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
Publicity ~ Jordan McCorison: jmccorison@owlibrary.org

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The Oliver Wolcott Library is now accepting submissions
to show in the library's Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery.
Submissions are due by June 30 and must include an artist bio, statement,
and color copy or postcard representing the kind of work to be shown.
All work must be original, by the submitting artist and for sale.
Acceptance to exhibit is a competitive process
and a juried selection by the OWL Cultural Committee.

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OWL Reads
Second Annual Adult Summer Reading Program
June 20 - August 15
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join in the fun this summer as we challenge you to OWL Reads!
Our second annual Adult Summer Reading Program. Expand your
reading horizons and discover new books with nine reading categories.
We’ve designed this for success. Browse on your own or let us help you
choose books to meet each challenge! All summer, we will have fun displays,
staff book talks, events and recommended reading lists.

How to participate? Beginning June 20th come to OWL to sign up
and pick up your challenge card. Each challenge card has nine reading categories:
 memoir, a book about nature, a book with an ugly cover, a book about a crime,
a book that involves a bookstore or library, and a novel based on a real person.
There are also two reader’s choice categories and a “free”
space—we told you this was designed for success!

Anyone who completes at least one category will be entered to win our
 book-lover’s prize basket! With each additional category you complete
you earn more chances to win the prize basket. Turn in your challenge
 card by August 15th. If you complete six or more challenge categories,
you will be invited to an Exclusive After-Hours Celebration Gathering
at OWL on Monday, August 20th. We have lots of fun planned
this summer so come on in and join OWL Reads!

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OWL Reads Kickoff
Pizza & Picks
Wednesday, June 20 ~ 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join librarians Patricia Moore and Jordan McCorison for recommended
reads to complete your summer reading challenges- memoir, true crime,
historical fiction, books about nature- we will cover all nine reading categories
on this summer's reading challenge card. Multiple copes of the recommended
books will be available for check out. We will send you home ready to
succeed -armed with books and a list of titles to complete your
challenge card. And, of course, pizza will be served.

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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 Andrew Geller: Deconstructed
with Author Jake Gorst
Thursday, June 21 ~ 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Over the course of a career that lasted more than fifty years,
Andrew Geller - architect, artist, and designer - quietly produced a
large and culturally significant body of work, leaving an invaluable mark
 in his field. Geller’s impact was first felt in the heady post-World War II years
he spent at the Raymond Loewy design firm, where one highlight amongst
many was his improvisational and free-handed influence on the Lord & Taylor brand.
He is undoubtedly most well-known, though, for his architecture, and his
stunning modernist beach houses in particular, houses that still grace our
shores and which, not unlike Andrew Geller himself, were innovative,
unconventional, and saturated with a delight for beauty and form.
In Andrew Geller: Deconstructed, Jake Gorst celebrates the life and work
 of his grandfather, bringing together two-decades worth of interviews,
both formal and informal, as well as many artifacts and treasures
culled from Geller’s vast personal collection of drawings and photographs.
Included within are stories and images not only of his now famous beach
 houses, but also of the many lesser-known buildings and early artworks,
making this the definitive volume on this architectural icon.

Jake Gorst is an Emmy awarding winning filmmaker and writer.
His recent documentaries include Frey: The Architectural Envoy (2018),
The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, Architect (2014),
and Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island (2012).
 He is the author of the book Andrew Geller: Deconstructed and a contributing
 writer to The Architect’s Newspaper and Modern magazine.
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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Summer Reading Kickoff
with Juggler Jason Pipitone
For All Ages
Saturday, June 23 ~ 10:30- 11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Jason Pipitone’s Juggling Extravaganza is non stop action! Juggling,
physical comedy, balancing tricks and more - you don’t want to miss
this exciting event to kick off our Summer Reading Program Series!
Jason has been an entertainer since he was a young kid growing up
 in Las Vegas. As a teen he moved to Connecticut and continued to
evolve his skills to include stilt walking, unicycle riding, break dancing
and comedy. After school he began traveling the country as a street
performer working crowd participation and high energy physical
 routines into his act. Come celebrate summer with the family
 as Jason puts on a truly unique performance!

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's Summer Reading Program!
June 23 - August 15
Oliver Wolcott Library
 From June 23 through August 15, we invite you to participate in our
Summer Reading Program that will include weekly book clubs that help
you get your school assignments completed while having fun.
 Join our Fairy Tale Lunch Bunch for grades K-4,
Page Turner’s Club for grades 4-6, and
Teen Pizza & Pages Book Club for grades 7-10!

