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Woodbridge Town Library News – July 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

Reminder:  Closed on Saturdays in Summer!  We have returned to our pre-pandemic hours:  Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm; Friday 10 am to 5 pm.  We will be closed on Saturdays starting July 2, reopening September 10 (after Labor Day).  We hope to see more of you soon.  The Library will also be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day.

Do we have your email address??  Sign up for our email newsletters to receive notifications about events, new offerings, and library hours/closings.  We typically only send one email a week.  Join our mailing list by visiting our website and entering your email address in the form provided.  That’s it!  (You can also give us your email address while in the building.)

Read Beyond the Beaten Path with the Library This Summer!  This year’s Summer Reading theme is Beyond the Beaten Path.  The Library will be celebrating with camp-themed activities and programs, encouraging readers to take their books outside.

Kids, stop by the Children’s Department to pick up your summer reading log to keep track of the books you read.  Hand it in at the end of the summer to receive a prize!  Summer reading will end with a big party featuring Casey Carle’s Bubblemania on August 25.

Adults have their very own Summer Reading program.  Read books and complete challenges to win free books and receive raffle tickets for awesome baskets of items from local businesses!  Direct questions to kedic@woodbridgetownlibrary.org, or stop by the Reference Desk to get started.  Adult Summer Reading also ends August 25.

Outdoor Movies Return in August.  Save the Dates!  Join us on the town green on Thursday nights in August at sunset for outdoor movies.  (Let’s hope for better weather on Thursday nights THIS summer!)  Bring chairs or blankets and snacks and enjoy the shows!  Titles to be announced on our website, but each week will feature one of the following categories:

*Superhero;

*Live action family films;

*Animated family films;

*Modern classic films.

August Thursdays are:  4, 11, 18 & 25. Sunset is approximately 8:30 pm.  See you on the Green!

Notary Services are now available at the Library by appointment or by chance!  Please contact the Reference Desk for more information desk (stop by or call 203-389-3434) or email Bill (warmstrong@woodbridgetownlibrary.org).

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: n o 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:

Adult Services/Reference:  203-389-3434; reference@woodbridgetownlibrary.org;

Children’s Department:  203-389-3439; childrens@woodbridgetownlibrary.org;

Circulation/General info:  203-389-3433; circulation@woodbridgetownlibrary.org;

Not sure who you need?  Email askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

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Library News

We need you!  And your art!  Exhibition spaces are available for any and all 2D media.  Fill out the form here:  https://woodbridge.lioninc.org/events/art-exhibits/  Contact Kira Edic at kedic@woodbridgetownlibrary.org for more information.

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.  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.  Please see the Circulation Department with any questions, or contact them: 203-389-3433 or askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

Museum Passes Available:  We have museum passes to area attractions, everything from The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport to the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, providing you with free or discounted admission.  Reserve your passes online then print out at home (when allowed) or pick up at the library.  We can also print them here for you.  Visit https://woodbridge.lioninc.org/museum-passes/ for more info.  Please note that every attraction has its own policies for pass usage and availability may be limited.

Starting June 1, the check-out limit of hoopla items will return to our pre-pandemic limit of 7 per month.  We increased the limit to 10 at the start of the pandemic to make life easier when we were closed to the public or had very limited hours.

Adult Summer Reading:  Now through August 25.  Pick up at the Reference Desk!  Read books and complete challenges to receive raffle tickets and win free books!  Questions should be directed to Kira, kedic@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

Woodbridge Writers Workshop:  Held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 3 to 5 pm.  Summer dates:  June 28, July 26 & August 23.  Join area writers as we read and critique our works in a friendly atmosphere.  Register at the Reference Desk or online.  Contact Bill with questions, warmstrong@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

Please see our website for more information and to register.

WWII Love Songs:  Wednesdays, July 13 at 2 pm, Library Meeting Room.  Take an hour’s sentimental journey where, without costumes or props, Diane Cypkin will transport you to the time of the Greatest Generation.  By combining her performing and teaching artistry, Dr. Cypkin skillfully tells the stories of the love songs of World War II in a way that is both entertaining and educational.

