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Our Director is Retiring!

Join the Plumb Library in wishing Mrs. Lydon a happy retirement!

Our Director, Mrs. Lydon, is retiring after 26 years at Plumb Memorial Library.  Stop by on Friday, December 9th, any time between 9am & 4:30pm, for cookies and juice, and to thank Mrs. Lydon for her many years of service to the Shelton community.

Stick Man: A Christmas Story

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, December 5, 4:45 pm – 5:15pm.  Kids in grades K-4 can listen to this quirky story about a Stick Man who needs Santa’s help to be reunited with his Stick family. Then, participate in festive STEM challenges to construct a mini Christmas tree, a paper stocking, and more! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Gingerbread Men Decorating Contest

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, December 12, 4:30pm – 5:15pm.  Get into the spirit of the season! Tweens in grades 5-8 can decorate gingerbread cookies and then vote for their favorite! The winner will receive a hot cocoa prize! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Carols & Candy Canes

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, December 17, 11:00 am – 11:30 am. Children of all ages and their families are invited to a Christmas sing-along! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Movie and Popcorn

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, December 17, 1:00pm.  Join us for a viewing of The Secret Life of Pets.  The library will provide fresh-popped popcorn; bring your own drinks  (no alcohol allowed, of course!).  All ages welcome; drop-in.

Read-Together Club: The Story of Holly & Ivy

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, December 17, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM. This month, children, ages 5-8, and their caregivers can borrow a copy of The Story of Holly & Ivy by Rumer Godden, a story about Christmas wishes! Read together at home. Then, come to our meeting for an activity that includes both kids and adults! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Ducks @ Dusk: The Night Before Christmas Party

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, December 21, 6:30pm.  Drop in in your PJs for a celebration of this magical time, featuring stories, decorating cookies, an drinking some hot cocoa.

Spanish with Sandra

Classes have started again! At the Huntington Branch Library on Thursdays at 4:30 PM. Please register your 3 to 6 year olds for this fun and educational program.

Want to Be a Potterhead?

At the Plumb, Saturday, November 19th, 10 am – 11 am. Are you a Harry Potter fan?  In grades 4-8?  Join this month’s discussion of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.   Talk about the book, complete a wizardly craft and meet other Potter fans!

Invent a Pokémon Board Game

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, November 19, 11 am – 12 pm.  Celebrate International Games Day! Kids and teens can create their own mini games inspired by Pokémon! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Old School Afternoon: Pogs

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, November 21, 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM. Every month, kids, ages 5-10, can try an “old school” activity that their parents or grandparents enjoyed as kids! This month, check out Pogs, a 1990s game that’s fun to say and even more fun to play, featuring cardboard discs decorated with cool pictures. Please register at 203-0926-0111.

I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

At the Huntington Branch, Tuesday, November 22, 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm. Children of all ages can listen to the silly story I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie in order to get into the Thanksgiving spirit. Then, make a pie craft! Please register at 203-926-0111.

LEGO Builders

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, November 28, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm. Free play with the library’s LEGO collection! Young children can use our giant bricks while older kids can make masterpieces using traditional bricks. Creations will be featured in the display case for two weeks. Register beginning 203-926-0111.

Ducks @ Dusk

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 PM. Drop in for Miss Maura’s evening story time. Please wear your pjs & bring your favorite lovey! We will read a story together, create a simple craft and wind down from our day. All ages are welcome to attend.

Meet Santa Day

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, December 3, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Drop in to meet Santa! Plus, listen to Christmas stories and make a festive craft. Please bring along an unwrapped toy to donate to TEAM. This event is sponsored by TEAM, the Huntington Branch Library, and some of Shelton’s volunteer fire companies.

Word Wizards

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, December 3, 10:30 AM. Special weekend story time for kids and caregivers who are busy during the week! This is a drop-in program geared toward kids 1-5 years old and their caregivers but older siblings are welcome to attend. We read a story, create a craft and dance of course!

Blockheads Club

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, December 3, 1:00 PM. Drop in and bring your imagination to build with library Legos and Duplos; all creations will be displayed in the library for the month, they cannot be taken home; all ages welcome!

OneClick Digital Maintenance

The RB digital team has sent the following message about their OneClick Digital service:

We are working on major site updates and are currently experiencing some sporadic user login errors and inconsistencies on both the website and the app. We will notify you once maintenance is completed.
 
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Why Choose a Community College?

At the Plumb Library, Tuesday, November 1, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Where can the students find an affordable higher education solution that meets their needs? Community colleges provide reasonable cost, easier admissions process, flexibility, 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.

College Planning Workshop

At the Plumb Library, Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Learn how to make the most of the funds at your disposal and reduce the stress of college selection.

Books @ Noon

At the Plumb Library, November 28th, 12pm. New book discussion group for adults on fourth Mondays at noon. October’s book is Empire Falls by Richard Russo; check at adult circulation desk for copies. Meets in handicapped accessible ground floor meeting room; bring along lunch and the library will offer beverage and dessert, new members welco

Yoga for Youngsters

At the Huntington Branch, Friday, November 4th

Ages 16 months – 3 yrs, 10:30 am – 11 am
Ages 6 months – 15 months, 11 am

Youngsters and their adults are invited to a special class led by Kerri Gawreluk. Enjoy yoga poses, creative movement, and songs! Just bring along a yoga mat or towel and a smile! Class size is limited. Register at 203-916-0111

Word Wizards

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, November 5, 10:30 AM. Families with kids 1-5 enjoy a drop in program featuring a story, craft and dance, especially geared for those who cannot attend weekday programs.

Tween Tech Day

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, November 7, 4:30pm – 5:15pm. Techies in grades 5-8 can use Snap Circuits to make circuit boards with light, noises, and more! Then, experiment with the library’s littleBits synthesizer kit to explore cool sound effects and play a tune. Register at 203-926-0111.

Fire Safety Fun For Little Ones

At the Plumb Library, Tuesday, November 8, 10:00 AM. Special Fire Safety session for children of all ages. Join Mrs. Fritsch for stories, songs, activities and a special theme-related craft, siblings always welcome. Drop in and explore a fire truck, practice fire safety tips with members of Shelton’s Fire Department.

So You Want to Be President?

At the Huntington Branch, Tuesday, November 8, 3:30pm – 4pm. Children, ages 7-10, can listen to So You Want to Be President?, a book about past Commanders in Chief that shows that anyone has the potential to be president! Then, participate in a mock election! Register at 203-926-0111.

Who-oo Wants an Owl Snack?

At the Huntington Branch, Wednesday, November 9, 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM. Who-oo’s hungry? Shop Rite Dietician Jenna Hourani will teach children of all ages how to design an after-school snack that looks like an owl! A healthy treat kids will love to eat! **Recipe contains almonds, wheat products, and dairy products.** Register at 203-926-0111.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, December 3, 10am-12pm.  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 for details at 203-924-9461.

Tiny Turkeys Storytime

At the Huntington Branch, Thursday, November 10, 3:45pm – 4:15pm. Infants – four year olds are invited to a special session featuring Thanksgiving stories and songs with scarves and shakers! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Super Hero Academy

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, November 12, 11:00 AM. Test your Super Hero skills through heroic challenges, earn your place in the Library Justice League. Drop in, all ages welcome, costumes encouraged!

Questions on Medicare?

At the Plumb Library
Wednesday, November 30
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tom Kilfoyle takes folks though the basics of setting up Medicare and discusses options for comparing and choosing plans, including United Healthcare. Free session, refreshments.

Dog Lovers Day!

