My Trip to The Cyrenius H. Booth Library in Newtown, CT So, we moved to Newtown, CT in 2000 and today, was my first true visit to the Cyrenius H. Booth Library. I drive past the library all the time and point it out to clients when we're out looking at homes. I've been wanting to get a library card so that I can stop spending loads of money on books that I only read once and then give away. It's been on my list of things to do, but it just wasn't getting done. Recently, I posted on Facebook - asking for subjects to post on this blog and someone mentioned the flagpole in Newtown, CT. That's what brought me to the Cyrenius H. Booth Library in Newtown, CT today.
From past experience when dropping my child off, I knew to pull into the rear of the Cyrenius H. Booth Library. There is parking on the Main Street, but it's fairly limited and the parking lot in the rear is rather large. What I noticed once I reach the walkway were the bricks with people's names engraved into them. I later learned that these were . These personalized bricks are incorporated into the pathways on the library grounds. These can be purchased with a $50 donation. Don't know if they are still available, but I thought they are really cool.
I walked up the steps into the library and walked past a small Conference Room where I had attended a Real Estate Leadership Training class. Prior to today, the small Conference Room was as far into the library I'd been. I walked down the hall looking for something or someone to tell me where to go. I turned left and walked through a metal detector and continued to look like a lost soul. A lady in the large room ahead of me (the Children's Department) asked me if I needed help. I responded that I did and explained why I was there (library card and research). She was very friendly (as were all the staff I encountered today) and told me that I had to go up to the first floor and that I could use the stairway or elevator. I opted for the stairs to the first floor.
The lady who assisted me on the first floor gave me an index card to fill out for my new library card. I have to wait a few days for the official card to be issued, but I was allowed to take out 4 books today, if I wanted. She pointed out a few books about Newtown, CT that are available for purchase as she thought they might be of help to me for my research (this is the Booth Boutique). Next, she directed me upstairs for my research. Again, I opted for the stairs over the elevator.
When I arrived to the next floor, I explained to the two ladies my purpose and they were very accommodating. They brought me to the section of the floor where the books were that I needed. They then brought over to my table articles that were in their file about Newtown's flagpole. Next, they gave me a wonderful binder that contained past issues of a newsletter called "The Rooster's Crow" that was issued by Newtown's Historical Society. The Rooster's Crow is a wonderful resource tool for information on Newtown's past. I paid 10 cents for each copy that I made on the copy machine and was on my way.
I forgot to mention that inside the stairwell a bulletin board was posted at each landing. On the bulletin boards were all sorts of flyers about town events (organic farmer's market in Sandy Hook), library happenings (a knitting class that is being offered starting October 20th), and other items.
I'm truly glad I went to the Cyrenius H. Booth Library in Newtown, CT today. I found the library to be an inviting place to visit and the people who work there to be very pleasant and helpful. I look forward to going back to get my official Cyrenius H. Booth Library card.
If you haven't been to the Cyrenius H. Booth Library, I suggest you stop by for a visit. It's located at 25 Main Street, Newtown - just south of the Newtown flagpole!