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Saturday January 1, 2022 - Saturday December 31, 2022
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Any child ages birth to five years can participate.

Participants are given a log to track the books they read.  For every 100 books read, a sticker and book is awarded. Once 1,000 books are read, in addition to the sticker and book, the child is given a gift certificate to shop at the Friends of the Library Book Cellar.  

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is generously supported by The Friends of the Woodbury Public Library.

Location: Children's Department

Any child ages birth to five years can participate.

Participants are given a log to track the books they read.  For every 100 books read, a sticker and book is awarded. Once 1,000 books are read, in addition to the sticker and book, the child is given a gift certificate to shop at the Friends of the Library Book Cellar.  

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is generously supported by The Friends of the Woodbury Public Library.

Location: Children's Department

Saturday June 11, 2022 - Friday August 12, 2022
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Read Beyond the Beaten Path: Children's Summer Reading Program

Register for summer reading in the Children's Room:

Grades Pre-K-6th

Complete at least 10 challenges and earn a raffle ticket or small prize.  

Complete all 20 challenges and earn 3 tickets or small prizes. 

Write a book review to earn an extra ticket or prize!

Location: Children's Department

Sponsored by the Friends of the Woodbury Public Library

Register for summer reading in the Children's Room:

Grades Pre-K-6th

Complete at least 10 challenges and earn a raffle ticket or small prize.  

Complete all 20 challenges and earn 3 tickets or small prizes. 

Write a book review to earn an extra ticket or prize!

Location: Children's Department

Sponsored by the Friends of the Woodbury Public Library

 
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Read Beyond the Beaten Path: Summer Reading Programs for ADULTS!

Join us for the 2022 Summer Reading Program for Adults at the WPL!  This year you can "read off the beaten path" and win!

Pick up your reading path at the front desk and you might win a Samsung Galaxy tablet this summer (complete with 2 hours of tech help from our Reference/Technology Librarian Ron Fairchild)!!

There are loads of fun weekly prizes, too!  Be sure to join us on a library adventure this summer.

 

Summer Reading for Adults is sponsored by the Friends of the Woodbury Library

Join us for the 2022 Summer Reading Program for Adults at the WPL!  This year you can "read off the beaten path" and win!

Pick up your reading path at the front desk and you might win a Samsung Galaxy tablet this summer (complete with 2 hours of tech help from our Reference/Technology Librarian Ron Fairchild)!!

There are loads of fun weekly prizes, too!  Be sure to join us on a library adventure this summer.

 

Summer Reading for Adults is sponsored by the Friends of the Woodbury Library

 
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Read Off the Beaten Path: Summer Reading for Program Teens

Grades 6 -12 are invited to join the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Woodbury Public Library this summer!  This year, you can follow a "path" to different adventures - pick up all you need to join in the summer fun at the library beginning June 11th.

As you complete challenges along the way, you'll have chances to win fun weekly prizes and even bigger grand prizes!  Each "path" has 5 challenges; each challenge earns you a chance to win a weekly prize, each completed "path" gives you a chance to win one of 3 grand prizes!

Summer Reading is sponsored by The Friends of the Library

 

LOCATION: Teen Department

Grades 6 -12 are invited to join the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Woodbury Public Library this summer!  This year, you can follow a "path" to different adventures - pick up all you need to join in the summer fun at the library beginning June 11th.

As you complete challenges along the way, you'll have chances to win fun weekly prizes and even bigger grand prizes!  Each "path" has 5 challenges; each challenge earns you a chance to win a weekly prize, each completed "path" gives you a chance to win one of 3 grand prizes!

Summer Reading is sponsored by The Friends of the Library

 

LOCATION: Teen Department

Monday August 1, 2022 - Wednesday August 31, 2022
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Arts Alliance of Woodbury Group Show

August in the Gallery Space 

The 2022 annual AAW Members’ Invitational Exhibition: Summer Time 

The Arts Alliance of Woodbury shares it's 4th Members’ Invitational Exhibition at the WPL. This year's theme this year is Summertime showcasing original artwork that celebrates this time of year. 

AAW juror, Keffie Feldman, Ph.D., is the distinguished chief curator of the Mattatuck Museum. Her curatorial practice is informed by a wide-ranging background in art and history. She holds a Ph.D. from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University and a B.A. in Archaeology and Art History from Tufts University. Whether considering art of the ancient past or the contemporary present, Keffie is interested in art’s power as a means of personal and cultural expression. 


 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

August in the Gallery Space 

The 2022 annual AAW Members’ Invitational Exhibition: Summer Time 

The Arts Alliance of Woodbury shares it's 4th Members’ Invitational Exhibition at the WPL. This year's theme this year is Summertime showcasing original artwork that celebrates this time of year. 

AAW juror, Keffie Feldman, Ph.D., is the distinguished chief curator of the Mattatuck Museum. Her curatorial practice is informed by a wide-ranging background in art and history. She holds a Ph.D. from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University and a B.A. in Archaeology and Art History from Tufts University. Whether considering art of the ancient past or the contemporary present, Keffie is interested in art’s power as a means of personal and cultural expression. 


 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Wednesday August 3, 2022 - Wednesday August 17, 2022
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Fred's Feline Friends Photo Contest

Do you have a special cat in your life? If so, we would love to see a photo of this feline!

Photos can be handed in-person to the Children’s Department, or emailed to fredthecat@biblio.org.

Photos will be awarded with certificates on the day of Fred’s PAWty: Tuesday, August 23rd around 4:00 after our Fred plaque dedication. Winning photos will also be featured on social media.

Contest Rule:

*The photo must be of a feline.*

Categories:

-Fred Look-A-Like

-Cutest Cat

-Silliest Cat

-Most Cuddly

-Smartest Cat

-Fiercest Cat

-Most Creative

 

Do you have a special cat in your life? If so, we would love to see a photo of this feline!

Photos can be handed in-person to the Children’s Department, or emailed to fredthecat@biblio.org.

Photos will be awarded with certificates on the day of Fred’s PAWty: Tuesday, August 23rd around 4:00 after our Fred plaque dedication. Winning photos will also be featured on social media.

Contest Rule:

*The photo must be of a feline.*

Categories:

-Fred Look-A-Like

-Cutest Cat

-Silliest Cat

-Most Cuddly

-Smartest Cat

-Fiercest Cat

-Most Creative

 

Monday August 8, 2022
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Play Giant Games at the Library!

All ages are invited to drop in and play giant games on the Library lawn!  Challenge your friends to super-sized Jenga or Giant Kerplunk!  You can have a cornhole tossing contest or see who can get a hole-in-one on our library "putting green"!  Games are outside open to close; please ask inside for golf balls!

LOCATION: Library Lawn

All ages are invited to drop in and play giant games on the Library lawn!  Challenge your friends to super-sized Jenga or Giant Kerplunk!  You can have a cornhole tossing contest or see who can get a hole-in-one on our library "putting green"!  Games are outside open to close; please ask inside for golf balls!

LOCATION: Library Lawn

 

Mondays, July 11th– August 8th @11:00 a.m.

Join us for songs, finger plays, stories and movement for children ages 10 months-2 and a caregiver. 

*No class on July 25th* 

Mondays, July 11th– August 8th @11:00 a.m.

Join us for songs, finger plays, stories and movement for children ages 10 months-2 and a caregiver. 

