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Woodbridge Town Library News – April 2022

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

Our NEW Hours and Holiday Closings

We have returned to our pre-pandemic hours:  Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.  We hope to see more of you soon.  The Library will be closed on Good Friday, April 15 but will be open 10 to 5 on Saturday, April 16.

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 NOW 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.  You may need to leave a message if calling; please do so, we WILL call you back!

Department phones and emails:

Socialize with us!

  • Facebook:  @woodbridge.town.library
  • Instagram:  @woodbridgetownlibrary
  • TikTok:  @woodbridge_town_library

Library Events

As of April 1, 2022, 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.  The Library had been waiving all overdue fines since the start of the pandemic and the recognition that fines create barriers to access led the Woodbridge Library Commission to vote to permanently eliminate all fines for overdue books, movies and other library items at its March meeting.  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.

“We want people in the community to be excited about coming to the Library, rather than worried about whether or not they owe a fine,” says Library Director Eric Werthmann.  “We want to encourage the use of the Library’s materials, facilities and services.”

The Fine Free movement is growing in the library world and has been adopted by many local libraries.  Currently there are almost 100 fine free libraries (52 percent) in Connecticut, including nearby libraries in Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Hamden, Madison, and New Haven.

Items will still have due dates, and patrons will still responsible for returning books, movies and other borrowed items.  If there’s no hold on an item for another patron, the item will be renewed automatically up to two times.  Patrons are still responsible for lost or damaged materials; they will be charged the value of the item so that the library can buy a replacement copy.  Overdue museum passes will have a $5 per day late fee.

This new policy applies only to items owned by the Woodbridge Town Library; fees may be charged by other Connecticut libraries (including those in the LION consortium) and may be applied to the patron’s library account.  Please see the Circulation Department with any questions, or contact them:  203-389-3433 or askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

Art Exhibits have returned to the Library’s Meeting Room!  The students of Palette Art School continue as our April exhibit.  Stop by the library during open hours now through the end of the month to see the artwork—both in the meeting room and the Bookstore Alley.  More information: https://woodbridge.lioninc.org/events/art-exhibits/.

We will be featuring a different artist every month; stop by and check out these talented artists.  Interested in having your artwork displayed?  Fill out the form here:  https://woodbridge.lioninc.org/events/art-exhibits/.  Contact Kira Edic at kedic@woodbridgetownlibrary.org for more information.

From Adult Services

Come Vote for the Winners of the Peeps in the Library Diorama Contest

We’re back once again with our seventh annual Peeps in the Library Diorama contest!  Voting will take place at the library the week of April 18—grab a ballot when you’re in and vote for your favorites!

Passports to Libraries Continues!

Over one hundred forty Connecticut libraries will participate in the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program.  To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program invites you to visit all of the participating Connecticut public libraries.  Take the opportunity to explore each library’s architecture, ambiance and collection.  The program is open to adults and children, encouraging you to explore the many different libraries in Connecticut.

To participate, visit the library to pick up your Passport.  Show us your library card and we will stamp the Passport to get you started.  You will receive a free token gift.  Then, take your Passport along as you visit other participating libraries.  At each visit, you must show your library card, and then the library will stamp your passport.

Visit at least five participating libraries and return your passport by early May (exact date to be determined), to be entered into one state-wide drawing for a chance to win a $150 Visa gift card for adults (18 and up) and a $100 Visa gift card for children (under 18).  Visits must occur between April 2 and April 30.  This is a statewide contest where four winners will be selected:  one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited at least five libraries, and one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited the most libraries.

UNSTUCK Mini, April 21 at 6 pm in the meeting room

Has your lifestyle or the pandemic left you feeling depleted and stuck?  Are your habits causing you to be unhealthy?  Does your living space feel like it’s been taken over by stuff?  Cindy Kane and Lauren Hass return for another session of this popular, interactive program.  Please register.

NEW! Writer’s Workshop—every fourth Tuesday of the month, 3 to 5 pm. April’s meeting is on April 26

Are you a writer looking for inspiration, feedback, or support for your work?  At the Woodbridge Writer’s Workshop, you can share your writing and get feedback from a friendly, positive group.  We can also help you find the resources to make your writing journey easier.  All genres welcome—poetry, stories, memoirs, fiction, journalism, etc.  Please register at the reference desk or via email:  warmstrong@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

Save the dates for these upcoming programs! More information available on our website:

Friday, May 6 at 11 am:  The History of White House Entertainment with Alan DeValerio;

Tuesday, May 11 at 1 pm:  Free In-Person Virtual Art Tour Series from the Wadsworth Athenaeum: Impressionists;

Thursday, June 2 at 7 pm:  Celebrating the Music of Thelonious Monk with the Shoreline Jazz Quartet.

From The Children’s Department

April Eco Crafts

Every Monday at 5 pm throughout April come make a craft using biodegradable or recycled materials!  Grades 3 and up.  Online registration required.

Indoor Story Time Has Returned

Join us on the carpet in the children’s room for fun stories, music, and props!  Every Wednesday at 10:30 am, for infants to age 3 and their caregivers.

In- person Story Craft returns on Saturdays!

Every Saturday, promptly at 10:30 am, join us for a special story time session just for children ages 3-5.  We will gather in the craft room for stories followed by a simple craft.  No registration necessary; come every week or when you can!

Singer-Songwriter Steve Elci performs live at the Woodbridge town-wide bike event!

Saturday, May 14 at Noon. Fun for the whole family! Takes place on library grounds—bring chairs or a blanket. In the event of rain, concert will be in the meeting room.

Marble Run Building Challenge:  Wednesday, May 18 at 4 pm

Use all kinds of materials to make and test your own marble run – free-build style.  For ages 5 and up.

Theater for kids with Ingrid Schaeffer on Saturday, May 21

Two participatory theater programs for kids to act out classic children’s stories, followed by a craft.  The 1 pm program is for ages 3 to 5; the 2 pm program is for ages 5 to 10.  More details on our website—registration is required.

May Graphic Novel Book Discussion:  Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 pm

For ages 9 and up. Read the Graphic Novel, The Tea Dragon Society before coming to the program (copies of the book will be available at the library).  On the night of the program, we’ll chat about our favorite parts of the book while using paint-markers to design fancy tea mugs.

News From The Friends Of The Library

Shop our Inside & Outside* Book Sale!

Saturday, April 23 from 10 am to 3 pm.  Part of the Earth Day Spring Clean Event. (*on the Library lawn, Woodbridge Room & Bookstore Alley).  Start getting ready for summer reading on the beach, by the pool, or in the comfort of the AC!  The Friends have books, puzzles, CDs, and more!

The Friends Bookstore Alley is open anytime the library is, with ever-changing displays and fresh inventory.  We can’t wait to see you!  We are also accepting donations of your gently used books, DVDs, CDs, etc.  You can also lend support by shopping on Amazon via Amazon Smile, and selecting Friends of the Woodbridge Library as your designated charity.  The Friends also accept donations via PayPal.  Supporting the Friends supports the Library—thank you!

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