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

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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OWL’s Adult Summer Reading Program
Read Outside the Box
June 1 - August 7, 2017 
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us as we challenge you to Read Outside The Box! 
Read Outside the Box: Adult Summer Reading Program will challenge
you to broaden your reading horizons and discover new books with
12 reading challenge categories. Don’t panic…we’ve designed this for
 success including some two-for-one title tips to help you cross off two
 challenge categories with one book. To help inspire and encourage you, we
have also planned book displays, recommended reading lists, and special events.
Everyone who completes at least one category will be entered to
win a special prize. Follow us on Facebook for weekly book give-aways
and more tips. And, if you complete eight or more challenge categories, you
will be invited to attend an Exclusive After-hours Celebration Gathering at OWL.

Complete one category to be entered into
our giveaway for a Book Lover’s Prize Box.
Finish eight categories and you will be invited to an
Exclusive After Hours Celebration with us at the OWL.

The Exclusive After Hours Gathering
will be Monday, August 14 @ 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy delicious desserts, great conversation
and much more! You don’t want to miss it!
For more info please call 860-567-8030.

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Litchfield Schools Required Summer Reading
Come to OWL to check out your required school reading books.
Center School, Intermediate School and Litchfield High School
summer reading books will be available for you to check out.
Find your books at a glance by grade level.
To make sure every Litchfield student has a
chance to read them, required reading books circulate for
two weeks and each student is limited to two books at a time.
Books will be available at the end of the school year.

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Early Bird Café
Thursdays, June 29-August 10 ~ 10:30 a.m.
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.

Don't forget to check out some books
either before or after storytime.
Mrs. Shaia is always happy to help
with suggestions of her latest favorites.
Drop in storytimes,
no registration required!

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Preschool Storytime
2-5 year olds
Thursdays, June 29-August 10 ~ 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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Mary Poppins Lunch Bunch Club
For children entering grades K-4
Thursdays, June 29-August 10
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Meet the classic character, Mary Poppins.
This nanny has a magic bag that always has what is needed.
She takes children on magical adventures and has
a knack for making everyday chores fun. Mrs. Shaia will
read a different chapter from Mary Poppins each week.
 
We will play trivia games including the popular "Book vs. Movie,"
make crafts, and have a tea party over the course of the summer months.
Watch movie clips and learn songs such as "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,"
 "Chim Chim Cheree," "I Love to Laugh," and "A Spoonful of Sugar."

As a special treat, the book club will go on a field trip
to see the musical. We will have a chance to compare and
 contrast the book, film, and play over the summer months.
A pizza lunch will be provided each week.
Keep track of the chapters read aloud for your "Read to Me"
 portion of your Litchfield Center School summer reading requirement!
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Monday Scholars
English in America: A Linguistic History
Mondays, June 19-July 31 ~ 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
* We will not meet on July 3
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 discussed. All you need to do
is come ready to engage your mind and participate in the discussion.

 
About the Course:
If you've ever been curious how words like "awesomesauce"
ever came to be, let alone made it into the Oxford English Dictionary,
 or if you've ever wondered why you say "firefly" and someone else
 calls the same insect a "lightning bug,"
English in America: A Linguistic History is for you!

There's an incredibly rich and colorful history behind American English.
A profoundly diverse assortment of cultures and heritages has influenced
our vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar, and the language continues
 to grow and shift. From the dialects of the first colonies to the
 influences of various immigrant groups as well as
 today's technology, we'll learn and discuss them all.

Dr. Natalie Schilling is an Associate Professor
of Linguistics at Georgetown University.
She holds a doctorate in Linguistics and bachelor's in English from
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master's degree in
English from North Carolina State University. Dr. Schilling has appeared
on a number of NPR programs, and has authored and contributed to
many articles in national publications. She specializes in the study
of language variation and change in American English dialects.

All 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 & Thursdays ~ 10:30 a.m.
June 27-August 10, 2017
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.