All who participate in the Fairy Tale Lunch Bunch will be able to
attend a live performance of The Little Mermaid at the Warner Theater
and all Page Turner Club participants will be able to experience a day
at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. Plus join us for our
Saturday Family Events that include a Wild West Special with Sciencetellers,
Animal Show’s Exotic Pet Rescues, and Pete & Chris Amusements!

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Monday Scholars
The Science of Well-Being
Mondays, June 25 - July 30
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Monday Scholars is a weekly series that combines the best of online
 learning with classroom discussion. Each week a new lecture topic is
watched and discussed. All you need to do is come ready to engage your mind
and participate in the discussion. Join Patricia Moore as she facilitates this course.

About the Course:
The video lectures of “The Science of Well-Being” will be taught by
Professor Laurie Santos. This year, when this course was offered
for the first time at Yale nearly a quarter of Yale’s undergrads enrolled -
some 1,200 students, a record for Yale University.


 In it, she overviews what psychological science says about happiness.
The first half of the course reveals misconceptions we have about happiness
 and the annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do.
The second half of the course focuses on activities that have been
proven to increase happiness along with strategies to build better habits.
 During this course, you’ll have a chance to watch a set of short lectures
exploring what the science of psychology says about living a better life.
But you won’t just be learning a bunch of scientific insights - we want you
to put the scientific insights into practice in your own life. We want you to use
what the science says to rewire your own habits and positive practices.

About the Professor:
Laurie Santos is a tenured, Associate Professor of Psychology at
Yale University. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Her research explores an age-old question: what makes the
human mind unique? She has published extensively on the topic.

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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Fairy Tale Lunch Bunch Club
For Children Entering Grades K-4
Thursdays, June 28 - August 2
 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Mrs. Shaia will read a fractured fairy tale aloud while you eat your lunch.
Then, we will watch a clip of Shelly Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre featuring
 the traditional story. We will focus on a different fairy tale each week,
 concluding with “The Little Mermaid” to prepare for the field trip at the
Warner Theater on August 5. Make sure to pay attention because
we will be playing the ever-popular Book vs. Movie Game afterward.
Grownups who stay for the fun will catch glimpses of actors such as
Jeff Bridges, Helen Mirren, Christopher Reeve and
 Jean Stapleton in the live-action productions.

A pizza lunch will be provided each week.
Keep track of the books read aloud for the “Read to Me” portion
 of your Litchfield Center School summer reading requirement!

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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Artist Reception
Jennifer Sabella “Order & Chaos” Mixed Media
Reception: Thursday, July 5 ~ 5:00-7:00 pm
 Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
On Exhibit: July 5 through August 27

Jennifer paints with vibrant hues in multiple layers, capturing her
exuberance and fascination with color and texture. She has developed
her own style through many years of experimentation, adventurously
exploring a wide range of materials: wood, wire, canvas and
aluminum, which lent to the influence of surface
material in her Gravity Wave series of paintings. 
 
In this entirely new body of work, Jennifer tackles “Order & Chaos.”
A dichotomy present throughout her work, she defines animated brush
strokes into geometric hand-cut wooden pieces, and funnels free-flowing
streams of paint into orderly lines atop canvases. This juxtaposition
 is not only highlighted in the varying techniques that she employs in
an individual piece, but also comparatively from one work to another.
Her work highlights both the organization and disorganization of the color
palette, presenting a more literal interpretation of “Order” and “Chaos.”
 
Many of these works reside at the new home of BluePrint CT in Bantam.
The artist’s work is also featured in private collections around the world,
including the boutique hotel Fort Point Marriott Residence Inn, Boston. 
 
In addition to producing work for her collection, Jennifer has also recently
started HUE Studio: an open studio concept intended to allow for
greater inclusivity and to promote experimentation in the world of
abstract art. Lessons are given in her bright home studio, where she
teaches the very palette knife and drip painting techniques she uses
 in her own work. The beauty of HUE Studio is that no two works are
 exactly the same. The end result is completely determined
 by the artist’s imagination and color choices. 

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History through the Lens of Fiction
A Discussion of Two Novels
With Mark Scarbrough
Sundays, July 8 & August 12 ~ 1:00-2:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us as Mark leads us through a discussion of two novels that
depict real historical events, but through the lens of fiction.
On July 8 we will discuss Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander is a
hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse
of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm
and filled with existential musings and mordant wit.

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic
whose focus was Chaucer and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York
to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together,
they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared
on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View.
His website is bruceandmark.com.

