Archived News

Pen Pal Pizza Party

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, April 28, at 6:00 PM.  Children from both libraries can finally meet their pen pals during this pizza party! RSVP to either library to attend. This activity is part of the Shelton Family Read.

Dork Diaries of a Wimpy Kid Party!

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, May 2nd, 5:15 PM – 6 PM. Children, ages 8 -11, are invited to a party featuring games that celebrate Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid! No need to read both series to have fun! Please register, 203-926-0111

Makeover Scientists

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, May 9th, 5:30 pm.  Children, ages 8-12, can learn the science behind beauty tips while enjoying a food-based facial and making glitter body gel! Attendees should each bring along a hand towel. Please register, 203-926-0111.

TEEN and TWEEN Book Clubs

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 27th, at 3:30pm. Both book clubs meet at the same time for an hour of book discussion, followed by a social hour. This month teens will discuss Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield. books; tweens read The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.

Valley Shakespeare Festival at Plumb!

At the Plumb Memorial Library, Tuesday, May 3rd, all day! Valley Shakespeare Festival is holding a free public event. The fun includes Afternoon Tea with the Queen, Shakespeare Jeopardy and Pizza, and an evening performance of Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Details here.

Ongoing Children’s Programs

See our schedule of weekly programs at both libraries on our Events link.

I. B. Grumply Cordially Invites You

At the Plumb Library,  April 23rd, 1:30 PM.  Drop in as we celebrate our Shelton Family Read, Dying to Meet You; 43 Old Cemetery Road, through a soiree! Party guests will partake in book-related games, crafts, and surprises too!

Who Is…? Book Club

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, May 11th, at 6:00 PM. Exclusively for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders – featuring the popular Who Is…? biography series. Be prepared to discuss the book and engage in a hands-on activity based on the person of the book. Copies of this month’s selection, Who Is Gloria Steinem? are at the Children’s Desk for check-out one month prior to the book club session.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

At the Huntington Branch, May 12, at 4:45pm. Children, ages 8-12, can read Eleanor Coerr’s classic story about a Japanese girl with leukemia who hopes to fold 1,000 paper cranes to test the legend that doing so will make a sick person well. Borrow a copy from the library. Then, attend this book discussion event where we will make our own paper cranes! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Shelton Land Trust Annual Meeting

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, April 20th, 6:00 pm.  Shelton’s leading conservation group meets, learn what is being protected and what plans are for the future.

Repeat Reads

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, 4/22, at 6:00PM.  Adults re-read (or read for the first time) classic favorites from youth.  This month it’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.  More info here.

FYI: Requesting items from other libraries

The state library is in the final phase of reorganizing its delivery service. It’s possible that items you request may not arrive for several weeks. If you need an item immediately, you may want to go directly to the owning library to pick it up; you can call ahead to make sure the item is in, and staff can place it on the library’s hold shelf for you. Your current Shelton library card can be used in any CT library. Thanks for your patience!

Sleep Hygiene

At the Huntington Branch Library on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00 PM. Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to sleep well. Hanna Schmittat, Naturopathic Doctor Candidate 2016 – University of Bridgeport will help you discover natural ways of creating better quality sleep. Topics include causes of difficult sleep, food remedies, better sleep environment, relaxation techniques, and herbal remedies. Please register beginning April 20.

Murder at the Plumb!

Join us at the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1pm for 50 Shades of Murder, presented by the Friends of the Shelton Library and the Murder at the Plumb Troupe, and written and directed by local author Amanda Marrone.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the Plumb Library Adult Desk and at the Huntington Branch.  Ages 13+.  Light refreshments will be served.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, May 21st, at 12:00pm. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meets to develop and design programs, collections, and activities. Teens, ages 13 – 18, are invited to participate; snacks improve the discussions. New members are welcome to drop in. This month we will discuss and prepare for the summer reading program at Plumb.

Shelton Family Read: Dying to Meet You

Join the Plumb Memorial Library and the Huntington Branch as we read Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road by Kate Klise.  Then share in the fun with activities at both libraries, including a Pen-Pal Program!  Free books to the first 75 families.  Funded by the Weller Foundation.  Details here.

Teen Time

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, May 21st at 1:00 pm.  Teens, ages 13 – 19, share board or card games, crafts, or a movie with snacks. This is a free, drop-in event. New teens welcome!

Mac ‘n Cheese Workshop

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, April 16th, 1:30pm. Teens, ages 12-18, can learn how to make mac ‘n’ cheese with a twist! Chef Peggyann Diaz will help teens prepare a cheesy meal with mix-ins such as meats, fruit, veggies, and a variety of crusts. Invent your own signature dish from a buffet of options! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Star Wars Origami

At the Plumb Memorial Library, Tuesday, April 12th, 11:00 am. Calling all Star Wars fans!  Drop in to learn how to create several of your favorite Star Wars characters using paper! Program is upstairs  in the Reading Room.

Jedi Slime

At the Huntington Branch, Tuesday, April 12th, 3pm. Young scientists, ages 4-11, can make magnetic slime that they can move with no hands – just use the force! Please register at 203-926-0111

Magic Show!

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, April 13, 3:00 pm. Join magician Chris Lengyel for some great magical tricks! All ages welcome. Drop in for some fun!

