Friday, December 21, 2012



Our Holiday Closings are as follows:

Tuesday, Dec. 25 - CLOSED
Tuesday, Jan. 3 - CLOSED

Monday, December 3, 2012


The Booth & Dimock Memorial Library will be closed on Tuesday, December 4th so that repairs can be made to our boiler. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back for more information on Wednesday's hours.
Babygarten and Terrific Tuesdays Story Times are canceled for Tuesday, Dec. 4. Babygarten is rescheduled for next Tuesday, Dec. 11 @ 10:15 AM (the last one until Feb. 5) and Terrific Tuesdays will resume next Tuesday at 11:30 AM on Dec. 11.

Monday, November 26, 2012


FOOD FOR FINES! Help support the Coventry Human Services Food Drive.

1 Non-Perishable Food Item = $1 Off in Fines!!!

From now until December 23rd for every non-perishable food item you bring to the Library we will take $1 off of your fines. Items will be donated to Human Services Food Drive.

Money can not be taken off lost items, fines, printing or fax.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Kids Can Vote, Too!

Next week is election week, and kids can vote, too! 

Who will win? Shark...or Train? Now through Wed., Nov. 7 visit the Children's Room, read the book Shark vs. Train, and vote for your favorite! Everyone who votes gets a cool I VOTED sticker and a chance to win a FREE child's admission ticket to the upcoming movie RISE OF THE GUARDIANS. So come out and vote today!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Due to Hurricane Sandy, the library has cancelled Babygarten, Terrific Tuesdays, and Halloween Cupcake Decorating, all scheduled for Tues., Oct. 30. We will reschedule the Halloween Cupcake Decorating program (Thanksgiving Cupcake Decorating, maybe?), details TBA. 

We'll try and keep you updated re: our status over the next few days. Please call or check our website before coming out to the library. Items due on days we cannot be open will not accrue fines. If you have power, visit our website, where you can download ebooks/audiobooks or enjoy Tumblebooks (also available on mobile devices) with your children! Stay safe, everyone!

The following is a Coventry e-blast update (as of Monday, Noon):

Hurricane Sandy Update
Coventry, CT: Monday noon
The Town Manager has declared a state of emergency for the Town. Residents are urged to stay off the roads during the strongest periods of the storm. The Town Hall is closed. We are not planning on opening shelters until it is safe to drive. The Emergency Operation Center is open in the Town Hall Annex (860 742-6324).

For Emergencies call 911. Watercraft are prohibited from the lake.

Voter Registration Deadline Extended: October 29, 2012 – Governor Dannel P. Malloy has signed an executive order extending the in-person voter registration deadline in Connecticut to Thursday, November 1, at 8 p.m. Absentee ballots are available in the Town Clerk’s office until November 5, 2012.

We will be asking the Governor for an extension of the personal property tax declaration and will have more information tomorrow.

No Trash or recycling collection on Tuesday. One day delay the balance of the week

Report power outages to CLP at 1-800-286-2000

Friday, October 19, 2012

All Aboard! Playgroup

Tomorrow, Sat., Oct. 20 from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM we're kicking off our monthly All Aboard! Playgroup*, where children of all abilities will be able to socialize and play with:
  • an iPad loaded with great apps (some specifically for children with disabilities & their caregivers)
  • a touchscreen computer with a 23" screen
  • toys, sensory materials, games, crafts and more!

Parents and caregivers will be able to meet with resource professionals and support each other through shared experiences. Siblings are encouraged to attend! Playgroup is open to residents of other towns. Call 742-7606 for more information!

*Funded by a grant from the Institite of Museum and Library Services

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

All Aboard!: A Library for Children of All Abilities


We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act Grant, funded by the Institute of  Museum and Library Services*, that will allow us to launch the All Aboard! : A Library for Children of All Abilities project. This project will help us offer services and resources to children with disabilities and their families, caregivers, advocates and educators.

