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Origami for All Ages

At the Huntington Branch Library on 7/24.  This hands-on program on Japanese paper folding will be presented by Fran Block.  The 1:00PM session is for 3 – 5 year olds and a caregiver.  The 2:30PM session is for ages 6 and up. Please register – space is limited.

Teen Sci-Fi Movie Marathon

At the Plumb Memorial Library on 7/26 from 10:00AM to 10:00PM! Teens (13-18) screen a series of science fiction films (one per decade) with snacks and breaks.

Teen Movie Critics

At the Plumb Memorial Library on 7/25 at 3:30PM.  Teens (13-18) secreen their choice of film over light refreshments.  Drop in, and bring a friend to this free program.

Teen work Out: Drums Alive!

At the Shelton River Walk on 7/25 at 1:30PM. Drums and exercise combine in this new take on getting fit. Teens (13-18) join us for an "out of the box" session. Drop in and bring a friend (plus a water bottle and towel).

Mad Scientist Family Book Club

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, July 24 at 6:00PM.  Children entering Kindergarten through Grade 6 explore the science of snow by reading Snowflake Bentley with their families; copies of the book are available.  Registration is not required but is recommended for this family oriented book program.

Marvelous Marvin

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, July 23 at 1:30PM.  Learn about the "Art of Science" as Marvelous Marvin explores the scientific process of "creating".  No advance regiatration; free tickets are available at 1:00PM – a half hour before the performance.

Family Fun Friday: LEGOS

At the Plumb Memorial Library on 7/11 at 1:00PM.  All ages are invited to drop in for fun.  This month's challenge is "Summer" – build to your heart's content with Legos and Duplos provided by the library.  All creations will be displayed in the Children's Department until next month.

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.  Bring along a lunch or snack and take a break with others sharing similar situations.  A special focus of this group is that Portuguese and Spanish speakers are welcome and the language will be accommodated by group facilitator Lidia from Benchmark at Split Rock. 

Stories in the Park

At the Riverview Park Playground on Thursdays in July at 10:30AM. Join Mrs. Fritsch in her annual celebration of summer.  Bring a blanket to sit on. The event is canceled in case of bad weather.

“Fizz, Boom, Read!” – KSRC

The Kids' Summer Reading Club registration begins today at the Plumb Memorial Library for a science flavored summer.  Children from pre-K to Grade 6 read books and report on them over the summer; 8 reports is the goal for prizes at the party in August.  Reporting begins on June 30. Every 2 books completed qualifies for a different reward, plus there are weekly drawings for prizes just for borrowing materials.

Ongoing children’s programs

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

Ongoing children’s programs

At the Plumb Memorial Library:

Tuesdays:  10:00AM – 10:30AM     Fun for Little Ones

Mrs. Fritsch offers stories, songs, and movement for babies and toddlers up to age 2. Drop-in; siblings welcome.

Tuesdays:  1:00PM – 2:00PM     Creative Kids

Drop-in art based program with Miss Maura for kids 1-12 and their caregivers. for all that is ART. Art projects include paper mache, tie-dye, and decoupage.

Thursdays:  10:30AM – 11:00AM    AlphaBits

Preschoolers and caregivers work on learning skills needed for Kindergarten readiness. Drop-in; siblings welcome.

Fridays:  10:30AM – 11:30AM     Stay & Play

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: 10:30AM – 11:00AM      Baby Rhyme Time

Infants and non-walkers with their caregivers enjoy rhymes, songs, and play time. No registration required.

Thursdays: 11:00AM – 11:30AM      Stories with Danielle

Join our special reader as she engages 3 – 4 years olds with this brief storybook session.

Summer Is Here

It's that season for everyone to join a Reading Program!  Both libraries will be offering opportunities for just that beginning the week of June 23.

Adults (at both library locations): Adult Summer Reading is as easy as "1-2-3": read a book, fill in a short form and drop the entry in a bucket – at either library. Each week two names are pulled, one at each library, for a gift card or certificate to a local business. This program is offered by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries, there is no cost to enter – look for gift cards from Stockbridge's, Written Words, Wells Hollow Creamery, Liquid Lunch, Jones Winery. Who wouldn't enjoy a summer treat from one of Shelton's local businesses? Pick up some entry forms – the program continues through July and August and the last weekly drawing is Monday, August 18. The mini reviews are posted each week, so look for some new authors you might enjoy discovering.

Teens (entering grades 7-12): Huntington Branch Library's theme for you is "Book a Trip".  Travel the world, space, and time through books.  Weekly contests, incentives, and a party at the end. Plumb Memorial Library will also have an active summer planned for you. Check back soon for more information!

Kids (age 3 Preschoolers through entering grade 6): Huntingon Branch Library's theme is "Have Books, Will Travel". We will again weigh anything you have read and we hope you'll have fun journeying to different places through reading and attending our special summer programs. Plumb Memorial Library's theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read!" Children from pre-K to Grade 6 read books and report on them over the summer; 8 reports is the goal for prizes at the party in August.  Reporting begins on June 30. Every 2 books completed qualifies for a different reward, plus there are weekly drawings for prizes just for borrowing materials.

Scratch Returns!

At Plumb Memorial Library on June 14, from 1:00PM – 4:00PM. Computers and kids, what a match! Learn basic programming and create your own game using Scratch the Cat in fun adventures. Drop in, and bring along a laptop if  you can. Call 203-924-9461 for more information.