Brown Bag Book Club: Jedi Academy

At the Huntington Branch, Friday, April 15th, at 3:00pm. Children, ages 8-11, are invited to discuss Jeff Brown’s Star Wars: Jedi Academy, a book about middle-school student Roan who is invited to attend a school where Yoda will be his teacher! Pick up a library copy of the book and a paper bag with questions on the front. Bring back the bag with your answers. The bag will be filled with a snack during the discussion. Plus, attendees will be entered in a drawing for one copy of Attack of the Journal, a Star Wars: Jedi Academy journal. Please register: 203-926-0111

Read-Together Club: Lulu and the Brontosaurus

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, April 16th, 1:30pm. Join our new book club! Children, ages 5-8, and their caregivers are invited to read an easy chapter book together at home. Then, come to our meeting for a fun activity that includes both children and their adults! Plus, get a sneak peek at the book for our next meeting! This month, borrow a copy of Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst, a book about a naughty girl who runs away in search of a pet brontosaurus. Please register, 203-926-0111

Teen After Hours

At the Plumb Library, Friday, May 27th, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Looking for new teens to join us for food, games, and a movie!

Star Wars BINGO

At the Plumb Memorial Library, Thursday, April 14th, 1:00 pm. Test your knowledge of Star Wars with a game of BINGO.  A drop-in program for all ages and yes, there will be prizes!

Special Meeting of the Friends of the Shelton Libraries

At the Plumb Memorial Library, Saturday May 7, 2-4 p.m. The Friends of the Shelton Libraries will be holding a meeting in the Reading Room on the main floor.  Election of officers will be held, the Treasurer’s Report read, and an update of activities will be given.  The meeting is open to any and all, with new members always welcome.  Refreshments will be served.


At Plumb Memorial Library the second Monday of each month at 6:30PM.  Southwest chapter of CT Authors and Publishers Association offers speakers and support.  New members are welcome.

Lego Challenge with a Twist

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, April 9, 1:00 pm. Kids of all ages are challenged to draw a card and then see how fast they can create the project shown. Drop in with your imagination, we provide the Legos and Duplos for this free program. All creations are on display for the next month until the May Challenge meeting.

Vision Screenings at Alphabits!

At the Plumb Memorial Library, Monday, April 11th, 10 am to 11:30 am, Miss Maura’s Budding Bookworms program will host Healthy Eyes Alliance as they conduct FREE preschool and adult vision screenings.

Jedi Training Course

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, April 11th, 5:30 pm. Children, ages 3-9, will practice Jedi Side Kicks, Lightsaber Slashes, and more during this fitness activity to prepare them to be Star Wars Jedi!  Registration required; call 203-916-0111.

Reminder – No Alphabits Thursday 4/7

Just a reminder that there is no Alphabits scheduled for Thursday, April 7th, due to the library’s closing for its Annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon.

Libraries Closing Thursday Afternoon

The Plumb Memorial Library and the Huntington Branch will be closed from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm on Thursday, April 7th for our Annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon.

Ghostly Science Pics

At the Huntington Branch, Children, Monday, April 4, 4:45 pm, ages 6-11, are invited to create ghostly pictures using ordinary objects and sunlight! Please register beginning March 21.  Please register, 203-926-0111. This activity is part of Shelton Family Read.

Join Us for Shelton Family Read!

Stop by Plumb or the Huntington Branch to pick up your free copy of Dying to Meet You; 43 Old Cemetery Road, and join us for fun events!  Details here. Copies available to the first 75 families!

Life is Art – Cancelled 3/31/16

Life is Art for Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6pm at the Plumb Memorial Library is cancelled.  We’ll see you on April 7th!

Want to Be a Potterhead?

At the Plumb, Saturday, May 14th, 10:30am – noon. Are you a Harry Potter fan?  In grades 4-8?  Join this month’s discussion of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.   Talk about the book, complete a wizardly craft and meet other Potter fans!

Library/Home School Network

At Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, May 13th, from 2:00pm-4:00pm.  Homeschooling or thinking of homeschooling your child(ren)? Meet other families at this open session. Children are welcome and light refreshments are served.

Palace of Sweets Author Talk

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, 4/9 at 2pm. Sal Coppola returns to discuss his book featuring the popular and very real Vonetes Ice Cream shop on Main Street in Derby.   More details here.

Tattoo a Banana Experiment

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, 3/28, 4:45pm, children ages 6-11 can learn how to give a banana a tattoo in an activity that combines science, art, and food! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Plumb Memorial Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the Shelton Libraries Spring Book Sale at Plumb Memorial Library will be taking place in May. Join the Friends and get great discounts and bonuses with membership!

  • Helping hands are welcome to sort the books – no experience needed; on-the-spot training offered to willing workers, Wednesday, May 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Book sale hours:

First LookThursday, May 19, 6-8 p.m. Friends‘ Spring Book Sale kicks off with preview night, $5 admission per person (children under 12 years free), full prices prevail, great selection including collectibles.

Friends’ Book SaleFriday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. full day, full price, great selection, sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries.

Half Price Book SaleSaturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. half price for everything today.

Book Sale Bag DaySunday, May 22, noon to 4 p.m. Buy a bag, $5 each, bags provided by Friends. Does NOT include media items.

