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



Connecticut's Leisure Trail Journal & Passport


June Adult Take & Go

Available beginning June 15*

*while supplies last

Free time is a luxury and how we “Connecticuters” choose to spend it is fascinating. This guide will provide you with information about the history and lore of Connecticut’s top recreational spaces along with practical tips to plan your visits. There will be a place for you to record your reflections as well as make notes on your itineraries. Our inspiration for this selection is based on the ConnTours Leisure Trail (



Fully Booked!


Adult Summer Reading Challenge

June 17 through August 24

Register here starting May 28!

OWL’s Fully Booked Summer Reading Challenge is back!  Register beginning May 28 to challenge yourself to a summer of great reads!

Then, visit the library (on or after June 17) to pick up your Fully Booked bookmark challenge card.

BONUS: On Monday, June 17, the first 20 people who register AND visit the library to pick up their Fully Booked bookmark challenge card will receive a $5 gift card to Dunkin Donuts! 

Many thanks to Litchfield Dunkin for donating the gift cards.


Your bookmark will include a list of 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 and your reading habits!

One lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive a Book Lover’s Gift basket that will include a $25 gift card to Hickory Stick bookshop and other reader goodies. 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 enter your prize slips for the drawing.

Participants who complete at least 6 challenges will gain entry to an exclusive event on Tuesday, August 27th at 6:00 PM. At this event, nature-based artist and educator Denise Smith will help attendees create their own mandala stenciled canvas bag—perfect for carrying your library books!  And, all of us will have an opportunity to share what books we loved reading this summer!




Exploring Smith & Welty - Led By Mark Schenker


Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:

Wednesdays, June 19: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
In-Person Space is limited. Registration is required. Register here

Zoom Participants Zoom Link - click here on Wednesday, June 19 to Zoom to this discussion.


Mark Schenker will lead discussions on two 20th c. American novels by women where despite their differences in setting–Brooklyn in the early decades of the 20th century and rural Mississippi in the mid-20th century–these two prize-winning novels use autobiographical material to engage issues of family life, the complex nature of the past, and the transcendence of grief.

May 22: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) by Betty Smith

June 19: The Optimist's Daughter (1972) by Eudora Welty

This Pulitzer Prize–winning novel tells the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a young woman who has left the South and returns, years later, to New Orleans, where her father is dying. After his death, she and her silly young stepmother go back still farther, to the small Mississippi town where she grew up. Alone in the old house, Laurel finally comes to an understanding of the past, herself, and her parents.

Dr. Mark Schenker is a retired dean from Yale College. Born and raised in New York City, he received his PhD in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia, New York University, Trinity College (Hartford), and Yale University. He was the recipient of the 2001 Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.

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.



The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Guide to CT


with Author Marty Podskoch
Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:

Thursday, June 20: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Zoom Link: Click here at 6:30 PM on June 20 to Zoom to this event.

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

Join us as author and historian Marty Podskoch takes us on a tour of the towns and villages of our beautiful and unique state. 

With stunning photographs and lively dialogue, this presentation will transport you to the beauties of each town in our state. Learn about the good places to eat, interesting local attractions, and learn a lot about our state and residents along the way. 

Marty Podskoch has been a Connecticut resident since 2005 and is the author of several books including Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps and the Adirondack 102 Club.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.



Mastering Apple Mail


A Tutorial with Jay Trevorrow
Live, In-Person:

Wednesday, June 26: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
In-Person Registration: Click here to attend in-person.

In this tutorial, you’ll explore the diverse features of Apple Mail, a crucial communication tool within the Apple ecosystem. We’ll cover topics such as: setting up multiple accounts, customizing for efficiency, organizing your inbox, integrating live links into your email, troubleshooting common issues, email security, and more! 

By the end of this session, you’ll be better equipped to manage your emails effectively and efficiently using Apple Mail.

Jay Trevorrow spent his four decade career engaged with the convergence of digital technologies and learning. During this time, he was involved in developing and implementing innovative technologies to improve the learning experience for students of all ages. Since his retirement he has been an active volunteer working with adults to assist them in applying technologies that address their own unique interests and goals.




Fair Weather Walkers


Led by Nancy Schuler

Live, In-Person

Fridays at 9:00 AM - Beginning May 3*

No registration required.

The Italian word "Passeggiata" translates to "a walk with friends." Join Nancy Schuler for a "passeggiata" on Friday Mornings, but only when the weather looks fair.

We meet in the OWL parking lot at 9:00 AM for a gentle 1-2 mile walk around town. Remember we don’t walk in the rain or extreme heat! Registration is not necessary. Meet us when you can.

*No meeting June 14 & 21



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.

*No meeting June 18




 July Events:


Non-Fiction Discussion Group


Thursday, July 11

Non-Fiction Group: 2:00 pm 

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

Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned  Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street by Neil Barofsky

The $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program bailouts in 2008 served Wall Street at the expense of the
public. The book reveals how our political system is captive to Wall Street and why the too-big-to-fail
banks are bigger and more dangerous in the wake of the crisis. The Dodd-Frank bill allowed banks to
grow larger while retaining smaller capital cushions. Moderated by Jeff




Fiction Discussion Group


Thursday, July 11

Fiction Group: 3:30 pm 

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

Trust by Hernan Diaz

You can’t “trust” this novel – and that’s a very good thing. The story is primarily about a very rich man
and the stock market crash of 1929. Trust contains four distinct books in which different characters
provide conflicting accounts of the financier and his wife. The couple are secretive; the husband has new
money, the wife has an old name. Their fortune grows in spite of – or perhaps because of – the 1929
stock market crash. Moderated by Laura S.



