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

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In the Gallery
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Litchfield Public Schools ~ Mixed Media
On Exhibit: LCS/LIS: Feb. 1 through 12
LMS/LHS Reception:
On Exhibit: LMS/LHS: Feb. 13 through 26
 Oliver Wolcott Library
Students from Pre-School to Third Grade have created artwork
of different artistic styles from a wide range of countries. Many turned
to Ghana and Panama to get their ideas for Kente cloth and Mola design creations.
 Using paint and clay they mixed primary colors to produce secondary
colors and also chose a favorite animal to draw and created its habitat.

Grades 4 through 6 at Litchfield Intermediate School learned about the
Elements and Principles of Art while developing their critical thinking
and problem-solving skills through a variety of art-making
processes such as collage, scratchboard, and printmaking.

Art from Litchfield Middle School students will feature a variety
of subject matter including Op Art, value drawings, 3-D paper sculptures,
and self-portraits using colored pencils, marker and graphite pencil.
 Students employed different techniques to create
 abstract illusions as well as representational artwork.

Art from Litchfield High School students will include works from
Advanced Placement Studio Art, Advanced Art, Painting & Mixed Media,
Drawing, and Illustration & Character Design. Works feature a
variety of subject matter including portraiture, still life, and conceptual work,
and employ a variety of art media. Visit all four schools’

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Abigail Adams:
Live Multi-Media Performance
with Sheryl Faye
Wednesday, February 28 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Explore the life of Abigail Adams in this live,
multi-media, theatrical performance and presentation.
Abigail Adams is considered by many to have been a founder of the
United States and is now designated as the first Second Lady
and second First Lady of The United States.

Adams’s life is one of the most documented of the first ladies:
she is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while
 he stayed in Philadelphia during the Continental Congresses. John sought the
advice of Abigail on many matters, and their letters are filled with intellectual
 discussions on government and politics. Her letters also serve as
 eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War home front.

Sheryl started taking acting lessons when she was seven years old
at the Harwich Jr. Theater on Cape Cod. She attended Emerson College, in Boston,
 where she received a BFA in Acting. She travels throughout the country
 performing her one-woman shows in schools, libraries and others venues.

She also writes and performs with StageCoach Improv.
She has been the voice of several characters for Sony Play Station games
and was recently in a national print ad for Vicks cold/flu.
Visit her website at sherylfaye.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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Art Reception
Claudia Wood Rahm ~ Paintings
Reception: Thursday, March 1 ~ 5:00-7:00 pm
Exhibit: March 1 through April 16, 2018
Oliver Wolcott Library
It was only recently that Claudia Wood Rahm resumed painting.
For many years, among other adventures, she taught art and raised
two daughters with her husband, Woody. They have lived in Warren for 43 years.
Since retiring, she has found her way back to her easel and the sheer
delight of mixing colors. To her the sense of freedom that comes with
painting is exhilarating and the process is comfortable, fulfilling and fun.
She finds a pure joy in her creative expression that was held back
for many years due to the pressures of life. Her art opens her
 in a way that no other form of communication can.
 

Claudia's paintings often grow as she works on them.
Occasionally she just plays with color and an idea comes.
She is influenced by children's art, folk art, and the beauty of nature.
She particularly loves painting organic shapes and the ocean.
 
The Bible is also a strong influence. When she paints dots on a canvas,
 she considers them joy molecules that enliven the piece.
Intricate or elemental, her paintings reveal whimsical creatures and
 landscapes that celebrate her love of color, design and story.
Raised in Westport, Claudia received a degree in Art Education in 1967.
She never trained formally or under anyone famous. Maybe that is why
her work is so free of pretension, so full of innocence and sometimes
playful. Picasso said, "Every child is an artist; the problem
is to remain an artist once the child grows up."
Claudia has shown and sold her work in Litchfield County,
along the Connecticut shoreline,
as well as in Massachusetts and Maine.

