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Goshen library to host program on the ukulele
 
The Goshen Public Library will hold a program on playing the ukulele April 18 at 2 p.m. Julie Stepanek will teach the fundamentals of ukulele playing. No experience is necessary. Participants can bring their own ukulele or borrow one from Stepanek. Registration is required. Call 860-491-3234 to register.
 
 
Program on green burial cemeteries set in Goshen
 
Connecticut Green Burial Grounds, a Connecticut-based organization committed to establishing, promoting and operating green burial cemeteries, will hold a program at the Goshen Public Library April 20 at 10:30 a.m.
 
CGBG’s mission is to combine eco-cemeteries and land conservation in an economically viable way that contributes to ecological restoration and conservation. It is devoted to establishing the first full green burial cemetery in Connecticut, promoting sustainable and eco-friendly death care options, and helping to eliminate the culture of silence surrounding death related topics.
 
Connecticut Green Burial Grounds is a 501(c)(3) Foundation. Registration is recommended. To register, call 860-491-3234.
 
 
Goshen Public Library displaying artwork
 
The Goshen Public Library will exhibit artwork in April.  During the month the library will display the Clothesline Project from the Susan B Anthony Project.  The Clothesline Project is created new each year to raise awareness about Intimate Partner Violence and the growth and healing that the Susan B Anthony Project promotes through groups and therapy.  The Goshen Public Library will also host the artwork of Goshen Center School students.  Each grade creates different work based on separate artists.  The artwork is hung about the library.  The Reception with light refreshments is scheduled for Monday, April 1 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., but the artwork will be present the whole month of April.  Lastly, each month there will be a hand-made quilt from the Goshen Star Quilters Guild.  These are local artists who have been meeting for many years but have only recently displayed their art here at the library.  
 
 
Morris library schedules events
 
“Silly Song Sing-a-Long” with Edward Leonard (ages 0-10), at the Morris Public Library, Wednesday, April 17, at 4 P.M.
 
Musician Edward Leonard will offer his popular “Silly Song Sing-a-Long”, ages 0-10, at the Morris Public Library, on Wednesday, April 17, at 4 P.M.
A Silly Song Sing-A-Long is a mix of popular children's songs, interactive musical games, dance, movement, and rhythms. Children (and their grown-up friends) will sing, dance, and act silly with the guitars, drums, and will grab a bag full of musical surprises and gags. 
This program is educational, creative, and entertaining; it's a perfect quality time event for families.
To register for this FREE program with the Library: 860-567-7440 orhttps://morrispubliclibrary.net/library-calendar-event-registration/
 
Unraveling America's Musical Roots, multimedia program with musician and author Craig Harris, at the Morris Public Library, Wednesday, April 24, at 6 p.m.
 
Join musician and author/photographer Craig Harris for his multimedia and participatory program,Unraveling America's Musical Roots, offered in conjunction with his new book, Bluegrass, Newgrass, Old-time, and Americana Music (Pelican Publishing, May 2018). The event will present the archival audio/film, well-researched storytelling, and collective music-making. Unraveling America's Musical Roots will take the audience from old-time Appalachian string bands and bluegrass banjo players to Americana experimenters and beyond. 
Craig Harris, an author and photographer of The New Folk Music; The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music; Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music; andBluegrass, Newgrass, Old-time, and Americana Music, has covered roots music for newspapers and magazines for more than four decades. His passion for music, however, goes beyond the written word. A highly respected percussionist, he has appeared in concert and/or on recordings with Rod MacDonald, Jonathan Edwards, Greg Brown, Don White, Melanie, and Rick Danko (The Band). As a member of the Gaea Star Band, he's co-hosted the weekly syndicated Gaea Crystal Radio Hour since 2014
To register for this FREE event with the Library: 860-567-7440 orhttps://morrispubliclibrary.net/library-calendar-event-registration/
 