*No class on July 25th* 


 
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3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Introductory Guitar with Anders Somoroff

Join local guitar enthusiast Anders Somoroff for an introduction to playing the guitar for teens.  In this small group, you'll learn basic chords and maybe a song or two!

You will need to bring a guitar with you for this program.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 6 spaces available.

Join local guitar enthusiast Anders Somoroff for an introduction to playing the guitar for teens.  In this small group, you'll learn basic chords and maybe a song or two!

You will need to bring a guitar with you for this program.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 6 spaces available.

Tuesday August 9, 2022
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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Get Your Game-On! Teen Gaming

Teens and tweens can join in to play video games using the Nintendo Switch. The Library has some of your favorites: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8, and Animal Crossing, to name a few. Board games will also be available. Beginner gamers are always welcome!

Drop in!

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Teens and tweens can join in to play video games using the Nintendo Switch. The Library has some of your favorites: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8, and Animal Crossing, to name a few. Board games will also be available. Beginner gamers are always welcome!

Drop in!

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

 

All Ages

Join us to play classic BINGO and win small prizes!

Location: Children's Room

All Ages

Join us to play classic BINGO and win small prizes!

Location: Children's Room


 
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
AAW Reception & Artist Recognition

Join The Arts Alliance of Woodbury at their 4th Members’ Invitational Exhibition awards ceremony and artist reception. This year's theme is Summertime and the artistic expression this time of year evokes for AAW artist members. 

The juried art show will be judged by Keffie Feldman, Ph.D., is the distinguished chief curator of the Mattatuck Museum. Her curatorial practice is informed by a wide-ranging background in art and history. She holds a Ph.D. from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University and a B.A. in Archaeology and Art History from Tufts University. Whether considering art of the ancient past or the contemporary present, Keffie is interested in art’s power as a means of personal and cultural expression.

Please join us to celebrate AAW and the artist members at an open house reception!

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Join The Arts Alliance of Woodbury at their 4th Members’ Invitational Exhibition awards ceremony and artist reception. This year's theme is Summertime and the artistic expression this time of year evokes for AAW artist members. 

The juried art show will be judged by Keffie Feldman, Ph.D., is the distinguished chief curator of the Mattatuck Museum. Her curatorial practice is informed by a wide-ranging background in art and history. She holds a Ph.D. from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University and a B.A. in Archaeology and Art History from Tufts University. Whether considering art of the ancient past or the contemporary present, Keffie is interested in art’s power as a means of personal and cultural expression.

Please join us to celebrate AAW and the artist members at an open house reception!

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Wednesday August 10, 2022
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11:00 AM
Summer Sunshine Story Time

Wednesdays, July 6th-August 10th 

Children of all ages are welcome to join us for seasonal stories and a craft outside of the Library.

BYOB! Bring Your Own Blanket.

Location: Outside

Program Schedule:

7/6: Summer

7/13: Sun

7/20: Beach

7/27: Camping

8/3: Bugs

8/10: Picnic

*Story Time will be cancelled in the case of inclement weather. 

 

 

Wednesdays, July 6th-August 10th 

Children of all ages are welcome to join us for seasonal stories and a craft outside of the Library.

BYOB! Bring Your Own Blanket.

Location: Outside

Program Schedule:

7/6: Summer

7/13: Sun

7/20: Beach

7/27: Camping

8/3: Bugs

8/10: Picnic

*Story Time will be cancelled in the case of inclement weather. 

 

 


Thursday August 11, 2022
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Read To Piper The Reading Rabbit

Children in grades K and up may practice reading aloud to Piper, a therapy rabbit who loves listening to stories! 

Register for a 10-minute time slot for your child. 

Bring a book or use one of ours

There is 1 space available.

Children in grades K and up may practice reading aloud to Piper, a therapy rabbit who loves listening to stories! 

Register for a 10-minute time slot for your child. 

Bring a book or use one of ours

There is 1 space available.

 
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4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Ice Cream Emergency Summer Reading Finale

Now that you have completed your Summer Reading Challenges, there is an emergency!

You need an ice cream treat, and the Ice Cream Emergency ambulance will be available in the Library Parking Lot to treat you!

Registration is available online.

Location: Outside

There are 34 spaces available.

Now that you have completed your Summer Reading Challenges, there is an emergency!

You need an ice cream treat, and the Ice Cream Emergency ambulance will be available in the Library Parking Lot to treat you!

Registration is available online.

Location: Outside

There are 34 spaces available.

 
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5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Writer's Master Class with MayaRose

Join Spoken Word Poet MayaRose for a Writing Master Class at the WPL!

Come express yourself and explore diversity through creative writing.  Diversity is a core thread to all our humanity and the written word unites the soul with the outside world.

Spoken Word is an easy and accessible medium to use your voice to talk about challenging issues that we face in our time and throughout history.  It is a great way to release stress and a therapeutic tool in discovering who you are.

This master class uses beginner, intermediate and advanced writing prompts, meditation and movement games to connect you with the creative brain.  Search through historic events, people and materials that call us into a deeper understanding of our American culture and the experiences that shapes our community and the world.

A writing circle brings writers from different walks of life together in one place to discuss their work in a workshop style setting. You will be able to give feedback and hear suggestions from fellow writers. Any genre of writing (creative prose, poetry, etc.) is encouraged to attend.

Did you know that writing circles can build a sense of community and help writers become more confident in their own work?  Join us and find out!  

This program will be followed by an OPEN MIC night; stay and share your work or listen to other writers!

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 18 spaces available.

Join Spoken Word Poet MayaRose for a Writing Master Class at the WPL!

Come express yourself and explore diversity through creative writing.  Diversity is a core thread to all our humanity and the written word unites the soul with the outside world.

Spoken Word is an easy and accessible medium to use your voice to talk about challenging issues that we face in our time and throughout history.  It is a great way to release stress and a therapeutic tool in discovering who you are.

This master class uses beginner, intermediate and advanced writing prompts, meditation and movement games to connect you with the creative brain.  Search through historic events, people and materials that call us into a deeper understanding of our American culture and the experiences that shapes our community and the world.

A writing circle brings writers from different walks of life together in one place to discuss their work in a workshop style setting. You will be able to give feedback and hear suggestions from fellow writers. Any genre of writing (creative prose, poetry, etc.) is encouraged to attend.

Did you know that writing circles can build a sense of community and help writers become more confident in their own work?  Join us and find out!  

This program will be followed by an OPEN MIC night; stay and share your work or listen to other writers!

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 18 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
OPEN MIC night

Poets, writers, storytellers ... join us for a Spoken Word event!  Come and share you works, or simply listen to others share theirs.  All are welcome!

We hope you want to share your words with us.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Poets, writers, storytellers ... join us for a Spoken Word event!  Come and share you works, or simply listen to others share theirs.  All are welcome!

We hope you want to share your words with us.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Friday August 12, 2022
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END OF THE 2022 SUMMER READING PROGRAM!

 

All good things must come to an end, including "Read Beyond the Beaten Path" our summer reading program for readers of all ages! 

Today is the last day for you to enter and possibly win some pretty amazing prizes!   

Many thanks to the Friends of the Woodbury Public Library for always supporting summer reading at the WPL.

LOCATION: Library's Main Floor

 

All good things must come to an end, including "Read Beyond the Beaten Path" our summer reading program for readers of all ages! 

Today is the last day for you to enter and possibly win some pretty amazing prizes!   

Many thanks to the Friends of the Woodbury Public Library for always supporting summer reading at the WPL.