Good Friday Closing

The Plumb Memorial Library and the Huntington Branch Library will be closed on Friday, March 25, 2016 in observance of Good Friday.  Both libraries will be open for their usual hours on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Program to Be Rescheduled

“Social Media and Our Children” with Dr. Lori Monaco, which was planned for Wednesday, 3/23, at the Huntington Branch Library has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Get Your Passport to Connecticut Libraries!

Starting April 1, 2016, stop in and get started on your Library Passport!. To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Passport Program invites you to visit all of the 124 participating Connecticut public libraries. Pick up your Passport at Plumb or Huntington Library. Get it stamped and receive a token gift to get you started. Then, hit the road! Take your Passport along as you visit other participating libraries. At each visit, you must show your library card, and then the library will stamp your passport and give you another small gift. Read more here.

Palace of Sweets – Local Author Talk

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, 4/9 at 2pm. Sal Coppola stirred up a fictional love tale with sweet local memories and the Vietnam War and the result is his novel Palace of Sweets.  Sal returns to discuss his book featuring the popular and very real Vonetes Ice Cream shop on Main Street in Derby.  Coppola’s book takes place in Derby and Shelton between 1967 and 1990.  It chronicles five actual events that occurred in The Valley: the tragic Sponge Rubber explosion in Shelton, JFK’s visit to Derby in 1960, the failed takeover of Derby Savings Bank and the fatal River Restaurant explosion.  Author Coppola will talk about his book and how he came to write it.  Refreshments will be served at this free guest author event.

palace of sweets

Word Wizards

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 3/12, at 10:30AM.  Drop-in weekend storytime geared to children 1 – 5 years old and their caregivers, but other siblings are welcome.  Hear a story, make a craft, and dance – with Miss Maura, of course!

Huntington Branch Library Book Sale

Looking for some wonderful purchases for yourself or others?  Then visit our book sale for a great selection of adult, teen, and children’s books, music, and movies. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries.

Thursday, March 10th, 10am-7pm
Friday, March 11th, 10am-4pm
Saturday, March 12th, 10am-2pm


Shamrock Smoothies

At the Huntington Branch, Friday, 3/11, 4:15 pm,Teens, ages 12-18, make a leprechaun approved delicious smoothie. The twist? It’s green! Register now, taught by Shop Rite Dietician Jenna Hourani.

Shelton Reading Circle

At the Huntington Branch Library on the second Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 PM.  This book discussion group is sponsored by the Shelton Historical Society.  In general, the books discussed  have an historical theme. Ellen Kolesk is the facilitator and can be reached at 203-925-1803.  Information regarding the book selected for the month is available on the Shelton Historical Society website at

Cards and Board Games

At the Huntington Branch Library on Wednesday, 1/27, 2/24, 3/23, and 4/27, at 11:00 AM.  This monthly program hopes to entice adults to get out of the house this winter for some fun. The Friends of the Shelton Libraries are providing an assortment of games, dessert and beverages; you just need to bring your sense of humor and a bag lunch. Then, consider staying for As I See It – watch a movie and weigh its merits over MORE dessert!

As I See It

At the Huntington Branch Library on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, 1:00PM. Join the Friends of the Shelton Libraries as we watch a variety of movies, followed by a lively discussion and dessert.

Fun With Google Cardboard

At Plumb Memorial Library, join Mr. Joe and explore virtual reality with Google Cardboard! Kids will assemble and decorate their own Google Cardboard viewers. We will also be downloading games and apps that work with the Cardboards. 10 Spaces available and Registration is required. You must BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE. Program is on Friday 3/4, 2-3 PM

Cookie Archaeology

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, 3/7, 4:45 pm, young scientists, ages 5-9, can go on an archaeological dig – inside a cookie! Excavate chocolate chips while learning how archaeologists search for artifacts left behind by people from the past! Please register. 203-926-0111

Icky Sweets Cooking Contest!

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, 3/14, make an edible snack that tastes great but looks gross! Hardboiled egg eyeballs, gelatin worms, a Rice Krispie treat brain… Use your imagination! Contestants will act as judges and pick their favorite disgusting-but-delicious snack. The winner will receive a copy of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes. One runner-up will win a gelatin mold in the shape of a human heart. For the safety of those with food allergies, entries must be nut-free, and ingredients lists must be provided along with at least twelve servings. Please register. 203-926-0111

Book Boogie

At Plumb Memorial Library, kids ages 0-5 can stomp their feet, clap their hands and boogie! Miss Maura’s new story hour explores stories, instruments, songs, and parachute fun. Drop on for an interactive musical adventure! Meets every Tuesday, beginning 3/1, 1:30-2 PM.

Color Craze

At the Plumb Memorial Library on the third Saturday of each month through the winter at 1:00 PM. New! Spend an hour and catch the coloring craze.  Adults indulge with the enticing pages provided by the library – as long as they share the crayons! Details here.

Life Is Art

At the Plumb Memorial Library Thursdays at 6:00 PM. Tweens and teens, ages 10 and up, learn new techniques and express their inner artist with fun and different creative projects each week during this drop-in program.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, June 11th, at 10:00 AM. Teens – need community service hours? Teens who wish to volunteer in the Children’s Department must complete an orientation session; anyone who has already attended an orientation session need not attend another. Bonus – the orientation session counts as two volunteer hours! Contact Adam for details at 203-924-9461.