 
 White Memorial Conservation Center Calendar of Events
 
April 2019
 
April 4
Nature’s Nursery Series
Join us for an hour-long program designed just for children 3-6 years old. Every session will include a story, an encounter with a live animal, and an activity or craft. Bring your young nature lovers out to White Memorial for a jam-packed hour of hands-on learning. Parents, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program. Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. 4-5 p.m. Advanced registration is required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org. Members: $8/child per session or $25/whole series, Non-Members: $12/child per session or $45/whole series
 
April 6
CT DEEP CARE Family Fresh Water Fishing Class
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division sponsors this terrific free program. Families and individuals age nine and up are welcome to attend this unique event which is part of the DEEP’s CARE (Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education) program. The class is taught by certified volunteer instructors and it’s FUN!!! All fishing tackle and course materials are provided ABSOLUTELY FREE! To learn more log onto the CT DEEP’s website: www.ct.gov/deep and type in “CARE”. Classroom: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Fishing at Point Folly: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
 
April 6
Mystery Animal Meet and Greet
Did you know that White Memorial has a variety of live education animals just waiting to meet YOU? Join us on Saturdays in April in the Museum for your chance to get up close and personal with one of our animal ambassadors. Will it be Corny the Corn Snake, Shakespeare the Barred Owl, Sally the Salamander, or some other mystery creature? Come and find out! 3:30 p.m. Members: FREE, Non-members: $6.00 per adult, $3.00 per child (admission to Museum)
 
April 9
Monthly Bird Walk Series with Kristi Dranginis
Join birder Kristi Dranginis on the second Tuesday of each month for a golden opportunity to explore the rich and varied habitats of White Memorial while learning how to identify birds on an educational walk. Kristi is the founder of Bird Mentor: www.BirdMentor.com
 
In the words of Kristi, “If you are looking for a walk where the leader gives you all of the answers, this is probably not for you. If, on the other hand, you are ready to learn how to distinguish and deeply connect with what you are seeing and hearing, then please join us!”  
 
The walks will average about 2 hours, but feel free to head out whenever you need to. Open to all experience levels. Dress for the weather! Will take place rain or shine! 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. FREEDonations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
 
April 12
Litchfield Tercentennial: White Memorial Through the Seasons with Gerri Griswold
Join us upstairs in the Museum for light refreshments and a reception celebrating the Town of Litchfield’s 300th Anniversary and the legacy of Alain and May White! You’ll have an opportunity to stroll through one of our nation’s finest natural history museums and pay tribute to Alain and May White. This brother and sister pair left their fingerprints all over Litchfield County beginning with our own 4,000 acre sanctuary, but also in the gifts they bestowed upon the State of Connecticut: Kent Falls, Peoples State Forest, Macedonia State Park, Dean Ravine and more! Retire to the Ceder Room for a breathtaking pictorial presentation of White Memorial through the seasons. Meet in the Museum for the reception at 6:00 p.m., Lecture in the A. B. Ceder Room 7:00 p.m., FREEDonations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
 
April 13
Impressionist Spring Blossoms in Watercolor with Betsy Rogers-Knox
Enjoy a fun afternoon creating a colorful watercolor depicting spring blossoms. Using a variety of techniques this workshop is designed for all levels and offers step-by-step instruction and plenty of demos. All materials are included. For ages 15 and up. 1:30 – 4:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org. Members: $35.00, Non-members: $60.00
 
April 13
Mystery Animal Meet and Greet
Did you know that White Memorial has a variety of live education animals just waiting to meet YOU? Join us on Saturdays in April in the Museum for your chance to get up close and personal with one of our animal ambassadors. Will it be Corny the Corn Snake, Shakespeare the Barred Owl, Sally the Salamander, or some other mystery creature? Come and find out! 3:30 p.m. Members: FREE, Non-members: $6.00 per adult, $3.00 per child (admission to Museum)
 
