Library Services, updated 7/13

To minimize the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the library will remain closed to the public until further notice. However, we have recently begun the reintroduction of onsite services as follows:

Patio grab-and-go service is available

We are just beginning to roll out a grab-and-go patio browsing service! Hours for patio service are: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays noon to 4 p.m.; Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This service is also VERY weather dependent, so if it is really really hot outside, or rain is forecast, please give us a call first.

Before you visit: Please read this important statement for guidelines on using library services. (click here)

Curbside service is available
 
Use any of the library’s means of communication to ask for materials Monday through Friday 10 am  to 4 pm.
The best way is to use the Evergreen catalog with your library card.
You can text: 475-215-2754
You can call: 203-426-4533
You can chat right here on our website – just click “Ask A Librarian”
You can email: help@chboothlibrary.org

When your items have been retrieved, you will be contacted to set up a pickup time on our front lawn on Main Street at our tent.

Pickups are by appointment only: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sometimes we can handle last minute requests, but often we have a long list of patrons we are working on holds for.  Please be patient!  Hours may be added as staffing and resources are available.

Please let us know if you require assistance or need your items delivered to your trunk.

Returns and Renewals

Please no donations at this time.

The regular book drop is now open! You can return items 24/7/366 (It’s a Leap Year!). The book drop is in our back parking lot.

Please remember that all returns are being held for 72 hours prior to check-in, for safety purposes. Due to high volume, it can take some time after the initial 72 hours for your items to be checked into our system. But please rest assured: we are back-dating and checking items in according to the date they actually came back to us. If something is on your account that shouldn’t be, please check it again in a few days before calling us. We’re doing our absolute best to process returns safely and in a timely manner!

NOTE: All library materials that were checked out at the time of library closure in March were automatically renewed for you until July 1. To see what you still have checked out, and for items checked out via curbside & patio service, please check your account online for due dates and to renew materials.

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All in-person library programs are cancelled, rescheduled, or postponed, through the end of August. This includes: story-times, lectures, book discussions, crafts, and any small gathering.

Take a look at our calendar for upcoming online programs!  Also go to our new YouTube channel for great videos for children our staff has been making, as well as some book recommendations and how-to videos for adults.

Follow the Young Adult department’s new Instagram account for YA-specific news, book recommendations, and more fun stuff!

Our doors may be closed as we phase in services using this document as our guide. We have received a state certification, and continue to offer a wide variety of digital services, resources, and media, accessible 24/7 online.

Check out our new texting/messaging feature!  Click on the Ask a Librarian red logo in the bottom right of the screen, and we will either respond immediately (usually during regular office hours) or it will send an email to our help desk and we will get back to you.  If you are on the go, try texting us at  475-215-2754 if you have a brief question.

Check out our new Digital Branch   —with our ongoing and our new services organized for easy use!

Would you like a brief email every day highlighting an event and/or service of the library? Click here to subscribe.

Do you have questions? Want to reach a library staff person? For a response, please email us at help@chboothlibrary.org.

We miss you and hope you and your loved ones are doing well. We can’t wait to see you again.


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Many of these online resources requires a valid C.H. Booth library card.  If your card was close to expiring, it has been automatically renewed until October 1.  If your card already expired, you will need to contact us to update it. If you are a Newtown resident and you don’t have a card, apply for your temporary library card online today:

Apply Online
Still have physical materials checked out? No fines were being charged or accrued through July 1, but are now accruing fines.  Please contact us if you have questions.

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