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Adult Events

The Oliver Wolcott Library offers a wide range of programming for adults, from continuing series like Monday Scholars and Tea with TED, to lectures, book discussions, and author talks. All events are free and open to all. Continue your journey of lifelong learning with us!


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates : A Book Discussion with Dr. dann j. Broyld

Between the World and MeCancelled

Thursday, October 22 at 4:00 pm







How to Stay Healthy During a Pandemic with Dr. Avery Jenkins


Avery Jenkins ProgramLIVE Zoom Event - At The Time of Event...Click Here To Join On ZOOM

Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 pm


We all know about washing our hands and wearing masks, but is there more that we can do to help ourselves stay healthy during a pandemic?Dr. Jenkins

Yes! In fact there is a lot you can do to help yourself and your loved ones stay healthier. Join us for this insightful and helpful talk as Dr. Avery Jenkins covers what you can do to stay healthy including nutrition, herbs and supplements, self-care and more.

Dr. Avery Jenkins, a primary care chiropractic physician, is one of only a handful of doctors who have been awarded board-certified status in the fields of both clinical nutrition and acupuncture. In his practice in Litchfield, Dr. Avery Jenkins is the only doctor in Connecticut who provides custom herbal formulations for his patients using the over 300 herbs and supplements in his Dispensary. In practice for over two decades, Dr. Jenkins has served as the Director of Examinations for the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition, recognizing his clinical expertise in the field of nutrition and herbal therapy, and he is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncturists.

Dr. Jenkins has published over 25 articles on alternative medicine, and his original research was published in the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association. He has been a guest lecturer on multiple occasions for the New York Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has lectured at the annual conventions of the Connecticut Psychological Association and the Connecticut Society of Medical Assistants. Visit his website at

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Murder at the Library : A Book Club for Thrill Seekers!


The Devil and the Dark WaterNovember 1 through December 31

Featured book: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

What if you belonged to a monthly book club that culminated in an event with the author? Now you can!

During the months of November and December read the bestselling and critically acclaimed mystery novel The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton. Take Stephen King horror, a Sherlock Holmes-esque detective, and add a dash of Pirates of the Caribbean for an utterly unique murder mystery on the high seas. Read this extraordinary new thriller from the author of the internationally bestselling murder mystery The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, then join us for a live, virtual online author event with Turton on December 2 at 7 PM. (See below for details about the Author Event.)

Join us for the fun this November and December! For these two months, we will have unlimited, multi-user, simultaneous online access to The Devil and the Dark Water providing everyone access to the book “on demand.”

If you prefer your books bound, place your request in the catalog, click here or email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to place a hold for you. We also have unlimited ebook access, no hold lists! Download the Axis 360 app from your device app store to access the book. You will need to have your OWL library card number to check out the digital book.

To access the book online please click here You will need your OWL library card number to log in.



Joan Jackson: An Unchained Love Story With Tammy Denease

Joan Jackson: An Unchained Love Story with Tammy Denease

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Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 pm


Storyteller and actor Tammy Denease returns to portray another character, Joan, in her “Hidden Women” series.

Joan was born into slavery to a deaf and mute mother named Maria. Maria, owned by the Fox family, would meet and marry John Jackson. They would wed and have two children, Adam and Miriam. John became free and then purchased Joan’s freedom, but because she was a slave when their children were born, they would have to leave them behind. Because of a dispute between the Fox and Beebe families, Joan would be kidnapped and put back into slavery.
Tammy Denease‘Unchained Love’ is filled with twists and turns, heartache, deception and an undying love.

Tammy Denease spent countless hours with her great-grandmother, a former enslaved person who lived to be 125, and her grandmother who lived to be 100. Both were known storytellers and passed this gift along. Tammy loves history and being able to tell others about the past. In her position as a Museum Educator, she instructs children through stories of Colonial History, Health, Medicine, Slavery and Native American History. Visit her website at
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OWL Monthly Book Discussions


LIVE Zoom Event 

Thursday, November 12

Non-Fiction Group: 2:00 pm At The Time of Event...Click Here To Join On ZOOM


Book Selection: Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy in combination with Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett 

Autobiography of a Face

truth and beauty

Read one or both titles.

Lucy Grealy was a writer with horrific facial deformities from cancer and surgeries as a child. Her honest Autobiography of a Face is so moving, but even more so when paired with Ann Patchett's biography of Lucy, her friend. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn't Lucy's life or Ann's life, but the parts of their lives they shared together. Both are terrific works individually, but also can spark a great discussion of autobiography versus biography. Moderated by Nancy




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Fiction Group: 3:30 pm At The Time of Event...Click Here To Join On ZOOM


Book Selection: A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt.  

Man for all Seasons


Sir Thomas More was a nobleman, lawyer, humanist, author, and a long-time friend and favorite of Henry VIII. Yet he was also a staunch Catholic, and when Henry broke with the Church after the Pope refused to grant him a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, More resigned as Lord Chancellor. Then Parliament passed a bill requiring all subjects to take an oath acknowledging the supremacy of England's king over all foreign sovereigns, including the Pope. More refused. Moderated by Laura

The play and the movie to be discussed.




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The Trials of the Century : Nuremberg with Historian Mark Albertson

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

Wednesday, November 18 at 4:00 pm


In November of 1945, mankind attempted to bring global criminals to justice: for waging aggressive wars; violating treaties and accords, slave labor, torture, and murder; and the wholesale extermination of peoples. Despite the prior guilt of those who practiced such despicable acts, the civilized response dictated that a court of law would help bring peace to a continent ravaged by industrialized war and economic depression.

Although the legal justifications for the Nuremberg trials and their procedural innovations were controversial at the time, these trials are now regarded as a milestone toward the establishment of a permanent international court, and an important precedent for dealing with later instances of genocide and other crimes.

Mark’s love and knowledge of history is captivating! Join us to learn important nuances of the trials and their impact on the global community.

Mark AlbertsonMark Albertson is an historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine; and, is the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America. He is a long time member of the United States Naval Institute and teaches history at Norwalk Community College. He has authored several books and is currently working on Sky Soldiers: The Saga of Army Aviation.

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An Evening Of Classical Guitar With Lorena Garay

An Evening of Classical Guitar with Lorena Garay

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Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 pm


Lorena Garay is an award-winning guitarist from Puerto Rico who performs classical, Spanish and Latin guitar. She also loves playing rhythm guitar and percussive guitar. Her captivating arrangements and passionate playing style beautifully blend the classical influence with her Latin sound.

Lorena GarayLorena earned her Master of Music degree Summa Cum Laude from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, where she received the Guitar Department Award. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree Summa Cum Laude from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, from which she received the String Department Gold Medal Award.

She has received many awards, including the Identidad Latina’s Latino de Oro Music Award. She performs regularly as a soloist and bandleader of her award-winning ensemble, Surcari which received the Arts For Learning Connecticut’s 2018 Performing Artist of the Year Award.

To learn more, visit Lorena’s website at

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MORE Information about Zoom:

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.

Still having difficulty understanding how to access Zoom: email [email protected] to set-up a virtual Book-a-Librarian and we will go over it with you.

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