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.

Take & Make Craft: Leaf Lanterns

From October 15 – October 29, stop by the Reference Desk during our open hours to pick up a leaf lantern kit! It’s the perfect fall craft for all ages! All you will need is an iron and ironing board – the rest of the materials are included. No reservation required. Kits available while supplies last.

Questions? Call us at 203-389-3434 or email us at reference@woodbridgetownlibrary.org.

Check out this video of a completed lantern!

Final Outoor Concert of 2021: Rhonda Denet & the Silver Fox Trio

Featuring songs from the 30s thru the 70s… A musical journey from the era when the “First Lady Of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald graced the stage to when the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin ruled the airways. In addition to Ella and Aretha, this showcase pays tribute to Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Martha & The Vandellas, Mary Wells, and Gladys Knight.

Bring your own chairs or blankets. Concert will be held unless raining or temperatures are below 50*—dress warmly!

All registered participants will receive a coupon good for one free beverage* at Café Rebelde’s mobile café (often seen at the Grove outside of the library). Other beverages and food items may be purchased as well! The Café accepts many types of payment options, including cards and digital options. (and yes, cash too!)

Please register.

This concert is graciously sponsored by the Gerry Hellmann Eckhardt Fund for the Woodbridge Library, an endowed designated fund at the Valley Community Foundation. Can’t make the concert, but would like to contribute to the fund? Donate here.

*Coupon good for this concert only, on select beverages. Coupon will be given out at the concert. Please check with library staff when you arrive.

Hours Changing, Including Saturdays

The library’s hours have been extended! We look forward to seeing you:
Monday: 1 pm to 7 pm
Tuesday: 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 7 pm
Friday: 10 am to 5 pm

The library will be open from 10 am to 5 pm every Saturday, starting October 9!

Please remember to wear a mask. Computers are available; no reservations needed. The study room is available for reservations too. See you soon!

Join us for a Book Discussion on October 2 at 11 am

 Discussing American Like Me:
Reflections on Life Between Cultures
edited by America Ferrera

Join us following the road race on Saturday, October 2, at 11 am, in front of the Center Building for a discussion about the stories in this book and the stories of the residents of our town. The discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Antona Smith and will last approximately one hour. All are welcome; no registration necessary. 

Copies available for check out on the front table in the lobby or place a hold and we’ll put one aside for you! (The catalog shows all copies checked out; they are all here with us!) 

The book contains thirty-one stories about life between cultures, told by actors, comedians, athletes, politicians, artists, and writers, who are also immigrants, children or grandchildren of immigrants, indigenous people, or people who otherwise grew up with deep and personal connections to more than one culture. Each of them struggled to establish a sense of self, find belonging, and feel seen. Ranging from the heartfelt to the hilarious, their stories shine a light on a quintessentially American experience and will appeal to anyone with a complicated relationship to family, culture, and growing up.