Library News

Milford Public Library

57 New Haven Avenue


Paper flowers workshop — Thursday, Jan. 8, 2 p.m. All materials and instructions will be provided. Register at 203-783-3307. Class size is limited.

Reverse mortgage seminar — Jan. 14 at 2 p.m.  Michael Buchas will answer questions and discuss the difference between reverse mortgages and home equity loans. Buchas is an associate examiner with the State of Connecticut Department of Banking, and has been involved in the Consumer Affairs Department since 2004. The program is free and open to everyone.

Ted Talks — Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. If you haven't heard about TED talks, you can learn more about them at Milford Library in January. Started in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum, from science to business to global issues. Many TED talks are available online, and are usually about 15 - 20 minutes long.

Attendees are invited to bring lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided. All are welcome and registration is not required.

Downtown Abbey — Welcome back PBS's  Downton Abbey series with a tea on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. Season 5 will begin on Jan. 4, but the library will show just enough of last season to catch up.

For Downton Abbey aficionados, there will be a trivia context. Appropriate English tea snacks and pots of strong tea will be served.  Participants are asked to bring their own teacups.

Attendees also are invited to wear their best hat. Reservations can be made by calling 203-783-3307, and they are strongly encouraged.

Jobworks — Career Networking Seminar at Milford Public Library Thursday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. Looking for a new career, or trying to find a job? Milford Library and the business specialists at American Job Center have teamed up to offer job search counseling. Arthur Weissman, from the American Job Center, will help with information on preparing a resume, writing cover letters, interviewing, and strategizing for job searching. The seminar is free.

Handmade Valentines — Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. Cards and embellishments provided. Register at 203-783-3307. Class size is limited.

Children’s Department

The children’s department at Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., is holding events the next few weeks. For information call: 203-783-3304.

Preschool story time — Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Stories and a craft. For ages 3 and up with a caregiver.

Toddler time —  Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. For ages 2 and under with a caregiver.

Saturday story time —  Saturday, Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Stay and play Thursday — Thursday, Jan. 8 and 22 from 10 a.m.-noon. Stop by the library and play board games, build with Legos, do a simple art activity or play floor puzzles. You can even share a book!

PAWS to Read —  Saturday, Jan. 17 at 2:30 p.m. for children in grades K-5. Kids are invited to read out loud to therapy dogs. The dogs and their handlers are certified through Reading Assistance Education Dogs.

Math Club — Beginning Monday, Jan. 26, 6 to 7 p.m. for kids in grades K-2. Does glow in the dark geometry sound like fun?  How about a bouncy dice explosion? Join our Crazy 8's Math Club, where you will build stuff, run and jump, make music and make a mess.  Space is limited. Registration is required.

Creative writing for tweens — Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For ages 9-13. Each meeting will consist of writing prompts, peer workshopping and activities. All skill levels welcome. Call 203-783-3312 to register.

Nappy’s Puppets — Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate National Take Your Child to the Library Day and Sing-a-Long with Nappy's Puppets.

New Year event — Wednesday, Dec. 31 beginning at 11 a.m.  Games and activities and a big, loud countdown at noon.

Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library

Dixon Street

The Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon Street, is open Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon and 6:30 to 9 p.m.; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Call 203-874-5675.

Book group: The group meets the first Thursday monthly. All are welcome. For more information call 203-874-5657. The Morning Book Discussion Group will meet Thursday, Jan. 8, 10:30 a.m.  The book for January is, "Invisible Wall," by Harry Bernstein. The book for February is, "Orphan Train," by Christina Baker Kline.

Chess — Chess Club for all ages — Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m. Learn and/or play. No fee.

Games — Interested in chess, cards, games? Call George, 203-878-3602.

Mah Jongg — Free Mah Jongg classes for beginners, 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Pre-registration required in person at the library, 16 Dixon St. Woodmont, or call 203-874-5675 during library hours. Class size is limited, regiswtration first come, first served.