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, November 14, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Dog lovers in grades K-4 can listen to Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs, about a group of unwanted dogs and the circus performer who believed in them. Plus, bring along an old t-shirt to transform into a toy for your dog! Attendees will also prepare batter for dog biscuits out of applesauce, carrots, whole wheat flour, and eggs! (While these ingredients are generally safe for dogs, please talk to your dog’s vet before feeding him/her new treats.) Register at 203-926-0111.

Dia de los Muertos – Mexican Paper Art!

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, October 29, 11 AM -11:30 AM. Tweens in grades 5-8 can learn how to make papel picado, intricately-cut Mexican paper art, for an early celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead! Anyone who enjoys making paper snowflakes will especially love making these colorful paper designs! Plus, learn more about the holiday. Register at 203-926-0111.

Monster Mash Fitness Party

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, October 29, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM. Children of all ages can practice monster exercises and play a fitness game to celebrate Halloween! Attendees may wear costumes as long as they allow full range of motion. Please register beginning at 203-926-0111.

Not-So-Scary Halloween

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, October 31, 1:30 PM – 2 PM. Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to have a happy Halloween while listening to Miss Marissa read not-so-scary stories that are just right for little kids! Costumes are encouraged. Please register at 203-926-0111.

Repeat Reads

At the Plumb Library, Friday, December 16, 6:00 pm. Adults re-read (or read for the first time) classic favorites from youth, this month The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt. Come debate the merits and values, share tea and snacks, drop in for a reader’s Happy Hour.

ZuZu the Poodle’s Halloween Storytime!

At the Huntington Branch, Friday, October 28, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Children of all ages are invited to a special edition of our weekly Show-and-Tell Stories. Listen to festive stories with therapy dog ZuZu the Standard Poodle! Attendees are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

Book Sale Now Over

The Friends of the Shelton Libraries have ended the Book Sale/Free Books as of October 24. We thank you for supporting our book sale.

Ducks @ Dusk

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 PM. Drop in for Miss Maura’s once- a-month evening story time; please wear your pjs and bring your favorite lovey. We will read a story together, create a simple craft and wind down from our busy summer day; all ages welcome.

Pete the Cat Party!

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, October 22, 11:00 AM. Come for a festive party based on our favorite groovy feline…Pete the Cat @ the library! Drop in as we celebrate Pete through books, games and crafts for “it’s all good!”

I’m Trying to Love Spiders

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, October 24, 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM. Children of all ages are invited to listen to Miss Marissa read aloud Bethany Barton’s informational picture book I’m Trying to Love Spiders. Then, make a spider-themed snack with Shop-Rite Dietitian Jenna Hourani! Please register  at 203-926-0111, and notify the library of any food allergies

Hush, Hush, It’s Halloween

At the Plumb Library, Monday, October 24, 6:00 PM. Kids ages 5 years and older, come party at our place. Dress in a favorite costume and join the Annual Plumb Halloween Parade. Light refreshments on offer. Please register at 203-924-9461.

Peculiar Children Photo Art Journal

At the Huntington Branch, Friday, October 14, 4:15pm. During this event inspired by the book and movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, high school students can start their own art journals by transferring ghostly versions of their photography to notebook pages. Notebooks will be provided. **Bring along a couple of photos or email your pictures to marissa@biblio.org ahead of time.** Please register at 203-926-0111.

Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Olympics

At the Huntington Branch, Friday, September 30th, 10:30 am – 11:15 am.  During this special session of Show-and-Tell Stories, Miss Marissa will read wedding stories and then lead children of all ages in flower girl and ring bearer games!

Picture Us!

Shelton Public Schools’ new program, Word of the Week, is designed to help Shelton students build their vocabulary.  Students go out into the community to find the Word of the Week posted at various participating companies and organizations, and take a picture of themselves with the word which is posted there.  Plumb Library and Huntington Branch Library are proud to support our students by participating in this initiative.  See how your company or organization can participate here.

Creative Juices – Winter Schedule

At the Huntington Branch Library on the 3rd Tuesday in December, January and February, at 1:00 PM. Whether you need a mental break from your job, need time away from your kids (or spouse), or just want to get out of the house, you can drop in to our new adult program series. Each week we will feature activities to relax, amaze, stimulate and entertain you. For one hour we ask that you leave your problems at home and bring an open mind.

Alphabits – CANCELLED 9/22

Alphabits for Thursday, September 22nd is cancelled.  We’re sorry for any inconvenience!

Toddler Movement

At the Huntington Branch, Wednesday, September 7, 11:00 am – 11:30 am. Miss Robin provides a fun, active musical program for children ages 2 1/2 -4 and caregivers. Please register at 203-926-0111.

Woven CD Dream Catchers

At the Huntington Branch, Thursday, September 8, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Grades 5 – 8!) Tweens in grades 5-8 can transform old CDs into colorful dream catchers sure to ward off nightmares and promote pleasant dreams! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Word Wizards

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, September 10, 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!

Oreo Phases of the Moon

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, September 12, 5:30 pm – 6 pm. Children, ages 5-10, will use the frosting inside Oreo cookies to demonstrate lunar phases. Please register at 203-0926-0111.

Old School Afternoon: Jump Rope Games

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, September 19, 4:45 pm – 5:15pm. Every month, kids, ages 5-10, can try out an “old school” activity that their parents or grandparents enjoyed as kids! This month, learn to jump rope and chant some skipping songs! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Cowabunga Dude!

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, September 24, 11:00 AM. Drop in as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) invade the Plumb Memorial Library! Expect to hear a story, then try out your TMNT knowledge in the ninja skill centers. Do you have what it takes to make the next GREAT Turtle?

Truth or Dare Pop: Banned Books Game

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, September 26, 4:45 PM. Kids, ages 7-10, can pop balloons to pick “truth” questions or “dare” actions during this game inspired by classic books that people tried to ban! Will you pin glasses on Harry Potter? Share a secret for Harriet the Spy’s notebook? Celebrate free speech and reading while laughing with other rebel readers! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Ahoy! It’s Pirate Day! – Ages 3 & up!

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, October 8, 10:00 AM. Kids ages 3 and up, join us for a pirate story and crafts, then hunt for pirate booty and engage in a sea ship battle; registration begins September 24th – 203-924-9461.

Halloween Stories with ZuZu the Therapy Dog

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, October 15, 11 AM -11:30 AM.  Children of all ages are invited to listen to festive stories with therapy dog ZuZu the Standard Poodle! Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes.

Read-Together Club: Bad Kitty for President

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, October 15, 1:30 PM – 2 PM.  This month, children, ages 5-8, and their caregivers can borrow a copy of Nick Bruel’s book about Bad Kitty, who decides to run for President of the Neighborhood Cat Association! Read together at home. Then, come to our meeting for an activity that includes both kids and adults! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Old School Afternoon: Perler Beads

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, October 17, 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM. Every month, kids, ages 5-10, can try out an “old school” activity that their parents or grandparents enjoyed as kids! This month, play with Perler Beads – tiny beads that melt together to create awesome decorations! Make a work of art inspired by video games, animals, food, and more! The possibilities are endless! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Book Sale Committee Meeting

At the Plumb Library, Tuesday, August 9th, 5:30pm. Friends of the Shelton Libraries Book Sale Committee meets to discuss plans for October sale; new or returning members of committee welcome. No experience necessary, merely willing hands – training will be offered.

Summer Reading Party with Airborne Jugglers

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, August 10, 6pm. Kids are invited to laugh and cheer with our Grand Finale Program for our Summer Reading Program.  Grand prize raffle winners will be announced.  Light refreshments will be served.

