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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!

 

The Joy of Origami


 

A May Take & Make Activity

Available beginning May 15


Come on in to claim your kit while supplies last!

Origami is the art of folding paper into decorative shapes. This month’s take and make features this ancient art form that helps reduce stress, improves hand-eye coordination and improves one’s patience and persistence. Cranes are the most popular design and symbolize health and healing. Folding 1000 is believed to make a wish come true! In this take and make, you’ll receive everything you need to get started including instructions and origami paper. 

 

 

 

 

Raising Emotionally & Socially Healthy Kids: A Lecture-Discussion Series


 

Presented by the Oliver Wolcott Library & Litchfield Parent-Teacher Organization

Live on Zoom:

Mondays: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

May 8 - June 19*

* No class May 29

Registration is Suggested - Register here

Zoom Participants Zoom Link - click here at 7 PM on Mondays beginning May 8.

About the Series:
All you need to do in advance is be eager to learn and discuss. Each week, you will log in and together, via Zoom, all of us will watch approximately one hour of this series instructed on video by Dr. Kennedy-Moore, then, via Zoom, OWL's Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu will guide everyone to discuss the lectures.

Whether helping a child learn how to manage anger, make new friends, resolve conflicts, or gain confidence, Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids arms you with pragmatic strategies that work. Across these lectures, you will gain access to the same practical advice and actionable plans that Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore—an author and in-demand psychologist who serves on the advisory board for Parents magazine—shares with clients in her Princeton, New Jersey, practice. Drawing from the doctor’s extensive clinical experience—as well as her personal experience as a mother of four—you’ll gain a deeper understanding of your child’s development and how to compassionately address common stumbling blocks at every stage including: techniques to inspire cooperation; ideas for instilling a sense of empathy; ways to deal with back-talk and aggression; strategies for helping kids make and keep friends; methods that help children cope with and conquer anxiety; and more.

About the video instructor:
Eileen Kennedy-Moore is an author and clinical psychologist who specializes in parenting and children’s feelings and friendships in her Princeton, NJ practice (license #35SI00425400). She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University. She is the coauthor of two books for parents, Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential and The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends and has published numerous academic articles. 

 

To Join by Phone:

Dial: +1 646 876 9923 | Meeting ID: 817 0612 1507 | Passcode: 706478

 

 

Tuesday Scholars: Mr. Lincoln - The Life of Abraham Lincoln


 

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

Tuesdays: 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
May 9 - June 13

 

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: 

Lincoln was the central figure in the nation's greatest crisis, the Civil War. His achievements in office make as good a case as any that he was the greatest president in U.S. history. What made Lincoln great?

For more information on this series, click here.

 

Blueberry Brooches & Strawberry Magnets


 

A June Take & Make Activity

Available beginning June 5


Come on in to claim your kit while supplies last!

It’s getting to be the season to go berry picking at your favorite pick-your-own stop! Whether that be at a local orchard or in your own backyard, why not commemorate this delectable summer activity with a beautiful handmade berry brooch to wear during your outing? Or perhaps you’d prefer to decorate your fridge with cute strawberry magnets instead? They look as sweet as the real things! Please note, this activity does require some hand-stitching but beginners and experts alike should find it a breeze! Stop by at OWL to grab your fully stocked berry brooch and magnet making kit before they’ve all been picked!

 

 

Non-Fiction Discussion Group


 

Thursday, June 8

Non-Fiction Group: 2:00 pm 

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

Becoming by Michelle Obama

In this memoir, Michelle Obama chronicled the experiences that shaped her – her childhood on the
South Side of Chicago, her years at Princeton and Harvard Law School, the law firm where she met her
future husband, her life as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, and her time
in the White House. Moderated by Laura

 

 

 

 

Fiction Discussion Group


 

Thursday, June 8

Fiction Group: 3:30 pm 

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

Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut

This anti-war book centers on the fire-bombing of Dresden. The protagonist’s odyssey through time
reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives. It's just a vicious cycle of death and evil: the
Germans were making candles out of the Jews; Americans were melting German teenagers; the Soviets
were starving their own while fighting the Germans. All this happened, more or less. The war parts,
anyway, are pretty much true. So it goes. Moderated by Jeff

 

 

 

OWL Cook Book Club: Mediterranean Series


 

Fundamentals of Mediterranean Diet with a focus on Turkey

Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:

Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 PM


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

Zoom Participants Zoom Link - click here at 6:30 PM on June 15 to Zoom to the Event.

