Spring "Take & Make" Fairy Houses
Decorate your very own Fairy House! Materials will be available for pickup beginning April 1st. Please register to reserve your craft bag.
Once your fairy house is complete and you have placed it outdoors where the fairies can find it, please take a pic and tag us on social media - we would love to see what you've come up with!
Toys Go Out Virtual Read Aloud & Stuffy Sleepover
Wednesdays at 4 pm: April 14th through 28th
Best Suited for Ages 6-10 - Register Here
Each week on Zoom follow along as Mrs. Tricia reads two stories from Toys Go Out. In these six linked stories from Emily Jenkins, and illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Paul O. Zelinsky, children will meet three extraordinary friends. Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a stuffed stingray. And Plastic... well, Plastic isn't quite sure what she is. They all belong to the Little Girl who lives on the high bed with the fluffy pillows. A very nice person to belong to.
The weekend before our 4th meeting, Mrs. Tricia will take pictures of the mischief our very own Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic get into when left alone in the Library overnight!
At our final meeting, Mrs. Tricia will share a slide show of their adventures and we will write our own final chapter of Toys Go Out to go along with the photographs.
Multiple copies of the book will be available for checkout at OWL beginning April 1st.
Letters Are Characters Literacy Kits
with Virtual Asynchronous Program
April 12 - May 17
For Parents/Caregivers & Children Ages 3 - 7 - Register Here
Click here for an overview of LAC | Click here for parent testimonials of LAC
A child’s knowledge of letter sounds by age six is one of the most important indicators of future reading ability. Dr. Caroline's Letters are Characters gets kids ready to read in a fun and engaging way ensuring that they get the right start. It also empowers parents through awareness and understanding of the science of reading in the brain.
Parents are children’s first and most important teachers, and reading is a child’s first and most important subject. The goal of this program is to provide essential information for you, the parents and caregivers, while at the same time providing you the tools that you need to help your child understand the letter/sound (grapheme/phoneme) relationship, an essential step for reading acquisition for all readers.
It is play-based and fun - a curriculum for both you and your child! The letters are characters (with personalities) that you and your child can play with. Every parent and caregiver needs to understand some important things about reading to ensure that children read to their highest potential and are protected in the event of reading acquisition struggles. This program will provide all the information that you need. The first 25 patrons to register (using eventbrite) will receive a free kit that includes hands-on multisensory activities to do at home. Each week you will receive an email to guide you in the process.
You will receive:
- A Copy of Letters Are Characters (to check-out and return upon program completion)
- Educational Companion Coloring Sheets (yours to keep)
- Letter Dough Power - just add water to make your letter dough that you will use for multisensory education activities - kids love this activity! (yours to keep)
- Crayola Silly Scents Gel Crayons
- Weekly emails with video links to guide you and your little one in the process
Questions? Email Dr. Caroline at [email protected].
OWL Friendly Bibliotherapy Program with Dr. Caroline
Although geared towards families with a focus on the parent-child relationship, this program is open to everyone who wants to participate and is helpful to all adults (and interested teens).
Our bodies, minds and hearts react to the demands of change and we have had to change a lot about our lives and fast. To help us adjust as a community, we hope that you will opt in to our bibliotherapy program. The program has been developed based on the MindUp program.
Each week, you will receive an email from Dr. Caroline that includes links to articles and/or videos that connect to our topic of the week, an aligned activity, and a curated therapeutic book list.
Week 1: Choosing Optimism
Week 2: Mindful Smelling
Week 3: Mindful Tasting
Week 4: Mindful Seeing
MindUP: an organization that empowers children through mindful practice based in neuroscience. Visit their website at mindup.org
Perhaps there is no better antidote for that which ails us than beautiful thoughts grown from carefully chosen words. The intention of this program is to help us find the space within ourselves to grow and nurture strength and beauty from within using words and books.
Virtual Storytime for All Ages with Mrs. Tricia
Live Zoom Event - Click Here To Register
Thursdays at 10 AM - Ongoing
Looking for a chance to safely socialize and enjoy stories and songs? Register now to receive a zoom link that will provide access to a weekly storytime with Mrs. Tricia!
This is an all ages group that meets at 10 AM on Thursdays.
Book A Children's Librarian
While we are unable to hold in-person library programs, we want to offer you this unique opportunity to Book-a-Children's-Librarian! Perfect for preschools, daycares, friend groups, and extended families--choose a theme (dinosaurs, things-that-go, dogs, cats, autumn, you name it!) and a time that works for your group and Mrs. Tricia will design a storytime just for you!
Each 30 minute Zoom session will include introductions, songs, several books, and a puppet or two! Limit one session per week.
Email Mrs. Tricia [email protected] with BOOK MY STORYTIME as the subject and she will get back to you ASAP.
Two Districts, One Book
Beginning March 1 ~ Grades K - 12
All of Region 6 and Litchfield public school students are asked to join administration, teachers and staff in reading Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh and featuring stories by Kwame Alexander, Kelly J. Baptist, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson.
Families with students in kindergarten through grade twelve will all receive a copy of the book! Our goal is for every family to enjoy the book together and engage in several fun activities connected to this diverse collection of stories. Families will receive bookmarks with discussion questions and reading-related activities. Additionally, various administration, teachers, staff, and community members will record each story being read aloud and release two stories a week for the duration of this exciting six-week program.
As a result of this collaboration between Region 6, Litchfield public schools, and area public libraries, we are able to make this community reading experience extra meaningful and enriching for families.
Read Aloud Kits
Beginning March 1 ~ Grades K - 6
To supplement this wonderful community-wide school initiative OWL has created supplemental Book Bundles focused on the 10 authors featured in Flying Lessons. Each Read Aloud Kit will contain a book bundle (2-3 books by the featured author) as well as discussion questions and fun activity prompts. These will be available for checkout beginning in March.
For a complete list of book-bundles and /or to place a hold, email [email protected]
Short Story Contest
Beginning March 1 ~ Grades K - 12
We hope all students will be inspired after reading this collection of short stories and will want to try their hand at writing one of their very own. The Two Districts, One Book planning committee will be hosting a short story contest with two winners in each grade band: K-3 students, 4-6 students, 7-8 students, and 9-12 students.
Submit your stories of 500+ words to [email protected] by April 23rd for consideration.
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.
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 be accessed solely through our e-newsletters.To receive secure information regarding these events, please subscribe to our e-newsletter! Click here to subscribe If you misplace the email and need the link again, email [email protected]