Events at Plumb Memorial Library: Teen Saturday, Alphabits and more

AlphaBits — Thursdays, May 1 and 8, 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers and caregivers work on learning skills to make them kindergarten ready; drop in session, siblings welcome.

Stay & Play — Fridays, May 2 and 9, 10:30 a.m. Open play dates for preschoolers and caregivers; chat over coffee or tea, juice provided, bring a snack and a friend.

Teen Volunteer Orientation — Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. Teens who need community service hours -complete an application and attend this orientation; no registration required. Parents: expect to attend this workshop with teens. Volunteers must be 12-19 years old, and may not be completing these hours for court or disciplinary board assignments. Call 203-924-9461 and talk to Margaret for more information.

Teen Saturday — Saturday, May 3: Booked for Lunch, 12:30 p.m. Teens 13-18 share book discussion over lunch, this month The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Boost! 1:45 p.m. Teens embark on craft/cooking/DIY adventures in this drop-in hour.

Teen Movie Critics, 3 p.m. Teens screen their choice of film over light refreshments; free programs, drop in.

Fun for Little Ones — Tuesdays, May 6 and May 13, 10 a.m. Mrs. Fritsch offers stories, songs, and movement for babies and toddlers up to age 2 in this themed drop in program; siblings welcome.

Plumb Picassos — Tuesdays, May 6 and 13, 2 p.m. Drop-in art based program for kids 1-5 and their caregivers that explore art through picture books and then create original pieces, Freeze Dance and play Miss Maura Says.

knit! — Tuesdays, May 6 and 13, 6 p.m. Adult fiber fans meet to knit and crochet and chat, lots of support and fellowship in this drop in group, stop in and bring a friend.

Social Security — Tuesday, May 6, 7 p.m. Up to date information on the many changes that are taking place including Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and Long Term Care, and especially when the best time is to apply for Social Security; free, refreshments, registration suggested.

Shelton School Readiness Council — Thursday, May 8, 2 p.m. Local parents, educators and community leaders convene to develop activities supporting preschool children and families. New members welcome, last meeting for school year.

Mother Daughter Book Club — Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. Girls in grades 4 and 5 share discussion with moms (or other adults) after reading the same book, this month Drita, My Homegirl by Jenny Lombard. Free program with refreshments and activities, too. New members welcome; register.

Library/Home School Network — Friday, May 9, 2 p.m. Families explore library resources and offer support over refreshments; new members welcome.

Invention Convention — Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m. Miss Maura supplies the recycled materials and challenges kids to build a specific item. Then the kids 1-12 years and their caregivers figure out how to assemble the item using the materials provided. For example, at Station No. 1 construct something that can move using pencils, popsicle sticks, paper, pencil erasers and glue.

Budding Bookworms — Monday, May 12, 10:30 a.m. A themed drop in story and craft time for kids 1-5 years old and their caregivers — Freezer Dance and Do Re Mi.

Tickets are on sale — Monday, May 19, New York Times best-selling author, Steve Berry visits Shelton to kick off his newest book, The Lincoln Myth. Tickets are available for in person purchase at either library (cash or check, no charge cards); the Friends website offers PayPal charge options ( Ticket price includes copy of the book; space is limited.

1000 Books Before K — Information and supplies all provided at sign-up. To encourage families to read together, with the help of the Shelton School Readiness Council and Friends of the Shelton Libraries the Plumb Library is offering support for tracking all 1,000 books plus rewards and prizes along the way. Funding from the Valley Community Foundation and the Valley United Way supports this new adventure.

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 the branch library, 203- 926-0111). A project underwritten with support from the Friends of the Library and the Valley Community Foundation.

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