Don't forget to check out some books
either before or after storytime.
Mrs. Shaia is always happy to help
with suggestions of her latest favorites.
Drop in storytimes,
no registration required!

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

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Page Turner's Club
For children entering grades 4-6
Wednesdays, June 28-August 16  
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer!
Receive a complimentary paperback of The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.
Each week Mrs. Shaia will lead discussions, read passages aloud, and perform
science experiments. A pizza lunch will be provided each week.
It is always night in the city of Ember. But there is no moon, no stars.
The only light during the regular twelve hours of "day" comes from flood lamps
 that cast a yellowish glow over the streets of the city. For 250 years
 they have lived pleasantly, because there has been plenty of everything
 in the vast storerooms. But now there are more and more  empty shelves
- and more and more times when the lights flicker and go out,
leaving them in terrifying blackness for long minutes.
 What will happen when the generator finally fails?

Twelve-year-old Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet seem to be the only
people who are worried. They have just been assigned their life jobs.
When Lina finds a very old paper with enigmatic "Instructions for Egress,"
they use the advantages of their jobs to begin to puzzle out the frightening
and dangerous way to the city of light of which Lina has dreamed.
This book club and field trip are generously sponsored by Praxair.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Teen Dinner & A Book Club
For teens entering grades 7-10
Wednesdays, June 28 -August 9
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer!
Receive a complimentary paperback of Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.
Each week Mrs. Shaia will lead discussions, read passages aloud, and
compete in trivia challenges. A pizza lunch will be provided each week.
 
Roy Eberhardt moves to Florida where he quickly becomes victim of bullying.
A series of unfortunate events, quirky characters, and bizarre plot twists
 leads him to a new friendship. He discovers an endangered species
 of owl that are about to be eradicated to make way for a
Pancake House Restaurant. What will he do next?
 Fans of Louis Sachar will enjoy this writer,
who also writes popular fiction for adults.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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In the Gallery
Liliana Kleid: “Azul” ~ Mixed Media
Reception: Thursday, July 6 ~ 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
Exhibit: July 6 - August 31, 2017
Liliana Kleid considers her work a celebration of life and nature,
often changing courses along the way. It is her goal to honor the
magical moments nature offers by using color, composition, and lighting,
and to show the viewer something lively they wouldn’t normally get to see. 
She is always experimenting with different media and lately has been
working with oils, acrylics and inks. Reflected in her work are the bold colors
of indigenous crafts, clothing, and textiles that she was surrounded by
growing up in Peru. After years of traveling and experiencing new
creative forms, the influence of Peruvian artwork’s vibrancy has informed
her passion for abstract depictions of nature. This series of paintings
 is inspired by her latest trip to the coasts of both Italy and Spain, where t
he deep blue colors of the Mediterranean waters were always in her view.
Liliana was born in Lima, Peru. She came to the United States with her
American husband, Peter, in the early 1990s. They have been living in
Litchfield for the past 15 years, with their two daughters and two poodles.

In between the development of each of her personal works, Liliana spends
 her time teaching art classes at the Litchfield Montessori School, 
and managing her boutique and gallery, Serendipity, in the
center of Litchfield. In each of her projects, she promotes
the integration of sustainability and creativity through
 the use of recycled and handmade materials.

