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Woodbridge Town Library News, End of May/Early June 2021

Woodbridge Town Library News, End of May/Early June 2021

Library Information

All information accurate at press time.  Be sure to check our website or call us before your visit for any changes to our hours or events.

Public hours:  Monday and Thursday, 3 pm to 6 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 am to 1 pm.

Park & Pickup hours:  Monday and Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.  Please wait for your email or phone call to alert you about your items.

What’s available

  • In-person browsing: come see all of the new books, audiobooks, and DVDs;
  • Computers: one hour per user; no appointment needed; Printing, copying, faxing, and scanning;
  • Periodicals: recent newspapers, plus catch up on the past year’s magazines;
  • Reference help: including getting started/troubleshooting our digital library services (hoopla, Kanopy, Libby).

At this time, the study room and the Woodbridge Room are closed.  The meeting room cannot be used for any events or programs.  Seating throughout the Library is extremely limited and no puzzles or children’s toys are in use.

Not ready to come inside?  Call or email to place holds, ask questions, find out information, and more.  Due to current staffing levels, you may need to leave a message if calling.  Please leave a message, we WILL call you back!

Department phones and emails:

Library Announcements

Congratulations to us!  The Library’s website, which went through a full redesign and update which launched in April 2020, won the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) 2021 Publicity Award for Electronic Media.  The award was presented to the library on May 13, during the 130th CLA Conference, held virtually May 10 – 14. Designed by Cliff Huizenga, our much-needed redesign was funded by the generosity of our Friends of the Library, because of the donations and book purchases made by the loyal Woodbridge community. The website has been, and continues to be, a lifeline for users of library service over the past year. The timing of the update had no connection to the library’s pandemic-related closure, but it was a bright spot during a hard year. Thank you to the Friends, thank you to the community, and thank you to our peers at CLA for recognizing Cliff’s hard work!

Thanks to everyone—adults, teens, and children—who entered our Annual Peeps in the Library Diorama Contest!  Thank you as well to all of the voters, both online and in person.  The 2021 Winners are:

Adult:  The Silence of the Peeps;

Teen/Tween:  Indiana Peep and the Raiders of the Lost Egg;

Children/Family:  Who bought all of the toilet peeper?

ADULT PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Registration required only where noted

Woodbridge Unplugged:  Live and Local

Join us for FREE informal outdoor acoustic concerts every other Thursday at 6 pm in June.  Your neighbors have talent—listen for yourself!  Concerts held on library grounds.  Bring a blanket or chairs.  No registration required.

  • June 10: Michael Tornado
  • June 24: Flynn Carney

Literature & Life:  a Mark Schenker Lecture

Sunday, June 6 at 3 pm on library grounds.  Rain date:  Sunday, June 13.  Hosted by the Friends of the Library in memory of Barbara Rader, longtime member and a past president of the Friends.  Please register online or by calling the reference desk.

Dr. Mark Schenker of Yale will return to discuss his approach to literature and how anyone who reads for personal enjoyment can gain insight into what makes literature art.  And in the process, how we all can get more out of reading.

A string trio featuring Amity High School students and library volunteers Alice, Anna, and Nora Youtz will perform, starting at 2:45 pm.

Adult Summer Reading June 23 – August 18

Stop by the Reference Desk starting June 23 to pick up your Adult Summer Reading packet!  You will get a raffle ticket for every book or challenge you complete.  Tickets can be used to enter drawings for gift baskets, which will be raffled off every two weeks.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Registration required only where noted

Please check our website for new programs and activities for the summer, including drop-in science.

Cardboard Cat Workshop

For ages 5 and up, two workshops will be offered.  Please choose June 7 or 14, both start at 3:30 pm.  Each session will be held inside the library and is limited to four artists; online registration is required.

Summer Reading Kickoff with the Magic of Danny Diamond

Tuesday, June 22 at 3 pm.  All ages welcome.  Online registration required.  Come celebrate the beginning of summer with an outdoor comedy magic show performed by magician Danny Diamond!  Summer reading materials will also be available.

Food Explorers

Monday, June 28 at 4:30 pm on Zoom.  Join Food Explorers to make No-churn Ice-Cream and Hot Fudge Sauce!  Ingredient list on registration page.  Online registration required, one spot per household.  Zoom information will be provided prior to program date.

PoetryCraft

Activity bags will be distributed on June 10 and 27, then the program will go on summer vacation.

Outdoor Storytime Continues into the Summer!

Every Wednesday, 10:30 – 11 am.  Meet at the picnic tables; no registration required.  Some chairs provided, feel free to bring your own or a blanket.  Suitable for babies through Pre-K.  We will meet in the Children’s Room if raining.

Animal Alley

Every Thursday, 4 – 4 :30 pm.  Make a different animal craft each week, outside at the picnic tables.  Ages 3 and up.  Registration is required.

NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

Book Sales

We will not have our three-day book sale this year; be sure to shop the Friends of the Library’s Mini Book Sales at these upcoming library events:

  • June 22: Summer Reading Kick-off with Magician Danny Diamond.  Book sale, 3 to 4 pm;
  • July 10: Mini Pop-Up Sale, 9 to 11 am (part of the Town of Woodbridge’s Second Summer Saturday Series).

Bookstores

The Friends’ Bookstore Alley will re-open on Monday, June 7.  Payments will continue to be made on the honor system with Honor Boxes in the Alley.  We appreciate the many shoppers who have visited our Tiny Bookstore located in the Friends’ Meeting Room, which we share with the Library’s Park & Pick Up.  The Tiny Bookstore will continue in the Meeting Room for a while longer.  Like-new items at bargain prices:  books for all ages in all genres, puzzles, CDs, and more.  Bookstore Alley is open whenever the library is open—thank you for your support!

Donations

Many thanks for your book donations at our Earth Day donation day!  We are especially grateful for the outstanding selection of children’s books received.  We will accept book donations at the July 10 event.

Friends’ Book Award Initiated

To increase our community outreach and because many students over the years have supported the Friends with numerous hours of community service, we have initiated two book awards to be presented to Amity Regional High School students at the Underclassmen Book Awards Annual Spring ceremony.  Recipients will have shown dedication to community service and demonstration of personal integrity.  A scholarship will be awarded to an Amity Regional High senior who strongly embodies the spirit of the Amity Mission Statement:  a literate, caring, creative and effective world citizen.  The Friends are also giving a separate scholarship to Rose Parady, a graduating senior.  Rose has been a faithful intern volunteering at our book sales and on Friday afternoons for the last three years.  Rose will be attending Mount Holyoke in the fall.

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