Archived News

Pirates – Past and Present

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, April 12 at 1:00PM.  While we can't serve a bottle of rum, we will be offering light refreshment for this presentation/talk which starts with the Barbary pirates of the 1800s and leads up to the Somali pirates of today.  Adults will be sure to enjoy this program by Bob Begin; co-sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries.

Parents’ Café

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, April 17 at 5:45PM.  The Valley Early Childhood Task Force offers an educational session for families.  In support of their new grant-funded program, Ages & Stages, there will be discussions on child development and information on local resources.  Dinner will be served and the Ages & Stages screening program will be explained to parents in this free session; registration will be necessary.


The Southern Connecticut Antique Bottle and Glass Collectors Association meets at the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30PM to discuss, share, and support this hobby.  New members are welcome.

Not Your Average Princess

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, April 12 at 2:00PM. Princesses come in different shapes, sizes, and interests.  Girls 1-12 years old and their caregivers can drop-in for a story and crafts with Miss Maura, then look for a special activity or 2 where the princesses will save the prince!


This program will be at the Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, April 10 at 7:00PM.  Dr. Matthew Raider (Middlesex Hospital) begins with a discussion on how meditation can improve physical, mental and spiritual health, continues with a 10 minute practice session, and will end with a Q & A segment.  Space is limited so registration is recommended.

Shelton Land Conservation Trust

The annual meeting for the City's conservation group will meet at the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 9, from 6:00PM-9:00PM.

Coming to Shelton – Steve Berry

View the Steve Berry Flyer

Help support this fundraiser and meet New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry on May 19 at Hyatt House, 830 Bridgeport Ave. Doors open at 6:30PM for registration.  Reception (Wine and Dessert Bar) and book signing (The Lincoln Myth) will follow.

Tickets include a copy of The Lincoln Myth:

$150 – Special Admission.  Meet Steve Berry before the reception.

 $50 – General Admission.

For tickets and additional information:

Call – 203-924-1580

Email –

Website –


Growing Readers: Wordless Books

At Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, April 24 at 10:30AM.  The Shelton School Readiness Council sponsors this program on wordless books through music, art and interactive movement. This drop-in parent/child session with Miss Maura will offer adults lots of ideas on how to choose fun books they and their children will enjoy.

Downloading eBooks on Your Kindle

If you have any type of Kindle device and aren't sure how to use it, this program is for you! Learn how to order and download free library books and start enjoying a new way of reading. You must have a library card, your Amazon account information, as well as your device to participate.  If you have a REGULAR Kindle you will also need a USB cable.  Please register beginning March 3, as this program can only be presented to a very limited group.

Shelton Reading Circle

This book discussion group is sponsored by the Shelton Historical Society.  The group was founded in 1894 and met in members' homes to actually read novels alound while doing charity work for community causes.  This program is held at the Huntington Branch Library on the second Tuesday of each month, at 7:00PM.  Ellen Kolesk is the facilitator and can be reached at 203-925-1803.

Irish Music and Stories with Tom O’Carroll

This Dublin-born folklorist, humorist, folk-singer, and instrumentalist is back again this year to charm, educate, and entertain us with his delightful repertoire. This program is recommended for adults and older chldren. We'll even provide some light refreshment for you. Start your St. Patrick's Day celebration early!  This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries. At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, March 8 at 1:00PM.

February 14 – Libraries are now closed

Even though the storm is over, the clean-up isn't, so both libraries will be closed on Friday, February 14.  As of now, both libraries are planning on having regular hours on Saturday.

Library Hours – update

Both libraries will be opening at noon on Friday, February 14.

Libraries are closed

Due to our expected winter weather, both libraries will be closed on Thursday, February 13.  Please call or check our website before coming out to visit us on Friday. Stay safe and stay warm.

Teen Saturday

At Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, April 5 and 19; for teens 13-18.  Join Margaret or Sarah every other weekend for fun teen activities! All activities are free; drop in with a friend.

BOOKED FOR LUNCH – 12:30pm-1:30pm.  Share a book discussion over lunch.

BOOST! – 1:45PM-2:45PM.  Embark on craft/cooking/DIY& adventures.

TEEN MOVIE CRITICS – 3:00PM-5:00PM.  Screen your choice of film over light refreshments.


Oscar Forecasts with Joe Meyers

While there may be a red carpet for Joe Meyers, Connecticut Post's movie reviewer, there's no need to dress formally for this fourth annual event celebrating Oscar Night.  Join the Friends of the Shelton Libraries and your friends and neighbors for this lively and exciting program where we'll try to get the inside scoop (or at least an educated guess) for this year's film industry winners.  This event is held at the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30PM, in the Reading Room .