Storm closing

Both libraries will close at 2:00 PM on Monday, 2/8/16, because of the snow.

Be safe and stay warm!

T.A.B.: Library Mini Golf

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, 2/19, at 4:15 PM. Teens, ages 12 – 18, can create obstacles with old books and recycled materials – then, play a round of mini golf in the library’s teen area! The final ten minutes of this event will be devoted to a Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.) meeting. Attendees are invited to stay to share ideas for future library events and books to be added to the teen collection! Plus, receive community service credit for Shelton High School. Please register beginning 2/5.

Take Your Child to the Library Day

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 2/6, beginning at 10:00 AM. This is a whole day of fun for the entire family to mark this international celebration of kids and libraries! Enjoy a mobile safari with Critter Caravan at 11:00 AM, then nibble your bag lunch and watch Transylvania 2 at noon. Meet a special guest – musician, author, and creator of Spaghetti Eddie, Ryan San Angelo at 2:30 PM. Drop in, no reservations required. (Snow date: 2/20)

Cozy Mystery Club

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, 5/20, at 1:00 PM.  Calling all readers of cozy, light,humorous, four-legged detective, and munchy mysteries. The scene of this club, led by our very own Mabel, is the perfect alibi to talk about your favorite authors and get some leads on new ones. You might also discover some refreshments lurking around!


At the Plumb Memorial Library on Monday, 2/22, at 6:30 PM. This hands-on workshop for adults provides all materials for this striking egg decoration craft. Registration is limited to 15 people and requires a $5 fee for tools that will be kept by participants. Presented by some of our library staff members.

Slavery in Connecticut and Shelton

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Sunday, 2/21, at 1:00 PM.  Marty Coughlin, President of the Shelton Historical Society, shares insights on this unique part of local history. A donation of $5 is suggested, and refreshments will be served. (Snow date: February 28).

FAFSA – What You Need to Know

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 10:30 AM . Tony Luther explains how to complete the Federal Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), which all colleges require if you or your teen are applying for any type of financial aid.

Plumb Stained Glass Invitation Final

Christmas Olympics

At the Huntington Branch Library on Monday, 12/14, at 5:30 PM. Children, ages 3 – 11, will do Candy Cane Bends, Reindeer Leaps, Santa Squats, and Elf Relay Race, and more! All participants will receive a medal for participating in this North Pole-inspired fitness game! Please register.

Find the Gingerbread Man

At the Plumb Memorial Library during the month of December.  Each Tuesday morning the Gingerbread Man will have moved to a different hiding place in the Children’s Department.  Kids are encouraged to locate him and then enter a prize drawing, one entry per week per child.

TEAM’S Toys 4 Kids

Both libraries are serving as collection points for this annual appeal. TEAM is collecting unwrapped new toys which will be distributed to Valley children. Collections will continue through mid-December.

Play like a Kid!

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, 11/14, at 1:00 PM. Sometimes the kids have the best idea…just be silly and have fun – don’t put too much thought into it! Dr. Lori Monaco is back to show us how to be silly, spontaneous, and play like we did when we were kids! Please register for this adult program beginning 11/2.

ID Fraud Prevention

At the Huntington Branch Library on Tuesday, October 20, at 6:30PM. This program, led by Michael Savenelli, will outline how to prevent becoming a victim of fraud and what steps you can take to accomplish this, as well as what to do if you are a victim.


At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, 10/10, at 1:00PM. Dr. Lori Monaco returns to present a program on how touch, and lack of touch, affects our body, mind and spirit. Topics include defining touch – good touch, bad touch – and how important touch is to us. This program has been canceled, but will be rescheduled in the winter or spring. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Life Is Art Jr.

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 2/13 at 2:00 PM. Drop-in fun for ages 2 – 12 and caregivers who create an interesting art project with upcycled materials. This month create a fun Star Wars craft! Drop in and express your inner self.

Essential Oils for Everyday Ailments

At the Huntington Branch Library on Tuesday, 9/29, at 1:00 PM. Join us for this “make-and-take” workshop as Renee Gosart, wellness advocate for doTERRA Essential Oils, discusses how to use peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and On Guard, to help alleviate nausea, headache, fever, allergies, colds, coughs, and more.  All attendees will receive a sample roller bottle of an oil to take home, and a prize drawing will be held at the end of class. Registration is required and begins September 15.

Teen after Hours

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, 12/18 from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM. This is an after school get together for teens ages 13-19 to enjoy a mashup of TV, crafts, snacks, board games, video games, and discussion that winds down with a movie.  Drop in and bring a friend.

HBL Kid’s Summer Reading Club Sign-up!

Huntington Branch Library’s Summer Tree House Club will start on June 29th. Click on the link to get started!

Canine Book Buddies

At the Huntington Branch Library on Thursday, 9/10, at 4:15 PM. Kids in grades preK – 5 can reserve a 15-minute timeslot to read to ZuZu, a standard poodle certified by Therapy Dogs International! Please register beginning 8/27.

