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Library Lego Challenge

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, 8/12, at 6:00 PM. Join us for a “twist” on Lego Club – this week’s challenge asks that you create a pet with Legos/Duplos. The library provides bricks, you bring your imagination. Creations will be displayed in the Children’s Department until the next club meeting. This is a drop-in program.

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.

Special Programs at Plumb Memorial Library

At the Plumb Memorial Library Wednesdays, at 1:30 PM.  Free tickets are available at 1:00 PM – seating is limited.

August 5   Super Cowtoonist – Guest performer Deb Hamuka-Falkenham offers a hands-on cartooning workshop for kids 4 – 12 and caregivers. Children draw their own cartoons by following along with the cartoon chalk talk and learn just what it takes to be a cartoonist.

August 12  Dragons & Dreams: Fire and Ice – Wouldn’t dragon’s breath be an amazing sight? Sciencetellers offer kids 3 – 15 and caregivers the opportunity to learn about the science of Fire and Ice through a tale of Dragons & Dreams. This spectacular adventure will sweep us away to a world where dragons are real, dreams come true, and only the most daring of people will survive to tell the tale.

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.

Special Programs at Huntington Branch Library

Frisbee Freestyle Interactive Playshop –  Thursday, 7/30, at 1:30 PM. Kids ages 5 – 10 will learn Frisbee tricks from two-time World Freestyle Champion Todd Brodeur! Plus, see Todd’s unique collection! Registration is required and begins 7/16.

Sparky’s Puppets: Stories in Trees – Thursday, 8/6, at 2:00 PM. Oak, apple, pine: there’s a tree in every tale during this lively, humorous puppet show! Registration for this program for all ages is required and begins 7/24.

Musical Story Time

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, 7/10, at 1:00 PM. Join our favorite musician Miss Elise as she explores music, rhythm, and rhyme through stories, song and dance; audience participation is a MUST!

Family Feud

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, 7/18, at 1:30 PM. Tweens and teens get to play our version of the game show! Can you guess the most popular answers to our host’s questions? Earn tickets for the chance to win a $15 Subway gift card. Registration is required and begins 6/29.

Dessert Factory

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, 7/10, at 4:00 PM. Tweens and teens – invent your own dessert using treats inspired by the 1990s! Registration is required and begins 6/24. Deadline to sign up is 7/8.

Special Summer Children’s Programs

Frisbee Freestyle Interactive Playshop – at the Huntington Branch Library on Thursday, 7/30, at 1:30 PM. Kids ages 5 – 10 will learn Frisbee tricks from two-time World Freestyle Champion Todd Brodeur! Plus, see Todd’s unique collection! Registration is required and begins 7/16.

Sparky’s Puppets: Stories in Trees – at the Huntington Branch Library on Thursday, 8/6, at 2:00 PM.
Oak, apple, pine: there’s a tree in every tale during this lively, humorous puppet show! Registration for this program for all ages is required and begins 7/24.

Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes – at the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, 8/7, at 3:45 PM. Enter the strange world of Goosebumps! Watch a classic TV episode about lawn ornaments that may be ALIVE! Can’t get enough of these ghoulish garden statues? Borrow the book that inspired the show! Registration for this program for kids ages 7 and up is required and begins 7/24.

Magic Tree House Party – at the Huntington Branch Library on Monday, 8/10, at 5:30 PM. Kids ages 6 and up will enjoy activities and snacks inspired by the popular books about Jack and Annie! No registration is required.

Canine Book Buddies – at the Huntington Branch Library on Tuesday, 8/11, at 3:30 PM. Kids ages 5 – 10 can reserve a 15-minute time slot to read to ZuZu, a standard poodle certified by Therapy Dogs International! Registration is required and begins 7/28. If you have already read to ZuZu during our earlier program, please give someone else a chance to read this time.