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 Super Sonics
For ages 5-12
with Matthew Cantello
Saturday, July 8 ~ 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
This adventure of sound and music will get everyone playing,
moving and using your ears in ways you never thought possible!
We'll also discover some of the scientific principles that make sound come.
Feel free to bring a percussion instrument to use in our Sound Explorer's jam.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Read Outside the Box
with the Cookbook Club
Wednesday, July 12 ~ 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us for a special meeting of the OWL Cookbook Club.
This summer we invite you to bring a recipe you
found in food memoirs and food novels. 
Borrow one of our recommended food memoirs or food novels that
we will have on display a month before the meeting. Spend the
next few weeks experimenting with your culinary adventures,
 then be ready to discuss why you were drawn to make the
recipe you chose. Was it the character, story, setting
or perhaps just the delectable ingredients? We want to know!
Join OWL Librarians Audra MacLaren and
Patricia Moore for a fun and appetizing evening. 
All 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, July 13 ~ 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder:
Inside the Minds of History's Great Personalities
by Claudia Kalb
Was Andy Warhol a hoarder? Did Einstein have autism?
Was Frank Lloyd Wright a narcissist? In the evolution of mental health,
Claudia Kalb views historic figures through the lens of modern psychology.
She provides insight into a broad range of maladies,
 using historical records and interviews with leading
mental health experts, biographers, and sociologists.
Moderated by Laurie F

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, July 13 ~ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
The History of Love
by Nicole Krauss
The novel spans 60 years and takes readers from Nazi-occupied
Eastern Europe to present day Brighton Beach. At the center of each
character is the issue of loneliness. An old man who immigrates to New York,
 after escaping SS officers in Poland, dreams of the lost love
who inspired him to write a book that also survived. A 14-year-old
girl wants to memorialize her dead father, lift her mother's loneliness,
and save her brother from becoming a 10-year-old social pariah.
Moderated by Mary

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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Gonzo Girl: A Novel
A Conversation with Cheryl Della Pietra
Thursday, July 13 ~ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
“Long after the last drink is poured and the final gunshot fired,
Cheryl Della Pietra’s novel inspired by her time as Hunter S.
Thompson’s assistant will linger in your mind. 
This debut novel is raucous, page-turning, head-spinning, and
side-splitting as it depicts a boss and mentor who is both devil and angel,
and a young heroine who finds herself tested in the chaos that surrounds him.
An intense story, Della Pietra’s tale about writing, firearms, psychotropics,
 and the pros and cons of hot tubs will suck you in and take you on ride.
"Gonzo Girl is a ticket you want to buy.”  
-Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black

Join Todd Johnson as he facilitates a conversation
with Cheryl Della Pietra about her novel Gonzo Girl.
Cheryl Della Pietra is a longtime New York City magazine editor, writer,
and copy editor. She has published numerous stories in such magazines
as Marie Claire, Redbook, and POV Magazine. After graduating
from the University of Pennsylvania, she lived with Hunter S. Thompson
 in Woody Creek, Colorado, for several months in 1992, where she worked
as his assistant. She currently lives in Connecticut, with her husband and son.
Visit her website at: cheryldellapietra.com
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.
All 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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Madame Bovary & The Bad Girl
Two Novels Sharing Common Threads
A Discussion with Aimee Pozorski
Sundays, July 16 & August 13
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
In this series, we will look at the ways in which Nobel-Prize winning
Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has revisited, revised, and updated
for the 21st century Gustav Flaubert’s 19th century masterpiece,
Madame Bovary. By first reading Madame Bovary, followed by The Bad Girl,
we will discuss how these novels consider such themes as revolution,
the nature of realism, representations of women, illness, and narration
as rendered in two different centuries from two different parts of
the world while at the same time maintaining their focus on the
unifying vision of a woman stifled by the social codes of her time.
July 16: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The story focuses on a doctor’s wife, Emma Bovary,
who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order
to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life.

August 13: The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa
Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl.
However poorly she treats him, he is doomed to worship her.
Aimee Pozorski teaches contemporary American literature
at Central Connecticut State University and holds a PhD in English
with a certificate in psychoanalytic studies from Emory University.
She served as President of the Philip Roth Society from 2009 to May 2015.
Her books include Roth and Trauma: The Problem of History
 in the Later Works and Falling After 9/11:
Crisis in American Art and Literature.
All 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 Staff Visits Senior Center Café
Thursday, July 20 ~ 11:15 a.m.
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road, Litchfield
The Oliver Wolcott Library’s Adult Services Librarian,
Audra MacLaren, will be visiting the Senior Center Café
to assist with checking out books, audio books, and DVD’s.
All materials can be checked out during
your visit and returned at the next one!
The Senior Center Café Lunch is generously sponsored
by the Litchfield Hills/Northwest Elderly Nutrition Program
and hosted at the Litchfield Community Center
at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield,
and is open to anyone 60 years of age
or older and their spouse.

