As many of you know, Easton Public Library’s One Book/One Town Community Read for this year is Normal: A Mother and Her Beautiful Son by Magdalena Newman, as well as the companion young readers’ version, Normal: One Kid’s Extraordinary Journey, told mostly through Nathaniel Newman’s voice.

The books tell the story of Nathaniel, who was born with a severe case of Treacher Collins syndrome, a cranio-facial condition. As one of its themed programs, the Library will be hosting a virtual family book discussion this Saturday, April 25, at 3 p.m. As an added bonus, authors Magdalena and Nathaniel plan to join the discussion.

Interested parties must register on the library’s website in order to receive a Zoom link to the program. “I’m so looking forward to Saturday’s discussion and hearing how Nathaniel and Magdalena’s stories impacted each and every one of us,” said Assistant Director Mary Beth Rassulo. “I hope to see you then!”

Speaking of books, Library Director Lynn Zaffino is recording videos of herself reading Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, chapter by chapter. The first three chapters are now available to view. Due to the publisher’s copyright policies, the videos can only be accessed via a YouTube link, which can be found in our Weekly Resource Roundup posts on Facebook or in our weekly emails. If you would like to be added to the library’s email list, go to

Kristine Oulman, Youth Services Librarian, has begun a new video series entitled Easton Library Community Book Chat, in which she will interview a member of the community monthly to discuss a favorite book. The inaugural video, which is currently available to view via the Easton Courier and on the library’s Facebook page, features First Selectman David Bindelglass as he discusses Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

“I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful community experience and I couldn’t have asked for a better first guest. I look forward to many more episodes with our remarkable Easton community members,” Oulman said.

The library is currently working on plans to present a Virtual Trivia Event and a Virtual Social Media Informational Workshop in the coming weeks. Also, the Youth Services Department is hard at work planning its Summer Reading Program, which may have to be reimagined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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