Program this Wednesday! It’s Time to Pivot

Author and filmmaker, Steve Hamm, returns to the Woodbridge Town Library to discuss the different forms climate change action can take in local communities. Steve will discuss his new book, The Pivot: Addressing Global Problems Through Local Action, which focuses on a collaborative effort created in the midst of COVID-19 to help communities become more sustainable and resilient.

Steve will also be showing his documentary, A River Speaks, about Connecticut’s Mill River. Together, the book and video are a call to action: for society, to pivot to becoming more sustainable and, for individuals, to become climate activists.

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We are now fine free!

The Woodbridge Town Library has gone fine free, which means patrons will no longer be charged fines for overdue items. The Library had been waiving all overdue fines since the start of the pandemic and the recognition that fines create barriers to access led the Woodbridge Library Commission to vote to permanently eliminate all

fines for overdue books, movies and other library items at its March meeting. All existing overdue fines for Woodbridge Town Library items have been removed, but this policy change will not include replacement fees for missing or damaged items.

“We want people in the community to be excited about coming to the Library, rather than worried about whether or not they owe a fine,” says Library Director Eric Werthmann. “We want to encourage the use of the Library’s materials, facilities and services.”

The Fine Free movement is growing in the library world and has been adopted by many local libraries. Currently there are almost 100 fine free libraries (52 percent) in Connecticut, including nearby libraries in Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Hamden, Madison, and New Haven.

Items will still have due dates, and patrons will still responsible for returning books, movies and other borrowed items. If there’s no hold on an item for another patron, the item will be renewed automatically up to two times. Patrons are still responsible for lost or damaged materials; they will be charged the value of the item so that the library can buy a replacement copy. Overdue museum passes will have a $5 per day late fee.

This new policy applies only to items owned by the Woodbridge Town Library; fees may be charged by other Connecticut libraries (including those in the LION consortium) and may be applied to the patron’s library account. Please see the Circulation Department with any questions, or contact them: 203-389-3433 or askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org

Plant Swap, Saturday March 26!

Have plants that don’t spark joy anymore? Extra pots laying around the house? Seeds you don’t plan on planting?

Drop them off at the library 3/24-3/25. Then return on Saturday to find new (to you) items!

There will also be a potting and pot-decorating station. All ages welcome!

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Peeps in the Library Contest

Join us for the Seventh Annual “Peeps in the Library” contest at the Woodbridge Town Library!
This contest is open to all ages and teams are welcome to enter!

 

Peep dioramas will be displayed in the library in front of the Circulation Desk during open hours!

Registration begins on Monday, March 28 and ends Friday, April 8. You can register by stopping by the Reference Desk to pick up your package of Peeps, or by printing out the form below and obtaining your own package of Peeps.

 

Contest Rules

  1. We will provide each person or group who enters with one pack of peeps (4 individual).
  2. Create a diorama based on a book, literary character, or movie. Make the diorama using a standard shoebox sized box. You may add your own decorations and props.
  3. All characters must be portrayed by Peeps. You may use more than the ones provided.
  4. Contest is open to all ages. There are three separate prize categories: children/families, tweens/teens, and adults. Teams may include up to four members.
  5. Please do not use any other food items (other than Peeps) in your diorama.
  6. Limited to one entry per person/team.
  7. Please fill out the entry form (included with kit or at bottom of this page) and submit it with your diorama.

Drop off your diorama with a completed form during library hours Saturday, April 16. Voting will take place the week of April 18. The winners will be announced the following week. Winners will receive a certificate, and be pictured on our website.

Fill out the following form and turn it in with your completed diorama:

Amity & Woodbridge Historical Society Presents…

Visit the library this February to see rare and unusual items from the Amity & Woodbridge Historical Society’s collection through the lens of local photographer, Kenneth Mull. Drop by between 4 pm and 7 pm on Friday, February 11th for an opening reception with additional items and information. For more information, visit the Art Exhibits page.

Kids can also learn more about local history by participating in a scavenger hunt at the library! Sign up for one of two sessions: Saturday, February 12 between 2 pm and 4 pm OR Saturday, February 26 between 2 pm and 4 pm. Registration Required.

All CT Reads

The Woodbridge Town library invites you to participate in All CT Reads, a year-long initiative to promote lifelong reading, learning, and connection. Three books have been chosen for CT residents to read, one each for children, teens, and adults.

There will be a virtual launch on Thursday, January 13th with a live talk with the three authors of the main book selections which promises to be a very interesting conversation. Both the main and secondary book selections are available from the library. click the link for full information and free registration- we hope to see you there!

https://sites.google.com/view/allctreads/home

Art Exhibits Return to the Library!

We’re excited to start bringing art back into the library in 2022! Our first artist is Glen Kapostas, whose art will be on exhibit during January. Stop by the meeting room during open hours check out his work!

Art Reception January 8 from 2 – 4 pm

Seeing the beauty in everyday objects that others walk by resonates with artist Glen Kapostas. With a background in commercial photography and an intuitive understanding of geometry and space, he became fascinated with metal objects of all shapes, sizes and condition. His natural images often contain urban undertones and are shot with an eye towards capturing the flawed world in which flora co-exists. His preferred printing style has evolved from glossy black and white images to his signature frameless color artwork. Glen enjoys working with his hands in other mediums as well and is an accomplished finish carpenter. He is currently focusing his passion and artistry to promote dyslexic awareness and acceptance.

See more from Glen on Glen Kapostas Art and on Facebook.

December Holiday Hours

Please note the following changes to our hours:
Friday, December 24: CLOSED
Saturday, December 25: CLOSED
Friday, December 31: CLOSED
Saturday, January 1: CLOSED

Our other hours remain the same:
Mondays: 1 pm to 7 pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 10 am to 5 pm
Thursdays: 10 am to 7 pm

 

Ancestry at Home to end December 31

Ancestry has made the difficult decision to end remote access for Ancestry Library Edition at the end of 2021; the library will be deleting the link that enabled you to use the service from a non-library computer. Patrons are welcome to return to the library to access Ancestry Library Edition through our computers or within the building with your own laptop, tablet, or mobile phone.

2022 is going to be an exciting year for both new and experienced genealogy researchers. In April, the 1950 U.S. Census will be released, and that content will be made available as soon as possible through Ancestry Library Edition. We look forward to seeing you return to the building to conduct your genealogical research!

Drop in Friday, November 12 from 10 am to 12 pm

The Museum of the Chinese in America was founded in 1980 to preserve the history, heritage, and culture of American communities of Chinese descent.

MOCA on the Road is a new initiative from MOCA to inspire individuals to preserve artifacts, share them with the public at-large, and provide an educational resource to supplement missing parts of U.S. history. Learn about MOCA’s traveling exhibitions exploring Chinese American history and culture too!

This is a drop in program, no registration required. More information.