UPDATE 7/6/20: All Town of Woodbridge buildings, including the library, remain closed to the public.
Library staff is in the building M-F, 10am-5pm to answer your questions and provide Park & Pickup service.
More on Park & Pickup.

News from The Friends of the Library

Please continue to gather your donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and puzzles that are in good condition. Keep them in a safe, clean place until we are once again able to accept them. While you are keeping safe at home, sign up for the Library’s weekly email newsletter to learn about the online opportunities available to you,  including the new “Park and Pickup” for contactless loans of library materials, many provided through funding by the Friends.

Take care, everyone.
-Your Friends of the Library

Now featuring: Park & Pickup

The Library is now offering Park & Pickup of library items.

The Service is:

  • Safe: All items will have been quarantined for at least three days before being checked out
  • Contactless: Your items are in a closed bag on table outside the front of the Library
  • Convenient:  No appointments needed.

After you are notified your items are ready, pick them up anytime during the following hours:
Monday 11 am to 7 pm
Tuesday 11 am to 4 pm
Wednesday 11 am to 4 pm
Thursday 11 am to 7 pm
Fridays 11 am to 4 pm

How it works:

First, submit a request to the Library for the materials you would like to borrow:

  • Online through our catalog: https://wd.catalog.lionlibraries.org/
  • Speak to a staff person by calling 203-389-3433 (Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm)
  • Leave a voicemail message any time (Please include your full name with spelling, phone number, and library card number along with your request)
  • Send us an email to askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org (Please include your full name, phone number, and library card number along with your request)

If you don’t know your card number, please provide us with your address so that we can look you up in our database.

Second, the Library Staff will gather the items you would like to borrow. This includes books (regular and large print), CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, audiobooks—from the adult, YA, and children’s collections.

Due to the large volume of requests, we are pulling items in batches. We are not pulling items as we receive requests; please be patient. 

Patrons will be limited to checking out five items per card per day. In addition, only items owned by the Woodbridge Town Library are currently available for checkout.

Third, your items will be checked-out to your Library Account and you will be contacted.

We will either call or email you depending on your Library Account preferences.

Please allow 30 minutes from the time of your “ready for pickup” email or phone call from the Library for staff to put your items on the Park & Pickup table. 

Finally, pick up your items at the front door of the library from the Park & Pickup table.

Items will be in a stapled bag with a labeled with the borrower’s full name and checkout date.

  • Each bag will include a copy of an itemized due date slip.
  • Items can be picked up Monday & Thursday (11 am to 7 pm) and Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday (11 am to 4 pm).

Please respect social distancing rules while waiting to approach the table.

Items not available for Park & Pickup Service:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines

Item Returns:

  • If you are dropping off items when picking up your new items, please place the returns in the blue bin next to the table.
  • If you are returning items at any other time, please return all items in the book drop located to the left of the library’s front doors. 

  • All returns have to be quarantined for at least three days before they can be checked in. They will be on your library account until we check them in; no fines will be charged during this time.

  • Please do not bring ANY donations for the Friends at this time. We do not have the space to quarantine them and they will be thrown out.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions page for more info! See you soon!

Update on Re-opening

We know you are all very excited about coming back and we are excited to see you! 🙂

However, after being gone for almost 3 months, there is a lot to do just to get the library organized and cleaned up! (You should see the stacks of newspapers and magazines!!!) We want to make sure that everything is put away before we begin services, so that we know what is actually on the shelves and have options to lend to you.

Additionally, we need to make sure we have the right plan in place to limit exposure and keep EVERYONE safe and healthy—all of us and all of you. We are working with limited staff while practicing social distancing, which means we have to re-think how we do our jobs and it can lead to things taking a bit longer.

We will let you know as soon as we have more information. The good news is that we plan on starting curbside pickup very soon—details to come.

💚 Thank you for your patience! 💚

Welcome Creativebug!

Creativebug is the newest digital subscription at the Woodbridge Town Library. Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes which you can watch anytime, anywhere. Since the classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace. No pressure, just possibilities!

Watch award-winning HD instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, baking and more. All classes are taught by experts, with new classes added daily.