LOCATION: Library's Main Floor

Saturday August 13, 2022

The Library is CLOSED on Saturdays & Sundays in August

The Library is CLOSED on Saturdays & Sundays in August

Sunday August 14, 2022

The Library is CLOSED on Saturdays & Sundays in August

The Library is CLOSED on Saturdays & Sundays in August

Monday August 15, 2022
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3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Introductory Guitar with Anders Somoroff

Join local guitar enthusiast Anders Somoroff for an introduction to playing the guitar for teens.  In this small group, you'll learn basic chords and maybe a song or two!

You will need to bring a guitar with you for this program.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 5 spaces available.

Join local guitar enthusiast Anders Somoroff for an introduction to playing the guitar for teens.  In this small group, you'll learn basic chords and maybe a song or two!

You will need to bring a guitar with you for this program.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 5 spaces available.

Tuesday August 16, 2022
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6:30 PM
Artist Talk with Photographer Michael Gallagher

Join AAW member and photographer Micheal Gallagher for a talk about his career and his extensive travels spent photographing some of the most unusual and beautiful parts of the world.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 37 spaces available.

Join AAW member and photographer Micheal Gallagher for a talk about his career and his extensive travels spent photographing some of the most unusual and beautiful parts of the world.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 37 spaces available.

Thursday August 18, 2022
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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AAW Arts Walk

IN THE LIBRARY GALLERY SPACE: AAW GROUP SHOW 2022

The Arts Alliance of Woodbury once again offers it's Arts Walk along Main Street. Artists, musicians and others will be on hand, offering demonstrations and works for sale, impromptu musical moments and pop-up performances in an informal, outdoor setting.  This year's events will be 5-8 PM between the Woodbury Library and Studio Hill Gallery 507 Main St. South, along the east side of Main St.   There will be several venues along the route, including the Cannon Green, The Old School House, Madeline West's Front Porch and several others. So put on your walking shoes and step out for ARTS!

IN THE LIBRARY GALLERY SPACE: AAW GROUP SHOW 2022

The Arts Alliance of Woodbury once again offers it's Arts Walk along Main Street. Artists, musicians and others will be on hand, offering demonstrations and works for sale, impromptu musical moments and pop-up performances in an informal, outdoor setting.  This year's events will be 5-8 PM between the Woodbury Library and Studio Hill Gallery 507 Main St. South, along the east side of Main St.   There will be several venues along the route, including the Cannon Green, The Old School House, Madeline West's Front Porch and several others. So put on your walking shoes and step out for ARTS!

Saturday August 20, 2022

The Library is CLOSED on Saturdays & Sundays in August

The Library is CLOSED on Saturdays & Sundays in August

Sunday August 21, 2022

The Library is CLOSED on Saturdays & Sundays in August

The Library is CLOSED on Saturdays & Sundays in August

Tuesday August 23, 2022
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It's a PAW-ty for Fred the Cat!

Join us for a party celebrating the life of Woodbury's most beloved feline, Fred the Cat!  Fred lived at the Woodbury Library from 1976-1986 and was a familiar figure to library patrons.  Thanks to Lou Gurry, former Children's Librarian Ann Bumstead and a group of volunteers, a huge version of Fred can still be seen by patrons today - don't forget to look up as you leave the library! 

The Fred paw-ty will be purr-fect! Drop in!

  • All day: Find a Fred Scavenger Hunt throughout the Library
  • All day: Fred arts and crafts throughout the Library
  • August 3rd-17th: Enter our Fred Photo Contest! Entries will be shared on social media & displayed in the Children's Room
  • 2:00 PM Story time with former Children's Librarian Ms.B & current Head Children's Librarian Ms.K in the Children’s Room
  • 3:00 PM History of Fred PowerPoint with Children's Librarian Miss Heidi in the Gallery Space
  • 3:45 PM Dedication of the Fred Plaque and “Ode to Fred” Poem read by Woodbury's Poet Laureate Sandy Carlson outside the Library
  • 4:00 PM Light Refreshments, Fred Cookies, and Announcement of Fred Photo Contest Winners in the Gallery Space
LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Join us for a party celebrating the life of Woodbury's most beloved feline, Fred the Cat!  Fred lived at the Woodbury Library from 1976-1986 and was a familiar figure to library patrons.  Thanks to Lou Gurry, former Children's Librarian Ann Bumstead and a group of volunteers, a huge version of Fred can still be seen by patrons today - don't forget to look up as you leave the library! 

The Fred paw-ty will be purr-fect! Drop in!

  • All day: Find a Fred Scavenger Hunt throughout the Library
  • All day: Fred arts and crafts throughout the Library
  • August 3rd-17th: Enter our Fred Photo Contest! Entries will be shared on social media & displayed in the Children's Room
  • 2:00 PM Story time with former Children's Librarian Ms.B & current Head Children's Librarian Ms.K in the Children’s Room
  • 3:00 PM History of Fred PowerPoint with Children's Librarian Miss Heidi in the Gallery Space
  • 3:45 PM Dedication of the Fred Plaque and “Ode to Fred” Poem read by Woodbury's Poet Laureate Sandy Carlson outside the Library
  • 4:00 PM Light Refreshments, Fred Cookies, and Announcement of Fred Photo Contest Winners in the Gallery Space
LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Thursday August 25, 2022
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6:30 PM
Back to School Technology with Ron Fairchild

STUDENTS! Join our Reference Technology Librarian Ron Fairchild and learn about the variety of ways you can use your library card to enhance your school year!  Middle school, hgh school and college students - find out what the WPL can do for you!

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 36 spaces available.

STUDENTS! Join our Reference Technology Librarian Ron Fairchild and learn about the variety of ways you can use your library card to enhance your school year!  Middle school, hgh school and college students - find out what the WPL can do for you!

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 36 spaces available.

Saturday August 27, 2022

The Library is CLOSED on Saturdays & Sundays in August

The Library is CLOSED on Saturdays & Sundays in August

Sunday August 28, 2022

The Library is CLOSED on Saturdays & Sundays in August

The Library is CLOSED on Saturdays & Sundays in August

Tuesday August 30, 2022
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6:30 PM
Connecticut Wineries with The Nutmeg Nose

Take a virtual ride through Connecticut’s wine country and learn about our state’s 40+ wineries. Our wine guide is Michelle Griffis, an enthusiast of Connecticut’s wineries, nicknamed by friends as “The Nutmeg Nose.” Michelle will discuss the array of fantastic, award-winning wineries here in our state. She will also share dining options which include vineyards with on-site cafes, food trucks, and BYO picnic options. Whether you like a dry rose’, a crisp white, or a hearty red, our state offers a wine for your palette. With beautiful scenery, daily tastings, and live music, Connecticut wineries make great destinations.

This is an IN PERSON presentation.

Sponsored by The Firends of the Woodbury Library

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 40 spaces available.

Take a virtual ride through Connecticut’s wine country and learn about our state’s 40+ wineries. Our wine guide is Michelle Griffis, an enthusiast of Connecticut’s wineries, nicknamed by friends as “The Nutmeg Nose.” Michelle will discuss the array of fantastic, award-winning wineries here in our state. She will also share dining options which include vineyards with on-site cafes, food trucks, and BYO picnic options. Whether you like a dry rose’, a crisp white, or a hearty red, our state offers a wine for your palette. With beautiful scenery, daily tastings, and live music, Connecticut wineries make great destinations.

