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Please note: the Library will be closed Monday, November 12, for Veteran’s Day (observed), and 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, November 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 Street, 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, November 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.
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, November 8—no film screening;
Friday, November 9 at 1 pm: Adrift;
Thursday, November 15 at 7 pm: BlacKkKlansman;
Friday, November 16 at 1 pm: BlackKkKlansman;
Thursday, November 22 & Friday, November 23—no film screenings (library closed for Thanksgiving);
Thursday, November 29 at 7 pm: The Children Act; and
Friday, November 30 at 1 pm: Favorite Film Friday—join us for an older/classic movie, with title to be announced!
96 minutes; PG-13; Action, Adventure
Based on the inspiring true story of two sailors who set out to journey across the ocean from Tahiti to San Diego. Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp couldn’t anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. Adrift is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love.
135 minutes; R; Biography, Comedy, Crime
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; Drama
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.
Coming in December
Gingerbread house decorating; the annual holiday party program with Robin Glowa, The Conscious Cook; a concert with the Suzuki School; and more!
Children’s Activities & Events
For more information on our Children’s Events, please visit our website or call 203-389-3439
littleBits Workshop (Ages 5 and up)
Two Saturdays, November 3 & 10, both at 2 pm
Join us for a fun afternoon experimenting with littleBits! Learn how to build a personal fan or trick a friend with a prank handshake! Come to one or both—no registration required.
Art Escape: Janell Cannon (Grades K-4)
Monday, November 5 at 6:30 pm
Come learn about this author/illustrator, best known for Stellaluna. We’ll read her stories, then make a craft inspired by her artwork. Please register online or at the Children’s Desk.
Native American Crafternoon (Ages 5 and up, with adult)
Saturday, November 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, November 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, November 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, November 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.