Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street, PO Box 187
Litchfield, CT 06759
phone: 860-567-8030
fax: 860-567-4784
Regular Hours:
Monday ~ 12-5pm
Tues., Wed., Thurs. ~ 10am-9pm
Friday ~ 10am-5pm
Saturday ~ 10am-2pm
Sunday ~ 11am-3pm
Library Director ~ Ann Marie White: awhite@owlibrary.org
Librarian ~ Caitlin Costa: ccosta@owlibrary.org
Adult Services Librarian ~ Audra MacLaren: amaclaren@owlibrary.org
Children’s Librarian ~ Lisa Shaia: lshaia@owlibrary.org
Technology Coordinator ~ Heather Wilder: hwilder@owlibrary.org
Publicity ~ Jordan McCorison: jmccorison@owlibrary.org

During 2016, the Oliver Wolcott Library achieved a very impressive milestone,
 attaining the rank of #3 library in the state for adult circulation
per capita out of 180 libraries in Connecticut. OWL program events
were attended by 770 children and 454 adults. An average of 237 patrons
visit every day and an average of 449 items are borrowed every day.

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Brain Games with BrainHQ
Introducing BrainHQ: a new online service available to all OWL library
card holders. This new online resource builds your attention, memory,
brain speed, people skills, navigation, and intelligence in dozens of
exercises with hundreds of brain training levels. Each one automatically
 adapts to your unique brain, so that you're always training at your
 "threshold" - the right level for your brain to make real improvements.
BrainHQ can be accessed online at the library, at home,
or on your smartphone with your OWL library card number.
Click here or on the front page of our website owlibrary.org
 or ask us to help you get started using BrainHQ.
We feel smarter already!

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Early Bird Café
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Sept. 19 - Nov. 16 ~ 10:30 am
before Bouncing Babies & Storytimes
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us for the Early Bird Cafe which will be open before
every Bouncing Baby and Preschool Storytime session!
Drop in and meet us before the session to 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.

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Bouncing Babies
(Birth-24 months and their caregivers)
Tuesdays,  Sept. 19 - Nov. 14 ~ 11:00 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Enjoy concept and rhyming books, learn finger plays, and
meet other families in this interactive program with Mrs. Shaia.
Your child will form a bond with you, develop
 listening skills and begin vocabulary development.
Playtime will follow to foster your children's
imagination, development and social skills.
Drop in storytimes,
no registration required!

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Spies in the Family
A Conversation with Author Eva Dillon
Tuesday, October 17 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel,
and the Friendship that Helped End the Cold War is a riveting true-life thriller
and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer. 
In the summer of 1975, seventeen-year-old Eva Dillon’s family was living
in New Delhi when her father was exposed as a CIA spy. Eva had long
believed that her father was a U.S. State Department employee.
She had no idea that he was handling the CIA’s highest-ranking double agent
 - Dmitri Fedorovich Polyakov - a Soviet general whose code name was TOPHAT.

Spanning fifty years and three continents, Spies in the Family is a
deeply researched account of two families on opposite sides of the
 lethal espionage campaigns of the Cold War, and two men whose devoted
 friendship lasted a lifetime, until the devastating final days of their lives.
With impeccable insider access to both families as well as knowledgeable
CIA and FBI officers, Dillon goes beyond the fog of secrecy to craft an
unforgettable story of friendship and betrayal, double agents and clandestine lives.

Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitates this conversation with author Eva Dillon.
Eva Dillon spent twenty-five years in the magazine publishing business,
 including stints at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, The New Yorker,
and as president of Reader’s Digest. Dillon and her six siblings grew
up moving around the world for her father’s CIA assignments
 from Berlin to Mexico City to Rome to New Delhi. 
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Early Bird Café
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Sept. 19 - Nov. 16 ~ 10:30 am
before Bouncing Babies & Storytimes
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us for the Early Bird Cafe which will be open before
every Bouncing Baby and Preschool Storytime session!
Drop in and meet us before the session to 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.

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Preschool Storytimes
2-5 year olds
Wednesdays & Thursdays
Sept. 20 - Nov. 16 ~ 11:00 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
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!

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Imagine That!
Igniting Your Brain For Creativity & Peak Performance
with Author James Mapes
Thursday, October 19 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
In Imagine That!: Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance,
James Mapes shares the knowledge and experience he has gained in his
thirty-plus years as a researcher, speaker, and personal coach.
Imagine That! is a guidebook that shows readers how to lead an
exceptional life. Enhanced by exercises, in-depth research,
and real-life anecdotes, Mapes dives deep into topics as diverse as
reframing thinking patterns, shattering a series of limiting myths,
hypnosis, stretch goals, transforming fear into love, and forgiveness.
“If you want to be a winner in life and achieve your dreams, you’ve got
to have a game plan,” said former NFL Coach Lou Holtz. “Mapes gives it
to you – period! James Mapes’ Imagine That! will not only help you reignite
 your purpose, it’s going to help you be the best you can be.”

The founder of Quantum Leap Thinking, creator of
The Transformational Coach, and an expert on the psychology
of applied imagination, James Mapes is a highly acclaimed
business speaker and personal excellence coach.
For more than thirty years, he has dedicated himself to helping individuals,
 teams, and organizations break through barriers to reach their goals
and achieve success. His clients include Fortune 500 companies
and major nonprofit organizations in the areas of finance, technology,
healthcare, academia, and the military, including IBM, the U.S. Coast Guard,
 Lockheed Martin, and the Princeton Center for Leadership Training.  
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The author will provide books for sale & signing.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Lego Club
(Grades K-3)
Fridays, September 29-November 17
3:30-4:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Due to school closings, Lego Club
will meet the following Fridays:
9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17
Calling all engineers and architects! Listen to a short story to inspire
 your creativity, and then build the Lego Challenge of the Week.
Team up with a friend, or build solo. Make sure to sign up with your
 email address so Mrs. Shaia can email a photo of your masterpiece!
Feel free to pack a snack to eat during story time. All supplies will be provided.

Note: Please leave your personal Legos at home.
if your child will be getting off the bus at OWL.
This program is generously funded
by the Litchfield Education Foundation.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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OWL Monday Scholars
Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot
Mondays, October 16 through November 6
12:302:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Facilitated by Patricia Moore, Monday Scholars is a weekly series that
meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room. It’s the best of
online learning and classroom discussion. Each week, a new lecture topic
 is watched and then discussed by all who attend. All you need to do is
come ready to engage your mind and participate in the discussion.
About the Course:
Each week, we will watch a 10-minute lecture that includes a writing
prompt based on the creative writing topic covered. We will then write
for 30-minutes and then share and discuss our writing samples with the group. 

In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to perhaps the most
elemental and often the most challenging element of story: plot.
We will learn what keeps it moving, how it manipulates our feelings,
expectations, and desires. We will examine the choices storytellers make
to snag our imaginations, drag them into a fictional world, and keep them there.
We will learn how to outline and structure a plot, discuss narrative arc,
pacing and reversals and reveal the inevitable surprise:
connecting the beginning, middle and end.  
About the Professor:
Brando Skyhorse is a Visiting Writer at Wesleyan. His debut novel, 
The Madonnas of Echo Park, received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award
and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy
of Arts and Letters. He has been awarded fellowships at Ucross;
Can Serrat, Spain; and was the 2014-2015 Jenny McKean Moore
Writer-In-Washington at George Washington University.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Creative Writing Club
For Children in Grades 4-6
Mondays, October 16 through November 20
3:30-4:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
During this course students will be able to learn how to bring their
imagination to life in writing. Students will work with an established writer
 to come up with one piece that will be revised over the six-week period.
By November, students will have curated an independent piece of literature
straight from their own ideas and imagination! Students will learn techniques
in brainstorming, connecting ideas and creating images in their writing. 
This program is created and managed by Faith Morgan, a junior at
 Litchfield High School, achieving her Girl Scout Gold Award for beginning
 a creative writing course at Oliver Wolcott Library to make an impact
on her community. Mrs. Shaia will also be in the program to assist.
Natalie Bates is an author and playwright who has written several
children’s novels, ghosted a celebrity biography and written novels such
as Friend of the Family. Recently, Natalie has returned to the theatre
with a three act play, These Things Happen, focusing on her talents in
creating stories for the stage. Teaching workshops privately and for
 institutions such as the Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University,
she has assisted several aspiring authors to publish their own stories and novels. 

