Archived News

OverDrive App Update Problem

Recently there was an update of the OverDrive app for iOS (the operating system for iPhone, iPads, and iPod Touches) which has been problematic for many patrons. OverDrive has resolved some of these problems with a newer release, but if you use this app and are still experiencing problems, please continue reading for another update.

From OverDrive:
On February 5, we released v3.5.1, which resolved problems with the app crashing (without the need to reinstall the app).

We are now aware of instances where users are unable to download previously downloaded eBooks. This is a result of the temporary fix to v3.5.0, and is occurring when users uninstalled and reinstalled the app and then signed in using a different method (for example, a library card instead of an OverDrive account) than they used when they originally installed the app. To resolve this issue, users should always sign into the app using the same method, especially if they download eBooks. Users can learn more about signing into the app in this help article.

We are monitoring the app reviews and support inquiries, and will continue to address these issues in forthcoming updates. In the meantime, thank you for your patience.

We have also heard that this update clears the patron’s history of OverDrive titles they have borrowed from the device. We have informed OverDrive about this as well. Because the history is only stored on the device, it cannot be retrieved after the update. OverDrive recommends saving the history before updating the app by going to Home Menu > History > Edit. Tap Select All, then Share. From there, the patron can email the list wherever they like.

Storm closing

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

Be safe and stay warm!

Who Is It? Book Club

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, 2/10, at 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 selection, Who Is Derek Jeter? are at the Children’s Desk for check-out one month prior to the book club session.

Valentine Fun

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, 2/3, at 6:00 PM. Kids ages 5 and up with their caregivers are invited to join Mrs. Fritsch and Mr. Al for a story, crafts, and refreshments; register now!

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)

Cozy Mystery Club

At the Huntington Branch Library on Friday, 2/19, 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!

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!


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

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.

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.

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, pencils, and markers! Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries, providing the pizza and snacks. Everyone needs to step back and take a break – here is some ready-made fun.

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.


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!

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, 2/20, at 1:00 PM.  Teens, ages 13 – 19, share board or card games, crafts, or a movie with snacks. This is a free, drop-in event.

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.

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!

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.


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.

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.

TEEN and TWEEN Book Clubs

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Wednesday, 2/24, at 3:30PM. Both book clubs meet at the same time for an hour of book discussion, followed by a social hour. Check with Adam for the titles of this month’s books; copies of both books are at the Children’s Desk.

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.


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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Winter 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:

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 – 5, 5:00PM for ages 6 – 8     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.

Repeat Reads

At the Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, 2/26, at 6:00PM.  Adults re-read (or read for the first time) classic favorites from youth.  This month it’s  Matilda by Roald Dahl. Even if you have seen the film, try the book version. Copies of the book are available, and new members are welcome.  Come debate its merits and values, share tea and snacks – drop-in for a reader’s Happy Hour!


At the Plumb Memorial Library on 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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 2/5, 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.

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.


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, 2/20 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.


At the Plumb Memorial Library on Tuesdays at 600 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, 2/5, at 1:00 PM. No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin will be discussed today while enjoying light refreshments. This biography is a Pulitzer Prize winner. The March selection will be Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. Books are available at the Hunting 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.

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.

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.

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

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Kids Catalog

We now have online catalogs just for kids. Look up books, movies, etc. here: or