Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street, PO Box 187
Litchfield, CT 06759
phone: 860-567-8030
fax: 860-567-4784
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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Monday Scholars
Heroes and Legends:
The Most Influential Characters of Literature
Mondays, March 20 - June 12 ~ 12:30- 2:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Enjoy online learning and engaging discussion at the Oliver Wolcott Library
with the Monday Scholars! Monday Scholars combines the
best of online learning with face-to-face classroom discussion!
Each week, a new lecture topic will be watched and discussed in the library's
Jamie Gagarin Community Room. This session's course will be Heroes and Legends:
The Most Influential Characters of Literature and will be taught
 by Dr. Thomas Shippey who is Professor Emeritus at St. Louis University.
 OWL's Book Club Liaison, Cameron Bove, will facilitate a group discussion.

Participants only need to come ready to engage their minds and
participate in discussion. Heroes hold a special place in our imagination.
Names such as Odysseus, Beowulf, and Queen Guinevere summon up
mythic legends, while Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and Huckleberry Finn
are some of the most recognizable figures in all of world literature.

What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to
certain stories again and again? Great heroes have lasting power because
 they offer templates for behavior by showing us models of courage and fortitude.
Throughout the course, we will analyze stories through the lens of culture
and find out how our changing culture and values affect our sense of what
makes a good hero, and how our heroes reflect the mores of our society.

Dr. Thomas A. Shippey holds a B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. from the
 University of Cambridge. Professor Shippey has published more than 100 articles,
 is a regular reviewer for The Wall Street Journal on both medieval and modern topics.
 His books include The Road to Middle-earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created
 a New Mythology; Beowulf: The Critical Heritage (with Andreas Haarder);
J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century.

Facilitated by Patricia Moore, Monday Scholars is a weekly series
that meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room.
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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Finding Her Way:
American Women Artists
with Rena Tobey
Tuesday, May 23 ~ 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
Oliver Wolcott Library
American women artists, especially those working before 1945,
had to navigate societal expectations of women’s domestic roles
with their drive to be recognized as professionals. These artists often
faced difficult choices - sacrificing in their personal lives or professional options.
 Despite evident talent and success, most fell into obscurity with their death. 
In this interactive session, participants discover and closely examine
paintings by seven artists: Elizabeth Okie Paxton, Lilly Martin Spencer,
Alice Barber Stephens, Marie Danforth Page, Theresa F. Bernstein,
Florine Stettheimer, and Isabel Bishop. These women
 collectively paint a picture of changing American attitudes
 during a pivotal growth period in American history.

Rena values learning, creative possibility, and fun, and dedicates
her energy to sparking lively minds. Building on an academic and
organizational career, she is passionate about engaging people with
 all forms of visual expression and filling the spoken word with verve.
Rena has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Studies, with 14 years
of experience as an organizational coach, trainer, and consultant. 
Recently, she completed her M.A. in Art History at Hunter College
of the City University of New York, with a thesis on Elizabeth Okie Paxton
 and her provocative 1910 painting The Breakfast Tray.
 Visit her website at: renatobey.com.

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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Bombs Have No Eyes:
Stories from Japan in Support of Peace Education
with Marina Outwater
Thursday, May 25 ~ 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Japanese school children visit Nagasaki and Hiroshima’s peace parks
and museums in order to fully understand the complexities of war and the
damaging effects of nuclear weapons. Japanese schools teach peace
curriculums, even at the university level. And yet, in many American
classrooms, children do not receive a similar education. Our students
 often have a limited understanding of the events of World War II
in general and typically know even less about Japan’s involvement.

Marina Outwater’s recent trip to Nagasaki and Hiroshima revealed first-hand
accounts from survivors who told their stories with nothing more than
 an intense desire for world peace. Marina will share these moving tales
of several hibakusha who were young children at the time of the atomic bombings.
After sharing stories and photographs, Marina will discuss the need for peace
education and some strategies for implementation in the classroom.

Marina Outwater is a Litchfield resident and a veteran teacher with
over twenty years of experience in middle schools. She has a master’s
degree in Early Adolescent Education from Bank Street College of Education
 and is working towards another master’s degree in American History.
This past summer, Marina spent two weeks in Nagasaki, Hiroshima,
and Kyoto as part of a small study tour of twelve teachers from across the nation
 investigating peace through the Five College Center for East Asian Studies.

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’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.
Register at OWL beginning June 1
to start Reading Outside The Box! 
Call 860-567-8030.

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Two Booker Prize Winners
A Book Discussion with Mark Schenker
Sundays, June 4 & 25 ~ 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a prestigious literary prize awarded
each year for the best original novel, written in the English language
 and published in the United Kingdom. In this two-part series,
we will explore two Man Booker Prize Winners.

Sunday, June 4 ~ 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
In 1520's England, Henry VIII’s challenge to the church’s power set
off a tidal wave of religious, political and societal turmoil that reverberated
 throughout Europe. In this darkly brilliant reimagining of life under
Henry VIII, Mantel boldly attempts to capture the sweeping internecine
 machinations of the times from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell,
the lowborn man who became one of Henry's closest advisers.

