Things to Do -  June 2017
June 25-30, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Two Booker Prize Winners
A Book Discussion with Mark Schenker
1:00-2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a prestigious literary prize awarded
each year for the best original novel, written in the English language
 and published in the United Kingdom. In this two-part series,
we will explore two Man Booker Prize Winners.
A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting,
The Sense of an Ending has psychological and emotional depth
and sophistication. This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man,
 as he contends with a past he never thought much about and he is forced
 to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.
Mark J. Schenker is the Senior Associate Dean of Yale College,
Dean of Academic Affairs and a lecturer in English at Yale. He earned
his Ph.D. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature.
He lectures frequently on literary topics, and enjoys making
 literature accessible and enjoyable. Books are available at
the library to borrow four weeks in advance of the discussion. 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Monday, June 26, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

LEGO® Summer Camp
Intro to STEM with LEGO® Materials
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
This session is for children 5-6 years of age.
Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO(R) parts.
Build engineer-designed projects suchas Boats,
Snowmobiles, Catapults, and Merry-Go-Rounds.
Then use special pieces to create your own
unique design! New and returning students can explore
the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO(R)
building system with the guidance of an experienced
Play-Well instructor. There is no prerequisite for thiscourse.
This session is for children 5-6 years of age.
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $160 pp
Note: $3.00pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

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LEGO® Extra Bricks Camp
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
June 26 - June 30 am session
Play-Well TEKnologies Lego camps are 3 hours.
The Litchfield Community Center will offer a coinciding day camp that
will allow campers to spend the whole day at the Community Center.
Extra Bricks camp offers a traditional style day camp and games that
will get the kids outside and moving after, or before, their time inside with Legos.

Here is an example of a typical day for a
camper (age 5-7) who joins extra bricks:
9am - Arrival
9am-12pm - Pre-engineering Lego Camp
12-1pm - Lunch and group activity
1-4pm - Extra Bricks Camp
For a camper aged 8-10, the day would be similar except have
Extra Bricks in the morning and Lego camp in the afternoon from 1-4pm.

Extra Bricks campers will engage in various activities and games
 they might participate in a normal day camp such as tag games, sports
related games, group challenges, capture the flag, arts & crafts, and a movie.
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $50 pp
Note: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

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LEGO® Summer Camp
STEM Challenge with LEGO® Materials
1:00-4:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
This session is for children 7-12 years of age.
Power on your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies
and tens of thousands of LEGO(R) parts!
Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture
 through engineer-designed projects such as Catapults, Pneumatic Cranes,
Arch Bridges, and Battletracks! Design and build as never before,
 and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.
An experienced instructor will challenge new and
returning students to engineer at the next level.
There is no prerequisite for this course.
This session is for children 7-12 years of age.
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $160 pp
Note: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

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LEGO® Extra Bricks Camp
1:00-4:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
June 26 - June 30 pm session
Play-Well TEKnologies Lego camps are 3 hours.
The Litchfield Community Center will offer a coinciding day camp that
will allow campers to spend the whole day at the Community Center.
Extra Bricks camp offers a traditional style day camp and games that will
get the kids outside and moving after, or before, their time inside with Legos.

Here is an example of a typical day for a
camper (age 5-7) who joins extra bricks:
9am - Arrival
9-12pm - Pre-engineering Lego Camp
12-1 pm - Lunch and group activity
1-4pm - Extra Bricks Camp
For a camper aged 8-10, the day would be similar except have
Extra Bricks in the morning and Lego camp in the afternoon from 1-4pm.

Extra Bricks campers will engage in various activities and games
they might participate in a normal day camp such as
tag games, sports related games, group challenges,
capture the flag, arts & crafts, and a movie.
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $50 pp
Note: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

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Early Bird Café
10:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
 Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ June 27 -August 10, 2017
Join us for the Early Bird Café which will
be open before every Bouncing Baby
and Preschool Storytime session!
Drop in and meet us before the session starts to socialize!
Socialize with new friends and neighbors
 and have a chance to talk to Mrs. Shaia.
Light refreshments will be served.
Don't forget to check out some books
either before or after storytime.
Mrs. Shaia is always happy to help
with suggestions of her latest favorites.
Drop in storytimes,
no registration required!

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Bouncing Babies
(Birth-24 months and their caregivers)
11:00 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Tuesdays, June 27-August 8, 2017
Enjoy rhyming books, learn fingerplays, and meet other families in this interactive
program. Your child will form a bond with you, develop listening skills and begin
vocabulary development in this educational program. Playtime will follow
to foster your child's imagination, development and social skills.
Drop in storytimes,
no registration required!