Beginning in October, the library will offer a monthly Saturday program called the All Aboard! Playgroup, where children of all abilities will be able to socialize and play with a variety of adaptive toys, manipulatives, sensory materials, crafts, puzzles and games. Parents and caregivers can meet with resource professionals and support each other through shared experiences. Siblings are encouraged to attend, as well!

The grant has also enabled the library to purchase a variety of materials, resources and technologies that include: an iPad loaded with apps for children with disabilities; an interactive whiteboard for use in inclusive programming; Boardmaker software, available for patrons to use in the library; videos and print books on disability-related topics; and a larger selection of audio books for children. A Parent & Professional Resource Center, located in the Children’s Room, will house a variety of resources and materials of interest to parents and caregivers of children with disabilities.

In addition, the Coventry High School Class of 1986, in memory of Kathleen Feeney, has funded a touchscreen computer which will be available in the Children’s Room. 

Autumn All Aboard! Playgroup Dates:

Saturday, October 20: 10:30-11:45 AM
Saturday, November 17: 10:30-11:45 AM

Siblings are welcome. Playgroup is open to residents of other towns. We encourage registration (to help us better serve your child’s needs). Call 742-7606 for more information. We’d love to hear from you!

*The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

Friday, August 31, 2012


Babygarten is a fun and informational program for children (ages birth to 35 months) and their caregivers. It will run in multiple 6-week sessions during the year. Babygarten focuses on how nursery rhymes, songs, and books can enrich a child’s life from the very beginning and provide them with a foundation for the future. Registration is not required.

Time: 10:15—11:00 AM
Dates: Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25
           Oct. 2, 9 & 30
           Nov. 6, 13, 20 & 27
           Dec. 4

Children ages 3-5 are invited to join us for our  Tuesday AM story times! No registration is necessary. Siblings are welcome. Please note: there will be no story time on the fifth Tuesday of any month. 

Time:  11:30 – 12:00 NOON      
Dates: Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25
           Oct. 2, 9, 16 & 23
           Nov. 6, 13, 20 & 27

Monday, August 6, 2012

Summer Reading Finale Pizza Party!

Celebrate the end of our summer reading programs with a pizza party at the library! Please register so that we know how much pizza to order! For all ages. For children who participated in the Dream Big! Read! Summer Reading Program or the Rubber Ducky Club. Bring beverages or goodies to share! Visit our EVENTS page to register, or call the library at 742-7606.

Friday, August 9 is the last day of the Dream Big! Read Program and Rubber Ducky Club! Make sure you bring in your gameboards so that you can choose your last prizes and enter our Grand Prize Raffles.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

LEGO Club (July 18) Pictures!

Feast your eyes on the AWESOMENESS created by our LEGO Club members today!
Our next meeting is on August 15 @ 2 PM...we encourage registration. Call 742-7606 or visit our EVENTS PAGE for more info.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sign up for Summer Reading!

There's still plenty of time to sign up for one of our summer reading programs! We've got a lot of great events happening this summer, too - visit our EVENTS page for all of the details.

Children ages 4 and up can join our DREAM BIG! READ! Summer Reading Program. We've got a fabulous Grand Prize Raffle Basket that you can earn chances to win (take a look at the photo), as well as weekly raffle prizes. It's really easy to participate! Reading or listening to books for school, visiting the library, and writing or drawing a book review are just some of the ways that you can move along your gameboard. Visit the library or download a gameboard online at

Children ages birth through 35 months can join our Rubber Ducky Club. Complete one of the many suggested early literacy activities to move along the Rubber Ducky Log and earn raffle prizes and, of course, Rubber Duckies! The Grand Prize Raffle is a $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. Visit the library to pick up a Log, or download one online at!__rubberducky.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lego Club Pictures


Our next meeting is on July 18 at 2 PM...after the success of our first meeting today, we're planning some surprises! Registration is not required, but it is encouraged. Call us at 742-7606 for more info.

