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***Please note the Library will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day***
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.
Adult Winter Reading Program
The Adult Winter Reading Program will begin January 14 and run through February 28. Read books, write reviews, and enter the reviews in our weekly drawings to win prizes! Drawings will be held every Thursday, starting January 24. “Get Toasty Thursdays” with cocoa and cookies will also return, starting on January 17 at 5 pm. For more information and to register, visit the Information Desk.
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.
Craft Workshop: Valentine’s Day Theme
Monday, February 4 at 6 pm
Save the date! nOur Monday Night Craft Workshop for adults, teens, and tweens returns. nDetails to be provided—visit the library’s website, stop in, or call.
Thursday Night Film Screenings
Film screenings start at 7 pm. No registration required. (The Friday matinees at 1 pm have returned to the Woodbridge Senior Center. Call 203-389-3430 for information.)
Thursday, January 17: The Old Man and the Gun
Thursday, January 24: The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy
Thursday, January 31: BlackKkKlansman (rescheduled from our November date)
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.
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.
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.
Diversity and Inclusion Book Club (Grades 5 & 6)
Thursday, January 24, 5:30-6:30 pm
Check out a copy of Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova and join us for a discussion! We will be talking about the roles of diversity and kindness in the book, and afterwards, we will have a snack. This program is a collaboration with Beecher Road School. Please register online or at the Children’s Desk.
Penguin Party (Ages 5 to 8, with an adult)
Saturday, January 26, 3:00-4:00 pm
Come to our winter penguin party and enjoy a fun-filled, penguin-themed afternoon! Penguin stories, penguin crafts, and a penguin snack. Dress in black and white! Please register online or at the Children’s Desk.
CactusHead Puppets: The Magnificent Monster Circus
Saturday, February 2
2 pm Puppet Show; 3:15 pm Puppet Workshop
A “Take Your Child to the Library Day” Event. CactusHead Puppets presents a Circus like no other! Join in as the Monsters’ Caretaker guides you through the world of monsters, and maybe even lend the monsters a hand yourself. Enjoy the Thrills of the Clarissa the Crested Cannon! Experience the Chills of Eustace the Uni-Browed, Uni-cycling, Uni-monster as he tackles the Sinister Snake Slack-rope! All this and more in The Magnificent Monster Circus! Online registration required.
Ongoing Children’s 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.
Save the Date for the Friends of the Library’s Mini Golf Fundraiser
The Friends of the Woodbridge Library’s next Mini Golf Fundraiser will be March 8 & 9, 2019. Friday night, after the Library is closed, is the adult “Par Tee”. Appetizers, beer, and wine will be served at the “Nineteenth Hole” in the Library’s Meeting Room. All day Saturday is “Fore Families”.
Sponsors and volunteers are still needed in many areas. If interested, please contact the Friends for details at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 203 389-3493.