This is an IN PERSON presentation.

Sponsored by The Firends of the Woodbury Library

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 40 spaces available.

Thursday September 1, 2022
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6:00 PM
PJ Character Club Story Time

Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the library in their pajamas during this special evening story time!

Each week will include stories and a craft all about a special character.

Program Schedule:

9/1: Corduroy

9/8: The Pigeon

9/15: Horton

9/22: Madeline

9/29: Babar

Location: Children's Room

There are 16 spaces available.

Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the library in their pajamas during this special evening story time!

Each week will include stories and a craft all about a special character.

Program Schedule:

9/1: Corduroy

9/8: The Pigeon

9/15: Horton

9/22: Madeline

9/29: Babar

Location: Children's Room

There are 16 spaces available.

 
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6:30 PM
'Hidden History of Litchfield County' with Author Peter Vermilyea

Join local historian and author Peter C. Vermilyea as he tells fascinating stories of some forgotten moments in Litchfield County, from Native American legends to Cold War relics!

Traces of Litchfield County's past are hidden in plain sight. Vestiges of long-abandoned railroad tracks crisscross the county while a decaying and unmarked cinder block structure in Warren is all that remains of a cornerstone of national defense. All but forgotten today, a fire roared through Winsted in 1908, causing residents to flee their rooms at the Odd Fellows boardinghouse. In Bantam, art deco chairs made by the Warren McArthur Corporation prompted the War Department to order bomber seats from the company during World War II. Learn about these and other obscure tales!

Peter Vermilyea teaches history at Housastonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT and at Western Connecticut State University. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he serves as the scholarship director of his alma mater’s Civil War Institute. He is the author or editor of five books and fifteen articles, most on aspects of Civil War history.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 43 spaces available.

Join local historian and author Peter C. Vermilyea as he tells fascinating stories of some forgotten moments in Litchfield County, from Native American legends to Cold War relics!

Traces of Litchfield County's past are hidden in plain sight. Vestiges of long-abandoned railroad tracks crisscross the county while a decaying and unmarked cinder block structure in Warren is all that remains of a cornerstone of national defense. All but forgotten today, a fire roared through Winsted in 1908, causing residents to flee their rooms at the Odd Fellows boardinghouse. In Bantam, art deco chairs made by the Warren McArthur Corporation prompted the War Department to order bomber seats from the company during World War II. Learn about these and other obscure tales!

Peter Vermilyea teaches history at Housastonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT and at Western Connecticut State University. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he serves as the scholarship director of his alma mater’s Civil War Institute. He is the author or editor of five books and fifteen articles, most on aspects of Civil War history.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 43 spaces available.

Sunday September 4, 2022

CLOSED SUNDAYS THROUGH COLUMBUS DAY

Tuesday September 6, 2022
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6:30 PM
Bibliocraft: Zendoodle

Bibliocrafts is an art program created just for adults.  Inspired by books and the library, join us for a fun and creative adventure!

This month we will Zendoodle on paper that we'll then use to make small books! 

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Bibliocrafts is an art program created just for adults.  Inspired by books and the library, join us for a fun and creative adventure!

This month we will Zendoodle on paper that we'll then use to make small books! 

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space


Wednesday September 7, 2022

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Thursday September 8, 2022
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6:00 PM
PJ Character Club Story Time

Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the library in their pajamas during this special evening story time!

Each week will include stories and a craft all about a special character.

Program Schedule:

9/1: Corduroy

9/8: The Pigeon

9/15: Horton

9/22: Madeline

9/29: Babar

Location: Children's Room

There are 16 spaces available.

Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the library in their pajamas during this special evening story time!

Each week will include stories and a craft all about a special character.

Program Schedule:

9/1: Corduroy

9/8: The Pigeon

9/15: Horton

9/22: Madeline

9/29: Babar

Location: Children's Room

There are 16 spaces available.

 
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6:30 PM
The History of Coffee with Great Minds Coffee Roasters

Join Chris and Emily, owners of Great Minds Coffee Roasters for a fascinating conversation about the history of coffee!  Chris and Emily knew they wanted to source and serve high quality, specialty coffee to our local community; but not in the traditional cafe sense. Taking Chris’ previous experience as a coffee roaster, we ran with the vision of creating a craft roastery as a place for wholesale and retail customers to enjoy unique and high quality coffees in a very down to earth and approachable manner.  

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 38 spaces available.

Join Chris and Emily, owners of Great Minds Coffee Roasters for a fascinating conversation about the history of coffee!  Chris and Emily knew they wanted to source and serve high quality, specialty coffee to our local community; but not in the traditional cafe sense. Taking Chris’ previous experience as a coffee roaster, we ran with the vision of creating a craft roastery as a place for wholesale and retail customers to enjoy unique and high quality coffees in a very down to earth and approachable manner.  

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 38 spaces available.

Friday September 9, 2022
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1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Book Cellar 20th Anniversary Event

Help us celebrate the Friends of the Woodbury Public Library and the 20th anniversary of their fantastic Book Cellar! The all volunteer group started the Book Cellar in 2002, thinking that a used book shop could benefit the community and provide funds to the Library.  They weren't wrong!  20 years and thousands of book sales later, the Book Cellar is thriving, and the Friends of the Library remain a constant support to the Woodbury Public Library.  Please come help us celebrate their amazing work!

Plus, there will be cake! 

Help us celebrate the Friends of the Woodbury Public Library and the 20th anniversary of their fantastic Book Cellar! The all volunteer group started the Book Cellar in 2002, thinking that a used book shop could benefit the community and provide funds to the Library.  They weren't wrong!  20 years and thousands of book sales later, the Book Cellar is thriving, and the Friends of the Library remain a constant support to the Woodbury Public Library.  Please come help us celebrate their amazing work!

Plus, there will be cake! 

Saturday September 10, 2022
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11:00 AM
Genomics: Get the Facts

Imagine having a personalized healthcare manual, that enables you to optimize your health and decrease risk of disease!  Genomics is a field of medicine that looks for variants in our DNA that may influence our health, in areas such as brain and memory health, heart, bone and gut health and more.  Come learn about Genomics and how it can impact your life with Dr. Alicia McKelvey.

Dr. McKelvey has been a pioneer in the field of Thoracic surgery, and has trained a new generation of surgeons. From her decades of service, Dr. McKelvey has a unique vantage point in seeing the limitations of traditional medicine. Her journey into Integrative Medicine was born out of a desire to bridge this gap for patients.  She now applies the same level of expertise and enthusiasm to help you achieve YOUR health goals. She is board certified in Integrative Medicine.

The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the Woodbury Public Library.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 38 spaces available.

Imagine having a personalized healthcare manual, that enables you to optimize your health and decrease risk of disease!  Genomics is a field of medicine that looks for variants in our DNA that may influence our health, in areas such as brain and memory health, heart, bone and gut health and more.  Come learn about Genomics and how it can impact your life with Dr. Alicia McKelvey.

Dr. McKelvey has been a pioneer in the field of Thoracic surgery, and has trained a new generation of surgeons. From her decades of service, Dr. McKelvey has a unique vantage point in seeing the limitations of traditional medicine. Her journey into Integrative Medicine was born out of a desire to bridge this gap for patients.  She now applies the same level of expertise and enthusiasm to help you achieve YOUR health goals. She is board certified in Integrative Medicine.

The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the Woodbury Public Library.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 38 spaces available.