Please notify Intermediate School by October 2nd 
if your child will be getting off the bus at OWL.
This program is generously funded
by the Litchfield Education Foundation.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Thin Lines: A Vineyard Journey
with Author John Pryor Fulkerson
Tuesday, October 24 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
After an inspiring vacation in France’s Rhone Valley, a surgeon decides
to grow grapes in the harsh northwest Connecticut hills and create
 fine wines from them. In Thin Lines: A Vineyard Journey, John Pryor Fulkerson
details his experience of gathering friends and family to help with the harvest,
the crush, the fermentation, and the final preparation of fine wine.
Throughout this journey, he acquires much more than wine - he also
engages more closely with friends and family while cultivating a profound
 bond with nature. Fulkerson’s love of viticulture and wine making is
evident as he chronicles his challenges and victories in eloquent detail.
Sprinkled throughout the narrative are original poems that enrich
 the story and bring the reader deeper into the experience.

Whether you’re a casual wine drinker or are cultivating an interest
 in viticulture, you’ll find much to love in this story of one man’s
 journey through the grape-growing and winemaking process.
John Pryor Fulkerson’s love of words began when he was a young boy
 in New York. He grew up listening to his grandmother recite the works
of Kipling and Wordsworth. In college, he exchanged long, entertaining
 letters with his father, a physician, and also began writing
and studying poetry while pursuing pre-medical courses.

Inspired by his father and other physicians in his family, John went
to Yale Medical School and became an orthopedic surgeon.
Today he continues to write poetry and counts Rumi, Billy Collins,
Rudyard Kipling, Rainer Rilke, Lao Tzu, and William Wordsworth among
others as writers that influenced him. Lynn Fulkerson, shown here
with John, provided the cover art for the book. 
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing. 

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Light: Its Mysteries & Hidden Secrets
with Joe Dougherty
Wednesday, October 25 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
When you hear or read about astronomy, descriptions of stars or galaxies,
or the discovery of planets in a distant solar system, do you
ever wonder how scientists discovered all that information?
It is amazing to be reminded that man has never traveled further
than the moon and our farthest and most sophisticated spacecrafts
have only recently ventured into interstellar space. Yet, we know a
tremendous amount about galaxies millions of light years away.

This presentation will explore light….what it is and how scientists
have harnessed it to reveal much of what we know about our universe.
Specifically, we will learn about the chemical composition of stars,
how to determine the distance and temperatures of astronomical objects
 and how scientists are discovering new “exoplanets” daily.
Joe Dougherty is the President of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club.
He has specialized in the field of astro-imaging for nearly 10 years.
He has given numerous presentations on imaging to the public and
other amateur astronomers over the years. Recently, he has been
exploring the use of new tools, software and imaging cameras used in
the field of Spectroscopy of stars. He resides in Waterbury, CT
and holds an M.B.A. and B.S. in Mathematics.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Family Halloween Party
For Ages 3 - 8
Saturday, October 28 ~ 10:30-11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join Mrs. Shaia for a Family Halloween Party. Wear your costume,
listen to a spooky story, and have a craft-acular time! You’ll have a
chance to paint a Halloween pirate sun catcher, use tissue paper
to create a haunted mansion, and create a beaded Halloween bracelet.
 If you check out a book, you’ll be able to trick-or-treat at the circulation desk.
This program is generously sponsored by Civic Family Services. 

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Historical Fiction Book Group
Tuesday, October 31 ~ 2:00-3:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us as we explore and discuss historical fiction.
Books are available at the front desk.
I, Claudius
by Robert Graves

Historical Fiction Book Discussion Group
 Last Tuesday of each month from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by: Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org

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.

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Peter Tavino presents
Litchfield Drone Video Presentation
Wednesday, November 1 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
While ground level motion pictures have been around since the 1890s,
airplane images since 1909 and satellite pictures since 1959, stable drone
video between 20 feet and 400 feet in altitude is brand new, and only
about 4 years old. Join Certified FAA remote pilot Peter Tavino as he
 shows cinematography taken in Litchfield and nearby towns.
With each of the video clips presented, he will tell the short story
about recording it, and then answer questions about this technology.


Peter Tavino is a professional civil engineer and Litchfield resident.
He holds a Master of Science in Engineering Degree from Columbia University.
His career included land development and geothermal heating and cooling.
His latest enterprise is capturing aerial images with his quadcopter drone
 as a Federal Aviation Administration part 107 certified
small Unmanned Aircraft System Remote Pilot.

Peter has published a continuing education course Drones for Civil Engineers,
and works for Realtors to help sell properties. His video collection of Litchfield
and neighboring sites and activities will be shown and explained.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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In the Gallery
Jason Griska ~ Photographs
Reception: Thursday, November 2 ~ 5:00-7:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Exhibit: November 2 - December 29, 2017
In the summer of 1972 Jason rode a motorcycle from Connecticut to California,
with stops in most of the Western States. The beauty he experienced
on this trip ignited a lifelong passion for landscape photography,
mountain climbing, and exploring wild and remote places.

Jason has visited the American West countless times since that first trip.
He loves hiking the mountains, canyons and coastline searching for the
perfect ephemeral moment to take a photograph of the pristine landscape.
He is also fascinated by abandoned structures and other artifacts
which create a feeling of nostalgia and curiosity.

Jason’s photography skills are self-taught, starting with wet
darkroom techniques forty years ago and continuing
on with digital photography since 2002.

Now retired from a career as Chief Financial Officer
 for companies in New York, Philadelphia, and Nashville,
 Jason resides in Litchfield, Connecticut.

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Jumanji Party
For Ages 3 - 8
Saturday, November 4 ~ 10:30-11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Listen to the 1982 Caldecott Medal Recipient Jumanji read by Ms. Caitlin.
The story revolves around a brother and sister, Peter and Judy Shepherd,
who start playing a board game and are literally swept into the game itself!
They have to navigate through jungle animals, stampedes
monsoons and volcanos in this adventure story.

Complete crafts, play games and activities
including the ever popular Book vs. Movie game.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Poetry & Growing Old
with Jim Kelleher
Sunday, November 5 ~ 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
We all grow old (if we’re lucky) and that’s probably a good attitude to
keep –that we are lucky because we have grown old: lucky because
we have enjoyed a long life. And our fortune is not in our
bank accounts but in our memories and loved ones.

Jim believes poetry is alive. Poetry is in our music.
Most of the songs we love have poetic elements, “lyrics,” and they
entertain us as much as teach us. The lines stick in our heads:
 “By the light of the moon” or “Will you still need me/
will you still please me?/when I’m 64.”
As we grow older, 64 seems young to us now.

If poetry entertains us in songs, and preserves memories in the stories it tells,
 it still has one final purpose: it records the wisdom of people who became
 old before us, and the lessons they learned the hard way. For Poetry and
 Growing Old, we will read about ten poems and see what bells they ring in
our own experience. A few of the poets are famous but most are anonymous.
Just like us.