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Bantam Lake Yacht Club
Sailing Lessons for Children and Adults
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Bantam Lake Yacht Club
North Shore Road, Litchfield
The Bantam Lake Yacht Club is sponsoring a junior and adult sailing
program this summer to teach children 9-18 years old and adults
 to learn to sail and/or race sailboats.  The program is
suitable for beginners as well as more experienced sailors.
Junior group lessons are on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and from 3:30-5:30 p.m..  
There will be 2 series of lessons, each of 4 weeks.  
The first series will begin Tuesday, June 27
and run through Thursday, July 20 (except for July 4).  

The second series begins Tuesday, July 25 and runs through August 17th.  
A lesson series costs $250.  Junior sailors must pass a swim test.
 Private junior lessons and adult lessons are also available.

Additional information is at:
For an information package or to enroll
please contact the club secretary

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Cinematic Guitar Poetry
with Hiroya Tsukamoto
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us on an innovative, impressionistic journey
filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace
and tranquility. It is cinematic guitar poetry, blending folk, jazz and
Japanese roots to create a unique and powerful sound. Hiroya also
 introduces some Japanese folk music with the stories behind the songs. 

Acoustic Guitar Magazine wrote, “Hiroya Tsukamoto
 plays with fluid mastery, pristine tone, and great warmth…”
Hiroya Tsukamoto is a guitarist and composer originally from Kyoto, Japan.
When he was 13, his father brought home a blue-grass banjo,
“but there was no way to find a banjo teacher in my hometown in Japan,”
Tsukamoto says. “So I tried to learn from the only bluegrass record I had,
Foggy Mountain Banjo, by Earl Scruggs.” The album by the North Carolinian
proved to be a challenge because of Scruggs’ renowned top-speed picking,
“but I just loved the music very much.” His friends then introduced
 him to the guitar about a year later. In 2000, he moved to the U.S.
when he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Today Hiroya performs more than one hundred shows a year
across the U.S. and internationally, including several appearances
 with his group at Blue Note in New York. He has also performed
and appeared on major international television networks such as
NHK (Japanese National Television) and EBS in Korea.
Visit his website at: hiroyatsukamoto.com
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Day Trip: Essex Steam Train
and Riverboat Lunch Excursion
9:30 am- 5:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Enjoy a 3-course lunch aboard restored 1920's Pullman Diners
as part of a 3.75 hour lunch, train and riverboat sightseeing excursion.
Let our attentive staff transport you back to when rail travel was
king and eating in the "Diner" was a delicious special occasion.
The itinerary begins with boarding your Dining Car to savor a hot lunch
at historic Essex Station that is prepared and cooked on board.

Next you will travel aboard the train along the Lower Connecticut River Valley
while you finish your meal. At Deep River Landing you will transfer to the
Becky Thatcher Riverboat for a cruise on the Connecticut River -
bursting with lush scenery and historic sights; such as Gillette Castle.
You will finish your journey riding in Coach Passenger Cars
aboard the train back to Essex Station.

Itinerary:
9:30am - Depart from Litchfield Community Center on NW Transit
11:15am - Arrival and Boarding at Essex Station
11:15am-12pm - Salad and Main Entre served
12- 12:45pm - Scenic Train Excursion while finish meal
12:45-1pm - Dessert on Train at Deep River Landing
1:10-2:45pm - Becky Thatcher Riverboat Excursion
2:45-3:05pm - Return Coach Train Ride to Essex Station
3:05-3:30pm - Gift Shop
3:30pm - Depart for Litchfield Community Center on NW Transit
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
*Transportation is Free on NW CT Transit with a $7
suggested donation payable to driver on day of trip*
Note: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Early Bird Café
10:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
 Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ June 27 -August 10, 2017
Join us for the Early Bird Café which will
be open before every Bouncing Baby
and Preschool Storytime session!
Drop in and meet us before the session starts to socialize!
Socialize with new friends and neighbors
 and have a chance to talk to Mrs. Shaia.
Light refreshments will be served.
Don't forget to check out some books
either before or after storytime.
Mrs. Shaia is always happy to help
with suggestions of her latest favorites.
Drop in storytimes,
no registration required!

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Preschool Storytimes
2-5 year olds
11:00 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Thursdays, June 29-August 10, 2017
Experience new and classic picture books and flannelboard stories,
learn movement activities, and build pre-literacy skills such as
phonological awareness and comprehension in this educational program.
Stories will be read that encourage participation and comment,
and recall your child’s focus through talking about the books.
NEW! After storytime, enjoy one of our fun play centers
 to further stimulate your child’s imagination and creativity!
The play centers are generously
funded by Civic Family Services.
Drop in storytimes,
no registration required!

Friday, June 30, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays