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*Main Floor Exhibit: Faith Gulick and John Renjilian from Newtown Historical Society have created two displays near the circulation desk with memorabilia that document Newtown’s growth during the 20th Century.

Items relate to the founding of the Newtown chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and also include Volume One of The Bugle from 1919, and pictures from the Boy’s Social and Athletic Club from the Fifties, and of the former golf course at Eden Hill in the Hattertown district.

*First Floor Display Cases: Newtown resident and artist Paula Brinkman has mounted a beautiful collection called “The Pool Books of Paula Brinkman” in the lower level display case. The sketchbooks contain watercolor images painted in Paula’s diary of her experiences in New York exercising in a pool every day.

*Also a costume from the antique garment collection is displayed on the second floor. It is a ball gown worn in 1882 by Mrs E.A. Hawley, aunt of Mary Hawley. It was a gift from Mirable Crabtree, and considering its age, is in very good condition.

*Curator Mary Thomas would like to present a display in the fall featuring needlework such as embroidery and needlepoint from local residents. Items would be on temporary loan for display.

If you would like to share your creation(s) please call Mary at 203-426-9696.

Children’s Programs

*Story Time Registration Open: Children ages 3-5 are eligible to register for a weekly story time.

Classes are offered on Monday and Tuesday at 10 am and Monday and Wednesday at 1 pm. Children must be at least 3 years old on or before September 13 and a resident of Newtown to be eligible for this free program. 

*New Program: Beginning this month, thanks to a grant from GE Capital, the library will offer Sensory Story Time, a new program designed to engage all of the senses through music, movement, art, reading and play activities for children ages 3-6.

The program is geared to accommodate children who may have sensory processing disorder, but is not limited to children with processing difficulties. All children can benefit from this multi-sensory approach.

Children must be a resident of Newtown to be eligible for this program. Registration forms and a brief questionnaire will be available at the children’s circulation desk August 26 to September 8.

Classes will meet for six weeks, Saturdays at 10:30 am, in the library meeting room, beginning September 18. Parents must remain with their child throughout the program.

Programs For Adults

* Book Groups: The Nonfiction book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, September 6, at 1 pm, to discuss Too Big to Fail by Andrew Sorkin; and The Daytime Book Group will discuss This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald on Monday, September 13, also at 1.

*Mark Twain, A Book Discussion Series with Julie Stern: In this year that will see the publication of Twain’s autobiography, so scandalous that it was kept under wraps for 100 years after his death, let’s read and discuss classic works by Mark Twain and see why he may well be the greatest American novelist.

Join us on Wednesdays at 7:30 for the following titles: Tom Sawyer, September 22; The Prince and the Pauper, October 13; The  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, October 22; and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, November 10.

*Inside the College Admissions Process: Thursday, September 23, at 7 pm.

Stephanie Wassink-Klein, the owner of Winning Applications, works with families navigating the intricacies of the college and/or graduate school admissions process. She will share insights from her many years of experience as a college admissions officer.

Ms Wassink-Klein will help you gain a keener understanding of the application essay, financial aid and mistakes to avoid. This program will focus on issues of special importance to seniors and juniors, although freshmen and sophomores will also benefit from the talk.

C.H. Booth Library is at 25 Main Street in Newtown. Call 203-426-4533 or visit CHBoothLibrary.org to register for any of the above listings, and for information on additional programs and offerings.

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