April 13
Early Spring Jaunt to Apple Hill and Cat Swamp with Gerri Griswold
Join Gerri on her favorite trails. Perhaps we’ll hear Spring Peepers, witness Bald Eagles soaring over Bantam Lake, or flush out some Wood Ducks as we tip toe through trails flanked by Princess Pine. Wear sturdy waterproof boots. This walk takes place no matter what the weather! Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room at 10 a.m. We’ll carpool to the trailhead. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
 
 
 
April 15 – 18
“Sense”sational Spring Break Camp
Grades 1 – 3: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Grades 4 – 6: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Which CT animal has the best sense of hearing? Who can see better: a human or a hawk? Why do owls not mind eating smelly skunks? All of these questions about the senses will be answered and more during our “Sense”sational Spring Break Camp. Spend your vacation exploring the wild and wonderful natural world at White Memorial. Meet live animals up close, make some awesome crafts, tromp around the woods, and play fun games, all while learning about the amazing senses of our native critters. Snacks and drinks will be served between adventures. Parents are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. Advanced registration is required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit www.whitememorialcc.org. Members: $20/child per session or $70/child for the week. Non-members: $35/child per session or $120/child for the week

April 19
Good Friday
Museum Closed
 
April 20 - 26
Museum Children Free Week
In memory of Louise W. Willson. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.
 
April 20
Mystery Animal Meet and Greet
Did you know that White Memorial has a variety of live education animals just waiting to meet YOU? Join us on Saturdays in April in the Museum for your chance to get up close and personal with one of our animal ambassadors. Will it be Corny the Corn Snake, Shakespeare the Barred Owl, Sally the Salamander, or some other mystery creature? Come and find out! 3:30 p.m. Members: FREE, Non-members: $6.00 per adult, $3.00 per child (admission to Museum)
 
April 20
Spoon Carving Workshop Using White Memorial Ash with Andy Dobos
Trees have been used by people to make useful and beautiful objects as far back as we can imagine. Spend a few hours learning to transform pieces of white ash from White Memorials landscape into a spoon or ladle (or both if you’re a quick study). Instruction will include how to use tools such as knives, chisels, hatchets and saws safely and effectively. This is a great introduction to woodcarving of any kind.
 
If you have them, bring a carving knife, drawknife, spokeshave, wood saw and/or sharp hatchet. Andy will have tools to share if needed. 10:00 a.m. Meet in the Activity Shed (next to the Museum). Limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 869-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememoialcc.org. Members: $25.00, Non-members: $50.00
 
April 20
Art Show Opening and Reception: Nature Through the Eyes of Rebecca Melaragno
The beautifully dramatic chalk pastel animal images of Rebecca Melaragno will grace the walls of the A. B. Ceder Room through June 30.
About the Artist: “Art is something I have always had an interest in and wanted to develop at a deeper level. I love the fact that art and design in itself cannot be defined; it is what and how you see something, what you feel, how things are organized, communicated, and experienced. It is both interpretation and delivering a clear message, and can take the form of countless mediums. I have lately been focusing on drawings, specifically with chalk pastel and using a digital platform. A lot of my subject matter comes from inspiration around me, and the comparison between human relationships and personalities as compared to that of animals. Analyzing different personality types and seeing how they compare to that of predator and prey relationships in nature. Designing my drawings allows me to intertwine meaning and relationships between the subject matters. In addition to being an artist and graphic designer, I work as an art teacher sharing my love and knowledge of art with our next generation.” 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room. The reception is free but please register by calling 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org.
 