Sunday September 11, 2022

CLOSED SUNDAYS THROUGH COLUMBUS DAY

Tuesday September 13, 2022
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6:00 PM
The History of Blues in America

In the spirit of Ken Burns' breakout PBS documentary series on American country music, acclaimed guitarist and music historian Joey Leone presents “The History of Blues in America” a 90 minute
multifaceted concert program covering the history, influence and social impact of American blues music through songs, stories and historical facts. Joey highlights the influence of blues on virtually all styles of contemporary music over the past 7 decades playing a variety of songs on multiple guitars from his personal collection. In addition to the live music segments, he touches on recurring themes of how the blues transcended racial boundaries, brought people together in times of celebration and times of healing, and how the blues followed the migration from the rural south to the urban north. A lifelong career musician, he has toured and recorded as a guitar player for many high profile artists. Joey truly believes in the unifying and healing power of music, which comes through during this inspiring and delightful concert program.

Joey Leone has been playing music for over forty years, and has performed, toured, and recorded with artists as diverse as Albert Collins, Etta James, Vic Damone, Chaka Khan, Sam and Dave, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Wilson Pickett, and Chubby Checker. Joey's passion for the blues started as a young man growing up in Brooklyn New York, and his primary access to music was the New York City Public Library system. In the past decade, in addition to his busy touring schedule as a performer, Joey has taught classes & workshops, published articles, and performed shows and programs focusing on the history of the blues and its influences on other popular genres of music. Joey will also give a unique perspective with personal stories and insights from his many years of performing in 22 countries and 49 states.

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 46 spaces available.

In the spirit of Ken Burns' breakout PBS documentary series on American country music, acclaimed guitarist and music historian Joey Leone presents “The History of Blues in America” a 90 minute
multifaceted concert program covering the history, influence and social impact of American blues music through songs, stories and historical facts. Joey highlights the influence of blues on virtually all styles of contemporary music over the past 7 decades playing a variety of songs on multiple guitars from his personal collection. In addition to the live music segments, he touches on recurring themes of how the blues transcended racial boundaries, brought people together in times of celebration and times of healing, and how the blues followed the migration from the rural south to the urban north. A lifelong career musician, he has toured and recorded as a guitar player for many high profile artists. Joey truly believes in the unifying and healing power of music, which comes through during this inspiring and delightful concert program.

Joey Leone has been playing music for over forty years, and has performed, toured, and recorded with artists as diverse as Albert Collins, Etta James, Vic Damone, Chaka Khan, Sam and Dave, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Wilson Pickett, and Chubby Checker. Joey's passion for the blues started as a young man growing up in Brooklyn New York, and his primary access to music was the New York City Public Library system. In the past decade, in addition to his busy touring schedule as a performer, Joey has taught classes & workshops, published articles, and performed shows and programs focusing on the history of the blues and its influences on other popular genres of music. Joey will also give a unique perspective with personal stories and insights from his many years of performing in 22 countries and 49 states.

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 46 spaces available.

Wednesday September 14, 2022
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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Adult Literacy Services: New Tutor Training

This is a two day (8.0 hour) ProLiteracy Certified workshop for new literacy tutors and instructors who are joining the Woodbury Public Library as volunteers. The workshop gives the participants a chance to learn and practice proven teaching methods of reading, writing, and English speaking skills to adult learners. Topics include: how adults learn, understanding learning styles, word recognition strategies, reading comprehension and writing strategies, teaching conversational skills to English language learners, and creating lesson plans with confidence.


Feel free to bring your own lunch or snack, since a refrigerator and microwave will be available. Light refreshments of coffee and cookies will be served.

Please register for both sessions. 

View flyer 

 

CONTACT: Woodbury Library  203-263-3502
There are 25 spaces available.

This is a two day (8.0 hour) ProLiteracy Certified workshop for new literacy tutors and instructors who are joining the Woodbury Public Library as volunteers. The workshop gives the participants a chance to learn and practice proven teaching methods of reading, writing, and English speaking skills to adult learners. Topics include: how adults learn, understanding learning styles, word recognition strategies, reading comprehension and writing strategies, teaching conversational skills to English language learners, and creating lesson plans with confidence.


Feel free to bring your own lunch or snack, since a refrigerator and microwave will be available. Light refreshments of coffee and cookies will be served.

Please register for both sessions. 

View flyer 

 

CONTACT:
  Woodbury Library
  203.263.3502
  

There are 25 spaces available.

 

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Thursday September 15, 2022
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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Adult Literacy Services: New Tutor Training

  This is a two day (8.0 hour) ProLiteracy Certified workshop for new literacy tutors and instructors who are joining the Woodbury Public Library as volunteers. The workshop gives the participants a chance to learn and practice proven teaching methods of reading, writing, and English speaking skills to adult learners. Topics include: how adults learn, understanding learning styles, word recognition strategies, reading comprehension and writing strategies, teaching conversational skills to English language learners, and creating lesson plans with confidence.


Feel free to bring your own lunch or snack, since a refrigerator and microwave will be available. Light refreshments of coffee and cookies will be served.

Please register for both sessions. 

View Flyer

CONTACT: Woodbury Library  203-263-3502
There are 25 spaces available.

  This is a two day (8.0 hour) ProLiteracy Certified workshop for new literacy tutors and instructors who are joining the Woodbury Public Library as volunteers. The workshop gives the participants a chance to learn and practice proven teaching methods of reading, writing, and English speaking skills to adult learners. Topics include: how adults learn, understanding learning styles, word recognition strategies, reading comprehension and writing strategies, teaching conversational skills to English language learners, and creating lesson plans with confidence.


Feel free to bring your own lunch or snack, since a refrigerator and microwave will be available. Light refreshments of coffee and cookies will be served.

Please register for both sessions. 

View Flyer

CONTACT:
  Woodbury Library
  203.263.3502
  

There are 25 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM
PJ Character Club Story Time

Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the library in their pajamas during this special evening story time!

Each week will include stories and a craft all about a special character.

Program Schedule:

9/1: Corduroy

9/8: The Pigeon

9/15: Horton

9/22: Madeline

9/29: Babar

Location: Children's Room

There are 16 spaces available.

Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the library in their pajamas during this special evening story time!

Each week will include stories and a craft all about a special character.

Program Schedule:

9/1: Corduroy

9/8: The Pigeon

9/15: Horton

9/22: Madeline

9/29: Babar

Location: Children's Room

There are 16 spaces available.

Sunday September 18, 2022

CLOSED SUNDAYS THROUGH COLUMBUS DAY

Tuesday September 20, 2022

Join Michael Alimo from USA Financial and Tax Serice for a workshop focusing on the financial needs specific to women planning for retirement.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are many spaces available.

Join Michael Alimo from USA Financial and Tax Serice for a workshop focusing on the financial needs specific to women planning for retirement.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday September 21, 2022

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Thursday September 22, 2022
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6:00 PM
PJ Character Club Story Time

Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the library in their pajamas during this special evening story time!

Each week will include stories and a craft all about a special character.

Program Schedule:

9/1: Corduroy

9/8: The Pigeon

9/15: Horton

9/22: Madeline

9/29: Babar

Location: Children's Room

There are 16 spaces available.

Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the library in their pajamas during this special evening story time!

Each week will include stories and a craft all about a special character.

Program Schedule:

9/1: Corduroy

9/8: The Pigeon

9/15: Horton

9/22: Madeline

9/29: Babar

Location: Children's Room

There are 16 spaces available.

