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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!

 

 


Storytime

 

 

Bouncing Babies: Birth - 24 months
Tuesdays 10:30 AM

  • January 7 through February 25*

Preschool Storytime: 2 - 5 year olds 
Thursdays 10:30 AM 

January 9 through February 27



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.

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. *No Bouncing Babies Feb.18

 


 

Letters are Characters

Pre-reading program for 
children ages 4 -7 & caregivers
with Dr. Caroline Ugurlu

Wednesdays 10:30 AM 
January 8 through February 26

 Click Here to Register 

 

Through story and hands on, multi-sensory play, your child will learn to break the phonemic code, an essential stepping stone in learning to read. During this fun and interactive program with Dr. Caroline, she will help parents/caregivers understand how children learn to read, as well as how to provide effective, evidence-based support and instruction to create enriching, lifelong reading habits. Everyone’s individual pace is honored, and everyone has fun. No more frustrations, just pure letter fun!

Registration strongly recommended. Drop-ins are welcome.

 

 


 

 

Letters are Characters Two

Pre-reading program for 
children ages 4 -8 & caregivers
with Dr. Caroline Ugurlu

Tuesdays 4:00 PM 
January 7 through February 25*

 

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Did you know that 87% of English words follow the rules? Learning how our written, spoken and literary language work is presented in a play based, fun, multisensory way! Dr. Caroline will meet children where they are and provide lessons based on individual learning styles and needs. Whether your child is learning letter/sound relationships, sight words, or more complex letter patterns, this class is for them!

Letters are Characters Two offers a differentiated teaching and learning experience to ensure that children acquire the pre-reading and reading skills that they need to become great, deep readers with appreciation for language! Parents will learn the science of reading and get comfortable with its application to reading instruction. Parents will receive handouts each week and are welcome to stay and play or pick-up after. Yes, learning to read can be fun!
 
Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu, Ph.D., is an interpretive researcher, teacher and OWL’s library assistant with a focus on early literacy. She has spent five years studying reading including the neurological processes involved in reading and the sociological, physiological and cultural aspects of reading acquisition and its opposite – failure to acquire reading fluency. She has developed a method to help children ages 4 to 7 break the phonemic code in a fun and playful way and has authored a book on the subject. She will complete her Wilson Certification in 2020.

Registration strongly recommended.  Drop-ins are also welcome.
* No Letters are Characters Two Feb. 18
 

  


 Special Storytimes 

 

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Warm & Cozy : Hot Chocolate Storytime
Saturday, January 25
For ages 3 to 8

11:00 - 11:45 AM

 

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Bundle up and join us for a Hot Chocolate Storytime. Miss Kathy will read some of her favorite winter themed books while you stay warm and cozy by sipping on some delicious hot chocolate. Then we will decorate your very own winter mug to bring home!
 

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Valentine's Day Celebration
Friday, February 14
For ages 3 to 5

11:00 - 11:45 AM

 

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Join Miss Kathy for a Valentine’s Day Celebration. We will listen to some love-filled stories, sing songs, and even go on a heart scavenger hunt. Then we will create some Valentine’s Day crafts to take home and give to loved ones.

 

Registration is Required for each of these programs.
 

 


 For Grades K - 3

 

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1/2 Day Animal Explorer's Club
For Grades K - 3

 

Registration is Required

 

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The Children's Museum

Wednesday, February 5
For Grades K - 3
1:30 - 2:30 PM

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Compare and contrast animals’ adaptations! The Children’s Museum’s Animal Adaptations and Habitats program will teach children about various Wildlife Sanctuary animals and determine the unique ways they have adapted to meet their specific needs. Compare similarities and differences between mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Also, get ready to meet several live animals from the Wildlife Sanctuary that will travel to the library.
 

1/2 Day Animal's Explorer's Clubs are generously sponsored by Litchfield Education Foundation

 

 

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Mystery in the Stacks

January 24 through February 28
For Grades K - 3

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A crime. A list of suspects A handful of clues.

Can you help solve the case?

 

 

Do you dream of becoming a super sleuth like Sherlock Holmes? Do you devour books about Cam Jansen or Nate the Great? Join us this winter and participate in our Winter Reading Challenge to help solve our library mystery. Earn the five clues you need to solve the crime by completing the following tasks:

1. Attend a library program
2. Read “Mystery” books
3. Read a book of your choice
4. Complete a mystery challenge sheet (provided at the library)
5. Complete the “Search and Find” activity in the Children’s Library

Complete the tasks in any order but only one clue will be given per day. Solve the crime and your detective skills will be rewarded with an afterschool Mystery Pizza Party on Friday, February 28.

Don’t forget to pick up your Mystery in the Stacks packet in the library starting on January 24.

Registration required.

 

Detective Training: Ciphers, Codes & Secret Messages

Friday, January 24
For Grades K - 3

3:30 - 4:15 PM

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Start your detective training with a crash course on ciphers, codes, and secret messages. Trainees will learn the recipe to make invisible ink, will create a cipher wheel, and discover other secret ways to communicate with others. 

Registration required. 

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Detective Training: Fingerprint Analysis

Friday, February 21 
For Grades K - 3

3:30 - 4:15 PM

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Continue your detective training with a course on finger print analysis. Trainees will learn about the different fingerprint patterns and classifications, analyze their own fingerprints, and then use their new knowledge to solve a “mini mystery.”

Registration required.

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Mystery Pizza Party

Friday, February 28
For Grades K - 3

3:30 - 4:15 PM

 

Did you earn all five clues? Did you use your detective skills to solve the mystery? Do you know who committed the library crime? If the answer is YES then let your hard work and sleuthing skills be rewarded with a Mystery Pizza Party. Join us at OWL afterschool as we eat pizza, read Secret Pizza Party, and create a fun craft to take home.

 


 

For Grades 4-6

 

 

Spelling Bee Club 
January 6 through February 10
*

Mondays: 3:30 - 4:30 PM
For Grades 4 - 6

3:30 - 4:15 PM

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The Spelling Club will provide children an opportunity to gather with classmates at OWL after school to learn the word bank for the Litchfield Bee in a fun and collaborative setting. Play word games such as Boggle, Jumble, Roll & Spell, and Vocab Toss. Listen to excerpts from novels that are filled with juicy words to prepare for the Spelling Bee. Run through practice Bees so you’re ready to compete at the end of February. Study materials created by the Scripps National Bee and a healthy power snack will be provided. Participation in the Spelling Bee is not mandatory!

*Registration required. - No meeting January 20

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Litchfield Spelling Bee  

Wednesday, February 19

12:30 PM

Location: Litchfield Intermediate Shcool Auditorium

 

Compete in the local round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Students in Litchfield Intermediate School will have an opportunity to showcase their spelling talents for a chance to represent their school at the Connecticut State Bee in early spring. The Connecticut Winner will go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. Participation in the Spelling Bee Club is not mandatory to compete.

Based on contest rules, this spelling bee is open only to Litchfield Intermediate School students.

Registration & information will be provided at school.

  

Spelling Bee programs are generously sponsored by Litchfield Education Foundation

 

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