Library Mini-Golf Classic

This free event will be held at the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, February 1, from 10:00AM – 3:00PM and is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries and the Shelton School Readiness Council (many thanks to  Pat Banfe and Jane Bailey for their help and support). Proceeds will benefit Read & Grow: 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten.

To celebrate "Take Your Child to the Library Day", families are invited to try their skill on our FREE Mini-Golf course, enjoy FREE refreshments, sign up for FREE library cards (to Shelton residents with ID and their children who are at least 3 years old), and tour Plumb Memorial Library (check out the newly restored stained glass windows).  Help the Friends of the Shelton Libraries to continue their wonderful work for our city libraries by becoming a Friend, taking part in their Basket Walk Auction, and purchasing some books from their special children's book sale.

See you there!

Mother Daughter Book Club

Girls in grades 4-6 and their mothers (or other significant women in their lives) are invited to join the libary's new monthly book club.  New members are always welcome! On May 8 we will be discussing Drita, My Homegirl by Jenny Lombard. Copies of each month's book will be availbalbe at the Children's Department desk. Registraton is not required, but interested people should contact Mrs. Fritsch at 203-924-9461, or by email at for further information.  Light refreshments, crafts, and door prizes at each meeting, which begins at 6:30PM.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Plumb Memorial Library will celebrate Chinese New Year 2014 – The Year of the Horse.  There will be special activities all related to Chinese New Year including a story, crafts, and light refreshments.  Ages 5-up.  Registration is needed for this program on Thursday, January 30, at 6PM.

We are open

Both libraries are open during our regularly scheduled hours today.

Rescheduled Meeting

The Library Board of Directors Meeting, scheduled for tonight at the Plumb Memorial Library, has been moved to Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30PM due to inclement weather.

Meet Santa Day

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, December 7 from 9:30AM to 12:30PM. Join your neighbors in bringing the true meaning of the Christmas season to those less fortunate. Please donate a new unwrapped toy or book, or make a donation and in return you will receive a free picture of your child with Santa, and enjoy holiday refreshments and activities. This event is co-sponsored by TEAM, Inc., Valley Toys for Kids, Echo Hose Ambulance, and Huntington and Pine Rock Fire Companies.

Both Plumb Memorial Library and Huntington Branch Library are drop off points for new, unwrapped toys for Toys 4 Kids.


The Friends fund and present various programs throughout the year. These include:

Plumb Memorial Library Book Sales
Huntington Branch Library Book Sales
The Murder Mystery Dinner
Oscar Forecast with Joe Meyers – entertainment critic for the Connecticut Post
A Floral Arrangement and Design Class
The Adult Summer Reading Club

In addition, seven museum passes at the Huntington Branch are underwritten by the Friends. The passes allow any Shelton library card holder free or discounted admission to:

Beardsley Zoo
The Discovery Museum
The Institute of American Indian Studies
The Maritime Aquarium and Imax Theater at Norwalk
Mystic Aquarium
The Peabody Museum at Yale
The Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Huntington Branch Library Teen Contest – March

We have another winner!  This time around there were 2 correct answers. Our March Teen Book Display featured books with a "green" theme. Sometimes it was in the title, others had green covers, and the rest were the authors' last names.


Huntington Branch Library Book Sale

Looking for some wonderful gifts for yourself or others?  Then visit our book sale for a great selection of adult, teen, and children's books, music, and movies.  Plus, there will be items for sale from Ten Thousand Villages.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries.

Hours:  Thursday, November 14         10:00AM-7:00PM

            Friday, November 15             10:00AM-5:00PM

            Saturday, November 16         10:00AM-2:30PM   


Book Sale

At the Plumb Memorial Library beginning Thursday, 10/24 from 6:00PM-8:00PM ("First Look" – $5 admission), Friday, 10/25, from 10:00AM-6:00PM (items are regular prices), Saturday, 10/26 from 10:00AM-4:00PM (1/2 price sale), and Sunday, 10/27 from 12:00PM-4:00PM (Buy a Bag – $5, bags will be provided).  Sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries.