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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Speed Date with a Book
An OWL Reads Discussion
Thursday, July 12 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Speed Date with a Book is a fun way for us to share with
each other our favorite reads and to hear about new ones.
 Bring in the book that was the most fun, affecting, or memorable read
of your summer (so far).  We will pair participants to chat about the
 books they chose for one-minute each and then…SWITCH!
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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Murder in the Stacks
An Interactive Puzzle Adventure
Thursday, July 19 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
This is not your usual “murder mystery” event - there will be no
character acting or using silly accents. You are an investigator looking
for the who, the where, and the how of a murder. A unique treat has
 been created for you - questions that will test your literary skill and knowledge!  
Each answer leads you to the next clue and gives you part of the puzzle
to help solve the crime.  Every team that correctly answers all of the
questions and completes the adventure will receive a mystery prize.
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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A Life of Sorrow:
The Life & Times of Carter Stanley
Performed by Gary Reid
Tuesday, July 31 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
For the uninitiated, Carter Stanley was an expressive singer
and songwriter.  As the front man for the legendary Stanley Brothers duo,
 he spent the best 20 years of his life pounding the pavement to take
his gift to anyone who would listen.  By 1966, he was tired.  
But...he had a story to tell! Join Gary Reid as he uses a mix of storytelling
and music to bring to life the saga of a Mountain Music Treasure.
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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Children’s Storytimes
Drop in storytimes,
no registration required!

Early Bird Café
June 26 - August 9 ~ 10:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
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.

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Bouncing Babies
(For babies birth - 24 months)
Tuesdays,  June 26 - August 7 ~ 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.

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Preschool Storytime
(For Ages 2-5)
Thursdays, June 28 - August 9 ~ 11:00 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Experience new and classic picture books, learn movement activities,
and build pre-literacy skills such as phonological awareness
and comprehension. Mrs. Shaia will read stories that encourage
participation and comment. Playtime at one of our new play centers
will follow to stimulate your child’s imagination and creativity!

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Children’s Programs

Page Turner’s Club
(For Children Entering Grades 4-6)
Wednesdays: June 27 - August 8 ~ 1:00-2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer!
Receive a complimentary copy of The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich.
In this story we follow Omakayas and her adopted family through
 a cycle of four seasons in 1847. Each week Mrs. Shaia will lead
discussions, read passages aloud, and create Native
American crafts. A pizza lunch will be provided each week.
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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Teen Pizza & Pages Book Club
(For Teens Entering Grades 7-10)
Wednesdays: June 27 - August 8 ~ 5:30-6:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer!
Receive two complimentary paperbacks: The Sign of the Beaver
 by Elizabeth George Speare and The Edge of Nowhere by John Smelcer.
We will compare and contrast a historic classic with a modern novel.
Each week Mrs. Shaia will lead discussions, read passages aloud,
watch movie clips to compare and contrast, and work on creating
 a wampum belt. A pizza dinner will be provided each week.
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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Fairy Tale Lunch Bunch Club
(For Children Entering Grades K-4)
Thursdays: June 28 - August 2 ~ 12:00-1:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Mrs. Shaia will read a fractured fairy tale aloud while you eat your lunch.
Then, we will watch a clip of Shelly Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre
featuring the traditional story. We will focus on a different fairy tale each week,
concluding with “The Little Mermaid” to prepare for the field trip at the
Warner Theater. Grownups who stay for the fun will catch glimpses of
actors such as Jeff Bridges, Helen Mirren, Christopher Reeve
and Jean Stapleton in the live-action productions.
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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Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano
With Sciencetellers
(For Ages 5-12)
Saturday, July 14 ~ 10:30-11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Journey with us to the Wild West, where a bank-robber is back in town,
about to strike again and two kids must saddle up to foil the great heist.  
Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, the audience
will help us explore the science behind chemical reactions,
combustion, air pressure,  inertia and more. Don’t miss
this classic action-packed western with ‘notes’ of science!
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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Exotic Animals
With Animal Show on the Go
(For Ages 5-12)
Saturday, July 28 ~ 10:30-11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
In this program you will see everything from cute and furry to
slimy and scaly! The animals are presented one at a time and we’ll learn
their natural history. Animal Show on the Go is an exotic pet rescue
 that houses snakes, lizards, turtles, birds, frogs, chinchillas, rabbits,
ducks, hedgehog and arthropods. It is run by Cindy King who has
worked with over 100 species of animals including
venomous snakes, raptors, and lesser cats.
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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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.