How to get started:
1. Get your Woodbridge library card.
2. Go here: https://www.creativebug.com/lib/woodbridgetown
3. Enter your card number and proceed with the instructions to set up YOUR account.

(Need a card? Can’t remember/find your number? Email us at askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org)

Friends of the Library Update

When the Woodbridge Town Library closed in mid-March, the Friends could no longer prepare for our June Book Sale. We have decided to postpone this well-attended and well-loved event. When we figure out new dates, we’ll let you know.

In this sad, difficult time we also decided not to send our Annual Appeal /Newsletter. We always appreciate your support, but believe this is not the time to ask for donations. There will be a time when we ask for that support, for our gem of a library will face new challenges when it reopens.

While the Bookstore Alley is closed, please continue to gather your donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and puzzles. Keep them in a safe, clean place until we are once again able to accept them. Visit the new library website and sign up for their weekly email newsletter to learn about all the online opportunities available to you, many provided through funding by the Friends, while you are keeping safe at home.

Take care, everyone.
                                            -Your Friends of the Library

PS. You can still support the Friends of the Woodbridge Library even while the bookstore is closed! While you’re scrolling through Amazon looking for more cleaning supplies or pet food, why not have your purchases serve a bigger purpose? Go to smile.amazon.com and search for the Friends of the Woodbridge Library as your designated charity. Supporting the Friends supports the library! 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

We know there is a lot of confusion and misleading information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Library remains closed (effective 3/23/20); please check back for news and updates on when we may re-open. Please see the following links for reliable health resources.

Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty

Coronavirus Preparedness from Quinnipiack Valley Health District (includes the towns of Woodbridge and Bethany, their phone number: 203-248-4528)

Latest information and guidance from the State of Connecticut on Coronavirus

What you need to know (factsheet) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The latest news updates on COVID-19 (CDC)

Coronavirus Situation Summary from the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

Information for business owners and employers (CDC)

Information regarding pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children (CDC)

Disclaimer: The links presented here are for information only and should not be construed as medical advice or be used as a substitute for consultation with a health care professional. If you have questions or concerns, please speak with your doctor, as they know you and your health best. In an emergency, please call 911.

The New Woodbridge Town Library Website is Live

After months of work, we now welcome you to the new Woodbridge Town Library website! This redesign has been optimized for all devices, including mobile phone and tablets, and what we feel to be a more modern look. And now, you’ll be able to easily search both our catalog or our site right from the top of the page.

There are still a few things we’re working out with the transition, so if you’re having any issues with the site, please let us know and we’ll do our best to fix them. We also appreciate any feedback you may have as it will only help us deliver you the best experience we can, both during these trying times and thereafter.

Thank you all for your continued support of your local library and know that we’re still here for you all!

Resources During Library Closure

Here’s a list of fun things to do, or information to have on hand, while the library is closed and so many of us are staying home. Newest info will be at the top, so check back often! Have a link that you’d like to share with everyone? Send it to: askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org

Make Your Place in History, Even at Home
Booklist Magazine offers a list of suggestions to keep busy at home, and all have a historical theme. From making a time capsule to recording oral histories to helping digitize papers for the Library of Congress–everything can be done at home, and some with very little equipment! 

Family Math Enrichment Activities
Building, sorting, noticing similarities and differences get kids actively learning. Numbers and shapes are all around us! There are lots of math opportunities indoors, but the good news is…it’s spring. Step outside, take a math walk, and see the world through a child’s eyes. Here are some resources to get you started!

Even More Virtual Tours and Experiences in Connecticut 
Look at this long, ever-growing list of things to do and experience from home from CTVisit.org (Connecticut Office of Tourism). There’s everything from animals to art to concerts to mindfulness–and things for all ages to enjoy! 

Free Live Family Concerts with Tom Chapin
Folk singer Papa Tom Chapin is in the house! And he’s pretty sure you’re in your house too. Let’s get together and sing! Free live family concerts weekdays at 11 AM Eastern time. You bring your kids and grandkids, and he’ll do the same. Find him on Facebook or Instagram to see him live. If you miss the live feed, or want to watch again, search YouTube for “Mornings with Papa Tom.”

