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  • Framed Poster Is ‘Write On’ For Booth Library

    C.H. Booth Library Director Brenda McKinley, right, accepted a framed poster of the 2014 Newtown Labor Day Parade program cover from Parade Committee President Beth Caldwell on Monday, August 10. Last year’s parade was dedicated to Newtown’s many authors and illustrators, with the theme of “Write On, Newtown!” Each year, the parade committee presents a poster of the previous year’s parade program to the library. The framed posters from previous locations are found at various locations throughout the library.

  • New Partnership Will Provide Library Cards For Kindergarteners

    A partnership between C.H. Booth Library and Newtown Public Schools will offer library cards for all kindergarteners entering the district next school year.

    “I’m really pleased with the partnership and the willingness from the Booth Library pertaining to Newtown Public Schools, particularly with the early childhood initiative,” said Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, during the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, February 17.

  • Booth Children’s Department Days Away From Reopening

    New carpet tiles cover the floor of the Children’s Department of the C.H. Booth Library and ceiling tiles were being placed Tuesday, March 3, as the library moves toward a quick recovery from a second dousing in just over two years, from frozen and burst pipes.

  • Beryl Harrison Celebrates 25 Years At C.H. Booth Library

    In 25 years as a librarian at C.H. Booth Library, Beryl Harrison has served in numerous and valuable capacities. She has seen the library grow — and shrink, as digital options become equally preferred to hard copy volumes. She has worked side by side with a staff that she calls “wonderful.” She has also endeared herself to patrons and fellow staff members, through her dedication to her career.

    Library Director Brenda McKinley calls her “one of the kindest people I know.

  • Delayed Opening For Library

    UPDATE (11:44 am): The library has opened.

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    C.H. Booth Library will be opening late this morning, after the building's sidewalks and stairways cleared of snow.

    Library Director Brenda J. McKinley says she hopes to be open by 11 am, “but we are asking people to call before coming over just to be sure.”

    The library, at 25 Main Street, can be reached at 203-426-4533.

  • A Look Back At The People Of Newtown, 2014

    Every year, The Newtown Bee is privileged to share the stories of Newtown residents and organizations, and among the many highlighted in 2014, were these stories.

    Newtown resident Paul L. Sirois was named executive director of Regional Hospice Foundation, as of January 1. A financial planner for 17 years, most recently vice president and financial advisor for Union Savings Bank, Mr Sirois previously served as chairman of the Regional Hospice board.

  • NMS Seventh Graders Visit Booth Library

    Between Tuesday, September 9, and Wednesday, September 10, seventh grade students in three clusters had the opportunity to visit C.H. Booth Library.

    According to Language Arts teacher Kristin Norden, the students left from Newtown Middle School to visit the library by 7:30 each day, and workshops centered around having the students familiarize themselves with using the library’s resources, like research tools, downloading eBooks, and applying for interlibrary loans.

  • New Library Director Settling Into Her Role

    Seated at the desk in the Library Director’s office — a space she is not yet comfortable calling her own — Brenda McKinley moves aside a small desktop plaque inscribed with a Robert Browning quote: “The best is yet to be.” The gift from the Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library speaks to the confidence placed in the woman chosen as the newest leader of the local library.

  • Top of The Mountain

    Photo bombs continue to be a very popular trend, and this week I spotted one of my own doing just that. When one of our Bee photographers was out collecting Bee’s Buck photos last week, she didn’t realize that while she was trying to sneakily take a photo for this week’s challenge photo, the photographer herself was also being watched.

  • New Director Appointed To Lead Cyrenius H. Booth Library

    Brenda J. McKinley of Newtown was appointed as the next director of the C.H. Booth Library in Newtown, Wednesday, June 18, following a unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees at a special meeting held Tuesday evening, June 17. Ms McKinley’s appointment, effective July 1, was announced to the staff and Acting Director Beryl Harrison, Wednesday morning, by Board of Trustees President Martha Robilotti.