Things to Do -  April 2017
April 16-22, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Easter Sunday

Monday, April 17, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Live Well Workshop
12:30-3:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
It's your life...Live it well!
Join a FREE 6-week Live Well Workshop today.
For people with ongoing health conditions like diabetes,
depression, heart disease, arthritis, pain and anxiety or
 those caring for someone with an ongoing health condition.
RAFFLE! Participants who attend 4 sessions
will be entered to win a gift!
Sponsored by the State Department on Aging
and the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging
For more info call 860-567-8302

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

OWL's Mystery Book Club
2:00-3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Maigret Hesitates
by Georges Simenon
OWL Mystery Book Club
The Mystery Book Club is OWL's newest Book Club.
New members welcome!
Come to one or all meetings.
Books are available at the front desk.
Third Tuesday of each month from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by: Caitlin Costa
Oliver Wolcott Library Book Groups
Book discussions are free and open to the public.
Join us for stimulating conversation and new friendships.
Copies of the books selected are available the month prior
to discussions at the Oliver Wolcott Library circulation desk.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

OWL Staff Visits Senior Center Café
11:30 am
Litchfield Community Center
The Oliver Wolcott Library's Adult Services Librarian, Audra MacLaren,
 will be visiting the Senior Center Café Lunch to check out books, audio books,
and DVD's. All materials can be checked out during your visit and returned
at the next one! The Senior Center Café Lunch is generously sponsored
by the Litchfield Hills/Northwest Elderly Nutrition Program and hosted
at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield,
 and is open to anyone 60 years of age or older and their spouse.

OWL Staff Visits Bantam Falls Community Room
3:00 pm
Bantam Falls Community Room
The Oliver Wolcott Library's Adult Services Librarian, Audra MacLaren,
 will be visiting the Bantam Falls Community Room to check out books,
 audio books, and DVD's. All materials can be checked out
during your visit and returned at the next one! Bantam Falls
 is located at 130 Doyle Road in Bantam.

Revolution: Mapping the Road to
American Independence, 1755-1783
with Authors Richard Brown & Paul Cohen
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Few wars in history have such a rich literary and cartographic
heritage as that of the Revolutionary War. The high skills of the
surveyors, artists, and engravers who delineated the topography
and fields of battle allow us to observe the unfolding of
 events that ultimately defined the United States.
When warfare erupted between Britain and her colonists in 1775,
maps provided graphic news about military matters. A number of the best
 examples are reproduced here, including some from the personal collections
 of King George III, the Duke of Northumberland, and the Marquis de Lafayette.
In Revolution, these and other maps from institutional a
nd private collections are published for the first time.

At the Treaty of Paris, the French and Indian War ended, and King George III
gained clear title to more territory than had ever been exchanged in any
other war before or since. The British military employed its best-trained artists
 and engineers to map the richest prize in its Empire. They would need
those maps for the fratricidal war that would begin twelve years later.
Their maps and many others make up the contents of this fascinating and beautiful book.

Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence 1755-1783,
 identifies and illustrates the works that best reveal the unfolding of
events that resulted in the establishment of the United States.

Filmmaker Ric Burns called the book “a GPS to the American Revolution”
and described it as “ravishingly beautiful.”  Harvard historian Jane Kamensky
praised it for casting “new light” on the subject as well as inviting
“fresh thinking about the founding of the United States.” An Amazon reviewer wrote:  
“The provenance of the maps is almost as fascinating as the history they tell.
To look at these maps is to see history as the contemporary map makers saw it.”
Richard H. Brown is a collector of maps and views of the French and Indian War
and American Revolution. He is vice chairman of the Norman B. Leventhal
Map Center where he has been instrumental in the creation of
We Are One, a Revolutionary War era map exhibition that will travel
 from Colonial Williamsburg to the New York Historical Society in the fall of 2017.
Richard also serves as a member of the Madison Council of the
Library of Congress and a councilor of the American Antiquarian Society.
Paul E. Cohen is the co-author of Manhattan in Maps, which received the
New York City Book Award in 1997. He is also the author of Mapping the West
and the co-editor of American Cities. He has published numerous articles
on various cartographic subjects appearing in publications including the
New England Quarterly and The Magazine Antiques. He is a partner in
Cohen & Taliaferro LLC, New York City, dealers in rare books and antique maps.
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

