of Newtown. This is especially true in the case of the new library director, Shawn Fields, who has a plan to overhaul the existing layout of the library to fit into his concept of what our library should resemble in his mind.

  • C.H. Booth Library Introduces Focus Groups And Social Media Feeds

    C.H. Booth Library Director Shawn Fields announced Tuesday, August 6, that the library has established social media feeds on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. Mr Fields also invites the public to check out his personal reading list at www.goodreads.com/shawnthelibrarian and follow his blog at theboothlibrary.wordpress.com.

  • New Director Takes The Reins At C.H. Booth Library

    Shawn Fields, the director of the C.H. Booth Library as of July 1, enthusiastically and thoroughly discussed the book he is currently reading, Guns, Germs, and Steel, by anthropologist Jared Diamond, in his first interview with The Bee, July 10. The book examines the different factors that effect populations as it seeks to answer the question of why civilization is the way it is, and the numerous reasons that contribute to why civilizations thrive or fail, from historical, biological, and anthropological approaches.

  • A Fine Send-Off For Library Director

    Dozens of people gathered at a special reception, Friday afternoon, June 26, to honor departing C.H. Booth Library director Janet Woycik. Hosted by the library Board of Directors, guests included many who have rubbed shoulders with Ms Woycik over the years, including staff, former staff, and town officials. All were there to celebrate Ms Woycik’s three decades plus of dedication, and to send her off knowing how much she was appreciated.

  • Vintage Wedding Wear Makes Up New Library Exhibit

    Dottie Evans looks over her wedding gown, which will be part of the wedding wear collection displayed at C.H. Booth Library beginning June 20.