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Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 8 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf,
and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World
by David Denby
Great Books: At the age of 48, David Denby returned to Columbia University
 and re-enrolled in two core courses in Western civilization to confront
the literary and philosophical masterpieces -- the "great books" --
now at the heart of the culture wars. He leads us through a rediscovery
and celebration of such authors as Homer and Boccaccio,
Locke and Nietzsche, Conrad and Woolf.
Moderated by Morgan

Non-Fiction Discussion Group
Non-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, March 8  ~ 3:30-5:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy
by Evelyn Waugh
Set among the manicured lawns and euphemisms of a memorial park
 in Hollywood, this novel satirizes the American way of death. Set in the
L.A. funeral industry, there is a love triangle among people who are
unusually comfortable handling dead things. A poet and pets' mortician
enters the artificial paradise of a memorial park. Within its
 golden gates, death is sold like a package holiday.
Moderated by George

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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Toni Morrison Book Discussion:
"The Bluest Eye"
With Melissa Mentzer
Sunday, March 11 ~ 1:00-2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
In The Bluest Eye and Beloved, we will explore boundaries:
the boundaries of emotional suffering and how we respond to it,
and the boundaries of this world and the spirit world, between remembering
and refusing to remember. The Bluest Eye is a powerful examination
of our obsession with beauty and conformity, and Beloved
is a searing examination of slavery and its long-lasting effects.
Both novelsprovide us with a lens to review, explore
and discuss questions about race, class and gender.
March 11: The Bluest Eye
This tragic study of a black adolescent girl's struggle to achieve
white ideals of beauty and her consequent descent into madness
was acclaimed as an eloquent indictment of some of
the more subtle forms of racism in  American society.  
Melissa Mentzer earned her MA and PhD from the University of Oregon
and has been teaching in the English Department at Central Connecticut
State University for 26 years. Her areas of specialty include women writers
and African American literature. She frequently presents at conferences,
and this April will facilitate a panel on Neglected Writers of the Nineteenth Century.
Her current research projects include a book on the poetry of Frances Harper.

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

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Water Conservation and Wise Use of Water
With Twig Holland
Tuesday, March 13 ~ 3:00-4:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
In 2016 southwest Connecticut experienced the fifth worst drought
 since 1895. To ensure an adequate supply of water for human consumption
and fire protection, Aquarion Water Company worked collaboratively
with local and state officials to increase the water supply to the area,
and to enact mandatory irrigation restrictions by customers in the four
 communities most impacted by the drought. While these measures
and seasonal rainfall resulted in supply improvements in 2017,
"conservation" needs to become part of the water supply
vocabulary to ensure everyone uses water wisely.
Aquarion has prepared an informative presentation on the drought and supply
 conditions, both past and current, and the wise use of water going forward.
This program discusses the newly-enacted irrigation restrictions, and
 illustrates a number of water efficiencies that are easily and inexpensively
 implemented by homeowners, small businesses, and retail shops.
Twig Holland is the Program Coordinator for the Aquarion Water Company,
 the public water supply company in 51 cities and towns throughout
Connecticut and areas of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The company is the largest investor-owned water utility in New England.
Based in Bridgeport, it has been in the public water supply business since 1857.
Across its operations, Aquarion strives to act as a responsible steward
of the environment, and to assist the communities it serves in promoting
sustainable practices. Their website is aquarionwater.com.
 Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
Click here to register.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Her Words Changed the World:
Harriet Beecher Stowe
With Chelsea Farrell
Thursday, March 15 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Harriet Beecher Stowe was born June 14, 1811 here in Litchfield.
She was a member of one of the 19th century's most remarkable families.
The daughter of the prominent Congregationalist minister Lyman Beecher
and the sister of Catharine, Henry Ward, and Edward, she grew up in
an atmosphere of learning and moral earnestness that culminated in her
novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. With sales of over 300,000 copies in the first year,
the book exerted an influence equaled by few other novels in history,
helping to solidify both pro- and anti-slavery sentiment.
It is cited among the causes of the American Civil War.  
Chelsea Farrell from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford comes
 to OWL with a dynamic presentation, "Her Words Changed the World,"
exploring the life and impact of anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe.
The talk will cover Stowe's life - her childhood, family, education,
marriage and motherhood - as well as her inspiration to write Uncle Tom's Cabin
and the lasting impact of its message. She will also expound
upon the current mission and work of the Stowe Center.
Chelsea has worked at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center since 2016,
where she leads interactive, dialogue-based tours of Stowe's historic
 Hartford home and facilitates public conversations in the award-winning
Salons at Stowe discussion series. Prior to joining the Stowe Center,
she worked for the Simsbury Historical Society, and for two
years taught English-language courses in South Korea.

