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                                    www.woodburylibraryct.org

The Woodbury Public Library will be OPEN on Sundays, from 12:30pm to 4:30pm.

Building hours are Monday through Saturday,9:30am to 4:30pm, with extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8:00pm. 

Please call the library at 203-263-3502 or EMAIL us with any questions.


                                             ​1000 Books Before Kindergarten

                                               Any child ages birth to five years can participate. Traditionally                                                         children are enrolled in the program by an adult that lives in the                                                     same household, or that spends part of their day with them. The                                                     Woodbury Public Library is encouraging grandparents to

                                               participate in the program.

Reading to your grandchild, in person or via video chat, is a rewarding way to nurture an intergenerational relationship. 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 Book Cellar. If you need guidance on how to have a video chat with your grandchild, Reference and Technology Librarian Ron Fairchild is available, by appointment, to guide you through the process. To schedule an appointment or for more information about 1,000 Book Before Kindergarten, please call the library at 203-263-3502.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is generously supported by The Friends of the Woodbury Public Library.


                                            ​Character Club Drop-In Story Time

                                               Saturday February 12, 2022 at 11:00am
                                               Children of all ages are welcome to join us for stories and a craft all

                                                about a special character.
                                                      No Registration Needed.
                                                      First Come, First Served.
                                                      Location: Children's Room
                                                      Program Schedule:
                                                      2/12: Llama Llama

​                                                All About Me Pre-School Story Time

                                               Wednesdays, through February 23rd, 10:30am.
                                               Children ages 3 and up are welcome to join us for stories and a                                                          craft all about you. 
                                                       Program Schedule:
                                                       1/26: My Body
                                                       2/2: Emotions
                                                       2/9: Valentine's Day
                                                       2/16: Healthy Eating
                                                       2/23: Exercise

                                                Warm Up To A Good Book!

                                                2022 Children's Winter Reading Challenge

                                                Through Saturday February 26, 2022
                                                The winter reading challenge is to read independently or together,

                                                for 15 minutes or more, every day for 6 weeks.

                                                Registration at the library begins on Saturday, January 15th.
                                                When you register for this program, you will receive a reading log.                                                  With this log, you can do the following:
                                                   ·  Color one snowflake every day that you read at least 15 minutes.
                                                   · Fill in a whole row to complete a level.
                                                   · You earn a prize for each completed level. Bring your log to the

                                                      library to collect your prizes.
                                                   · You may collect your prizes(s) after each level, or all at once.

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                                                Reading is SNOW Much Fun Winter Reading Program for Teens
                                                Through Saturday February 26, 2022
                                                Join us for winter reading fun and warm up with a good book! The                                                  books you read can win you a prize! 
                                                Check the teen department for details.
                                                Sponsored by the Friends of the Woodbury Library.


​                                             Creating Musical Readers

                                                with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

                                                The Children’s Department of the Woodbury Public Library will 

                                                be hosting a series of musical literacy programs presented by the

                                                Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.
                                                This program is best suited for ages 3-8.  
                                                WSO musicians bring beloved children’s stories to life, reading                                                        aloud and playing their instruments as part of story time.
                                                Program Schedule:
                                                Thursday, January 27 @ 4:00 - Jack & the Beanstalk(double bass)
                                                Sat Feb 5 @ 11:00 - Max Found Two Sticks (percussion)
                                                Sat Feb 19 @ 11:00 Trombone Shorty (trombone)
                                                Sponsored by the Friends of the Woodbury Public Library.


Rhythm and Rhyme

Mondays , through February 28, 2022 at 10:30am and 11:30am
Join us for songs, finger plays, stories and

movement for children ages 6 months-2 and a caregiver. 
No class on February 21st (Washington's Birthday).
Please choose only one time slot (Either 10:30 or 11:30 a.m.) Space is limited. 


Tips & Tricks for Weight Management
with Jill Paterson RDN

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7:00pm
This program will take place on Zoom.
Many people focus on weight management and

improving health in the new year, but HOW do

we do that? What is the best approach that is sustainable

with long-lasting results? Join this workshop to learn

science-based, practical tips and tricks for weight

management. You will walk away with easy to

do steps to achieve your ideal body!


