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Come to OWL and pick up a summer reading BINGO Card beginning Saturday, June 13th. Each week we will feature a different game to complete daily challenges that range from “reading under a tree” to going on “vacation” with a book to a place you’ve never been. Show a librarian your completed card at the end of the week. For each challenge you complete you’ll add a sticker to the Summer Reading Wall in the children’s room. Help your age group win this year! 

Last year 4th-6th graders won the challenge. Can they win again?

NEW THIS YEAR: There’s a special “Art Challenge of the Week” square. Scratch off the square, complete the challenge, and tell a librarian. If you do, you’ll get an “Art in a Bag” craft to take home and make at your leisure. Each week there will be a different craft including: magic scratch kaleidoscope, stained glass animal, DIY puzzle, Model Magic, your very own journal, and more!

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. See our Read to Me Club and Page Turners Club for a way to get your reading requirements finished!


Page Turners Club & Field Trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Wednesdays, July 1st - August 19th
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
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Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer! Receive a complimentary paperback of Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. Each week Mrs. Shaia will lead discussions, read passages aloud, and have pentomino puzzle challenges. A pizza lunch will be provided each week.

After reading Chasing Vermeer, we’ll take a trip into NYC to see actual Vermeer paintings! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has the most Vermeer’s under a single roof in the world! The five paintings we will see include: Study of a Young Woman, Allegory of Faith, Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, Woman with a Lute, and A Main Asleep. A museum docent will give us a special guided tour of the European Painting section of the museum. Chaperones will be provided by library and school staff, including Center School Librarian Mrs. Moore! After the guided tour, children will be able to explore other areas of the museum with chaperones. Children should bring a brown bag lunch and will be provided a $10 food stipend for dinner on the way home. A permission slip will be handed out. For Children Entering Grades 4-6. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Chapter Assignments:
Jul. 1 -      Pick up books & meet-and-greet
Jul. 8 -      Discuss Chapters 1-4
Jul. 15 -    Discuss Chapters 5-8
Jul. 22 -    Discuss Chapters 9-12
Jul. 29 -    Discuss Chapters 13-16
Aug. 5 -    Discuss Chapters 17-20
Aug. 12 -  Discuss Chapters 21-24
Aug. 19 -  Field Trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art


This field trip is generously sponsored by the Litchfield Education Foundation

Read To Me Club
Thursdays, July 2nd - August 13th
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
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Join Mrs. Shaia for weekly read-alouds featuring an artist of the week, all while finishing your summer reading requirement! After learning about their lives and techniques we’ll experiment with their medium. We’ll learn about Picasso, O’Keefe, Pollack, Degas, Matisse, Kadinsky, and Calder. We’ll play with mobiles, pastels, and paints all summer long! For Children Entering Grades K-4. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Dancing with Hoops Show
Friday, July 10th
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
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Judi Ann Jones will delight with a musically filled, interactive hula hoop show! Her show will inspire and ignite creative movement, dance, physical expression, play and laughter.  Everyone will be able to use a hula hoop during one piece of the show. For Children Entering Grades K-6. Space is limited. Registration is required.



Summer Reading Finale Frisbee Show
Friday, August 14th
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
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Two-time Freestyle Frisbee Champion, Todd Brodeur, educates, entertains, and motivates his audience with captivating Frisbee shows and interactive playshops. We’ll learn about living a healthy lifestyle while being creative and perfecting flexibility and balance. World Class Frisbee Shows and Playshops will teach the next generation new ways to learn Frisbee skills that increase hand-eye coordination and all will have fun and success while exercising.  For Children Ages 5-12. Space is limited. Registration is required.  


Preschool Programs

Kindergarten Social
Wednesday, August 26th - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
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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 & songs about school. Join OWL’s Children’s Librarian Mrs. Shaia and Center School’s Librarian Mrs. Moore for this fun event. For children entering kindergarten. Space is limited. Please register.


Teen Programs


Dinner & A Book Club
Wednesdays, July 1st - August 12th
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
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Boston’s biggest unsolved mystery is at the heart of this summer’s book, Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking.   Moxie and Ollie discover where the stolen items from the Isabella Gardener heist are hiding throughout the city and attempt to recover them. Mrs. Shaia will provide each teen with a paperback copy of the book for you to keep. We will also go on virtual field trips throughout the city of Boston including the Massachusetts State House, Trinity Church, and Fenway Park. A pizza dinner will be provided each week. The author, Erin Dionne, will be answering questions at the last meeting! For teens entering grades 7-10. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne - Chapter Assignments:

Jul. 1 -  Pick up books & meet-and-great
Jul. 8 -     Chapters 1-7
Jul. 15 -   Chapters 8-15
Jul. 22 -   Chapters 16-22
Jul. 29 -   Chapters 23-30
Aug. 5 -   Chapters 31-38
Aug. 12 - Chapters 39-46 & Meet the author


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