BookPage Available Online
While you can’t come to the library to pick up April’s issue (which has been delayed anyway), we can bring it to you! All of the 2020 issues have been digitized, so you can catch up if you missed previous months and find great new reads. No sign up or log in needed.

Marvel announces free access to popular comics
To access the free issues, download the Marvel Unlimited app via the Apple or Google Play app stores and select the free comics option. No credit card information or trial subscription required to read from the list above. New titles will be added monthly.

While Baseball is on Delay…
Brush up on your baseball history with Ken Burns’ well-known documentary, Baseball. All NINE parts are available to stream via PBS for free

Introducing TumbleBooks! 
TumbleBooks, a world leader in online children’s book databases, announced that it will make its family of online libraries available for free to all public libraries through the summer! Several databases are available for all ages (even adults!) and there’s a TumbleMath too! No library cards or passwords needed. These links take you directly to each collection. 

TumbleBookLibrary – K-6 children’s ebook database
TumbleMath – K-6 math ebook database
TeenBookCloud – grade 7-12 ebook database
AudioBookCloud – all ages audio book database
RomanceBookCloud – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!

The Library’s subscription to Ancestry is NOW available at home with your Woodbridge library card! This is only until we are back in the building, so take full advantage of being able to do your genealogical research anywhere as long as you have internet access and your Woodbridge library card.

1. Log in to your account on the catalog page: https://wd.catalog.lionlibraries.org
2. Go to the “help” area on the left side of the page. A little menu will pop out, and Ancestry Library will be at the bottom.
3. Click on that, and go!

Read & Learn with Simon Kids
Simon & Schuster has many curriculum guides and reading group guides for educators, as well as kid-friendly activities, that may prove useful to you at this time. Visit their Read & Learn with Simon Kids website for links to everything they have to offer!

You Can Ride the Universal Studios “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” Ride From Your Couch
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the must-experience ride inside of Hogwarts castle at Universal Studios. A video from UndercoverTourist.com takes you through the entire experience–even waiting in line, which is arguably one of the best parts as you get to check out the halls of Hogwarts.

NFB launches Indigenous Cinema website with more than 200 films to stream
The National Film Board of Canada has launched Indigenous Cinema, a website that offers free streaming of more than 200 titles by Indigenous directors. The website is part of the NFB’s three-year Indigenous Action Plan and will also feature playlists and filmmaker biographies.

National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and the Public
To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in their lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. Just follow the link and create an account for free access to their collection!

STEAM Ahead @ Home
In response to the needs of library staff and their patrons who are practicing self-isolation and social distancing during the Coronavirus Pandemic, STAR Net is developing a special collection of resources through a new “STEAM Ahead @ Home” initiative. You can see free webinars and more on their YouTube and here’s a fun activity families can try at home: Daylight in a Bottle

Getting a Library Card
If you live in Woodbridge and do not already have a card, please send an email to askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org. Include your full name, address, phone number, and email address. We will provide you with a barcode via email, so that you may access our digital resources. Your physical card will be mailed to you via USPS.

Creativebug is offering 50 free classes to take over the next 30 days!!! No credit card required, as with so many other trial periods. Learn something new or take that old hobby back up while you’re stuck at home or thrown off your usual routine. Start your trial here!

Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
Check out virusanxiety.com, brought to you by Shine and Mental Health America. The site has resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.

Visit a Museum, Without Leaving Your Couch
From Travel & Leisure, here are 12 museums offering virtual tours, including the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Accessing digital materials at home
hoopla circulations have increased to TEN per month! hoopla gives you access to ebooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies, and more without any holds lists
OverDrive/Libby provides ebook and audiobooks
RBDigital is your gateway to magazines
Kanopy offers streaming movies and TV shows, with special programming for children

Complete the Census! 

Register to vote

Well-known celebrities reading children’s picture books. Click on the link of the selected title, then choose your platform (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.).

Potential COVID-19 Treatments
An article from PharmacyChecker.com that highlights the safety issues surrounding what you may have heard in the media. 

Try Out ReferenceUSA!