Jill Patterson, RDN is an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, certified fitness instructor and personal trainer. She has been quoted in the Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, and local news outlets. She specializes in providing wellness education programs that inspire individuals to implement healthy habits. She works with community organizations and workplaces and has provided programs for libraries, senior centers, town departments, universities, schools, banking/financial institutions, manufacturing companies, athletic apparel companies, wholesale stores, grocery stores, furniture stores, energy companies, travel companies, technology companies, and more. She is passionate about helping people live their happiest healthiest lives! 
You can find her at www.jillpatterson.com. Please register and a Zoom link will be emailed prior to the event.


Author Talk & Greek Mythology Poetry Reading
Saturday January 29, 2022 at 2:00pm
Storyteller poet Susan A. Katz, author of

“The Limits of Light” will give and talk

and poetry reading in the Library's Gallery Space. 
Ms. Katz, a resident of Washington, will read from

her recently-published book “The Limits of Light”,

 collection of narrative poems which explore how

the tales of Greek Mythology compare to the

challenges, and failures, of contemporary life.


This program will be held dependent upon favorable weather conditions. Face masks and preregistration are requested. 
A nationally and internationally published poet, Katz’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, and literary magazines.
With the publication of “The Limits of Light”, she has published four books of poetry, and co-authored two textbooks with music specialist, Judith A. Thomas, espousing the need to incorporate the arts into school curriculum. For more than 30 years, Katz worked for The New York State Poets in Public Service, and then, with music/movement specialist Judith A. Thomas, conducted student/teacher poetry workshops in the United States and Canada. For information on Susan A. Katz and “The Limits of Light”, visit https://poetladykatz.com.


                                                Degrees of Success with Claudia Fox
                                                Tuesday, February 1 at 6:30pm
                                                Author and International coach Claudia Fox will speak about her                                                      book “Degrees of Success, Inspiring Stories & Secrets of Success”

                                                and offer career coaching information at this informative

                                                program. Are you looking for a career change? Do you want to be

                                                successful even when you don’t have a college degree? Learn how                                                  you can be in charge of your own life.
 
Claudia Fox, a Certified International Coach and author, has climbed the ladder to success without a college degree and offers a
 unique perspective to her coaching as a result of overcoming her struggles. She offers a ground-up point of view, imparting her wisdom

 to everyone she works with. Fox is a one-on-one coach, group trainer, and executive coach. She focuses individuals to find their passion and helps them make money doing it. She always gets results!



                                                Cut the Cord with Ron Fairchild
                                                This program is VIRTUAL.
                                                Thursday February 3, 2022 at 6:30pm
                                                Did you get a new streaming device for Christmas and are finally                                                    ready to say goodbye to cable? Do you want to make the most

                                                of your Firestick or ROKU? Join WPL's Reference Technology                                                            Librarian Ron Fairchild for a talk on how to get your streaming                                                        started!  
This is an exciting time for “cord cutting” – dropping cable or satellite TV service in favor of online video sources. Options are expanding,
with companies implementing online services and features. Additionally, internet only channels like Disney, Netflix, Hulu, AppleTV and Amazon Prime are increasingly incorporating their own original content in addition to content from the traditional companies for viewing. Discussion will include what is needed to get started with “cutting the cord,” necessary hardware and software equipment required, internet speeds and types, pricing, and more! This event is geared towards those that are brand new to the streaming world. 


Girls Who Code
Will meet virtually on the 2nd and

4th Thursday of each month,

from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.

This program is VIRTUAL.
Learn to code! Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a 
programmer looks like and does. Girls in grades 5 -12 can join the club, facilitated by Patrice Gans. Girls Who Code will meet virtually on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.      
Girls Who Code is a free program and open to all interested girls in grades 4 & up. 

https://rhokjr.org/event/girls-who-code-club-with-woodbury-public-library/2022-01-13/ Patrice Gans is the founder and executive director of Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, (https://rhokjr.org) a non-profit organization that provides 4th – 8th grade students an opportunity to collaborate with computer science mentors and community subject matter experts to prototype innovative technical solutions for

local non-profit organizations’ real-world challenges.
 

                                                                           Take Your Child To The Library Day
                                                                          Saturday February 5, 2022, 9:30am to 4:30pm
                                                                          Take your child to the Library on February 5th for fun

                                                                          activities! These activities include:
                                                                                 -All day book character scavenger hunt
                                                                                 -All day bookmark craft
                                                                                 -Creating Musical Readers with the Waterbury

                                                                                    Symphony Orchestra @11:00 a.m.

                                                                                    (Registration Required)
                                                                                 -Library-themed Drop-In StoryTime @2:00 p.m.

                                                                                 New patrons are welcome!