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OWL Staff Visits Bantam Falls
Thursday, July 20 ~ 3:00 p.m.
Bantam Falls Community Room
130 Doyle Road, Bantam
The Oliver Wolcott Library’s Adult Services Librarian,
Audra MacLaren, will be visiting the Senior Center Café
to assist with checking out books, audio books, and DVD’s.
All materials can be checked out during
your visit and returned at the next one!
Bantam Falls is located at 130 Doyle Road in Bantam.

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The Red Bandanna
A Life, A Choice, A Legacy
with Alison Crowther
Thursday, July 20 ~ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Please join us for this special event co-sponsored
 with St. Anthony of Padua of Litchfield.
What would you do in the last hour of your life? 
This is the true story of Welles Crowther, whose actions on 9/11
offer a lasting lesson on character, calling and courage.  
Alison Crowther, the mother of Welles, will
discuss his life, his choices and his legacy. 
  
On September 11, 2001 when the attacks on the World Trade Center began,
Welles was no longer an equities trader. He became a firefighter. 

The survivors didn’t know his name, but despite the smoke and panic,
one of them remembered a single detail clearly: the man was wearing
a red bandanna. Eyewitnesses report that the man spoke calmly,
with authority, and was obviously well trained.
He is reported to have saved many lives that day.
Tom Rinaldi’s The Red Bandanna is about a fearless choice,
about a crucible of terror and the indomitable spirit to answer it.
Examining one decision in the gravest situation, it celebrates the difference
one life can make. Please join us for this special evening as the
mother of Welles, Alison Crowther, discusses his life and legacy.
For more information about St. Anthony of Padua,
visit their website at stanthonylitchfield.org.
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.
All 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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 Tall Ships & Pirate Tales
For ages 5-12
A Live Action Story with Sciencetellers
Saturday, July 22 ~ 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Ahoy! People don't just build on land. They build on water, too!
Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of
quirky pirates marooned on a deserted island. Throughout the story,
volunteers from the audience will help us explore the incredible science
 behind clouds, flash paper, air pressure, inertia, explosions and more.
Don't miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist!
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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The Bad Girl
A Discussion with Aimee Pozorski
Sunday, August 13 ~ 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
In this series, we will look at the ways in which Nobel-Prize winning
Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has revisited, revised, and updated
for the 21st century Gustav Flaubert’s 19th century masterpiece,
Madame Bovary. By first reading Madame Bovary, followed by The Bad Girl,
we will discuss how these novels consider such themes as revolution,
the nature of realism, representations of women, illness, and narration
as rendered in two different centuries from two different parts of
the world while at the same time maintaining their focus on the
unifying vision of a woman stifled by the social codes of her time.
August 13: The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa
Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl.
However poorly she treats him, he is doomed to worship her.
Aimee Pozorski teaches contemporary American literature
at Central Connecticut State University and holds a PhD in English
with a certificate in psychoanalytic studies from Emory University.
She served as President of the Philip Roth Society from 2009 to May 2015.
Her books include Roth and Trauma: The Problem of History
 in the Later Works and Falling After 9/11:
Crisis in American Art and Literature.
All 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
Carol T. Moore ~ Mixed Media
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
Exhibit: May 4 - June 29
Carol Moore is a lifelong resident of Litchfield, currently residing
 in Bantam. She is well-know in the area for her colorful,
 energy-charged paintings and pottery. Carol has always been
drawn to the negative spaces apparent in industrial sites and
street scenes and her paintings reflect this keen interest.
Plein air (painting on location) landscapes and florals
 are also a favorite in pastel, oil, acrylic, and watercolor mixed media.
Her membership to the Renaissance Artists has lead to a series of figure
drawings in ink with intriguing backgrounds that can be seen at her studio in Bantam.
Travel is a way of painting new, exciting places which adds to her
many collections. Carol paints her way through life creating memories
of her many trips. She also creates one-of-a-kind pottery planters,
wall decorations, wall sconces, and functional pieces at her home studio
 and teaches weekly classes in pottery and painting there.
Carol has received numerous awards and prizes and her works are
displayed in collections throughout the United States.
She has a MA from Wesleyan University and attended the University
of Hartford Graduate Studies Art Program, as well as the University
of Connecticut and Northwestern Connecticut Community College.
She is a member of many art societies, including Artwell, Inc.,
Washington Art Association, Kent Art Association, The Rogues,
and the Connecticut Pastel Society.
You can visit her website at: caroltmoore.blogspot.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, July 13 ~ 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder:
Inside the Minds of History's Great Personalities
by Claudia Kalb
Was Andy Warhol a hoarder? Did Einstein have autism?
Was Frank Lloyd Wright a narcissist? In the evolution of mental health,
Claudia Kalb views historic figures through the lens of modern psychology.
She provides insight into a broad range of maladies,
 using historical records and interviews with leading
mental health experts, biographers, and sociologists.
Moderated by Laurie F

