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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

Library Pen Pals - Children, ages 5-12, sign up to be pen pals with children at Plumb Memorial Library. Letters are dropped off and picked up at the library for the month of April. Register now, deadline is April 1. This activity is part of Shelton Family Read. Families can pick up their free copy of Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise from either library (books provided by a grant from the Weller Foundation). Families read the book and participate in related events at both Shelton libraries all month long!

Spanish with Sandra – Thursday, March 24 and 31, 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. Registration is required for this series that runs through May 5.

Tattoo a Banana? - Monday, March 28, 4:45 p.m. Children, ages 6-11, give a banana a tattoo! Register now for this activity that combines science, art, and food.

Pre-Reading Skills - Monday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. How can you help your preschooler develop a strong foundation for reading before school begins? Renee Dagostine, Speech Language Pathologist, shares simple, fun activities that parents can do with kids 3 to 5 that help them learn basic pre-reading and phonological awareness skills; register now.

Bouncing Babies & Jumping Beans - Tuesday, March 29, 10:30 a.m. and again at 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, March 30, 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.

Plumb Memorial Library

Holiday Closing – both libraries are closed Friday, March 25 to mark Good Friday. They re-open Saturday, March 26 for regular hours. The library website ( ) is available 24/7 to search the library catalogs, check borrower records and renew items online, research and access online databases. The outside bins at each library are open for returns of all items, including overdues,  while the buildings are closed.

Library Pen Pals - Children, ages 5-12, sign up to be pen pals with children at Huntington Branch Library. Letters are dropped off and picked up at the library for the month of April. Register now, deadline is April 1. This activity is part of Shelton Family Read with support from the Weller Foundation.

AlphaBits  – Thursdays,  March 24 and 31, 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.

Budding Bookworms – Monday, March 28, 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!

Fun for Little Ones  - Tuesday, March 29, 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.

Book Boogie - Tuesday, March 29, 1:30 p.m. Brand New! Stomp your feet! Clap your hands!  Pre-schoolers up to age 5 get ready to boogie in this drop-in interactive musical adventure with Miss Maura as they explore stories, instruments, songs and parachute fun!

knit! – Tuesday, March 29, 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.

Passport to CT Libraries –Friday, April 1, 9 a.m. Stop in and get started on your Library Passport!  To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Passport Program invites you to visit all of the 124 participating Connecticut public libraries. To enroll, visit either Plumb or Huntington Library to pick up your Library Passport. Get it stamped and receive a token gift to get you started. Then, take your Passport along as you visit other participating libraries. At each visit, you must show your library card, and then the library will stamp your passport and give you another small gift.  For more details and a full list of participating libraries, ask at either Plumb or Huntington for more information.

Stay & Play - Friday, April 1, 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.

Want to Be a Potterhead?- Saturday, April 2, 1 p.m. Tweens in grades 5-8 are invited to a Harry Potter fan session with Mr. Ryan. Talk about chapters 1-3 of …The Sorcerer’s Stone, then indulge in wizardly crafts and conversation.  Borrow a copy or use your own, bring a friend to this drop in program. Get magical!

On Display –symbols of the season from the collections of Shelton resident Renate Sigrist. Eggs - beaded, painted, enameled, decoupaged, fabric-covered, Pysanky decorated and of papier mache - are displayed amid stuffed chickens and wooden rabbits. The memorabilia from Portugal, Sweden, Germany, China, Poland, Argentina and the Ukraine salute Easter traditions around the world.

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.