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~Children's Events~



November & December 

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.



November & December 

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!





November 6 through December 20*

Bouncing Babies: Birth -24 months
Tuesdays at 11 AM

Preschool Storytime: 2-5 year olds
Thursdays at 11 AM 


NEW! Each week, we will explore a theme. This is what we have planned.

  • Tues Nov 6 & Thurs Nov 8: Theme is Kindness
  • Tues Nov 13 & Thurs Nov 15: Theme is Thanksgiving
  • Tues Dec 4 & Thurs Dec 6: Theme is Hanukkah
  • Tues Dec 11 & Thurs Dec 13: Theme is Winter Wonderland
  • Tues Dec 18 & Thurs Dec 20: Theme is Christmas

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 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.

*no Bouncing Babies or Preschool Storytime on November 20, 22, 27 & 29




November 7- December 19*
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

*No Letters are Characters on November 21 & 28



November 5 & December 3
Mondays 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 OWL to follow easy step-by-step instructions to create a unique yarn craft without using any knitting needles or crochet hooks. Join Miss Kathy as she leads Off the Hook! All materials will be provided.

Please register online and notify Litchfield Intermediate School in writing by October 22nd for the November 5th session and by November 19th for the December 3rd session if you want your child to ride the school bus from school to the library.

Registration is Required



November 9 & December 14
Fridays 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. Join Children’s Librarian Miss Kathy for this fun and educational program!

Please register online and notify Litchfield Center School in writing by October 26th for the November 9th session and by November 30th for the December 14th session if you want your child to ride the school bus from school to the library.

Registration is Required



November 17
Saturday 10:30- 11:30 AM

For 3 -8 Year Olds

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Dinosaurs are coming to the Oliver Wolcott Library! Join Children’s Librarian Miss Kathy for a special dinosaur themed story time where we will sing and dance to songs, listen to stories, and even create some dinosaur crafts to bring home. There may even be a dinosaur puppet stomping its way into our story time. Grab your paleontologist tools and head on over to this story time before it becomes extinct!

Registration is Required



~Family Fun Day~












It's the most wonderful time of the year and Mad Science is going to share it with OWL! Adults and children alike won't believe their eyes as they try to determine if what they're seeing is magic or science. Don't worry, Mad Science will explain it all as they use their indoor fireworks to create a festival of lights and share their top secret "special ice" shipped straight from the North Pole. It all comes together with their magical no-melt snow. Audiences will have to see it to believe it!




Plus! Gingerbread cookie decorating will be ongoing in the Jamie Gagarin Community Room

& a special snowflake craft in the Children’s Library.




December 12
Wednesday 1:30- 2:30 PM

1/2 Day Science Club
Upcycled Egg Drop
with How Cool is That?
For Grades K-6

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Join Velya Jancz-Urban, a certified Connecticut teacher, for a hands-on science workshop.

Children will “purchase” recyclable materials from Mrs. J.U.’s recycling bin, and build a contraption that will protect a raw egg from breaking when dropped from several heights. They will use problem solving skills and creative thinking in order to execute this activity.

Your child will learn about the conservation of energy and energy transfer. STEM & Next-Generation Science Standards Targeted: Energy

Please register online and notify Litchfield Center or Intermediate School in writing by November 28 if you want your child to ride the bus from school to the library.

Registration is Required

Generously sponsored by the Litchfield Education Foundation.





















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