The following programs and activities are taking place at Plumb Memorial and Huntington Branch libraries. Most require advance registration. Plumb is located at 65 Wooster Street. Call 203-924-1580 or 203-924-9461 and follow the greeting message to direct you to the department best suited to answer your question, or to register for programs. Huntington Branch is located in the Community Center, 41 Church Street, and can be reached at 203-926-0111. Visit sheltonlibrarysystem.org and click “Events Calendar & Registration” (Blue button on homepage) to register online.
Due to the large number of teens who are currently volunteering at Plumb, the library has no volunteer hours available until the end of the school year.
Library midday closure: On Thursday, April 18, both libraries will be temporarily closed from noon to 2 p.m. Plumb Memorial Library hours will be 9 a.m. to noon, 2 to 8:30 p.m. Huntington Branch Library hours will be 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 8 p.m.
Library closings: Both libraries will be closed Friday, April 19, in observance of Good Friday. The libraries will reopen for normal business hours on Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You may access all online services to renew materials, place holds, search databases, and more. Book drops will remain open at both libraries to return materials.
Huntington Branch Library
Spanish with Sandra — Tuesdays, April 23 and 30, 4:30 p.m. Children ages 4 to 8 and their caregivers learn Spanish through songs, games, stories, and other fun activities. Register for the entire month.
Talking in Spanish — Tuesdays, April 23 and 30, 5 p.m. Tweens and teens engage in Spanish conversation and interactive activities with Miss Sandra. Register for the entire month.
First Spanish with Sandra — Wednesdays, April 24 and May 1, 10:30 a.m. Children, babies to age 4, and their caregivers learn Spanish through songs, games, stories, and other fun activities. Note new day and time. Register.
Plumb Memorial Library
Tai Chi: Thursday Sessions — Thursdays, April 18 and April 25, 9:05 a.m. Plumb Memorial Library offers another set of Thursday Tai Chi workshops for adults. The classes, free and open to the public, will begin and end with a series of warm-up and cool-down exercises. There is no prerequisite to participate, no equipment is necessary and participants may do this seated if they feel more comfortable. Call 203-924-1580 or visit sheltonlibrarysystem.org to sign up. Program meets in the newly renovated Meeting Room.
Tai Chi: Friday Sessions — Fridays, April 26 and May 3, 9:05 a.m. Plumb Memorial Library has added more dates for Friday Tai Chi workshops for adults. Each class will begin and end with a series of warm up and cool down exercises. There is no prerequisite to participate, no equipment is necessary and participants may do this seated if they feel more comfortable. Program meets in the newly renovated Meeting Room. No program on April 19.
Life Is Art — Thursday, April 18 and 25, 6 p.m. Ages 10 and older. Miss Ronda offers fun and different creative projects each week. Attendees learn new techniques and express their inner artist.
Knit! — Tuesday, April 23 and 30, 6:30 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. Group meets in the Reading Room.
Connect: ELL — Friday, April 26 and May 3, at 10 a.m. Attention English language learners: in the Conversation Café, there are coffee, tea and light refreshments while you meet people and practice your skills. Community members 18 and older with all levels of English are welcome to attend. No sign-up, so just show up.
Alphabits — Thursdays, April 25, 10:30 a.m., A drop-in story time geared toward kids up to 5 years old and their caregivers. Miss Maura offers a skill-based program story plus hands-on centers, baby space and music fun.
Fun for Ages 4s & 5s — Tuesdays, April 23 and 30, 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 4 and 5 are invited to join Mrs. Fritsch for a New series of story time for older preschoolers. In order to encourage a sense of independence, children sit in a group to hear stories and do a themed craft. This series lasts for six weeks. Registration is required; sign up once to register for all sessions.
Toddler Times for Ages 2 & 3 — Wednesdays, April 24 and May 1, 10:30 a.m. Parents and caregivers are invited to join their twos and threes, and Mrs. Fritsch, for 30 minutes of theme based stories and songs. Everyone then goes to the craft tables to make a craft that relates back to the story time theme. This series lasts for six weeks. Registration is required; sign up once to register for all sessions.
Babies & Books — Fridays, April 26 and May 3, 10:30 a.m. Bouncing beautiful tots ages 12 to 24 months and their parents and caregivers are invited to join Mrs. Fritsch to a new lap-sit program with stories, finger plays, songs and musical activities. This series lasts for six weeks. Registration is required; sign up once to register for all sessions.
Earth Day Bingo — Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. Attendees will celebrate Earth Day (April 22) by playing bingo. Instead of listening and looking for B12 or N24, these bingo players will listen and look for things related to Earth Day. There will be a chance to win prizes. All ages welcome, and registration is required.
Books @ Noon — Monday, April 22, noon. This book discussion group for adults meets on fourth Mondays every month at noon. This month’s selection is Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. Book club will be meeting in the newly renovated Meeting Room.
Advanced College Funding Solutions — Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m. Join this free, open to the public, program and learn about college funding. Learn about the various programs and methods to make college more affordable.
Novel Ideas Book Club — Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. Attention fifth and sixth grade readers join us for a monthly book club: "Novel Ideas." Each registered reader will receive a free copy of that month's book. Read book prior to attending our monthly meeting. At each meeting we will discuss the book, engage in story related activities while enjoying refreshments. This month’s book is The Emperor’s Riddle, by Kat Zhang. Registration is required.
Yankee Chapter Salt and Pepper Club — Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. Members share collections and stories in this meeting. New members welcome and enjoy the unique items collectors own.
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 Huntington Branch Library, 203-926-0111. This project is underwritten with support from the Friends of the Library and the Valley Community Foundation.