FOTSL Mystery Dinner

At the Shelton Senior Center on Friday, 9/18, at 6:00 PM. The Friends of the Shelton Libraries (FOTSL) present this year’s Mystery Dinner Theater. This comedy/mystery production was written and directed by local author Amanda Malloy Marrone, and will be held at the Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler Street. The BYOB event includes a buffet dinner provided by Trattoria Roma. All proceeds benefit Shelton libraries. Tickets are $30 and will soon be available for sale at Plumb Memorial and Huntington Branch Libraries, or online through the Friends of the Shelton Libraries at Doors open at 6:00 PM. For more information call 203-924-1580.

Summer at the Drive-In for Kids

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Mondays at 6:00 PM. Drop in for free popcorn and air conditioning while watching a movie in our drive-in cardboard cars! 8/3 – Paddington, 8/17 – Despicable Me!, 8/24 – Home. No movie on 8/10.

Meet the Friends

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, 8/13, from 10:00 AM – noon. What are the Friends up to? Drop in for “coffee and” to learn more about activities and opportunities with the Friends of the Shelton Libraries. The Friends are looking to share the fun they have and let folks know what is happening now and coming in the fall. Stop in and bring a friend.

Stories in the Park

At the Riverview Playground Thursdays in July, from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Join Mrs. Fritsch for a fun hour of stories and entertainment; remember your blanket and sunblock and bring along a friend, too!


The Huntington Branch Library will release its newly hatched Painted Lady butterflies into the wild on Tuesday, July 7 at 4:00PM. The public is invited. The butterflies have lived in the Family Services Department since they were caterpillars. A new batch of caterpillars will arrive in a couple of weeks! Thank you to the Friends of the Shelton Libraries for sponsoring these butterflies!

HBL Kid’s Summer Reading Club Sign-up!

Huntington Branch Library’s Summer Tree House Club will start on June 29th. Click on the link to get started!

Adult Summer Reading Club

This yearly event sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries is offered at both libraries, beginning Monday, 6/15. Adults may read whatever they wish, fill out a short review form, and enter it for a chance to win gift certificates from local businesses. The first drawing will be held on June 22 and will continue weekly until August 10. Then all adults who have participated are invited to a party just for them at the Huntington Branch Library on Thursday, 8/13, at 6:30PM.

June 22 – Written Words
June 29 – Foccacia
July 6 – Donut Crazy
July 13 – Rita’s
July 20 – Wells Hollow Creamery
July 27 – Jones Winery
August 3 – Bricks & Barley
August 10 – Royal Bakery

Kids Summer Reading Clubs

PLUMB MEMORIAL LIBRARY – Summer Tree House Spectacular Summer Reading

Beginning June 29 we are going paperless with this NEW summer-long reading incentive program which is open to kids entering Kindergarten to entering grade 6. Play BINGO all summer and earn Kids’ Cash to use in our kids-only camp store! Come and learn about the prizes, rewards, fun, and adventures waiting for you this summer!

Babies and preschoolers can join the Rubber Ducky Reading Club. No meetings, just fun activities to share between caregivers and little ones – then come in for your prize! Pick up this month’s card now.


Congratulations to all our summer readers. You surpassed our goal of reading a ton of books – you read a total of 2313 pounds!

If you had joined the Summer Tree House Club make sure you reserve a seat at The Greg and Alex Show on August 20. This program is open to kids ages 3 to entering grade 6. Contact the library for more information.


Spring Book Sale

Plumb Memorial Library
Thursday, May 14 through Sunday May 17
Great selection and prices at the Friends of the Shelton Libraries annual Spring Sale; still seeking volunteers to help set up and during sale hours. Sale hours – Thursday May 14, 6-8pm, $5 admission; Friday May 15, 10am-6pm; Saturday May 16, 10am-4pm, half price day; Sunday, May 17, noon-4pm, $5 per bag.

ReQuest Service Will Be Shutting Down

Many of you use reQuest (through iCONN on your home computer) to borrow material from libraries not in our library system.  As of June 1, this service will no longer be available.  The State Library is partnering with Bibliomation to create a new Interlibrary Loan System which should be in place some time in the Fall.

However – if you need to borrow something from another library during this down time, you may still make your request through our libraries. We will contact individual libraries for you until our new platform is available for your home use.

Shelton Voters Network

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Monday, May 11, at 6:30PM. This group is affiliated with the Bridgeport area League of Women Voters. Come and learn how to make your voice heard by residents and area politicians.

SYSB Safe Sitter Class

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 9/12, from 11:30AM – 6:30PM.  This very popular all day seminar for teens returns! For questions and registration please contact the Shelton Youth Service Bureau (SYSB) at 203-922-2087.

Advantage College Funding Skills

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, 9/2, at 6:30PM.  This seminar focuses on financial readiness for families with college age kids.  Call 203-261-3657 for information and reservations.

Pokémon Day

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, 3/21, from 11:45PM – 2:45PM.  Kids of all ages should bring along a deck of cards to battle with other Pokémon players! No registration is required.


At the Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, 9/25, from 9:00AM – 2:30PM.  Benefits distribution – contact Naugatuck Valley Health for appointments.

