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***Saturday hours return on September 7. We are open Monday – Thursday: 10 am to 8 pm, and Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm. ***
Exciting Changes to DVD and Blu-ray Collections
Starting September 1, new DVDs will circulate for 1 week, instead of the previous 3 day loan period. This increase means that almost all video discs will now circulate for the same amount of time. The change was brought about to better standardize circulation times on Woodbridge materials and to be more in line with neighboring towns and other libraries in the LION consortium. The increased number of days gives patrons more time to enjoy borrowed items and less opportunities for overdue fines. Also coming September 1, a new bestseller collection of DVDs and Blu-rays will be unveiled. These will all circulate for 3 days, and like the bestseller 14 day book collection, they cannot be placed on hold nor renewed. Bestseller copies will be chosen by patron demand and popularity, with the goal of helping patrons get the newest movies even faster.
Save these dates—registration to come soon for these amazing fall programs
- Tuesday, October 8: Dustin Pari, from Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, discusses “Spirts of the World,” with stories of his international ghost hunting trips.
- Wednesday, November 13: Rhonda Denet and the Silver Fox Trio present “Jazz to Soul (aka Ella to Aretha)”. This concert is graciously sponsored by the Gerry Hellmann Eckhardt Fund for the Woodbridge Library, an endowed designated fund at the Valley Community Foundation.
- Saturday, November 16: The Annual Friends of the Library Purves Lecture, featuring Deirdre Bair. The National Book Award-winning biographer will discuss her latest book, Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me. The forthcoming memoir 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.
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.
Pastel Painting: Stunning Still Lifes Like the Masters
Monday, September 5 at 6:30 pm
This is the final installment in our workshop series! Gregory Maichack, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) pastel demonstrator, twice nominated for the MCC Gold Star Award, and award-winning pastelist, returns for the last of three exciting pastel workshops: instruction, demo, and hands-on work for both sheer beginners and those more advanced. All get to keep their pastel paintings afterwards! You must register for this program in person at the Information Desk and pay the $10 supplies fee at that time. You may only register for one of the three nights as registration will be limited, so if you have attended either of the other sessions, you may go on a waitlist for the final night. This program is for teens and adults, ages 15 and up.
The Pierce Campbell Trio (featuring members of The Kerry Boys)
Monday, September 16 at 7 pm
The Pierce Campbell Trio performs jazz classics from artists like Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett along with more modern tunes from Stevie Wonder, Nora Jones, Bill Withers and even some originals; they have an energy and sound that engages all audiences. With excellent vocals and strong improvisation, you’ll get the best jazz has to offer with this dynamic trio. Pierce (guitar/vocals) and Tony Pasqualoni (acoustic bass) perform with several other bands including The Funky Butt Jazz Band and the popular Irish group, The Kerry Boys. Please register online or at the library.
Outdoor Film Screening: The Princess Bride (1987)
Tuesday, September 17 at sunset (approx. 7 pm)
Shown on the Green; 98 minutes; PG
The original August date was cancelled due to rain; we are happy to offer a new date for this modern classic. While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love. The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh. Bring blankets and chairs; no registration required.
Beautiful Beans with Robin Glowa
Thursday, September 24 at 7 pm
Economical, versatile, packed with nutrients, beans will add beautiful benefits to your diet. Join Robin Glowa, The Conscious Cook, as she shares healthful tips and tasty, simple ways to incorporate more beautiful beans into your menus. Registration is required; this is a very popular program and space is limited. Please register online or at the library.
Thursday Night Film Screenings have returned! Join us at 7 pm every Thursday, in the meeting room. No registration required.
121 minutes; R
An epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years, the film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story—set to Elton John’s most beloved songs—tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.
90 minutes; PG-13
An uplifting comedy about Martha, a woman who moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents, Sheryl, Olive and Alice, proving that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
122 minutes; PG-13
At odds over how to handle an unusually bitter Arctic blast that has made its way to downtown Cincinnati, some homeless patrons turn the public library into a shelter for the night by staging an “Occupy” sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what’s really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation’s most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.
111 minutes; PG-13
Exploring the formative years of the renowned author’s life, he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school. Their brotherhood strengthens as they grow up and weather love and loss together, including Tolkien’s tumultuous courtship of his beloved Edith Bratt, until the outbreak of the First World War which threatens to tear their fellowship apart. All of these experiences would later inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-earth novels.
Children’s Activities & Events
For more information on our Children’s Events, please visit our website or call 203-389-3439.
Special Events in September—Please Register Online
Saturday Storycraft is Back!
Start your weekend at the library! Children ages 3 to 5 years and their adults are invited to Saturday Storycraft. A special time for stories and crafts solely for this age group. No registration required—just drop in! Held every Saturday, starting September 7, from 11 to 11:30 am.
Art Workshop for Kids
Saturday, September 14 at 3 pm (grades K to 4)
Artists in grades K-4 are invited to a Cardboard Collage Creations workshop. Choose from a variety of cardboard shapes, and get crafty with fabric, paper, pom-poms, scissors, glue and more! The sky’s the limit in this fun and creative workshop! Online registration is required.
Eager Readers K-2 Book Group
Monday, September 23 at 6:30 pm (for kids entering grades K, 1, and 2)
Featuring Possum’s Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter. Possum is planning a harvest soiree. What is a soiree? Will Possum’s forest friends show up for his party? Find out in this sweet animal tale. Register online or at the Children’s Desk for this special monthly event. A book will be reserved for each registered child, and will be due the night of the program. Kids must read the book, with or without an adult, at least once before attending. We will have a lively discussion followed by an adorable craft!
Nutmeg Book Club
Thursday, September 26 at 5 pm (grades 4-7)
Join us for the first meeting of the Nutmeg Book Club! We’ll discuss Ban This Book, enjoy a snack, and make a craft for Banned Books Week! Please pick up a copy of the book at the Children’s Desk and come ready to discuss. Please register online or in person.
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, starting September 7, 11-11:30 am
Stories and crafts for ages 3 to 5 with an adult. No registration.