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Woodbridge Town Library News – 8/26/22

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

Saturday hours return Saturday, September 10

Visit us Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm and Friday 10 am to 5 pm.  We are closed on Saturdays until after Labor Day.  Our first open Saturday will be September 10 (after Labor Day)—from 10 am to 5 pm.  We hope to see more of you soon.  The Library will also be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.

New Online Card Registration to Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month!

Are you a Woodbridge resident?  You can now sign up for a library card online!  To help celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month, we’ve introduced a way for you to register for a Woodbridge library card through 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.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, when libraries nationwide join the American Library Association (ALA) to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.  Libraries play a crucial role in the education and development of children, offering a variety of programs to spark creativity and stimulate an interest in reading and learning.  Through access to technology, media resources and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams, explore new passions and interests, and find their voice.

At the Woodbridge Town Library, patrons of all ages can find a variety of educational resources and activities, including storytimes, STEM programs, lectures and more. v“Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children,” says Library Director Eric Werthmann.  “We’ve recently introduced a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, and we also have programs that serve students of all ages and backgrounds.”

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 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

Adult Services/Reference:  203-389-3434; reference@woodbridgetownlibrary.org;

Children’s Department:  203-389-3439; childrens@woodbridgetownlibrary.org

Circulation/General info:  203-389-3433; circulation@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

Not sure who you need?  Email askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

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Instagram:  @woodbridgetownlibrary

TikTok:  @woodbridge_town_library

Library News

We need you!  And your art!  Exhibition spaces are available for any and all 2D media.  Fill out the form here:  https://woodbridge.lioninc.org/events/art-exhibits/.  Contact Kira Edic at kedic@woodbridgetownlibrary.org for more information.

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

Music of Ireland:  Songs of Love & Rebellion

Saturday, September 17 at 2 pm in the Meeting Room

Join us on the halfway to St. Patrick’s Day!  Guitarist and vocalist Gil McLean performs Irish songs ranging from the 1800s or so to more modern times and tells you the stories behind them.  Please register online or at the library.

Lunch & Learn:  Planning for the Future

Wednesday, September 21; 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Meeting Room

Learn about the potential risks and pitfalls when planning for the future for individuals with special needs.  Explore available benefits for which they qualify.  Presented by Drazen Rubin Law.  Lunch will be provided.  This program is co-sponsored by the Woodbridge Center.  Register online via the library’s website or by calling The Woodbridge Center at 203-389-3430.

James Webb Space Telescope Images

Thursday, September 22 at 2 pm in the Meeting Room

We will be watching several short videos that compare James Webb images to previous telescopes, and analyze and explain images of nebulae, galaxies, and deep field pictures of the universe.  Hosted by astronomer David Butler.  Please register online or at the library

Woodbridge Scrabble Group

Every Wednesday from 11 am to 1 pm in the Meeting Room

Play Scrabble against your friends and neighbors! No registration required.

Woodbridge Writers Workshop

Held the fourth Tuesday of every month (September 27) from 3 to 5 pm.

Join area writers as we read and critique our works in a friendly atmosphere.  Register online or at the library.  Contact Bill with questions, warmstrong@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

From The Children’s Department

Animal Facts Club:  Monday, 9/12 @ 6:30 pm.  Ages 7+.  Registration required.  Meets monthly.

Creative Writing Club:  Wednesday, 9/21 @ 6:30 pm.  Ages 9+.  Registration required.

Graphic Novel Club:  Tuesday, 9/27 @ 6:30 pm.  Ages 9+.  Registration required.  Meets monthly.

Teen Advisory Board:  Wednesday, 9/21 @ 3:30 pm.  Ages 13+.  Registration required.

More information and registration available on our website or at the Children’s Desk.

Ongoing Events—come every week or when you can!  No registration necessary.

Baby Group:  Mondays @ 10:30 am.  Ages newborn-18 months.  Songs, rhymes, and finger plays.

Storytime:  Wednesdays @ 10:30 am.  Ages infant-3 years.  Fun stories, music, and props.

Thursday Crafts:  Thursdays @ 4 pm.  Ages 3 and up.  New make and take craft every week.

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