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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Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 10 ~ 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Under the Banner of Heaven:
A Story of Violent Faith
by Jack Krakauer
A riveting read about Mormon fundamentalism,
this is a story of faith-based violence. Inside America’s isolated
Mormon fundamentalist communities, some 40,000 people
still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the
Mormon establishment, the renegade leaders of these theocracies
are zealots who answer only to God. Krakauer describes a shadowy
offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion and raises
provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.
Moderated by Betsy

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, July 13 ~ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
The History of Love
by Nicole Krauss
The novel spans 60 years and takes readers from Nazi-occupied
Eastern Europe to present day Brighton Beach. At the center of each
character is the issue of loneliness. An old man who immigrates to New York,
 after escaping SS officers in Poland, dreams of the lost love
who inspired him to write a book that also survived. A 14-year-old
girl wants to memorialize her dead father, lift her mother's loneliness,
and save her brother from becoming a 10-year-old social pariah.
Moderated by Mary

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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Fiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 10 ~ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
On the Beach
by Neville Shute
*Movie will be discussed too
The story is set primarily in Australia in 1963.
World War III has devastated most of the populated world,
polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout and killing
all human and animal life in the Northern Hemisphere.
The war began with a nuclear attack by Albania on Italy and
 then escalated with the bombing of the United States and the
United Kingdom by Egypt. The Soviets were mistakenly blamed,
triggering a retaliatory strike on the Soviet Union by NATO.
Moderated by Diane 

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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Children & Teen Programs

Early Bird Café
 T uesdays & Thursdays ~ 10:30 a.m.
June 27 - August 10, 2017
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.

Don't forget to check out some books
either before or after storytime.
Mrs. Shaia is always happy to help
with suggestions of her latest favorites.
Drop in storytimes,
no registration required!

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Bouncing Babies
(Birth-24 months and their caregivers)
Tuesdays, June 27-August 8 ~ 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 Storytime
2-5 year olds
Thursdays, June 29-August 10 ~ 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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GRADES K-4 SUMMER PROGRAMS

Mary Poppins Lunch Bunch Club
For children entering grades K-4
Thursdays, June 29 - August 10
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Meet the classic character, Mary Poppins.
This nanny has a magic bag that always has what is needed.
She takes children on magical adventures and has
a knack for making everyday chores fun. Mrs. Shaia will
read a different chapter from Mary Poppins each week.
 