Eyes Shut Drawing Contest – at the Huntington Branch Library on Thursday, 8/13, at 4:00 PM. Kids ages 6 – 10 will try to follow directions while drawing with shut eyes! Artists will judge each other’s work and pick a favorite to win a $10 Walmart gift card! Registration is required and begins 7/30.

 

Magic Tree House Party

At the Huntington Branch Library on Monday, 7/10, at 5:30 PM. Enjoy activities and snacks inspired by the popular books about Jack and Annie! Drop-in program.

Children’s programs at Huntington

Please go to the Huntington Library page for special summer programs for kids.

Special Wednesday Programs

At the Plumb Memorial Library Wednesdays, at 1:30 PM.  Free tickets are available at 1:00 PM – seating is limited:

July 29    Creature Teachers – This program offers kids the opportunity to learn more about a variety of creatures.

August 5   Super Cowtoonist – Guest performer Deb Hamuka-Falkenham offers a hands-on cartooning workshop for kids 4 – 12 and caregivers. Children draw their own cartoons by following along with the cartoon chalk talk and learn just what it takes to be a cartoonist.

August 12  Dragons & Dreams: Fire and Ice – Wouldn’t dragon’s breath be an amazing sight? Sciencetellers offer kids 3 – 15 and caregivers the opportunity to learn about the science of Fire and Ice through a tale of Dragons & Dreams. This spectacular adventure will sweep us away to a world where dragons are real, dreams come true, and onloy the most daring of people will survive to tell the tale.

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!

Butterflies

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!

Marvelous Monday program schedule – for Kids

This program description can be found on our Kids page – it’s one of our Ongoing Programs.  The program line-up is:

July 27 – Paint a Ceramic Critter
August 3 – Woodland Elf House
August 10 – no program
August 17 – 3-D Trees
August 24 – Sun Prints
August 31 – Pokémon Day, Part 2

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!
http://ct.evanced.info/huntingtonbranch/sr/homepage.asp

Lawrence of Arabia and the Arab Revolt of WWI

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, June 13, at 1:00PM. Bob Begin returns to Shelton to captivate us with another fascinating presentation – this time about British Army officer Thomas Edward Lawrence, and will tie it in with events in the Middle East today.

Teen “Time Travel” Summer Reading Club

At both libraries beginning June 29, teens entering 7th grade through entering 12th grade can participate in teen events as well as reading challenges to compete for exciting prizes including a free introductory flight lesson on a small plane – donated by Image Aviation! Contact each library for more information since rules are different at each location.

AT PLUMB –

Book Club Time Travelers complete reporting slips with an attached prize-drawing ticket for items they have read. Reports are posted in the Teen room and teens can place their ticket bids in the ongoing prize jars of their choice. Teens also receive one ticket when they come to teen events, and TWO tickets when they bring a friend to an event!

Tuesdays, through 8/18, 6:00PM – 8:00PM     Teen Time: Each week there is something different to uncover; a list can be found on our event flier.

Tuesday, 8/18, 7:00PM – 8:00PM     Teen Advisory Board (TAB): TAB’s current project is to plan and “host” the End of Summer Teen Party with a Hogwart’s theme.

Thursdays in August, 7:00PM – 8:00PM     Life Is Art:  Upcycled crafts will appeal to tweens. Kids 10 and up are welcome to this crafty session with Mz Ronda. Registration for the 15 spots begins two weeks before the session.

Friday, 8/7, 4:00PM – 10:00PM     Teen after Hours: Once the library closes, teens ages 13-19 will enjoy a mashup of TV, crafts, takeout, video games, artist, discussion – ending with a movie.

Saturday, 8/8, 12:00PM – 9:00PM     Moviethon: A TVthon or Moviethon with snacks and dinner. Contact Sarah for more information.

Ongoing throughout the summer     Creative Writing Contest: Teens can bring in their own works and post them on the creative writing board in the teen room. There is also a creative writing meeting on Tuesday, 8/18, from 6:00PM – 7:00PM (during Teen Time); during this meeting teens can earn raffle tickets for works they shared.

