Huntington Branch Library Saturday Openings - The Huntington Branch Library in the Community Center is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plumb Memorial Library is closed on Saturdays through the summer until after Labor Day. Stories with Danielle - Thursdays, July 21 and 28, 11 a.m. Join Danielle as she engages children, ages 3 to 4, with this drop-in storybook session. Throwback Thursday: 50’s - Thursday, July 21, 1:30 p.m. Kids, ages 4-8, listen to the stories and songs that their parents and grandparents loved as children! This week, Miss Marissa reads stories from the famous 50’s then children listen to pop 50’s hits while playing with the giant parachute! Show-and-Tell Stories - Fridays, July 22 and 29, 10:30 a.m. Children of all ages listen to Miss Marissa share stories, then, enjoy a craft or a game; be sure to bring along a show-and-tell item. Sand Sculpture Photo Contest Begins - Friday, July 22. Whenever at the beach, children and teens can snap photos of their sand creations and submit them for the chance to win! The winning prize is a colorful sand art kit; pick up contest rules entries due by August 8. S'mores Milkshakes - Friday, July 22, 3 p.m. It's a s'mores remix! Tweens and teens, ages 9-18, create drinks inspired by everyone's favorite camping treat; register now. Christmas in July - Monday, July 25, 5:30 p.m. Children, ages 6-11, celebrate Christmas in July with some reindeer games; register now. DIY Hugging Pillow - Monday, July 25, 6:30 p.m. Tweens and teens, ages 9-18, transform a clean button-down flannel shirt into a pillow that offers hugs, register now. Bouncing Babies & Jumping Beans - Tuesday, July 26, 10:30 a.m. AND 11 a.m. Snuggly wee ones and energetic toddlers (infants to age 3) join Miss Marissa for scarves, maracas, stories, and bubbles! Canine Book Buddies - Wednesday, July 27, 11 a.m. Children ages 5-10 can reserve a 15-minute time slot through the morning. Kids read to ZuZu, a standard poodle certified by Therapy Dogs International; registration is required. Children may register for multiple sessions after first-time readers have had a chance to register. As I See It - Wednesday, July 27, 1 p.m. Friends of the Shelton Libraries offer a film viewing and discussion over desserts; new members and opinions welcome. Chinese Acrobat Li Liu - Wednesday, July 27, 1:30 p.m. Children of all ages! Be amazed as Li Liu does hand balancing, plate spinning, foot juggling, and ribbon dancing! This free Plumb/Huntington event is in the Community Center's gym. Registration is suggested, free tickets distributed starting at 1 p.m. Build a Synthesizer - Friday, July 29, 3 p.m. Tweens and teens, ages 9 - 18, work as a group to connect electronic building blocks into a simple synthesizer - it's easy with the library's littleBits kit! Then, as a group, experiment with different sound effects; register now and bring a friend. Invent an Instrument - Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m. Kids use recycled materials to create a music maker - choose a maraca, a drum, a castanet or your own invention! Register now. Plumb Memorial Library Rubber Ducky Reading Club – Thursday, July 21 pre-schoolers and their families continue this summer reading club with no meetings! Pick up an activity log for July and return it when completed for a prize; continues through August. Get started on 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten, too! AlphaBits – Thursdays, July 21 and 28, 10:30 a.m. Pre-school kids drop-in for this interactive Story Time: Hokey Pokey, share a story, engage in Hands-on Centers, Freezer Dance and My Energy. Focus on Friends: Color Craze–Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. Drop in and catch the coloring craze - adults indulge with the enticing pages provided by the library - as long as they share the crayons and markers! Casual conversation and colored pencils are on offer from 6-8 p.m. in the Plumb Reading Room, plus refreshments and door prizes Life is Art - Thursdays, July 21 and 28, 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 – Friday, July 22 and 29, 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers share an open play time with library’s age appropriate toys, adults can chat over snacks. Drop in and bring a friend. Repeat Reads - Friday, July 22, 6 p.m. Adults re-read (or read for the first time) classic favorites from youth, this month Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King. Come debate the merits and values, share tea and snacks, drop in for a reader’s Happy Hour. Adult Summer Reading - Monday, July 25, 9 a.m. The 8th Annual reading program for adults prize drawing – this week a gift certificate from Donut Crazy! Sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries and now underway at both libraries; the read and review raffles return with weekly prizes for the lucky winner at each library. Pick up some review forms now and get reading! On Your Mark, Get Set…Read! Monday, July 25, children entering Kindergarten through Grade 6 in September register now- online or in person! Sign up and receive your first Bingo card to complete and earn Kids Cash plus tickets for raffle prizes. Kids Cash is for use by children in Plumb’s Kids Only Store and raffle prizes will be awarded in August. Once you’ve registered look for special email invitations to members-only activity programs! Books at Noon - Monday, July 25, 12 p.m. New book discussion group for adults on fourth Mondays at noon. This month Helen Simonson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. Some copies may be available, call first; finishing the book is not required. Meets in handicapped accessible ground floor meeting room; bring along lunch and the library will offer beverage and dessert, new members welcome. Fun for Little Ones - Tuesday, July 26, 10 a.m. Children ages 1-5 join Mrs. Fritsch for stories, songs, activities and a special theme related craft, siblings always welcome; drop in. Wacky Sports- Tuesday, July 26, 1 p.m. All ages fun with pool noodles, marbles and straws – drop in for this funny take on sports with Miss Maura – no athletic ability required! Bring the Hoopla – Tuesday July 26, 6 p.m. Children registered for the Kids Summer Reading Club get first chance to reserve a space with special email invitations. This week kids exercise, learn balance and coordination while twisting with hula hoops. Bring the Hoopla’s high energy hoop class builds stamina and focus plus fosters creative play for kids 7 and up. Limit 20, register now – in person or online . knit! – Tuesday, July 26, 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. Chinese Acrobat - Wednesday, July 27, 1:30 p.m. LiLiu shares Chinese culture as she demonstrates her skills developed from early childhood. This special free program is at the Shelton Community Center, free tickets available 30 minutes before the doors open. Ducks @ Dusk - Wednesday, July 27, 6 p.m. Miss Maura’s drop in evening story time; pre-school kids can wear pjs and bring a favorite lovey. We share a story together, create a simple craft and wind down from a busy summer day. 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.