Library News: Critters, art and more

Here is what's happening at the libraries in Shelton:

Huntington Branch Library

41 Church Street, 203-926-0111
Stories with Danielle — Thursdays, July 9 and 16, 11 a.m. Guest reader reads to 3 and 4 year-olds with a brief drop-in story session.

Critter Caravan — Thursday, July 9, 2 p.m. Meet animals from around the world: a chinchilla, hedgehog, lizard, tortoise and more. Register.

Show-and-Tell Storytime – Fridays, July 10 and 17, 10:30 a.m. Kids listen to stories, sing songs, and participate in a game or experiment. Children are encouraged to bring along an object for show-and-tell. All ages welcome.

First Friday Book Discussion — Friday, July 10, 1 p.m. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty will be discussed, after reading a letter, a successful woman discovers a secret that destroys her life and that of two other women. Books available.

Spanish with Sandra — Fridays, July 10 and 17, 2:45 p.m. Immersion Spanish for three-to five year-olds and their parents in this program using songs, games, story time and other activities. Taught by Sandra Alvarado, a Spanish teacher from Shelton; this free program requires registration and space is limited.

Summer Tree House — Monday, July 13, throughout the summer to Friday, Aug. 14, children can weigh their reading material to earn prizes and reserve a seat at The Greg & Alex Show on Aug. 20.

Time Travel Teen Reading Club! — Monday, July 13, through Friday, Aug. 14. Teens entering seventh through 12th grade can participate in reading challenges to compete for exciting prizes including a free introductory flight lesson on a small plane donated by Image Aviation. In addition participating teens can reserve a seat at the Mind-reading and Hypnosis Show on Aug. 14.

Marvelous Mondays — Mondays, July 13, 4 p.m. Kids ages 3-10 drop in and start the week with assorted challenges including crafts, snacks, games or experiments. This week celebrate a special Winter in July offering snowman making and next week, butterflies. No registration is required – the program repeats every 15 minutes. Materials are distributed on a first-come, first- served basis. All projects must be completed in the library and kids bring their finished products home.

Bouncing Babies & Jumping Beans — Tuesdays, July 14, and 21, 11 a.m. Babies and toddlers (up to age 3) join Miss Marissa for scarves, maracas, stories and bubbles. No registration required.

Charlie Brown’s All-Stars — Tuesday, July 14, 2 p.m. In honor of the MLB’s All-Star Game, kid’s cartoon and snacks, sport gear featuring your favorite team’s logo.

Toddler Movement — Wednesdays, July 15 and 22, 11 a.m. Preschool kids march, dance and play musical instruments with songs and action poems included. For caregivers and kids ages 2½ - 4 years. Waitlist available.

Parachute Playtime — Wednesdays, July 15 and 22, 2:30 p.m. Sing while playing with the library’s giant colorful parachute.

Don’t Fight Stress … Learn How to Work with It — Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m. Dr. Lori Monaco  explains what stress does to the body and offers suggestions on how to make life less stressful. Register.

Family Feud — Saturday, July 18, 1:30 p.m. Tweens and teens play the library’s version of the game show. Earn tickets for the chance to win a $15 Subway gift card. Register.

As I See It — Wednesday, July 22, 1 p.m. Friends of the Shelton Libraries offer a film viewing and discussion over desserts.

Plumb Memorial Library

65 Wooster Street, 203-924-9461
Rubber Ducky Reading Club — Thursday, July 9, 9 a.m. Babies through preschoolers are invited to be part of a family literacy activity this summer. Drop in and pick up the July card.

AlphaBits — Thursdays, July 9 and 16, 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers and caregivers learn skills to make them kindergarten ready. Drop in session, siblings welcome.

Life is Art — Thursdays, July 9 and 16, 6 p.m. Kids 10 years old and older explore upcycled materials to create personal art statements. Come see what it is all about when 15 tweens get busy; registration required.

Teen Time Travel Summer — Thursday July 9, 9 a.m. Teens in grades 7-12 come September are eligible to read, report and win raffle prizes this summer.

Library Summer Tree House Spectacular — Thursday July 9, 9 a.m. Kids get their first Bingo cards to start winning Kids Cash to use in the Tree House Summer Camp Store. Summer reading is for kids entering kindergarten through sixth grade.

Just Dance — Friday, July 10, 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 1-12 show their best dance moves through this interactive dance video game.

Teen Moviethon — Saturday, July 11, noon to 8 p.m. Kids ages 12-18 drop in for either a TV-thon or Moviethon featuring time travel with snacks and dinner.

Adult Summer Reading Program — Monday, July 13, 9 a.m. Read and drop completed short forms in the tubs at either library; next week’s gift card is from Wells Hollow Creamery.

Science Sleuths — Mondays, July 13 and 20, 1:30 p.m. Kids 1-12 unravel the mysteries of science and unleash inner mad scientists with hands-on experiments; drop in.

SW CAPA — Monday, July 13, 6:30 p.m. Regional chapter of CT authors and publishers association, offers speakers and support, new members welcome.

Fun for Little Ones — Tuesdays, July 14 and 21, 10 a.m. Children ages 1-5 are invited to drop in and join Mrs. Fritsch for stories, songs, activities and a special theme-related craft.

Creative Kids — Tuesdays, July 14 and 21, 1:30 p.m. Kids 1-12 explore art using media to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

knit! – Tuesdays, July 14 and 21, 6 p.m. Adult fiber fans meet to knit, crochet and chat, lots of support and fellowship in this drop-in group.

Teen Time — Tuesdays, July 14 and 28, 7 p.m. A moment in time for teens/tweens to eat, try out, and create. Each week there is something different to uncover.

Bending Gravity — Wednesday, July 15, 1:30 p.m. Kids 3-13 watch as Eric Girardi performs a show of object manipulation choreographed to music. This free program is designed for ages 3 and older, plus caregivers. Free tickets available starting at 1 p.m.

Stay & Play — Friday, July 17 10:30-11:30 a.m. Open play time for preschool children, parents have an opportunity to chat over tea and cookies, drop in with a friend.