"Recycle Right"
Sponsored by the Litchfield Garden Club
7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
The Litchfield Garden Club presents "Recycle Right,"
an Open Meeting with Susan Quincy from the Kellogg Environmental Center
 on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Litchfield Community Center.

A hands-on program, "Recycle Right" helps support efforts to increase
recycling through better participation. There are many questions as to
what goes in the bin, how single stream works and what is required.

This program teaches adults and children what the practice of recycling
 does to help save resources, where it fits into Connecticut's plan to reduce
waste and increase resource efficiency and clear up some of the confusion
around doing it right. Come and enjoy as you learn how to Recycle Right!

Susan Quincy works as an education outreach representative for the
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection at the Kellogg
 Environmental Center in Derby, CT. She provides professional development
opportunities for educators across the state in a variety of environmental
 topics and areas.  Her work with schools is focused on increasing
 environmental awareness through the curriculum and supports the Green LEAF
program to develop healthy and sustainable school facilities for staff and students.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The Litchfield Community Center is located
at 421 Bantam Road (Rt. 202), Litchfield, CT.
For additional information:

Friday, April 21, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Star Party
8:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
This astronomy program is organized by members of the
Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club
and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society.
Tonight's topic is the Moon.
Weather permitting; there will be
 star gazing after the program.
8:00 p.m., A.B. Ceder Room.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Early Morning walk to Mallard Marsh
with Marlow Shami
 8:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Stroll along with Marlow in search of signs of spring…
birds and beaver sightings very well could be in the
cards or perhaps a Spring Peeper or two?  
8:00 a.m., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Inheriting Clutter/Treasures
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
How best to protect and preserve those sentimental items...
Susan Lovallo
Sentimental items are a dilema for a large number of people.
What to do with grandma's lace tablecloth?
Your children's artwork? Old journals?
We will discuss what to do with these treasured items;
how, when and where to store them, and ways
to part with them will be treated as well.   
Registration closes Friday, April 21 at Noon
Non-refundable deposit: $25
For further information call (860) 567-3163

 Introduction to Centering Prayer
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Learn this ancient contemplative practice...
Nancy Stimac
In this workshop you will learn the method and principles
of the contemplative Centering Prayer practice
and have the opportunity to experience this
 ancient prayer method of the early Christian community.
This workshop covers its history, psychology, and theology and
 includes prayer sessions along with Questions and Answers.
Topics covered will be: Prayer as Relationship,
The Method of Centering Prayer,Thoughts and Use of the
Sacred Word and Deepening Our Relationship with God. 
Registration closes Friday, April 21 at Noon
Non-refundable deposit: $25
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Game On @ LEF Minds in Motion
(For children in Grades K-8)
12:30 - 4:00 pm
@ Litchfield High School
Come visit Mrs. Shaia at
Litchfield Education Foundation’s
Minds in Motion Fundraiser.
There will be exciting, interactive workshops for every
child with every interest, Kindergarten - 8th grade.

Adults can attend a keynote and thought-provoking,
special-interest workshops. Mrs. Shaia will present a
 workshop for children in Grades 2 - 3 called Game On!

Children will create their own board game
with a clear objective using a
variety of available possibilities including
 a spinner, dice, a board, and cards.

We’ll look at Ticket to Ride, Scattergories Catergories,
Spot It and Codenames for inspiration.

Each child will leave the workshop with their own game that
 has been tested and played to enjoy with their whole family. 
to sign up for a workshop.