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.

Rubber Ducky Reading Club

At the Plumb Memorial Library on June 9, at 9:30AM. Babies (birth to Preschool) need to be read to and this summer program encourages just that. No meetings, no reporting – parents simply fill in the six activities listed for each month and win a prize while encouraging a love of books and reading. Get your baby ducky in the tub now!

1000 Books Celebrations!

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, June 7, from 11:00AM – 12:00PM. It's time to recognize the families who have read and logged 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten – just since September! Preschoolers will engage in crafts, make-believe, and fun, with special gifts and certificates for finishers. Learn about adventures in store over the summer at the library.  New families are encouraged to join in this project focused on pre-literacy for the Shelton School Readiness Council and the Plumb Memorial Library – sign up for rewards and prizes along the way. Funding from the Valley Community Foundation and the Valley United Way supports this new adventure.

Steve Berry Event

There is good news in the wake of Shelton's very successful and exciting visit from author, Steve Berry. Megan Allen, President of the Friends of the Shelton Libraries, received this email from JeriAnn M. Geller, Speaking Events Coordinator for Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc.  She shares this:

"We just got the great news that Steve Berry’s new book, The Lincoln Myth, debuted at number 4 on the New York Times bestseller list, no doubt due in no small part to the enthusiastic support he received at your event.  Thank you!"

Steve Berry visited Shelton on May 19.

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.

Cracker Barrel Memories

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Sunday, June 1, from 1:00PM-3:00PM.  "Meet" twenty notable Shelton residents from 1668 to the present who have contributed to our community.  Shelton Historical Society members represent centuries of significant citizens in this fundraiser for the Society; admission is $5 and refreshments will be offered.

Repeat Reads

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, July 25 at 6:00PM.  Adults re-read (or read for the first time) classic favorites from youth.  This month features William Goldman's The Princess Bride - fantasy, adventure, and true love – "as you wish"! Come debate its merits and values, share tea and snacks – drop-in for a reader's Happy Hour!

Scratch Day

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, May 17, from 10:00AM-1:00PM.  Kids ages 8 to 12 – want to create your own computer games and share them with your friends? You can learn to use the Scratch programming language developed at MIT to make a game that moves "Scratch the Cat" on the screen, or picks up apples while trying to avoid that Big Blue Dog! Scratch Day is an opportunity for children and their parents to learn more about Scratch, meet others who are interested in Scratch and share what they've created.  Families should bring along their laptop if possible to be sure there are enough computers for the activities.  This is a free, drop-in program.


At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 30, from 6:00PM-8:00PM.  The CT Department of Children and Families offers opportunity for potential foster families to have questions answered.

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, July 15 at 6:30PM to discuss, share, and support this hobby.  New members are welcome.

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.

Growing Readers: Wordless Books

At Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, May 22 at 10:30AM.  The Shelton School Readiness Council sponsors this program on "Fairytales, Fables, and Folklore Fun"! This drop-in parent/child session features Miss Maura's special blend of information, books, and adventures.

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.

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 Boost

At Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesdays, 7/29 from 4:00PM – 6:00PM; for teens 13-18.  Join Margaret or Sarah for fun activities! All activities are free; drop in with a friend.

July 22 – Have a "Snack Attack" and create homemade doritos, pudding, hummus and more.

July 29 – Use colored t-shirts and bleach to create a style statement. Free programs, but each teen must supply a colored, 100% cotton t-shirt.


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.

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 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.

Hours:  Thursday, June 26                 10:00AM-8:00PM

            Friday, June 27                     10:00AM-5:00PM

            Saturday, June 28                 10:00AM-3:00PM*

*Please note that the library proper is closed. Doors will be open ONLY to access the book sale on the lower level. 



Plumb Memorial Library Book Sale

This fundraiser, sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries, is held at the main library:

Thursday, 5/15 from 6:00PM-8:00PM ("First Night" – $5 admission fee. Best selection/regular prices in effect)

Friday, 5/16, from 10:00AM-6:00PM (items are regular prices)

Saturday, 5/17 from 10:00AM-4:00PM (1/2 price sale)

Sunday, 5/18 from 12:00PM-4:00PM (Buy a Bag – $5, bags will be provided).

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 Memorial Library on Wednesday, 5/14 from 10:00AM-8:00PM. Friends of the Shelton Libraries set-up for the May Book Sale.  New members are welcome and needed to help create order out of chaos, but please contact the Friends first to arrange times at

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.

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, 7/14 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 6/27 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.


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

MS Support

At Plumb on Monday, 7/14 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 Huntington Branch Library on 8/1 at 1PM.  Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo will be discussed.  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 7/2 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 beginning June 17 for the 5-week July session. 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. No program on May 13.

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, 5/17 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, May 17 at 1:45PM. Teens 13-18 drop in for crafts, cooking, and DIY adventures; 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 Wednesday, 7/30, at 6:00PM. This 2 hour orientation is for teens who need community service hours – stop in anytime to complete an application before attending this program; no registration is required. Parents: expect to attend this workshop with your teens. 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.

Spanish with Sandra

At the Huntington Branch Branch June 6, 13, and 20 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, 7/9, at 6:00PM. The trip around the world with cooking treats continues for kids 5 and up WITH caregivers. Dress for mess or bring an apron or smock. Space is limited so register early.

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.