The stories poems tell, and the conclusions they reach,
can make us feel better. We can feel better about how we
got here, and we can feel better about keeping on.

Jim Kelleher has published three books of poetry: Quarry, Mick,
 A Celestial Drama, and Selected Poems. Individual poems have
been published in Yankee, The Christian Science Monitor, Fine Homebuilding,
The Country and Abroad, and more. Jim is a full-time Tech Ed teacher
at Torrington Middle School, and an adjunct at Northwestern CT Community College,
 where he teaches literature and composition.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 9 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it?
And how can we reckon with a racist history and free ourselves
 from its burden? Coates answers these questions in a letter to his
adolescent son about his awakening to his place in the world through
 a series of revelatory experiences. Toni Morrison herself endorsed
the book, saying, “I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void
that plagues me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates.”
Moderated by Kathy M

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
Second Thursday of each month from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
New members welcome!
Come to one or all meetings.
Books are available at the front desk.
Where: The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by: Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org

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.

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Fiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 9 ~ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Once and Future King
by T.H. White
The story starts in the last years of the rule of King Uther Pendragon.
The first part, The Sword in the Stone, chronicles Arthur's upbringing
by his foster father Sir Ector, his rivalry and friendship with his foster brother Kay,
and his initial training by Merlyn, a wizard who lives through time backwards.
Merlyn, knowing the boy's destiny, teaches Arthur (known as "Wart")
what it means to be a good king by turning him into various
kinds of animals: fish, hawk, ant, goose, and badger.
Moderated by Morgan

Fiction Book Discussion Group
The Fiction Book Group has been meeting since 2002.
New members welcome!
Come to one or all meetings.
Books are available at the front desk.
Second Thursday of each month from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by: Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org

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.

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The Process: Three Plays
Written & Performed by Nancy Palmento Schuler
Thursday, November 9 OR
Thursday, November 16
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The library welcomes back Nancy Palmento Schuler
 to perform her latest play, The Process.
Two shows are available to see this extraordinary performance.

The Process is a production of three short plays.
The first is titled “Henry and Marion, 62 years of Wedded Bliss, NOT!,”
which is a look at a marriage that has worn out its life. The second is
“The Dating Game,” a hilarious look at dating for seniors, and finally “The Process,”
a glimpse into the fading world of an octogenarian who is determined to
stay in her home even though she may be losing some filters.
Nancy’s husband, Ed will be playing the parts of Otto and Marcus.

Nancy was born and raised in Waterbury and has lived in Litchfield
for the past 20 years with her husband, Ed. The arts are not new to her,
 having studied at Paier Art College in Hamden and teaching art and painting
her entire life. Her trompe l’oeil talent won her a spot at the
New Britain Museum of American Art - Juried art show.

Last year at age 67, she transitioned to writing and acting.
Her story about Teresa, her Italian immigrant grandmother, was awarded
a place at the New York Public Library Equity Theater’s 2017 new playwrights.
She will be performing Teresa at the Italian American Museum in New York
 in November. She has also performed it at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
Osher Life Long Learning at the University of Connecticut, the
 New Britain Museum, Shakesperience Productions, the Mattatuck Museum
and many community centers and libraries. Her trilogy, Three Women,
 Three Roads, has also been performed at numerous theatres
 and libraries including the OWL last November.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
OR
or call 860-567-8030.

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Come Write In
with Patricia Moore and NaNoWriMo
Mondays, November 13 & 20
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Come Write In on November 13 and 20 and start writing with us!
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
 Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for
anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. NaNoWriMo is a fun,
seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. We want to help
you reach the NaNoWriMo goal of a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on
November 30 with two sessions that will help to spark your creativity,
 ignite your inner voice, and make you put words to paper/screen.

At these two sessions, all NaNoWriMo participants will meet in our
community room. We will provide the fuel (namely coffee, tea and something
sweet), camaraderie, and exercises to get your word count up
- including timed word sprints and character questionnaires.

The OWL and National Novel Writing Month believe in the
 transformational power of creativity. By being a
Come Write In space, we will provide the structure, community,
and encouragement to help people find their voices,
achieve creative goals, and build new worlds - on and off the page.

We hope to see you often this November
- after all, the world needs your novel!
To learn more about National Novel Writing Month and this
worldwide phenomenon, visit their website at NaNoWriMo.org.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Good Reads for Cold Nights
A Staff Book Talk
Wednesday, November 15 ~ 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
As every reader knows, any time you finish a great book,
you find yourself asking, “What do I read next?”
With so many choices on the new shelves and in our stacks,
 it can be difficult to find just the right book! Let us be
your personal guide by hearing about what we’ve been reading.

Eighteen books will be shared. For each book, we’ll give a brief story line
and then share our thoughts on why this book made it on our list.
A list of each book selected, along with who recommended it, will be
provided at the talk as well as available for download from our website
at its conclusion. From recently published books to favorites you might
have missed, you will hear about why we loved them a
nd why they are on our recommended reading list.

Join Librarians Audra MacLaren and Patricia Moore
and as they share their reading recommendations
for great cold night reads!

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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The Process: Three Plays
Written & Performed by Nancy Palmento Schuler
Thursday, November 16 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The library welcomes back Nancy Palmento Schuler
 to perform her latest play, The Process.
Two shows are available to see this extraordinary performance.

The Process is a production of three short plays.
The first is titled “Henry and Marion, 62 years of Wedded Bliss, NOT!,”
which is a look at a marriage that has worn out its life. The second is
“The Dating Game,” a hilarious look at dating for seniors, and finally “The Process,”
a glimpse into the fading world of an octogenarian who is determined to
stay in her home even though she may be losing some filters.
Nancy’s husband, Ed will be playing the parts of Otto and Marcus.

Nancy was born and raised in Waterbury and has lived in Litchfield
for the past 20 years with her husband, Ed. The arts are not new to her,
 having studied at Paier Art College in Hamden and teaching art and painting
her entire life. Her trompe l’oeil talent won her a spot at the
New Britain Museum of American Art - Juried art show.

Last year at age 67, she transitioned to writing and acting.
Her story about Teresa, her Italian immigrant grandmother, was awarded
a place at the New York Public Library Equity Theater’s 2017 new playwrights.
She will be performing Teresa at the Italian American Museum in New York
 in November. She has also performed it at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
Osher Life Long Learning at the University of Connecticut, the
 New Britain Museum, Shakesperience Productions, the Mattatuck Museum
and many community centers and libraries. Her trilogy, Three Women,
 Three Roads, has also been performed at numerous theatres
 and libraries including the OWL last November.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
OR
or call 860-567-8030.

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It’s a Jungle Craft-acular
For Ages 3 - 5
Friday, November 17 ~ 10:30 - 11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Listen to Mrs. Shaia share her favorite picture books
featuring lions and tigers and monkeys - oh my!
We’ll go on a Lion Hunt, sing Five Little Monkeys,
and learn the Lion’s Breathe.

Take home an array of craft activities including
a jungle animal mask, an ornament, and a picture frame
to showcase your very own little monkey.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Come Write In
with Patricia Moore and NaNoWriMo
Monday, November 20 ~ 12:30-2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Come Write In on November 13 and 20 and start writing with us!
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
 Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for
anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. NaNoWriMo is a fun,
seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. We want to help
you reach the NaNoWriMo goal of a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on
November 30 with two sessions that will help to spark your creativity,
 ignite your inner voice, and make you put words to paper/screen.

At these two sessions, all NaNoWriMo participants will meet in our
community room. We will provide the fuel (namely coffee, tea and something
sweet), camaraderie, and exercises to get your word count up
- including timed word sprints and character questionnaires.