April 21
Easter Sunday
Museum Closed
 
April 23 / 24
Give Local!
Hosted by the Connecticut Community Foundation, Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills is a 36-hour online community giving event that encourages donors to lend their support to the nonprofit organizations that work every day to make our community stronger.
Every dollar donated to the Conservation Center from 7 a.m. on April 23rd to 7 p.m. on April 24th will help defray the cost of the 38th Annual Family Nature Day on September 28, 2019! Your donations will be stretched with bonus funds provided by the Connecticut Community Foundation and generous Give Local sponsors. We are also eligible to win amazing cash prizes during the event! 
Watch our website www.whitememorialcc.org or read your Habitattler for more details on how you can donate or visit our personal Give Local page https://givelocalccf.org/npo/white-memorial-conservation-center .
 
April 25
Charles Fergus: Book Signing and Talk “Make a Home for Wildlife: Creating Habitat on Your Land, Backyard to Many Acres”
Make a Home for Wildlife helps property owners see their land in new ways and gives them the tools and knowledge to effectively improve food and cover for wildlife.

Whether you live on a quarter-acre lot in town, own a 20-acre woodland retreat, or belong to an outdoor or nature club with hundreds of acres
, you can make changes to the land that will turn your property into a better habitat for wildlife.
 
Focusing on the eastern US from Canada to Florida, the book describes basic habitat types—forests, shrublands, grasslands, and wetlands—and how to create or improve them, along with specific recommendations for projects that will help many different kinds of wildlife, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, and pollinating insects. Fergus also relates inspiring stories of landowners who have transformed their properties into wonderful homes for local wildlife.

Author: Charles Fergus has published 17 books on nature and wildlife. He has written for publications as various as Audubon, Country Journal, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Yale Review, and the New York Times. He is a longtime columnist for Pennsylvania Game News magazine, and a communications consultant for the Wildlife Management Institute. He lives on a 120-acre hill farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where he enjoys improving habitats to attract and support local wildlife.
 
6:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Book signing to follow in the Museum. Please pre-register by calling 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
 
FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses
 
April 26
Litchfield Tercentennial: Spring Open House at Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy
The Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy nurtures and protects a diverse range of the world’s waterfowl, focusing especially on rare and endangered species. With one of the largest collections in the US, our goal is to spark a passion for the natural world through close exposure of local students and visitors to these beautiful birds. In so doing, we seek to inspire people to respect and secure the world’s ecosystems, and to safeguard biological diversity, essential for a healthy population and planet.
 
In honor of Litchfield’s 300th Anniversary, LRWC will be hosting an Open House from 10am-4pm at their facility. Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds at their leisure, meet the new ducklings and goslings, and join the aviculturists on a guided tour at 1pm; where they will learn about the endangered species that call the Conservancy home.  Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. LRWC is located at 55 Duck Pond Road in Litchfield. For more information call 869-567-2062.
 
April 26
STAR PARTY!
This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Tonight’s topic is the Moon. Weather permitting, there will be star gazing after the program. 7:30 p.m., MOTT- VAN WINKLE CLASSROOM. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
 
April 26 / 27
29th Annual Museum Sleep-In!
Kids in Grades 4-6: If you enjoy viewing the night sky, exploring the outdoors, learning about nature, and meeting new friends, then join us for the 29th Annual Museum Sleep-In at White Memorial. You’ll get to sleep over in the Museum, as well as make nature crafts, scoop for pond critters, go on nature hikes, meet live animals, and enjoy some yummy food. It will be like a real-life “Night at the Museum!” Limited space, so don’t miss out! This is a kids-only event made possible by the Education and Activities Committee. Meet in the Museum. The event goes from 5pm Friday night – 12 noon Saturday. Advanced registration required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit www.whitememorialcc.org. Registration must be received by April 20. Members: $60/child, Non-Members: $120/child
 
April 27
Turn Turn Turn: Road Trip to the Studio of Wood Turner (Bodger) Richard Heys
Richard’s stunning work includes decorative and utilitarian wooden bowls, vases, lidded vessels and sculptural objects made on the lathe and/or by carving.  Evolving from a hobby in the early 1990s to a serious pursuit since he retired from a career in chemistry research in 2005, his work aims to reflect both the skills of the craft and an aesthetic response to the character of the wood.  He obtains most of his wood locally from storm-felled or otherwise unwanted trees. Richard’s work today will feature our beloved Ash.
Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room at 10:45 a.m. We’ll carpool! 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Limited to 10 people. Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
 
