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Woodbridge Town Library – March 2021

All information accurate at press time.  Be sure to check our website or call us before your visit for any changes to our hours or events.

A Message from Our Director Regarding the Decision to Keep the Library Closed:  Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been working hard to provide as many of our resources and services to patrons as is safely possible given the circumstances.  We have generally taken a cautious and measured approach to this in order to ensure the safety of the public and of our staff.  With the region still facing significant coronavirus transmission risks and with limited resources available to us, we are remaining closed to the public at this time.  We continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 in our community, and we hope to be able to expand our services soon.  Thanks for your patience during this unprecedented time.

–Eric Werthmann, Library Director

Recycle Your Books – Especially Children’s Books!  Friends of The Library Donation Day Coming!

The Friends of the Woodbridge Library will be accepting book donations on Saturday, April 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  This donation day coincides with the Earth Day Celebration by the Town of Woodbridge.  We greatly need good quality children’s books, but we will accept adult books as well.  Please, only bring books in excellent condition.  Books that are dusty, musty, yellowed or smoke damaged, or that have been stored in a basement or garage, will have to be discarded in order to prevent harmful conditions from spreading through the collection.

In addition, we can only accept up to four boxes per household because of storage issues.  Books may be dropped off at the ramp on the side of the Library, near the small parking lot off Newton Road.  Masks must be worn.  Thank you for complying with all these guidelines, and thank you for your support of our Library!

Save the Date for a Very Special Friends of the Library Event

Library programming is coming back!  Join us for a program dedicated to the memory of Barbara Rader, longtime member and a past president of the Friends of the Library.  Dr. Mark Schenker of Yale University will lecture.  The program will be held outside, on Sunday, June 6 at 3:00 p.m.  A rain date of Sunday, June 13 is set.  More details will follow, including a suggested reading list.

From The Adult Services Department:

Creativebug Subscription Offers Video Instruction for Crafting and More!

Keep your hands active and your mind engaged with Creativebug—our crafting video database.  Find the link on our website, or visit https://www.creativebug.com/lib/woodbridgetown to get started.  You will need your library card, but after that, the possibilities are endless!

Update on Digital Magazines

The Library’s collection of 3,000 digital magazines has moved from RBDigital to OverDrive.  Up to three years of back issues are available, and all magazines are available for unlimited simultaneous access (a.k.a. NO HOLDS LISTS!).

You can search and check out the titles in our catalog, then download to a device or read in your browser.  If you have the Libby or the OverDrive apps, you’ll notice the new additions under “format.”  Don’t have the apps?  You can get them for Apple and Android devices; search your platform’s store for Libby, download the app, and set up an account with your Woodbridge Town Library card.  Need a library card?  Email askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

You may have come to the library in the past for tax information and forms.  Please read the following for changes at the library and with government agencies.  Visit our website for more information and links to tax forms:  https://woodbridge.lioninc.org/taxes.

Federal Taxes:  Federal 1040/1040-SR forms and instruction booklets are available (self-service) in the meeting room, with Park & Pickup.  The Adult Services department can print off any additional forms you might need—call us at 203-389-3434 or email us at wbrstaff@lioninc.org.  We will leave them in the meeting room under your name.

Woodbridge Human Services VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is still available to prepare income tax returns at no cost for qualifying residents.  Please call Human Services at 203-389-3429 for more information.

State Taxes:  Unfortunately, the State of Connecticut is not providing libraries with state tax forms or booklets this year.  All state tax forms and instructions can be found on the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) website:  https://portal.ct.gov/DRS.

To request paper forms and instructions, call the DRS at 860-297-5962.

Free assistance in completing Connecticut returns is available from DRS by telephone or videoconference.  Normal business hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Use the numbers below to ask general questions or request paper forms by mail:

860-297-5962 (from anywhere);

800-382-9463 (Connecticut calls outside the Greater Hartford calling area only);

860-297-4911 (TTY, TDD, and Text Telephone users only).

Taxpayers may also call 711 for relay services.  A taxpayer must tell the 711 operator the number they wish to call.  The relay operator will dial it and then communicate using a TTY with the taxpayer.

From the Children’s Department:

PoetryCraft pickups for those registered are March 18 and April 1, 15, and 29.

When you come to Park & Pickup, check the children’s cart and tables for crafts, book lists, and activities for St. Patrick’s Day and Women’s History Month.

Diversity quilt continues through mid-March, supplies available on the tables in Park & Pickup.  Please drop off completed quilt squares during the week of March 15.

SAVE THE DATE!  Join us for an OUTDOOR owl program with Horizon Wings Raptor and Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, April 14 at 1 pm (during spring break).  More information will be posted on our website; be sure to check there for more details!

Reminders On Library Services

Library staff is in the building to answer your questions and provide EXTENDED Park & Pickup service.  The book drop is also open!  Park & Pickup hours are Monday & Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm, and Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Park & Pickup remains in the Friends’ Meeting Room.  Please use the doors on the right side of the library.  Passage from the meeting room to the library is not permitted.  Remember to wait until you hear from the Library before coming to pick up your order.  Your online account may not always be accurate!

If you are returning items, please use the NEW book drop inside the meeting room, or the outdoor book drop, located to the left of the front doors.

Can’t Make It In?  Remote Library Service Available

Phones and emails are answered by staff Monday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.  Place holds, ask questions, find out information, and more.  If calling, you may need to leave a message—calls will be returned as soon as possible!

Department phones and emails:
Adult Services/Reference: 203-389-3434 wbrstaff@lioninc.org;
Children’s Department: 203-389-3439 childrensprograms@lioninc.org;
Circulation/General info: 203-389-3433 askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

Long Overdue Items:  Please return outstanding items as soon as possible, even if they are BILLED on your library account.  No replacement costs will be charged, but the items need to come back.  The book drop is open 24/7; items will be quarantined for 96 hours, in accordance with new guidelines.  No fines will be charged for late items.  Fines or bills on your account will be waived— simply call us to remove charges.

Are you on our email list?  Sign up to get alerts about our events, new offerings, and any updates about reopening.  Go to our website:  woodbridgetownlibrary.org and scroll to the very bottom.  Enter your email address and you’ll start receiving our emails!  We typically only send one email per week.

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