Future Children’s Program Room Almost Complete, Library Modifies Hours During Construction
From Lynn Rosato, Library Director–
The Bethel Public Library Renovation Project – Construction of the future Children’s Program Room is almost finished and we are getting ready to relocate staff from the Seelye House to this space and to other areas on the first floor. During this move, the Library’s hours will be modified as follows:
Friday, December 7: CLOSED 10 a.m.-1 p.m. OPEN 1-5 p.m.
Monday, December 10: CLOSED 10 a.m.-2 p.m. OPEN 2-8 p.m.
The Library will be open regular hours on Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday, December 9 from 1-5 p.m.
Please note dates are approximate:
- Construction of Children’s Library program room–start 11/26/12
- Staff moving into temporary offices–start 12/7/12
- Work begins in Seelye House and on 2nd floor–start 12/17
In 2005, we moved into a partially finished new library addition. Now, in 2012, after many years of planning and fundraising, the final stage of the Bethel Public Library renovation project has begun!
From time to time, some materials and areas may be temporarily unavailable during construction. We’ll do our best to minimize disruption to service and to keep you informed of any changes in the Library’s schedule. As always, please ask staff for assistance.
We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you for your support and patience!
Old Town Hall – Why I’m Voting YES!
Editor’s Note: The following Letter to the Editor was sent in from Dan Gaita, Bethel, CT. The opinions expressed in the Letters to the Editor column are the viewpoint of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of Bethel Buzz or its editor.
A little known bit of information that our First Selectman continues to ignore, or intentionally misrepresent, is the fact that the status of the Old Town Hall has no effect on the completion of the library renovation. It only impacts the completed library obtaining a certificate of occupancy following completion of construction. But he won’t tell you that.
Mr. Knickerbocker has said “no one wants to buy it,” yet it has never been announced as being for sale nor has a request for proposal for the space been published. Why?
Mr. Knickerbocker says “zoning regulations would make it useless,” yet he has never designated what section or chapter of our zoning regulations specify that claim. Why?
I’d like to see the future of our Old Town Hall go through all the steps promised by Mr. Knickerbocker and allow the people of Bethel a fair opportunity to refurbish, sell, buy, renovate, or re-create that little historic slice of Bethel history.
I’d also like Mr. Knickerbocker to stop attaching the completion of the library to the status of the Old Town Hall. It’s exactly what he did in 2003 when he attached the Schools Accreditation status to our students chances of getting into college. This type of intentional misrepresentation has got to stop.
I am looking forward to the completed library and also looking forward to more parking. But misleading the tax payers and residents of Bethel is no way of going about it.
Mr. Knickerbocker, finish the library – stop playing politics.
The Bethel Public Library Meets Its Capital Campaign Goal
Bethel Public Library Director Lynn Rosato, with Administrative Assistant Barbara Wertel, recently placed the final goal marker on the Library’s Capital Campaign progress sign. The Library staff, Board of Directors, and Friends extend their sincere gratitude to Campaign contributors and to the entire community for supporting the Library’s Capital Campaign to finish the second floor. For more information, please call 203-794-8756 ext. 6, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bethel Public Library is located at 189 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT.
Library Kicks Off Kid’s Summer Programs Friday ~ By Wendy Mitchell
Summer Reading Program 2011 Kick-Off Event
The Bethel Library kicks off their kid’s summer reading program with a bang Friday with award winning children’s entertainer, Les Julian. Kids 3 and up can come to the library lawn Friday at 11:00a.m. to enjoy the entertainment. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on during the show and sing along to Julian’s upbeat musical show that puts an emphasis on cultural diversity.
Julian won the 2009 (NAPPA) National Association of Parenting Publications Gold Award, a Parent’s CHoiceaward and the American Library Assocition’s notable award for kids. Parent’s Magazine chose the recording Color Outside The Lines as one of the five Best of 1996 in the country.
The library’s children’s summer reading program runs from June 27 – August 6 and all kids entering Pre-School through Grade 5 are encouraged to participate.
Register at the Children’s Services Desk during library hours. Kids who read 6 books or more will be eligible to play the Ring Around the World Game and the One World weekly raffle. Prizes include Quassy Park passes, food certificates, baseball tickets and toys!
More summer fun programs for kids include (reposted from Bethel Library’s website):
Lunch Bunch Storytime: Wednesdays, July 6 – August 3 at 11:30 am in the Children’s Program Room. Kids should bring a snack or their lunch and stop in for stories and more. For kids – Ages 3 – 8 without parents. No registration required.
Summer Craft Days: Thursdays July 7 – August 4 from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm in the Library Lobby. For kids of all ages, but children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Come in and make a fun project. A new craft will be featured each week. No registration required.
Complete details about our 2011 Summer Reading Program will be outlined in our “ONE WORLD, MANY STORIES” Summer Flyer available at the Children’s Services Desk after May 31.
Hello Bethel! ~ By Wendy Mitchell
Welcome to Bethel Buzz, your newest local online news source for all things Bethel!
Bethel Buzz will serve not only as a current news and information site that will be updated many times throughout the day, but also as an escape from the rigors of your desk job. Hop onto the site for a little light-hearted humor, a heartwarming story about local volunteers, or read about all of the many interesting and eclectic artists and residents in our town.
Each week expect to find news from the First Selectman’s office, the public schools, news from the Bethel Chamber, D.A.W.S., and may civic groups and organizations such as the Bethel Women’s Club, Garden Club, Lion’s Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and much more!
Categories on Bethel Buzz will include:
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