The Piglet Mindset:  Wednesdays, July 27 at 2 pm, Library Meeting Room.  All ages welcome!  Come meet Piglet, an adorable little dog who faces his challenges with a positive attitude, and his “mom” Melissa Shapiro, DVM.  Piglet’s adventures with his supportive 6-pack of rescue dogs are an authentic, real-life example of acceptance, inclusion, empathy, and kindness regardless of looks, abilities, and disabilities.  His story has been told by his mom in two books—one for adults and a new one perfect for kids!  Books available for pre-order; let us know when you register how many copies you’d like so you can get them signed after the event.

Nature as Healer:  Wednesdays, August 10 at 6:30 pm on the Library Lawn.  Designed to provide insight, contemplative time, and tools to help you negotiate the challenges and reap the rewards of connecting with nature, anywhere, no matter how rushed, messy, or stressful your life is, this talk is followed by a restorative guided meditation and one simple outdoor activity.

From The Children’s Department

Special Summer Family Events:  Please register for these programs; more details on our website.  Remember to bring chairs or a blanket for outdoor events.

Judy Pancoast Concert:  Thursday, July 7 @ 4:30 pm.  All ages.  Held outside (in the meeting room if it rains).  Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, performer, and recording artist for kids of all ages and adults.

Movie Night:  The Parent Trap. Monday, July 18 @ 6 pm.  All ages.  Bring a blanket and a pillow and watch the movie with your friends!  Snacks provided, all ages welcome.

Animal Adaptations with White Memorial Conservation Center:  Wednesdays, July 20 @ 4 pm.  All ages.  Held outside (in the meeting room if it rains).  One of our most popular programs, Animal Adaptations uses natural props, animal mounts, and a couple of LIVE animals to illustrate the definitions of both a structural and behavioral adaptation, as well as how adaptations help animals survive in different environments.  Participants will then be shown “mystery props” from local animals, for which they will propose how these body parts serve as adaptations for the animals.

Marble Palooza:  Wednesdays, July 27 @ 6:30 pm.  Ages 5+.  Put your building and engineering skills to the test as you design and build your own marble run.

END OF SUMMER READING PARTY!  Thursday, August 25 @ 2 pm.  All ages.  Bubblemania show by Casey Carle.  Hand in reading logs to receive a free book, a raffle drawing will be held, make your own bubble wands and bubble soap to take home, and ice cream!!

Ongoing Events

More details on our website, including age and registration requirements

Board Game Club:  Starting June 27, every other Monday at 5:30 pm.  Ages 8+.  Join us for some board game fun!

Kidding Around Yoga with Sherri Sosensky:  Tuesdays, July 5, 12 & 19 at 11 am.  Ages 2-6.  Bring a yoga mat or towel.

Camp Crafts:  Tuesdays at 4 pm.  Ages 8+.  Come make some classic summer camp crafts!

Graphic Novel Book Club Summer Meetings Tuesdays at 6:30 pm, June 28, July 26 & August 23. Ages 9+.

Indoor Story Time Has Returned!  Wednesdays at 10:30 am, for infants to age 3 and their caregivers.

Curious Culinarians:  Wednesdays, July 6, 13 & 20 at 6:30 pm.  Ages 8+.  Join us for a series of programs.  Make gourmet s’mores, discover the best weird Oreo flavor, and prepare delicious snacks to take on hiking, camping, or beach trips.

Explosively Fun Science:  Wednesdays, August 10, 17 & 24 at 6:30 pm.  Ages 8+.  Join us for a series of programs.  Explore all things that pop, fizz, and burst.  Join us for rubber band exploding watermelons, “not your average” volcano making, and Mentos and coke geysers.

Thursday Crafts:  4 pm.  Ages 3+.  Camping themed and nature crafts for the summer.

Camping Themed Bingo Nights:  Thursdays, July 14 & 28, and August 11. 6:30 pm.  Ages 4+ with an adult

Coffee and Crafts:  Fridays at 11:30 am.  Ages 2+.  Join your friends at the library and support our friends from Café Rebelde for a craft making session and some excellent brew and pastries!

Recess! At the Library:  Fridays from 3 to 4 pm through August 19.  All ages.  One hour of old school summer fun for kids of all ages!  New rotation of toys and games each week and free juice pops!

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