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Woodbridge Town Library News – November 2021

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.

Library Announcements

We have extended our hours, including Saturdays!  We’ve enjoyed welcoming you back and hope to see more of you soon.  Our new schedule is:  Monday, 1-7 pm; Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday, 10 am-5 pm; Thursday, 10 am-7 pm; Saturday 10 am-5 pm . The library will be closed Thursday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

REMINDER from the Circulation Department:  Changes to Park & Pickup

On September 13, Park & Pickup became request-only and automatic email holds notices returned.  Do not reply to the automated email notification as it comes from an account that is not checked.  You will receive automated emails when your holds are ready, and then you will have approximately one week to pick them up from inside the library.  (If you normally receive phone calls from the library about your holds, you will still receive a call from us when your request is ready.)

All items that are ready for pick up will be put on the self-service holds shelf next to the Circulation Desk, as they were prior to June 2020.  Please come inside, pick up your items, then go to the Circulation Desk to check them out.  We also have a self-checkout machine for your convenience.

If your email address has changed, or you’d like to get emails instead of phone calls (or vice versa), please let us know.

Every time you get a notification email and you would like to continue to use our Park & Pickup service to obtain your items, you will have to specifically request this by calling the Circulation Desk at 203-389-3433.  After letting us know that you would like to get your items via Park & Pickup, they will be checked out to you and brought to the Meeting Room within 15 minutes.

Thank you for all of your support and feedback over the last year and a half, regarding Park & Pickup and other library matters.  We are happy to be slowly returning to our usual library services and we look forward to seeing you back inside the building!

Library Information

Visit the Library website 24/7 to access digital resources – woodbridgetownlibrary.org.  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 Woodbridge Room is closed, however staff can retrieve items shelved there (magazines, poetry, plays, etc.).  The study room is available for one-hour reservations; please call the reference desk to book your time.  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

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

African Cultural Immersion Program

Friday, November 12 at 11:30 am Woodbridge Center Gym

Join Ugandan native, Rita Wagener (Kabali), as she shares fashions and dances from her homeland, along with her experiences living in two very different cultures.  Co-sponsored with The Woodbridge Center.  Please register by phone or online:  https://woodbridge.lioninc.org/events/african-cultural-immersion-program/.

From Adult Services

If you’re browsing near Adult Fiction, you might notice that we’ve added a new section:  Adult Graphic Novels.  No, graphic novels are not just for kids!  Everyone can enjoy the artwork and fast-paced plot that graphic novels have to offer.  The library likes to support different reading styles, plus graphic novels have started becoming increasingly popular among adults over the years.  We have a variety of genres and topics, including biographies, nonfiction, fiction, and classic literature.  There’s something for everyone!

Some Current Staff Favorites…

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler – An adaptation of Butler’s dystopian novel, where the characters come to life on the page.  The year is 2024 and environmental and economic disaster has struck America.  Follow Lauren Olamina as she travels outside the walls of her community and experiences the horrors of poverty and violence.  Having grown up a preacher’s daughter, Lauren starts to explore her own belief system through her journals, and gathers followers along her journey to freedom and safety.

The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel – In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel (Fun Home) recounts her journey with exercise through the lens of fitness fads.  As she approaches 60, she sees herself still putting in the work of working out, but getting slower.  Why?  Hilarious, witty, and contains an introspective look at what the actual secret to superhuman strength is.

Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire – A cross between Bambi and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Sweet Tooth follows the innocent journey of a young boy with deer features who is suddenly thrust out into a postapocalyptic world.  No one can explain these human-animal hybrids; the young boy sets out to find a sanctuary for people like him with the help of a stranger.  Now a Netflix TV series!

From The Children’s Department

Wednesday outdoor story time & Thursday outdoor drop-in crafts will continue as long as the weather stays fair, hopefully into early November.  Please join us when you can!

Outdoor Storytime:  Every Wednesday, 10:30 – 11 am.  Meet at the picnic tables in the grove; no registration required.  Feel free to bring chairs or a blanket.  Suitable for babies through Pre-K.  We’ll meet until it is too cold (below 50*); rain cancels.

Fall Drop-In Crafts:  Thursdays between 3 and 4 pm.  Outside in front of the library.  Now through mid-to-late October.  Ages 3 and up.  No registration required! Rain cancels.

New Books:  Stop by and check out the latest additions to our Native American and Indigenous picture book collection.  Come see us any time for book recommendations and to see what’s new in picture books, juvenile fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels.  Boris the dragon will be glad to help!  Follow us on Instagram @woodbridgetownlib to see what Boris recommends!   Recently recommended:  A Song of Frutas by Margarita Engle; illustrated by Sara Palacios.  This vibrant picture book tells the story of a young girl visiting her abuelo in Cuba, helping him sell frutas, singing the name of each fruit as they walk.

Attention adults:  Keep an eye out for the return of special take and make craft kits for kids ages 3+!  Something to do at home to keep your young ones busy.

News From The Friends Of The Library

The Friends of the Library thank the community for all of their donations over the last few months.  They ask that you please hold off on future donations as they prepare to clean and organize the items for upcoming sale events.  Donation days will be announced when they are ready to accept them again.

You can shop the Friends Bookstore Alley anytime the library is open—inventory and displays are constantly changing.  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.

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