Archived News

Happy Holidays

The staff at the Plumb Memorial Library and Huntington Branch Library wish each one of our visitors and families a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy new year.  We appreciate your patronage and were happy to serve you this past year.

As a reminder, please be aware of our special hours, which can be found in the left column on each page.

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

Due to our recent theft of movies, we have had to use our donation shelves to keep several of our movie collections safe behind the service desk. As a result we have very little room for donated items.

We ask that you call us before coming in with donations to see if we do have the room to store them. This is only a temporary situation, and we apologize for the inconvenience to you. Plumb Memorial Library will be happy to take any items we do not have room for.

Fun with Fiction

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Monday, 11/17 at 5:00PM.  Kids in grades 3 – 5 and their families are invited to join the Family Book Club discussion of Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech.  Multiple copies are available at the Children’s Desk.  Registration is recommended, and there will be refreshments and door prizes.


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

Murder Takes the Cake!

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

My Weird School Family Book Club

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesday, 12/2 at 5PM.  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 activites, plus refreshments and door prizes.  Multiple copies of Mrs. Roopy Is Loopy! are available for this month’s session.  Registration is required.

Understanding the Principles of Art and Color (part 2)

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Monday, 11/3 at 5PM.  Kids in Grades 1 – 6 join Mr. Al to explore color, shading, and perspective.  Wear old clothes.  Registration recommended.

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.

Passport to CT Libraries

At the Plumb Memorial Library.  The statewide challenge for prizes and fun, another "show your library card" – or get a new one – campaign is nearly done!  Shelton is the only valley town participating, so come in and get your passport and have it stamped to get on your way.  Thanks to the Friends of the Shelton Libraries for giving funding and direction.

Yankee Chapter – Salt & Pepper Club

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 9/27 at 11:00AM.  The regional collectors' group meets for anyone with an interest to share.

Live Well Sessions 1 & 2

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, 10/2 and 10/9 at 1:00PM.  Free 6 week series to encourage older folks with ongoing health conditions or their family members to take charge of their lives. For more information contact the trainer at 203-934-7077; provided by the Aging and Disability Resources Center (a partnership of the State of CT Aging Services Division and CT Dept of Public Health's Center for Disability Rights).

Life Coaching

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, 9/24 at 7:00PM.  Jeff Monachelli, a Certified Professional Life Coach and Holistic Astrologist, shares insights into individual growth and support for meeting life's challenges through Life Coaching and Astrology as it relates to achieving happiness and having a healthy work/life balance. Registration is recommended but not required.

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, 12/20 at 1:30PM.  Teens 13 – 19 celebrate the holiday with activities, then turn to a movie, and snacks of course!  this event is free – drop in with 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:  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 (No program 12/30)
Mrs. Fritsch offers stories, songs, and movement for babies and toddlers up to age 2. Drop-in; siblings welcome.

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

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

Check back in February for a new schedule of children’s programs

Thursdays: 11:00AM – 11:30AM      Stories with Danielle
Join our special reader as she engages 3 – 4 years olds with this brief storybook session.

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.

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, 12/19, at 6:00PM.  Adults re-read (or read for the first time) classic favorites from youth.  This month it’s Lucy Maude Montgomery’s  Anne of Green Gables.  Readers return to a life a century ago which still resounds today. 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!


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

Parents’ Café

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


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

Shelton Land Conservation Trust

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

Growing Readers: Wordless Books

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

Downloading eBooks on Your Kindle

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

Shelton Reading Circle

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

Library Hours – update

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

Libraries are closed

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

Teen Boost

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

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

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


Oscar Forecasts with Joe Meyers

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

Library Mini-Golf Classic

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

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

See you there!

Mother Daughter Book Club

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

Chinese New Year Celebration

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

We are open

Both libraries are open during our regularly scheduled hours today.

Meet Santa Day

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

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


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

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

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

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

Huntington Branch Library Teen Contest – March

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


Huntington Branch Library Book Sale

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

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

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

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

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



Plumb Memorial Library 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 Homeschoolers Network

At Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, 12/12, 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 Committee

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

Fun for Little Ones

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

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


At Plumb Memorial Library on Monday, 12/18 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 Friday, 12/19 at 3:00PM. Teens 13 – 18 years old meet to make recommendations for programs, collection additions, and other teen related activities.  Snacks improve the discussions; 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.


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 on Monday, 12/8 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 1/2 at 1PM.  Bernice Bobs Her Hair, a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, will be discussed.  Books are available at the Huntington Branch Library.  February’s selection will be The Light in the Ruins, by Chris Bohjalian.

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 Saturday, 11/22 at 2:00PM. Legos Challenge 3:  this month you are challenged to create a lego race car, then test out the speed of your creation on our Lego Ramp! If you accept this challenge, come build to your heart’s content with Legos and Duplos provided by the library. All Lego and Duplo creations go on display in the Children’s Department until the next club meeting. This is drop-in fun for all ages.

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, 12/6, 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 and speak with Margaret.

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!

Plumb Picassos

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

Olde Ripton Garden Club

At the Plumb on Monday, 12/1 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, 11/12, at 6:00PM. The trip around the world with cooking treats continues for kids 5 and up WITH CAREGIVERS. This month’s stop is with the Inuit of Alaska. 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: or


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.