Meet The Author: Illeana Douglas


Meet Illeana Douglas - Author of Connecticut in the Movies
Facilitated by Paul Marcarelli

Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:
Thursday, July 11: 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Zoom Link: Click here at 7 PM on July 11 to Zoom to this event.

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

Don’t miss this fascinating exploration of Connecticut in the Movies with author and actress Illeana Douglas facilitated by Paul Marcarelli!
Illeana Douglas has long been known for shining new light on forgotten films. Now the celebrated actress and film historian turns her focus to a heretofore unrecognized brand: the Connecticut movie! Told from the passionate perspective of the author who grew up here, and filled with behind-the-scenes stories as well as her own personal snapshots of the places where these films were made, Illeana will take us on a cinematic road trip through Hollywood history and Connecticut geography. From classics of the Golden Age to contemporary films, Illeana will explore how Connecticut is seen through the lens of film across the various time periods. 
About Illeana Douglas: Illeana has starred in films like Cape Fear, To Die For, as well as in TV shows like Goliath, Shrill, Entourage, and Six Feet Under. She received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Six Feet Under. Her work has included numerous roles in film and TV including appearances in Seinfeld, Frasier, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Drew Carey Show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Larry Sanders Show. Douglas is the granddaughter of two-time Academy Award-winning actor Melvyn Douglas.  A classic film lover, she hosted Trailblazing Woman for Turner Classic Movies and participated in many film documentaries, including CNN: The Movies and Kino Lorber’s Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers, which she also executive produced and hosted. 

About Paul Marcarelli: Paul Marcarelli is best known from his 25 years acting in TV commercials, most notably as the face of Verizon and more recently Sprint. Also an award-winning filmmaker, he wrote and produced the feature films Clutter starring Natasha Lyonne and Carol Kane, as well as 2011’s The Green, which starred Illeana Douglas. Other producing credits include: I am Divine, Boulevard, Chemistry, The Shallow End, and the 2015 Sundance hit The Royal Road.  He lives in Litchfield and is currently writing a memoir about his work in commercials.  



How to Pack with Just a Carry-on Suitcase No Matter Where You Go!


with Nancy Schuler

Live, In-Person:

Friday, July 19: 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

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

Going away for a long weekend, two weeks in France, a river boat trip, a cruise? Get some tips on how to pack with just a carry-on suitcase and look great every day.

Nancy Schuler has traveled the world, visiting such diverse destinations as Mongolia, Thailand, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, India and more. And, for all these trips, she traveled with one carry-on suitcase!

Join us as Nancy shares with you a few tips on how to make a small suitcase of clothes look like you’ve packed your whole wardrobe. It’s freeing to travel with only a carry-on. Without checking a suitcase there are no worries about lost luggage when connections are tight. You won’t have to lug around heavy suitcases or have to wait around the luggage carousel for your bag. Once you land you are free to go!




Spill Some Ink!


A Writing Group for Writers of Short Work moderated by Nancy Schuler

Live, In-Person:

Fourth Tuesday of the month beginning July 23: 3:00 - 4:00 PM 

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

Each month, join a group of fellow prose enthusiasts where you can read your work aloud and be critiqued by fellow writers.

Short pieces (10 minutes or shorter) work best so that everyone gets a chance to present their work; fiction, non-fiction, short one-act plays, essays, etc. Prompts will be provided for motivation or use your own. Bring a finished work or something that you haven't completed.

First prompts: Was it something I said? |  Reflections




An Evening with John Adams on his Friendship with Thomas Jefferson


Live Theatrical Performance with George Baker

Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:

Tuesday, July 23 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Zoom Link: Click here at 7 PM on July 23 to Zoom to this event.

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

Join us for this unforgettable evening! 

Adams and Jefferson shared a close 50 year relationship: first as Revolutionary War comrades, then fellow ambassadors to England and France, then competitive candidates for the Presidency, and finally prolific correspondents to one another until their deaths on the same day, July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of American independence.

In this theatrical performance, George Baker as John Adams will discuss this enduring and complex friendship of two of our most prominent founding fathers. 

For more than fifteen years, George Baker has portrayed the character of President John Adams in a one-man show throughout the country at national conventions and venues like Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, the Presidential Libraries of Dwight D. Eisenhower, George H. W. Bush, and Harry S. Truman, the New-York Historical Society and was featured as John Adams on National Public Radio’s weekend program, Studio 360.  A graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School, George practices law in Connecticut when not on the road as John Adams.


Future Events:


Check back as we continue to add programs! Registration is required, but not yet open for these events:


An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe


Live Theatrical Performance with Campbell Harmon

Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:

Thursday, October 17 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Registration and zoom link will follow.

Immerse yourself in the captivating experience of Poe’s life and works, as Harmon breathes new life into the mystique and brilliance of this literary icon!

Enter the enigmatic realm of Edgar Allan Poe, an iconic figure whose literary genius has left an indelible mark on American literature and culture. From pioneering the detective genre to shaping modern science fiction and horror, Poe’s contributions are immeasurable. His tormented love for his wife, Virginia, fueled the haunting verses of “The Raven,” while his enigmatic death in 1849 continues to ignite speculation to this day. Over a century and a half later, his works remain a global sensation, inspiring countless adaptations on stage and screen. 

See the resurrection of this legendary author through the talents of Campbell Harmon. Be transported into Poe’s world as Harmon delivered a spellbinding one-man show, intertwining dramatic reenactments, historical biography, and dynamic interactions with the audience. 

Campbell Harmon has portrayed Edgar Allan Poe since 2009 and is the preeminent Poe impersonator with a focus on historic accuracy and dramatic entertainment.




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 learn more about our e-newsletter offerings.