The OWL and National Novel Writing Month believe in the
 transformational power of creativity. By being a
Come Write In space, we will provide the structure, community,
and encouragement to help people find their voices,
achieve creative goals, and build new worlds - on and off the page.

We hope to see you often this November
- after all, the world needs your novel!
To learn more about National Novel Writing Month and this
worldwide phenomenon, visit their website at NaNoWriMo.org.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Historical Fiction Book Group
Tuesday, November 21 ~ 2:00-3:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us as we explore and discuss historical fiction.
Books are available at the front desk.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare
   

Historical Fiction Book Discussion Group
 Last Tuesday of each month from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by: Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org

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.

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In the Gallery
Anita Garnett
“Secrets Objects Share” ~ Photographs
Oliver Wolcott Library
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Exhibit: September 7 - October 26, 2017
Anita Garnett’s mission as a photographer is to capture the beauty,
sensitivity and humanity of her subjects. The images are
unfettered by background and by isolating them, their form
and their singularity can be further observed.


The Lakeville Journal writes, “And the images certainly deserve a
closer look...the flowers are particularly stunning. In black and white,
they force the viewer to look beyond beautiful colors and into the depth
of the petals and the sinew of the stem...the ones in color require just
as much attention because of the stark nature in which they are photographed.”


Photo essays involving people intrigue her and a portion of her exhibit
will include photographic portraits of elders who share, in one sentence,
what they have learned after all these years. Anita hopes all who
view the exhibit will add their thoughts on what they’ve learned.

Anita participates in solo and group exhibitions in galleries.
Among her numerous awards are Grand Prize International Winner of the
 Faces of Elders Contest for Apogee Photo Magazine and
Kodak International Newspaper Awards Contest Finalist.

Today she is a freelance photographer for the Register Citizen
newspaper where she captures people enjoying parades,
 fairs and fun events throughout Litchfield County.
Her website is anitagarnett.com.

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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.

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 9 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it?
And how can we reckon with a racist history and free ourselves
 from its burden? Coates answers these questions in a letter to his
adolescent son about his awakening to his place in the world through
 a series of revelatory experiences. Toni Morrison herself endorsed
the book, saying, “I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void
that plagues me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates.”
Moderated by Kathy M

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
Second Thursday of each month from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
New members welcome!
Come to one or all meetings.
Books are available at the front desk.
Where: The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by: Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org

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.

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Fiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 9 ~ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Once and Future King
by T.H. White
The story starts in the last years of the rule of King Uther Pendragon.
The first part, The Sword in the Stone, chronicles Arthur's upbringing
by his foster father Sir Ector, his rivalry and friendship with his foster brother Kay,
and his initial training by Merlyn, a wizard who lives through time backwards.
Merlyn, knowing the boy's destiny, teaches Arthur (known as "Wart")
what it means to be a good king by turning him into various
kinds of animals: fish, hawk, ant, goose, and badger.
Moderated by Morgan

Fiction Book Discussion Group
The Fiction Book Group has been meeting since 2002.
New members welcome!
Come to one or all meetings.
Books are available at the front desk.
Second Thursday of each month from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by: Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org

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.

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Historical Fiction Book Group
Tuesday, October 31 ~ 2:00-3:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us as we explore and discuss historical fiction.
Books are available at the front desk.
I, Claudius
by Robert Graves

Historical Fiction Book Group
Tuesday, November 21 ~ 2:00-3:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us as we explore and discuss historical fiction.
Books are available at the front desk.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare
   

Historical Fiction Book Discussion Group
 Last Tuesday of each month from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by: Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org

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.

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Children & Teen Programs

Early Bird Café
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Sept. 19 - Nov. 16 ~ 10:30 a.m.
before Bouncing Babies & Storytimes
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us for the Early Bird Cafe which will be open before
every Bouncing Baby and Preschool Storytime session!
Drop in and meet us before the session to 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.

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Bouncing Babies
(Birth-24 months and their caregivers)
Tuesdays,  Sept. 19 - Nov. 14 ~ 11:00 a.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Enjoy concept and rhyming books, learn finger plays, and
meet other families in this interactive program with Mrs. Shaia.
Your child will form a bond with you, develop
 listening skills and begin vocabulary development.
Playtime will follow to foster your children's
imagination, development and social skills.
Drop in storytimes,
no registration required!

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Preschool Storytimes
2-5 year olds
Wednesdays & Thursdays
Sept. 20 - Nov. 16 ~ 11:00 a.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
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!

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Lego Club
(Grades K-3)
Fridays, September 29-November 17
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Due to school closings, Lego Club
will meet the following Fridays:
9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17
Calling all engineers and architects! Listen to a short story to inspire
 your creativity, and then build the Lego Challenge of the Week.
Team up with a friend, or build solo. Make sure to sign up with your
 email address so Mrs. Shaia can email a photo of your masterpiece!
Feel free to pack a snack to eat during story time. All supplies will be provided.

Note: Please leave your personal Legos at home.
if your child will be getting off the bus at OWL.
This program is generously funded
by the Litchfield Education Foundation.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Creative Writing Club
For Children in Grades 4-6
Mondays, October 16 through November 20
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
During this course students will be able to learn how to bring their
imagination to life in writing. Students will work with an established writer
 to come up with one piece that will be revised over the six-week period.
By November, students will have curated an independent piece of literature
straight from their own ideas and imagination! Students will learn techniques
in brainstorming, connecting ideas and creating images in their writing. 
This program is created and managed by Faith Morgan, a junior at
 Litchfield High School, achieving her Girl Scout Gold Award for beginning
 a creative writing course at Oliver Wolcott Library to make an impact
on her community. Mrs. Shaia will also be in the program to assist.
Natalie Bates is an author and playwright who has written several
children’s novels, ghosted a celebrity biography and written novels such
as Friend of the Family. Recently, Natalie has returned to the theatre
with a three act play, These Things Happen, focusing on her talents in
creating stories for the stage. Teaching workshops privately and for
 institutions such as the Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University,
she has assisted several aspiring authors to publish their own stories and novels. 

Please notify Intermediate School by October 2nd 
if your child will be getting off the bus at OWL.
This program is generously funded
by the Litchfield Education Foundation.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Family Halloween Party
For Ages 3 - 8
Saturday, October 28 ~ 10:30-11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join Mrs. Shaia for a Family Halloween Party. Wear your costume,
listen to a spooky story, and have a craft-acular time! You’ll have a
chance to paint a Halloween pirate sun catcher, use tissue paper
to create a haunted mansion, and create a beaded Halloween bracelet.
 If you check out a book, you’ll be able to trick-or-treat at the circulation desk.
This program is generously sponsored by Civic Family Services. 

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Jumanji Party
For Ages 3 - 8
Saturday, November 4 ~ 10:30-11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Listen to the 1982 Caldecott Medal Recipient Jumanji read by Ms. Caitlin.
The story revolves around a brother and sister, Peter and Judy Shepherd,
who start playing a board game and are literally swept into the game itself!
They have to navigate through jungle animals, stampedes
monsoons and volcanos in this adventure story.

Complete crafts, play games and activities
including the ever popular Book vs. Movie game.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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It’s a Jungle Craft-acular
For Ages 3 - 5
Friday, November 17 ~ 10:30 - 11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Listen to Mrs. Shaia share her favorite picture books
featuring lions and tigers and monkeys - oh my!
We’ll go on a Lion Hunt, sing Five Little Monkeys,
and learn the Lion’s Breathe.

Take home an array of craft activities including
a jungle animal mask, an ornament, and a picture frame
to showcase your very own little monkey.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Books for Bedtime
Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m.
on Cable 5 TV
Watch Mrs. Shaia & Mrs. Moore, (Center School Librarian) read stories to
get you snuggled in for the night! Airs Wednesday nights at 7:00 on Cable 5 TV.
Come to the Library to check out books featured on the show!

