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 St. Call 203-924-1580 or 203-924-9461 & follow the greeting message to direct you the department best suited to answer your question, or to register for programs. Huntington Branch is located in the Community Center, 41 Church St., and can be reached at 203-926-0111. Visit sheltonlibrarysystem.org and click “Events Calendar & Registration” to register online.

Friends of the Shelton Library System are no longer accepting book donations at this time. The F.O.T.S.L.S. will make an announcement at a later date as to when they will resume taking donations.

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 year. Check back in the new year to see about volunteer opportunities.
Huntington Branch Library
Spanish with Sandra — Tuesdays, Jan. 29, and Feb. 5, 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, Jan. 29, and feb. 5, 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, Jan. 30, and Feb. 6, 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, Jan. 24, and Jan. 31, 9:05 a.m. 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. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Call 203-924-1580, or visit sheltonlibrarysystem.org to sign up. Note: Tai Chi location meets in the historic Reading Room.

Life is Art — Thursdays, Jan. 24, and Jan. 31, 6 p.m. Ages 10 and older. Join Miss Ronda for fun and different creative projects each week. Learn new techniques and express your inner artist.

Tai Chi: Friday Sessions — Fridays, Jan. 25, and Feb. 1, 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. Registration is required; call 203-924-1580 or visit sheltonlibrarysystem.org to register. Note: Tai Chi location meets in the historic Reading Room.

Knit! — Tuesdays, Jan. 29, and Feb. 5, 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 beautiful and historic Reading Room.

Connect: ELL — Fridays, Jan. 25, and Feb. 1, 1 p.m. Attention English language learners, join us at Plumb Memorial Library for a relaxed and fun morning of our Conversation Café. Enjoy 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.

Fun for Ages 4 & 5s — Tuesdays, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, 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.

Toddler Times for Ages 2 & 3 — Wednesdays, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m. Parents and caregivers are invited to join their 2s and 3s, 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.

Alphabits — Thursdays, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m. A drop-in story time geared toward kids 0 to 5 years old and their caregivers. Join Miss Maura for a skill-based program story plus hands-on centers, baby space and music fun.

Babies & Books — Fridays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 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 lapsit program with stories, finger plays, songs and musical activities. This series lasts for six weeks. Registration is required.

Edible Arctic Creatures – Saturday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. Join Miss Maura as she teaches you how to make Arctic creatures from everyday food. This is a hands-on children’s program. Caregivers MUST complete a “Food Allergy Waiver” prior to their children being allowed to participate in this program. Registration is required for kids 4 to 13 years old.

Bookworms — Monday, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m., Join Miss Maura for a themed drop in story and craft time for kids 1-5 years old and their caregivers - Freezer Dance and ever popular Do Re Mi.

Books @ Noon — Monday, Jan. 28, noon. This book discussion group for adults meets on fourth Mondays every month at noon. This month’s selection is My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante. Group will be meeting at the Shelton Community Center in Craft Room #2; bring along lunch, and the library will offer beverage and dessert, new members welcome.

Book Buddies — Monday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m. Attention all first and second graders, come and join a brand new celebration of literature with Mrs. Fritsch. Each month we will explore a different genre of storytelling including fairy tales, myths, legends, fables, school stories and more. Join in a lively discussion of the story and a craft or activity related to the theme. Registration is required.

Take Your Child to the Library Week — Friday, Feb. 1, through Saturday, Feb. 9, Starting Friday, Feb. 1, children in kindergarten to grade 6 are invited to come to the Children’s Department and create Valentine’s Day cards for our military veterans. Program runs until Saturday, Feb 9. Cards will be mailed to Veteran’s Hospital in West Haven.

Valentine Jamboree — Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m. Kids in grades 1-6 are invited to join Mrs. Fritsch to share the Valentine merriment for some special people. There will be a Valentine story, crafts and other activities. Registration is required and begins on January 19. Either call the library at 203-924-9461 or register online.
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. A project underwritten with support from the Friends of the Library and the Valley Community Foundation.