Teen Time

At the Plumb Memorial Library, Thursday, August 11th, 2:30pm – 4:30pm.  Teens, ages 13 – 19, share board or card games, crafts, or a movie with snacks. This is a free, drop-in event. New teens welcome!

End of Summer Teen Party

At the Plumb Library, August 25, 2:30pm. Celebrate the end of summer with games, food, and a movie.

Adult Summer Reading Program Party

At the Plumb Library, Thursday, August 18, 7pm. Come celebrate the end of our Adult Summer Reading Program!  Door prizes and refreshments served.

Magical Monarchs

At the Huntington Branch, Wednesday, August 3, 11 AM – 11:30 AM. Children of all ages are invited to join Mrs. Joan Feeley, Shelton’s most enthusiastic monarch fan, for an exploration of this fascinating butterfly! Learn about the monarch’s life cycle and its migration to Mexico! Plus, meet caterpillars that will turn into butterflies later this month! No registration required.

BubbleMania!

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, August 3, 1:30 PM. Casey Carle brings his unique all-ages high energy entertainment and super bubble fun; free tickets available 30 minutes before the doors open.

Summer Salsa Dance Fun!

At the Plumb Library, Thursday, August 4, 6pm. Miss Emily shares some Latin dance fun, with kid-friendly dance moves!  This high-energy dance class is for anyone who likes to move to music – no dance experience needed!  Sneakers recommended. Limited to 20 children; register at 203-924-9461

Tech Problems at Huntington Branch Library – Resolved

The Huntington Branch Library network is back up, and we have resumed all of our services. Thank you for your patience.

Rock Star Olympics

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, August 8, 5:30 PM. Children, ages 3-10, will do Guitar Player Lunges, Microphone Lifts, and more during this rock ‘n’ roll fitness game! Please register at  (203) 926-0111.

Reading Rock Star Bash

At the Huntington Branch, Tuesday, August 9, 3:30 PM. Celebrate the end of the Reading Rock Star program! DJ Gym will get kids moving with group dances and just-for-fun contests while playing popular music! Attendees are encouraged to dress like rock stars! This program is open to HBL reading program participants only. Please register at 203-926-0111

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Christmas in July

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, July 25, 5:30 pm.
Children, ages 6-12, are invited to celebrate Christmas in July with some reindeer games!  Please register 203-926-0111.

Noodle Nests with Chef Debbie

At the Plumb Library, Monday, July 25, 6:30pm-7:30pm.  Join Shelton’s own Chef Debbie Barbiero, certified nutritional health and life coach as she shares how to make a pasta dish healthy but fun!  Children 5-12 years old are welcome to register (203-924-9461); please indicate any food allergies.  Caregivers must be in attendance.  Limited to 12 children.

DIY Hugging Pillow

At the Huntington Branch Library on Monday, July 25, 6:30 PM. Kids ages 9 – 18 can create boyfriend/girlfriend pillow that offer hugs! Bring along an old, clean button-down flannel shirt to transform into a cuddly pillow. Please register.

Bring the Hoopla!

Plumb Library, Tuesday, July 26, 6:00pm. Children registered for the Kids Summer Reading Club get first chance to reserve a space. This week kids exercise, learn balance and coordination while twisting with hula hoops. Bring the Hoopla’s high energy hoop class builds stamina and focus plus fosters creative play for kids 6 and up. Limit 20, register now – 203-924-9461. First 10 registrants will receive a FREE Hula Hoop!

Acrobat Li Liu

At the Community Center Gym, Wednesday, July 27, 1:30pm. Children of all ages will be amazed as Li Liu does hand balancing, plate spinning, foot juggling, and ribbon dancing!  This is a Plumb Memorial/Huntington Branch event, which will take place in the Community Center’s gym.  Please register here or at 203-926-0111.

Requesting items from other libraries – update

The state library delivery service has been reorganized and is now bringing requested items to your local library within a few days. Please make your requests and wait for them to arrive as before. Or for faster access, go directly to the owning library if you need the item quickly; your Shelton card is accepted in all CT public libraries. It is wise to call ahead to have the item pulled and put aside for you by the owning library. In most cases, you can then return the items at Plumb Memorial Library or the Huntington Branch.

The new statewide catalog is in the finishing stages and will allow you to search for items across the entire state.  We will keep you posted as to when it is officially up and running and ready for your requests.  If you have any questions, please see a librarian.  Thank you for your continued patience during this transition period!

Horizon Wings

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, July 20, 1:30 pm. Wild Birds up close enough to see their feathers! Meet an eagle, hawk, falcon or owl and learn about their lives and habits. All ages, free tickets available 30 minutes before the doors open.

Guided Trails Walk

July 28, 9am-10am.  Join Plumb Library on a one-mile walk of Shelton’s Trail System.  Limited to 20 children  and their caregivers. Registration required; meeting location given upon registration. 203-924-9461

Free Books! Help Us Clear Out Remaining Book Sale Items!

Plumb’s Fall Book Sale is officially over, but there are still lots of good books remaining. Come browse and take what you’d like, free of charge!  Open till half hour before library closing.

PLEASE NOTE: THE ROOM IS NOT ACCESSIBLE IF A PROGRAM IS TAKING PLACE IN THE MEETING ROOM.  FEEL FREE TO CALL AHEAD! 203-924-1580

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Invent an Instrument

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, July 30, at 11:00 AM. Use recycled materials to create a music maker! Choose to make a maraca, a drum, a castanet, or your own invention! Please register.

Summer Reading Party with Airborne Jugglers

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, August 10, 6pm. Kids are invited to laugh and cheer with our Grand Finale Program for our Summer Reading Program.  Grand prize raffle winners will be announced.  Light refreshments will be served.

Color Craze

At the Plumb Memorial Library, Thursday, August 25, 6pm – 8pm. Catch the coloring craze – adults indulge with the enticing pages provided by the library – as long as they share the crayons and markers! Step back and take a break – casual conversation and colored pencils are on offer from 6-8 p.m. in the Plumb Reading Room, plus refreshments, door prizes of flowers or vegetables, a gift card and a free book. Part of the Focus on Friends series, underwritten by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries – new members are welcome.

Focus on Friends: Shelton Trails

At the Plumb Library, July 14, 6pm.  This new series runs Thursday evenings through the summer at Plumb Memorial Library. Community guests and casual conversation are on offer from 6-8 p.m. in the Plumb Reading Room. Guest this week is Teresa Gallagher of the Shelton Conservation Commission. She will explain about this summer’s Trail Marathon and discuss some of the trails and open space projects in Shelton. Each week door prizes offer flowers or vegetables, a mystery bag and a free book. This series is underwritten by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries and new members are welcome.

From Ruth to Jeter: A History of the NY Yankees

At the Plumb Library, September 13, 11 AM- 1PM. Rich Marazzi, local sports writer and MLB consultant, shares his personal experiences covering the New York Yankees, and talking about the history of the team.  Bring your lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert at the Plumb! Details here.

Music Videos!

At the Huntington Branch Library on Monday, July 11, at 6:30 PM. Children, ages 6 – 11, will watch and discuss examples of music videos ranging from Merrie Melodies cartoons to pop hits. Then, participants will work together to create their own mini music video! The video will be shown for parents at the end of class. Please register.

Learning About Llamas!

At the Huntington Branch, Tuesday, July 12, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM. Get up close and personal with real llamas! Children of all ages can learn llama facts, listen to a llama story, and sing llama songs! Please register – call 203-926-0111.

Magic By George!

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, July 13, 6 PM. Kids of all ages, come be amazed by the wonders of magic; free tickets available 30 minutes before the doors open.