Sunday, June 25 ~ 1:00-2:00 p.m.
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting,
The Sense of an Ending has psychological and emotional depth
and sophistication. This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man,
 as he contends with a past he never thought much about and he is forced
 to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.
Mark J. Schenker is the Senior Associate Dean of Yale College,
Dean of Academic Affairs and a lecturer in English at Yale. He earned
his Ph.D. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature.
He lectures frequently on literary topics, and enjoys making
 literature accessible and enjoyable. Books are available at
the library to borrow four weeks in advance of the discussion. 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June  8 ~ 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
+ Book Selection Meeting for 2017-2018
Quartet: Orchestrating the 2nd American Revolution, 1783-1789
by Joseph Ellis
From 1783 to 1789 America had its second great founding.
The men most responsible were Alexander Hamilton,
George Washington, John Jay, and James Madison.
That quartet shaped American history by diagnosing
the dysfunctions of the Articles of Confederation,
calling the Constitutional Convention, setting the
agenda in Philadelphia, and drafting the Bill of Rights.
Moderated by Alan

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, June 8 ~ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
+ Book Selection Meeting for 2017-2018
Once We Were Brothers
by Ronald H. Balson
Two boys, once as close as brothers, are on opposite sides, with a
family in war-torn Poland, and a struggling young love during in the Holocaust.
Two lives, two worlds, and 60 years converge in a race to redemption.
 Also set in the legal world, it's not a courtroom drama with historical flashbacks;
 it's also a love story that crosses both time and geographical boundaries.
Moderated by Laurie

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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Childhood Interrupted: 
From Bosnia to America
with Author Jasmina Ceric
Tuesday, June 13 ~ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Through one personal journey, Jasmina Ceric hopes to educate and raise
awareness about ethnic cleansing and genocide. Childhood Interrupted
 is the story of a war survivor in Bosnia, striving for a better future for herself
and her family, and hoping for her father’s release from a concentration camp.
“The shooting continued around us. They asked us where the men were.
The women cried that they didn’t know anything. They said if we didn’t tell
them where the men were, we would all be shot. I was so afraid:
Almina and I just clung to our mama. They might find the men upstairs
 and kill all of us. Then one of the soldiers yelled, ‘We found some more,’
so they left us. The shooting continued around us.”
Jasmina Ceric was born in December of 1981 in the town of
Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina. When the war began in 1991 in Croatia,
 she never imagined it would strike her home. In 1993, after her father
was released from a concentration camp, she came to the U.S.
sponsored by a family in Washington, CT who saw her on the CBS
show Eye on America with Connie Chung and wanted to help.

Jasmina attended Washington Montessori, Shepaug Valley High School
and UCONN for undergraduate and graduate studies, focusing on international
affairs and conflict resolution. For the past 20 years she has traveled
educating audiences on genocide and ethnic cleansing awareness,
helping to sponsor over 20 families through churches and private families. 
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The author 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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OWL Staff Visits Senior Center Café
Thursday, June 15 ~ 11:15 a.m.
Litchfield Community Center
The Oliver Wolcott Library's Adult Services Librarian, Audra MacLaren,
 will be visiting the Senior Center Café Lunch to check 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 Community Room
Thursday, June 15 ~ 3:00 p.m.
Bantam Falls Community Room
The Oliver Wolcott Library's Adult Services Librarian, Audra MacLaren,
 will be visiting the Bantam Falls Community Room to check 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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Reading Outside the Box
Staff Book Talk
Wednesday, June 21 ~ 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join Patricia Moore and Audra MacLaren for recommended
reads to get you going for your summer reading challenges.
Join us as we share our recommendations to help you
navigate the challenges we have created for you.
Light refreshments will be served.
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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Notes on a Banana:
A Memoir of Food, Love & Manic Depression
A Conversation with Author David Leite
Thursday, June 22 ~ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Notes on a Banana has been described as a candid,
courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story
of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity.

David Leite grew up in the 1960's in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar,
food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts.
With a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, “Banana” as his
mother endearingly called him, yearned to live in a middle-class house
with a swinging kitchen door just like the ones on television, and fell in love
with everything French. But David also struggled with the emotional
devastation of manic depression. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties,
David found relief from his wild mood swings in learning
about food, watching Julia Child, and cooking for others.
Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitates
 this conversation with David Leite.
David Leite is a food writer, cookbook author, and web publisher.
In 2006, he had the distinction of being the first winner of a James Beard Award
for a website, a feat he repeated in 2007. His writing has appeared
 in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit,
Food & Wine, Pastry, Men’s Health, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times,
and the Washington Post. He has also appeared on Beat Bobby Flay and
The Today Show. His first book, The New Portuguese Table, explored
 the food of his heritage and won the IACP’s 2010 First Book: Julia Child Award.
Visit his website at davidleite.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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Two Booker Prize Winners
A Book Discussion with Mark Schenker
Sunday, June 25 ~ 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a prestigious literary prize awarded
each year for the best original novel, written in the English language
 and published in the United Kingdom. In this two-part series,
we will explore two Man Booker Prize Winners.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting,
The Sense of an Ending has psychological and emotional depth
and sophistication. This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man,
 as he contends with a past he never thought much about and he is forced
 to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.

