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Special  Saturday Storytimes 

Grades K - 3  

Grades 4-6 

 

  

 


 

 

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!

 

 

 

 April is Poetry Month
Come Celebrate with Us!

In OWL’s Children’s Room we will have fun ways to celebrate:

Poem in Your Pocket -- Grab a poem from OWL’s Pocket-Poem display and throughout April carry it with you to share with friends, family members, classmates and anyone else you meet over the course of the month. 

Browse our wonderful poetry books on display and available for check-out!

 

 

 

 

 


Storytime

 

 

Bouncing Babies: Birth - 24 months

Tuesdays 10:30 AM

January 7 through February 25
March 6 through April 21*

Fridays 10:30 AM

March 6 through April 24*

 

 

Join Dr. Caroline on Tuesdays and Mrs. Tricia on Fridays 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.
*No meeting Friday, Apr. 10



 

Preschool Storytime: 2 - 5 year olds 

Thursdays 10:30 AM 

January 9 through February 27
March 5 Through April 23



 

 

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.

 


 

Letters are Characters

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

Wednesdays 10:30 AM 
January 8 through February 26
March 4 Through April 29*

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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.
*No meeting April 15

 

 


 

 

Letters are Characters Two

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

Tuesdays 4:00 PM 
January 7 through February 25
March 3 through April 28*

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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 meeting April 14

 


 Special Storytimes 

 

 

 

Pirate Storytime

Saturday, March 28
For Ages 3 to 5
11:00 - 11:30 AM

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Ahoy Matey! It’s time to join Mrs. Tricia for a very special pirate themed Storytime. We will listen to books, sing a sea shanty or two, and create a special craft to take home. Don’t miss this fun Storytime or we’ll make you walk the plank!

Registration required.

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Sunshine & Picture Books

Saturday, April 4
For Ages 3 to 5
11:00 - 11:30 AM

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Spring has officially sprung which means it is time for sunshine, warm weather, and plenty of play! Join Mrs. Tricia as she reads some of her favorite springtime books. Then get ready to make and decorate your very own kite to take home! If weather permits we will go outside to jump rope, draw with chalk, and maybe even fly our new kites!

 Registration required.

 

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Teddy Bear Picnic

Saturday, April 18
For Ages 3 to 5
11:00 - 11:30 AM

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It’s time for a Teddy Bear Picnic at Oliver Wolcott Library! Bring your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal and a picnic blanket to this very special outdoor Storytime. We will listen to books, sing songs, and create a special craft to take home. Light refreshments will be served.

 Registration required.

 

 


 For Grades K - 3

 

1/2 Day Animal Explorer's Club
Featuring Christine's Critters

Wednesday, March 4
For Grades K - 3
1:30 - 2:30 PM

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Learn how to help wildlife have a better chance of survival! Children will be introduced to a variety of rehabilitated birds that serve as ambassadors. We’ll hear stories about how their injuries happened. As we learn about the injuries, 90% of which are preventable injuries caused by humans, we’ll discuss ways that we can make small changes to help these birds and other wildlife. This program is very interactive and questions are encouraged from the children to help further their knowledge. Registration is Required

 

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Day Animal Explorer's Club
Featuring Nature's No-So-Cuddly

Wednesday, March 427
For Grades K - 3
3:30 - 4:30 PM

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Learn how to be a hero to some of nature’s most unhuggable creatures! This hands-on educational program with White Memorial Conservation Center will teach your children how to be heroes to creatures that often get overlooked or mistreated because of their unhuggable appearance. After meeting a live turtle and snake up close, children will learn how to safely help turtles cross the road, how to be good stewards of the environment, and how to advocate for all of “Nature’s Not-So-Cuddly.” Registration is Required

 

 
 

 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


 

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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.

 

 

Artist's Book Club

Fridays:  March 6 & April 3
For Grades K-3

3:30 - 4:15 PM

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Art and book lovers alike will not want to miss this creative art program! Using a different picture book as inspiration, we will create a piece of art suitable for any art gallery. Along the way, we’ll learn various art terms and even some new art techniques to try. All materials will be provided.

Registration is Required

 

 

 

 


 

For Grades 4-6

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Make IT Workshop

Fridays:  March 20 & April 17
For Grades 4-6

3:30 - 4:15 PM

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If your child loves DIY crafts, then they’re invited to Oliver Wolcott Library to make some awesome projects like a Tabletop Basketball Hoop on March 20 and a Wind Spinner on April 17! Using a variety of materials, Mrs. Tricia will provide easy step-by-step instructions so they can learn to “Make IT” themselves. All materials will be provided.

Registration is Required

 




 

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