Upcoming library events

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

Spanish with Sandra – Thursday, March 17, 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.

Show-and-Tell Stories - Friday, March 18, 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.

Read-Together Club - Saturday, March 19, 1:30 p.m. Join our new book club for kids ages 5-8 and their caregivers. This month, borrow a copy of The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi, to read together at home. This easy chapter book is about the unlikely friendship between an alley cat and a pampered dog. Register now for our discussion and activity for kids and their adults.

LEGO® Man in Space  - Monday, March 21 , 6:30 p.m. Children of all ages listen to Mara Shaughnessy's true story about two boys who launched a LEGO® man into outer space! Then, try our LEGO® challenge: use the library's LEGO® blocks to create a rocket ship! Results will be displayed in the Family Service's Department's display case for one week; register now.

Bouncing Babies & Jumping Beans - Tuesday, March 22, 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 23, 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, March 23, 11 a.m. Try our new monthly program to entice adults out of the house. 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, March 23, 1 p.m. Join the Friends of the Shelton Libraries as we watch a film followed by discussion and dessert, for interested adults.

Social Media and Our Children - Wednesday, March 23, 6 p.m. Dr. Lori Monaco exposes how children and teens handle social media based on their brain development; register now.

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.

Plumb Memorial Library

AlphaBits  – Thursdays,  March 17 and 24, 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.

Stay & Play - Friday, March 18, 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, March 18, 2:30 p.m. Drop in and join us then stay after the library closes, enjoy the  movie playing while we play card and board games, snacks will be provided – of course.

Repeat Reads - Friday, March 18, 6 p.m. Adults re-read (or read for the first time) classic favorites from youth, this month P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins.  Even if you have seen the film, try the book version. Come debate the merits and values, share tea and snacks, drop in for a reader’s Happy Hour.

Teen Volunteer Orientation - Saturday,  March 19, 10 a.m. All teens wishing to volunteer at Plumb Library must attend an orientation. Anyone who has attended a past orientation does not need to attend again. The two hours at orientation count as two volunteering hours. Time is ticking down for this school year; please see Adam or Ronda for the application and for more details.

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

Color Craze - Saturday, March 19, 1 p.m. Catch the coloring craze and share an hour each third Saturday through the winter. Adults indulge with the enticing pages provided by the library - as long as they share the crayons, pencils and markers! Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries, providing the snacks. Everyone needs to step back and take a break – here is some ready-made fun.

Budding Bookworms – Monday, March 21, 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!

Why Choose a Community College? - Monday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. Community colleges provide affordability, easier admissions process, flexibility, smaller campus, easy transitioning, post-degree options, networking opportunities and hands-on experience.  Explore the community college option and learn more with Bernard Shea, Assistant Director of Admissions at Housatonic Community College.

Fun for Little Ones  - Tuesday, March 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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.

Teen & Tween Book Clubs - Wednesday, March 23, 3:30 p.m. Both book clubs meet at the same time for an hour of book discussion, followed by a social hour. This month Teens read Animal Farm by George Orwell and Tweens read The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart; copies of both books are at the Children’s Desk.

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.