Read & Grow: 1000 Books before Kindergarten

If you enjoyed the Rubber Ducky Club at Plumb Memorial Library this summer, then you can keep the fun going with our new family reading program for caregivers and children (infants up to youngsters not yet in kindergarten).  Stop by the Plumb Memorial Library Children's Room to pick up the information and supplies when you sign-up.  Then continue the program at home – at your own pace.  This program is supported by the Shelton School Readiness Council, the Shelton Library System, and the Friends of the Shelton Libraries, with a grant from the Valley community Foundation.  Call the Children's Room at 203-924-9461 for more information.

Library Homeschoolers Network

At Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, 4/11, from 2:00PM-4:00PM.  Families will explore library resources and offer support over refreshments.  New members are welcome.

Shelton Readiness Council

At the Plumb on Thursday, 3/13 at 2:00PM. Quarterly meeting of this local council which supports preschoolers and their families.  New community members are welcome.

Book Sale Committee

At the Plumb on Tuesday, 9/10 at 5:30PM. Friends of the Shelton Libraries plan for the upcoming October Book Sale.  New members are welcome to help with this very important fund-raising event.

Fun for Little Ones

At the Plumb on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM. Mrs. Fritsch offers stories, songs, and movement for babies and toddlers up to age 2 in this engaging and entertaining drop-in program. Siblings are always welcome.

OneClickdigital Update – Completed

We are pleased to announce that your library's OneClickdigital service has been reactivated.  Your library and all its patrons now have FREE eBooks available for immediate checkout.  This Starter Collection consists of classic titles available with unlimited simultaneous access, so patrons can begin experiencing OneClickdigital eBooks without any holds or waiting lists. 

Affordable College

Parents of high school students are invited attend.  These are one and a half hour classes, followed by a half hour question and answer period.  Two major topics covered include Academic Preparation and Financial Implications of College Planning.  Some questions answered will include: How to maximize the potential for gift-aid, grants, and scholarships; will colleges negotiate a lower price and when; what is the timeline for success and where to start; what are the new tax laws: and more.  The emphasis of these seminars is not only on reducing the cost of college, but also the time in the search and application process.  Handouts will be provided, but participants are asked to bring a pen and pad for note-taking. Please contact Tony Luther at: 203-929-3593 if you would like to attend.

Huntington Branch Library: November 2 at 10:30AM.


At Plumb Memorial Library on Monday, 4/14 at 6:30PM.  Regional chapter of state authors and publishers association; offers speakers and support.  New members are welcome.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

At the Plumb Memorial Library on 4/25 at 3PM. Let us know what you want from the library – help with library décor, teen collections and planning teen activities. Teen Advisory Board Meetings last about 2 hours and we have snacks! Drop in or apply to be a permanent member – must be 13 to 18 years; bring a friend of two.

As I See It

At the Huntington Branch Library at 1PM. Join the Friends of the Shelton Libraries as we watch a fascinating movie followed by a lively discussion and dessert. This program is held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Adults only.

Stories with Danielle

At the Branch on Thursdays at 11AM. Join Danielle as she enchants 2 – 4 year olds with this cozy session.

Knitting Programs

At the Plumb on Tuesdays at 6PM or Wednesdays at 1PM. Needlers of all skills and ages share, support and chat, new members welcome.

Valley 2-D Art

At the Plumb on Thursday, 2/13 at 6PM. Open workshop for local artists and crafters. This program offers space to spread out plus kindred spirits to critique and encourage; drop-in, new members welcome.


MS Support

At Plumb on Monday, 2/10 at 2PM. Regional self-led support group for individuals with MS; held in handicapped accessible ground floor meeting room, new members welcome.

First Friday Book Discussion

At the Branch on 4/4 at 1PM. The Jefferson Key by  Steve Berry will be discussed.  Next month's selection will be The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Books are available at the Huntington Branch Library.

Stay & Play

At the Plumb on Fridays at 10:30AM. Open play time for infants to preschoolers as their caregivers chat over tea, share concerns. New members are welcome to drop in; no registration needed. 

Toddler Movement Program

At the Branch beginning 4/2 at 11AM. Watch your child’s eyes light up as they get to march, dance, and play musical instruments. Songs and action poems included.  Recommended for kids ages 2 1/2 – 4 years and a caregiver. This is a weekly program that fills up very quickly, so please register for the February session now.  A waitlist will be made available.


Baby Rhyme Time

At the Branch on Tuesdays at 10:30AM.  Infants and non-walkers will enjoy this fun one-on-one time with their caregiver.  We will do traditional and new nursery rhymes and songs, many with hand play or action.  Great for first time parents who want to add to their repertoire of oral tradition.