 

AT HUNTINGTON –

Enter our weekly Instagram challenges (if you don’t have an Instagram account email Marissa at marissa@biblio.org, or bring them in person to the library). Grand prize is a free flight lesson at Oxford Airport!

Post by July 30     #SLSMovie

Flashback! You have been cast in a 1920s silent-movie version of the last book you read! The picture: Take a black-and-white photo or draw a picture ofyourself dressed like the character you are playing. The caption: Tell us who you are, the book title, and the book quote that would be written on the screen after your appearance. HBL prize: Three teens will each win 2 movie passes to Entertainment Cinemas in Seymour!

Post by August 6     #SLSPets

Time travel to the year 2045 when technology has allowed pets to read! Show us the last book that you and your pet read together. The picture: Your pet with the book. The caption: What part of the plot made your pet purr, wag its tail, or just look happy? (If you don’t have a pet, draw or use a photo editor to create a pretend pet – will you have a giraffe? An elephant? A sloth? Go wild!) HBL prize: One teen will receive a $10 gift card to Written Words Bookstore!

Post by August 12     #SLSVersus

What would happen if the main characters from two different books met? The picture: Post a picture of the last two books you read. The caption: Tell us the names of the main characters from each book. Would they be best friends? Competitors? Enemies? Why? HBL prize: One teen will receive an autographed photo of Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow (who graduated from Trumbull High School)!

Monday, 8/3, 7:00PM – 7:30PM     Every Day: What would it be like to wake up in a different body and a different life every day?What if the only constant was being in love with the same person? Teens and their parents are invited to discuss David Levithan’s novel Every Day. Copies are available to borrow from the library in advance. Registration is required and begins July 20.

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.

HUNTINGTON BRANCH LIBRARY – Summer Tree House  Club

Throughout the summer, children can weigh their reading material to earn prizes and reserve a seat at The Greg and Alex Show on August 20. We will try to read a TON of books! This program is open to kids ages 3 to entering grade 6. Contact the library for more information.

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!
http://ct.evanced.info/huntingtonbranch/sr/homepage.aspf

Summer Reading Clubs

No matter what your age – get ready to READ this summer and take part in our prize drawings – available at both libraries. Click on the tabs above to learn more about our ADULT, TEEN, and KIDS Summer Reading Clubs. Parties are coming up soon!

Musical Story Time

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, 6/12, at 1:30PM. Pre-K kids and caregivers explore music, rhythm, and rhyme through a picture book with Miss Elise – and everyone participates! Elise Miller is a certified Music Together teacher; she currently teaches music and movement classes for birth to adult.

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. Adults only.

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.

Chalk Paint Craft

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, May 9, at 1:00PM. This free workshop offers hands-on practice mixing chalk paint from available materials, then using it to decorate a wood footstool provided by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries. Register in advance for this program for adults, space is limited to 20 participants.

Estimation Station

At the Plumb Memorial Library, May 1 – May 29.  Make an educated guess of how many items are in each of the 3 jars on the purple cart. If your guess is the closest without going over you win! Open to children 1 – 12 years old.

Pajama Stories

At the Huntington Branch Library on Monday, 4/20, at 7:00PM. Listen to Miss Marissa read aloud nighttime stories! Participants are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Registration is required for this program for all ages.

Library/Home School TEEN and TWEEN Book Club

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, 7/22, at 2:30PM. This drop-in book club is just for home schooled teens (12- 19 years old). This month Mr. Adam will be leading the discussion with the teens. Tweens will meet in a separate group with Monica to share opinions on their selected book.

Friday Flick

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Friday 4/17, at 2:30PM. Drop in with friends and watch a free film. Mr. Peabody and Sherman entertain while families munch library supplied popcorn; BYO/drinks.

BINGO Is Back!

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesday, 6/30, at 6:00PM. Free, drop-in, all ages fun – great for number and letter recognition. And – YES, there will be prizes!