Important notice for Teen Volunteering at Plumb

A large attendance is expected at the Plumb Memorial Library for the Teen Volunteer Orientation this Saturday, 3/21, from 10 to noon. Any volunteers who can volunteer after May 1st are asked to sign up, at the orientation, for hours after May 1st. Sign-up for volunteer hours will be on a first come, first serve basis, starting at 9 am, when we open on Saturday.

Oscar Forecast Results

On 2/18, those attending the 5th Annual Oscar Forecasts with Joe Meyers chose their favorites.  Here is the tally; actual winners are in red:

American Sniper – 5, Birdman – 8, Boyhood – 1, Grand Budapest Hotel – 1, Imitation Game – 0, Selma – 0, Theory of Everything – 4, Whiplash – 4.

Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) – 1, Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) – 7, Benedict Cumberbatch (Imitation Game) – 1, Michael Keaton (Birdman) – 7, Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything) – 4.

Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night) – 1, Felicity Jones (Theory of Everything) – 0, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) – 13, Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) – 3, Reese Witherspoon (Wild) – 2.

Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel) – 3, Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman) – 9, Richard Linklater (Boyhood) – 4, Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) – 0, Morten Tyldum (Imitation Game) – 3.

They nailed 3 out of 4 – WELL DONE!

Triple P Parenting

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 8, at 10:00AM.  Learn parenting skills and develop techniques to meet challenging behaviors plus share and support other parents in this series from Parent Child Resource Center, presented by Desiree Caporasso.  Register with PCRC at 203-893-0402; space is limited.

Early storm closing

Both libraries will be closing at 1:30PM on Thursday, 3/5, due to the snow and hazardous road conditions.

IRS Info

This year the IRS will not be sending bulk copies of instruction booklets and schedules to the libraries. We will only be receiving the federal 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms. These are your options if you need materials:

1.  Both libraries will be able to help you print the forms you need from the IRS site (  There is a $0.10 charge per black and white page.  Please note – we cannot print entire instruction booklets.

2.  You may use your home or public computer to print the forms yourself.

Both libraries should be getting the forms and instructions for the CT State returns.

Teen Movie Critics

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 5/9 at 3:00PM – 5:30PM. Teens 13 – 18 hang out – we’re watching movies (modern to black and whites) while eating snacks. As always this program is free, so bring a friend!

Drama @ Plumb

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 1/24 and 1/31 at 1:00PM.  Teens and tweens are welcomed to this exploration of drama and acting with Plumb’s Mr. Adam and local author/director Amanda Marrone.  The first session will focus on sketches; the second session will focus on monologues. Bring a friend and drop in to see what is happening.

Free H & R Block Tax Talks for the Shelton Community

At the Huntington Branch Library on Tuesday, February 3 at 2:00PM and at Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, February 4 at 7:00PM. Chet Latin, a tax associate with H & R Block will present both Tax Talk programs about the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If you or someone you know was uninsured for all or part of last year, or if health insurance was received through the Marketplace, please consider attending this free, drop-in program. The presentations will be followed by a Q and A session, however questions which are specifically personal and not of general interest cannot be addressed at the programs. No registration is necessary.

Website Maintenance

We will be performing site maintenance between Friday, January 16, and Monday, January 19.  As a result there may be periods when our library website (including your account) will not be accessible.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  This message will be removed when the work is completed.

As I See It – Year in Review

The following movies were watched and reviewed during 2014.  As you can see, the types of movies were varied.  Movies are rated on a scale of 1 (didn’t like it) to 5 (loved it):

October Sky                                                           5
Deep Impact                                                          4
Stepmom                                                               3.8
Pacific Heights                                                      4
Adams Rib                                                             3.3
Now You See Me                                                   3.8
The Music Box                                                       4
Out of Africa                                                            5
Hachi                                                                       3.5
Ball of Fire                                                              4.5
Arbitrage                                                                 4.2
Soloist                                                                     3.7
The Comfort of Strangers                                   3.3
Mrs. Doubtfire                                                        4.8
Ides of March                                                         3.5
Mr. Jones                                                                1.4
Heaven Is for Real                                                3.5
Moonstruck                                                             4.8
Brighton Beach Memoirs                                     4.8
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation        4.8

Show-and-tell Storytime

At the Huntington Branch Library on Fridays, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/20, and 2/27, at 10:30AM.  Listen to stories, play a game, or do an experiment with Miss Marissa! Plus, bring along an item for show-and-tell. All ages are welcome to this drop-in program.

Sweet/Love/Sick Snacks

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, 2/7, at 1:00PM.  Tween and teens can join Marissa in expressing how they feel about Valentine’s Day.  Choose between making a sweet love treat or a gross-but-edible (love)sick snack. Please register beginning January 24.

I Spy

At the Plumb Memorial Library beginning Monday, 1/5, at 9:00AM.  Kids who identify the book character, book title, and book author for each of the characters found in Janice Davis’s “Shelton’s for Kids” mural in the Children’s Department can enter for a prize drawing. This contest is limited to kids up to 12 years old and winners will be selected on January 31. Good luck!

Shelton School Readiness Council

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, 1/8, at 2:00PM.  Educators and community members meet to create activities to give directions and opportunities for preschool children and their families.  New or interested members are welcome.