OWL’s Non-Fiction Book Group
Hillbilly Elegy
by J.D. Vance
Thursday, July 12 ~ 2:00-3:15 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Paired with Fiction Book Club title Bastard out
of Carolina by Dorothy Allison this month.
The book is subtitled “A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.”
J.D. Vance grew up in a poor Rust Belt town and looks at the
struggles of America’s white working class. The decline of this group,
 disintegrating over 40 years, is written about from the inside:
what a social, regional, and class decline feels like
when you were born with it hung around your neck.
Moderated by Laurie F  


OWL’s Fiction Book Group
Bastard Out of Carolina
by Dorothy Allison
Thursday, July 12 ~ 3:30-5:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
This novel dramatically illuminates the lives described in J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy.
South Carolina is home to the Boatwright family: a clan of hard-drinking
men and indomitable women who get married young and age too quickly.
Ruth Anne, known simply as Bone, is a bastard child who observes
the world around her and is caught in a family triangle.
Moderated by Jeff

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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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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, June 14 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Book selection for 2018-2019 and...  
The Zookeeper’s Wife  
by Diane Ackerman
*Movie will be discussed too
The keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved many people from Nazi hands.
When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw
and the city's zoo along with it. With most animals dead, the zookeepers
began smuggling Jews into empty cages or their own villa.
The zookeeper’s wife kept her unusual household afloat
with an atmosphere of innocence even as Europe crumbled.
Moderated by Marie

New members welcome!
Come to one or all meetings.
Books are available at the front desk.
Second Thursday of each month from 2:00-3:00 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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Fiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 14  ~ 3:30-5:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Book selection for 2018-2019 and...
The Optimist’s Daughter
by Eudora Welty
The optimist in question is a 71-year-old judge who has come to a
New Orleans hospital. His daughter arrives to be by his side. The operation
on the judge's eye goes well, but the recovery does not. He lies still, growing
ever more passive until finally--with some help from his shockingly vulgar wife of
two years--he simply dies. Together the wife and daughter travel to bury him.
Moderated by Laurie F

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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Children & Teen Programs

Early Bird Café
Tuesdays, Wednesdays
& Thursdays ~ 10:30 am
May 1-17, 2018
before Bouncing Babies & Storytimes
@ Bantam Annex
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  ~ 11:00 am
May 1-15, 2018
@ Bantam Annex
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
~ 11:00 am
May 2-15, 2018
@ Bantam Annex
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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Summer Reading Kickoff
with Juggler Jason Pipitone
For All Ages
Saturday, June 23 ~ 10:30- 11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Jason Pipitone’s Juggling Extravaganza is non stop action! Juggling,
physical comedy, balancing tricks and more - you don’t want to miss
this exciting event to kick off our Summer Reading Program Series!
Jason has been an entertainer since he was a young kid growing up
 in Las Vegas. As a teen he moved to Connecticut and continued to
evolve his skills to include stilt walking, unicycle riding, break dancing
and comedy. After school he began traveling the country as a street
performer working crowd participation and high energy physical
 routines into his act. Come celebrate summer with the family
 as Jason puts on a truly unique performance!

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's Summer Reading Program!
June 23 - August 15
Oliver Wolcott Library
 From June 23 through August 15, we invite you to participate in our
Summer Reading Program that will include weekly book clubs that help
you get your school assignments completed while having fun.
 Join our Fairy Tale Lunch Bunch for grades K-4,
Page Turner’s Club for grades 4-6, and
Teen Pizza & Pages Book Club for grades 7-10!

All who participate in the Fairy Tale Lunch Bunch will be able to
attend a live performance of The Little Mermaid at the Warner Theater
and all Page Turner Club participants will be able to experience a day
at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. Plus join us for our
Saturday Family Events that include a Wild West Special with Sciencetellers,
Animal Show’s Exotic Pet Rescues, and Pete & Chris Amusements!

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Fairy Tale Lunch Bunch Club
For Children Entering Grades K - 4
Thursdays, June 28 - August 2
 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Mrs. Shaia will read a fractured fairy tale aloud while you eat your lunch.
Then, we will watch a clip of Shelly Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre featuring
 the traditional story. We will focus on a different fairy tale each week,
 concluding with “The Little Mermaid” to prepare for the field trip at the
Warner Theater on August 5. Make sure to pay attention because
we will be playing the ever-popular Book vs. Movie Game afterward.
Grownups who stay for the fun will catch glimpses of actors such as
Jeff Bridges, Helen Mirren, Christopher Reeve and
 Jean Stapleton in the live-action productions.

A pizza lunch will be provided each week.
Keep track of the books read aloud for the “Read to Me” portion
 of your Litchfield Center School summer reading requirement!

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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Stuffed Animal Clinic
Saturday, January 13, 2018
@ Oliver Wolcott Library
Children ages 3-8 visited the Oliver Wolcott Library on Saturday
with their stuffed animals. OWL Children's Librarian Lisa Shaia read
the book A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead. ~ BZ photos

OWL Llibrarian Caitlin Costa helped the children
to check out the stuffed animals for flu symptoms.



Then the children created a first aid kit with a stethoscope, a band aid
and a  prescription notebook to take home and use all winter long.







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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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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.