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Two Nights of "Wonder"

Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 PM &

Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 PM

in the Crossett Brook Middle School Library


Kindness, compassion and acceptance. Because of the importance of these values explored in R.J. Palacio's DCF award winner, Wonder, we have organized  two events
to discover with others and reflect on the ways we can choose kindness and inclusion in our communities:     
~ We are honored to host the Sanborn family from Richmond on Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 PM in the CBMS library. The Sanborn's 10 year old daughter, Olivia, was born with a rare craniofacial syndrome called Pfeiffer Syndrome - a similar facial abnormality as the book's main character, Auggie Pullman. They will be sharing a powerpoint presentation about their experiences, challenges and joys of raising her - they are a real live Wonder family! We hope that meeting them will inspire to read the book, and join us for our second event
~ on Thursday, November 13, again in the CBMS library at 6:30 PM, when we will have a lively discussion of the book and other fun activities related to kindness and acceptance.  Both events are being co-hosted by the Waterbury Public Library, Jen Hill from Crossett Brook Middle School, and Jacki McCarty from Harwood Union Middle School.
is an inspiring story about the power, and the importance, of kindness - in everyone's life. It's the story of fifth-grader Auggie Pullman who was born with a facial congenital birth defect. Wonder traces Auggie's journey through his first year in middle school, where he experiences the challenges of being shunned - and the satisfactions of belonging n a world where differences can both set us apart and bring us together. In short, it is a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
 Both evenings promise  to be thought provoking AND engaging, with other activities being planned as well.
The Waterbury Public Library has a limited number of copies of "Wonder" at our circulation desk. Please feel free to come and sign-out a copy - you don't need your library card to do so. We want as many people as possible to share this event with us! Light refreshments will also be provided.
By the way, Wonder was the winner of the 2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award! 




If you are a responsible teenager looking to volunteer at the library, please send an email to

or call 244-7036.



Teen Advisory Group

Are you a student age 12 to 17 who would like to help the library choose new young adult books and plan programs and activities for teens? Come to the next Teen Advisory Group meeting and brainstorm some new ideas to make the library more teen friendly. Participation in the group can count towards required community service, or “Change the World” projects, and it will look great on a college resume. For more information, contact Michelle at 244-7036, or email:

Next Meeting: TBA

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