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Fairy Tale Lunch Bunch Club  (Grades K - 4)

Page Turner's Club  (Grades 4 - 6)

Teen Pizza & Pages  (Grades 7 - 10)

 

 


 

~Special Summer Saturdays~
for ages 5 - 12

 



Saturday, June 23
10:30 - 11:30 am
For All Ages

Summer Reading Kickoff
with Juggler Jason Pipitone


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Registration is Required 

 

Jason Pipitone’s Juggling Extravaganza is non stop action! Juggling, physical comedy, balancing tricks and more - you don’t want to miss this exciting event to kick off our Summer Reading Program Series! 

Jason has been an entertainer since he was a young kid growing up in Las Vegas. As a teen he moved to Connecticut and continued to evolve his skills to include stilt walking, unicycle riding, break dancing and comedy. After school he began traveling the country as a street performer working crowd participation and high energy physical routines into his act. Come celebrate summer with the family as Jason puts on a truly unique performance!

 


 

Wild West: Mystery of the Golden Piano
with Scientellers


Saturday, July 14
10:30 - 11:30 AM

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Registration is Required 

 

Journey with us to the Wild West, where a bank-robber is back in town, about to strike again! Two kids must saddle up to foil the great heist, but not before stopping a runaway train, escaping an abandoned mine shaft and discovering how a mysterious piano can play an ‘instrumental’ part in putting a rotten cowboy back behind bars. Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more. Don’t miss this classic action-packed western with ‘notes’ of science! The program content addresses Next Generation Science Standards PS1 & PS2.
 

 


 

Exotic Animals
with Show on the Go

Saturday, July 28
10:30 - 11:30 AM

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Registration is Required 

 

In this program you will see everything from cute and furry to slimy and scaly! The animals are presented one at a time and we’ll learn their natural history. Animal Show on the Go is an exotic pet rescue. They house snakes, lizards, turtles, birds, frogs, chinchillas, rabbits, ducks, hedgehog and arthropods. It is run by Cindy King who has worked with over 100 species of animals including venomous snakes, raptors, and lesser cats. She spent over 10 years as the Director of a Wildlife Sanctuary before creating Animal Show on the Go. King is also a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

 


 

Pete and Chris Amusements
Magician Brothers are Back!

Saturday, August 11
10:30 - 11:30 AM

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Registration is Required 

 

Come see New England’s only two-man comedy and magic show. They give an ultra-high-energy performance that captures kid’s attention, and doesn’t let go! They travel the country bringing their unique blend of magic, storytelling, and slapstick comedy to hysterically laughing kids. Presto Pete, the main magician, is constantly positive and strong minded, much to the chagrin of Incredulous Chris. Incredulous Chris, as his name would suggest, is more of the skeptic.  He can see the positive side of things, but is also very keen on pointing out the negatives. He always tries to foil or disprove Presto Pete. This dynamic duo will delight as we end the summer and get ready to begin a new school year.
 

 


 

Fairy Tale Lunch BunchFairy Tale Lunch Bunch Club

June 28 - August  2
Thursdays : 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
For Children Entering Grades K - 4

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Mrs. Shaia will read a fractured fairy tale aloud while you eat your lunch. Then, we will watch a clip of Shelly Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre featuring the traditional story. We will focus on a different fairy tale each week, concluding with “The Little Mermaid” to prepare for the field trip at the Warner Theater on August 5. Make sure to pay attention because we will be playing the ever-popular Book vs. Movie Game afterward. Grownups who stay for the fun will catch glimpses of actors such as Jeff Bridges, Helen Mirren, Christopher Reeve and Jean Stapleton in the live-action productions.

A pizza lunch will be provided each week. Keep track of the books read aloud for the “Read to Me” portion of your Litchfield Center School summer reading requirement!

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED



 

Little Mermaid PerformanceField Trip to The Little Mermaid Performance
at the Warner Theater

For Lunch Bunch Club Members Only

Sunday, August 5
12:30 - 6:30 PM

 

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Chaperones include library staff. A permission slip will be handed out. Bus transportation and tickets will be provided.

