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Ghost Hunt Party
Sunday, October 30
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
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Come in costume and listen to a reading of We’re Going on a Ghost Hunt. Mrs. Shaia will hand out flashlights, and then we’ll go on an interactive hunt throughout the children’s room. Avoid bats, vampires, witches, and ghosts as you navigate through the forest, a swamp, cross a bridge, and enter a haunted house. Craft stations will be setup after the Ghost Hunt. If you check out a book at the circulation desk you can ask for a treat! Registration is required. Best For Ages 3-8. 

Lego Club
Fridays, October 14 - November 4
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
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Calling all engineers and architects! Listen to a short story to inspire your creativity, and then build the Lego Challenge of the Week. Team up with a friend, or build solo. Make sure to sign up with your email address so Mrs. Shaia can email a photo of your masterpiece! Feel free to pack a snack to eat during story time. All supplies will be provided. Note: Please leave your personal Legos at home. Registration is required. For children in Grades K-4.

Please register online and notify Center School in writing by SEPTEMBER 23 if you want your child to ride the bus from the school to the library.

This program is generously funded by the Litchfield Education Foundation


Interactive Reading: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Saturday, November 5
11:30 a..m. - 1:30 p.m. - Part I AND
Sunday, November 6
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Part II

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For Grades 5 - 10


Celebrate the newest edition in the Harry Potter canon. Come to a unique reading of the play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Over the course of the weekend we will read the play aloud in its entirety. See the Jamie Gagarin Community Room transform as we act in front of various backdrops from the famous Hogwarts and Muggle Worlds. 

Find out what happens when Harry Potter’s son, Albus, and Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius, become friends as they begin Hogwarts together in the eighth installment of the J.K. Rowling series. Past and present worlds collide when Albus is forced to deal with his family legacy, and Harry tries to leave the past in the past. Favorite characters from the series make appearances throughout the story.

Teens can participate in one of two ways: either signup to read their favorite character’s part aloud, or they can listen to the story the way it was meant to be heard as an audience member. Attendees can come to either or both programs. Saturday we will be reading Part 1: Acts 1 & 2. Sunday we will be reading Part 2: Acts 3 & 4. There will be a short intermission between acts at 12:30 p.m. when a pizza lunch will be served. Light refreshments will also be available courtesy of Honeydukes. Bring a copy of the script if you have one. Costumes are encouraged! Children and adults are welcome to attend this program as audience members.


Fantastic Beasts Party
Sunday, November 13
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. - Activities
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. - Trivia Contest

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Come in costume and celebrate the upcoming Harry Potter film. You’ll make your own wand, tame a Hungarian Horntail dragon, attend a Potions class, and go on a Horcrux scavenger hunt. The Sorting Hall will choose teams to compete in a Harry Potter trivia contest. Registration is required.
For Children in Grades 4-6

Elizabeth Wolff
Special Reception for Children

Sunday, December 4
1:00 - 2:30 P.M.
Registration Required


Join us for a special reception specifically designed for children!

At the reception, Elizabeth will talk about how she became an artist, what inspires her, and why she loves to illustrate children’s books. She will also provide a demonstration of how she begins a piece of art.

During this special reception, Elizabeth will have inexpensive cards and prints for purchase ranging from 50 cents to $5.00.

She will also have a special table where she will hand-draw an illustration for a child that will fit into a pop-in frame, ranging in price from $10 to $15.

Attending the program is free, but registration is required. Please note that artwork will be for sale, ranging from 50 cents to $15.

Family Day
Drum Away the Winter Blues

Saturday, December 10
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
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For All Ages

Herald in the season with songs and stories from around the globe and collective music-making. Master percussionist, educator, and author (The New Folk Music; The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music; and Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music) Craig Harris, M. Ed. leads this exciting, multicultural, participatory, and fun-for-all-ages musical celebration of the winter holidays. His large repertoire of participatory, singalong-able secular songs and stories for the winter season that spans from “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel” to “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” and “Santa’s Got an Airplane.” Registration is required.

Cookie decorating will be ongoing in the Community Room.



Preschool Events    

Outreach Storytimes for Preschoolers

Each month, Mrs. Shaia, Children’s Librarian, will be bringing her suitcase of storytime themes to Litchfield Headstart, Room to Grow, School on the Green, and the 3-year and 4-year old classes at Litchfield Center School.

Each program is unique, supports the preschool curriculum, and includes new and classic picture books, flannel board stories, fingerplays, musical instruments, puppets and a themed craft. PLUS, Mrs. Shaia brings books from OWL’s extensive collection for the schools to borrow each month!







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