Archived News

Sock Craft

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, 5/29, at 2:45PM. Bring along a new, clean pair of socks and learn to create a monster or a fashion accessory – your choice! Registration is required for this Tweens and Teens program, and begins May 15.

As I See It

Huntington Branch Library
Wednesday, May 27, 1:00 pm
Join the Friends of the Shelton Libraries as we watch the award-winning movie, The Imitation Game, 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.

Who’s Who Challenge

At the Plumb Memorial Library during the month of May. How well do you think you know the staff here? Can you guess who’s who in these baby pictures of our staff? Check out at least 3 books in May and you will receive a bookmark with the answers.

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, 5/27, 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 on John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars 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 Thursday, 4/16, at 1:30PM. 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 Thursday, 4/16, from 12:00PM – 6:00PM.  This very popular class returns! For questions and registration please contact the Shelton Youth Service Bureau (SYSB) at 203-922-2087.

Save Our Libraries – Update

Thanks to all of you who have written to your legislators urging them to restore funding to our state libraries.  After the first round, Republicans presented a budget to restore the money – however, the Democrats have only partially restored funding.  According to the Connecticut Library Association: “The Appropriations Committee is leaving Connecticard $50,000 short and a whopping $142,000 in the hole. These cuts just mean increased costs to you.”

So while progress is being made, we still need your help. The easier way to do this is to go to  http://capwiz.com/ala/ct/home/. In the blue box for “Libraries Partially Funded” click on the Take Action button. There is a new pre-written letter and the form is MUCH simpler to use. Get the word out to everyone you know – our strength is in the NUMBER of messages received, not the content.

Watch this short YouTube video to learn more:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEj5g9pZwYg&feature=youtu.be

If you prefer you man write to your representatives. Your voice will let them know that library services are important to you – whether you borrow books, movies, download ebooks, use our Wi-Fi or public computers, or even attend our programs. The message can be short, with a subject such as “Keep Library Funding”– Please keep Connecticard, ConnectiCar, Connecticut Library Consortium, Connecticut Education Network (CEN), State funding for library grants, and PLEASE do not remove the text providing these services from our State statutes.

Rep. Jason Perillo – Jason.Perillo@housegop.ct.gov, House Republican Office, L.O.B. Rm. 4200, Hartford, CT 06106 (website – http://repperillo.com)
OR
Rep. Ben McGorty – Ben.McGorty@housegop.ct.gov, House Republican Office, L.O.B. Rm. 4200, Hartford, CT 06106 (website – http://repmcgorty.com)
AND
Sen. Kevin Kelly – Kevin.Kelly@cga.ct.gov, Legislative Office Building Rm 3400, Hartford, CT 06106 (website – http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/contact-kelly)
AND
Governor Dannel Malloy – http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?a=3998&q479088&malloyNav=|, State Capitol,210 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106-7952
AND
Rep. Beth Bye (Appropriations) – (website – www.senatedems.ct.gov.bye.php)

 

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, 4/17, 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

Marvelous Monday

At the Huntington Branch Library on Mondays at 3:30PM – 5:30PM. For kids ages 3 – 10. This program repeats every 15 minutes, so join us when you can!

4/6  April Showers Cloud
4/13 Lucky Rainbows
4/20 Sandwich in a Bottle

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, 5/23 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.

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:  9:00AM     Art in a Jar
Can you figure out what book cover is in the jar? Contest is open to kids 1 – 12 years old – Good luck!

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

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:  1:30PM – 2:00PM     Book Buzz
Preschool children and their caregivers drop-in for a cook discussion, book-based craft, and a healthy snack with Ms Maura.

Wednesdays:  1:30PM – 2:30PM     Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Ms Maura reads a story, then it’s time to explore a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Math activity.  Drop-in for ages 1-5 yrs.

Thursdays:  10:30AM – 11:00AM    AlphaBits
Preschoolers and caregivers work on learning skills needed for Kindergarten readiness. Drop-in; siblings welcome.

Thursdays:  6:00PM – 7:30PM    Life Is Art
Kids ages 10 and up and welcome to this crafty session with Ms. Ronda. Registration 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.

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.

Tuesdays: 11:00AM – 11:30AM     Babies and Books
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 kids ages 2 1/2 – 4 years old and a caregiver.  Sessions run for an entire month at a time and registration is required.

Wednesdays: 2:30PM – 3:00PM    Books for Big Kids
Listen to Miss Marissa read aloud picture books or short chapter books perfect for preschoolers.  Then, make a craft.  No registration required.

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 Storytime
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.

Fridays: 2:45PM – 3:15PM      Spanish with Sandra
Kids ages 3 – 5 and their caregivers learn Spanish through songs, games, stories, and other fun activities. Please register. No class on 4/3 or 4/17.

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, 4/24, at 6:00PM.  Adults re-read (or read for the first time) classic favorites from youth.  This month it’s Swiss Family Robinson by Johann WyssCopies 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!

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, 4/21 at 7:00PM. TAB is a group of teens that meet with librarians monthly to discuss programs and materials for teens.  Anyone ages 12-19 can join; new members are always welcome to drop-in.

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.

Knit!

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesdays at 6PM. Adults meet to knit, crochet and chat. Lots of support and fellowship are found in this drop-in group; come with a friend.

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 6/5 at 1PM. The House at Tyneford, by Natasha Solomons, will be discussed. Books are available at the Huntington Branch Library. The story takes place in 1938 – Elise flees Vienna to become a parlor maid at Tyneford house in New England. July’s selection will be The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.

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.