Monday, June 18, 2012

BubbleMania: Comedy...with a Drip!


Our Summer Reading Program Kick-Off!

Bubblemania: Comedy with a Drip! is an eye-popping, belly-laughing, fun-filled bubble extravaganza! This unique program is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of bubbles! For ages 5 and up. Registration is required. Register online or call 742-7606.

Check out Casey Carle's website at for videos, bubble solutions, and more.

Monday, June 11, 2012



We've just posted all of the fabulous events happening in the Children's Room on our EVENTS page...check them out!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Our first-ever LEGO Club starts this summer! Each session we'll announce a theme or challenge that LEGO Club members will then create. We'll take pictures of your creations & post them online so everyone can see & enjoy your LEGO skills! The club will be for ages 5 and up, and the first session starts on Wed., June 27 @ 2 PM. Registration is not required, but it is suggested (for planning purposes).

To gear up, we're still accepting donations of gently used LEGOS! We'd also love it if any adults with mad LEGO skills would donate some time to oversee a LEGO Club meeting & give the kids advice. If you can help, please contact the Children's Room at (860) 742-7606!

Monday, May 21, 2012


We LOVE the Pete the Cat books by Eric Litwin! Enjoy this live retelling by the author himself, then check Pete the Cat books out of the library! The books are: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes; Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes; and Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons.

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent's Shadow

It's here! The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan is the conclusion to the Kane Chronicles trilogy. Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie Kane can't seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Their only hope: find an ancient spell that might turn the serpent's own shadow into a weapon. Check out the book trailer, and put your name on the reserve list!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Please Join Us this Weekend!

Our Annual Used Book Sale, sponsored by the Members of the Booth & Dimock Memorial Library Association, will be held April 26-28. All proceeds will be used to support the Booth & Dimock Memorial Library. The schedule will be as follows:

Thursday, April 26: 10am - 12pm Members Only
12pm - 8pm Free Admission
Friday, April 27: 1pm - 6pm Free Admission
Saturday, April 28: 10am - 12pm Free Admission
12:30pm - 2:30pm Bag Sale

The Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B) will be hosting a Bake Sale to benefit Coventry Human Service's Fall Food & Gift Drive. This will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 10am - 3pm

On Saturday April 28th from 10am - 3pm Civil War Company F 14th Volunteer Infantry will be presenting on the front lawn. This group will present the Camp Life of the Union Soldier and Civilian Demonstrations all day, in addition to a cooking demonstration, military drill and more. .

We hope you will join us for this great event!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Stuffed Animal Sleepover


Monday, April 16, 2012

Mo Willems & Pigeon are back!

Calling all Mo Willems and Pigeon fans! The Duckling Gets A Cookie!? (by Mo Willems, of course)  is on its way to the library! Pigeon is back...and he's not happy! Take a look at this book trailer to see what I mean...and login to your account in the Library Catalog to reserve Mo's newest book today, because it'll be in the Children's Room soon!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2 PM
In 15 min. sessions beginning @ 2 PM

Cold Noses, Warm Hearts is bringing their R.E.A.D. teams to the library! The R.E.A.D. Program is dedicated to improving the reading skills of children using pet partner therapy dogs as mentors. Children must be able to read on their own to participate. Registration begins April 4. Call 742-7606.

Monday, April 2, 2012

TumbleBooks for iPad/iPhone 4!

TumbleBooks are available for the iPad and the iPhone 4!

Tumblebooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books by well-known authors and illustrators. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing books and adding sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which children can read, or have read to them! 

You can check out the iPad-compatible TumbleBooks by visiting the Booth & Dimock Memorial Library's mobile website at on your iPad or iPhone and scrolling down to the bottom, where it says TumbleBooks! Once in TumbleBooks, click on the red STORYBOOKS icon. At the top of the next page, click on the green IPAD BOOKS icon (on the far right).