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Outreach Storytimes for Preschoolers
 Each month, Mrs. Shaia, Children’s Librarian, will be bringing her suitcase of
storytime themes to Litchfield Headstart, Room to Grow, School on the Green,
and the 3-year and 4-year old classes at Litchfield Center School.

Each program is unique, supports the preschool curriculum, and includes
new and classic picture books, flannel board stories, fingerplays,
 musical instruments, puppets and a themed craft. PLUS, Mrs. Shaia brings
books from OWL’s extensive collection for the schools to borrow each month!

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Preschool Storytimes
2-5 year olds
 
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.

 

 

 

 

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Special Summer Saturdays
Athletes of the Animal Kingdom
with Animal Embassy
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Children learned about a diversity of creatures with amazing athletic skills including frogs
 that unfurl their tongues to catch insects & giant prey, lizards that
mark their territory with vigorous push-ups, rabbits that escape predators
by sprinting, and birds that can fly formidable distances.

 
They discussed how some of these skills help each animal athlete to
survive in its habitat as well as why, like us, our animal friends
 need a nutrient-rich & healthy diet to support their activities.

Children also had a chance to touch a veiled chameleon, an Argentine black & white tegu,
gray tree frogs, a rabbit, a carpet python, a Eurasian eagle owl and a lovebird.

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Power & Energy with Sciencetellers
Saturday, August 6, 2016
The Scienceteller made things fly, spin, move and soar
 while telling a series of stories that energized the children.

Participants experienced the science of power and energy
through several exciting, hands-on experiments that had
the audience laughing, learning and having fun.

Children discovered what makes us move and what powers the world.

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Comic mime Robert Rivest
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Comic mime Robert Rivest entertains children and their families
 at the Oliver Wolcott Library on Saturday, July 9th highlighting
exciting characters and the joys of reading.  ~ BZ photos

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Preschool Construction Crew Party
Friday, May 20 , 2016
Mrs. Shaia read "Bulldozer's Big Day" a story filled with bulldozers, diggers and cranes.
Then children wore their construction hats and tried out the different learning centers.
 

 

 
~ BZ photos

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Meet Elsa ~ Preschool Special
Friday, January 22, 2016
Preschool children met Princess Elsa.
She then read an icy story and sang a refrain from "Let it Go."
 

 

   

 

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OWL's Connecticut
State Park Pass
Come to OWL and check out our Connecticut State Park pass to
 enjoy this state's many natural wonders! The library's pass admits one
 private passenger vehicle carrying fewer than 12 passengers free into
any Connecticut State Park. It's also valid for two adults and four children
 at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks.

Enjoy a hot summer day at one of Connecticut's beaches, or spend a day
with your family enjoying the natural and historical wonders of Connecticut.
 With sixty state parks to choose from regardless of your interests,
 Connecticut's parks and forests offer something for everyone.

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Telescope to Borrow!
The library has partnered with the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club
to purchase a telescope for patrons to borrow! When checking out the
 telescope, we will include a packet that contains: information on how to
use the telescope, a star map for the current month and other helpful information,
a planisphere, and three astronomy books. The Telescope may be borrowed
 for two weeks, and may be renewed if there are no patrons waiting for it.
Check out includes the entire package of telescope, books, information and planisphere.

About the Telescope
The Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope is designed for entry-level
and intermediate astronomy enthusiasts. It's compact size makes it easy to
transport and use. The substantial 4.5" aperture and fast f/4 focal ratio provides
bright, detailed views of solar system targets like the Moon and planets,
as well as wide-field celestial objects like nebulas and star clusters.
The stable tabletop base provides smooth altazimuth motion for easy manual
 tracking of celestial objects. Borrow the StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope
today and discover how much fun astronomy can be for the whole family.
You'll all have a blast!

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Ciao! Hallo! Halo!
Oliver Wolcott Library Introduces Mango
The Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield is pleased to
announce the newest online addition to their collection:
Mango! Mango is an online language-learning system that
makes speaking another language easy and fun.
Mango can be accessed by anyone at the Oliver Wolcott
Library or for Oliver Wolcott Library cardholders,
 remotely from your computer, iPhone, tablet of Kindle!

Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English
courses taught completely in the user's native language.
Each lesson combines real life situations and audio
 from native speakers with simple, clear instructions.
The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance
and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements
 of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the
opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™
and access to a variety of specialty mini courses,
 like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses.

To learn more about Mango, stop by the Oliver Wolcott Library located
on 160 South Street in Litchfield and ask a librarian for an introduction,
 or visit their website at www.owlibrary.org to get started remotely from home.

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Oliver Wolcott Library
Welcomes New Officers and Trustees
The Oliver Wolcott Library welcomes two new trustees and a new slate of officers elected at its annual meeting in September and subsequent board meeting. Trustees share many responsibilities and play a vital role in ensuring the Oliver Wolcott Library remains a vibrant cultural and educational center that enlightens, entertains and informs. The Board provides strategic vision, oversees its financial needs and responsibilities including fundraising, and advocates for the library.

The 2016- 2017 Board includes officers Emily Dalton re-elected for her second term as President, Susan Pasquariello as Vice President, Phillip Miller as Treasurer and Maura Malo re-elected for her second term as Secretary. Other trustees on the board include: Cara Blazier, Egils Bogdanovics M.D., Carole Gibney, Kyra Hartnett, Todd Johnson, and Daniel Kraut. Completing the twelve member board are two newly elected trustees: Colette Boyd and John Morosani.

Colette Boyd currently is serving her fourth consecutive year as Chair of OWL's Festival of Trees Silent Auction Committee. Colette earned her BA and MS degree from Northern Illinois University having majored in both Clinical Psychology and Education. She began her career as a Counselor with the Illinois Department of Corrections, Juvenile Division. Upon moving to Connecticut, she worked as a family counselor with Child and Family Services in Torrington, before accepting a job as a Special Education teacher at New Milford High School where she continued to work until her recent retirement. Colette served on the Board of Child and Family Services in Torrington as well as President of its Auxiliary. She founded and has helped coordinate the ecumenical "Living Nativity" pageant at Lourdes of Litchfield now in its 20th year. Colette, and her husband, John, raised their three sons in Litchfield with frequent trips to OWL during their many years of residence!

John Morosani grew up in Litchfield. After working for 30 years in the investment business in New York City, he and his wife Joanie moved to Litchfield full time in 2006. John received an AB from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. He is the co-founder of Laurel Ridge Farm where he raises grass fed beef and pastured pork. John is the Treasurer of the Seherr-Thoss Foundations, a member of the Executive Committee at the White Memorial Foundation and the White Memorial Conservation Center, and the Secretary of the Town of Litchfield Pension Commission. For several years John and Joanie have contributed to the Library's Festival of Trees, donating grass fed beef to the Live Auction and tours of Joanie's art studio to the Silent Auction.

OWL Board President Emily Dalton is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Jack Black, a premium line of men's grooming products. Jack Black is the #1 prestige men's brand in the U.S., and the fastest growing prestige men's grooming brand in the U.S. She earned her M.B.A. from the University of Texas.  Emily currently serves as the Festival of Trees Chair for the 2016 Festival. She also served as the Chair of the Festival of Trees from 2011- 2013 and 2015, and served as the Silent Auction Chair from 2009- 2010. In 2014, she served as the library's Annual Fund Drive Chair. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Susan B. Anthony Project. Emily lives in Litchfield with her husband and their two daughters.

