Make Your Own Kaleidoscope!
March Family Take & Make! - SOLD OUT!
Available beginning March 1
Bring light and color into your life this March with OWL’s Family Take & Make—create your very own kaleidoscope!
Make a Decorative Hot Air Balloon!
April Family Take & Make!
Available beginning April 1
This fun and creative craft might not fly around the world in 80 days, but it will brighten any room as a decorative wall hanging.
Wednesdays at 10:30 AM*
*No Rhyme Time April 5
Perfect for up to 36 months, but fun for everyone!
Lots of rhymes, a sprinkling of songs, and one or two big books round out this library program that is perfect for little ones who need to get those wiggles out. Stay to play! After the rhymes, stay for some unstructured play time with other kiddos.
Fridays At 10:30 AM
Perfect for 3 - 5 year olds, but fun for everyone!
Join Mrs. Tricia for a classic library storytime--books, songs, bubbles, and more! Come for early literacy skills, social connections, and fun! We will have process-based art activities after each week’s stories and songs.
go GREEN! Storytime
Saturday, March 4 at 10:30 AM
Celebrate all things GREEN with stories, songs, and a green-tastic craft and snack!
Lots of Luck Storytime
Saturday, March 11 at 10:30 AM
Stories and songs about luck, followed by a mini scavenger hunt in the kids' room for (edible!) gold coins!
Spring Has Sprung Storytime
Saturday, March 25 at 10:30 AM
Welcome Spring with stories, songs, and a seasonal craft and snack!
Be a Nutmeg Reader!
Grades 2 - 12
Now through April 30
How many Nutmeg Nominees can YOU read this March and April? 1, 2, 3, or all 10? For each nominee you read in your level—Elementary, Intermediate, Middle School, or High School—have a quick conversation with Mrs. Tricia about the book, either in-person, over the phone, or via email and you will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Hickory Stick OR a Kindle Fire—reader’s choice! Enter up to 10 times depending on how many Nutmeg nominees you read between now and April 30!
About the Nutmeg Book Award:
The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 2 to 12 to read quality literature and have students choose (by voting) their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles. All titles were selected by a committee of public and school librarians.
There are ten books selected for each grade level division: Elementary (grades 2-3); Intermediate (grades 4-6); Middle School (grades 7-8); and High School (grades 9-12).
How to Participate:
Children and teens are encouraged to read as many selections in their grade level. We have multiple physical copies available here at OWL – and—many of the titles are also available as e-book or e-audio through our Libby app.
We also strongly encourage families to read books together! Sharing books is a great way to talk about issues and share your values with your child or teen.
How to Vote:
Throughout the month of April, cast your vote for the book you want to see as this year’s Nutmeg Book Award Winner! In the children’s room we will have a small voting booth for you to privately cast your ballot. Each child or teen may vote only once and voting ends April 30.
The Nutmeg Committee is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL) and they will announce the Reader’s Choice Nutmeg Winner on or about May 15.
Click here for a list of 2023 Elementary (Grades 2-3) Nutmeg Nominees.
Click here for a list of 2023 Intermediate (Grades 4-6) Nutmeg Nominees.
We also have bookmarks listing all the Nutmeg Nominees by grade levels available at the library in the children's room and YA area.
OWL's Children's & YA Audio Program
Do you love listening to audiobooks but no longer have access to a CD player?
We can help! Check out one of our 5 circulating CD players and receive a free pair of earbuds and a retro prize from our 90s time capsule! You will also receive a prize for any Juvenile or Young Adult CD audiobooks that you check out. Prizes include koosh balls, mini troll dolls, and slap bracelets all harkening back to the decade when portable CD players were all the rage.
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.
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] 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]