VFit Wellness

At the Plumb Library, Thursday, July 14, 2:30PM.  Join Michelle Collings of VFit Wellness Studio for fun and games to keep kids 5-12 fit and healthy; drop in and bring a friend

Make Some Noise Science Lab

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, July 18, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM. Scientists, ages 5-9, can conduct experiments to explore the science of sound and music! Please register – 203-926-0111.

Precious Prom with Mr. Gym

At the Huntington Branch, Tuesday, Jul. 19, 11:00 am. Toddlers and kids up to 5 years old can sing and dance to music played by Mr. Gym!  Formal attire is encouraged.  Teddy bear dates are welcome.  Please register  – 203-926-0111.

High Energy Juggling Demo

At the Branch Library, July 8, 3pm – 3:45pm.  Tweens and teens won’t want to miss comedic juggler Jason Tardy’s demo of juggling tricks and stunts! Stay to learn how to juggle! This is a Plumb/Huntington event, which will take place at HBL – meet teens from the other side of town! Please register – call (203)926-0111.

High Energy Juggling Demo

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, July 8, at 3:00 PM. Tweens and teens won’t want to miss comedic juggler Jason Tardy’s demo of juggling tricks and stunts! Stay to learn how to juggle! This is a Plumb/Huntington event – meet teens from the other side of town! Please register.

Young Yogis & Yoginis

At the Plumb Library, Monday, July 11, 1pm-1:30pm.  This dynamic and fun yoga class will guide children ages 8 – 12 to feel calm in their hearts, and strong in their bodies!  Miss Maggie of Maggie Taylor Yoga creates a supportive environment while teaching yoga poses, centering/breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques.  No experience is necessary!  Please bring a large towel and yoga mat if you have one (mat is optional). Limited to 14 children. Registration required – 203-924-9461.

Yoga for Kids

At the Plumb Library, Monday, August 1st, 1pm-1:30pm.  Miss Maggie of Maggie Taylor Yoga will introduce your child to the practice of yoga in an age-appropriate and positive environment!  This playful yoga class will teach children yoga poses, breathing techniques, and movement games to increase concentration, build strength, and develop flexibility. Please bring a large towel and a yoga mat if you have one (mat is optional).  Limited to 12 children.  Please register at 203-924-9461

Bring the Hoopla!

At the Plumb Library, July 7, 1pm.  Exercise and learn balance and coordination all while having fun with hula hoops!  Bring the Hoopla’s high-energy hoop class builds stamina and focus and fosters creative play.   Limited to 25 children; register at 203-924-9461 or the plumb Children’s Desk.

FAQs about Checking & Debit Cards

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, July 15, at 3:30 PM. Teens, ages 16 and up, can learn the facts about checking and debit cards from Webster Bank Assistant Branch Manager Deborah O’Brien. Parents are also welcome. Please register.

Stick Horse Square Dance

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, Aug. 1, 2:30 PM – 3 PM. Kids, ages 2-5, can make their own stick horses. Then, act like cowboys and cowgirls and dance a do-si-do! Please register; call 203-926-0111.

Snap Circuits

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, August 15, 5:30 pm. Children, ages 8 – 12, can get a hands-on introduction to electronics!  Snap together components to create working circuit boards.  Please register; call (203)926-0111.

Movie and Popcorn

At the Plumb Library, August 17, 6pm.  Zootopia is served with fresh popcorn; families may bring their own drinks (no alcohol, of course!) for this free showing.

Read Together Club: Fortunately, the Milk

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, August 20, 1:30PM – 2PM.  This month, children, ages 5-8, and their caregivers can borrow a copy of Neil Gaiman’s book about the fantastic adventure a father goes on while picking up milk for his children’s cereal! Read together at home. Then, come to our meeting for an activity that includes both kids and adults! Please register – 203-926-0111.

Turtle Dance

At the Plumb Library, July 6, 1:30 pm. Kids of all ages, don’t just sit there – sing and dance, come out of your shell and boogie! Limited space – free tickets available 30 minutes before the doors open.

Focus on Friends

At the Plumb Library, Thursdays, 6pm – 8pm. Celebrate Summer!  Join Friends and neighbors to learn more about Shelton.  Enjoy refreshments, win some prizes.  Guest programs are free, sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries.  Drop in – bring a friend!  Details here.

Sciencetellers

At the Plumb Memorial Library, June 29, 1:30 PM. Live science for kids of all ages: fast paced adventure that makes things fly, soar and bounce through a series of stories bound to energize and engage. Limited seating; free tickets available 30 minutes before the doors open.

On Your Mark, Get Set… Karate!

At the Plumb Library, June 27, 6pm. Valley Karate comes to the Plumb to host a free introductory karate class for kids ages 5-12!   Learn the basics of martial arts with our focus on the building blocks of leadership–respect, discipline, goal setting and confidence.  Join us for fitness and fun! Limited to 12 children. Parents welcome to attend class too! Registration required – 203-924-9461.

Focus on Friends: 70 Years on Trains

At the Plumb Library, June 30, 6 pm.  Steve Gould shares some of his adventures on the rails, from youth to senior status. In addition hear about the Danbury Rail Museum, you can borrow the library’s reduced admission pass for the museum. Round out the evening with casual conversation and refreshments plus door prizes. Part of our Focus on Friends series sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries.

Plumba!

At the Plumb Memorial Library, June 30, 6pm. Miss Emily leads kids 7-12 years old through exercise disguised as fun, with kid-friendly dance moves!  Miss Emily started dancing at age 3, and as a grown-up became a certified Zumba instructor.  Being a high school teacher is her job, but dancing is her passion!  Limited to 20 children. Registration required – 203-924-9461

Focus on Friends: Shelton Trails

At the Plumb Library, July 14, 6pm – 8pm.  This new series runs Thursday evenings through the summer at Plumb Memorial Library. Community guests and casual conversation are on offer from 6-8 p.m. in the Plumb Reading Room. Guest this week is Teresa Gallagher of the Shelton Conservation Commission. She will explain about this summer’s Trail Marathon and discuss some of the trails and open space projects in Shelton. Each week door prizes offer flowers or vegetables, a mystery bag and a free book. This series is underwritten by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries and new members are welcome.

Focus on Friends: Mystery

At the Plumb Library, July 7, 6pm – 8pm. This new series runs Thursday evenings through the summer at Plumb Memorial Library. Community guests, refreshments and casual conversation are on offer from 6-8 p.m. in the Plumb Reading Room. Come see what is in store… Each week door prizes offer flowers or vegetables, a gift card and a free book. This series is underwritten by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries and new members are welcome.

Animal Embassy

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, June 22, 1:30 PM. Live animals come to visit kids of all ages. Limited seating; free tickets available 30 minutes before the doors open.

Throwback Thursday

At the Huntington Branch, Thursday, June 23, 1:30 PM – 2 PM. Kids, ages 4-8, can listen to the stories and songs that their parents and grandparents loved as children! Each week, Miss Marissa will read stories from a featured decade between the 1940s and 1990s.Then, children will listen to pop hits from that period while playing with the giant parachute!

Focus on Friends: Olde Ripton Garden Club

At the Plumb Library, Thursday, June 23, 6 PM. Drop in and learn about one of Shelton’s oldest civic groups, see how to transform a grocery store bundle of flowers into a striking arrangement – and get a chance to win it! Round out the evening with casual conversation and refreshments plus door prizes; sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries.