OWL Vice President Susan Pasquariello is currently serving her second year as the library's Annual Fund Drive Chair. She has been involved in the library for decades. She last served on the Board in 2001-06 as Secretary and also served in the 1980's as Board president. At that time she was on the leadership and planning committee which undertook the addition of the community room and computer area to the library. When not on the Board, she remained active, volunteering for Festival of Trees, and serving three years on the Finance committee. Susan served two terms on the Seherr-Thoss Foundations as a Director and as secretary and was past Program chair and president of the Women's Forum. Susan attended college and graduate school in Virginia and Maryland. She resides in Litchfield with her husband.

OWL Treasurer Philip Miller recently retired from the investment business. During his career he oversaw institutional portfolios and mutual funds as a Managing Director at Smith Barney in New York. Most recently he was affiliated with Scholtz and Company where he managed high net-worth clients. He earned his BA at Wesleyan and served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela. He is a member of Trinity Milton Episcopal Church and has served on the boards of the Litchfield Historical Society, the Litchfield Country Club and the University Club. He is currently a member of the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust. Phil lives in Litchfield with his wife.

OWL Board Secretary Maura Malo is the Chief Risk Officer and Chief Internal Auditor for Connecticut Mutual Holding Company (CMHC). CMHC is a mutual holding company that owns Litchfield Bancorp, Northwest Community Bank, and Collinsville Savings Society. Maura earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Western New England College and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She currently serves as a Girl Scout leader and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Five Points Gallery in Torrington, past President and Board member of the Junior Women's Club of Litchfield Hills, and a recipient of the 2013 New Leaders in Banking award. Maura currently serves as the Chair of the Program Ad Committee for the Festival of Trees. She served as a member of the Program Ad Committee for the last three years. Maura lives in Litchfield with her husband and two daughters.

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New Beech Comes Home
to Oliver Wolcott Library
Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, the Oliver Wolcott Library planted a new
copper beech tree to replace the majestic 125-year old copper beech that died of natural
causes last year. The previous large tree, which was a major architectural structure on
the OWL property, was 127 years old, and would have been planted during the time when
the Great Blizzard of 1888 hit Litchfield. Due to the significance of the tree, the Library
appointed a special committee to explore the best way to honor the special tree, and
decide on its future replacement. The Beech Tree Committee was comprised of both library
trustees and community members and included: Susan Spencer (Chair), Stuart Chapman,
Jim Huffstetler, Drew Harlow, Jane Hinkel, John LaGattuta, Marla Patterson, and Ann Marie White
 (Library Director).  In deciding its replacement, the Beech Tree Committee explored
many options but ultimately decided that another copper beech would be the best choice.
Appropriately for OWL, beech trees have a past that is associated with books and writing.  
Historical garden sources, including oxforddictionaries.com and gardenguide.com claim
that writing on beech wood originated with Iron Age Germanic tribes, who reportedly would
often inscribe magical runes upon beech wood tablets. This practice transitioned into broader
writing upon beech wood tablets and from this, the first books can be traced.  A long-standing
and still widely accepted etymology assumes that the Germanic base of book is related
ultimately to the name of the beech tree.

To preserve the legacy of the more than century old tree, three local artists were contacted
to prepare special items for the library made from the tree: John LaGattuta, Richard Heys and Jim Nash.  
Artist Richard Heys created unique and specially-crafted bowls that were auctioned at this
past year's Festival of Trees, the Oliver Wolcott Library's annual fund-raising event held every November.
The new copper beech was planted this week by Arbor Services of Washington who had
worked closely with the library and the donor in selecting the individual specimen.
"Bill and Joslyn Pollock who own Arbor Services were extraordinarily picky about finding
just the right tree for us. They recognized our need for a signature tree to honor our old beech
and to celebrate the future." said Ann Marie White, Library Director.

Copper beech trees often reach heights of 70 to 80 feet, and live for 150 to 250 years.  
Small quantities of seeds may be produced around 10 years of age, but a heavy,
steady crop won't be produced until the tree reaches about 30 years of age.

"We are truly delighted to have another copper beech blessing the lawn of the Library
to welcome visitors and celebrate the beauty and inspiration of nature. We encourage
everyone to stop by the Library and say hello to our new tree!" said White.

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OWL Frozen Preschool Party
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
photos courtesy of Lee Parker
 

 

 

 

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Mark Twain House Museum Pass
Looking for a fun day trip?  
OWL has passes to the Mark Twain House & Museum!
This National Historic Landmark in Hartford,
was the home of America's greatest author,
Samuel Clemens and his family from 1874 to 1891.  

It is also where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works,
including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,
and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Tour this 25-room stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture that
 features a dramatic grand hall, glass conservatory, library, billiard room and more!
Our pass is for one complimentary adult admission with the purchase of one adult admission
OR two complimentary child admissions with the purchase of one adult admission.
Click here to see what other great passes we have!

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Landmark copper beech outside library is taken down
Litchfield.bz (05-29-14)
 
BZ photos

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The Oliver Wolcott Library
Plans a Farewell to its Majestic Friend
"Our beautiful copper beech tree has been a symbol of the library for decades.
We are sad to see it go" said Library Director Ann Marie White.
The Beech Tree is slated to be removed in late May or early June.
Since the Oliver Wolcott Library moved to its current location in July of 1967, the beautiful
Copper Beech Tree by the main entrance has welcomed visitors. With its wide branches,
stunning copper leaves, and enormous trunk, it has delighted and enchanted library patrons
for decades. Because of its probable age, the tree has likely been witness to many of
Litchfield's important historical moments. The Library will be holding a contest for children
to guess the age of the tree, so for this story, we don't want to reveal the possible age.
What we do know is that it is very old and very large.

"Dead trees have many uses and can be stunning in their own right. However, being a public
building with about 250 visitors a day, we cannot accept the threat that a dead tree could
pose to our patrons. As a result, after much careful deliberation and thought, the Library's
Beech Tree Committee concluded that the tree should be removed" said White.

The tree had been declining for more than ten years. The Library did everything it could to keep
 it strong including using a skilled arborist to assist with best practice for the care and nurturing
of big trees. But, ultimately, like all things in life, the tree finally reached the end of its life.
"Once it really started to go, it went quickly" observed Library Board President John Boyd.  
By the summer of 2013, the tree did not have one leaf and was proclaimed totally dead.

The Library formed a Beech Tree Committee appointed by the Board President. "I wanted to
make the committee inclusive so that we had a number of voices as well as expertise.
We know how much the tree means to us and to the whole community. " said Boyd.

The Committee includes local artisan and owner of Northwest Corner Woodworks John LaGattuta;
Litchfield Garden Club past President and Litchfield Land Trust board member Drew Harlow;
Litchfield Garden Club member Jane Hinkel; Litchfield Garden Club member Marla Patterson;
Vice President of Chapman Lumber and library trustee Stuart Chapman; Founder of Zero Odor
and library trustee Jim Huffstetler; White Memorial trustee and library trustee
Susan Spencer; and Library Director Ann Marie White.

After careful review and deliberation, the Committee decided that they would work with three local
artisans who will craft specially-made items from the beech tree that the library can own and
proudly display as a way to honor and memorialize the tree. Local artisans Richard Heys and
John LaGattuta plan to craft a bowl or other small treasure, and local miller John Nash of Hartland
is planning to craft a table. This is all dependent on the tree being sound upon removal
and after about a year or so of the wood curing.

Additional plans include saving a couple of slabs of the tree, if sound,
to use as an educational tool that will highlight significant historical
events matched to the tree rings of that same year.