 
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6:30 PM
Peter Biedermann on Guitar

Join Peter Biedermann for an evening of live music at the Library!

Peter Biedermann is a solo instrumental guitarist based in Green Valley, AZ, who has been composing and performing for over 40 years and will be appearing for the second time at the Woodbury Public Library. His hybrid, contemporary style melds elements of American and European folk with jazz and blues shadings; underpinned by subtle ambient electronics.

Peter will be focusing on pieces from his latest recording Tales From The Desert on a variety of guitars in unique tunings. The program encourages questions from the audience and will also include some of the history and evolution of steel string guitar playing over the last 50+ years. 

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 41 spaces available.

Join Peter Biedermann for an evening of live music at the Library!

Peter Biedermann is a solo instrumental guitarist based in Green Valley, AZ, who has been composing and performing for over 40 years and will be appearing for the second time at the Woodbury Public Library. His hybrid, contemporary style melds elements of American and European folk with jazz and blues shadings; underpinned by subtle ambient electronics.

Peter will be focusing on pieces from his latest recording Tales From The Desert on a variety of guitars in unique tunings. The program encourages questions from the audience and will also include some of the history and evolution of steel string guitar playing over the last 50+ years. 

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 41 spaces available.

Saturday September 24, 2022
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11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Writer's Day at the Woodbury Public Library

Join us for a celebration of writers & literature at the WPL!  The day kicks off with a keynote speech by New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author Nan Rossiter at 11:00 am, followed by smaller author panels during the day and a chance to talk with the authors about their books, current and soon to be published.  YA authors, poets, fiction and nonfiction writers will be in attendance!

Watch this space for more details!! 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Join us for a celebration of writers & literature at the WPL!  The day kicks off with a keynote speech by New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author Nan Rossiter at 11:00 am, followed by smaller author panels during the day and a chance to talk with the authors about their books, current and soon to be published.  YA authors, poets, fiction and nonfiction writers will be in attendance!

Watch this space for more details!! 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Sunday September 25, 2022

CLOSED SUNDAYS THROUGH COLUMBUS DAY

Tuesday September 27, 2022
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6:00 PM
PRWC Macroinvertebrate Training Workshop

Join Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition for their annual Macroinvertebrate Training Workshop.  PRWC offers a free training workshop for volunteers interested in participating in the yearly macroinvertebrate survey (river bugs) to help assess the quality of the water in rivers and streams in our watershed. Take your knowledge and go out into the field with PRWC at a later date.  

Join PRWC in collecting river bugs - it's a great volunteer opportunity.  REGISTER HERE: https://www.pomperaug.org/events

Join Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition for their annual Macroinvertebrate Training Workshop.  PRWC offers a free training workshop for volunteers interested in participating in the yearly macroinvertebrate survey (river bugs) to help assess the quality of the water in rivers and streams in our watershed. Take your knowledge and go out into the field with PRWC at a later date.  

Join PRWC in collecting river bugs - it's a great volunteer opportunity.  REGISTER HERE: https://www.pomperaug.org/events

 
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7:00 PM
Library Board of Trustees Meeting

The Library Board of Trustees is comprised of nine volunteers who have been appointed by the Board of Selectmen to represent the citizens of Woodbury, who work in collaboration with the Library Director. The Board conducts their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. in the library, excluding August.

Please feel free to attend, as these meetings are open to the public.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

The Library Board of Trustees is comprised of nine volunteers who have been appointed by the Board of Selectmen to represent the citizens of Woodbury, who work in collaboration with the Library Director. The Board conducts their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. in the library, excluding August.

Please feel free to attend, as these meetings are open to the public.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Wednesday September 28, 2022

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Thursday September 29, 2022
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6:00 PM
PJ Character Club Story Time

Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the library in their pajamas during this special evening story time!

Each week will include stories and a craft all about a special character.

Program Schedule:

9/1: Corduroy

9/8: The Pigeon

9/15: Horton

9/22: Madeline

9/29: Babar

Location: Children's Room

There are 16 spaces available.

Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the library in their pajamas during this special evening story time!

Each week will include stories and a craft all about a special character.

Program Schedule:

9/1: Corduroy

9/8: The Pigeon

9/15: Horton

9/22: Madeline

9/29: Babar

Location: Children's Room

There are 16 spaces available.

 

Join Historian and author John Cilio for a look at some of CT's amazing history as told through its landmarks!

Connecticut was one of the original 13 colonies and the fifth colony to become a state in 1788. Our early residents helped form the key documents of our democracy and helped to win the revolution. Our legendary history has imprinted the state with three centuries of fascinating physical landmarks. Commemorating our history, the state hosts 60 National Landmarks and dozens of state landmarks covering a variety of venues.  You'll hear some of the stories behind these distinctive sites and learn a little more about how these landmarks help make Connecticut special. 

John Cilio has been telling the stories of history for over a decade. He is a skilled historian having published seven historical books ranging from women working in WWII and their impact on today's business world to vintage helicopters. Nickolai Sikorsky wrote the foreword to his Helicopter Evolution book and Prince William was kind enough to write a letter about his copy of the book. He is an honorary member of the Danbury, Connecticut WWII Lost Squadron Veterans organization.

John hails from a career in IBM corporate marketing and has spoken to large and small audiences in over 60 countries around the world. He lives in Sherman, Connecticut.

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 38 spaces available.

Join Historian and author John Cilio for a look at some of CT's amazing history as told through its landmarks!

Connecticut was one of the original 13 colonies and the fifth colony to become a state in 1788. Our early residents helped form the key documents of our democracy and helped to win the revolution. Our legendary history has imprinted the state with three centuries of fascinating physical landmarks. Commemorating our history, the state hosts 60 National Landmarks and dozens of state landmarks covering a variety of venues.  You'll hear some of the stories behind these distinctive sites and learn a little more about how these landmarks help make Connecticut special. 

John Cilio has been telling the stories of history for over a decade. He is a skilled historian having published seven historical books ranging from women working in WWII and their impact on today's business world to vintage helicopters. Nickolai Sikorsky wrote the foreword to his Helicopter Evolution book and Prince William was kind enough to write a letter about his copy of the book. He is an honorary member of the Danbury, Connecticut WWII Lost Squadron Veterans organization.

John hails from a career in IBM corporate marketing and has spoken to large and small audiences in over 60 countries around the world. He lives in Sherman, Connecticut.

 

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 38 spaces available.

Sunday October 2, 2022

CLOSED SUNDAYS THROUGH COLUMBUS DAY

Wednesday October 5, 2022

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Saturday October 8, 2022
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12:00 PM
Drama Reading Group with Dr. Kathryn Farley: SWEAT

Sweat by Lynn Nottage

Sweat examines the intersecting stories of workers on strike, three female friends who work together in a plant, and the generational differences between these workers and their children. The plot highlights the realities of doing business in late 20th century life and the outsourcing of American jobs. 

The monthly sessions of the Drama Reading Group at the WPL are facilitated by Kathryn T. Farley, Ph.D.  Lunch is included in the discussion series!

Copies of the play are available to check out at the front desk.  Even if you don't need to borrow a copy of the play ,we ask you to please register.  Thank you!

Dr. Farley obtained a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 2007, writing a dissertation that investigated the use of digital media tools in performing arts curriculums. At Northwestern, she taught undergraduate courses exploring contemporary drama and the integration of technology into live theatre. Prior to moving to Connecticut with her husband, Dr. Richard Lipton, last fall, Kathryn served a lecturer in digital arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Community Theatre at Woodbury.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 20 spaces available.

