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2019 Summer Reading Program : Dive into Reading

 

Teen Pizza & Pages Book Club For Teens 

 

Summer Storytime 

 

Saturday  Specials

 

Picture Books & Popsicles

 

 

 


 

 

Craftastic Fridays
For All Ages

Every Friday the Oliver Wolcott Library will have a fun, new craft suitable for kids of all ages! Bring your child to the Children’s Library at any time throughout the day, so they can create their very own masterpiece to take home!

 

 


Summer Storytime

 

 

 

Bouncing Babies: Birth - 24 months
Tuesdays 10:30 AM
July 2 through August 13 

Join Dr. Caroline for Bouncing Babies! Enjoy concept and rhyming books, learn finger plays, and meet other families in this interactive program. Your child will form a bond with you, develop listening skills, and begin vocabulary development.

Drop-in. No registration necessary.

 


 

Preschool Storytime: 2 - 5 year olds 
Thursdays 10:30 AM 
July 11 through August 22

Join Miss Kathy for Preschool Storytime! Enjoy new and classic picture books, learn movement activities, and build pre-literacy skills such as phonological awareness and comprehension. Stories will be read that encourage participation and comment.

Drop-in. No registration necessary.


 

Family Fun with Letters 
A playful pre-reading program for 
children ages 4 -7 & caregivers

Tuesdays 1:00 PM 
July 9 through August 13

 

Parents/caregivers are children’s first teachers and play a critical role in literacy. During this fun and interactive program with Dr. Caroline, we’ll study how children learn to read, as well as how to provide effective, evidence-based support and instruction to create enriching, lifelong reading habits. Your children will acquire pre-reading skills through story and hands on, multi-sensory play that will enable them to begin to break the phonemic code, an essential stepping stone in learning to read. 

Drop-in. No registration necessary.

 


 

 2019 Summer Reading Program
Registration Begins June 22!

 

Preschool Children:
Participate in our “Read to Me” Summer Reading Program for preschoolers (birth through entering Kindergarten). Children will receive a paper reading log where they can track each day that they are read to by coloring in a fun ocean themed picture.

Every week when children are read to at least five days, they can stop by the library to show a librarian their log and get a prize. Remember attending one of our preschool programs counts!

Children and Teens:
Children and Teens can keep track of their summer reading online with our new Wandoo Reader software. This fun and interactive online reading log can track the titles and authors of the books they are reading.

School-age children entering grades 1 through 6 can earn prizes each week in TWO ways, by logging their reading on Wandoo Reader and by completing various in-library challenges.
Click here to access School-age Wando Reader

Teens entering grades 7 through 12 have the chance every week to win some awesome gift cards from local establishments by logging their reading on Wandoo Reader.  
Click here to access Teen Wando Reader

 

 


Summer Reading Book Clubs - Grades K - 12
Registration is Required


 


Page Tuner's Club
For Children Entering Grades 4 - 6

Wednesdays: 2 Sessions
June 26 through August 21
 *no meeting on July 3rd


Session One: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
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Session Two: 12:30 - 1:30 PM
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Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer! Receive a complimentary copy of 2019 Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate Nominee Seven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey.

Each week Miss Kathy will lead discussions, read passages aloud, and create fun and hands-on projects related to the book. A pizza lunch will be provided each week.

 

 

Field Trip to Mystic Aquarium

For Page Turner's Club Members Only


Wednesday, August 7
 7:45 AM to 6:30 PM


 

Mystic Aquarium was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2014 and is home to sea creatures such as beluga whales, sharks, seals, sea lions, and more! Members of the Page Turner’s Club have an opportunity to join OWL on a field trip to Mystic Aquarium where they will get to discover the wonders of oceanography. “Dive into Reading” this summer and don’t miss this chance to join us for a fun and educational experience!

Bus transportation, lunch, dinner, t-shirts, and aquarium admission will all be provided. For more details, contact the Children’s Librarian at [email protected]

This book club and field trip are generously sponsored by Praxair.