Mark J. Schenker is the Senior Associate Dean of Yale College,
Dean of Academic Affairs and a lecturer in English at Yale. He earned
his Ph.D. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature.
He lectures frequently on literary topics, and enjoys making
 literature accessible and enjoyable. Books are available at
the library to borrow four weeks in advance of the discussion. 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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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.
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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Cinematic Guitar Poetry
with Hiroya Tsukamoto
Tuesday, June 27 ~ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us on an innovative, impressionistic journey
filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace
and tranquility. It is cinematic guitar poetry, blending folk, jazz and
Japanese roots to create a unique and powerful sound. Hiroya also
 introduces some Japanese folk music with the stories behind the songs. 

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

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

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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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Preschool Storytimes
2-5 year olds
Thursdays, June 29-August 10 ~ 11:00 a.m.
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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In the Gallery
Carol T. Moore ~ Mixed Media
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
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, June  8 ~ 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
+ Book Selection Meeting for 2017-2018
Quartet: Orchestrating the 2nd American Revolution, 1783-1789
by Joseph Ellis
From 1783 to 1789 America had its second great founding.
The men most responsible were Alexander Hamilton,
George Washington, John Jay, and James Madison.
That quartet shaped American history by diagnosing
the dysfunctions of the Articles of Confederation,
calling the Constitutional Convention, setting the
agenda in Philadelphia, and drafting the Bill of Rights.
Moderated by Alan

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, June 8 ~ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
+ Book Selection Meeting for 2017-2018
Once We Were Brothers
by Ronald H. Balson
Two boys, once as close as brothers, are on opposite sides, with a
family in war-torn Poland, and a struggling young love during in the Holocaust.
Two lives, two worlds, and 60 years converge in a race to redemption.
 Also set in the legal world, it's not a courtroom drama with historical flashbacks;
 it's also a love story that crosses both time and geographical boundaries.
Moderated by Laurie

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, Wednesdays, Thursdays ~ 10:30 a.m.
May 2-18, 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)
TTuesdays, May 2-16, 2017 ~ 11:00 a.m.
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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Preschool Storytimes
2-5 year olds
Wednesdays, May 3-17, 2017 ~ 11:00 a.m.
Thursdays, May 4-18, 2017 ~ 11:00 a.m.
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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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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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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SPECIAL SUMMER SATURDAYS
Come to OWL for family performances
on Saturday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Summer Reading Kickoff
with Pete & Chris Amusements
Saturday, June 24 ~ 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Oliver Wolcott Library
For All Ages
Come see New England’s only two-man comedy and magic show.
They give an ULTRA 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.
Think of Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris as human cartoon characters
as they take their audience through one wacky situation after another. 
Meet Presto Pete, the main magician. He is constantly positive
and strong minded, much to the chagrin of Incredulous Chris.
Pete always sees the positive side of things and is the goofball of the two.

Incredulous Chris, as his name would suggest, is more of the sceptic.
 He can see the positives of things, but is also very keen on
pointing out the negatives. He always tries to foil or disprove Presto Pete.
This dynamic duo will delight as we begin the start of the summer.

All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Registration is required.
Register for one or all Saturdays.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Teen Dinner & A Book Club
For Teens Entering Grades 7-10
Wednesday, June 28 ~ 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Wednesdays, June 28 - August 9, 2017
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.  

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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Mary Poppins Lunch Bunch Club
For Children Entering Grades K-4
Thursday, June 29 ~ 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Thursdays, June 29 - August 10 ~ 12:00-1pm
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!

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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Super Sonics
with Matthew Cantello
Saturday, July 8 ~ 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Oliver Wolcott Library
For Ages 5-12
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.

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
A Live Action Story with Sciencetellers
Saturday, July 22 ~ 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Oliver Wolcott Library
For Ages 5-12
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! 

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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Nature's Architects
with Animal Embassy
Saturday, August 5 ~ 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Oliver Wolcott Library
For Ages 5-12 
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.

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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Field Trip to the Mary Poppins
Performance at the Warner Theater
For Lunch Bunch Club Members Only
Sunday, August 6 ~ 12:45-5:15 p.m. 
Oliver Wolcott Library
After 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, including Best 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.

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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Teen Raptor Show
For Teen Dinner & A Book Club Members Only
Wednesday, August 9 ~ 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Oliver Wolcott Library
For Teens Entering Grades 7-10
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.

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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Kindergarten Social
Friday, August 18 ~ 10:30 a.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
For children entering kindergarten
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.

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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BubbleMania: Comedy...with a Drip
with Casey Carle
Saturday, August 19 ~ 10:30-11:30 a.m.  
Oliver Wolcott Library
For Ages 5-12
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!

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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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.