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Bouncing Babies: Birth -24 months
Tuesdays at 11 AM
March 5 through April 30th


Preschool Storytime: 2-5 year olds
Thursdays at 11 AM 
March 7 through April 25th*



Join Dr. Caroline for Bouncing Babies! Enjoy concept and rhyming books, learn finger plays, and meet other families in this interactive program. Your child will form a bond with you, develop listening skills, and begin vocabulary development.

Join Miss Kathy for Preschool Storytime! Enjoy new and classic picture books, learn movement activities, and build pre-literacy skills such as phonological awareness and comprehension. Stories will be read that encourage participation and comment.

Drop-in. No registration necessary.
*No Bouncing Babies or Stortytime March 19 through March 28



Spreading Kindess & Gratitude
For All Ages

When asked, most people will say that they feel teaching kindness and gratitude are important values to pass on to children. This is the perfect time of year to cultivate and teach these values.
In the Children’s Library, we will have a Kindness & Gratitude Jar.  Invite your child to come to the library and pick a suggested act from the jar. Once your child completes an act of kindness or gratitude, be sure to tell us about it, so they can add a ribbon to our Kindness & Gratitude Wreath.




Craftastic Fridays
For All Ages

Every Friday the Oliver Wolcott Library will have a fun, new craft suitable for kids of all ages! Bring your child to the Children’s Library at any time throughout the day, so they can create their very own masterpiece to take home!





March 6 through April 24*
Wednesdays 11 a.m.

Letters are  Characters ©
A playful pre-reading program 
for children ages 4-7 

* no program on March 20 & March 27

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Parents/caregivers are children’s first teachers and play a critical role in literacy. During this fun and interactive program, parents/caregivers will learn about how children learn to read as well as how to provide effective, evidence-based support and instruction and create enriching, lifelong reading habits.

Simultaneously, children will acquire pre-reading skills through story and hands on, multi-sensory play that will enable them to begin to break the phonemic code, an essential stepping stone in learning to read.  

The best predictor of reading readiness is symbol recognition (knowing the names of upper and lower case letters) and sound symbol correspondence because it demonstrates that the neural pathways are primed for reading acquisition (also known as breaking the phonemic code). This program is designed to joyfully and playfully get all children ready to read! Different learning styles will be discussed.

Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu is a researcher and teacher. She has spent the last four years studying reading including the neurological processes involved in reading and the sociological, psychological and cultural aspects of reading acquisition and its opposite - failure to acquire reading fluency. She has developed a method to help children ages 4 - 7 break the phonemic code in a fun and playful way. She has authored a book on the subject (in the publication process).  She is passionate about the importance of reading and wants to create programs that work for all students including struggling readers.

Registration is Required




March 5 through April 9
Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM.

The Afternoon Letters are  Characters ©
   A Six Week playful pre-reading program  for children ages 4-7  & Caregivers

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During this short course, parents/caregivers will be introduced to the science of reading and given tools to provide effective, evidence-based support and instruction at home that will facilitate the creation of enriching, lifelong reading habits in their child/children.

Simultaneously, children will work on acquiring or refining pre-reading/early reading skills through story and hands on multi-sensory play.
Registration is Required


 Children's Events



March 4 & April 1

Monday 3:30- 4:15 PM

STEM Studio
For Grades 4-6

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Children in grades 4-6 are invited to join us for a fun and hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program. Each session will include a challenge correlating with one or more STEM concepts in which children will have to use teamwork, critical thinking, and innovation in order to complete their challenge. These exciting challenges will include building famous structures and making a constellation lightbox.

Registration is Required




March 8 & April 5

Fridays 3:30- 4:15 PM

Storytime STEM
For Grades K - 3

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Children in grades K-3 are invited to join us for a story and various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities. This exciting and hands-on program will include a read aloud of a popular children’s picture book along with correlating STEM crafts, activities, and/or whole group science demonstrations. Whether your child is constructing the perfect leprechaun trap like an engineer, or using science to make their own bubbles this program is guaranteed to make learning fun.

Registration is Required



March 25 & April 29
Monday 3:30- 4:15 PM

Off the Hook
For Grades 4 - 6

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If your child loves DIY crafts, then they’re invited to Oliver Wolcott Library to follow easy step-by-step instructions to create a unique yarn craft without using any knitting needles or crochet hooks. All materials will be provided.

Registration required.



March 29
Friday 11:00- 11:30 AM

Baseball Storytime
For 3 - 5 Year Olds

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Baseball season is in full swing, so join us at Oliver Wolcott Library for a very special baseball themed storytime. We will be reading books, singing songs, and creating crafts suited for the MVP. Wearing baseball clothes and gear is optional but highly encouraged.

Registration required.



March 29 & April 26
Friday 3:30- 4:15 PM

Little Book Buddies
For Grades K-3

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Children in grades K-3 are invited to join us for a special story time and craft program. Children will listen to a popular storybook, and then make their very own stuffed animal inspired by the book to take home.

Need to take the school bus to the library? If your child needs to take the bus to the library, please notify Litchfield Center School in writing 2 weeks before the program. 


Registration is Required



April 12
Friday 11:00- 11:30 AM

Construction Site Storytime
For 3 - 5 Year Olds

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Grab a hard hat and join us for Construction Site Storytime. If your child loves excavators, bulldozers, dump trucks, or cranes then this storytime is just right for you. We will be reading books, singing songs, playing with construction trucks, and creating a craft to bring home.

Registration is Required




April 22
Monday 3:30- 4:15 PM

Earth Day Celebration
For Grades K - 3


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Children in grades K-3 are invited to join us for a special Earth Day Celebration. Children will listen to a popular storybook, and then make their very own “mini” garden out of recyclable material to take home.

Registration is Required




Teen Wednesdays

March 13 through April 24 
2:15 - 3:15 PM

For Teens in Grade 7 to 12
Drop in each week or for specific sessions.

Registration is Required
Light refreshments will be served each session

Generously sponsored by Civic Family Services



Board Game Madness

March 13 & April 3
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Teens are encouraged to come to the library to play some board games with Miss Kathy. We will have the classics along with some newer games, sure to suit every players taste.




Makerspace Wednesdays

March 20 & April 10
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Makerspaces are places where people gather to create, invent, and share projects and ideas. Each session we will feature a new DIY project for teens to work on. In January we will be creating duct tape and washi tape crafts and in February we will be making string art. All materials will be provided.





Graphic Novel Book Club

March 27 & April 24 
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Join us for our first ever Graphic Novel Book Club! Each session will feature a new graphic novel that we will discuss and create a craft to go along with. Stop by the library anytime during the month to pick up your copy of the featured graphic novel.


February 27: we will discuss Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl is a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby. 

March 27: Lumberjanes Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters & Grace Ellis.

April 24 : Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova.





























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