C.H. Booth Library is still closed, as crews work to clean up "significant damage” caused by burst sprinkler pipes above the Director’s Office. The toll has been extensive, affecting the library’s ceilings, sheetrock and carpeting, but the library says they expect to be ready to re-open in about six weeks.
"Significant progress has been made," library staff said in an announcement on their website Wednesday. "We are hoping for the beginning of March, but will continue to update the recovery progress."
In the meantime, librarians are going through the collection to determine just how many books were lost to the exploding pipes. Patrons are asked not to return any books they currently have — after all, the library doesn’t have a place to put them. No fines will be charged.
"For those of you who want to help, please remember our annual drive is still underway,” said acting director Beryl Harrison. "You may send tax deductible donations directly to the C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street and be assured that they will be used wisely to make the library even better than before.”
But if you still need your library fix, there are options — for example, you could check out a nearby library, since Newtown library cards work at any other library in the state, thanks to the 40-year-old ConnectiCard program, according to an appeal sent out by Brookfield librarian Anita Barney.
And on Tuesday, Jan. 21, the library will launch CHB@ETH, where research staff will conduct a “mini-library” to help residents with tax forms, library catalog searching, placing holds and downloading materials like ebooks and online audiobooks.
"You can still access the library's downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, take an online class, learn a new language, brush up your resume, find homework help, research your next big purchase, and so much more,” said librarians.
Finally, residents looking for wi-fi can head to the Newtown Municipal Center at Fairfield Hills. First Selectman Pat Llodra says conference rooms will be made available when not in use, and tables placed in the main hallway for overflow.