                                                                                 We will give out prizes to anyone who signs up for

                                                                                  a Library card on this special day!


Knitting Without Needles
Tuesday February 8, 2022 at 6:30pm
Knitting is a tale as old as time but have you ever

knit with your arms? Join Bristol sewing and

knitting instructor Dawn Zillich for

“Knitting Without Needles” at the Woodbury

Public Library! Beginners and experts alike will

enjoy this fast and fun knitting phenomenon! At the end of the one-hour program you’ll be able to cast on, make the knit stitch and bind off an infinity scarf. 
All materials are supplied. Sponsored by the Friends of the Woodbury Library. 
Teens & adults, please register as space is limited. LOCATION: Library Gallery Space

Dogs of Chernobyl
Thursday February 10, 2022 at 7:00pm
This program is VIRTUAL.
35 years after the nuclear disaster,

feline behaviorist Stephen Quandt visited

Chernobyl to participate in a spay/neuter and

research campaign for the dogs that were descended from the pets left behind.

In this Zoom program, he will share his experiences, photos and videos.
During this webinar, you will hear personal stories of meeting animals and inhabitants from the mostly

abandoned town. He will share stories of hope, resilience, life, and even heroism!
This is an online program. A Zoom link will be sent to participants before the program.


Drama Reading Group with Dr. Kathryn Farley
Saturday February 12, 2022 at 12:00pm
The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein
A female art historian and her friends, male and

female, gay and straight, mature from the 1960s

to the 1980s as they search for political,

professional and personal fulfillment.

The session will examine the values of activists who

comprised the first wave of American Feminism, ideas expressed by the characters and central themes of the play.  Lunch is included in this program!
Copies of the play are available to check out at the front desk - please register.
Kathryn T. Farley, Ph.D 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 serves as a member of the board of directors of the Community Theatre at Woodbury.

                                                             Valentine's Day Paper Circuit Cards
                                                             Saturday February 12, 2022 at 12:00pm
                                                             This year, say Happy Valentines Day by sending a paper                                                                       “text message” using paper circuits.

                                                             This is a fun way to show off your maker skills to that                                                                           special someone.Choose from two fun designs; all materials

                                                             supplied. Please register!

Homeschool Connect: Candy Science
Tuesday February 15, 2022 at 2:00pm
Did you know that there is fascinating

science behind your favorite candy?
Homeschool Children in Grades K-5 will learn:
-How to make bubbles out of sour candy and taffy
-How certain chocolates and conversation hearts sink or float
-How to remove letters from Skittles or M&Ms
-How to cool water with pixy sticks
Sponsored by the Friends of the Woodbury Public Library


                                                             Talking Fish with Fishmonger Zachary Redin
                                                             Tuesday February 15, 2022 at 7:00pm
                                                             Have you ever wondered how to tell if fish is fresh? Or how

                                                             long you should keep it for after you've bought it? 

                                                             Or even why where seafood is sourced from matters? Join                                                                   local fishmonger Zachary Redin and let him talk fish

                                                             with you as he brings his expertise to help you find the

                                                             freshest catch!
 
Great Decisions
Thursday February 17, 2022, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program

on world affairs. Participants read chapters in the Great

Decisions briefing book, watch a related DVD episode,

and then join WPL’s facilitator George Hale to discuss

the most critical global issues facing America today.  

Each year, topics are chosen by a panel of experts.

Registration is a must; SPACE IS VERY LIMITED! Please register directly with the front desk staff or call 203-263-3502 for more information. 
WEEK 1: Changing Demographics
The world experienced remarkable demographic changes in the 20th century that continue today and have resulted
in far-reaching social, economic, political, and environmental consequences all over the globe. These consequences are creating mounting challenges to development efforts, security, climate, and the environment, as well as the sustainability of human populations.LOCATION: Library Gallery Space



                                                                                 Virtual Clay Cartooning
                                                                                 Friday February 18, 2022at 3:00pm
                                                                                 Have you ever wanted to create your own 3-D

                                                                                 cartoon character? And bring to life the unique

                                                                                 world around it?  You'll have a great time creating

                                                                                 your character out of air-dry clay with

                                                                                 cartoonist Debi Hamuka-Falkenham at this

                                                                                 virtual program.  From background scenery to the clay character creation, everything you need will be provided in a pre-packaged tote.

Debi Hamuka-Falkenham is a 1974 graduate of Paier College of Art and The Museum of Cartoon Art's Cartooning  Program. Debi is also an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and she also continues to take classes to keep up with new developments in the art and cartooning  world.  

