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Woodbridge Town Library News and Upcoming Events November 2019

For the latest news and information, visit our website at www.woodbridgetownlibrary.org, like us on Facebook @woodbridge.town.library, or sign up for our e-newsletter.  Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @woodbridgetownlibrary.

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

The Library will be closed on Monday, November 11 for Veterans Day and Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Save the Dates for Gingerbread 2019!

Monday, December 2 at 6 pm OR Wednesday, December 4 at 2 pm

Our popular gingerbread house decorating program will return; this year, we are offering two sessions to provide options for busy schedules.  All ages welcome.  More information to come.

Adult Programs

For more information about our events, or to register, please contact the reference desk at 203-389-3434.  Registration is also available on our website.

Planning for Financial Security with David Quast of Valic Financial Advisors

Monday, November 4 at 6:30 pm

Join us for this informative planning event where you can get tips about retirement planning, cash management, tax planning, risk management, estate planning, investment planning and more!

Giving Thanks for Healthy Sides with Robin Glowa, The Conscious Cook

Wednesday, November 6 at 7 pm

Time to get ready for Thanksgiving!  New ways to prepare some of the traditional Thanksgiving foods will be presented.  A particular focus will be on fruits and vegetables that showcase their spectacular flavor and health benefits.  Space is limited, registration is required.

Third Annual Eckhardt Fund Concert: Brazillian Jazz with the Ali Ryerson-Joe Carter Duo

Wednesday, November 13 at 7 pm

Viva Musica Brasileira!  The Library is pleased to present the Ali Ryerson-Joe Carter Duo as this year’s Eckhardt Fund Concert.  This talented pair celebrates the music of Brazil – Samba, Bossa Nova, Choro, Baiao and more.  Their repertoire features songs by Brazil’s classic composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Moacir Santos, Jacob do Bandolim, Luiz Bonfa, Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, Ary Barroso and others.  Using their Jazz backgrounds, the unique duo takes things a step further by adding Jazz improvisation into the tunes, creating a sound that blends the best of both worlds.  Experience the best of music from both sides of the equator, with Ali playing C and alto flutes, and Joe playing violão (Brazilian nylon string guitar).  Refreshments will be served.

This program is sponsored by the Gerry Hellmann Eckhardt Fund for the Woodbridge Library, an endowed designated fund at the Valley Community Foundation.  This Designated Fund supports adult cultural and arts programs that help the library attract more patrons and provide alternatives to other local programs.  If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to this fund, which will continue to support similar programming at the library, please mail a check to the Valley Community Foundation at 253-A Elizabeth Street, Derby, CT 06418 made out to VCF with the Gerry Hellman Eckhardt Fund in the memo or donate online at valleyfoundation.org.

Parisian Lives: Author Event with Deirdre Bair

Saturday, November 16 at 2 pm

In her latest book, local resident and National Book Award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair explores her fifteen remarkable years in Paris with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, painting intimate new portraits of two literary giants and revealing secrets of the biographical art.  She will discuss this book, “Parisian Lives,” at this year’s Friends of the Library Purves Lecture.

The Purves Lecture was established by the Purves Family to memorialize Marjorie Purves, a past Friends member, to perpetuate her love of books, love of great literature and most importantly, to share this love with the Woodbridge community.

Deirdre Bair received the National Book Award for “Samuel Beckett:  A Biography.”  Her biographies of Simone de Beauvoir and Carl Jung were finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Simone de Beauvoir biography was chosen by The New York Times as a Best Book of the Year.  Her biography of Anaïs Nin and her most recent book,” Saul Steinberg:  A Biography,” were both New York Times Notable Books.

Thursday Night Film Screenings

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

Thursday, November 7

Yesterday (112 minutes; PG-13)

Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie.  Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed…and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

Thursday, November 14

Ophelia (114 minutes; PG-13)

Something is rotten in medieval-era Denmark, where political intrigue swirls around the imperial court like dark magic.  Amid it all, the queen’s brightest lady-in-waiting, Ophelia, finds herself drawn to Hamlet, the charismatic and elusive crown prince.  As their secretive love affair takes flight, betrayal strikes the court, threatening to derail their union and devastate the royal family for good.  Caught between her desires and her loyalty, Ophelia has to decide where her devotion will ultimately lie.

Thursday, November 21

Driven (108 minutes; R)

After he’s busted for smuggling coke on his plane, Jim Hoffman has a chance to start over in a lush, affluent suburb of San Diego.  Jim and his wife, Ellen are surprised to find maverick auto mogul John DeLorean lives in a glamorous house down the street.  Soon an unexpected friendship forms between the two men, just as John’s new venture—the DeLorean Motor Company—is taking off.  But with the FBI pushing Jim to inform on his flashy former dealer, Morgan Hetrick and John’s financing falling through the cracks, things are far from idyllic.

Thursday, November 21

Thanksgiving—no film screening

Children’s Activities & Events

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

Nonfiction Club (Grades 3-6)

Tuesday, November 5 at 5:30 pm

Check out a book about a United States president!  Then, fill out a fact sheet and come ready to discuss what you learned!  Enjoy a snack and make a miniature White House.  This program is a collaboration between Beecher Road School and the Woodbridge Town Library.  Please register online or at the Children’s Desk.

Nutmeg Book Club (Grades 4-7)

Thursday, November 14 at 5:30 pm

Grab a seat at the next meeting of the Nutmeg Book Club!  We will discuss “Save Me a Seat,” enjoy a snack from the book, and make our own versions of Ravi’s tiffin box!  Pick up a book at the Children’s Desk and come ready to discuss.  Please register online or in person.

Eager Readers K-2 Book Group

This month’s read is “A Plump and Perky Turkey” by Teresa Bateman.  Books are available at the Children’s Desk.  When the people of Squawk Valley find themselves without a turkey for their Thanksgiving feast, they plot a way to lure one into town:  They’ll advertise for a “model” turkey to pose during an arts-and-crafts fair, and gobble the bird when they’ve finished the artwork.  But they don’t plan on meeting up with Pete—a turkey so clever, he outsmarts them all!

**Choose one session that works best for you — register online or at the Children’s Desk.**

Session 1:  Moday, November 18 at 4 pm

Session 2:  Saturday, November 23 at 3 pm

Don’t Try This At Home!

Saturday, November, 30 at 2 pm

Calling all mad scientists!!  Get ready for the coolest, hottest, most explosive activities that you can imagine.  A special traveling program from the Discovery Museum will stop by the Library that combines common sense with scientific principles and fascinating fun.  Please register online, by phone 203-389-3439, or in person at the Children’s Desk.  Space is limited!


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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