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Bored?
Tired?
Hungry?
Sick of walking the dog or playing Candyland?

We are thrilled that we have had so much
interest in this competition!

In the spirit of encouraging creativity we have decided to open it to ALL Friends of OWL!


If you consider OWL your primary library and/or have donated in any way
to OWL in the last five years, you are an OWL Friend!

 

How about writing a prize-winning short story instead? A very, very short story. In fact, a story that is only three sentences long. Not possible you say? Well legend has it that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a story that was only six words long:

For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.

So how hard can it be to write a story that is THREE SENTENCES long? Interested? Good. Read on.

Here are some rules and guidelines:

  • The competition is open to persons of all ages and genders, even library personnel! (though sadly library personnel are not eligible for prizes.
  • Your story may not be longer than three sentences. But because some of you may be adept at penning Jamesian paragraph-long sentences, we are going to limit those three sentences to 50 words. In total.
  • There is no charge to enter the contest.
  • No more than two submissions per person.
  • Your submission(s) must be emailed to:[email protected]
  • Your submission(s) must be received no later than midnight on Friday May 15.
  • All submitted stories will be published in our online newsletter!
  • Please include your name, address, phone number and email address with your submission. (And oh, by the way, by submitting a story you are giving us the right to publish it). Be sure to let us know if you prefer that your last name not be shown in the writers’ credits.

THE WINNERS will be selected by an impartial panel of experts with literary pretensions. You may not dispute or question their judgment.

THE PRIZES:

  • First place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Hickory Stick Bookstore.
  • Second place winner will receive a $40 gift certificate to DaCapo.
  • Third place winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to The Bakehouse.

Everyone else will have experienced the pleasure of doing something new, creative and distracting!

 


 

    ~Adult Events ~ 

 


 


LIVE Zoom Event:

 

The Buzz:
An Interactive Talk
with OWL Staff Audra MacLaren & ´╗┐Karen Pasternak

Mondays at 2:00 PM
May 4, 11 & 18

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Let's talk books, music and movies! We want to hear what you have been reading, watching and listening to. Grab a cup of tea and join us for this engaging, interactive chat with each other!

All you need is an internet connection and a device or computer with a webcam and audio. 

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]

 


 

LIVE Zoom Event:

Modernist Litchfield
A Lecture with Sam Lubell and Darren Bradley


Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 pm

 

A Live Virtual Event

 

Did you know that just off North Street on Beecher Lane, there is a flat-roofed, light-filled home designed by Marcel Breuer in 1949, more than a decade before he designed the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan? Join author Sam Lubbell and photographer Darren Bradley as they explore the history of how a number of mid-century modernist buildings were conceived and erected in Litchfield, a town known for its Colonial architecture.

Sam Lubell has written eight books about architecture, including California Captured and Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA. He writes for The New York Times, Wallpaper, Dwell, Wired and other publications. Darren Bradley is an architectural photographer who also lectures frequently about mid-century modern architecture. His work has been exhibited here and abroad and has appeared in numerous books and publications. Their most recent book together is Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA.

 

All you need is an internet connection and a device or computer with a webcam and audio. 

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]

Don't have a computer but still want to join in? Contact [email protected] for the information to join by phone.

 

Please contact Audra at least 30 minutes before the program begins

 


 

LIVE Zoom Event

Sea Wife: A Novel
with Author Amity Gaige

June 4
Thursday 7 - 8 PM

A Live Virtual Event

 

 

 

From the highly acclaimed author of Schroder, Sea Wife is a smart, sophisticated literary page-turner about a young family who escape suburbia for a yearlong sailing trip that upends all of their lives. Exuberant, harrowing, witty, and exquisitely written, Sea Wife is impossible to put down. A wholly original take on one of our oldest stories - survival at sea - it also asks a pertinent question for our polarized political moment: How does a crew with deep philosophical differences and outmoded gender roles bring a ship safely to shore?

Amity Gaige is the author of three novels, O My Darling, The Folded World, and Schroder, which was short-listed for the Folio Prize in 2014 and named one of best books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, among others. Gaige is the recipient of many awards for her previous novels as well, including Foreword Book of the Year Award for 2007; and in 2006, she was named one of the "5 Under 35" outstanding emerging writers by the National Book Foundation. She has a Fulbright and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, the Literary Review, The Yale Review, and One Story.

 

All you need is an internet connection and a device or computer with a webcam and audio. 

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]

Don't have a computer but still want to join in? Contact [email protected] for the information to join by phone.

Please contact Audra at least 30 minutes before the program begins

 


 

LIVE Zoom Event

Dublin in Song and Story
with Tom O'Carroll


Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 pm

 

A Live Virtual Event

 

 

In this program Tom tells the tales and sings the songs of his native city. This capital city on the River Liffey has an abundance of history and colorful characters and Tom will introduce you to some of them. This program is ideal for those interested in Irish Literature.

All you need is an internet connection and a device or computer with a webcam and audio. 

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]

Don't have a computer but still want to join in? Contact [email protected] for the information to join by phone.

Please contact Audra at least 30 minutes before the program begins

 

 


 

 

LIVE Zoom Event

 

Franklin &Washington : The Founding Partnership 
 

With Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Edward Larson

Tuesday, June 23 at 7:00 pm

 A Live Virtual Event

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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]

  



 

 

 

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