Mommy & Me Yoga

At the Plumb Library, Monday, June 20th, 1pm-1:30pm. Introduce your child (5 & 6 years old) to the practice of yoga in a fun and supportive environment!  Certified yoga instructor Miss Maggie of Maggie Taylor Yoga will gently guide primary caregivers and children to partner up and learn to stretch, strengthen, play, breathe, and relax! Please bring a large towel and a yoga mat if you have one (mat is optional). Five and six year olds welcome.  Class is limited to 8 partners. Register at 203-924-9461.

Read-Together Club: The Chicken Squad

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, June 18, 1:30 PM – 2 PM. This month, children, ages 5-8, and their caregivers can borrow a copy of The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin, a book about tough chickens on a mission to solve a mystery in the barnyard. Read together at home. Then, come to our meeting for an activity that includes both kids and adults! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Multicultural Drum & Dance

At the Huntington Branch Library, June 14, 4 PM – 4:30 PM. Summer reading kick-off event! Children of all ages can join Craig Norton on a musical trip around the world. Participants will dance and use percussion instruments to play Native American, African, and Latin American songs.  Please register at 203-926-0111.

Marshmallow Constellations

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, June 13th, 4 PM – 4:30 PM
Start summer vacation with a wish on a star! Children, ages 5-10, can listen to a story about constellations, or pictures made by stars in the night sky. Participants will create their own constellations with marshmallows and toothpicks. Please register, 203-926-0111.

The Musical Sounds of T-Bone

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, June 15, 6:00 PM. Kick off the Summer Reading Program with T-Bone Stankus and his music for all-ages fun. Limited seating –  free tickets available 30 minutes before the doors open.

Register Online for Plumb’s Summer Reading Program!

Patrons can now register online HERE to participate in Plumb Library’s Summer Reading Program, On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!  Details on the program can be found here.

If you do register online, be sure to drop into Plumb to pick up your bag with your Bingo card and other materials!

Family Games & Ice Cream Night

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, August 22, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.  Calling all gamers! Bring along a board game or borrow one of the library’s. Then, get ready to play! Each child will be served one scoop of ice cream. Please register at 203-926-0111.

M&M Math Games

At the Huntington Branch, Wednesday, August 24, 11 AM – 11:30 AM. Children, ages 4-7, can learn about addition, subtraction, and place value while playing games with M&M candies! Please register; 203-926-0111.

Solar Heat – Is it for You?

At the Plumb Library, Thursday, June 9, 7:00 PM. PosiGen Solar rep Jack Henriques shares information and insights into this environmental option offered in partnership with the Connecticut Green Bank.

Sand Sculpture Photo Contest

At the Huntington Branch, beginning Friday, June 10th.  While at the beach, children and teens can snap photos of their sand creations and submit them for the chance to win! The winner will receive a colorful sand art kit. Pick up contest rules starting June 10. Entries due by August 8.

Who Is…? Book Club

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 PM. Exclusively for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders – featuring the popular Who Is … Biography Series. Be prepared to discuss the book and engage in a hands-on activity based on the person of the book. Copies of this month’s book, Who Is J.K. Rowling? are at the Children’s Desk for check-out one month prior to the book club session.

Rubber Ducky Reading Club

At the Plumb Library, ENDS AUGUST 25TH.  A unique summer reading club specifically geared toward preschoolers 0-5 years and their caregivers.  No meetings –  just complete monthly pre-literacy activities and return finished activity log for a prize.

Jr. LEGO Builders

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, August 29, 6PM – 6:30PM. Children, ages 1 – 4, can listen to a playground story and then build with the library’s giant LEGO® bricks and Duplo bricks. Choose to free play or accept this month’s challenge: can you make a slide? Please register; 203-926-0111

LEGO Club

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, August 29, 6:45 PM – 7:30 PM.  Attention all kids, ages 5-12! Take our challenge: use the library’s LEGO® bricks to invent your own mini playground! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Fruit Treats Snack Contest

At the Huntington Branch, Wednesday, August 31, 2:30 PM – 3 PM. Savor the flavor of summer! Children of all ages can submit treats with summer fruits as ingredients. Contestants will act as judges and pick their favorite snack. The winner will receive a copy of National Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure. One runner-up will win fruit pop freezer molds. Treats should be made by children at home. Entries must be nut-free, and ingredients lists must be provided along with at least twelve servings. Please register at 203-926-0111.

New Charging Station

Visitors to the Huntington Branch Library may now take advantage of a new service. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Dental Associates of Connecticut, we now have available to the public a courtesy charging station. Devices may be charged while owners wait in the Browsing Area (please note that the security of your device is your responsibility).

Audition!

Murder Mystery audition slip2 August 2016

Legislative Update

At Plumb Memorial Library, Thursday, May. 26, at 6:00 pm. State Representatives Perillo and McGorty join State Senator Kelly for this question and answer session on state and local issues. The public is welcome to stop in, the meeting is in the ground floor meeting room and is handicapped accessible.

Piggie and Gerald Party

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, June 4, 10:30am. Drop in and celebrate these entertaining book characters and their friendship through a story, party games and crafts plus a treat!

If You Give a Dad a Donut

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, June 4, 10:30 am.  Celebrate Father’s Day early! Children of all ages and their fathers and grandfathers are invited to listen to a story about donuts, enjoy a snack, and participate in a fun activity! Please register beginning at 203-926-0111.

Jr LEGO Builders

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, June 6, 6 pm – 6:30 pm. Children, ages 1 – 4, can listen to an under-the-sea story and then build with the library’s giant LEGO® bricks and Duplo bricks. Choose to free play or accept this month’s challenge: can you make a boat? Please register at 203-926-0111.

LEGO Club

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, June 6, 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm.  Attention all kids, ages 5-12! Take our challenge: use the library’s LEGO® bricks to invent your own sea monster! Masterpieces will be displayed in the Family Services Department for two weeks. Please register at 203-926-0111.

Mother Daughter Tea Party

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, May 21, 10:30am. Girls and the special women in their lives are invited to listen to Miss Marissa and her mom read a story. Plus, make a craft and enjoy iced tea and snacks! Participants are encouraged to dress in fancy clothes and bring along a tea cup. Registration is required; 203-926-0111

Lego Challenge – CANCELLED

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, May 21, 1:30 PM. Kids of all ages are challenged to build a race car then try it out on our ramp. Drop in with your imagination, we provide the Legos and Duplos for this free program. All creations are on display for the next month.

Inside Your Outside!

At the Huntington Branch, Wednesday, May 18, 3:00 pm. Children, ages 3-5, are invited to learn about the brain, the blood, the digestive tract, and more while listening to Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body by Tish Rabe. Then, participate in a fun activity! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Cozy Mystery Club

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, 12/16, at 1:00 PM.  Calling all readers of cozy, light,humorous, four-legged detective, and munchy mysteries. The scene of this club, led by our very own Mabel, is the perfect alibi to talk about your favorite authors and get some leads on new ones. You might also discover some refreshments lurking around!

Pen Pal Pizza Party

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, April 28, at 6:00 PM.  Children from both libraries can finally meet their pen pals during this pizza party! RSVP to either library to attend. This activity is part of the Shelton Family Read.

Dork Diaries of a Wimpy Kid Party!

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, May 2nd, 5:15 PM – 6 PM. Children, ages 8 -11, are invited to a party featuring games that celebrate Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid! No need to read both series to have fun! Please register, 203-926-0111

Makeover Scientists

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, May 9th, 5:30 pm.  Children, ages 8-12, can learn the science behind beauty tips while enjoying a food-based facial and making glitter body gel! Attendees should each bring along a hand towel. Please register, 203-926-0111.

