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Adult Events

The Oliver Wolcott Library offers a wide range of programming for adults, from continuing series like Monday Scholars,

to lectures, book discussions, and author talks. All events are free and open to all.

Continue your journey of lifelong learning with us!


Grow Your Own Basil Kit!


March Adult Take & Make Activity

Available beginning March 1*

When we plant seeds, we engage in a hopeful and nurturing process. In March, planting a few seeds and watching them grow inside reminds us that winter will end and spring will arrive ushering in its profusion of new life. Stop by Oliver Wolcott Library to pick up your basil growing kit that includes basil seeds, a starter pot, potting soil, instructions and a reading list about spring gardening.  Basil can be grown in pots outside or planted in the garden when the soil is warm and fear of frost is over.

"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift and above all it teaches entire trust." -Gertrude Jekyll

*Supplies are limited. First come first serve.



Move Your Mind; Move Your Body


Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:

Tuesdays: 10:15 - 11:00 AM
In-Person Space is limited. Registration is required. Register here

Zoom Participants Zoom Link - click here on Tuesdays at 10:15 am to Zoom to the Event.

Note: This Class is designed for senior women.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2021 to 2030 The Decade For Healthy Ageing. The OWL has always been committed to expanding minds and now we would like to help our community expand their physical strength. 

Join Nancy Schuler in this exercise class for senior women. You can attend the class in person, here at the OWL, or online in the privacy of your home. The class features stretching and exercises that can be done in a chair or standing, and lifting of 1 or 2 lb. weights. All exercises are gentle and easy to understand. Exercise has been proven to help one's cognitive abilities, blood pressure, insomnia, digestive issues, depression, strength and independence. The Alzheimer's, Diabetes and Heart Associations all recommend exercise for healthy ageing.

No prior experience is necessary. Bring in a set of light weights for this class - 1 to 2 lbs.


Non-Fiction Discussion Group


Thursday, March 14

Non-Fiction Group: 2:00 pm 

Meeting will be held in the Library's Jamie Gagarin Community Room.

Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPRP by Lisa Napoli

In the years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women in the workplace still found themselves relegated
to secretarial positions or locked out of jobs entirely, especially in the news business. But when National
Public Radio came along in the 1970s and the door to serious journalism opened a crack, four remarkable
women came along and blew it off the hinges. Moderated by Margaret 




Fiction Discussion Group


Thursday, March 14

Fiction Group: 3:30 pm 

Meeting will be held in the Library's Jamie Gagarin Community Room.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A child alone in the world has a talent that saves her. In the foster-care system, she is unable to get
close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now 18,
she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an encounter with a stranger
has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. Moderated by Nancy




Lunch & Chat, AMA - ask me anything


with Jim Fontana & Joerg Polonius - Moderated by Nancy Schuler

Live, In-Person

Friday, March 15 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

In-Person Space is limited. Registration is required. Register here

Pack your lunch and join us at the OWL for Lunch and Chat, AMA! 

How do you become an Air Traffic Controller and what’s it like to fly one of the world’s largest planes?

Did you ever wonder what a day in the life or an Air Traffic Controller or 777 Pilot is like. Well, we have and we’ve asked Jim Fontana, Air Traffic Controller at Bradley International Airport and the Waterbury/Oxford Airport, and Joerg Polonius, American Airlines Pilot flying the Boeing 777 internationally, to speak about their exciting jobs.

Join us on Friday, March 15 at noon to meet Jim and Joerg. Have your questions ready to ask away!



Poetry Critique Club


Moderated by Olivia DeFiore

Live, In-Person:

Tuesday, March 19 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM

In-Person Space is limited. Registration is required. Register here


Calling all poets!

Have you been in search of constructive feedback to help further your poetry endeavors? Then OWL’s new Poetry Critique Club is for you.

Each month we will focus on poetry surrounding a specific prompt, so write your poetry ahead of time and come prepared to share! Each attendee should limit themselves to one poem per meeting. Bring 10 hard copies of your work to share with other members. If you are unable to print copies at home, we can help you make copies at the library.

3/19 Prompt - The Moon

Note: This is a critique group focused on providing constructive feedback, so come prepared to hear a variety of comments about your work.



Connecticut's Changing Coastal Habitats in the Era of Climate Change


Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:

Wednesday, March 27: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
In-Person Space is limited. Registration is required. Register here

Zoom Participants Zoom Link - click here on March 27 at 2 PM to Zoom to this talk.

This presentation will explore the dynamic Connecticut coast, its habitats and how the impacts of climate change are changing these habitats. We will discuss current and projected climate change impacts for coastal habitats and Long Island Sound over the next 50 years. The impacts of climate change in Connecticut is likely to result in more intense rainfall events, higher air and water temperatures, sea level rise leading to more vulnerable beaches and dunes, and increases in the land and infrastructure that could be inundated by rising sea levels and riverine (inland) flooding.

Juliana Barrett is with the University of Connecticut Sea Grant College Program. Her work focuses on climate change adaptation and coastal habitat management working with Connecticut’s municipalities, NGO’s, state and federal partners and most recently, UConn undergrads through the Climate Corps program. Prior to coming to Sea Grant in 2006 she worked with CT DEP on management plans for state natural areas and for The Nature Conservancy as the Director of the Connecticut River Tidelands Last Great Places Program. She has a doctorate in plant ecology from the University of Connecticut and is a co-author of the Vegetation of Connecticut and several guides describing coastal habitats of Long Island Sound. She likes nothing better than getting wet and muddy in Connecticut’s wetlands or hiking and kayaking through new places.