Sponsored by The Friends of the Woodbury Library.


Book Talk with Woodbury Author Mark Hehl
Saturday, February 19th at 2:00pm
Mark Hehl will present a talk on his second

book An Immigrant’s Dilemma at the

Woodbury Public Library on Saturday,

February 19th at 2:00pm. 
This book attempts to solve the haunting mystery of why his vilified great-grandfather decided to leave his children in America to return to his hilltop
village in Sicily, after his wife died in childbirth. Mark decided to research why his great-grandfather first decided to emigrate to America and subsequently, return to Sicily, leaving Mark’s Grandmother in an orphanage. The book attempts to answer the question: was Giuseppe Tardi a villain or a hero for his actions? Mark will also provide a glimpse into his third book. Ameri-Sicula: Sicilian Culture in America. He will outline some of the rich Italian traditions that he grew up with in Brooklyn, NY.
Mark Hehl is an engineer, consultant, and public speaker. He is the author of the books: An Immigrant’s Dilemma, Ameri-Sicula: Sicilian Culture in America, 

and Amusing Confessions of an International Consultant. Mark is a keynote speaker at various worldwide locations and has been a frequent guest on national public radio. He is the son of a Sicilian-American mother and spent his early years around his Sicilian relatives.


                                                                         Kill Shot: Virtual Discussion with Author Jason Dearen
                                                                         Thursday February 24, 2022 at 6:00pm
                                                                          Two pharmacists sit in a Boston courtroom, accused                                                                              of murder. The weapon: the fungus Exserohilum

                                                                          rostratum. The death count: 100 and rising. Kill

                                                                          Shot, by award-winning Associated Press

                                                                          investigative reporter Jason Dearen, is the story

​                                                                          of their hubris and fraud, discovered by a team of medical detectives who raced against the clock to hunt the killers and the fungal

meningitis they’d unleashed.  Join the author in a virtual book talk via the Danbury Public Library.
Approximately 14,000 people were exposed to the deadly disease. Once inside some of its human hosts, the fungus travelled through
the tough tissue around the spine and wormed upward to the “deep brain,” our control center for balance, breath, and the vital motor functions of life. It killed with impunity until quick-acting doctors and public health epidemiologists determined its source and locked it down.


In the years since the outbreak, there have been numerous deaths, injuries, and contaminations caused by drugs manufactured by compounding
pharmacies, which make customized medications that are not otherwise available in a certain dose, or with a specific ingredient added or removed. Many physicians have no idea if the medications their patients receive were compounded or made by an FDA-approved manufacturer. Kill Shot both exposes these injustices and emboldens readers to act to protect themselves. After its riveting tale concludes, the book includes an appendix of questions

to ask your medical provider about where the medications you take come from and how they were made. Dearen’s comprehensive interviews with afflicted families, doctors working on the ground, and prosecutors seeking justice bring this powerful but unchecked branch of the pharmaceutical industry out of the shadows and into the light.
REGISTER HERE:
https://danburylibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=36757&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2022/02/01

                                                                           Geometric Paintings
                                                                          Saturday February 26, 2022 at 2:00pm
                                                                          Try your hand at creating a painting using painter's

                                                                          tape to make any geometric design you can think of!

                                                                          All materials are supplied.

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg - “I Dissent”
Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30pm
Join actress Shery Faye as she presents "I Dissent",

the story of Ruth Bader Ginsberg!Ruth Bader Ginsburg

was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an

associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United

States from 1993 until her death in September 2020.

She was the second woman and the first Jewish

woman ever appointed to the Court and became the longest serving Jewish Justice. She championed fairness and equality and objected to different expectations for men and women, prejudice against minority groups in places like hotels and restaurants, and women having fewer job opportunities than men. Ruth served on the national board of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and launched The Women’s Rights Project, she continued to be a leading voice for gender equality, women’s interests, and civil rights and liberties.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life continues to be one of achievement: as a lawyer, professor of law, a judge, and then a Supreme Court justice, she
stands out because she was not afraid to dissent, disapprove, and disagree with conditions of unfairness and inequality. This show is the inspiring story of how she changed her life—and ours.“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” ~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sheryl Faye received a BFA in Acting from Emerson College and travels across the United States to work.  She currently stars in 10 one-woman shows and writes and performs with StageCoach Improv. Ms. Faye also works on films, television and theater throughout Boston and New York.