TEEN and TWEEN Book Clubs

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 27th, at 3:30pm. Both book clubs meet at the same time for an hour of book discussion, followed by a social hour. This month teens will discuss Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield. books; tweens read The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.

Valley Shakespeare Festival at Plumb!

At the Plumb Memorial Library, Tuesday, May 3rd, all day! Valley Shakespeare Festival is holding a free public event. The fun includes Afternoon Tea with the Queen, Shakespeare Jeopardy and Pizza, and an evening performance of Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Details here.

Ongoing Children’s Programs

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

I. B. Grumply Cordially Invites You

At the Plumb Library,  April 23rd, 1:30 PM.  Drop in as we celebrate our Shelton Family Read, Dying to Meet You; 43 Old Cemetery Road, through a soiree! Party guests will partake in book-related games, crafts, and surprises too!

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

At the Huntington Branch, May 12, at 4:45pm. Children, ages 8-12, can read Eleanor Coerr’s classic story about a Japanese girl with leukemia who hopes to fold 1,000 paper cranes to test the legend that doing so will make a sick person well. Borrow a copy from the library. Then, attend this book discussion event where we will make our own paper cranes! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Shelton Land Trust Annual Meeting

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, April 20th, 6:00 pm.  Shelton’s leading conservation group meets, learn what is being protected and what plans are for the future.

Sleep Hygiene

At the Huntington Branch Library on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00 PM. Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to sleep well. Hanna Schmittat, Naturopathic Doctor Candidate 2016 – University of Bridgeport will help you discover natural ways of creating better quality sleep. Topics include causes of difficult sleep, food remedies, better sleep environment, relaxation techniques, and herbal remedies. Please register beginning April 20.

Murder at the Plumb!

Join us at the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1pm for 50 Shades of Murder, presented by the Friends of the Shelton Library and the Murder at the Plumb Troupe, and written and directed by local author Amanda Marrone.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the Plumb Library Adult Desk and at the Huntington Branch.  Ages 13+.  Light refreshments will be served.

Special Meeting of the Friends of the Shelton Libraries

At the Plumb Memorial Library, Saturday May 7, 2-4 p.m. The Friends of the Shelton Libraries will be holding a meeting in the Reading Room on the main floor.  Election of officers will be held, the Treasurer’s Report read, and an update of activities will be given.  The meeting is open to any and all, with new members always welcome.  Refreshments will be served.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, May 21st, at 12:00pm. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meets to develop and design programs, collections, and activities. Teens, ages 13 – 18, are invited to participate; snacks improve the discussions. New members are welcome to drop in. This month we will discuss and prepare for the summer reading program at Plumb.

Shelton Family Read: Dying to Meet You

Join the Plumb Memorial Library and the Huntington Branch as we read Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road by Kate Klise.  Then share in the fun with activities at both libraries, including a Pen-Pal Program!  Free books to the first 75 families.  Funded by the Weller Foundation.  Details here.

Mac ‘n Cheese Workshop

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, April 16th, 1:30pm. Teens, ages 12-18, can learn how to make mac ‘n’ cheese with a twist! Chef Peggyann Diaz will help teens prepare a cheesy meal with mix-ins such as meats, fruit, veggies, and a variety of crusts. Invent your own signature dish from a buffet of options! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Star Wars Origami

At the Plumb Memorial Library, Tuesday, April 12th, 11:00 am. Calling all Star Wars fans!  Drop in to learn how to create several of your favorite Star Wars characters using paper! Program is upstairs  in the Reading Room.

Jedi Slime

At the Huntington Branch, Tuesday, April 12th, 3pm. Young scientists, ages 4-11, can make magnetic slime that they can move with no hands – just use the force! Please register at 203-926-0111

Magic Show!

At the Plumb Library, Wednesday, April 13, 3:00 pm. Join magician Chris Lengyel for some great magical tricks! All ages welcome. Drop in for some fun!

Brown Bag Book Club: Jedi Academy

At the Huntington Branch, Friday, April 15th, at 3:00pm. Children, ages 8-11, are invited to discuss Jeff Brown’s Star Wars: Jedi Academy, a book about middle-school student Roan who is invited to attend a school where Yoda will be his teacher! Pick up a library copy of the book and a paper bag with questions on the front. Bring back the bag with your answers. The bag will be filled with a snack during the discussion. Plus, attendees will be entered in a drawing for one copy of Attack of the Journal, a Star Wars: Jedi Academy journal. Please register: 203-926-0111

Read-Together Club: Lulu and the Brontosaurus

At the Huntington Branch, Saturday, April 16th, 1:30pm. Join our new book club! Children, ages 5-8, and their caregivers are invited to read an easy chapter book together at home. Then, come to our meeting for a fun activity that includes both children and their adults! Plus, get a sneak peek at the book for our next meeting! This month, borrow a copy of Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst, a book about a naughty girl who runs away in search of a pet brontosaurus. Please register, 203-926-0111

Teen After Hours – CANCELLED

At the Plumb Library, Friday, May 27th, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Looking for new teens to join us for food, games, and a movie!

Star Wars BINGO

At the Plumb Memorial Library, Thursday, April 14th, 1:00 pm. Test your knowledge of Star Wars with a game of BINGO.  A drop-in program for all ages and yes, there will be prizes!

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.

Special Meeting of the Friends of the Shelton Libraries

At the Plumb Memorial Library, Saturday May 7, 2-4 p.m. The Friends of the Shelton Libraries will be holding a meeting in the Reading Room on the main floor.  Election of officers will be held, the Treasurer’s Report read, and an update of activities will be given.  The meeting is open to any and all, with new members always welcome.  Refreshments will be served.

Vision Screenings at Alphabits!

At the Plumb Memorial Library, Monday, April 11th, 10 am to 11:30 am, Miss Maura’s Budding Bookworms program will host Healthy Eyes Alliance as they conduct FREE preschool and adult vision screenings.

Jedi Training Course

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, April 11th, 5:30 pm. Children, ages 3-9, will practice Jedi Side Kicks, Lightsaber Slashes, and more during this fitness activity to prepare them to be Star Wars Jedi!  Registration required; call 203-916-0111.

Reminder – No Alphabits Thursday 4/7

Just a reminder that there is no Alphabits scheduled for Thursday, April 7th, due to the library’s closing for its Annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon.

Libraries Closing Thursday Afternoon

The Plumb Memorial Library and the Huntington Branch will be closed from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm on Thursday, April 7th for our Annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon.

Ghostly Science Pics

At the Huntington Branch, Children, Monday, April 4, 4:45 pm, ages 6-11, are invited to create ghostly pictures using ordinary objects and sunlight! Please register beginning March 21.  Please register, 203-926-0111. This activity is part of Shelton Family Read.

Cozy Mystery Club

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, 5/20, at 1:00 PM.  Calling all readers of cozy, light,humorous, four-legged detective, and munchy mysteries. The scene of this club, led by our very own Mabel, is the perfect alibi to talk about your favorite authors and get some leads on new ones. You might also discover some refreshments lurking around!

Join Us for Shelton Family Read!

Stop by Plumb or the Huntington Branch to pick up your free copy of Dying to Meet You; 43 Old Cemetery Road, and join us for fun events!  Details here. Copies available to the first 75 families!

Life is Art – Cancelled 3/31/16

Life is Art for Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6pm at the Plumb Memorial Library is cancelled.  We’ll see you on April 7th!

Library/Home School Network

At Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, May 13th, from 2:00pm-4:00pm.  Homeschooling or thinking of homeschooling your child(ren)? Meet other families at this open session. Children are welcome and light refreshments are served.