Join us for food, conversation and plenty of helpful guidance!

The Cook Book Club: Mediterranean Series is all about sharing tasty food, engaging in conversation, and learning how to eat a healthy diet. At each session, you are invited to bring a Mediterranean dish to share from the region scheduled for each meeting. Don't have a dish? You are still welcome to join at any time without a dish in hand. We have many cookbooks at OWL if you would like inspiration.

Together we will explore the recipes and uniqueness of: Greece, Italy and Turkey in this series. What is common amongst these regions? What defines each in preparation or ingredients? Registered Dietician and Nutrition Counselor Carla Angevine will lead the conversation, take questions and inspire us to embrace new flavors in the pursuit of healthy eating.

Join us for all three sessions in the series:

  • April 13th – Fundamentals of the Mediterranean Diet with a focus on Greece
  • May 18th – Mindful eating with a focus on Italy
  • June 15th -Tips to make following the Mediterranean way of eating more accessible with a focus on Turkey

Each session will begin with food sharing, before Carla leads the discussion on our topic of the week. We will end with questions, comments and more socializing. 
Please register to hold your space for one or all of our club meetings.

Carla Angevine MS RDN is the Manager of Community Health and Health Promotion at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. In this role she strives to promote health, achieve health equity, and raise the quality of life by establishing strong, long-term community partnerships, incorporating diverse perspectives, addressing social influencers of health and making the healthy choice the easy choice.

Carla received her Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia Teachers College and has specialized certifications in adult, adolescent and child weight management. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Public Health program and hopes to complete her degree in 2024. In addition to her nutrition credentials, Carla is a certified health coach and fitness instructor.

To Join by Phone:

Dial: +1 646 876 9923 | Meeting ID: 821 0942 7049 | Passcode: 001259

 

 

Fully Booked Summer Reading Challenge


 

OWL's Adult Summer Reading Program

June 19 - August 25


Registration is required. 
Register here

OWL’s adult summer reading program is back! Register and then come to the library to pick up a challenge bookmark. The first 15 people who register AND come into the library for their bookmark will receive a $5 gift certificate to Toast & Co!

Your Fully Booked bookmark will feature 13 different challenges for you to try throughout the summer. However, you are not required to complete all of the challenges! Participate at your own pace in whatever way works best for you.

One lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive a book lover’s basket. For each completed challenge, participants earn one entry towards the prize. Be sure to come to the library at some point before the end of the program to fill out your entries for the drawing.

Participants who complete at least 6 challenges will gain entry to an exclusive event on Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00 PM. At this event, calligrapher Debby Reelitz will talk briefly about the tradition of a decorated letter and then guide you on the process of creating your very own fanciful letter wrapped around an ocean critter! No drawing or lettering experience necessary.

 

 

Kerri Maher Discusses The Paris Bookseller


 

Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:

Thursday, June 22 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM
In-Person Space is limited. Registration is required. Register here

Zoom Participants Zoom Link - click here at 7 PM on June 22 to Zoom to the Event.

Join us for a special evening as national bestselling author Kerri Maher leads the discussion of The Paris Bookseller.

Named one of the best Historical Fiction novels of 2022, The Paris Bookseller is a must-read for all historical fiction fans! 

Click here to read more about this event! Copies of Kerri's book are available to borrow at OWL.

 

 

 

Writers & Readers: An OWL Book Club


 

Connecting YOU with CELEBRATED AUTHORS!


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