Meet Santa Day

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, December 6, from 9:30AM – 12:30PM.  Bring an unwrapped gift to Santa for Toys 4 Kids, and have your child’s picture taken with Santa.  Stories, music, crafts, and refreshments will delight your children.  This event is hosted by the library and co-sponsored by TEAM, Inc. , Echo Hose Ambulance, and Shelton Volunteer Fire Companies 3 & 4.

Teen purchase requests

The Huntington Branch Library is interested in what you’d like to have us purchase for you.  We have put request slips and our “usual jar” in the Teen Room for you to make your requests.  We can order books, audio material, and movies for you – just make sure you enter contact information on the slip so that we can reach you if we have a question.  If we decide to make the purchase and you are the first person making the request, you get to be the first one to borrow it!

Book and Media Donations – Huntington Branch Library

Update – the Huntington Branch Library is again please to take donations of books and media. We ask that these items be in decent,usable condition (no mildew, dust, torn pages or covers, and no nonfiction over 10 years old). We thank you for your patience while we were dealing with a storage issue.

Fun with Fiction Family Book Club

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Monday, 4/20 at 5:00PM. Kids in grades 3 – 5 and their families are invited to join the Family Book Club discussion of My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville. Multiple copies are available at the Children’s Desk. Registration is required, and there will be refreshments, activities, and door prizes.


Sign up for the Wowbrary Service, which allows you to see which materials are purchased for each library via a weekly email. You will have to sign up separately for each library.   Wowbrary Sign-Up

Murder Takes the Cake!

At the Shelton Senior Center on Friday, 10/17 at 6:30PM. Bring your sleuthing skills as well as your appetite to this annual "Dinner and a Murder" event sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries. Tickets are $30 and are on sale at either library or at  Food will be provided by Roma's, and BYOB.  This year's whodunit was written and directed by local author Amanda Marrone.

My Weird School Family Book Club

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesday, 4/7, at 5:00PM.  Kids in Grades 1 – 3 and their families explore this series with A.J. and the other characters at Ella Mentry School through lively book discussions enhancing Common Core skills and related activities, plus refreshments and door prizes.  Multiple copies of Mrs. Cooney Is Looney! are available for this month’s session.  Registration is required.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting and election of officers will be held at the Huntington Branch Library in the downstairs Glover Room on Saturday, 10/18, from 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm. This is an extremely important election year. My term as President of the Friends ends in October. Members and non members are welcome.

Please RSVP to either library and leave your name and the number of participants (Plumb – 203-924-1580; Huntington – 203-926-0111). Sandwiches, desserts and beverages will be provided. I hope you will attend and share in the successes of this extremely eventful year.

Megan Allen President

Volunteers Wanted for VITA

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be offered again in the winter; new volunteers are welcome to consider participating in this rewarding program.  Local training will be offered at TEAM in Derby in the late fall. Interested individuals should contact TEAM for more details.

Yankee Chapter – Salt & Pepper Club

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 6/13 at 11:00AM.  Area collectors group meets; members only.

Free program for student drivers

The Shelton Library System is pleased to announce a new database where student drivers can practice answering sample questions for their driver's test.  Look for the green banner in our database list or click here to try it out!

Teen Saturday

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 1/3 and 1/17 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM.  Teens 13 – 19 Share a book over an activity, then it’s snacks and a movie.  Free, drop-in event, so bring a friend!

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

At Plumb Memorial Library on the second Thursday of each month from 11:30AM – 1:00PM.  Support group for individuals caring for loved ones living with dementia; the group facilitator is Lidia from Benchmark at Split Rock.   Bring along a lunch or snack.

Ongoing children’s programs

At the Plumb Memorial Library:

Mondays:  10:30AM -11:00PM     Budding Bookworms
A themed drop-in story and craft time for kids 1 – 5 years old and their caregivers – with Freezer Dance and ever popular Do Re Mi.

Tuesdays:  10:00AM – 10:30AM     Fun for Little Ones
Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Mrs. Fritsch for stories, songs and activities, and a special theme related craft; siblings are always welcome to this drop-in program.

Thursdays:  10:30AM – 11:00AM    AlphaBits
Preschoolers and caregivers work on learning skills to make them Kindergarten ready. This is a drop-in session and siblings are welcome.

Thursdays:  6:00PM – 7:00PM     Life Is Art
Tweens and teens, ages 10 and up, learn new techniques and express their inner artist with fun and different creative projects each week during this drop-in program.

Fridays:  10:30AM – 11:30AM     Stay & Play with Family Place
Open play dates for preschoolers and caregivers. Chat over coffee or tea, juice provided; bring a snack and a friend.

At the Huntington Branch Library:

Tuesdays: 11:00AM – 11:30AM     Bouncing Babies and Jumping Beans
Join Miss Marissa for stories, singing, dancing, scarves, and maracas!  Then stay to play. No registration needed, but check for special sessions. For infants to age 3 and their caregivers.

Wednesdays: 11:00AM – 11:30AM    Toddler Movement Program
Miss Robin provides a fun, active musical program for children ages 2 1/2 – 4 and their caregivers. Please register; sessions run for an entire month.

Thursdays: 11:00AM – 11:30AM      Stories with Danielle
Join Danielle as she engages 3 – 4 years olds with this brief drop-in storybook session. No programs until April.

