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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!

 

Monday Scholars: Cycles Of American Political Thought


 

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

Mondays: 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
September 12 - January 16*

* No meeting Sept. 26 & Oct. 10

 

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:
In Cycles of American Political Thought, we will examine the often neglected philosophical underpinnings of our nation's history. With renowned political scientist Professor Joseph F. Kobylka as our guide, we will explore how this nation of "doers" has, from its birth, been deeply engaged with the most fundamental questions of political philosophy.

For more information on this series, click here.

 

 

Tuesday Scholars: The Great Tours: Greece & Turkey


 

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

Tuesdays: 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
September 20 - December 6

 

About Tuesday Scholars:

Tuesday 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: 

In The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul, award-winning Professor John R. Hale of the University of Louisville is your guide to the fabulous civilizations of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans, and to the natural wonders and idyllic landscapes that surround them.

For more information on this series, click here.

 

Tuesday Scholars: The Guide To Essential Italy


 

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

Tuesdays: 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
December 13 - April 11

 

About Tuesday Scholars:

Tuesday 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: 

“You may have the universe, if I may have Italy.“ — Giuseppe Verdi

Anyone who is familiar with Italy—its glorious architecture, epic history, exquisite fine arts, and majestic landscape—understands Verdi’s passionate words. The Great Courses, in collaboration with the renowned Smithsonian, brings you The Guide to Essential Italy, your own grand tour of Italy that focuses on the most historically and artistically compelling sites.

For more information on this series, click here.

 

 

Friday Scholars: Classic Novels - Meeting The Challenge Of Great Literature


 

LIVE Zoom Event - At the time of the event...click here to join on Zoom

Fridays: 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
August 5 - December 9*

*No class November 25

 

About Friday Scholars:

Friday 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:

Join us for the whole series or pop in to hear selected lectures!  Classic novels perform a sort of miracle, jolting us to see the remarkable, often provocative truths that underlie the human condition. To experience these extraordinary novels is to ask deep and sometimes unsettling questions about our lives and our world. In this series, we will move beyond what is often offered in literary courses: plot synopses, anecdotes, facts about where and when a novel was written. 

For more information on this series, click here

 

 

Friday Scholars: Masterworks of American Art


 

LIVE Zoom Event - At the time of the event...click here to join on Zoom

Fridays: 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
December 16 - March 3

 

About Friday Scholars:

Friday 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:

A nation's identity is expressed through its art. Great painters capture the essence of a culture's brightest hopes, deepest anxieties, and most profound aspirations. But all too often, Americans are unfamiliar with the great artistic legacy of their own country. In this course we will explore the brilliant paintings of the homegrown masters who documented the birth of our nation from its colonial roots up to the brink of World War I and the birth of Modernism.

For more information on this series, click here

 

 

The Connecticut Literary Trail


 

Take & Do Literary Adventure

Program kicks off October 1*

Registration Required - Register here - Registration ends Oct. 8.

This fall, download the ConnTours App, pick up your OWL Literary passport and hit the trail, The Connecticut Literary Trail. You’ll receive reading lists and supplemental materials that will make learning about the Connecticut authors, poets, playwrights and storytellers rich, deep and enlightening.

Stops include: The Gertrude Chandler Warner Boxcar Children Museum, The Wallace Stevens Walk, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, The Mark Twain House & Museum, Noah Webster House, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Arthur Miller Gravesite, Thornton Wilder Gravesite, Tantaquidgeon Museum, Monte Cristo Cottage, and the James Merrill House.

There will be two optional meet-ups to experience together. On October 15th, we will be visiting the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and the Mark Twain House for guided tours. They are just a one minute walk from each other. (Meet at 10:15 if you wish to visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and immediately after we will tour the Mark Twain house at 11:15 AM - admission not included - $20 per person for each museum). You can do one or both. 

Click here for information about the Harriet Beecher Stowe house.  Click here for information about the Mark Twain House.

On October 22nd we will meet at the Noah Webster House at 1:00 PM for a guided tour. The tour is 1:00 and the fee is $12.00 per person. Note: There is a free Poetry Event from 2-4 at the Noah Webster House.

Click here for info about the Noah Webster House.

* While supplies last - Two bag limit per household

 

 

Move Your Mind; Move Your Body With Nancy Schuler


 

Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:

Tuesdays From 10:15 - 11:00 AM - Through January 24*

*No class November 8, 15 & 29


In-Person Space is limited.
 Registration is required to attend class. 
Register here

Zoom Participants Zoom Link - click here at 10:15 AM on Tuesdays starting September 13 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. 

Nancy Schuler is conducting an introductory exercise class for senior women. You will have the option of joining the class in person, here at the OWL, or online in the privacy of your home. The class will feature stretching and exercises that can be done in a chair or standing and lifting 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.