Palace of Sweets Author Talk

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, 4/9 at 2pm. Sal Coppola returns to discuss his book featuring the popular and very real Vonetes Ice Cream shop on Main Street in Derby.   More details here.

Tattoo a Banana Experiment

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, 3/28, 4:45pm, children ages 6-11 can learn how to give a banana a tattoo in an activity that combines science, art, and food! Please register at 203-926-0111.

Plumb Memorial Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the Shelton Libraries Spring Book Sale at Plumb Memorial Library will be taking place in May. Join the Friends and get great discounts and bonuses with membership!

  • Helping hands are welcome to sort the books – no experience needed; on-the-spot training offered to willing workers, Wednesday, May 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Book sale hours:

First LookThursday, May 19, 6-8 p.m. Friends‘ Spring Book Sale kicks off with preview night, $5 admission per person (children under 12 years free), full prices prevail, great selection including collectibles.

Friends’ Book SaleFriday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. full day, full price, great selection, sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries.

Half Price Book SaleSaturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. half price for everything today.

Book Sale Bag DaySunday, May 22, noon to 4 p.m. Buy a bag, $5 each, bags provided by Friends. Does NOT include media items.

Good Friday Closing

The Plumb Memorial Library and the Huntington Branch Library will be closed on Friday, March 25, 2016 in observance of Good Friday.  Both libraries will be open for their usual hours on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Program to Be Rescheduled

“Social Media and Our Children” with Dr. Lori Monaco, which was planned for Wednesday, 3/23, at the Huntington Branch Library has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Get Your Passport to Connecticut Libraries!

Starting April 1, 2016, stop in and get started on your Library Passport!. To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Passport Program invites you to visit all of the 124 participating Connecticut public libraries. Pick up your Passport at Plumb or Huntington Library. Get it stamped and receive a token gift to get you started. Then, hit the road! Take your Passport along as you visit other participating libraries. At each visit, you must show your library card, and then the library will stamp your passport and give you another small gift. Read more here.

Palace of Sweets – Local Author Talk

At the Plumb Library, Saturday, 4/9 at 2pm. Sal Coppola stirred up a fictional love tale with sweet local memories and the Vietnam War and the result is his novel Palace of Sweets.  Sal returns to discuss his book featuring the popular and very real Vonetes Ice Cream shop on Main Street in Derby.  Coppola’s book takes place in Derby and Shelton between 1967 and 1990.  It chronicles five actual events that occurred in The Valley: the tragic Sponge Rubber explosion in Shelton, JFK’s visit to Derby in 1960, the failed takeover of Derby Savings Bank and the fatal River Restaurant explosion.  Author Coppola will talk about his book and how he came to write it.  Refreshments will be served at this free guest author event.

palace of sweets

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.

Thursday, March 10th, 10am-7pm
Friday, March 11th, 10am-4pm
Saturday, March 12th, 10am-2pm

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Shamrock Smoothies

At the Huntington Branch, Friday, 3/11, 4:15 pm,Teens, ages 12-18, make a leprechaun approved delicious smoothie. The twist? It’s green! Register now, taught by Shop Rite Dietician Jenna Hourani.

Shelton Reading Circle

At the Huntington Branch Library on the second Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 PM.  This book discussion group is sponsored by the Shelton Historical Society.  In general, the books discussed  have an historical theme. Ellen Kolesk is the facilitator and can be reached at 203-925-1803.  Information regarding the book selected for the month is available on the Shelton Historical Society website at www.sheltonhistoricalsociety.org.

Cards and Board Games

At the Huntington Branch Library on Wednesday, 1/27, 2/24, 3/23, and 4/27, at 11:00 AM.  This monthly program hopes to entice adults to get out of the house this winter for some fun. The Friends of the Shelton Libraries are providing an assortment of games, dessert and beverages; you just need to bring your sense of humor and a bag lunch. Then, consider staying for As I See It – watch a movie and weigh its merits over MORE dessert!

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.

Fun With Google Cardboard

At Plumb Memorial Library, join Mr. Joe and explore virtual reality with Google Cardboard! Kids will assemble and decorate their own Google Cardboard viewers. We will also be downloading games and apps that work with the Cardboards. 10 Spaces available and Registration is required. You must BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE. Program is on Friday 3/4, 2-3 PM

Cookie Archaeology

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, 3/7, 4:45 pm, young scientists, ages 5-9, can go on an archaeological dig – inside a cookie! Excavate chocolate chips while learning how archaeologists search for artifacts left behind by people from the past! Please register. 203-926-0111

Icky Sweets Cooking Contest!

At the Huntington Branch, Monday, 3/14, make an edible snack that tastes great but looks gross! Hardboiled egg eyeballs, gelatin worms, a Rice Krispie treat brain… Use your imagination! Contestants will act as judges and pick their favorite disgusting-but-delicious snack. The winner will receive a copy of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes. One runner-up will win a gelatin mold in the shape of a human heart. For the safety of those with food allergies, entries must be nut-free, and ingredients lists must be provided along with at least twelve servings. Please register. 203-926-0111

Book Boogie

At Plumb Memorial Library, kids ages 0-5 can stomp their feet, clap their hands and boogie! Miss Maura’s new story hour explores stories, instruments, songs, and parachute fun. Drop on for an interactive musical adventure! Meets every Tuesday, beginning 3/1, 1:30-2 PM.

Color Craze

At the Plumb Memorial Library on the third Saturday of each month through the winter at 1:00 PM. New! Spend an hour and catch the coloring craze.  Adults indulge with the enticing pages provided by the library – as long as they share the crayons! Details here.

Life Is Art

At the Plumb Memorial Library Thursdays at 6:00 PM. Tweens and teens, ages 10 and up, learn new techniques and express their inner artist with fun and different creative projects each week during this drop-in program.

Storm closing

Both libraries will close at 2:00 PM on Monday, 2/8/16, because of the snow.

Be safe and stay warm!

T.A.B.: Library Mini Golf

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, 2/19, at 4:15 PM. Teens, ages 12 – 18, can create obstacles with old books and recycled materials – then, play a round of mini golf in the library’s teen area! The final ten minutes of this event will be devoted to a Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.) meeting. Attendees are invited to stay to share ideas for future library events and books to be added to the teen collection! Plus, receive community service credit for Shelton High School. Please register beginning 2/5.

Take Your Child to the Library Day

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 2/6, beginning at 10:00 AM. This is a whole day of fun for the entire family to mark this international celebration of kids and libraries! Enjoy a mobile safari with Critter Caravan at 11:00 AM, then nibble your bag lunch and watch Transylvania 2 at noon. Meet a special guest – musician, author, and creator of Spaghetti Eddie, Ryan San Angelo at 2:30 PM. Drop in, no reservations required. (Snow date: 2/20)

Pysanky

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Monday, 2/22, at 6:30 PM. This hands-on workshop for adults provides all materials for this striking egg decoration craft. Registration is limited to 15 people and requires a $5 fee for tools that will be kept by participants. Presented by some of our library staff members.

Slavery in Connecticut and Shelton

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Sunday, 2/21, at 1:00 PM.  Marty Coughlin, President of the Shelton Historical Society, shares insights on this unique part of local history. A donation of $5 is suggested, and refreshments will be served. (Snow date: February 28).

FAFSA – What You Need to Know

At the Huntington Branch Library on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 10:30 AM . Tony Luther explains how to complete the Federal Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), which all colleges require if you or your teen are applying for any type of financial aid.