The Committee also plans to replant. "We want to see the renewal of life and we plan on
planting another tree near where our magnificent beech tree stood" said White.
The Committee is still reviewing options and ideas for what type of tree but intends to
make it a native one.  Planting of the new tree is set for either the fall of 2014 or spring of 2015,
depending on the tree selected and availability.

As Henry David Thoreau remarked, "I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest
snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree, or yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among
the pines". While the Oliver Wolcott Library is saddened to see its friend, the magnificent
Copper Beech go, we look forward to memorializing it with local artisans, using the opportunity
to educate young on how to know trees, and planting a new tree that will
encourage people to come to the library to welcome the new tree.

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OWL Children’s Librarian Publishes Book
Oliver Wolcott Library’s Children’s Librarian, Lisa M. Shaia, has just published a book
called After-School Clubs for Kids: Thematic Programming to Encourage Reading released
 by the American Library Association. The book provides 144 programs proven to be
successful and specifically designed for the Kindergarten to sixth grade audience.
When Shaia became a children’s librarian she had a hard time finding professional development
about working with school age children. “Most of the resources available focus on the preschool age,”
 she said. After building successful after school programs at two different
 libraries for diverse sets of patrons, she decided to try to share her ideas with the world.
She went through the editorial process and pitched her idea for the book in a proposal
 letter to the American Library Association. Three years later, the book was released.
After-School Clubs for Kids focuses on literacy and books, and encourages independent
and recreational reading. It offers a year of ready-to-implement programs and is divided
into three grade levels: K-2, 3-4, 5-6. The book includes programming on themes such
as science, math, fairy tales, superheroes, mysteries, and more, all of which can be
adapted for either a half-hour or forty-five minute time slot. Each theme includes
read-aloud excerpts, publicity ideas, crafts, activities, music and competitions.

Shaia stated some reasons why after-school programs are so important, “Research has
shown that quality after-school programming helps children become more engaged in school,
reduces their likelihood of taking part in at-risk behaviors or acting out in school, and
helps raise their academic performance. Programming at the library not only builds community,
it also gives children a place where they feel safe and supported, which
fosters student growth socially, emotionally, and academically.”

Since Shaia became the Children’s Librarian at Oliver Wolcott Library in 2008, children’s
programming has flourished with a more than 200% increase in attendance and a
dazzling increase in the number and diversity of programs.

“Lisa is a truly gifted children’s librarian and we are so fortune to have her as part of our team.
The programs she lists in her book have proven to be successful. Lisa possesses a true
gift of being able to connect with kids, to make learning exciting and fun, and to
reach both boys and girls,” said Oliver Wolcott Library Director Ann Marie White.

“Best of all” adds White, “the children who come to the library after-school come
voluntarily. It brings me great joy to see these children having such good time learning!
We are thrilled to have Lisa offering these programs here at OWL, and that through
her book other librarians and educators can learn how to
implement similar programs in their communities.”

In addition to after-school programs, Shaia also provides weekly story hour
programs for preschoolers and their caregivers, outreach programs, summer teen
series, and an array of summer programming events. She also tapes the weekly
Books to Bedtime program with Joanne Moore, school media specialist
at the Litchfield Center School, that airs on Cable 5 on Wednesday nights.

Lisa Shaia will be hosting a free workshop at the Oliver Wolcott Library for librarians,
educators, and homeschoolers at the Oliver Wolcott Library named Get After-Schooled:
After-School Programs that Work for Kindergarten through Grade Six
on Monday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Copies of her book will be available
for purchase at the event. To register email Lisa at lshaia@owlibrary.org.
Copies of the book may also be purchased online at Amazon
or directly from the American Library Association.

OWL Enjoys Additional Energy Savings
Funded by Seherr-Thoss Foundation
Through a grant secured from the Seherr-Thoss Foundation, the Oliver
Wolcott Library implemented additional electrical energy savings measures.

Since 2005, the Oliver Wolcott Library has reduced its electrical usage by 22%
while increasing the hours it was open by 8% (by adding additional weekend hours).
The OWL has been a leader in the area for finding ways to reduce its energy footprint and reduce its
energy costs. Through the CL&P Small Business Advantage Program, the library received an energy
audit that revealed additional areas of electrical energy savings. With the help of the
Seherr-Thoss Foundation, the Library was able to fund the project and installed new LED lighting
in several areas of the library including the Community Room, book stacks, and bathrooms.

The energy audit revealed that the direct cost benefit of implementing the electrical
energy initiative would be an estimated annual electrical usage savings of 13,617 KWH.
Additional savings will come in reduced maintenance costs
because the bulbs last an average of 15 years.

“We are so thankful to the Seherr-Thoss Foundation for funding this program,
and continue to look for ways to reduce our footprint while enhancing our service
to the community” said Ann Marie White, Library Director at Oliver Wolcott Library.

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Preschool Valentine's Day Tea Party
Friday, February 21 ~ rescheduled from Feb. 14
photos by Lee Parker
 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Songs of the Season" @ OWL
Wednesday, December 18th ~ photo by Tricia Messenger

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Litchfield.bz (12-01-13)

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Attention Book Clubs!
Oliver Wolcott Library offers
great services to area book clubs
Book clubs continue to be popular and the Oliver Wolcott Library offers great services to area book clubs
 including assistance in securing selected titles and discussion guides that get conversation rolling.  
"We're fortunate that in our area so many people enjoy coming together for regular book club meetings,"
said Cameron Bove, Book Club Liaison at the Oliver Wolcott Library.  "We love to see people reading and
discussing books so we wanted to do everything we could to encourage
and support these groups," said Ann Marie White, Library Director.

The Oliver Wolcott Library provides book clubs a quick and easy way to distribute selected titles.
To get started, the book club needs to designate their "point person" and provide the library with their
selected title and author at least four weeks before the books are needed. The Library requests multiple
copies of the book, including any special formats like large print or audio versions, from other libraries.  
The books are delivered right to the Oliver Wolcott Library for easy check-out and return by book club members.  
Every member checks out the book on their own card.  "Through our shared network of libraries, we are
able to satisfy virtually every book club selection.  It's best if the selected titles have been in
print for at least six months as some libraries won't lend brand-new books" reported Bove.

Another new and popular feature is the library's book discussion guides. The guides were created by Patricia Moore,
a part-time librarian at OWL who is temporarily on maternity leave. "The guides were a way to add even more
value and assistance to book clubs" said White, noting that Moore created more than a dozen guides before
going on leave and will be adding more in early 2014. Each guide includes a description of the book, information
about the author, discussion questions, and recommended reading. The recommended reading section is
particularly helpful for readers who loved the book and need help on what to read next. The questions help
club members get conversation and discussion going at a meeting. "Best of all our new guides can be used by
both book clubs and non-club members. The guides are a wonderful way to enhance your reading whether
you plan on holding on a club meeting or not" said Bove. Current book discussion guides
include Wild by Cheryl Strayed, The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin,
The Language of Flowers by Vanesse Diffenbaugh,
The Round House by Louise Erdrich, and several more.  

Bove reports that she services more than ten book clubs on a regular basis but always welcomes more.
"We know there are more book clubs out there and we would love to provide this service to them,"
said Bove adding, "if patrons ever need help selecting a title for their club,
the dedicated OWL staff is always happy to offer suggestions too!"

To register your book club or to download a discussion guide,
visit the library's website at www.owlibrary.org
then select Book Clubs/Book Guides & Services
or contact OWL's Book Club Liaison Cameron Bove at 860-567-8030.  
The Oliver Wolcott Library is located on 160 South Street in Litchfield
and is open seven days a week including three nights and online 24/7.

