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Summer Reading for Adults at C.H. Booth Library No Man is an Island. June 21 st - August 19 th 2010. Summer Reading Program Goals. Promote the library as a cultural and community center. Sponsor quality programs with a broad appeal.
June 21st - August 19th 2010
Book display of staff and patron favorite titles
Introduction of a new Readers Advisory Service
Summer Reading contest – with prizes
Fundraiser for Haitian Relief
Schedule of Events – family programs, film festival,
and book discussion series
A display by the front door - includes a list of staff picks as well as some great poolside titles.
Margi will post book recommendations on our website and FaceBook page as well as Twitter. Her focus will be on adult fiction and mystery books, with an emphasis on good reads that haven’t made the bestseller list
Margi Esten worked for years in publishing and continues to be an avid reader. She currently lives in Redding Connecticut with her husband, two yellow labs and lots of sheep.
FaceBook and Twitter are new to CHB this summer, our first experience with social media.
To be eligible for the drawing participants will read a book, fill out a prize entry form and then put the form in a special box. The prize entry form will give readers the option of reviewing books they’ve read. Favorite titles will become part of the display, What We’ve Read This Summer, highlighting both patron and staff picks.
Prizes are goods and services donated by local businesses
Monday, June 21 at 4 pm and 7 pm
Storyteller Rona Leventhalwill entertain Newtown audiences
with Mysteries, Puzzles and Mind Twisters to Ponder and Play With at 4 pm &Stories at the Heart of Ourselves – 7 pm
Thursday, July 1 at 6 pm
Island Crafts with local artist Katie Stevenson
Wednesday, July 21 at 3:30 pm
Kahana Hula with TiareKahana
Thursday, July 22 at 7 pm
Musical Journey to the Caribbean with Chris Merwin
Wednesday, August 11 at 7 pm
Author Talk with Photojournalist, Marc Yves Regis
On Sunday, July 18th from 8 am to 8 pm the Cyrenius H. Booth Library will host a readathon for Haiti.
A collaboration with Newtown High School volunteers and local churches.
The readers will solicit sponsor dollars either by hours read or a flat fee.
All money donated to the Newtown Rotary’s Haitian Relief Fund.
An opportunity for intergenerational cooperation.
No library dollars will be used to run this program. 100% volunteer.
Wednesday, July 7th at 1 pm and July 8th at 7 pm
Jean Dominque the Haitian radio personality, investigative journalist and political activist who was assassinated in April 2000, is the subject of Jonathan Demme’s informative documentary.
On the Verge of a Fever
Wednesday, July 28th at 1 pm and July 29th at 7 pm
Against the backdrop of poverty, fear and brutal dictatorship of Haiti in 1971, On the Verge of a Fever is about Fanan, a 15 year old boy who just wants to experience life for himself with his streetwise friend Gege.
Wednesday, August 18th at 1 pm
Paul Lamont, a corrections officer and law student, leads a comfortable if culturally bankrupt middle-class existence. Lamont’s marriage is already in trouble when he bails out a mysterious Haitian. Lamont then finds that acts of conscience can have unforeseen consequences.
The Civil War was a tragic conflagration fought on American soil, that carved a permanent scar on the national psyche, shaped the identities of the victors and the defeated, and captured the imagination of future generations right through the present day.
For this series we will be reading four books:
E.L.. Doctorow’s The March
Wednesday, June 9th at 7:30 pm
Geraldine Brook’s March
Wednesday, June 23rd at 7:30 pm
James Lee Burke’s White Doves at Morning
Wednesday, July 14th at 7:30 pm
Tony Horowitz’s Confederates in the Attic
Wednesday, August 4th at 7:30 pm
The first three are historical novels which depict the carnage of savage battles, the shame and cruelty of slavery, the systematic destruction of a way of life and the courage, idealism, duplicity, cowardice and folly that existed on both sides of the conflict.
Finally we will end with Tony Horowitz’s exploration of the phenomenon of Civil War re-enactors, and his analysis of why the American south is still so emotionally involved with the war that ended 150 years ago.
Julie Stern is a retired philosophy professor from Western Connecticut State University who leads book discussion series on a regular basis at the library.
Multiple copies of the books are available at the circulation desk.
As of April 21st we are still waiting to hear back from two authors about a visit to CHB.
Carlos Eire, author of Waiting for Snow in Havana
Dr. Lillian Guerra , author of Popular Expression and National Identity in Puerto Rico and The Myth of Jose Marti
The CHB Staff
Alana Bennison, Children’s Librarian
Margaret Brown, YA Librarian
Judy Craven , Adult Circulation Supervisor – Display /book list
Marie Walker – Community Liason
Janet Woycik, Director of the CH Booth Library
And Our Sponsors
Rachel Pollack , Connecticut Humanities Council, The Newtown Bee,
Newtown Businesses, & The Friends of the CH Booth Library