We will play trivia games including the popular "Book vs. Movie,"
make crafts, and have a tea party over the course of the summer months.
Watch movie clips and learn songs such as "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,"
 "Chim Chim Cheree," "I Love to Laugh," and "A Spoonful of Sugar."

As a special treat, the book club will go on a field trip
to see the musical. We will have a chance to compare and
 contrast the book, film, and play over the summer months.

A pizza lunch will be provided each week.
Keep track of the chapters read aloud for your "Read to Me"
 portion of your Litchfield Center School summer reading requirement!
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Field Trip to the Mary Poppins Performance
at the Warner Theater
Sunday, August 6 ~ 12:45-5:15 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
For Lunch Bunch Club members only
The Mary Poppins Lunch Bunch Club will go on a field trip to see the
Mary Poppins Broadway musical at the Warner Theater for a 2 p.m.
matinee performance. This show has been nominated
for seven Tony awards, includingBest Musical and Best Scenic Design.
The musical is a fusion of elements from Travers' book series and the 1964 Disney film.
Children will be transported by school bus, accompanied by chaperones,
and driven back to OWL for pickup at approximately 5:15 p.m.
Children need to be dropped off in the Community Room by 12:45 p.m.
The show is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes long.
 A permission slip will be handed out with a detailed schedule of the day.
Tickets for Mary Poppins the Musical
are generously sponsored by
the Litchfield Education Foundation.

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GRADES 4-6 SUMMER PROGRAMS

Page Turner's Club
For children entering grades 4-6
Wednesdays, June 28 - August 16
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer!
Receive a complimentary paperback of The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.
Each week Mrs. Shaia will lead discussions, read passages aloud,
and perform science experiments. A pizza lunch will be provided each week.
It is always night in the city of Ember. But there is no moon, no stars.
The only light during the regular twelve hours of "day" comes from flood lamps
 that cast a yellowish glow over the streets of the city. For 250 years
 they have lived pleasantly, because there has been plenty of everything
 in the vast storerooms. But now there are more and more  empty shelves
- and more and more times when the lights flicker and go out,
leaving them in terrifying blackness for long minutes.
 What will happen when the generator finally fails?

Twelve-year-old Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet seem to be the only
people who are worried. They have just been assigned their life jobs.
When Lina finds a very old paper with enigmatic "Instructions for Egress,"
they use the advantages of their jobs to begin to puzzle out the frightening
and dangerous way to the city of light of which Lina has dreamed.
This book club and field trip are generously sponsored by Praxair.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Field Trip to the Museum of Science,
Boston, MA
Wednesday, August 16 ~ 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
For Page Turner's Club members only
After reading The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, we'll take a trip to
one of the world's largest science centers: Boston's Museum of Science!

Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences
under one roof. They are a leader in K-12 education of STEM and
house over 700 interactive exhibits and 130,00 square feet of space.
At the Museum, tour guides will provide a tour and hands-on learning experiences
 that students will not receive anywhere else. The tour will include a visit
 through a live Butterfly Garden to witness the entire life cycle,
 an up-close view of a triceratops (one of only four complete skeletons in the world),
and examine a 12-foot diameter model of the Sun to explore the solar system.
 An IMAX film and a Planetarium show will be included.
This field trip, along with the weekly book discussions about The City of Ember,
will encourage children to be more environmentally conscious.
Chaperones include library staff Lisa Shaia, Patricia Moore,
Caitlin Costa, Center School Librarian Joanne Moore,
and Donald Shaia.
A permission slip will be handed out, as well
as a detailed schedule of events for the day.
Bus transportation, lunch, dinner, t-shirts,
 and museum admission will all be provided.

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TEEN SUMMER PROGRAMS

Teen Dinner & A Book Club
For teens entering grades 7-10
Wednesdays, June 28 - August 9
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer!
Receive a complimentary paperback of Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.

