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Come to OWL for family performances on Saturday mornings from 10:30-11:30 am
Registration is required. Register for one or all Saturdays.
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Saturday, June 24
10:30 - 11:30 am 

Summer Reading Kickoff with Pete & Chris Amusements
For All Ages

Come see New England’s only two-man comedy and magic show. They give an ULTRA high-energy performance that captures kids attention, and doesn’t let go! They travel the country bringing their unique blend of magic, storytelling, and brotherly slapstick comedy to hysterically laughing kids. Think of Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris as human cartoon characters as they take their audience through one wacky situation after another. 

Meet Presto Pete, the main magician. He is constantly positive and strong minded, much to the chagrin of Incredulous Chris. Pete always sees the positive side of things and is the goofball of the two.

Incredulous Chris
, as his name would suggest, is more of the sceptic. He can see the positives 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 begin the start of the summer.

Saturday, July 8
10:30 - 11:30 am 

Super Sonics with Matthew Cantello
For Ages 5-12

This adventure of sound and music will get everyone playing, moving and using your ears in ways you never thought possible! We’ll also discover some of the scientific principles that make sound come. Feel free to bring a percussion instrument to use in our Sound Explorer’s jam.


Saturday, July 22
10:30 - 11:30 am 

Tall Ships & Pirate Tales: A Live Action Story with Sciencetellers
For Ages 5-12

Ahoy! People don’t just build on land. They build on water, too! Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a deserted island. Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the incredible science behind clouds, flash paper, air pressure, inertia, explosions and more. Don’t miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist!

Saturday, August 5

10:30 - 11:30 am 

Nature's Architects with Animal Embassy
For Ages 5-12 

Be amazed by the talents of a diverse group of Animal Ambassadors that build complicated structures. We’ll study the architectural feats of nest building, burrow making and web spinning as well as how structures created by some animals help others to survive. In nature, many creatures contribute to the success of others by building homes and creating places to rear their young. We’ll explore how we too can help our wild neighbors by building bird boxes and frog ponds. We will meet live Animal Ambassadors such as a Monk Parakeet, a Red Foot Tortoise, a Mandarin Duck, a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula, a Ferret, an Argentinian Horned Frog, an African Hedgehog or African Porcupine, and a Flower Mantis.


Saturday, August 19
10:30 - 11:30 am 

BubbleMania: Comedy...with a Drip with Casey Carle
For Ages 5-12

A unique program fusing high energy entertainment, highly crafted showmanship and artistic achievement, BubbleMania is loaded with in-the-moment improvisation and quick wit, big band swing music, a bit of audience participation and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities of spherical liquids. Casey’s show grows from intricate, fog-filled bubble art forms and jazz inspired, choreographed routines to eventually “trapping” people inside bubbles!

Wednesdays, June 28 - August 16
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Page Turner's Club
For Children Entering Grades 4-6
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Registration is Required  

Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer! Receive a complimentary paperback of The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. Each week Mrs. Shaia will lead discussions, read passages aloud, and perform science experiments. A pizza lunch will be provided each week.

It is always night in the city of Ember. But there is no moon, no stars. The only light during the regular twelve hours of “day” comes from flood lamps that cast a yellowish glow over the streets of the city. For 250 years they have lived pleasantly, because there has been plenty of everything in the vast storerooms. But now there are more and more empty shelves - and more and more times when the lights flicker and go out, leaving them in terrifying blackness for long minutes. What will happen when the generator finally fails?

Twelve-year-old Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet seem to be the only people who are worried. They have just been assigned their life jobs. When Lina finds a very old paper with enigmatic “Instructions for Egress,” they use the advantages of their jobs to begin to puzzle out the frightening and dangerous way to the city of light of which Lina has dreamed.