The Library has just added a trial subscription to ReferenceUSA to its collection of databases. ReferenceUSA has vital information on every business and consumer in the United States and Canada. It assists business executives in finding valuable sales leads, conducting market research or competitive analysis, and provides an avenue for businesses to do effective marketing & outreach. Students are able to reference this data for research projects and job seekers may find gainful employment. ReferenceUSA provides data on businesses, consumers, healthcare providers, new movers and homeowners, as well as historical business information.

To begin using ReferenceUSA, visit our databases page or click here to be taken directly to the site. You will need your Woodbridge library card with a valid barcode to log in, after you “accept and continue” at the very bottom of the terms and conditions page. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us.

Ancestry now available at home

The Library’s subscription to Ancestry is NOW available at home with your Woodbridge library card! This is only until we are back in the building, so take full advantage of being able to do your genealogical research anywhere as long as you have internet access and your Woodbridge library card.

1. Go to our catalog page: https://wd.catalog.lionlibraries.org
2. Click on the “help” area on the left side of the page. A little menu will pop out, and Ancestry Library will be at the bottom.
3. Click on that; you will then see a prompt asking you for your Woodbridge library card number.
4. Type your card number and go!

(We have subscribed to Ancestry for years, but usually it is only available for in-library use.)

Library & Town Update 3/24/20

The Library remains closed to the public, and staff are now working remotely. Please send emails to askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org and we will reply as soon as possible. We will continue to update our social media accounts and our website with the latest information. See below for other library news.

In accordance with Governor Lamont’s executive order 7H, which permits only essential services to remain open and operational, the Town of Woodbridge offices closed at 8 pm on Monday, March 23 with the exception of first responders and all other essential personnel. This will be reviewed on April 22 or earlier if necessary or required. Visit the town’s website for the most up-to-date information on available services and other relevant news.

Library materials may still be returned via the book drop. All late fees will be suspended while the Library is closed. Due dates for currently checked out items have been extended to May 1.

While we are closed, Woodbridge Town Library cardholders can visit our website to access many downloadable and streaming digital resources. You can download ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive or Hoopla, stream movies on Kanopy, or browse magazines on RB Digital. We have raised the fine threshold to $100, so that more may borrow and stream.

This is an unprecedented but important measure to keep everyone in our community and our staff healthy as long as possible. We appreciate your patience as we adjust to working in different conditions.

About Courtesy Renewals

   The Woodbridge Town Library will begin to offer courtesy renewals to our patrons on February 1, 2020. The change was recommended by the LION Consortium which is committed to sharing, expanding and promoting excellent library resources and services. Courtesy renewals means that a few days before checked-out items are due, all that are eligible will be automatically renewed. 

   Materials will not be eligible for courtesy renewals if:

  • Another patron has a hold on the item
  • The item has reached its maximum number of allowable renewals
  • Renewals are not allowed for the item (e.g. museum passes or items in a bestseller collection)
  • The relevant patron account is expired or suspended

   This service does not apply to downloadable or streaming materials. Only items owned by the Woodbridge Town Library, or those of another LION library* that have enacted courtesy renewals, will automatically be renewed. (Please see below for a complete list of which libraries are participating.)

   Patrons who receive notifications by email will receive a notice letting them know what has been automatically renewed, what is due soon, and a link to a list of any other items they have checked out. Patrons using Shoutbomb will not receive texts when an item is automatically renewed; they will still receive texts for items due soon and items that need to be manually renewed.

   Patrons can still choose to renew items manually by going online, calling the library, or stopping by the library. The maximum number of renewals is the same, no matter the method of renewal. 

   Patrons without an email address will not receive any courtesy calls or notices. Courtesy renewals happen whether or not a patron has an email address listed in their patron record. Any patron who would like to switch to email so that they can receive these courtesy notices are encouraged to do so.

   Items can always be returned before their due date. Not all patrons will need or want to take advantage of the additional time. 

   Please call or stop into the library if you have questions about this initiative! 

*As of January 15, the following LION libraries have adopted courtesy renewals:

East Hampton
East Lyme
New London
North Branford
North Haven
Old Lyme
Old Saybrook
West Haven

These LION libraries do not have courtesy renewals:
East Haddam
Mitchell College
Stony Creek