Check out what’s happening at the Valley libraries


53 South Cliff St.


Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9-7; Friday, 9-4; Saturday, 9-1.


Book discussion — features The Shack by William Paul Young, Thursday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m., in the Community Room. Bring snacks; light refreshments served.


Art class — for ages 6 to 10, Mondays, 4 p.m. Call 203-734-6728 to register.


Tai Chi class — Tuesdays at 8 am. Small fee is charged. Pre-registration requested.


Storytime Fun — for ages 2 to 5, Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Call to register.


JobNow online program — available for access by patrons at from library computers or from home. One-on-one help from a trained job coach. Spanish-speaking coaches available.


Pastel art class — with Eilene, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Small fee charged for materials.


Wireless Internet access — Patrons have free Wi-Fi access from laptop computer or other wireless device in designated areas of the library.


New books online — An annotated list of the library’s newest acquisitions will be published Wednesdays on the Web site Click on the Wowbrary logo to find new books, DVDs, CDs, audio books and children’s material. Sign up for weekly e-mail alerts about acquisitions.


307 Hawthorne Ave.


Open Monday-Thursday 10-8; Saturday and Sunday 1-5.


Pre-3s — meets Mondays with Miss Kathi, 10 or 11 a.m. Includes finger plays, stories, music, puppets and nursery rhymes.


Movin’ on — with Miss Kathi, for ages 2 and 3, meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Prerequisite is completing five sessions of Pre-3s or Music and Movement at the library. Call to register.


Music and movement — Tuesdays, 11 a.m. and Thursdays, 10 or 11 a.m. Singing and dancing with Miss Kathi using small musical instruments and scarves to learn music and language skills.


Littles’ story hour — for ages 3 to 5, Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Flannel board stories, puppets and short films of adapted children’s books.


Culture Club — discusses autumn poetry, Monday, Sept. 17, 12:30 p.m.

Read to therapy dogs — Children may read to Thor and Cosmo, two St. Bernards, on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. Call to register.


Writers’ round table — meets Thursday, Sept. 20.


Current events club — focuses on fall elections, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m.


Computer lessons — or beginnings on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call Bob to register.


Film crew — Teenagers write and edit original scripts Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m.


Job coaching — through online JobNow program. Patrons visiting the library, may use this computer program to connect to a trained job coach. To enter program from home, visit


Books for young readers — ‘We both Read’ books provided by a Valley United Way Special Needs grant help parents to read with their children. Available in the Children’s Room.


Children’s registration — for ongoing classes, including Music and Movement, Baby Sign Language, Story Times and Reading to Sandy, the therapy dog. Call for information.


Electronic resources — The library’s databases include: Learning Express (practice academic and licensing exams), PrepMe (individualized PSAT, SAT, and ACT exams with tutoring), Issues and Controversies, Teen Health and Wellness, and TumbleBook Library (animated talking books in French, Spanish and English). Downloadable materials include: Overdrive Inc. audiobooks downloadable from the Library Web site to computers, MP3 players or burned to CD; and a video collection from MyLibraryDV. Selections are accessible from home computers from the library’s Web site,


Derby Neck Needlers — knitting, crocheting, quilting, cross-stitching, meets Saturdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; refreshments offered.


Display opportunities — The library is looking to exhibit interesting collections in its lockable display cases. Call for information



313 Elizabeth St.


Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9-8; Thursday 9-6; Friday, 9-5; Saturday, 9-2.


Movie Night — for ages 11 to 17 features a newly released feature on DVD, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 5-7 p.m. Pizza served during the show; a film critique afterward. Register by Tuesday, Sept. 25.


Understanding your credit report — a two-part series in collaboration with TEAM, led by Sheryle McMillan of Money Management International. First session is Monday, Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m.; second is Monday, Oct. 15, when participants will review their own credit reports. Registration requested.


Social Security session — with specialist, Maria Grice, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.


Job search help — from the CT Works Career Coach, Friday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in morning and afternoon sessions.


Baby and me — a lapsit program for Infants 6 and a caregiver, 10 a.m., with simple songs and rhymes, movement, board books, play time.


Nursery Rhyme Time — for ages 12 to 24 months and a caregiver on Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. Finger plays, songs, movement, instruments, stories and rhymes.