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The Oliver Wolcott Library Announces New
Signature Library Cards for all Ages
The Oliver Wolcott Library's new signature library cards give you access to the endless
world of books and online resources but now with a shiny new look.  
Residents and taxpayers to the towns of Litchfield, Bantam, Milton, and Northfield
are invited to update their old cards or get their very first library card at the OWL circulation desk.  
Patrons of all ages have the freedom to choose from OWL's two new designs; one is an elegant
contemporary card featuring the library's architecture and the other is a fun card featuring
an adorable owl reading a book.  Activation of OWL's new signature library cards is free, immediate,
and includes a four year expiration date.  Current cardholders can continue to check out
materials in library and online without interruption.
"One of our core values is to creatively communicate and remain relevant.  
Another is to manage our funds efficiently.  
Our new cards cost the same but we replaced the plain white card with
the fresh new look," said Ann Marie White, Library Director.  

"The kids are especially excited about the new card," said Children's Librarian Lisa Shaia.  
"So many children have wanted library cards!  On my first visit to the Litchfield Center School in
June to promote our Summer Reading Program, all of the children wanted cards when they saw designs."  
Great news is both children and adults love OWL's fresh new signature library cards.

To get your new Oliver Wolcott Library card, stop by the circulation desk during
regular hours of operation at 160 South Street in Litchfield.  
OWL is open 7 days a week including three nights until 9 PM.  
For more information, visit www.owlibrary.org or call 860-567-8030.

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The Perfect Hostess Gift:
"Add a Book" to the Oliver Wolcott Library
A book is a gift you can open again and again.  
With summer in full swing, the Oliver Wolcott Library's "Add a Book"
is a perfect hostess gift for every occasion.  

Fully tax deductible donations begin at $25 and include a
beautiful gift card to honor your friends and relatives.  
All "Add a Book" donations support the Library's book budget.
Books are carefully selected by staff to add to the collection.

"Our community is reading and using the Oliver Wolcott Library more than ever.  
"Add a Book" is a wonderful way to give back to OWL while also giving to your family and friends.  
It truly is a gift that can be opened again and again." ~ Ann Marie White, Library Director

Last year, total circulation increased by 4% with 145,155 items being borrowed
and visits increased by 3% with an average of about 250 people visiting each day.
To purchase, stop in the Oliver Wolcott Library located on 160 South Street in Litchfield,
or order online at www.owlibrary.org then select Support OWL/Add a Book.

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They're reading in Litchfield!
The Oliver Wolcott Library reports another banner-year in book circulation for adults and children.
Anyone who thinks that children and adults don't like to read physical books has not visited
the Oliver Wolcott Library lately. This past year, the Oliver Wolcott Library circulated more
than 145,000 items of which 87,640 were physical books or magazines. Total print circulation
for all ages increased by 5% this past year and by 15% over the last three years.

It isn't only the adults that have increased their demand for the physical book.
Adult print book circulation increased by 4.5% from the prior year
while children's print book circulation increased by 7%.

"Nothing beats a physical book. The focused tactile experience of a printed book in
your hand brings educational immersion to its peak. As librarians, our job is to keep the
community reading and excited about books. I am thrilled to see that our team effort to
 provide a welcoming environment, varied and interesting collection, and exciting
literacy-based programs continues to pay off," said Library Director Ann Marie White.

White attributes the increase to a number of factors including their
innovative programs, current and attractive collection, and the
continued appeal of the traditional art form of the printed book.

"Our programs are designed to spark an interest in reading and education," said White.
Recent programs at the library include their monthly author series that has attracted
noted authors like Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner, Former Style Editor and
Producer of Martha Stewart Television Suzanne McGrath, NYT wine critic Eric Asimov,
and many more; after-school book clubs for grade school children that include Children's
Librarian Lisa Shaia's reading-aloud book program, and services provided to area book clubs.

"Everyone likes to be read to and sadly, many parents stop reading to their children just as
they begin to enter independent reading. This is unfortunate because listening to a book
 increases focus, expands vocabulary, and makes reading a communal activity. Family read-alouds
were once a common occurrence in households. We have taken on that tradition by offering
our after-school book clubs during the winter months that combine the read-aloud
element, discussion with the group, and independent reading," said Shaia.

Another way that the Oliver Wolcott Library encourages reading in the community is through
their service to area book clubs. "Our community is alive with book clubs. We wanted to
cultivate and support these endeavors by offering service to any and all of them. All they
have to do is provide us with the title of their selection and designate a contact person
and we secure multiple copies of the selected title for them. Each member checks out
their own book and that visit to the library often leads members to discover their next
book project," said Book Club Liaison Cameron Bove.

Having a top-notch collection is another key to success. "Our whole team, including the
Board of Trustees, understands the value of investing in our collection, ensuring
that it is current, and promoting it to the community," said White.  The library employs
a number of techniques to promote the collection including Wowbrary, a weekly
computer-generated service that highlights new selections; the staff blog, and having
prominent and attractive places in the library to feature new books.  
The library's knowledgeable staff is also ready to help patrons find that next great book to read.
"In fact, we love doing that!" said Audra MacLaren, Adult Services Librarian.

"Physical books continue to have great appeal. After staring at a screen all day at work or school,
many seek refuge in a real book. Additionally, many have reported that they sleep better after
reading a physical book in contrast to the computer screen that often disrupts their ability to relax.
There is something magical and everlasting about the physical book. You can touch it.
You can look ahead to see how many pages before the chapter ends. It focuses you and
absorbs you completely in the narrative dream," said White. Oliver Wolcott Library's
circulation numbers are a testimony to the continued popularity of print books.  
"They're reading in Litchfield and we're all very happy about that!"

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CONNECTICUT HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM PASS
OWL now has a pass to the Connecticut Historial Society in Hartford.
Founded in 1825, this museum, library, research & educational center houses
an extensive & comprehensive Connecticut-related collection of manuscripts,
printed material, artifacts & images that document social, cultural, & family history.

Current exhibits include:
Cooking by the Book - explores the history of food in CT
using a diverse collection of cookbooks.
Cats & Dogs in Art & Life - portrait & landscape paintings, drawings,
needlework, sculptures & more illustrate the practical &
emotional bonds between dogs, cats & people.
And many ongoing exhibits!

For additional information, visit their website at chs.org.
OWL's pass admits two adults & up to four children
to the galleries & circulates for three days.

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BZ Photo Gallery

Pre-school Halloween Tea Party
Thursday, October 31, 2013

 

   

   

 

 

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Summer Reading Kickoff
featuring Eric Girardi of Bending Gravity
Saturday, June 22, 2013
An artist of over 20 skills including being a world-ranked yo-yo player,
 a juggler of knives, a fire-eater, a stilt-walker and much more.  
Eric promises a unique show every time!

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Lego Challenge
Friday, December 14, 2012
For children in Grades K-6
This program is generously funded by the

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Family Day @ OWL
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Tiul sisters making gingerbread cookies

Helpers: (L-R) Ana Tiul, Kalena LaPenta and Margaret Hill

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Information about the Library
Originally founded in 1862, The Oliver Wolcott Library celebrated its 150th birthday in 2012.
OWL is the principal public library for the Town of Litchfield as well as serving
surrounding communities. OWL has seen tremendous growth over the past 5 years,
with library membership recently reaching 6,505 - 75% of the Town of Litchfield’s population.

In the last three years, OWL has witnessed a surge in usage with a 19% increase in the
circulation of our materials, a 10% increase in patron visits, a 53% increase in
program attendance, and a 65% increase in website visits over the last three years.

OWL has become a critical life line - especially during challenging economic times
 - to so many in our community, giving access to vital education,
cultural enrichment and stimulating programs for all ages.

OWL averages about 250 people visiting each day, and is open seven
days per week including three evenings. The Library is dedicated to providing
excellence in library services to the community.