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Woodbridge Town Library News – March 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.

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: one hour per user; 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 one-hour reservations; please call the reference desk to book your time.  Seating throughout the Library is limited and no puzzles or children’s toys are in use.

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.

Socialize with us!

Facebook:  @woodbridge.town.library;

Instagram:  @woodbridgetownlibrary;

TikTok: @woodbridge_town_library.

Library Events

Art Exhibits have returned to the Library’s Meeting Room!  March’s exhibit features the students of Palette Art School, and will be here in April as well.  Stop by the meeting room during open hours now through the end of April to see the artwork—both in the meeting room and the Bookstore Alley.  See 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

Transcendent Kingdom Book Discussion, part of All CT Reads—Tuesday, March 15 at 6 pm

Join us as we discuss Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi’s affecting meditation on loss and the empty spaces between the spirit and reason.  All are welcome; please register so that we know to expect you.  Books are available at the library.

Read the book description, and hear a snippet from the audiobook About Yaa Gyasi More about All CT Reads

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Virtual Tour: Women Artists—Wednesday, March 16 at 1 pm

Co-hosted with The Woodbridge Center; held at the Library.  Experience art history via the oldest public art museum in the U.S. (which happens to be in Connecticut!).  Join us to view the Wadsworth Virtual Art Tour series in the meeting room.  Each tour will feature a different docent lead theme.  Join for any or all of the free tours.  Registration is required—call the reference desk or visit our website.  Details available for at-home-participation on our website as well.

NEW! Writer’s Workshop—every fourth Tuesday of the month, 3 to 5 pm. March’s meeting is on March 22

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

Plant Swap! Saturday, March 26, 10 am to 1 pm

Have plants that don’t spark joy anymore?  Extra pots laying around the house?  Seeds you don’t plan on planting?  Drop them off at the library on March 24 or 25.  Return on Saturday to find new (to you) items!  There will also be a potting and pot-decorating station.  All ages welcome!  Registration required; you can do that on our website, or by calling 203-389-3434.

Peeps in the Library Diorama Contest Starts Monday, March 28

We’re back once again with our seventh annual Peeps in the Library Diorama contest!  Register between Monday, March 28 and Friday, April 8.  Completed dioramas can be dropped off up until Friday, April 15.  Voting will take place the week of April 18.  See the Reference Desk for your starter package of Peeps and for more information.

Passports to Libraries starts April 1!

Over one hundred 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.

Tax Free Retirement—Wednesday, April 6 at 5:30 pm

At this educational workshop you will learn how taxes can change the outcome of your retirement.  We will discuss current tax law, potential changes to tax law and strategies to get to as close to “tax-free” in retirement as you can.  Samples of retirement analysis and strategies to transition to a more favored tax position with your savings and “tax-free” legacy concepts to consider.

In-person Virtual Art Tour—Wednesday, April 6 at 7 pm. at the Woodbridge Center

Experience art history via the oldest public art museum in the U.S.  Join us to view the Wadsworth Virtual Art Tour series at the Woodbridge Center.  This tour will be about artist Milton Avery.  PLEASE NOTE:  it is at the Woodbridge Center in Room 16, and not at the library.

Time to Pivot—Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 pm

Join author and filmmaker, Steve Hamm, for a short documentary about Connecticut’s Mill River and a discussion about how communities can address climate change at a local level.  Registration required.

From The Children’s Department

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Take-Home STEAM Activities!

Three separate kits each with its own focus within STEAM.  Online registration required for each kit—find out the details for each on the events page.  Sign up now, pick up the kit on a different week in March.  More details and registration.

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.

Make a Shamrock Wand!

Thursday, March 17, drop in from 3 to 7 pm. – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us!  No registration necessary.

In- person Story Craft returns on Saturdays!

Begins Saturday, April 2, 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!

April Eco Crafts—Starts April 4

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

Make a Pine Cone Bird Feeder—Saturday, April 9

Drop in to the library any time from 2 to 4 pm.  No registration necessary.

Make a Flying Peep Catapult—Saturday, April 16 at 2 pm

A STEAM activity featuring your favorite spring time candy!  Ages 5 and up please.  Online registration required.

News From The Friends Of The Library

The Friends have reopened its donation collections throughout the month of March.  Please bring your clean, gently used items to the Library any time during March, including books, music CDs, audiobooks, puzzles, and DVDs—but PLEASE no items that have been stored in a basement or garage as mold and dampness can spread!

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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