Each week Mrs. Shaia will lead discussions, read passages aloud,
and compete in trivia challenges. A pizza lunch will be provided each week.
 
Roy Eberhardt moves to Florida where he quickly becomes victim of bullying.
A series of unfortunate events, quirky characters, and bizarre plot twists
 leads him to a new friendship. He discovers an endangered species
 of owl that are about to be eradicated to make way for a
Pancake House Restaurant. What will he do next?
 Fans of Louis Sachar will enjoy this writer,
who also writes popular fiction for adults.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Teen Raptor Show
Wednesday, August 9 ~ 5:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
For Teen Dinner & A Book Club
members only
Blue Moon Raptors' mission is to rehabilitate ill, injured, and orphaned
birds of prey to return back to their natural habitat where they will
continue to enrich the environment. We will discuss what we can do to
 make a  difference to  preserve the environment so raptors may continue
 to enrich our planet, just like Roy did in Hoot. You'll get a chance to meet
four different species of raptors including a barn owl and a snowy owl.

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SPECIAL SUMMER SATURDAYS

Come to OWL for family performances on
Saturday mornings from 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
For ages 5-12
Oliver Wolcott Library
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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 Summer Reading Kickoff
For ages 5-12
with Pete & Chris Amusements
Saturday, June 24 ~ 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Come see New England's only two-man comedy and magic show.
They give a high-energy performance that captures kids attention,
and doesn't let go! They travel the country bringing their unique blend of magic,
storytelling, and brotherly slapstick comedy to hysterically laughing kids.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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 Super Sonics
For ages 5-12
with Matthew Cantello
Saturday, July 8 ~ 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
This adventure of sound and music will get everyone playing,
moving and using your ears in ways you never thought possible!
We'll also discover some of the scientific principles that make sound come.
Feel free to bring a percussion instrument to use in our Sound Explorer's jam.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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 Tall Ships & Pirate Tales
For ages 5-12
A Live Action Story with Sciencetellers
Saturday, July 22 ~ 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Ahoy! People don't just build on land. They build on water, too!
Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of
quirky pirates marooned on a deserted island. Throughout the story,
volunteers from the audience will help us explore the incredible science
 behind clouds, flash paper, air pressure, inertia, explosions and more.
Don't miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist!
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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 Nature's Architects
For ages 5-12
with Animal Embassy
Saturday, August 5 ~ 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Be amazed by the talents of a diverse group of Animal Ambassadors
that build complicated structures. We'll study the architectural feats of
 nest building, burrow making and web spinning as well as how structures
created by some animals help others to survive. In nature,
many creatures contribute to the success of others by
building homes and creating places to rear their young.

We'll explore how we too can help our wild neighbors by building bird boxes
 and frog ponds. We will meet live Animal Ambassadors such as a Monk Parakeet,
a Red Foot Tortoise, a Mandarin Duck, a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula,
a Ferret, an Argentinian Horned Frog, an African Hedgehog
 or African Porcupine, and a Flower Mantis. world!
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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 BubbleMania: Comedy...with a Drip
For ages 5-12
with Casey Carle
Saturday, August 19 ~ 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
A unique program fusing high energy entertainment, highly crafted
showmanship and artistic achievement, BubbleMania is loaded with
 in-the-moment improvisation and quick wit, big band
swing music, a bit of audience participation and the
untamed, often unbelievable qualities of spherical liquids.

Casey's show grows from intricate, fog-filled
bubble art forms and jazz inspired, choreographed routines
 to eventually "trapping" people inside bubbles!
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Kindergarten Social
For children entering kindergarten
Friday, August 18  ~ 10:30 a.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
All kindergarteners and their parents are invited to a special story hour
 for children getting ready to enter kindergarten. Ease the anxiety
of the first day by hearing stories and songs about school.
Join OWL's Children's Librarian Mrs. Shaia and
Center School's Librarian Mrs. Moore for this fun event.
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.