SYSB Safe Sitter Class

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesday, 7/7, from 11:30AM – 6:30PM.  This very popular all day seminar returns! For questions and registration please contact the Shelton Youth Service Bureau (SYSB) at 203-922-2087.

Save Our Libraries – Budget Results

Thanks to all of you who have written to your legislators urging them to restore funding to our state libraries.  When all was said and done, the Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC) will be receiving $185,844 (or 53% of our requested budget) for this upcoming fiscal year, and $190,000 (or 54% of our requested budget for the following fiscal year).

With some additional creative thinking, this portion of our budget should be sufficient to continue services to libraries, such as discounts from vendors (which means libraries don’t have to ask their municipalities to make up the difference). 

We will post more information here as we receive it.

Please continue to speak up for libraries whenever you can – this problem will not disappear just because we can survive the next two years.

Minute to Win It!

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, 4/4, at 1:00PM. Play the library version of the game show! Complete challenges in a minute or less to earn raffle tickets toward a $15 McDonald’s gift card! Registrations is required for the Tweens and Teens event and begins March 21.

Get Wimpy at Your Library

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Monday, 4/13, at 1:30PM. Kick off spring vacation with an action packed hour celebrating Diary of a Wimpy Kid books – expect trivia, games, and crafts! Open to any child who has read these books and their caregivers.

I Spy Spring

At the Plumb Memorial Library beginning Thursday, 4/2, this contest will run the entire month! Check out the spring bulletin board and look for the items listed on the key.  Kids 1 – 12 years old could win a prize!

Advantage College Funding Skills

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, 4/15 (corrected date), at 6:30PM.  This seminar focuses on financial readiness for families with college age kids.  Call 203-261-3657 for information and reservations.

Snack off/Sound off

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, 3/27, from 2:30PM – 4:00PM.  First snack off: learn to make dip and enjoy it with chips and pretzels. Then, sound off: brainstorm for upcoming teen events. This is a chance for teens to transform the library into their own space! Registration is required and begins March 13. For kids ages 12 – 17.

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.

Critter Caravan

At the Plumb Memorial Library on 3/28, at 10:30AM.  Meet a hedgehog, an angora rabbit, and their friends as we safari around the world.  Kids can hold or pet small exotic mammals and reptiles in this hands-on drop-in family event.

WIC

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, 8/21, 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:

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

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

BEST ACTRESS
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.

BEST DIRECTOR
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!

Egg Invention Contest

At the Huntington Branch Library from  3/12 – 3/26.  What can you create with plastic eggs and recycled materials? Rules will be available at the library and on our website (click on the link below) for one week following the kickoff. Entries will be judged on 3/26. Contestants must be present for judging. One winner will receive a $10 Wal-Mart gift card. All Participants will receive a small runner-up prize. Good luck!

Egg Invention Contest Instructions

Word Wizards

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 4/11, 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!

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.

Storm closings

Both libraries are closed on Monday, 2/9 due to expected snow and icy conditions.  All programs scheduled for this evening are canceled.

Be safe and stay warm!

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 (http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs).  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.

Women’s Health

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, 1/8, at 7:00PM.  Dr. Zoe Hickson shares insights into getting the year off to a great start for women of all ages.  Drop in to find out more.

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!

Gingerbread House Workshop

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 1/3, at 2:00PM.  Families assemble and decorate a house in our 4th annual gingerbread workshop, then create a village to display the creations for the winter.  All material is provided but registration is required and begins 12/20.

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.

Update to OneClickdigital

The following updates to this database for ebooks was completed on 4/1/15:

  • Streaming playback for eAudio is now available, with more user friendly controls and continuous play
  • Ability for users to place eAudio titles on hold using the eAudio app (both Android and iOS)
  • Addressed password reset issues

Book Buzz

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesday, 12/30, at 2:30PM. Pre-school children and their caregivers drop in for a book, craft and a healthy snack. Miss Maura welcomes audience participation!

