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Woodbridge Town Library News – 12/16/22

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

Library Announcements

Support the Friends of the Library at their Holiday Book Sale

Shop local, shop sustainable!  The Friends have beautiful books in barely used condition—and ideas for pairing suggestions to match your gifts.  Example: a cookbook with a bottle of wine or a grow your own herbs kit, or a gardening book with a new plant or bulbs.  Items are on display in the front lobby and on the mezzanine in Bookstore Alley. Supporting the Friends supports the library—thank you as always!

Changes to Hours

Visit us Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm and Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.  Our upcoming holiday closures:  Saturday, December 24; Monday, December 26; and Monday, January 2.  We will close at 2 pm on Saturday, December 31.

New Online Card Registration Available

Are you a Woodbridge resident?  You can now sign up for a library card online! Visit our website, woodbridgetownlibrary.org.  After registering, you will immediately be able to use your new account to place holds on items for pick up at the library.  We will then contact you via email within 2 business days with your new library card number.  At this time, you will get full access to our electronic resources, including downloadable books and magazines.  Please note that this is a temporary registration that will expire in 30 days.  Before the 30 days is up, please visit the Woodbridge Town Library in person to verify your name and address.  At that time, you will receive a permanent library card.

Do we have your email address??

Sign up for our email newsletters to receive notifications about events, new offerings, and library hours/closings.  We typically only send one email a week.  Join our mailing list by visiting our website and entering your email address in the form provided.  That’s it!  (You can also give us your email address while in the building.)

Notary Services

Notary Services are now available at the Library by appointment or by chance!  Please contact the Reference Desk for more information (stop by or call 203-389-3434) or email Bill (warmstrong@woodbridgetownlibrary.org).

Library Information

Visit the Library website 24/7 to access digital resources – woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

What’s available at the Library:

  • In-person browsing: come see all of the new books, audiobooks, and DVDs!
  • Computers: no appointment needed;
  • Printing, copying, faxing, and scanning;
  • Periodicals: recent newspapers and magazines;
  • Reference help including getting started/troubleshooting our digital library services (hoopla, Kanopy, Libby, Creativebug);
  • Ancestry Library Edition: use this popular resource to explore your family history.  Use our computers or bring your own device to work anywhere in the building on our wi-fi.

The Woodbridge Room is open!  The study room is available for two-hour reservations; please call the reference desk to book your time.  Our puzzles and children’s toys are back, and so is our seating!

Call or email to place holds, ask questions, find out information, and more.

Department phones and emails:

Socialize with us!

  • Facebook: @woodbridge.town.library;
  • Instagram: @woodbridgetownlibrary;
  • TikTok: @woodbridge_town_library.

LIBRARY NEWS

Library Skywatch

Every Monday & Tuesday, conditions permitting (dark & clear), a reference staff member will assist the public in identifying and viewing celestial objects with our new Zhumell 1114mm refracting telescope.  Join us on the Library lawn, from where we can see the Moon and the larger and closer planets.  Telescope viewing starts ½ hour after sundown.  Reservation not needed; walk-ins welcome.  Contact Bill at warmstrong@woodbridgetownlibrary.org with questions.

The Library is now FINE FREE!

The Woodbridge Town Library has gone fine free, which means patrons will no longer be charged fines for overdue items.  All existing overdue fines for Woodbridge Town Library items have been removed, but this policy change will not include replacement fees for missing or damaged items.  Please see the Circulation Department with any questions, or contact them:  203-389-3433 or askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

Museum Passes Available

We have museum passes to area attractions, everything from The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport to the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, providing you with free or discounted admission.  Reserve your passes online then print out at home (when allowed) or pick up at the library.  We can also print them here for you.  Visit https://woodbridge.lioninc.org/museum-passes/ for more info.  Please note that every attraction has its own policies for pass usage and availability may be limited.

From Adult Services

Woodbridge Writers Workshop

Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 3 to 5 pm

Gather with area writers as we read and critique our works in a friendly atmosphere.  Register online or at the library.  More information on our website or call the reference desk.

Woodbridge Scrabble Group

Wednesdays at 11 AM

Meet with friends and neighbors for friendly games of Scrabble every week in the Meeting Room.  No registration required.

Indoor Film Screenings

Thursdays at 7 PM.

Join us on Thursday evenings for a movie screening in our Meeting Room.  No registration is required to attend, but seating is first come, first serve.

  • December 22:  Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas;
  • December 29: BOWIE:  Moonage Daydream.

Holiday Music with Joe Neumann

Tuesday, December 20 at 7 PM

Join us as Joe Neumann—singer, songwriter, and guitarist—will be performing a December solo concert featuring a mixture of traditional Christmas songs and songs from the 50s and 60s. Register online or at the library.

New Year, New Uke

Saturday, January 7 at 2 PM for Adults & Teens

Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play?  Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing.  No experience necessary.  Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of hers.  Registration is required, as space is limited.  Please register online or at the library.

Introduction to Mindfulness

4-week program on Tuesdays, January 10 to 31 at 6 PM

Learn how to use mindfulness to address ongoing pandemic related anxiety and health issues, relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and improve overall quality of life with Dr. Jennifer Botwick of the New Haven Naturopathic Center.  Register online or at the library.  This program is co-sponsored with the Woodbridge Center.

Music concert featuring: Headwaters

Saturday, January 28 at 2 PM

More info to come!

Especially For Teens

Teen Volunteers needed!

Check out our teen page on our website to see what volunteer opportunities are available.

SAT Practice Session with the Princeton Review

Tuesday, January 24 at 3 pm

Held in-person at the library!  More information and registration via our website.

From The Children’s Department

Winter Break Fun

Check online or just drop in for all sorts of activities during the winter break week.

Winter DIY

Tuesday, December 20

Learn to make some easy and surprisingly elegant homemade gifts.  Online registration is required.

Ages 12+ Session meets 2:30-3:30pm;

Ages 9+ Session meets 6:30-7:30pm.

Creative Writing Club

Wednesday, December 21 from 6:30-7:15 pm

A club for writers ages 8-12.  Join us for games, prompts, and activities to help jumpstart your ideas.  Online registration is required.

Graphic Novel Club

Tuesday December 27 & Tuesday, January 24 from 6:30-7:15 pm.

Come to one, the other, or both!  A club for children ages 9-12 that love reading and chatting about graphic novels.  We will also enjoy a game, craft, or snack related to the book.  Online registration is required.

Buildwave

Wednesday, December 28 at 2 pm

For 1st through 4th grades; please register online.

Winter Break Ice Science

Thursday, December 29 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Drop by the library to experiment with a few chilly science “tricks” to wow your friends and family with at home.  Ages 7 and up.  Online registration is required.

Magic Show with Ed Pop

Friday, December 30 at 2 pm

Ages 3 and up; please register online

New Year, New Uke

Saturday, January 7

It’s the New Year, which means it’s time to learn a new skill!  Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play?  Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing.  No experience necessary.  Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of hers.  Registration is required, as space is limited—please do so online or at the library.

  • Children Ages 7+      1:00pm-1:45pm;
  • Teens & Adults         2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Animal Facts Club

Monday, January 23 at 6:30 pm

Ages 7+.  Registration required.  Meets monthly.  January’s theme is arctic animals.

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