Sweat by Lynn Nottage

Sweat examines the intersecting stories of workers on strike, three female friends who work together in a plant, and the generational differences between these workers and their children. The plot highlights the realities of doing business in late 20th century life and the outsourcing of American jobs. 

The monthly sessions of the Drama Reading Group at the WPL are facilitated by Kathryn T. Farley, Ph.D.  Lunch is included in the discussion series!

Copies of the play are available to check out at the front desk.  Even if you don't need to borrow a copy of the play ,we ask you to please register.  Thank you!

Dr. Farley obtained a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 2007, writing a dissertation that investigated the use of digital media tools in performing arts curriculums. At Northwestern, she taught undergraduate courses exploring contemporary drama and the integration of technology into live theatre. Prior to moving to Connecticut with her husband, Dr. Richard Lipton, last fall, Kathryn served a lecturer in digital arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Community Theatre at Woodbury.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 20 spaces available.

Sunday October 9, 2022

CLOSED SUNDAYS THROUGH COLUMBUS DAY

Wednesday October 12, 2022

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Wednesday October 19, 2022

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Sunday October 23, 2022
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2:00 PM
Cello concert with Ryan Mitten

Join us for a concert all ages will enjoy!

A lifelong cellist, Ryan Mitten has a unique perspective and style. He plays what you might expect to hear played on a cello (think: Bach and Mozart), but encourages his audience to think bigger. He transports listeners to Hogwarts with the Harry Potter soundtrack then sends them to a galaxy far, far away with recognizable Star Wars repertoire. No two performances are alike as Ryan takes great care in catering to his audience. Music lovers of any age will appreciate his versatility, and do take advantage of his routine offer after for “any requests” (and improvisational skills on the cello). He conjures almost any kind of folk music (bluegrass, Irish, country, the list goes on) and ties it all together with early 20th century sing-along ditties.

Ryan Mitten is a cellist and special education professor who also plays mandolin, guitar, banjo and piano. He is a member of the Pleasantville based folk band Nannyhagan Creek, and a mandolin strumming Living History Interpreter at the Mark Twain House and Museum.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 39 spaces available.

Join us for a concert all ages will enjoy!

A lifelong cellist, Ryan Mitten has a unique perspective and style. He plays what you might expect to hear played on a cello (think: Bach and Mozart), but encourages his audience to think bigger. He transports listeners to Hogwarts with the Harry Potter soundtrack then sends them to a galaxy far, far away with recognizable Star Wars repertoire. No two performances are alike as Ryan takes great care in catering to his audience. Music lovers of any age will appreciate his versatility, and do take advantage of his routine offer after for “any requests” (and improvisational skills on the cello). He conjures almost any kind of folk music (bluegrass, Irish, country, the list goes on) and ties it all together with early 20th century sing-along ditties.

Ryan Mitten is a cellist and special education professor who also plays mandolin, guitar, banjo and piano. He is a member of the Pleasantville based folk band Nannyhagan Creek, and a mandolin strumming Living History Interpreter at the Mark Twain House and Museum.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 39 spaces available.

Tuesday October 25, 2022
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7:00 PM
Library Board of Trustees Meeting

The Library Board of Trustees is comprised of nine volunteers who have been appointed by the Board of Selectmen to represent the citizens of Woodbury, who work in collaboration with the Library Director. The Board conducts their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. in the library, excluding August.

Please feel free to attend, as these meetings are open to the public.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

The Library Board of Trustees is comprised of nine volunteers who have been appointed by the Board of Selectmen to represent the citizens of Woodbury, who work in collaboration with the Library Director. The Board conducts their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. in the library, excluding August.

Please feel free to attend, as these meetings are open to the public.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Wednesday October 26, 2022

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Wednesday November 2, 2022

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Thursday November 3, 2022
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6:30 PM
VIRTUAL! CLASSICAL MUSIC ROCKS IN 19th CENTURY CUBA

Cuba has a longer history of art music than any other island nation in the Caribbean. Music making at first was centered around cathedrals in Santiago and Havana as far back as the early 17th century. Two hundred years later, Cuba was being greatly influenced by European Romanticism. Opera was thriving as were numerous music societies offering solo and chamber music.

Cuba would produce several generations of talented composers who would instill their music with native rhythms and dances. They would influence American composers who visited Cuba or heard the country’s music on the radio. Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin are among several Americans who wrote works influenced by music from our southern neighbor.

Jeffrey Engel will explore the Cuban repertory and American music influenced by it.  Music Historian Jeffrey Engel has been giving lectures devoted to music history for more than 20 years. He believes that such lectures should be entertaining as well as informative. To that end, his explanations are never too technical and he infuses his material with amusing anecdotes and musical illustrations.

VIRTUAL EVENT: Please register for ZOOM link

 

LOCATION: ZOOM

Cuba has a longer history of art music than any other island nation in the Caribbean. Music making at first was centered around cathedrals in Santiago and Havana as far back as the early 17th century. Two hundred years later, Cuba was being greatly influenced by European Romanticism. Opera was thriving as were numerous music societies offering solo and chamber music.

Cuba would produce several generations of talented composers who would instill their music with native rhythms and dances. They would influence American composers who visited Cuba or heard the country’s music on the radio. Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin are among several Americans who wrote works influenced by music from our southern neighbor.

Jeffrey Engel will explore the Cuban repertory and American music influenced by it.  Music Historian Jeffrey Engel has been giving lectures devoted to music history for more than 20 years. He believes that such lectures should be entertaining as well as informative. To that end, his explanations are never too technical and he infuses his material with amusing anecdotes and musical illustrations.

VIRTUAL EVENT: Please register for ZOOM link

 

LOCATION: ZOOM

Tuesday November 8, 2022
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7:00 PM
Library Board of Trustees Meeting

The Library Board of Trustees is comprised of nine volunteers who have been appointed by the Board of Selectmen to represent the citizens of Woodbury, who work in collaboration with the Library Director. The Board conducts their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. in the library, excluding August.

Please feel free to attend, as these meetings are open to the public.

LOCATION: Children's Department

The Library Board of Trustees is comprised of nine volunteers who have been appointed by the Board of Selectmen to represent the citizens of Woodbury, who work in collaboration with the Library Director. The Board conducts their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. in the library, excluding August.

Please feel free to attend, as these meetings are open to the public.

LOCATION: Children's Department

Wednesday November 9, 2022

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Saturday November 12, 2022
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12:00 PM
Drama Reading Group with Dr. Kathryn Farley: HAMILTON: THE MUSICAL

Hamilton: the Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda

The play tells the story of American Alexander Hamilton, one of the nation’s fathers. It’s unique score blend a variety of musical styles together a cohesive whole, including hip hop, R& B, pop and Broadway show tunes.  Most notably, the production casts non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other seminal figures. In the session we will examine how theatrical tropes are used to tweak traditional notions of American history and explore alternative versions of the nation’s past. 

The monthly sessions of the Drama Reading Group at the WPL are facilitated by Kathryn T. Farley, Ph.D.  Lunch is included in the discussion series!

Copies of the play are available to check out at the front desk.  Even if you don't need to borrow a copy of the play ,we ask you to please register.  Thank you!