Now, simply click on the "iPad" button to launch the book of your choice! The book will appear in a small window at first, but to expand, simply click on the "full screen" button.

The books can also be accessed at home by going to the Children’s Room section of the library website ( and clicking on the Tumblebooks icon.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


The Booth & Dimock Memorial Library's Children's Room would like to start a LEGO Club at the library this summer, and we need your input! Please fill out this brief survey to help us plan our club. Surveys will also be available in the Children's Room. Thank you!

Donations of LEGOs are still needed! Starter sets are especially welcome. Please contact the Children's Room at 742-7606 if you would like to donate!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Early Literacy Tip

Did you know that writing letters and words can help your child become a better reader? Reading and writing go together.  Both are ways to represent spoken words and communicate information. Children develop a better knowledge of the purpose of meaning of reading through the act of writing. One fun way to encourage children to practice reading and writing skills is to play post office.  Most young children love to give and receive mail. You can make a simple mailbox with an empty tissue box or a shoebox, or try making the paper bag mailbox below. If your child cannot write on their own yet, have them dictate a message to you and write it down for them.

Small paper bags
Marking pens
Strong tape

Cut the sides and front of the bag down about three inches from the top, but leave the back side of the bag at full height. Write the child's name on the front of the bag and decorate the bag with markers, stickers, or crayons. Use strong tape to hang the mailbox to the child's bedroom door, or make a loop with yarn and hang the mailbox over the doorknob.  Make a mailbox for everyone in your family so that you can exchange messages with each other.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Children with Disabilities Survey

Please help the Booth & Dimock Memorial Library plan and provide materials, technology and programming for children with disabilities and their families by completing this brief survey. Caregivers and educators who work with children with disabilities are also encouraged to complete this survey. Disabilities include, but are not limited to, developmental delays, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and traumatic brain injuries.

Your responses are completely anonymous and voluntary. Thank you for taking a few minutes of your time to complete this survey! If you have any questions, please call 742-7606. Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Booth & Dimock Memorial Library.

You can access the survey at this link:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Nutmeg Book Award 2012 Winners Announced!

Nutmeg Book Award Winners 2012 Announced!

Intermediate Level Winner: Stolen Children by Peg Kehret
Teen Level Winner: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Registration is open for our Valentine's Day Craft on Feb. 8 @ 4:15 - we'll be making Lollipop Mice! For grades K+. Call 742-7606 or visit our Events page to register.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Groundhog Day is Feb. 2!

Groundhog Day 2012 is tomorrow, Feb. 2! Phil will leave his burrow at 7:20 AM at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, observe the weather conditions, look for his shadow and then make his prediction for the remainder of winter.

Visit the official website of Punxsutawney Phil to learn more about the history of Groundhog Day and to watch a video of Phil in action!

Visit the Children's Room and take home a book about groundhogs and Groundhog Day!
Some suggested titles are:
  • Groundhog Day by Gail Gibbons 
  • Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub
  • Groundhog Stays Up Late by Margery Cuyler
  • Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather by Bruce Koscielniak
  • Fluffy Meets the Groundhog by Kate McMullan
  • A Garden for a Groundhog by Lorna Balian
  • Gregory's Shadow by Don Freeman

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Great Early Elementary Reads

Check out this booklist from the American Library Association - it's also available in the Children's Room. We own almost all of the titles, so take some home today!

The ALSC 2011-2012 School-Age Programs and Services Committee recommends these titles for children who are just learning to read and beginning to read on their own. The books included were published between 2009 and 2011. However, many are part of a larger series that young readers also will enjoy

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Gung Hei Fat Choy!

Chinese New Year began yesterday, January 23!'s the year of the dragon! Chinese New Year is also called the Spring Festival because it marks the end of the winter and the beginning of the spring in the Chinese calendar. Stop by the library to learn more and to make a Chinese lantern!
Gung Hei Fat Choy is a new year greeting meaning "May You Become Prosperous."