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

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New Carpets @ OWL
After serving us for more than 25 years, our carpets are going
 to be replaced! We are delighted to announce that the
Oliver Wolcott Library was awarded a grant from the Seherr-Thoss
Charitable Foundation to replace the carpeting in the main library.
Installation will begin in late April and will require us to temporarily
move to Bantam while the carpet is installed. We have great news
 to share about the project: why we selected the type of carpet,
honoring the vision of our library leaders of the past,
what the temporary move means to you, and much more!

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Passport Program
(Ages 3-10)
January 8 - February 28, 2018
Oliver Wolcott Library
Pickup at Circulation Desk
Do you have cabin fever? Don’t fret.
Travel the world through OWL’s book stacks - for free!
Are you aching for a new adventure filled with action and suspense?
Are you dying (pun intended) to solve a mystery?
Do you wish you could feel the sand between your toes as
you relax with a beach read? Well, this challenge is for you!

Pickup your travel documents at the circulation desk and choose
 from a variety of themes including Full Steam Ahead,
 Dinosaurs and Things That Go. Check out materials based on the
varying challenges. Try out different kinds of fiction, non-fiction,
and even audio books. Keep track of your adventures by placing
a sticker on the children’s wall each time you complete a task.

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Early Bird Café
Tuesdays, Wednesdays
& Thursdays ~ 10:30 am
January 9  - February 28, 2018
before Bouncing Babies & Storytimes
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us for the Early Bird Cafe which will be open before
every Bouncing Baby and Preschool Storytime session!
Drop in and meet us before the session to socialize
with new friends and neighbors and have a chance
to talk to Mrs. Shaia. Light refreshments will be served.
Don't forget to check out some books either before
or after storytime. Mrs. Shaia is always happy to
help with suggestions of her latest favorites.

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Bouncing Babies
(Birth-24 months and their caregivers)
Tuesdays  ~ 11:00 am
January  9  - February 26, 2018
Oliver Wolcott Library
Enjoy concept and rhyming books, learn finger plays, and
meet other families in this interactive program with Mrs. Shaia.
Your child will form a bond with you, develop
 listening skills and begin vocabulary development.
Playtime will follow to foster your children's
imagination, development and social skills.
Drop in storytimes,
no registration required!

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Preschool Storytimes
(2-5 year olds)
Wednesdays & Thursdays
~ 11:00 am
January 10 - February 28, 2018
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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Milk & Cookies Club
(Grades K-6)
 Fridays, January 19 - February 23
3:30 -4:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Meet Paddington Bear: a teddy bear that was found at a train
station in London. He is adopted by the Browns and learns the way
of humans. This accident-prone bear has silly adventures including
taking a driving test, going to the theater, finding a job, going to a mansion,
 all while trying to stay out of trouble and marmalade-free! Each week
we will enjoy a peanut-free snack while Mrs. Shaia reads a chapter
from Paddington Takes the Test aloud. Each child
will be given a complimentary copy of the book.

Please register online and notify Litchfield Center
or Intermediate School in writing by January 5 if your
child needs bus transportation from school to the library.

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

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OWL Monday Scholars
Creative Writing: The Craft of Character
Mondays ~ 12:30 - 2:00 pm
February 26 and March 5
Oliver Wolcott Library
Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library’s
Jamie Gagarin Community Room. Each week, a new lecture topic is
watched and then discussed by all who attend. All you need to do is
come ready to engage your mind and participate in discussion.

Join librarian Patricia Moore as she facilitates this online course.
 Each week we will watch 30 minutes of Amy Bloom’s teaching,
then do 30 minutes of writing using the tools we learned that day,
and the final 30 minutes of each class will be spent sharing our work.

About the Course:
At the center of a good story are the characters in it. In this course
aspiring writers will discover how to build and bring to life complex,
 vivid and unforgettable characters. We will study the choices a
 writer makes to bring all characters to life on the page. We will learn
how to use our own life experiences, the people we know,
develop inner thoughts and feelings and much more.

About the Professor:
Amy Bloom is the Distinguished University Writer in Residence
and Director of the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing at Wesleyan.
Previously, she was senior lecturer of Creative Writing in the department
of English at Yale University. Bloom has been nominated for the
National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

 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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Spelling Club
For Grades 4-8
Monday, February 26 ~ 3:30 -4:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Spelling Club will provide children an opportunity to gather with
classmates at OWL after school to learn the word bank for the Litchfield Bee
 in a fun and collaborative setting. The students will be grouped by age
and led in their preparation by Mrs. Shaia and a team
of Litchfield Education Foundation members.  

