Library news

Following are programs and activities taking place at Plumb Memorial and Huntington Branch Libraries. Most require advance registration. Plumb is at 65 Wooster Street.  Call 924-9461 to register for children’s programs and 924-1580 for adult programs. Huntington Branch is in the Community Center, 41 Church St. Call 926-0111 to register for programs. Activities are listed under “current events” on the library’s website,

Huntington Branch Library

Spanish with Sandra - Thursdays, Feb. 18 and 25, 4:30 (ages 3-5) and 5 p.m. (ages 6-8)  Children and their caregivers learn Spanish through interactive songs, games, stories and other activities. Register now for the Winter session (Jan. 7 through Feb. 25).

Cozy Mystery Club - Friday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m. For readers of cozy, light, humorous mysteries led by Mabel, come talk about your favorite authors and get some leads on new ones. Refreshments for sure!

Library Mini Golf - Friday, Feb. 19, 4:15 p.m. Teens, ages 12-18, create obstacles with old books and recycled materials - then play a round of mini golf in the library's teen section! The final ten minutes of this event are devoted to a Teen Advisory Board meeting when teens can share ideas for future library events or books to be added to the teen collection! Bonus: receive community service credit for Shelton High School; register now.

Brown Bag Book Club: Circus Mirandus - Monday, Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m. Children, ages 9-12, discuss Cassie Beasley’s story about Micah who grew up listening to stories about the magical Circus Mirandus. He just discovered the circus is real but now he must save Grandpa Ephraim. It is up to Micah to track down the circus performer who promised his grandfather a miracle! Kids pick up a library copy of the book (with a paper bag with four questions on the front). Bring back the bag with your answers and your bag will be filled with a snack during the discussion! Register now.

Snowman Contest - Monday, Feb. 22. Children of all ages are invited to enter for a chance to win four movie passes for Entertainment Cinemas in Seymour!  The library's snowman photo contest entries are due before the library closes at 8 p.m. on Feb. 22. For more information, contact the library.

Bouncing Babies & Jumping Beans - Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. Snuggly wee ones and energetic toddlers (infants to age 3) are invited to join Miss Marissa for scarves, maracas, stories, and bubbles.

Toddler Movement - Wednesday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. Miss Robin provides a fun, active musical program for children ages 21/2 -4 and caregivers; register, sessions run for an entire month.

Cards & Board Games - Wednesday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. A new monthly program to entice adults out of the house this winter. The Friends of the Shelton Libraries provide an assortment of games, dessert and beverages; just bring your sense of humor and a bag lunch. Then, consider staying for As I See It - watch a movie and weigh its merits over more dessert.

As I See It - Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m. Join the Friends of the Shelton Libraries as we watch an Oscar nominated film followed by discussion and dessert, for interested adults.

Show-and-Tell Stories - Friday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m. Children of all ages listen to Miss Marissa read stories, then enjoy a craft or a game! Be sure to bring along an item to show-and-tell.

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the- Pooh - Friday, Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m.

Children, ages 4-8, are encouraged to bring along their favorite toy bear and listen to Sally M. Walker's picture book about the real bear who became the inspiration for Roo and Tigger's buddy; register now.

Plumb Memorial Library

Helping Hands - the new collection of resources for teens, parents and concerned adults on child and teen mental health. Books and brochures include answers to questions on mental health topics and contact information for area services. Created in co-operation with the Shelton Youth Service Bureau, ask for Adam in the Children's Department to learn more.

AlphaBits  – Thursdays,  Feb. 18 and 25, 10:30 a.m.  Pre-school kids drop-in for this interactive Story Time: we Hokey Pokey, share a story, engage in Hands-on Centers, Freezer Dance and My Energy.

Life is Art - Thursday, Feb. 18 and 25, 6 p.m. Tweens ages 10 and up create a variety of projects with recycled materials; drop in and express your inner artist!

Oscar Forecast- Thursday, Feb.18, 6:30 p.m. Discuss the nominees with guest Joe Meyers, CT Post columnist, vote on your favorites. Host -  Friends of the Shelton Libraries.

Stay & Play - Friday, Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m. Open play dates for preschoolers and caregivers, suitable for babies and young children; drop in and bring a snack, tea and juice provided.

TAB - Saturday, Feb. 20, 12 p.m. Teen Advisory Board meets to develop and design programs collection and activities for kids 13-18; snacks improve the discussions, free, new members welcome to drop in.

Teen Time - Saturday, Feb. 20, 1 p.m. Teens 13-19 share board or card games, crafts or snacks plus a movie. Free, drop in events.

Color Craze - Saturday, Feb. 20, 1 p.m. Catch the coloring craze and share an hour each third Saturday through the winter. Adults indulge with the enticing pages provided by the library - as long as they share the crayons, pencils and markers! Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries, providing the snacks. Everyone needs to step back and take a break – here is some ready-made fun.

Slavery in Connecticut & Shelton - Sunday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m. Marty Coughlin, President of Shelton

Historical Society, shares insights on this unique part of local history. Donation $5, refreshments [snow date:Feb.28].

Budding Bookworms – Monday, Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m. Drop-in with Miss Maura for a themed story and craft, then Freezer Dance and Do Re Mi, a great way to begin your week!

Pysanky - Monday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. Hands-on workshop for 15 adults, all materials provided for this striking egg decorating craft. Registration requires $5 fee for tools that will be kept by participants. Presented by staff members at Plumb Memorial Library.

Fun for Little Ones  - Tuesday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. Children ages 1-5 are invited to join Mrs. Fritsch for stories, songs, activities and a special theme related craft, siblings always welcome; drop in.

knit! – Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m. Adult fiber fans meet to knit, crochet and chat, lots of support and fellowship in this drop in group, stop in and bring a friend.

Teen After Hours –Friday, Feb. 26, 2:30 p.m. Teens 13 and older gather for snacks, games, dvds and chat, free – drop in and bring a friend.

Repeat Reads - Friday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m. Adults re-read (or read for the first time) classic favorites from youth, this month Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Even if you have seen the film, try the original book version. Come debate the merits and values, share tea and snacks, drop in for a reader’s Happy Hour.

Word Wizards - Saturday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. Families with kids 1-5 enjoy a drop in program featuring a story, craft and dance, especially geared for those who cannot attend weekday programs.

Lego Challenge: Alien - Saturday, Feb. 27, 1 p.m. Back by popular demand! Kids of all ages are challenged to create an alien! Drop in with your imagination, we provide the Legos and Duplos for this free program. All creations are on display for the next month until the Feb. Challenge meeting.

Literacy Volunteers – If you can read this - you can tutor adult students who want to improve their English skills. Potential tutors learn how to help enrich the life of a local adult. Free tutoring is offered to students in need of improving basic literacy or for English as a Second Language. Tutors are asked for a commitment of two hours per week and will receive initial training and quarterly workshops. Training begins February 2016. To register for one of the sessions email or call 203 924 6651 x102. If interested in tutoring but unable to attend one of the sessions contact Kathi to set up an appointment.

Home Delivery – Shelton residents who cannot get to the library due to temporary or permanent disability are welcome to apply for home delivery of library materials. Contact Branch Library, 203-926-0111). A project underwritten with support from the Friends of the Library and the Valley Community Foundation.