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2019 Summer Reading Program : Dive into Reading



 Storytime

 

 

Bouncing Babies: Birth -24 months
Tuesdays at 11 AM
May 7th through June 11th

 

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

May 2nd through June 13th

 

 

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.
 


 

 

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!

 

 


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

 

Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM.
May 7 through June 11

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 Wednesdays 11 a.m.
May 8 through June 12

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Parents/caregivers are children’s first teachers and play a critical role in literacy. During this fun and interactive program, we’ll study how children learn to read as well as how to provide effective, evidence-based support and instruction to create enriching, lifelong reading habits. Your 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, teacher, and OWL’s library assistant with a focus on early literacy. 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 to 7 break the phonemic code in a fun and playful way, and has authored a book on the subject.

Registration is Required

 


Saturday, June 29
10:30- 11:30 AM

Family Fun with Letters
with Dr. Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu

For Children ages 4 Through 11

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During this fun and interactive Saturday program, parents/caregivers and children will play with letters and letter patterns. There will be hands on, multisensory activity stations for children ages 4 through 11, music and stories. 

Learning letters and letter patterns helps make great readers and when it is play based, kids and parents alike enjoy the shared focus. Knowing  what the letters and letter patterns “say” and how they work helps ensure that children will read to their highest potential and enjoy reading which is one of the best gifts that we can give them.

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 4 - 7 break the phonemic code and authored a book on the subject.  She is passionate about the importance of reading and wants to create play-based programs for all students including struggling readers.  
 

 

 

 


 Children's Events

 


Special Event for Children Ages 2 to 5

 

 

May 31
Friday 11:00- 11:30 AM
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Knights & Dragons Storytime

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! We are calling for all the little brave knights to join us at the Oliver Wolcott Library for our Knights and Dragons Storytime. Thou shall have a good morrow with us while reading books, singing songs, and creating a craft to bring home. . . Huzzah!

 


 

Teen Wednesdays

  
May 1 through May 29
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

 


 

Graphic Novel Book Club- May 29
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If your teen loves graphic novels then join us for our Graphic Novel Book Club. Stop by the library anytime during the month to borrow a copy of the featured graphic novel.

Featured book: All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

 


 

 2019 Summer Reading Program
Registration Begins June 22!

 

Preschool Children:
Participate in our “Read to Me” Summer Reading Program for preschoolers (birth through entering Kindergarten). Children will receive a paper reading log where they can track each day that they are read to by coloring in a fun ocean themed picture.

Every week when children are read to at least five days, they can stop by the library to show a librarian their log and get a prize. Remember attending one of our preschool programs counts!

Children and Teens:
Children and Teens can keep track of their summer reading online with our new Wandoo Reader software. This fun and interactive online reading log can track the titles and authors of the books they are reading.

School-age children entering grades 1 through 6 can earn prizes each week in TWO ways, by logging their reading on Wandoo Reader and by completing various in-library challenges.

Teens entering grades 7 through 12 have the chance every week to win some awesome gift cards from local establishments by logging their reading on Wandoo Reader.

 


 

 

Saturday, June 22

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

For All Ages ~

Registration is Required

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Join us at OWL for our 2019 Summer Reading Kickoff. Come learn all about our 2019 Summer Reading Program: Dive into Reading, our Summer Reading Book Clubs for children and teens, and enjoy some family friendly fun!

11:00 AM: Magician, Matt The Balloon Man
“Connecticut’s Best Magician & Balloon Artist” will be putting on a magic show which is sure to entertain everyone in your family.

11:45 AM: Jodiann from Cups & Cones
Jodiann will be scoping out some delicious ice cream from her cart after the magic show.

On-going in the Children’s Library
We will have face painting, temporary tattoos, and a fun craft.

 

 


 

Summer Reading Book Clubs - Grades K - 12
Registration is Required

 


Page Tuner's Club
For Children Entering Grades 4 - 6

Wednesdays: 2 Sessions
June 26 through August 21

Session One: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
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Session Two: 12:30 - 1:30 PM
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Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer! Receive a complimentary copy of 2019 Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate Nominee Seven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey.

Each week Miss Kathy will lead discussions, read passages aloud, and create fun and hands-on projects related to the book. A pizza lunch will be provided each week.

 

 

Field Trip to Mystic Aquarium

For Page Turner's Club Members Only


Wednesday, August 7
 7:45 AM to 6:30 PM


 

Mystic Aquarium was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2014 and is home to sea creatures such as beluga whales, sharks, seals, sea lions, and more! Members of the Page Turner’s Club have an opportunity to join OWL on a field trip to Mystic Aquarium where they will get to discover the wonders of oceanography. “Dive into Reading” this summer and don’t miss this chance to join us for a fun and educational experience!

Bus transportation, lunch, dinner, t-shirts, and aquarium admission will all be provided. For more details, contact the Children’s Librarian at kpickle@owlibrary.org.

This book club and field trip are generously sponsored by Praxair.

 


 

Fin-tastic Lunch Bunch Club
For Children Entering Grades 1- 3

 

Thursdays: 2 Sessions
June 26 through August 21

Session One: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
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Session Two: 12:30 - 1:30 PM 
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Join Miss Kathy for a weekly read-aloud featuring an “ocean” topic of the week including whales, shark, coral reefs, and more! After learning about our week’s ocean topic we will create some fun and hands-on projects related to the book. A pizza lunch will be provided each week. In July and August Mystic Aquarium will be coming to OWL for two special programs for the children in the Fin-tastic Lunch Bunch Club. 

 


 

Teen Pizza & Pages Book Club For Teens
Entering Grades 7 - 10

Wednesdays 5:30- 6:30 PM
June 26 Through August 21

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Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer! Receive a copy of The Raft by S.A. Bodeen.

Each week Miss Kathy will lead discussions, read passages aloud, and create fun and hands-on projects related to the book. A pizza dinner will be provided each week. In August there will be a special event for the teens in the Teen Pizza & Pages Book Club.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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