April 27
Mystery Animal Meet and Greet
Did you know that White Memorial has a variety of live education animals just waiting to meet YOU? Join us on Saturdays in April in the Museum for your chance to get up close and personal with one of our animal ambassadors. Will it be Corny the Corn Snake, Shakespeare the Barred Owl, Sally the Salamander, or some other mystery creature? Come and find out! 3:30 p.m. Members: FREE, Non-members: $6.00 per adult, $3.00 per child (admission to Museum)
 
 
 
Oliver Wolcott Library April 2019 Events
 
The Oliver Wolcott Library Jamie Gagarin Art Gallery:
Tom Hlas - Mixed Media – “Telling the Stories: Abstract Narratives”
On exhibit through April 25
 
Adult Programs:
 
Identification & Early Intervention for Struggling Readers & Dyslexia Awareness
With Dr. Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu
Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Why do some children struggle with reading? What is dyslexia? Are all struggling readers dyslexic? What can parents, caregivers and communities do to intervene, provide support, share information and create solutions for struggling readers/dyslexic children? We’ll answer these questions and more during this discussion.
 
Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu, Ph.D., is an interpretive researcher, teacher and OWL’s library assistant with a focus on early literacy.
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Adult Events. 
 
Monday Scholars: Understanding Russia: A Cultural History
Mondays: 12:30 - 2:00 PM, April 8 through July 1
Monday Scholars is a weekly series that combines the best of online learning with classroom discussion.
This video lecture series will be taught by Professor Lynne Ann Hartnett, Professor of History at Villanove University. The lectures will define - and sometimes redefine - a Russian identity through culture. To do so, we will focus on the country’s intellectuals - the poets, novelists, artists, composers, leaders, clerics, and revolutionaries.
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Adult Events. 
 
One Book, One Litchfield
Celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Litchfield with A Community-Wide Read
April 4 through May 9
The Oliver Wolcott Library and the Litchield Public Schools have partnered together to create our first One Book, One Litchfield. We will be encouraging everyone in our community from age 9 to 99 to read Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Along with reading, we invite you to join us for a number of special events about Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Visit our website at www.owlibrary.org for all of our special events - and visit the Litchfield Public Schools website at www.litchfieldschools.org for similar special events planned for grade school children/teens.
 
One Book, One Litchfield: The Greatest Hits of the Civil War Performed by Rick Spencer
Thursday, April 4, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Enjoy the greatest hits of the Civil War as Rick Spencer performs classic tunes from the Civil War Era- songs and melodies he believes are in the collective consciousness of people today. He will perform them a capella and accompanied by his guitar and 5-string banjo.
 
One Book, One Litchfield:Raise a Glass, Borrow a Book
Thursday, April 4, 8:00 – 8:30 PM
Join us after Rick’s performance as we raise a glass, and borrow Uncle Tom’s Cabin to begin our                    collective journey participating in One Book, One Litchfield. Enjoy a glass of wine or sparkling water as we give you the first opportunity to check out Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Adult Events. 
 
One Book, One Litchfield:Stowe Center Discussions
Join us for these lively lecture presentations by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
 
Who Was Uncle Tom?
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Explore the complicated history of the legacy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin from its inception to modern-day iterations.
 
From the Archives: Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Popular Culture
Friday, April 12, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Get an exclusive look at rarely seen objects and images from the Stowe Center’s extensive collection. Learn about the material culture surrounding the publication and impact of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
 
Her Words Changed the World
Tuesday, April 23, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Get an exclusive look at rarely seen objects and images from the Stowe Center’s extensive collection. Learn about the material culture surrounding the publication and impact of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
 
The Stowe Salon
Thursday, April 25, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
In classic “salon style”, this will be a conversation facilitated by Stowe Center staff. Connect the past to the present by discussing the effects of institutionalized racism on American society today, and identify steps for creating positive change.
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Adult Events. 
 
