Purves Lecture: They Called Her Reckless: A True Story of Love, War, and an Extraordinary Horse
Thursday, November 5 @ 7pm
Join local author Janet Barrett to learn about the true story of an extraordinary war horse! When the Fifth Regiment’s Recoilless Rifle Platoon acquired a small Korean pony to haul ammunition to the front lines, what they got was a real-life warhorse, the courageous and indomitable Reckless, who stood with her Marines for two years during the Korean War, saving many lives, raising spirits, and winning the love and respect of all who knew her. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Woodbridge Library. Please register online, at the Circulation Desk, or by phone at 203-389-3433.
Axis 360 Class – Downloading E-books
Monday, November 9 @ 3pm OR Friday, November 20 @ 3pm
Learn how to check out an e-book using out newest platform – Axis 360. We’ll show you the basics of setting up your account, how to check a book out, read it, and return it. If possible, please bring the device that you plan on reading your e-book on (Kindle Fire, IPad, Android, etc.). You must be a Woodbridge Resident to use Axis 360. Sign up at the Circulation Desk, call 203-389-3433, or register online.
Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry
Tuesday, November 10 @ 7pm
Local author Emery “Ted” Roth will present a selection of his images of his new book Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry, while he shares experiences and discoveries made while writing the book, and talks about what it means to try to find Brass Valley, a place in time that has not quite vanished. The book tells at least three stories. First, is the story of the last working brass mill, the men and the machinery used to cast, extrude, and process the metal. Second, is the story of how Brass Valley came to be and what it was and how we changed in the process. Finally, there is the story told by the pictures of the men and communities that made the Brass Valley and the mythos of the American Dream. Q&A and book signing after presentation. Please register online, at the Circulation Desk, or by phone at 203-389-3433.
Fall Cupcake Frosting Demonstration with Gloria Hoda
Thursday, November 12 @ 7 pm
Learn to make delicious frosting and decorate cupcakes using piping bags and tips. We will learn how to make butter cream, chocolate fudge, and cinnamon cream cheese frosting to put atop chocolate and pumpkin cupcakes. Also, learn how to make a pumpkin decoration out of the frosting and piping bags. Hands on training provided and frosting recipes will be shared. Space is limited and registration is required. Please register online, at the Circulation Desk, or by phone at 203-389-3433.
Wisdom of Woodbridge lecture with Commissioner Rob Klee
Tuesday, November 17 @ 7 pm
The First Selectman is curating a series of lectures by Woodbridge residents who will discuss their exciting professions, unusual talents and expertise in various topics. The next Wisdom of Woodbridge lecture is by Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee who will discuss “Talking Trash: Recycling Revisited” at the JCC. These lectures are being co-hosted by the JCC and the Library.
The Reader book discussion with Dr. Mark Schenker
Wednesday, November 18 @ 7 pm
Join Dr. Mark Schenker, Senior Associate Dean of Yale College, for a discussion of Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader (1995; in English in 1997) which was awarded major literary prizes in France, Germany and Italy. Books available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Registration required. Please register online, at the Circulation Desk, or by phone at 203-389-3433.
Behind the Scenes with Measure for Measure at Long Wharf Theatre
Thursday, November 19 @ 7pm
Join us in a conversation with Whitney Locher, costume designer of the upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure at Long Wharf Theatre. Locher will talk about the process, artistry, and story that goes into her work. Afterwards, a scene from the play will be acted out by local actors. This event will take place in the Center Gym next to the library building. Please register online, at the Circulation Desk, or by phone at 203-389-3433.
Purposeful Destiny with Joan Hoey
Wednesday, December 2 @ 7 pm
Join social worker and human service consultant Joan Hoey to hear about her new book “Purposeful Destiny” to help people struggling to find their highest destiny in life. “Purposeful Destiny” urges readers to reach beyond their own limitations to find a power higher than themselves. With eight real-life stories of people who achieved this goal, Hoey’s new book gives a human perspective to the intangible concept of finding one’s personal higher power. Please register online, at the Circulation Desk, or by phone at 203-389-3433.
Children and Teen Programs
Ready to Read
Mondays, starting November 2 from 4-4:30pm ages 3-5
Help your child build a foundation for developing language and pre-reading skills. Our new Ready to Read program encourages talking, singing, and reading, plus activities to complete together at home. This is a drop-in program and no registration is required.
Teen Book Discussion
Thursday, November 5 @ 3:30pm
High school students are invited to come and chat with us about books they have been reading, books gone reel and other trending topics with teens. Join us for an afternoon snack and see what other have been reading and what is on their to-read lists! Please register online.
Brick by Brick Lego Program
Saturday, November 14 @ 3pm and Monday, November 23 from 4-5pm – Ages 5 and up
What can you build with Lego’s? Join us at the hands-on workshop and find out! Registration required for each session. Please register online.
Eager Readers Book Group
Monday, November 16 @ 6:30pm
Is your child in grades K-2? If so, join us for this monthly book group which meets on Monday nights! This month the Eager Readers K-2 Book Group will be reading Who Stole Mona Lisa by Ruthie Knapp. Read the book at home and join us for a lively chat and create a craft to take home. Register at the Children’s Desk when you check out a copy of the book.
Tween and Teen Time
Wednesday, November 18 @ 6:00pm
Tweens in grade 4 and up will partner with high school students to make a groovy kaleidoscope using recycled items. Join us for this program that couples creativity with peer connection. Please register online.
Crazy 8’s Math Club – Ramp It Up grades K-2
Thursday, November 19 from 4:30-5:30pm
Are you ready for a wild ride? Learn about speed, steepness, and slope with foam tubing and superballs! Space and supplies are limited to 12 participants. Please register online.
Saturday, November 28 @ 2pm ages 4 and up
Joe Murray and Susan Kirby are the Airborne Jugglers. Their high energy show features amazing juggling and comedy, set to lively music. Juggling and laughter fills the air and you never know what will happen next. Audience volunteers find themselves in the middle of the action and the fun is contagious. The show introduces a variety of juggling skills and features a hands-on plate spinning workshop afterwards. Please register online.
Shake It Up, Shakespeare!
Saturday, December 12 from 3-5pm for teens & tweens in grade 5-12
Join Ingrid Schaeffer for a special two hour hands-on theater workshop based on A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s wacky comedy of errors! Try out all sorts of costumes, wigs, props and create your own Coat of Arms. Online registration opens November 1.