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Woodbridge Town Library News and Upcoming Events May & June 2020

“Join us” online for the following programs.  Please see our website for event descriptions, registration information, and any other preparation you may need to do.  Invitations to join our virtual events will be sent a few days prior to the program.

Adult Programs

Virtual New England Legends Program

Thursday, June 4 at 7 pmGather ‘round the virtual campfire with Jeff Belanger, one of New England’s premier storytellers!  For over 20 years, Jeff has been exploring the unexplained.  He seeks out history, folklore, ghosts, monsters, and legends all over the world and in your backyard.  New England Legends offers a tour of haunts, monsters, aliens, and weird history from our region.  Based on Jeff’s popular weekly podcast and his Emmy-nominated television series on PBS and Amazon Prime, the program presents highlights from his own adventures and work.  The bizarre is closer than you think!  Each one of Jeff’s virtual programs will be different every single time!

Strawberry Season with Robin Glowa

Wednesday, June 10 at 7 pm

Strawberry Season is here!  Join Robin Glowa, “The Conscious Cook”, for a celebration of strawberries, one of nature’s sweetest crops.  You’ll discover new ways to prepare this naturally nourishing berry in your kitchen.

Children’s Programs

The Cactushead Puppets will present a Paper Bag Princess workshop in June.  Check our website for more information, including what you’ll need to have on hand to create your own puppet!Save the Date!!Food Explorers with Katie Shepherd will be back on July 1, with Fourth of July Red, White, and Blue cupcakes.  Two sessions will be held:  10:30 am and 1:30 pm.  Details coming soon.More programs are in the works!  Remember to check our website for new additions.Library Services Available at Home

Woodbridge Town Library cardholders can visit our website to access many downloadable and streaming digital resources.  You can download ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive or Hoopla, stream movies on Kanopy, or browse magazines on RB Digital.  We have raised the fine threshold to $100, so that more may borrow and stream.  If you need a new library card and live in Woodbridge, please email your name, address, and phone number to askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

Some of our digital services have been available for years and some are quite new, but we know that many of you are just discovering them (or re-discovering them) now.  Here is a run-down of what we offer, what each service provides, and who may use it.  You will need your library card to access these products!  You can also go directly here, to access our services:  https://www.woodbridge.lioninc.org/wtl-at-home-digital-resources.

Remember, if you need a card or can’t find your number, send an email to askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

For Woodbridge residents only*

Consumer Reports:  unbiased ratings and reviews for 9000+ products and services, plus trusted advice and in-depth reporting on what matters most.

Ancestry:  discover your family history.  Special home use during the quarantine.

Kanopy:  stream full-length movies and The Great Courses.  KanopyKids has children’s programming, including PBS shows.  Watch on a SmartTV via app or on your handheld device.

hoopla:  stream ebooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies, and TV shows for all ages.  No waitlists!  Watch on a SmartTV via app or on your handheld device.

NEW!  ReferenceUSA:  data on businesses, consumers, healthcare providers, new movers and homeowners, as well as historical business information.  Access via trial subscription.

NEW!  Creativebug:  online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques taught by the experts; classes available for all ages.

For all LION-library towns*

OverDrive:  downloadable ebooks and audiobooks for all ages.  OverDrive also offers Libby, which is an app for mobile devices across all platforms and computers using Windows 10.  Kindle Fire users and those with computers using Windows 8 and older—you will need to use the classic OverDrive app or access materials via your browser.

RBdigital:  formerly Zinio, downloadable magazines from cooking to politics and more. Read via app or on your computer.

For anyone with a Connecticut library card

researchIT CT:  from the Connecticut State Library, access to current newspapers and magazines, as well as archival material and databases for research.

For ANYONE

The State Library also provides a collection of ebooks and audiobooks—no library card required!!  All information is here:  https://researchitct.org/eaudioebooks/.

*These services MAY be available to non-Woodbridge residents if your town’s library subscribes.  The best place to check is on your town’s library website.

Visit our social media accounts and our website with information and resources for all ages, including library materials and fun things, such as museum tours, read-a-longs, free classes, and more!  Much of the same information will be shared in eblasts, released on Monday and Thursday.  If you would like to sign up for library news via email, please send an email to askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org and you will be added to the list.

Our website:  www.woodbridgetownlibrary.org

Facebook: @woodbridge.town.library

Instagram: @woodbridgetownlibrary

Reminders:

  • You need your Woodbridge library card number to access digital resources through the Library website;
  • Holds will not be placed on physical items as all LION libraries are closed;
  • All library card expiration dates have been extended, and the fine threshold for digital content has been raised from $25 to $100. You can access all digital content at home without fear of being blocked out;
  • All physical materials currently checked out have been extended. The new due date is June 1.  No fines will be charged for late items;
  • Please do not return library items to the book drop; it is not being monitored;
  • Please do not bring donations for the Friends as they are not stopping by the building. (However, as you spring clean, please DO consider The Friends for your book donations for when we re-open;)
  • Programs have been cancelled and many will be rescheduled once an opening date is determined. Online museum pass reservations are temporarily not available;
  • If you do not have a library card, you may request one via email: askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.  Provide your full name, date of birth, address, phone number, and email;
  • You can also email askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org if you have questions or need help with digital media.

The Friends of the Woodbridge Library has asked us to share the following update:

When the Woodbridge Town Library closed in mid-March, the Friends could no longer prepare for our June Book Sale.  We have decided to postpone this well-attended and well-loved event.  When we figure out new dates, we’ll let you know.

In this sad, difficult time we also decided not to send our Annual Appeal/Newsletter.  We always appreciate your support, but believe this is not the time to ask for donations.  There will be a time when we ask for that support, for our gem of a library will face new challenges when it reopens.

While the Bookstore Alley is closed, please continue to gather your donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and puzzles.  Keep them in a safe, clean place until we are once again able to accept them.  Visit the new library website and sign up for its weekly email newsletter to learn about all the online opportunities available to you, many provided through funding by the Friends, while you are keeping safe at home.

Take care, everyone.

  • Your Friends of the Library

woodbridgectfriends@gmail.com

P.S.  You can still support the Friends of the Woodbridge Library even while the bookstore is closed!  While you’re scrolling through Amazon looking for more cleaning supplies or pet food, why not have your purchases serve a bigger purpose?  Go to smile.amazon.com and search for the Friends of the Woodbridge Library as your designated charity.  Supporting the Friends supports the library!

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