Time for Two’s — for ages 2 to 3 and caregivers, 11 a.m. with stories, songs, finger plays, crafts.


Terrific Three’s — Fridays, 10 a.m.


Preschool story time — for ages 4 to 6, Fridays, 11 a.m.; features stories, songs, instruments, literacy games, crafts. Caregivers remain in the Children’s Room. Registration requested.


Parent/child workshops — Ten-week session for families and children ages 1 to 3, 10-11:15 a.m. Puzzles, books, blocks, crafts, dramatic play, and introduction to parenting resources. Sessions feature a professional who will discuss parenting questions and concerns on specific topics. Call to register.


Job search help — through the CT Works Career Coach, Friday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in morning and afternoon sessions.


Archeology talk —for ages 14 and up, by State Archaeologist, Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, Monday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. Registration requested.


Computer classes — on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.


Autumn Bingo — for families and children ages 5 to 11, Tuesday, Sept.18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Children create bingo cards; books will be among prizes. Registration requested.


Read to Payson — for ages 5 to 11, with Janet Sabovik and her therapy dog, Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m., for the popular children’s reading to a therapy dog program. Registration requested.


Creating Musical Readers —for children Pre-K to grade 2, presented by members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. The musicians read to the children, and their instruments become part of the story. First book is Ralph’s Secret Weapon featuring the bassoon. Registration requested.


Cooking demo — Stacey Ference of Savour Catering presents ‘The World of Crostini, Bruscetta and Toast’ for ages 18 and older, Monday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m. Samples available.


Book discussion — on The Expats by Chris Pavone, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12:30 p.m. Bring a sandwich; dessert and beverages provided. Registration requested.


Sports Talk series — facilitated by Rich Marazzi, Thursdays, 10 a.m. throughout the baseball season.


Coupon Club — led by Missy Lundeen meets Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m. Bring a notebook, pen, scissors, plastic shopping bag, and coupons. For more information, email


Teen Chess Club — for ages 11 to 17 meets Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Registration requested.


Electronic graphics needed — for TeenZone page of library website. Submissions by teens ages 12 to 17 will be reviewed and credited for points on Thursdays. Winners announced at “Mission Accomplished” party. Registration as a reading club member required.


e-Books — have been added to the library’s downloadable collection and may be accessed through


Film workshop — Writing, editing and filming scripts for teenagers, Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. Call to register.


Lunch buddies — book discussion for ages 8 to 11, Thursdays, noon-1 p.m.; bring bag lunch; dessert provided. Registration requested.


Young adult book club — for young adults ages 12 to 17, Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Participants will meet to read and discuss featured titles from various genres; registration requested.


New electronic resources — Wowbrary, a weekly e-mail service to patrons; EventKeeper registration allows patrons to register for programs; Spanish Catalog; Primary Search for elementary school magazines, plus encyclopedia and dictionary; Consumer Health Complete health database.


Spanish and Polish language sets — The library is developing a non-English book collection, and Spanish and Polish language sets are now available to patrons. Each set includes fiction and non-fiction books for both adults and children along with DVDs for all ages. More language sets will be added in the future. The library also has updated its ESL collection, and there is now a Spanish site link at


New databases — Home Improvement Center and Points of View Reference. Also available, facts on File World News Digest.



46 Church St.


Open Tuesday & Wednesday, 9-8; Thursday, 9-5:30; Friday 9-5; Saturday, 10-4.


Family Place playgroup — Craft table, circle time for infants to age 5, Thursday, Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m.


StoryKids Club — Book club, craft, snack for grades K to 2, Thursday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m.


Nutmeggers Club — Book club focusing on Nutmeg nominees for grades 4 and up; crafts and snack, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m.


BookChatters Club — Book club for grades 2 to 4 featuring the Magic Tree House series, snack and crafts, Thursday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m.


Art display — The paintings of local artist Joan Austin will be on display in the lobby through September.


Registration required for all programs.


Access books online — from Downloadable audio from the iConn database and downloadable audio and e-books from OverDrive are available. Patrons need their Seymour library cards and a device, including computer, MP3, smart phone, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad.

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  • Dolores Proch

    All these programs listed are for September onward.
    What is going on for this summer of 2013? if anything.

    Thank you.

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