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Woodbridge Town Library News and Upcoming Events March 2020

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***We are open Monday – Thursday: 10 am to 8 pm, and Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm.**

Courtesy Renewals Now in Effect

The Woodbridge Town Library began offering courtesy renewals to our patrons on February 1, 2020.  The change was recommended by the LION Consortium which is committed to sharing, expanding and promoting excellent library resources and services.  Courtesy renewals mean that a few days before checked-out items are due, all that are eligible will be automatically renewed.

Materials will not be eligible for courtesy renewals if:

  • Another patron has a hold on the item;
  • The item has reached its maximum number of allowable renewals;
  • Renewals are not allowed for the item (e.g. museum passes or items in a bestseller collection); and
  • The relevant patron account is expired or suspended.

This service does not apply to downloadable or streaming materials.  Only items owned by the Woodbridge Town Library, or those of another LION library that have enacted courtesy renewals, will automatically be renewed.  Library staff is happy to answer any renewal questions—stop by at any time.

Long Wharf Theatre Pass Program

The Woodbridge Town Library is pleased to participate in the popular Long Wharf Theatre Pass Program again!  The Long Wharf Theatre Library Pass helps libraries in Connecticut increase the opportunity for their patrons to see Long Wharf Theatre performances.  The next batch of tickets will be released in early March for The Chinese Lady, which starts on March 18.  As in years past, only one pass will be given out per performance date.  Each pass is good for two adult tickets.  Please stop by the reference desk to see the performance calendar.  First come, first served.  No holds.  You must bring your valid Woodbridge Library card to check out the pass.  All performance dates subject to availability and are not guaranteed available.  Please see the reference desk with any questions.

The Kerry Boys Return

The Library welcomes back The Kerry Boys on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 pm.  Get ready for a musical experience full of great Irish music, humor and audience participation!  The year 2020 marks The Kerry Boys’ twenty-ninth year as Connecticut’s favorite Irish Balladeers.  With their signature vocal harmonies and high energy instrumentation, The Kerry Boys are just plain Celtic fun!  Please register online or at the library.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Woodbridge Library.

Hummingbirds of America with John Root

Naturalist John Root will present a lecture featuring spectacular images of hummingbirds from North, Central, and South America on Monday, March 16 at 7 pm.  Topics discussed include myths and legends about hummingbirds in different cultures, special adaptations for flight, coevolution of hummingbirds and the flowers that they visit, courtship and nesting behavior, and migration.  Information about attracting hummingbirds with feeders and hummingbird gardens will also be discussed.  Please register online or at the library.

Author Event:  The Gift of Rudy

Sharon Ruchman, an American classical music composer, musician and author, will visit the library on Monday, March 30 at 7 pm for an exciting presentation and author talk.  Her book, The Gift of Rudy, chronicles the life and tragic death of her great uncle, Rudolph “Rudy” Fuchs, a musical prodigy in the early 1930s.  A compelling story of two musical careers within the same family — Rudy’s ending at the age of 25 in a plane accident above the 1933 Chicago World’s Fairgrounds and Sharon’s blossoming in the 21st century after Rudy’s sheet music for violin and his prized viola find their way to her.  Please register online or at the library.

March Madness Adult Reading Challenge

How many books can you read in a month?  You’ll have from March 2 until March 30 to read as many books as you can!  For every 5 books you read, you get a prize!  At the end we will pick a name at random for a big prize that anyone could win!  Participating is easy, stop by the Information Desk in March to pick up review cards!  Fill one out for each book you read throughout the month and give them back to us at the Information Desk.  Good luck and happy reading!!

Thursday Night Film Screenings

Join us at 7 pm in the meeting room; registration is not required.

March 5:  A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 108 minutes; PG

March 12:  Bombshell 118 minutes; R

March 19:  Knives Out 130 minutes; PG-13

March 26:  Ford v Ferrari 152 minutes; PG-13

Coming in April

The Connecticut Library Association is once again hosting a Library Passport program.  Stop by the Library in late March to get your passport—prizes awarded at various levels of participation!


From Ella to Aretha Jazz to Soul Showcase with Rhonda Denet and the Silver Fox Songs Trio.  Tuesday, April 7 at 7 pm. Sponsored by the Eckhardt Fund.

Children’s Activities & Events

For more information on our Children’s Events, please visit our website or call 203-389-3439.

Playdoh Palooza

Saturday, March 7 from 1 to 4 pm

Drop in and create a cute critter!  All ages welcome.

littleBits Workshops

Saturdays, March 7 and 21 at 3 pm

Drop in and create a circuit that buzzes, bleeps, and blinks!  Ages 7 and up.

Nutmeg Book Club

Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 pm

Pick up a copy of Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger and come ready for a discussion!  We will have a snack and a craft related to the book.  For grades 4 to 7.  Please register online or at the Children’s Desk.

Nonfiction Club

Thursday, March 19 at 5:30 pm

Check out a nonfiction book about this month’s theme (Ancient Rome) and come ready to discuss what you learned!  We’ll enjoy a snack and make a craft too.  For grades 3 to 6.  Please register online or at the Children’s Desk.

Math Maniacs

Tuesday, February 18, 2 to 3:30 pm

Join us for a fun afternoon of math!  Play board games, enjoy a snack, and test your problem-solving skills!  For grades K to 6.  Registration required—online or in person at the Children’s Desk.

Jay Mankita’s Playful Engineers Traveling Makerspace

Jay Mankita’s Playful Engineers will be here on Friday, March 20 at 1 pm!  Spend your day off from school designing, building, and testing your own contraptions.  The Playful Engineers is a traveling makerspace for ages 5 and older, with parents/caregivers.  Please register online or at the Children’s Desk.

Save the Date! Bubblemania with Casey Carle

Wednesday, April 15 at 2 pm

Join the fun when Casey Carle brings his amazing bubble show to our library!  Learn about the fascinating science behind the magical world of bubbles.  Registration required and will open on March 16.

Ongoing Childrens Programming

Baby Rhyme Time (0-18 months)

Every Wednesday, 10:30-11 am

Join us for songs and rhymes, fun for little ones.  No registration.

Rhythm and Rhyme (18-36 months)

Every Thursday, 10:30-11 am

Talking, singing and reading to build vocabulary and a love of books!  No registration.

Saturday Preschool Storycraft (3-5 years)

Every Saturday, 11-11:30 am

Stories and crafts for ages 3 to 5 with an adult.  No registration.

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