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Please note the Library’s upcoming holiday hours:
- Monday, December 24: 10 am to 2 pm
- Tuesday, December 25: closed
- Monday, December 31: 10 am to 4:30 pm
- Tuesday, January 1: closed
All other hours remain the same: Monday-Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm; Friday & Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.
For more information about our events or to register, please contact the reference desk at 203-389-3434. Registration is also available on our website.
“Choices for Sustainable Living” Information Session
Tuesday, January 8 at 6:30 pm
Find out more about this community-led course starting in February! During the “Choices for Sustainable Living” course, you will learn about a variety of sustainability issues facing ourselves, our town, and our world, as well as what we all can do to live more sustainably. At the information session, you will learn how the course will work, have a chance to review the course’s curriculum materials, sign up for the course, and place an order for the book. Co-hosted by the Town of Woodbridge’s Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee, the Commission on the Use of Publicly Owned Property (CUPOP), the Woodbridge Town Library, and Massaro Community Farm. Registration is not required for this information session.
Planning for Retirement
Wednesday, January 9 at 7 pm
Learn a six-step process to plan for retirement from setting goals to staying on the right path toward a comfortable future. Refreshments will be served. Presented by Citizens Bank. Please register.
Fresh Ingredients—A Tasting of January
Wednesday, January 23 at 6 pm
Part of the Massaro at the Library Winter Series. Join us for a tasting and discussion with three local cooks, using local ingredients, to make fresh food in the wintery month of January. Six dishes will be provided! Please register online or at the library, as space will be limited.
Film Screening & Talkback with the Filmmakers—The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy—Thursday, January 24 at 7 pm
The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy, tells the story of the city’s Wooster Square neighborhood, which for many years was a tight-knit Italian-American enclave. Using oral history interviews, photos from family albums, and historic films and photographs, the documentary explores the power of ethnic identity and reaffirms the importance of immigration to American society. Today, few descendants of the immigrants still live in Wooster Square, but vestiges of their community remain—in the church, the ethnic societies and their festas, and the pizza joints and pastry shops. Most vividly, the village lives on in the fond memories of the people who grew up there.
The filmmakers will be joining us for a Q&A session after the movie. Please feel free to join us to share your own stories of growing up or living in Wooster Square! All ages welcome; this is a wonderful opportunity to share family history and memories with a younger generation. Registration not required.
No registration required. Almost every Thursday evening we offer a film screening at 7 pm, with a matinee on most Fridays at 1 pm. Please see the schedule below for titles, dates, and times.
Thursday, January 3 & Friday, January 4: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Thursday, January 10 & Friday, January 11: A Simple Favor
Thursday, January 17 & Friday, January 18: The Old Man and the Gun
Thursday, January 24: The Village
Friday, January 25 at 1 pm: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Thursday, January 31 at 7 pm: BlackKkKlansman (rescheduled from our November date)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
90 minutes; NR
Cameron Post looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs-but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts.
A Simple Favor
116 minutes; R
A stylish post-modern film noir directed by Paul Feig, centers around Stephanie, a mommy blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean in this thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.
The Old Man & the Gun
93 minutes; PG-13
Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman, who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.
The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy
60 minutes; NR
This locally produced documentary tells the story of the city’s Wooster Square neighborhood, which for many years was a tight-knit Italian-American enclave. Using oral history interviews, photos from family albums, and historic films and photographs, the documentary explores the power of ethnic identity and reaffirms the importance of immigration to American society. Today, few descendants of the immigrants still live in Wooster Square, but vestiges of their community remain—in the church, the ethnic societies and their festas, and the pizza joints and pastry shops. Most vividly, the village lives on in the fond memories of the people who grew up there.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967)
108 minutes; NR
Old-line liberals Matt and Christina Drayton have raised their daughter Joey to think for herself and not blindly conform to the conventional. Still, they aren’t prepared for the shock when she returns home from a vacation with a new fiancé: African-American doctor John Prentice. While they come to grips with whatever prejudices they might still harbor, the younger folks must also contend with John’s parents, who are dead-set against the union. To complicate matters, the older couple’s disapproving maid and Christina’s bigoted business associate put in their two cents’ worth. While Joey is determined to go ahead with the wedding no matter what people think, John refuses to consider marriage until he receives the unqualified approval of all concerned.
135 minutes; R
The incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman, into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
Children’s Activities & Events
For more information on our Children’s Events, please visit our website or call 203-389-3439.
Eager Readers Book Group (Grades K-2)
Monday, December 17 at 6:30 pm
Stop by the Children’s Desk to pick up a copy of each month’s book selection and to register. Read the book at home and then join us for a book discussion and craft the night of the program. This month we’ll be reading A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams.
Winter Solstice Greeting Cards (ages 3 and up with an adult)
Friday, December 21 at 2 pm
Come celebrate the winter solstice and make snowy greeting cards for your friends and family! No registration required—just show up!
littleBits Workshop (Ages 5 and up)
Saturday, December 22 at 2 pm
Join us for a fun afternoon experimenting with littleBits! Explore the world of circuitry and see what you can invent! No registration required.
Snowy Owl Afternoon (Grades K-3)
Saturday, December 22 at 3 pm
Learn cool and interesting facts about Snowy Owls, enjoy owl stories, an owl snack, and make a wonderful Stuffed Snowy Owl Sock Craft to take home. Please register online or at the Children’s Desk—space and supplies limited.
Just Like Magic with the Discovery Museum (Ages 5-12)
Thursday, December 27 at 2 pm
Balloons that don’t pop? Water that disappears immediately? It’s not magic—it’s science! We’ll break the cardinal rule of magic and reveal how it’s all done. Online registration required.
Nonfiction Club (Grades 3-6)
Tuesday, January 15, 6:00-7:00 pm
Check out a nonfiction book about space, then share what you learned at the program. Afterwards we will have a snack and make glow-in-the-dark galaxy slime. Please register online or at the Children’s Desk.
Ongoing Childrens Programming
Babies Session (0-18 months)
Every Wednesday, 10:30-11 am
Join us for songs and rhymes, fun for little ones. No registration.
Ready to Read (18-36 months)
Every Thursday, 10:30-11 am
Find out how talking, singing and reading build vocabulary and a love of books! No registration.
Preschool Storycraft (3-5 years)
Every Saturday, 11-11:30 am
Stories and crafts for ages 3 to 5 with an adult. No registration, unless otherwise noted.
Holiday Gift Suggestion Boutique in the Friends of the Library’s Bookstore Alley
Beginning November 19, the Friends of the Library are setting up a Holiday Gift Suggestion Boutique in the Bookstore Alley. Special finds in book donations will be displayed on carts with “PAIRING” suggestions so that you can buy a book and pair it with a gift. For example, a lovely book on bird identification can be paired with bird seed or binoculars. Or, a men’s’ clothing book can be paired with a tie or a set of fun socks. Visit the Bookstore Alley Gift Boutique and find great suggestions for pairing a book with a gift. (Gifts not included, you have to buy that part elsewhere!!) Remember – the prices at Bookstore Alley are very, very low! For more information, stop by the Library or contact the Friends at 203-389-3493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.