 


 

Fin-tastic Lunch Bunch Club
For Children Entering Grades 1- 3

 

Thursdays: 2 Sessions
June 26 through August 21

Session One: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
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Session Two: 12:30 - 1:30 PM 
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Join Miss Kathy for a weekly read-aloud featuring an “ocean” topic of the week including whales, shark, coral reefs, and more! After learning about our week’s ocean topic we will create some fun and hands-on projects related to the book. A pizza lunch will be provided each week. In July and August Mystic Aquarium will be coming to OWL for two special programs for the children in the Fin-tastic Lunch Bunch Club. 

 

There will be two special events for children in the Fin-tastic Lunch Bunch Club: 

 

On July 18: Coral Reef Community 

Students will explore a fascinating community found beneath the waves! They will enjoy participating in an interactive presentation to discover how many sea creatures work together to be terrific neighbors, while others have interesting adaptations keeping them at the top of the food chain. This program includes live invertebrates!

On August 15: Whale Tales 

Most kids love swimming in the ocean, but imagine spending ALL of your time in the ocean swimming, eating, sleeping, etc. By helping a classmate transform into a beluga whale, students will discover how these charismatic whales are mammals like us, but are specially adapted to survive in a cold ocean ecosystem. This program includes live invertebrates!

This book club and special events are generously sponsored by Praxair.

 


 

Teen Pizza & Pages Book Club For Teens
Entering Grades 7 - 10

Wednesdays 5:30- 6:30 PM
June 26 Through August 21

 

*no meeting on August 7th


Click Here to Register 

 

 

Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer! Receive a copy of The Raft by S.A. Bodeen.

Each week Miss Kathy will lead discussions, read passages aloud, and create fun and hands-on projects related to the book. A pizza dinner will be provided each week. In August there will be a special event for the teens in the Teen Pizza & Pages Book Club.

 

There will be two special events for teens in the Pizza & Pages Book Club: 

 

On July 31: Ukulele Lessons

We will have Ukulele Lessons from Albert Norasing, an instructor from the Bethel Music Center. Albert will teach you some Ukulele basics to get you started strumming and playing songs. He has been playing guitar for over 16 years and Ukulele for eight.

 

 

 

On August 21: Henna Demonstration 

We will have a Henna demonstration from Henna by Elyse which will include an informational slideshow, Henna paste demonstrations, a “Fact or Fiction” trivia game, and a Henna design for each attendee. Elyse Sadtler is an Internationally Certified Natural Henna Artist based in Northwest Connecticut.

 

 

 


 

 Saturday Specials

For Ages 4-12

Registration is Required For Each Session

 


 


 

Bending Gravity with Eric Girardi
Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 AM

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 Join us for a mesmerizing performance of over ten object manipulation skills choreographed to diverse music that will leave children of all ages smiling and in awe. Featuring world-class yoyoing, top spinning, traditional juggling, devilsticks, contact juggling, poi, diabolo, and more…you won’t be able to guess what comes next.

 

End of Summer Luau Bash
Saturday, August 24 at 11:00 AM

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 Our End of Summer Luau Bash will feature Kahana Hula. Tiare’s hula performances are both educational and entertaining. Through storytelling and dance, she makes special connections with audiences of all ages. This show will be both engaging and interactive, and you’ll leave with a deeper understanding of Hawaiian culture.

 

 


 

 

Picture Books & Popsicles

Fridays: 2:00 PM

Guest Readers:

July 12th: Humphry Rolleston
July 19th: Jackie Tiul
July 26th: Bette Geci

 

 

Grab your towels, blankets, or beach chairs and join us at OWL for three brand new Friday Storytimes in the month of July. We will have some delicious popsicles outside while we enjoy listening to picture books read by guest readers. Then we will enjoy a fun activity like blowing bubbles, sidewalk chalk, or hula hoops and jump ropes. (Program will be held inside if there is inclement weather.)

Drop-in. No registration necessary.
 

 


 

 

Kindergarten Social
Friday, August 23rd 

10:30 AM For children entering kindergarten

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All kindergartners and their parents are invited to a special story hour for children getting ready to enter Kindergarten. Ease the anxiety of the first day of school by hearing stories and songs about school including Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Ashley Wolff. We’ll sing, listen to stories, enjoy finger plays, and practice following directions and taking turns. Our special guest will be Litchfield Center School Librarian Mrs. Moore.

Join OWL’s Children’s Librarian Miss Kathy and Center School’s Librarian Mrs. Moore for this fun event! 
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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