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Why Choose a Community College?

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, 11/18, at 6:30 PM. Where can the students of tomorrow find a higher education solution that meets their needs? Community colleges provide affordability, an easier admissions process, flexibility, a smaller campus, easy transitioning, post-degree options, networking opportunities, and hands-on experience. Explore the community college option and learn more with Bernard Shea, Assistant Director of Admissions at Housatonic Community College.

Play like a Kid!

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

College 4 Less

At the Plumb memorial Library on Thursday, October 29, at 6:30 PM. Reserve a spot for this seminar offering tips for parents on financing college.


At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 10/31, at 2:00 PM. Kids 7 and up are welcome to drop in with caregivers for a free movie. No tricks, but treats will be served along with free popcorn. Costumes are welcome and bring your own soft drink. We will screen one of the popular Goosebumps movies, so be ready for chills!

Stinky Skunk’s Science Party

At the Huntington Branch Library on Wednesday, 10/21, at 3:00PM.  Children, ages 3 – 5, are invited to listen to a silly story about a stinky skunk. Then, they will use their sense of smell to conduct a science experiment with a mix of pleasant and not-so-pleasant scents! Please register.

Spooky BINGO Costume Party

At the Huntington Branch Library on Monday, October 19, at 5:30PM. Play monster-themed BINGO with pictures, riddles, and creepy sounds! Children, ages 3 – 10, are sure to have a spooktacular time! Costumes are encouraged. Please register.

Give Yourself Goosebumps!

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, October 17, at 11:00AM.  Children, ages 7 – 10, will enjoy a spine tingling read-aloud of a”choose-your-own-ending” Goosebumps book. Participants will decide what happens in the story, The Knight in Screaming Armor. “Reader Beware, You Choose the Scare!” Please register.

ID Fraud Prevention

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


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

Mad Hatter’s Halloween Bash

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, 10/17, at 1:30PM. Teens, ages 12-18, are invited to a Wonderland-themed celebration! Come ready to design a crazy hat, eat snacks, and party with friends! Costumes are not required, but they are encouraged. Please register beginning 10/3.

Life Is Art

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Thursdays, at 6:00 PM. Upcycled crafts will appeal to tweens (kids 10 years old and up). Register for this crafty session with Mz Ronda 2 weeks before each session – only 15 spots available.

Science Squad – September

At the Huntington Branch Library on Mondays (see our Events page for more details):

September 14 – Mesmerized!   Kids will learn about Benjamin Franklin and the Scientific method. Then they will test their psychic powers!

September 21 – Rosie Revere – Engineer    Attendees will get excited about engineering and try experiments related to flight.

September 28 – Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum   Children will learn the history of bubble gum – and they will make their own!

Essential Oils for Everyday Ailments

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

Teen after Hours

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, 10/16 from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM. This is an after school get together for teens in grades 7 – 12 to enjoy a mashup of TV, crafts, snacks, board games, video games, and discussion that winds down with a movie.  Drop in and bring a friend.

HBL Kid’s Summer Reading Club Sign-up!

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

Canine Book Buddies

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

Teen Time

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 11/14, at 1:00 PM.  This is a social time for teens ages 13 – 19 throughout the community.

FOTSL Mystery Dinner

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stories in the Park

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


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

HBL Kid’s Summer Reading Club Sign-up!

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

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.


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!

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.

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.

Adult Summer Reading Club

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

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

Kids Summer Reading Clubs

PLUMB MEMORIAL LIBRARY – Summer Tree House Spectacular Summer Reading

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

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


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

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


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. Please note, there will be no programs in November due to holiday closings. 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.

TEEN and TWEEN Book Clubs

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday,11/18, at 3:30PM. Drop into one of our book clubs – for teens (13-19) or for tweens (10-12); both clubs are held at the same time. An hour of book discussion is followed by a social hour. Ask Adam which book each of the two clubs are reading.

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

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

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.


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

Important notice for Teen Volunteering at Plumb

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

Oscar Forecast Results

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

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

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

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

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

They nailed 3 out of 4 – WELL DONE!

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 (  There is a $0.10 charge per black and white page.  Please note – we cannot print entire instruction booklets.

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

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

Teen Movie Critics

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

Drama @ Plumb

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

Free H & R Block Tax Talks for the Shelton Community

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

Website Maintenance

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

As I See It – Year in Review

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

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

Show-and-tell Storytime

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

Sweet/Love/Sick Snacks

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

I Spy

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

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.


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

Murder Takes the Cake!

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

My Weird School Family Book Club

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

Annual Meeting

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

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

Megan Allen President

Volunteers Wanted for VITA

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

Yankee Chapter – Salt & Pepper Club

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

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.

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

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

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

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: 4:30PM – 5:15PM     Bookmarks Writing Club
Children in grades 1 – 4 will listen to a high-interest fiction or nonfiction story. Then, they will write their own short books in a fun, supportive environment that encourages imagination! Call or visit to find out what this week’s theme will be. Please register for each Bookmarks Writing Club event separately beginning October 19.

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

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

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

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. October 30 is Halloween Costume Day!

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, 11/20, at 6:00PM.  Adults re-read (or read for the first time) classic favorites from youth.  This month it’s  Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. 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.


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.


At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesday, 9/22 at 6:30 PM. 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 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:

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 (volunteers are still actively sought):

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

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

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

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

Library/Home School Network

At Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, 11/13, from 2:00PM-4:00PM.  Families who homeschool their children share their experiences and explore library resources. New families and those interested in learning about homeschooling are welcome; refreshments will be available.

Shelton Readiness Council

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

Book Sale Set-Up

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

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


At 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. Please note – October’s meeting will be on the 19th; the library will be closed for Columbus Day.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 11/14 at 12:00PM. This is a lively group for teens 13 – 19. Drop in for TAB and meet with librarians monthly to discuss programs and materials for teens.

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. 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. Please note – October’s meeting will be on the 19th; the library will be closed for Columbus Day.

First Friday Book Discussion

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, 11/6, at 1:00 PM. The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart, will be discussed today while enjoying light refreshments. This novel about the Tower of London zookeepers is filled with humor and heart. The December selection will be The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. Books are available at the Hunting Branch Library.

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.


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, 11/14, at 10:00 AM. Teens – need community service hours? Teens who wish to volunteer in the Children’s Department must complete an orientation session; anyone who has already attended an orientation session need not attend another. Bonus – the orientation session counts as two volunteer hours! Contact Adam or Ronda for details at 203-924-9461.

Spanish with Sandra – new programs

At the Huntington Branch Library beginning Thursday, 10/1. Sandra is back for her regular preschool program and now with a Spanish program for younger school aged children! Learn Spanish through songs, games, stories, and other fun activities. Registration is required and space is limited for the Fall session, which ends November 19.

Please note new day and times:
Thursdays, 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM for ages 3 – 5
Thursdays, 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM for ages 6 – 8

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: 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.