Tickets to The Little Mermaid Show are generously sponsored by Litchfield Education Foundation.

 


 

 

Page Turner's Club

June 27 - August 15
Wednesdays : 1:00 - 2:00  PM
For Children Entering Grades 4 - 6

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Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer! Receive a complimentary paperback of The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich.

Omakayas, or Little Frog, was the sole survivor of a smallpox epidemic on Spirit Island when she was a baby. She was rescued by a fearless woman named Tallow and welcomed into an Ojibwa family on Lake Superior’s Madeline Island: the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. We follow Omakayas and her adopted family through a cycle of four seasons in 1847, including the winter, when a historically documented outbreak of smallpox overtook the island. Readers will be riveted by the daily life of this Native American family, in which tanning moose hides, picking berries, and scaring crows from the cornfield are as commonplace as encounters with bear cubs and fireside ghost stories.

Each week Mrs. Shaia will lead discussions, read passages aloud, and create Native American crafts. A pizza lunch will be provided each week.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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

 


 

Field Trip to the American Museum 
of Natural History

 For Page Turner's Club Members Only

Wednesday, August 1
7;45 AM - 6:30 PM

 

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions since its founding in 1869. The Museum holds over 33 million specimens, and is one of the world’s most comprehensive and important natural history collections. Highlights include a slice of a 1,400 sequoia tree, 46 mammal species in dioramas, a Folsom point spear crafted 10,000 years ago and is the most important archeological find ever made on this continent, an Ojibwa domed wigwam, an Iroquois longhouse, a creek council house, and a birch bark canoe. See the pages of The Birchbark House come to life right in front of your eyes!

Chaperones include library staff. A permission slip will be handed out, as well as a detailed schedule of events for the day. Bus transportation, lunch, dinner, t-shirts, and museum admission will all be provided.

For more details, contact Children’s Librarian Lisa Shaia at lshaia@owlibrary.org.
 


 

 

Teen Pizza & Pages

June 27 - August 15
*no meeting on August 1

Wednesdays : 5:30 - 6:30  PM
For Children Entering Grades 7 - 10

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 Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer! Receive two complimentary paperbacks: The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare and The Edge of Nowhere by John Smelcer. We will compare and contrast the historic classic with the modern novel.

The Sign of the Beaver is a classic (and on the 8th grade summer reading list). Thirteen-year-old Matt is left alone to guard his family’s newly built homestead. One day, Matt is brutally stung when he robs a bee tree for honey. He returns to consciousness to discover that his many stings have been treated by an old Native American and his grandson. Matt offers his only book as thanks, but the old man instead asks Matt to teach his grandson Attean to read. Both boys are suspicious, but Attean comes each day for his lesson. In the mornings, Matt tries to entice Attean with tales from Robinson Crusoe, while in the afternoons Attean teaches Matt about wilderness survival and Native American culture. The boys become friends in spite of themselves, and their inevitable parting is a moving tribute to the ability of shared experience to overcome prejudice.

The Edge of Nowhere is reminiscent of Gary Paulsen and Jack London stories. Sixteen-year-old Seth Evanoff mourns his mother’s unexpected death. For comfort, he eats more than his share of junk food and escapes from life through a portal of video games on his tablet. Seth works with his father on a commercial salmon fishing boat in the Prince William Sound, and during a storm, he and his loyal dog, Tucker, are tossed into the drink. So begins the coming-of-age journey of Seth and Tucker as they toil and swim among a chain of remote islands toward home. Seth uses wisdom from his Native Alaskan culture and common sense to survive a summer season of challenges. John Smelcer’s prose is lyrical, straightforward, and brilliant. This is an example of authentic Native Alaskan storytelling at its best. Readers are drawn immediately into this realistic modern-day vision-quest scenario and easily identify and empathize with the characters.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

 


 

Litchfield Schools Required Summer Reading

Come to OWL to get 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. Stop in to look for the color-coded leveled books that are featured on your school lists. They are available in the New Book bins. 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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