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Please note, the Library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. The Library will be open on Saturday, November 24, from 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.
The Blue River Jazz Band Concert
Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 pm
Join us for an evening of smooth jazz. The Blue River Jazz Band plays America’s traditional, classic, “hot” jazz and swing music from the early 20th century. The band features fabulous music from New Orleans, along with songs written and made famous by great jazz artists like Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fats Waller and much, much more. Refreshments will be served. Please register online or at the library.
This program is sponsored by the Gerry Hellmann Eckhardt Fund for the Woodbridge Library, an endowed designated fund at the Valley Community Foundation. Created in 2017 by Gerry Hellmann Eckhardt and her husband, Harvey, the fund supports adult cultural and arts programs that help the library attract more patrons and provide alternatives to other local programs. Growing up in a family with modest means but a deep appreciation for libraries and learning, Gerry was in her 40s when she obtained degrees in education. Her experiences in life, both as a student and a teacher, inspired her to create the fund. She wanted to give something back to the community that would inspire others to pursue life-long learning no matter their age or background.
Anyone can donate to the fund; donations of all sizes are welcomed and appreciated. To make a tax-deductible contribution to the fund, which will continue to support similar programming at the Woodbridge Town Library, please mail a check to the Valley Community Foundation at: 253-A Elizabeth St., Derby, CT 06418. Checks should be made payable to VCF with the Gerry Hellmann Eckhardt Fund in the memo or donate to the foundation online at ValleyFoundation.org.
Opioid Overdose Workshop with Narcan Training
Monday, Nov. 26 at 6:30 pm
The Alliance for Prevention & Wellness, a program of BHcare, presents this very timely workshop. Learn how you can save a life! Opioid overdoses are on the rise, and can happen anywhere, even while under a physician’s supervision. Training will include: overdose prevention strategies, signs and symptoms of overdose, how to administer Naloxone (Narcan), the Good Samaritan Law, and support information and resources. Narcan will be available for distribution. Please register online or at the library.
Gingerbread House Decorating Party
Monday, Dec. 3 at 6 pm
Come to a night of fun at our annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party! Space is limited and registration is limited to one house per family. Houses can be decorated by up to 3 people per house. Children under 12 must work with an adult at all times. You must register for this program in person at the Information Desk and pay the $20 registration fee at that time. Includes all supplies: frosting, candies, and other edible decorations, as well as a pre-built gingerbread house baked by Julia’s Bakery of Orange. Snow date: Tuesday, December 11 at 6pm.
Annual Holiday Party with Robin Glowa, The Conscious Cook
Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 pm
Celebrate the season with a creative holiday cocktail with a healthy twist, along with hors d’oeuvres featuring luscious yet nutritious ingredients, perfect for any holiday gathering. Samples and recipes provided. Due to an alcoholic beverage that will be served, attendees must be age 21 and up. Registration is required; this is a very popular program and space is limited. Please register online or at the library.
Save the date! SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL with Mike Reiss
Monday, Jan. 7 at 7 pm (snow date Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 pm)
With The Simpsons now in its 30th season of television, meet Connecticut native Mike Reiss, a former head writer for the show and author of the new book Springfield Confidential. Enjoy a humorous presentation with plenty of Simpsons trivia and show clips as well as a Q&A. Registration is required; please register online or at the library.
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.
Friday, Nov. 16 at 1 pm: BlackKkKlansman
Thursday, Nov. 22 & Friday, Nov. 23—no film screenings (library closed for Thanksgiving)
Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 pm: The Children Act
Friday, Nov. 30 at 1 pm: Favorite Film Friday—join us for an older/classic movie, with title to be announced!
Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 pm or Friday, Dec. 14 at 1 pm: Colette
Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 pm or Friday, Dec. 21 at 1 pm: Crazy Rich Asians
Thursday, Dec. 27 at 7 pm: Puzzle
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.
The Children Act
105 minutes; R
Fiona Maye is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage is at a breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam, a brilliant boy who is refusing the blood transfusion that will save his life. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.
111 minutes; R
After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy,” Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.
Crazy Rich Asians
120 minutes; PG-13
The story follows Rachel Chu, an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick’s hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he’s perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down.
103 minutes; R
Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.
Children’s Activities & Events
For more information on our Children’s Events, please visit our website or call 203-389-3439.
Native American Crafternoon (Ages 5 and up, with adult)
Saturday, Nov. 17 from 3 to 3:45 pm
Make a dart game, a talking stick or a ball and triangle game. Please register online.
Pumpernickel Puppets (Ages 3 and up, with adult)
Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 pm
An adventure with a princess, a knight, a dragon…and a happy ending! Please register online.
Nonfiction Book Club (Grades 3-6)
Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6 pm
Join us for our first meeting! Check out a Titanic-related book prior to the program, then come to the discussion, have a snack, and make boats powered by littleBits. Please register online.
Eager Readers Book Group (Grades K-2)
Monday, Nov. 29 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 The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater.
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, just before Thanksgiving and Black Friday, 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 email@example.com.