Plumb Stained Glass Invitation Final

Christmas Olympics

At the Huntington Branch Library on Monday, 12/14, at 5:30 PM. Children, ages 3 – 11, will do Candy Cane Bends, Reindeer Leaps, Santa Squats, and Elf Relay Race, and more! All participants will receive a medal for participating in this North Pole-inspired fitness game! Please register.

Find the Gingerbread Man

At the Plumb Memorial Library during the month of December.  Each Tuesday morning the Gingerbread Man will have moved to a different hiding place in the Children’s Department.  Kids are encouraged to locate him and then enter a prize drawing, one entry per week per child.

TEAM’S Toys 4 Kids

Both libraries are serving as collection points for this annual appeal. TEAM is collecting unwrapped new toys which will be distributed to Valley children. Collections will continue through mid-December.

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.

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.

Touch

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.

Life Is Art Jr.

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Saturday, 2/13 at 2:00 PM. Drop-in fun for ages 2 – 12 and caregivers who create an interesting art project with upcycled materials. This month create a fun Star Wars craft! Drop in and express your inner self.

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, 12/18 from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM. This is an after school get together for teens ages 13-19 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!
http://ct.evanced.info/huntingtonbranch/sr/homepage.aspf

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.

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 www.friendsofthesheltonlibraries.org. Doors open at 6:00 PM. For more information call 203-924-1580.

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.

Stories in the Park

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

Butterflies

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

Adult Summer Reading Club

This yearly event sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries is offered at both libraries, beginning Monday, 6/20. 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 27 and will continue weekly until August 15. Then, all adults who have participated are invited to a party just for them at the Plumb Memorial Library on Thursday, 8/18, at 7:00PM.

HBL Kid’s Summer Reading Club Sign-up!

Huntington Branch Library’s Summer Tree House Club will start on June 29th. Click on the link to get started!
http://ct.evanced.info/huntingtonbranch/sr/homepage.asp

Kids Summer Reading Clubs

Summer Reading Programs for school-aged children have ended at both libraries. We hope you enjoyed them!  Please stop in at the Plumb Library or Huntington Branch to pick-up and fill out a survey on your Summer Reading experience.  Return Plumb surveys by September 16th.  Branch program participants, return your survey to the Branch by Thursday, August 18th to be entered to win a $5 gift certificate to Sassafras!

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

WIC

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:

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!

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.

IRS Info

This year the IRS will not be sending bulk copies of instruction booklets and schedules to the libraries. We will only be receiving the federal 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms. These are your options if you need materials:

1.  Both libraries will be able to help you print the forms you need from the IRS site (http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs).  There is a $0.10 charge per black and white page.  Please note – we cannot print entire instruction booklets.

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

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

Teen Movie Critics

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

Drama @ Plumb

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

Free H & R Block Tax Talks for the Shelton Community

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

Website Maintenance

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

As I See It – Year in Review

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

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

Show-and-tell Storytime

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

Sweet/Love/Sick Snacks

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

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!

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.

Teen purchase requests

The Huntington Branch Library is interested in what you’d like to have us purchase for you.  We have put request slips and our “usual jar” in the Teen Room for you to make your requests.  We can order books, audio material, and movies for you – just make sure you enter contact information on the slip so that we can reach you if we have a question.  If we decide to make the purchase and you are the first person making the request, you get to be the first one to borrow it!

Book and Media Donations – Huntington Branch Library

Update – the Huntington Branch Library is again please to take donations of books and media. We ask that these items be in decent,usable condition (no mildew, dust, torn pages or covers, and no nonfiction over 10 years old). We thank you for your patience while we were dealing with a storage issue.

Fun with Fiction Family Book Club

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Monday, 4/20 at 5:00PM. Kids in grades 3 – 5 and their families are invited to join the Family Book Club discussion of My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville. Multiple copies are available at the Children’s Desk. Registration is required, and there will be refreshments, activities, and door prizes.

Wowbrary

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

Murder Takes the Cake!

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

My Weird School Family Book Club

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

Annual Meeting

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

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

Megan Allen President

Volunteers Wanted for VITA

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

Yankee Chapter – Salt & Pepper Club

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

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

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:  10:30AM – 11:00AM     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.

Thursdays:  6:00PM – 7:00PM     Life Is Art
Tweens and teens, ages 10 and up, learn new techniques and express their inner artist with fun and different creative projects each week during this drop-in program.

Fridays:  10:30AM – 11:30AM     Stay & Play
Open play dates for preschoolers and caregivers. Chat over coffee or tea, juice provided; bring a snack and a friend.

At the Huntington Branch Library:

Tuesdays: 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. No programs until April.

Thursdays: 4:30PM for ages 3 – 6    Spanish with Sandra
Learn Spanish through songs, games, stories, and other fun activities. Registration is required and space is limited.

Fridays: 10:30AM -11:30AM      Show-and-Tell Stories
Listen to Miss Marissa read stories. Then, play a game or do an experiment! Participants are encouraged to bring along a show-and-tell item.  For all ages – no registration required.

Summer Reading Volunteers

At the Plumb Memorial Library on June 10, from 6:30PM-7:30PM. Orientation and training session for teens assisting with the Kids Summer Reading Program. This qualifies for the high school volunteer requirement for 2014/2015. Register early and get on the schedule (because there are limited spaces) by calling Mrs. Kopec at 203-924-9862.

Read & Grow: 1000 Books before Kindergarten

If you enjoyed the Rubber Ducky Club at Plumb Memorial Library this summer, then you can keep the fun going with our new family reading program for caregivers and children (infants up to youngsters not yet in kindergarten).  Stop by the Plumb Memorial Library Children's Room to pick up the information and supplies when you sign-up.  Then continue the program at home – at your own pace.  This program is supported by the Shelton School Readiness Council, the Shelton Library System, and the Friends of the Shelton Libraries, with a grant from the Valley community Foundation.  Call the Children's Room at 203-924-9461 for more information.

SCABGCA

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesday, 12/22 at 6:30 PM. The Southern Connecticut Antique Bottle and Glass Collectors Association meets monthly to discuss, share, and support this hobby.  New members are welcome.

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.

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 Thursday, 2/18 at 6:30PM.  This is the 6th annual Oscar Forecast event with guest Joe Meyers, movie reviewer for the CT Post, brought to you by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries. 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.

We are open

Both libraries are open during our regularly scheduled hours today.

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

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!

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.

Knit!

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesdays at 6:00 PM. This all-ages group of knitters, crocheters, and other needle crafters joins for support and chat. New members are always welcome.

MS Support

At Plumb Memorial Library the second Monday of each month at 2:00PM. Regional self-led support group for individuals with MS. This month, a pot luck holiday celebration is scheduled. Meetings are held in handicapped accessible ground floor meeting room, new members welcome.

First Friday Book Discussion

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, December 2, at 1:00 PM. Still Alice by Lisa Genova will be discussed today while enjoying light refreshments. A 50 year old woman’s sudden descent into the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease is the topic of this novel.  The January selection will be Delicious by Ruth Reichi. Books are available at the Huntington Branch Library.

 

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.

Olde Ripton Garden Club

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

Tax Information

Both libraries have some CT tax return forms. Both libraries may be getting some federal tax returns – call for updated information. To print your own IRS forms click here. To order forms to be mailed to you click here.
You may also call: 1-800-829-1040 or 1-800-829-3676.

VITA free income tax preparation services are available  (call 203-736-5420, X 206 for appointments):

TEAM, Inc. – 30 Elizabeth Street, Derby

Derby Neck Library – 307 Hawthorne Ave, Derby

Milford Senior Center – 9 Jepson Dr., Milford

For other locations you may click here.

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.