Holiday Floral Arrangements

At the Huntington Branch Library on Wednesday, 12/10 at 10:30AM.  Enjoy the talents of floral designer Cathy Ritch as she demonstrates the joy of decorating with holiday flowers.  The Friends of the Shelton Libraries (FOTSL) are sponsoring this class and hope that you will become inspired to create your own arrangements for home or gifts.  As an added incentive, everyone attending will be entered in a drawing for the arrangements which Cathy will be making.  In February, Cathy won the top design award, Award of Design Excellence, at the Connecticut Flower and Garden show in Hartford.

Find the Gingerbread Man

At the Plumb Memorial Library 12/1 – 12/22.  The Gingerbread Man will be hiding in a new place in the Children’s Department each week.  Kids are encouraged to locate him and then enter for a prize drawing – one entry per week per child.

TEAM’s Toys 4 Kids Drop-off locations

Both the Plumb Memorial Library and the Huntington Branch Library will be collecting new, unwrapped toys to distribute to Valley kids up to age 12. Toys 4 Kids collection boxes will be available until mid-December.

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.

Wowbrary

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 www.friendsofthesheltonlibraries.org.  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.

Tweens Rule

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesdays, 12/3, and 12/17 at 5:30PM.  Kids in Grades 5 – 8 are welcome to a workshop just for them:  crafts, cooking, and book discussions.  Stop in and help decide what we’ll do next!

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.

Summer 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:

Mondays:  1:30PM – 2:30PM     Science Sleuths
Kids 3-12 unravel the mysteries of science and unleash their inner mad scientist with hands-on experiments. No class July 27 or August 3.

Tuesdays:  10:00AM – 10:30AM     Fun with Little Ones
Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Mrs. Fritsch for stories, songs and activities; siblings are always welcome to this drop-in program. No class July 7.

Tuesdays:  1:30PM – 2:00PM     Creative Kids
Kids 3-12 and their caregivers drop in and explore art by using unique media to create on-of-a-kid pieces! No class July 28 or August 4.

Thursdays:  10:30AM – 11:00AM    AlphaBits
Kids ages 1 – 5 drop in for this interactive story time: we Hokey Pokey, share a story, engage in hands-on centers, and do Freezer Dance and My Energy. No class July 30 and August 6.

Thursdays:  6:00PM – 7:30PM    Life Is Art
Upcycled crafts appeal to tweens, ages 10 and up. We supply all materials for this session with Mz. Ronda. Registration for the 15 spots begins 2 weeks before each 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.

Every OTHER Friday: 10:30AM – 11:30AM     Just Dance
Kids ages 3-12 show off their best dance moves through this interactive and fun dance video game! (July 10 and 24; August 14 and 28).

At the Huntington Branch Library:

Mondays: 3:30PM – 5:30PM     Marvelous Monday
Start the week off right – Miss Marissa provides science fun for kids, ages 3 – 10 with this drop-in program which runs every 15 minutes. No registration needed. No program on July 13.

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: 2:00PM – 3:00PM    Parachute Playtime
Children of all ages can sing and play with the library’s giant colorful parachute!

Thursdays: 11:00AM – 11:30AM      Stories with Danielle
Join Danielle as she engages 3 – 4 years olds with this brief drop-in storybook session.

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.

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, 8/28, at 6:00PM.  Adults re-read (or read for the first time) classic favorites from youth.  This month it’s The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Copies of the book are available, and new members are welcome.  Come debate its merits and values, share tea and snacks – drop-in for a reader’s Happy Hour! Members are asked to bring nominees for the next 6 months so we can create a new reading list.

DCF

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.

SCABGCA

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesday, 11/18 at 7:00PM. The Southern Connecticut Antique Bottle and Glass Collectors Association meets to discuss, share, and support this hobby.  New members are welcome.