   

 

  

We Read, We Cook, We Create!


 

November and December are the time of year for family and food, so we want to celebrate it!

November 14 - December 31


We’d love to hear from our Oliver Wolcott Library patrons what your tried and true family recipes are and/or a brief, but true, story (250 words or less) about a family recipe, a significant family meal or a simple family tradition, so that we can create an online cookbook. You can submit a recipe and a story, just a recipe or just a story!

We will pick a submission at random for someone to receive a copy of either Lidia Bastianich’s, Celebrate Like an Italian or Ina Garten’s, Go-To-Dinners. 


All submissions must be in a Word Document or the body of an email and emailed to: [email protected]

Only one recipe and one story submission per person. We will be accepting your delicious submissions from November 14 through December 31.
Bon appetit!

 

 

 

Good & Sweet: A New Way to Bake with Naturally Sweet Ingredients


 

Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom with Author & Pastry Cook Brian Levy:

Thursday, December 8 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM


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

Zoom Participants Zoom Link - click here at 7:00 PM on December 8 to Zoom to the Event.

Maybe it’s time to stop thinking you need to give up desserts to follow a healthy meal plan.

Just in time for holiday feasting: here is your chance to experience groundbreaking recipes for real desserts—sweetened entirely by fruit and other natural, unexpectedly sweet ingredients—from a pastry cook who’s worked at acclaimed restaurants in New York and France.

Brian Levy is a pastry cook who previously worked at Michelin-starred Babbo, where he was mentored by James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Gina DePalma. He left to work the fields and kitchens of farms and inns in Europe and Martha's Vineyard, and then as a private chef. Outside of the kitchen, he also studied architecture at Yale.

Brian Levy spent years making pastries the traditional way, with loads of refined sugar and white flour, at distinguished restaurants, inns, and private homes in the United States and Europe. But he discovered another world of desserts—one that few bakers have explored—where there’s no need for cane sugar or coconut sugar, for maple syrup or honey, or for anything like stevia. When Levy succeeded in making a perfect mango custard, harnessing only the natural sweetness of fruit with no added sugar, it was a breakthrough that inspired years of experimentation converting other desserts into nutritious indulgences.

Brian’s book will be available for purchase AND we will have a few samples of his amazing treats to taste!

 
To Join by Phone:

Dial: +1 646 876 9923 | Meeting ID: 870 4006 6554 | Passcode: 785081

 

 

Non-Fiction Discussion Group


 

Thursday, December 8

Non-Fiction Group: 2:00 pm 

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

Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imagined Life by Tom Robbins

The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins became a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a
radio DJ, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a
life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as the quixotic characters in his novels, one of which was read by
OWL’s Fiction book group. Moderated by Kathy

 

 

 

Fiction Discussion Group


 

Thursday, December 8

Fiction Group: 3:30 pm 

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

The Promise by Damon Galgut

On her deathbed, a South African woman makes a promise to the family’s Black maid. This promise will
divide the family – especially her children. Reunited by four funerals over 30 years, the dwindling family
remains haunted by the unmet promise, just as their country is haunted by its own failures. This epic
South African drama unfurls against the unrelenting march of history, portraying a damaged family and a
troubled country in need of healing. Moderated by Cindy

 

 

 

Holiday Peace Poetry Reading


 

Live on Zoom:

Thursday, December 15 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Zoom Participants Zoom Link - click here at 7 PM on December 15 to Zoom to the Event.

Libraries support literacy, and literacy is the foundation of democracy.  

Celebrate the peace and hope of the holidays with our best local poets reading the finest work of the season.  After many challenges in recent years, our laureates want to unite us to remember the true purpose of the holy day:  peace, light, and love.  Join in a community of joy and put aside your shopping lists for one night.  A most valuable gift is right here, our time spent with each other, and it is free.

 

Poets who will read include:

Rennie McQuilkin - CT Poet Laureate Emeritus; Ginny Connors - West Hartford poet laureate emerita; Robert Piazza - Litchfield poet laureate; Sandy Carlson - Woodbury poet laureate; Rick Magee - Bethel poet laureate; Barb Jennes - Ridgefield poet laureate; Karen Silk - Washington poet laureate; Joan Hoffman - Canton poet laureate; Deborah Rose - New Milford poet laureate; Jack Sheedy - Harwinton; Patricia Martin - Torrington; and Jim Kelleher - Goshen.

Each poet will read a poem of their own or a classic by a favorite author.

To Join by Phone:

Dial: +1 646 876 9923 | Meeting ID: 857 2752 7458 | Passcode: 751401

 

 

 


 

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.

 

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