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Bouncing Babies: Birth -24 months
Tuesdays at 11 AM
January 8 through February 26


Preschool Storytime: 2-5 year olds
Thursdays at 11 AM 
January 10 through February 28


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.



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!





January 9- February 27
Wednesdays 11 a.m.

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

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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




January 15 - January 29
Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM.

The Afternoon Letters are  Characters ©
   A 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


January 25 & February 22
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 by January 11.

Registration is Required





January 11 
Friday 11:00- 11:30 AM

Teddy Bear Picnic
For 3 - 5 Year Olds

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It’s time for a Teddy Bear Picnic at Oliver Wolcott Library! Bring your favorite teddy bear and a picnic blanket to this very special Storytime. We will listen to books, sing songs, and create a special teddy bear themed craft to take home.

Light refreshments will be served. Registration is Required




February 15
Friday 11:00- 11:30 AM

Royal Tea Party
For 3 - 5 Year Olds

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Attention all Princes and Princesses, you are cordially invited to attend a Royal Tea Party at Oliver Wolcott Library. We will be reading royal books, singing majestic songs, and creating crafts suited for the King and Queen. Dressing up is optional but highly encouraged.

Light refreshments will be served. Registration is Required



January 7 - February 11*
Mondays 3:30- 4:30 PM

Spelling Bee Club
For Grades 4-6

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The Spelling Club will provide children an opportunity to gather at OWL to learn the word bank for the Litchfield Bee in a fun and collaborative setting. Play word games such as Boggle, Jumble, Roll & Spell, and Vocab Toss. Listen to excerpts from novels that are filled with juicy words to prepare for the Spelling Bee. Run through practice Bees so you’re ready to compete. Study materials created by the Scripps National Bee. Participation in the Spelling Bee is not mandatory!

*No Spelling Bee Club on January 21.
Snack will be provided.

Registration is Required



February 12
LIS Students ~ Tuesday 6:00 PM
LMS Students ~ Tuesday 7:00 PM

Spelling Bee 
For LIS Students in Grades 4-6
For LMS Students in Grades 7-8

Location: Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Rd.

Registration is required.

To Register to compete please email:
BOD@leffortstudents.org with the name and grade of student

Compete in the local round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Students in Litchfield Intermediate and Middle Schools will have a chance to showcase their spelling talents for a chance to represent their school at the Connecticut State Bee in early spring. The Connecticut Winner will go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. Participation in the Spelling Bee Club is not mandatory to compete.

Once registered, a word list will be provided to your child to help perpare for the bee!

Spelling Bee Club and the Spelling Bee are generously sponsored by the Litchfield
Education Foundation.




January 9 & February 6
Wednesday 1:30- 2:30 PM

1/2 Day Science Club
with ScienceTellers & How Cool is That?
For Grades K-6

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Celebrate your ½ day by joining us for our ½ Day Science Club! At each session, your child will learn about different facts of science through fun, interactive activities.

Join us on January 9 for Storytelling Performance with Sciencetellers! Journey with us to the Wild West, where a bank-robber is back in town, about to strike again and two kids must saddle up to foil the great heist. Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, the audience will help us explore the science behind chemical reactions, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more. Don’t miss this classic action-packed western with ‘notes’ of science! Volunteers will be chosen at random.
Sciencetellers have been going to schools, libraries, and community events since 2004. Although they are based out of New Jersey, they have performers all across the nation which includes teachers and theater performers who love learning and teaching science to kids.  Visit their website at: www.sciencetellers.com

Join us on February 6 for Marshmallow Shooters Hands-On Science with How Cool is That? Using common household items, your child will build a marshmallow shooter with Velya Jancz-Urban, a certified Connecticut teacher, in this hands-on workshop. They will play around with different weighted objects and force to see what flies further. Children will be placed in small groups, and each child will build their own project. Visit their website at: www.howcoolisthat.name

Registration is Required

Generously sponsored by the Litchfield Education Foundation.




January 11 & February 8

Friday 3:30- 4:15 PM

Storytime STEM
For Grades K-3

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Whether your child is using science to make their own snow or constructing the perfect sled like an engineer, this program is guaranteed to make learning fun! Children 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.

Registration is Required



January 18 & February 15

Friday 3:30- 4:15 PM

STEM Studio
For Grades 4-6

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Make the most awesome slime ever and construct a complex and complicated marble maze! Join us for a fun and hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). 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.

Registration is Required




Teen Wednesdays

January 16 through February 27
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



January 16 & February 13
Board Game Madness

 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.

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January 23 & February 20
Makerspace Wednesdays



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.

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January 30 & February 27

Graphic Novel Book Club

 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.


January 30: we will discuss Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen.

Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp...defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons...what’s not to love?!

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. 

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