​B​lue Star Memorials

The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club will host an

in-person lecture on “Blue Star Memorials” by

Federal Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s Blue

Star Memorial Chair, Krista Fiorini, on Tuesday

February 8th, 11:00am at the Woodbury

Emergency Services Building at 25 Quassuk

Road, Woodbury. We ask attendees to follow

covid guidelines for this in-person lecture.
 
If the weather proves to be a problem the morning of the in-person lecture, the meeting will instead be held via Zoom. Visit
www.pomperaugvalleygc.org for the Zoom login information.
 
The Blue Star Memorial Program has been in existence though the garden club movement for more than 70 years. National Garden Clubs, Inc. is committed to placing Blue Star Memorial Markers on our Highways and Byways in honor of our nation’s Armed Forces. Federal Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s Blue Star Memorial Chair Krista Fiorini will describe the history of the program in Connecticut and the process involved in establishing a Blue Star Memorial in a community.
 
The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club is a charter member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut and National Garden Clubs. The club sponsors speakers at monthly meetings, garden-orientated field trips, numerous civic beautification and educational projects and a scholarship program in Woodbury. For information regarding membership, visit out website at www.pomeraugvalleygc.org
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About Us

   

  From lectures and concerts to artistic opportunities and       

  community festivals, WOW has something for everyone.

  We do this by partnering with community champions, the

  businesses and organizations who, like you, and like WOW,

  are invested in our little town. We do this by building bridges

  between volunteers and resources and needs. We do this

  with much energy and imagination and dedication, because

  we believe in building community - we believe in Woodbury,

  and we want Woodbury families to love living here. WOW!

  Peruse our list of activities that are free, or mostly free,

  and find information on the programs that are available in     

  Town  by WOW, The Woodbury Senior Center, Woodbury

  Parks and  Recreation, and the Woodbury Library.   


  The three departments that make up the WOW committee

  work on making programs that are enjoyable, help you learn

  a new skill, or provide exercise, entertainment and

  something to do"!


                                            Woodbury Senior Community Center 

​                                                                              www.woodburyseniorct.org

                                                                   Click here for the February Newsletter


​                                                             Tax Preparation Assistance
                                                                 AARP Foundation Tax- Aide will be available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY on

                                                                 Mondays beginning in February.
                                                                 Appointments must be made by calling (203) 263-2828. Please do not                                                                             delay as appointments are filling quickly.



                                                                 Covid resources now available through Woodbury Senior Center

                                                                 while supplies last.

                                                                 Woodbury residents may pick up one free at-home COVID-19 test kit per

                                                                 household at the Senior Center while supplies last. One per household; if

                                                                 you have already received a free kit from the Emergency Services Building

                                                                 or at the Senior Center, please allow others to get a free test. Stop by the

Senior Center between 9 am - 2 pm weekdays, or call the Center at (203) 263-2828. Woodbury ID is required. Delivery is available for those who do not drive.


Also, the federal government is now providing four (4) free at-home Covid test kits to residential households in the US. Order yours online using the button below. They will be delivered to you through the US Mail. If you need assistance in placing your order, please call the Senior Center at (203) 263-2828. 
https://special.usps.com/testkits


Masks and at-home test kits are available at the Senior Center for Woodbury residents while supplies last. Limit of one test kit per household, and masks for each member of your household. Please bring proof of residency, Call if you do not have transportation: (203) 263-2828


                                                             Hot Jazz on a Cold Day Concert February 22, 2:30 pm
                                                                 Join us for an exciting afternoon of live music at the Center. Traditional,

                                                                 "hot" jazz and swing music from New Orleans and traditional jazz greats

                                                                 such as Louie Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller. Sign up as space

                                                                 is limited.


                                                          Join Yoga4Change at WOODBURY SENIOR CENTER

                                                         Starting: Tuesday 2/15

                                                                Our instructors are specially trained in the Silver Age Yoga

                                                                program, shown to boost balance, strength, flexibility and stress

                                                                management. And our group classes bring neighbors together to

                                                                have fun while we get fit.Everything you need will be provided for

                                                                you on-site. 
​                                                                For more information or to register, call: (203) 263 - 2828




                                             Woodbury Parks & Recreation

                                                              www.woodburyparksandrec.org

                                                                  Click here for the January newsletter


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WOW (What's On in Woodbury) is a collaboration between the Woodbury Public Library, Woodbury Parks and Recreation and the Woodbury Senior Community Center.  WOW provides high quality FREE programs for community members of all ages.  

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