The Last Hill with Author Tom Clavin


A Writers & Readers Book Club Presentation
Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:

Thursday, March 28: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Zoom Link: Click here at 7 PM on March 28 to Zoom to this event.

In-Person Registration: Click here to attend in-person.

Join us for a special evening as national bestselling author Tom Clavin leads the discussion of his book 
The Last Hill: The Epic Story of a Ranger Battalion and the Battle that Defined WWII.

About The Last Hill: 

The Last Hill is the incredible untold story of one Ranger battalion’s heroism and courage in WWII. Castle Hill, the imposing 1320-foot mini-mountain the American Rangers simply called Hill 400, was the gateway to a desperate Nazi Germany. Several entire American divisions had already been repulsed by the last hill's dug-in defenders.

Click here to read more about this talk.

Books will be available at OWL to borrow at least one month prior to the event plus instant e-book and e-audio copies will be available as well.



Monday Scholars: Shakespeare's Tragedies


LIVE Zoom Event - At The Time of Event...Click Here To Join On ZOOM

Mondays: 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
January 8 - April  1*

* No meeting Feb. 19 

About Monday Scholars:
Monday Scholars combines the best of online learning with live virtual discussion! All you need to do in advance is be eager to learn and discuss. 

About the course: 

Shakespeare's contributions to stage and language are unequaled. But beyond his astonishing feats of language and dramatic impact, Shakespeare also left us a legacy, crafted from his experiences and explorations, of suffering and transgression in his six great mature tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus. 

Click here to read more about this series.




A William Faulkner Seminar - with Mark Scarbrough


Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:

Fridays: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM - April 5 - May 10
In-Person Space is limited. Registration is required. Register here

Zoom Participants Zoom Link - click here on Fridays at 10:30 AM beginning April 5 to Zoom to this seminar.

There’s nothing like a Faulkner novel: breath-taking yet suffocating, untamed yet structured. The prose is haunting; the diction, erudite yet home-spun. And the plots strike at the heart of the tragedy and comedy that is our U. S. project. Then there’s the man: an uneducated alcoholic, ill-prepared to be a Nobel laureate. The mere mention of Faulkner strikes fear into undergrads! But skip the jitters and join us to explore one of the greatest American authors. In six weeks, we’ll cover three masterworks written within a ten-year span. We’ll discuss the art, history, and culture surrounding the novels. We’ll also get a too-close-for-comfort glimpse at U. S. rancor, Southern defeat, and the happy ending Faulkner believed was the sum of human existence. (Note that the first novel should be read in its entirety for the first session.)

  • Reading Schedule:
    4/05/2024 -  The Wild Palms (If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem 1939)
    4/12/2024 -  The Wild Palms (If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem 1939)
    4/19/2024 -  Light in August (1932), chapters 1 – 11
    4/26/2024 -  Light in August (1932), chapters 12 – 21
    5/03/2024 The Sound and the Fury (1929), first two chapters 
    5/10/2024The Sound and the Fury (1929), completed 
Mark Scarbrough is a former English Professor and author who teaches seminars on Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner and Toni Morrison. He also hosts three literary podcasts. To learn more about Mark, visit his website at

Books will be available at OWL to borrow at least one month prior to the event plus instant e-book and e-audio copies will be available as well.

Note on Texts:

Look for the texts available through Vintage/Vintage International. Faulkner’s novels are prone to typos, editorial errors, and prose misalignments. Scholars have recently taken on the daunting task of bringing the works into sync with Faulkner’s typescripts and hand-written corrections. The library should have copies of the three novels. If you’re purchasing them, please support a local bookstore. 




Roving Reporter Series With Nancy Schuler



In our Roving Reporter Video Series, our Senior Services Specialist, Nancy Schuler, will be asking seniors one question a month for a video collage. Don’t worry it won’t be “what’s the meaning of life.”


Her first question for January is: “On what car did you learn to drive?"
Click here to watch a video of the responses. We hope you enjoy hearing what our seniors have to say.

February’s question is: “What was your first job?”

Click here to watch a video of the responses.





Writers & Readers: An OWL Book Club



New, fresh, and engaging, OWL's Writers & Readers Book Club promises to connect you with celebrated authors who will lead us in a discussion of a selected book title. 

Throughout the year, a high-profile author will engage and explore their work with us...LIVE and IN PERSON!

We will have extra copies of the book available for you to borrow from OWL at least one month prior to the event. Read the book--then discuss it with the author! 

We hope you will share our excitement about this new initiative to connect writers with readers!

Click here to see our upcoming authors!



About Our Zoom Events:

All of our Virtual Zoom Events are live. They are not recorded. To participate/join the event, you need to use the exact link connected to the event. Once you click on the link at the specified date and time, you will be prompted to open Zoom, the virtual meeting program we are using. All you need is an internet connection and a device or computer with a webcam and audio. Most computers have built-in webcams. No passwords or confirmation codes, just click the link and follow the prompts.


More security, more privacy: In response to concerns about privacy in a virtual meeting space, we have enabled additional security features in Zoom and updated our meeting links to be protected, private, and secure. These new, unique links can also be accessed through our e-newsletters. To receive secure information regarding these events, please subscribe to our e-newsletter! Click here to subscribe