Field Trip to the Museum of Science, Boston, MA
For Page Turner's Club Members Only

Wednesday, August 16
7:00 am - 6:00 pm 

After reading The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, we’ll take a trip to one of the world’s largest science centers: Boston’s Museum of Science! Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. They are a leader in K-12 education of STEM and house over 700 interactive exhibits and 130,00 square feet of space.

At the Museum, tour guides will provide a tour and hands-on learning experiences that students will not receive anywhere else. The tour will include a visit through a live Butterfly Garden to witness the entire life cycle, an up-close view of a triceratops (one of only four complete skeletons in the world), and examine a 12-foot diameter model of the Sun to explore the solar system. An IMAX film and a Planetarium show will be included.

This field trip, along with the weekly book discussions about The City of Ember, will encourage children to be more environmentally conscious.

Chaperones include library staff Lisa Shaia, Patricia Moore, Caitlin Costa, Center School Librarian Joanne Moore, and Donald Shaia. 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.

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


Thursdays, June 29 - August 10
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Mary Poppins Lunch Bunch Club
For Children Entering Grades K-4
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Meet the classic character, Mary Poppins. This nanny has a magic bag that always has what is needed. She takes children on magical adventures and has a knack for making everyday chores fun. Mrs. Shaia will read a different chapter from Mary Poppins each week. 

We will play trivia games including the popular “Book vs. Movie,” make crafts, and have a tea party over the course of the summer months. Watch movie clips and learn songs such as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Chim Chim Cheree,” “I Love to Laugh,” and “A Spoonful of Sugar.”

As a special treat, the book club will go on a field trip to see the musical. We will have a chance to compare and contrast the book, film, and play over the summer months.

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


Field Trip to the Mary Poppins Performance at the Warner Theater
For Lunch Bunch Club Members Only

Sunday, August 6
12:45  - 5:15 pm 

After The Mary Poppins Lunch Bunch Club will go on a field trip to see the Mary Poppins Broadway musical at the Warner Theater for a 2 p.m. matinee performance. This show has been nominated for seven Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Scenic Design. The musical is a fusion of elements from Travers’ book series and the 1964 Disney film.

Children will be transported by school bus, accompanied by chaperones, and driven back to OWL for pickup at approximately 5:15 p.m. Children need to be dropped off in the Community Room by 12:45 p.m. The show is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes long. A permission slip will be handed out with a detailed schedule of the day.

Tickets for Mary Poppins the Musical are generously sponsored by
the Litchfield Education Foundation. 



Friday, August 18

Kindergarten Social
For children entering kindergarten
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Registration is Required 

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 and songs about school. Join OWL’s Children’s Librarian Mrs. Shaia and Center School’s Librarian Mrs. Moore for this fun event.

Teen Events

Wednesdays, June 28 - August 9
5:30 - 6:30 pm

Teen Dinner & A Book Club
For Teens Entering Grades 7-10
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Registration is Required 

Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer! Receive a complimentary paperback of Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. Each week Mrs. Shaia will lead discussions, read passages aloud, and compete in trivia challenges. A pizza lunch will be provided each week.

Roy Eberhardt moves to Florida where he quickly becomes victim of bullying. A series of unfortunate events, quirky characters, and bizarre plot twists leads him to a new friendship. He discovers an endangered species of owl that are about to be eradicated to make way for a Pancake House Restaurant. What will he do next? Fans of Louis Sachar will enjoy this writer, who also writes popular fiction for adults.

Wednesday, August 9
5:30 - 6:30 pm 

Teen Raptor Show
For Teen Dinner & A Book Club Members Only

Blue Moon Raptors’ mission is to rehabilitate ill, injured, and orphaned birds of prey to return back to their natural habitat where they will continue to enrich the environment. We will discuss what we can do to make a difference to preserve the environment so raptors may continue to enrich our planet, just like Roy did in Hoot. You’ll get a chance to meet four different species of raptors including a barn owl and a snowy owl.



Preschool Outreach    

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!



Litchfield Schools Required Summer Reading

Come to OWL to check out 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.
Books will be available at the end of the school year.












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