Shelton Land Trust Annual Meeting

The annual meeting for the City’s conservation group will meet at the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 8, from 6:30PM-9:00PM. Contact the Land Trust for details.

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.

Shelton Reading Circle

At the Huntington Branch Library on the second Tuesday of each month, at 6:45PM.  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 aloud while doing charity work for community causes. Ellen Kolesk is the facilitator and can be reached at 203-925-1803.

Library Hours – update

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

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 Wednesday, 2/18 at 6:00PM.  Indulge in an “all things movies night” brought to you by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries “As I See It” film roundtable. This is the 5th annual Oscar Forecast event with guest Joe Meyers, movie reviewer for the CT Post – 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!

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 literaryfun@yahoo.com 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.

Highlights

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

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, March 26           10:00AM-8:00PM

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

Saturday, March 28                 10:00AM-3:00PM

Plumb Memorial Library Fall Book Sale

This fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries:

Thursday, 10/23 from 6:00PM-8:00PM ("First Night" – $5 admission fee. Best selection/regular prices in effect)

Friday, 10/24, from 10:00AM-6:00PM (items are regular prices)

Saturday, 10/25 from 10:00AM-4:00PM (1/2 price sale)

Sunday, 10/26 from 12:00PM-4:00PM (Buy a Bag – $5, bags will be provided).

Library/Homeschool Network

At Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, 5/8, from 2:00PM-4:00PM.  Homeschooling or thinking of homeschooling your children?  Meet other families at this open session; children are welcome and light refreshments are served.

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, 5/12, from 3:00PM-8:00PM and Wednesday, 5/13, from 10:00AM-8:00PM. Friends of the Shelton Libraries set-up for the May Book Sale.  New members are welcome and needed to assist in moving and sorting books for the May book sale. Training will be provided.

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.

College Planning

At the Huntington Branch Library.  Parents of high school students are invited attend.  Learn how to choose, get accepted to, and pay for your dream college. Please contact Tony Luther at: 203-929-3593 if you would like to attend.

Sept 27 and Oct 25 – 10:30AM

Sept 30 and October 22 – 6:30PM

SW CAPA

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.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesday, 6/16 at 7:00PM. TAB is a group of teens that meets with librarians monthly to discuss programs and materials for teens.  Anyone ages 12-19 can join or drop-in.

Stories with Danielle

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

Knit!

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesdays at 6PM. 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 8/1 at 1:00 PM. An Invisible Thread, by Schroff and Tresniowski, will be discussed. This book is about an 11 year old panhandler and a busy sales executive – an unlikely meeting with destiny. Books are available at the Huntington Branch Library.  September’s selection will be The Paris Wife by Paula McClain.

Stay & Play – special guest

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Fridays, 10/3 at 10:30AM. Dr. Jennifer Holdorf discusses a Natural Approach to Keeping Your Child Healthy. Also learn tips for the coming cold and flu season.  This is a drop-in family play time program with Family Place.

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 Memorial Library on Tuesday, 4/14 at 1:30PM. Kids 3-12 are invited to this free, drop-in program and create original constructions using LEGOS/Duplos provided by the library. All Lego and Duplo creations go on display in the Children’s Department until the next club meeting. Library LEGOS/Duplos do not go home and no personal LEGOS/Duplos are allowed please.

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, 3/21, at 10:00AM. 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.

Spanish with Sandra

At the Huntington Branch Library beginning 12/5 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 winter. No classes on December 26, January 2 or January 9.  Registration is required and space is limited.  ¡Nos vemos en la biblioteca!

Olde Ripton Garden Club

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

Kids in the Kitchen

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, 1/14, at 6:00PM. The trip around the world with cooking treats continues for kids 5 years old and up WITH CAREGIVERS.  Only simple skills are needed, but adult help will be required.  Dress for mess.  Please inform library staff of any allergies child(ren) might have. 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: http://plumb.biblio.org/eg/kpac/home or http://huntington.biblio.org/eg/kpac/home.

Alpha-Bits

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.