Reading Detectives

At the Plumb on Mondays at 6PM (except for Columbus Day). Help your child (Gr. K – 4) with reading skills using the new common core curriculum: Sequencing, Predicting, Contrast and Comparison, Character Traits, Setting, Inference, and Personal Connections. Monday evenings can be so much fun AND secretly educational with school librarian Miss Kathi, sharing fun filled, educational weekly themes for story and discussion, plus make-and-take projects to reinforce skills.  Drop in, no registration.  Sign up in the children’s department for reminder email notices.


Budding Bookworms

At the Plumb on Mondays at 10:30AM. A themed drop-in story and craft time for kids 1-5 years old and their caregivers, with Freeze Dance and ever popular Do Re Mi.

Library Lego Club

At the Plumb on Saturday, 3/22 at 2PM. Drop in for construction fun for kids 3-12 years and their caregivers; the library provides Legos and Duplos – a monthly theme provides the challenge, kids provide the imagination! All Lego and Duplo creations go on display in the Children’s Department until the next club meeting. Library building blocks cannot go home, and please do not bring any of your personal kits from home.

Teen Boost!

At the Plumb on Saturday, 9/21 at 1:45PM. Teens 13-18 drop in for crafts, cooking, and other activities; call 203-924-9461 for details, or just stop in and be surprised!

Teen Book Club

At the Plumb on Saturday, 9/21 at 12:30PM. Teens 13-18 drop in for discussion and a quick lunch. No registration, pick up a copy of the book in the teen room.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 4/5, at 10AM. This 2 hour orientation explains the rules, expectations, and duties, with hands-on activities to familiarize teens with call numbers, the layout of the children's department, and how to complete tasks.  We conclude with real projects for participants to work on and whenever possible we establish volunteer schedules at the time of orientation. No registration is required, but volunteers must be 12-19 years old, and may not be completing these hours for court or disciplinary board assignments. For more information call 203-924-9461 and speak with Margaret. Participation in the orientation is mandatory for all incoming volunteers and all volunteers returning after a one year absence. If you are more than 10 minutes late you will be REQUIRED to attend the next session and will not be allowed to volunteer until you do so!

Spanish with Sandra

At the Huntington Branch Branch April 4 and 11 at 2:45PM. It’s never too early to learn a language, so we are inviting three to five year olds and their parents to experience a program which will immerse you in the Spanish language through songs, games, story time and many other fun activities. Taught by Sandra Alvarado, a Spanish teacher from Shelton, the program will continue through the spring.  Registration is required and space is limited.  ¡Nos vemos en la biblioteca!

Plumb Picassos

At the Plumb on Tuesdays at 2:00PM. A drop-in story time to explore art through picture books and then create original pieces; do the Freeze Dance and play Miss Maura Says.

Olde Ripton Garden Club

At the Plumb on Monday, 9/9 at 9AM. Area garden and plant enthusiasts gather for workshops and speakers, new members welcome.

Kids in the Kitchen

At the Plumb on Wednesday, 1-8 at 6PM. This autumn we focus on bread – baking it, using it in recipes, and of course eating it! Children, ages 3 and up, MUST be accompanied by an adult; unattended children will not be allowed to participate. Adults-expect to take part too! Please inform library staff of any allergies child(ren) might have; dress for mess or bring an apron or smock; registration is limited for this event and begins 2 weeks prior to the event.

4/6 READ

At the Plumb on Wednesday, 10/2 at 6:30PM. Children in grades 4-6 discuss great books they choose. Refreshments provided; no registration. Copies of the books are available in the Children's Department.

VITA – Tax Help

IRS trained volunteer tax prepreparaton for low income individuals and families; bring in last year's return for the speediest results. No reservations will be taken, but please register at the Children's Desk at Plumb Memorial Library when you come in. (No returns will be prepared at the Huntington Branch Library this year).

Tuesdays: 1:00PM-4:00PM
Wednesdays : 5:30PM-7:30PM
Saturdays: 10:00AM-1:00PM

Kids Catalog

We now have online catalogs just for kids. Look up books, movies, etc. here: or

Teen Movie Critics

At the Plumb on Saturday, 9/21 at 3PM. Teens 12-19 drop in to watch and critique movies of all ages and genres.  A small dinner is provided with discussion over the meal.  If a movie has a rating of "R", permission slips will be MANDATORY.


At the Plumb on Thursdays at 10:30AM. This is a drop-in interactive story time with a central focus – expect to do the Hokey Pokey, Freeze Dance, and My Energy, plus themed activity centers to build pre-K skills.