Play word games such as Boggle, Jumble, Roll & Spell, and Vocab Toss.
 Listen to excerpts from novels that are filled with juicy words to prepare
for the Spelling Bee. Study materials created by the Scripps National Bee
and a healthy power snack will be provided.
 Participation in the Spelling Bee is not mandatory!

 
Please register online and notify Litchfield Intermediate
or Middle School in writing before winter break if your child
 needs bus transportation from school to the library.

 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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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, March 8 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf,
and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World
by David Denby
Great Books: At the age of 48, David Denby returned to Columbia University
 and re-enrolled in two core courses in Western civilization to confront
the literary and philosophical masterpieces -- the "great books" --
now at the heart of the culture wars. He leads us through a rediscovery
and celebration of such authors as Homer and Boccaccio,
Locke and Nietzsche, Conrad and Woolf.
Moderated by Morgan

on 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, March 8  ~ 3:30-5:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy
by Evelyn Waugh
Set among the manicured lawns and euphemisms of a memorial park
 in Hollywood, this novel satirizes the American way of death. Set in the
L.A. funeral industry, there is a love triangle among people who are
unusually comfortable handling dead things. A poet and pets' mortician
enters the artificial paradise of a memorial park. Within its
 golden gates, death is sold like a package holiday.
Moderated by George

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

Passport Program
(Ages 3-10)
January 8 - February 28, 2018
Oliver Wolcott Library
Pickup at Circulation Desk
Do you have cabin fever? Don’t fret.
Travel the world through OWL’s book stacks - for free!
Are you aching for a new adventure filled with action and suspense?
Are you dying (pun intended) to solve a mystery?
Do you wish you could feel the sand between your toes as
you relax with a beach read? Well, this challenge is for you!

Pickup your travel documents at the circulation desk and choose
 from a variety of themes including Full Steam Ahead,
 Dinosaurs and Things That Go. Check out materials based on the
varying challenges. Try out different kinds of fiction, non-fiction,
and even audio books. Keep track of your adventures by placing
a sticker on the children’s wall each time you complete a task.

****************
Spelling Club
For Grades 4-8
Monday, February 26 ~ 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Spelling Club will provide children an opportunity to gather with
classmates at OWL after school to learn the word bank for the Litchfield Bee
 in a fun and collaborative setting. The students will be grouped by age
and led in their preparation by Mrs. Shaia and a team
of Litchfield Education Foundation members.  

Play word games such as Boggle, Jumble, Roll & Spell, and Vocab Toss.
 Listen to excerpts from novels that are filled with juicy words to prepare
for the Spelling Bee. Study materials created by the Scripps National Bee
and a healthy power snack will be provided.
 Participation in the Spelling Bee is not mandatory!

 
Please register online and notify Litchfield Intermediate
or Middle School in writing before winter break if your child
 needs bus transportation from school to the library.

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

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Early Bird Café
Tuesdays, Wednesdays
& Thursdays ~ 10:30 am
January 9  - February 28, 2018
before Bouncing Babies & Storytimes
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us for the Early Bird Cafe which will be open before
every Bouncing Baby and Preschool Storytime session!
Drop in and meet us before the session to socialize
with new friends and neighbors and have a chance
to talk to Mrs. Shaia. Light refreshments will be served.
Don't forget to check out some books either before
or after storytime. Mrs. Shaia is always happy to
help with suggestions of her latest favorites.

****************
Bouncing Babies
(Birth-24 months and their caregivers)
Tuesdays  ~ 11:00 am
January  9  - February 26, 2018
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!

****************
Preschool Storytimes
2-5 year olds
Wednesdays & Thursdays
~ 11:00 am
January 10 - February 28, 2018
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!

****************
Milk & Cookies Club
(Grades K-6)
 Fridays, January 19 - February 23
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Meet Paddington Bear: a teddy bear that was found at a train
station in London. He is adopted by the Browns and learns the way
of humans. This accident-prone bear has silly adventures including
taking a driving test, going to the theater, finding a job, going to a mansion,
 all while trying to stay out of trouble and marmalade-free! Each week
we will enjoy a peanut-free snack while Mrs. Shaia reads a chapter
from Paddington Takes the Test aloud. Each child
will be given a complimentary copy of the book.

Please register online and notify Litchfield Center
or Intermediate School in writing by January 5 if your
child needs bus transportation from school to the library.

 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.