Dr. Farley obtained a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 2007, writing a dissertation that investigated the use of digital media tools in performing arts curriculums. At Northwestern, she taught undergraduate courses exploring contemporary drama and the integration of technology into live theatre. Prior to moving to Connecticut with her husband, Dr. Richard Lipton, last fall, Kathryn served a lecturer in digital arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Community Theatre at Woodbury.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 20 spaces available.

Hamilton: the Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda

The play tells the story of American Alexander Hamilton, one of the nation’s fathers. It’s unique score blend a variety of musical styles together a cohesive whole, including hip hop, R& B, pop and Broadway show tunes.  Most notably, the production casts non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other seminal figures. In the session we will examine how theatrical tropes are used to tweak traditional notions of American history and explore alternative versions of the nation’s past. 

The monthly sessions of the Drama Reading Group at the WPL are facilitated by Kathryn T. Farley, Ph.D.  Lunch is included in the discussion series!

Copies of the play are available to check out at the front desk.  Even if you don't need to borrow a copy of the play ,we ask you to please register.  Thank you!

Dr. Farley obtained a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 2007, writing a dissertation that investigated the use of digital media tools in performing arts curriculums. At Northwestern, she taught undergraduate courses exploring contemporary drama and the integration of technology into live theatre. Prior to moving to Connecticut with her husband, Dr. Richard Lipton, last fall, Kathryn served a lecturer in digital arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Community Theatre at Woodbury.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 20 spaces available.

Wednesday November 16, 2022

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Wednesday November 23, 2022

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Wednesday November 30, 2022

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Thursday December 1, 2022
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6:30 PM
The History of Pearl Harbor

Join Historian and author John Cilio for a presentation about the history and significance of Pearl Harbor.

The attack on Pearl Harbor happened on December 7th, 1941. The Japanese attackers traveled 3,400 miles across the Pacific to execute a 110-minute decimating attack. It was a total surprise, or was it? The next day, December 8th, 1941, the US declared war on Japan. Three days later, Germany and Italy, Japan's allies, declared war on the United States. The war would last 1,365 days. Shortly after the war, Congress held hearings, for the first-time bringing US Army, US Navy, and US government organizations together, along with surviving Japanese planners, to uncover how the event unfolded. The investigations helped to understand how having broken the Japanese codes we were still surprised and uncovered what we knew collectively. Their bipartisan goal was to prevent another surprise – their findings were noteworthy and beg the question of surprise.  Regardless, America’s involvement in the war led to the ultimate defeat of the Axis powers, ushered in a new world order, and quite literally saved the free world from destruction.  We provide a thought-provoking presentation based upon the Congressional Record of 1946.

John Cilio has been telling the stories of history for over a decade. He is a skilled historian having published seven historical books ranging from women working in WWII and their impact on today's business world to vintage helicopters. Nickolai Sikorsky wrote the foreword to his Helicopter Evolution book and Prince William was kind enough to write a letter about his copy of the book. He is an honorary member of the Danbury, Connecticut WWII Lost Squadron Veterans organization.  John hails from a career in IBM corporate marketing and has spoken to large and small audiences in over 60 countries around the world. He lives in Sherman, Connecticut.  

 

Join Historian and author John Cilio for a presentation about the history and significance of Pearl Harbor.

The attack on Pearl Harbor happened on December 7th, 1941. The Japanese attackers traveled 3,400 miles across the Pacific to execute a 110-minute decimating attack. It was a total surprise, or was it? The next day, December 8th, 1941, the US declared war on Japan. Three days later, Germany and Italy, Japan's allies, declared war on the United States. The war would last 1,365 days. Shortly after the war, Congress held hearings, for the first-time bringing US Army, US Navy, and US government organizations together, along with surviving Japanese planners, to uncover how the event unfolded. The investigations helped to understand how having broken the Japanese codes we were still surprised and uncovered what we knew collectively. Their bipartisan goal was to prevent another surprise – their findings were noteworthy and beg the question of surprise.  Regardless, America’s involvement in the war led to the ultimate defeat of the Axis powers, ushered in a new world order, and quite literally saved the free world from destruction.  We provide a thought-provoking presentation based upon the Congressional Record of 1946.

John Cilio has been telling the stories of history for over a decade. He is a skilled historian having published seven historical books ranging from women working in WWII and their impact on today's business world to vintage helicopters. Nickolai Sikorsky wrote the foreword to his Helicopter Evolution book and Prince William was kind enough to write a letter about his copy of the book. He is an honorary member of the Danbury, Connecticut WWII Lost Squadron Veterans organization.  John hails from a career in IBM corporate marketing and has spoken to large and small audiences in over 60 countries around the world. He lives in Sherman, Connecticut.  

 

Wednesday December 7, 2022

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Starting Wednesdays, September 7th @11 a.m.

Join us for a weekly alphabet story-time for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver.

Each week, children will listen to stories and participate in craft and movement activities for the letter of the week. 

Please have your child bring something that starts with the letter of the week for show and tell.

We will start with letter A on September 7th. 

Registration is available online.

Location: Children's Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Saturday December 10, 2022
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12:00 PM
Drama Reading Group with Dr. Kathryn Farley: HARVEY

Harvey by Mary Chase

Elwood Dowd is a cheerful man who claims to have a friend named Harvey, an imaginary creature whom Elwood describes as an enormous pooka, a rabbit-like animal. Harvey’s constant presence in Elwood’s life causes disharmony within his family and gives rise to a crisis of conscience among his tight-knit community. 

The monthly sessions of the Drama Reading Group at the WPL are facilitated by Kathryn T. Farley, Ph.D.  Lunch is included in the discussion series!

Copies of the play are available to check out at the front desk.  Even if you don't need to borrow a copy of the play ,we ask you to please register.  Thank you!

Dr. Farley obtained a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 2007, writing a dissertation that investigated the use of digital media tools in performing arts curriculums. At Northwestern, she taught undergraduate courses exploring contemporary drama and the integration of technology into live theatre. Prior to moving to Connecticut with her husband, Dr. Richard Lipton, last fall, Kathryn served a lecturer in digital arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Community Theatre at Woodbury.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space
There are 20 spaces available.

Harvey by Mary Chase

Elwood Dowd is a cheerful man who claims to have a friend named Harvey, an imaginary creature whom Elwood describes as an enormous pooka, a rabbit-like animal. Harvey’s constant presence in Elwood’s life causes disharmony within his family and gives rise to a crisis of conscience among his tight-knit community. 

The monthly sessions of the Drama Reading Group at the WPL are facilitated by Kathryn T. Farley, Ph.D.  Lunch is included in the discussion series!

Copies of the play are available to check out at the front desk.  Even if you don't need to borrow a copy of the play ,we ask you to please register.  Thank you!

Dr. Farley obtained a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 2007, writing a dissertation that investigated the use of digital media tools in performing arts curriculums. At Northwestern, she taught undergraduate courses exploring contemporary drama and the integration of technology into live theatre. Prior to moving to Connecticut with her husband, Dr. Richard Lipton, last fall, Kathryn served a lecturer in digital arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Community Theatre at Woodbury.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

There are 20 spaces available.

Tuesday December 13, 2022
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7:00 PM
Library Board of Trustees Meeting

The Library Board of Trustees is comprised of nine volunteers who have been appointed by the Board of Selectmen to represent the citizens of Woodbury, who work in collaboration with the Library Director. The Board conducts their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. in the library, excluding August.

Please feel free to attend, as these meetings are open to the public.

LOCATION: Library Gallery Space