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Special Summer Saturdays
Come to OWL for family performances on Saturday mornings!

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For Ages 5 - 12

Magical Moments with Ed Pop
Saturday, July 23 -  10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Professional magician, Ed Popielarczyk has been entertaining audiences for over thirty years with tricks, illusions, balloon sculpting, and his famous flea circus. This comedy show makes children the star because they help make the magic happen! Storytelling, jokes, and audience participation will be featured this Saturday morning. Each child who comes up on stage to help will receive a souvenir.


Power & Energy with Sciencetellers
Saturday, August 6 -  10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Join the Sciencetellers this Saturday as we make things fly, spin, move and soar while telling a series of stories that will energize your day. Children will throw on their “labcoats” and buckle in as they experience the science of power and energy through several exciting, hands-on experiments that will have the audience laughing, learning and having fun. Enjoy this energetic adventure as you discover what makes us move and what powers the world.


Athletes of the Animal Kingdom
with Animal Embassy
Saturday, August 20 -  10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

With this interactive, educational and entertaining program, families will encounter a diversity of creatures with amazing athletic skills. We’ll meet frogs that furiously unfurl their tongues to catch insects & giant prey, lizards that mark their territory with vigorous push-ups, rabbits that escape predators by sprinting, and birds that can fly formidable distances! We’ll discuss how some of these skills help each animal athlete to survive in its habitat as well as why, like us, our animal friends need a nutrient-rich & healthy diet to support their activities. We will explore a myriad of athletic feats with live Animal Ambassadors such as a Veiled Chameleon, an Argentine Black & White Tegu, Gray Tree Frogs, a Rabbit, a Carpet Python, a Eurasian Eagle Owl and a Lovebird.

Lunch Bunch Club
Thursdays, June 30 - August 18
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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Did you know that Winnie the Pooh was a book before it was a Disney sensation? Listen to the original tales and learn fun facts about the series. Mrs. Shaia will read a different chapter from Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner each week. Test your knowledge about the real Winnie with trivia games such as “Book vs. Movie” and “True or False,” and decorate crafts such as a “Hunny” pot. A pizza lunch will be provided each week. Keep track of the chapters read aloud for your “Read to Me” portion of your summer reading requirement! Registration is required.
For children entering grades K-4.

Paperback copies of Winnie the Pooh and craft supplies will be generously funded by the Junior Women's Club of Litchfield Hills. 


Page Turner's Club
Wednesdays, June 29 - August 10
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer! Receive a complimentary paperback of Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. Each week Mrs. Shaia will lead discussions, read passages aloud, and have game challenges. A pizza lunch will be provided each week.

When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance masterpiece underneath. That’s great news for Theo, who’s struggling to hang onto her family’s two-hundred-year-old townhouse and support her unstable mother on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. There’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen.

With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo’s search for answers takes her all around Manhattan, and introduces her to a side of the city - and her grandfather - that she never knew. To solve the mystery, she’ll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time. Registration is required. For Grades 4-6.

This book club is generously sponsored by the Ellen Keeney Fund



Field Trip to the New Britain Museum of American Art
Wednesday, August 17
9:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
For Page Turner's Club & Teen Book Club Members

After reading Under the Egg and The Art of Secrets, we’ll take a trip to see paintings at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Docents will take us on a guided tour of the museum and we’ll discuss paintings to see if they were inspired by the master Raphael. We’ll go on a scavenger hunt to look for outsider art similar to Henry Darger’s style. We will lean how to “read” paintings using the Visual Thinking Strategies Method while considering plot, character, setting tone, and point of view. We will take an in-depth look at paintings from the Colonial Period, the Hudson River School, Impressionism, and Thomas Hart Benton Murals.

After a guided tour, we will complement our experience by participating in a hands-on workshop. We will explore processes, techniques and materials that connect to artists on the guided tour.

Chaperones include library staff Lisa Shaia, Cameron Bove, Caitlin Costa, Center School Librarian Joanne Moore and Donald Shaia. Children should bring a brown bag lunch to eat on campus. A permission slip will be handed out, as well as a detailed schedule of events for the day.

The field trip is generously sponsored by the Ellen Keeney Fund


Preschool Events    

Kindergarten Social
Friday, August 19
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
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All kindergarteners and their parents are invited to a special story hour for children getting ready to enter kindergarten. Ease the anxiety of the first day by hearing stories & songs about school. Join OWL’s Children’s Librarian Mrs. Shaia and Center School’s Librarian Mrs. Moore for this fun event. Registration is required.


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!


 Teen Events

Teen Dinner & A Book Club & Museum Trip
Wednesdays, June 29 - August 10
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
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Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer! Receive a complimentary paperback of The Art of Secrets by James Klise. Each week we will have discussions, read passages aloud, and compete in trivia challenges. A pizza dinner will be provided each week.

When Saba Khan’s apartment burns in a mysterious fire, possibly a hate crime, her high school rallies around her. Her family moves into a rent-free luxury apartment, her Facebook page explodes, and she begins (secretly) dating a popular boy.

Then a quirky piece of art donated to a school fund-raising effort for the Khans is revealed to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and Saba’s life turns upside down again. Should Saba’s family get the money? Or the students who found the painting? Or the school?

Monologues, journal entries, interviews, articles, and official documents expose a tangled web of greed, jealousy, and suspicion as students and teachers alike debate, point fingers, and make shocking accusations about what’s really going on.

Click Here to learn about the field trip to the New Britain Museum of American Art On Wednesday, August 17. Registration is required. For Teens entering Grades 7-10.

This book club is generously sponsored by the Ellen Keeney Fund





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