Thursdays: 4:30PM for ages 3 – 5, 5:00PM for ages 6 – 8     Spanish with Sandra
Learn Spanish through songs, games, stories, and other fun activities. Registration is required and space is limited.

Fridays: 10:30AM -11:30AM      Show-and-Tell Stories
Listen to Miss Marissa read stories. Then, play a game or do an experiment! Participants are encouraged to bring along a show-and-tell item.  For all ages – no registration required.

Summer Reading Volunteers

At the Plumb Memorial Library on June 10, from 6:30PM-7:30PM. Orientation and training session for teens assisting with the Kids Summer Reading Program. This qualifies for the high school volunteer requirement for 2014/2015. Register early and get on the schedule (because there are limited spaces) by calling Mrs. Kopec at 203-924-9862.

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.


At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesday, 12/22 at 6:30 PM. The Southern Connecticut Antique Bottle and Glass Collectors Association meets monthly to discuss, share, and support this hobby.  New members are welcome.

Downloading eBooks on Your Kindle Fire

At the Huntington Branch Library on Thursday, 4/23, at 1:00PM. If you have a Kindle Fire 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. Please register beginning 4/9; adults only please.

Libraries are closed

Due to our winter weather, both libraries will be closed on Saturday, January 24.  Stay safe and stay warm.

Teen Boost

At Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 5/9 at 1:30PM; for teens 13-18. Be healthy, feel healthy! We’re going to look into the world of raw eating. Teens 13 – 18 will make a dish while learning how to eat radical and get the right nourishment while doing it. Registration is required (there’s a limit of 15 participants) and begins April 14.



Oscar Forecasts with Joe Meyers

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, 2/18 at 6:30PM.  This is the 6th annual Oscar Forecast event with guest Joe Meyers, movie reviewer for the CT Post, brought to you by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries. Share refreshments and champion your favorite actors and films – perhaps you can pick the winners of the upcoming Academy Awards. This is a free drop-in program, no reservations needed, come and bring a friend.

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.

We are open

Both libraries are open during our regularly scheduled hours today.

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:

Book Sales at both libraries
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, several 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 Maritime Aquarium and Imax Theater at Norwalk
Mystic Aquarium
The Peabody Museum at Yale
The Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Plumb Memorial Library Fall Book Sale

This fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries (volunteers are still actively sought):

Thursday, 10/22 from 6:00PM-8:00PM (“First Look” – $5 admission fee, children under 12 years are free. Best selection/regular prices in effect).

Friday, 10/23, from 10:00AM-6:00PM (items are regular prices)

Saturday, 10/24 from 10:00AM-4:00PM (1/2 price sale on everything)

Sunday, 10/25 from 12:00PM-4:00PM (Buy a Bag – $5, bags will be provided).

Shelton Readiness Council

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, 11/13 at 2:00PM. Open council meeting of Shelton supporters of early literacy.  We need parents and educators; new members are welcome as we plan the year’s activities and goals.

Book Sale Set-Up

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesday, 10/20, from 2:00PM-8:00PM and Wednesday, 10/21, from 10:00AM-8:00PM. Friends of the Shelton Libraries set-up for the Fall Book Sale.  Adult volunteers are needed to assist in unpacking and sorting books for the October book sale. Teen volunteers are needed to help lift and move boxes. Training will be provided. Please contact the library at 203-924-1580 if you can lend a much needed hand – even for just a couple of hours!

College Planning

At the Huntington Branch Library on Monday, 10/5, at 6:15 PM.  Tony Luther will help parents of high school students make sense of the often daunting process of preparing their kids for college. His presentation will cover Academic Preparation and Financial Implications of Enrollment Management. Topics, complete with handouts, will cover everything from how to select a school to government laws of funding. Please call 203-929-3593 if you would like to attend.


At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesdays at 600 PM. This all-ages group of knitters, crocheters, and other needle crafters joins for support and chat. New members are always welcome.

MS Support

At Plumb Memorial Library the second Monday of each month at 2:00PM. Regional self-led support group for individuals with MS. This month, a pot luck holiday celebration is scheduled. Meetings are held in handicapped accessible ground floor meeting room, new members welcome.

First Friday Book Discussion

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, May 6 at 1:00 PM. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein will be discussed today while enjoying light refreshments. Orphan trains ran from the East Coast to the farmlands of the Mid-West carrying abandoned children. This is a powerful tale of upheaval, resilience, second chances, and friendships. The June selection is Anna Quindlen’s Still Life with Bread Crumbs. Books are available at the Huntington Branch Library.


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.

Olde Ripton Garden Club

At Plumb, the first Mondays of the month, 10:00AM.  Area garden and plant enthusiasts gather for workshops and speakers, new members welcome.

Tax Information

Both libraries have some CT tax return forms. Both libraries may be getting some federal tax returns – call for updated information. To print your own IRS forms click here. To order forms to be mailed to you click here.
You may also call: 1-800-829-1040 or 1-800-829-3676.

VITA free income tax preparation services are available  (call 203-736-5420, X 206 for appointments):

TEAM, Inc. – 30 Elizabeth Street, Derby

Derby Neck Library – 307 Hawthorne Ave, Derby

Milford Senior Center – 9 Jepson Dr., Milford

For other locations you may click here.

Kids Catalog

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