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Huntington Branch Library

Spanish with Sandra - Thursdays, Jan. 21 and 28, 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).

Show-and-Tell Stories - Friday, Jan. 22, 10:30 a.m. Children of all ages listen to Miss Marissa read stories then enjoy a craft or a game! Participants are encouraged to bring along a show-and-tell item.

Games & Pizza Night - Monday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m. Gamers in kindergarten through sixth grade - bring along your favorite game: DS, Pokémon cards, Shopkins cards, or a board game. Then, get ready to play! Each child will be served 1 slice of cheesy pizza; register now and note the type of game you will bring.

Bouncing Babies & Jumping Beans - Tuesdays, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, 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!

It's a Green Clean World: The World Travels of Takis and Mimi - Tuesday, Jan. 26, 4:45 p.m. Children, ages 5 and up, enjoy the story of a tidy penguin named Takis and his sloppy brother Mimi as they travel the world and learn about being organized and neat! Penguin's Best Housekeeping Consultant Nicky E. Tomboulides will read aloud her picture book  It's a Green Clean World and include listeners in an entertaining discussion;  register now, snow date, Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Toddler Movement - Wednesdays, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, 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 and Board Games - Wednesday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. This new monthly program entices adults to get out of the house this winter for some fun. 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, January 27, 1 p.m. Join the Friends of the Shelton Libraries to view a fascinating movie followed by a lively discussion and dessert, adults only.

Snowflake Stomp - Friday, Jan. 29, 10:30 a.m. Celebrate winter: a snow-themed story and snowy songs, then play a snowflake game and make art inspired by the fluffy white stuff!

Valentine's Day Love Lab - Monday, Feb. 1, 4:45 p.m. Children of all ages use conversation hearts to test chemical reactions in this science experiment approved by Cupid; register now.

First Friday Book Discussion - Friday, Feb. 5, 1 p.m. No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Pulitzer Prize winner will be discussed over light refreshments. The March selection is Kristin Hannah’s Winter Garden; books are available at the Huntington Branch Library.

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New Resource Collection – Helping Hands is a new collection of resources for teens as well as concerned parents and 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,  Jan. 21 and 28, 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, Jan. 21, 6 p.m. Tweens ages 10 and up create a variety of projects with upcycled materials; drop in and express your inner artist!

Stay & Play - Fridays, Jan. 22 and 29, 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.

Teen After Hours - Friday, Jan. 22, 2:30 p.m. Teens ages 13-19 stay after the library closes; play games, watch movies, make snacks, etc.

Repeat Reads - Friday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m. Adults re-read (or read for the first time) classic favorites from youth, this month an old classic, Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe – swashbuckling or stodgy? Come debate the merits and values, share tea and snacks, drop in for a reader’s Happy Hour.

TAB - Saturday, Jan. 23, 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, Jan. 23, 1 p.m. Teens 13-19 share board or card games, crafts plus snacks with a movie. Free, drop in events.

Budding Bookworms – Monday, Jan. 25, 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!

knit! – Tuesdays, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, 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.

Fun for Little Ones  - Tuesdays, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, 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.

Teen & Tween Book Clubs - Wednesday, Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m. Both book clubs meet at the same time for an hour of book discussion, followed by a social hour. Teens will discuss Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 while tweens discuss The Raft by S.A. Bodeen; copies of both books are at the Children’s Desk.

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 please email or call 203 924 6651 x102. If interested in tutoring but unable to attend one of the sessions please 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.

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