One Book, One Litchfield:Uncle Tom’s Cabin – A Book Discussion Facilitated by Mark Scarbrough
Sunday, April 28, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, we’ll encounter the parameters of how we still think about race. We’ll find one of the best trailblazers of the fate we cannot seem to escape, partly because Stowe’s book helps set us on this journey just over a hundred and fifty years ago.
 
Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic whose focus was Chaucer and Harriet Beecher Stowe. After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View. His website is bruceandmark.com.
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Adult Events. 
 
OWL Abroad! With Viking River Cruises
Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
 
Join us for Champagne & Cookies while Viking River Cruises introduces a River Cruise in France. Viking will present an overview of the many adventures they have developed both on rivers and oceans. Prepare for some incredible scenery and ideas for future adventures and get an insider’s peek at the newest of their cruise ships and itineraries. 
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Adult Events. 
 
Children’s Programs:
Bouncing Babies - For babies birth- 24 months
Tuesdays at 11:00 AM, through April 30
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 - For Ages 2-5
Thursdays at 11:00 AM, through April 25
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
 
The Afternoon Letters are Characters© - For Children Ages 4-7 & Caregivers
Six-Week Playful Pre-Reading Program
Tuesdays: 3:30 – 4:30 PM, through April 9
During this six week course, parents/caregivers will be introduced to the science of reading and given tools to provide effective, evidence-based support and instruction at home that will facilitate the creation of enriching, lifelong reading habits in their child/children. Caroline Ugurlu will lead this program based on the book she is writing on the subject.
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Children’s Events. 
 
Letters are Characters© - For Children Ages 4-7
A Playful Pre-Reading Program
Wednesdays at 11:00 AM, through April 24
During this fun and interactive program, parents/caregivers will learn about how children learn to read as well as how to provide effective, evidence-based support and instruction and create enriching, lifelong reading habits. Simultaneously, 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.Caroline Ugurlu will lead this program based on the book she is writing on the subject.
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Children’s Events. 
 
STEM Studio – For Grades 4 - 6
Monday, April 1, 3:30 – 4:15 PM
This fun and hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program will include a challenge correlating with one or more STEM concepts in which children will have to use teamwork, critical thinking, and innovation in order to complete their challenge. These exciting challenges will include making a constellation lightbox. 
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Children’s Events. 
 
 
Storytime STEM - Grades K-3
Friday, April 5, 3:30 – 4:15 PM
This exciting and hands-on program will include a read aloud of a popular children’s picture book along with correlating STEM crafts, activities, and/or whole group science demonstrations. This session we’ll be using science to make our own bubbles in this program that is guaranteed to make learning fun. 
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Children’s Events. 
 
Construction Site Storytime - For 3 – 5 year olds
Friday, April 12, 11:00 – 11:30 AM
Grab a hard hat and join us for Construction Site Storytime. If your child loves excavators, bulldozers, dump trucks, or cranes then this storytime is just right for you. We will be reading books, singing songs, playing with construction trucks, and creating a craft to bring home.
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Children’s Events. 
 
Earth Day Celebration - For Grades K - 3
Monday, April 22, 3:30 – 4:15 PM
Children in grades K-3 are invited to join us for a special Earth Day Celebration. Children will listen to a popular storybook, and then make their very own “mini” garden out of recyclable material to take home.
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Children’s Events. 
 
Little Book Buddies – For Grades K-3
Friday, April 26, 3:30 – 4:15 PM
Children in grades K-3 are invited to join us for a special story time and craft program. Children will listen to a popular storybook, and then make their very own stuffed animal inspired by the book to take home. Join us for this fun and educational program!
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Children’s Events.
Off the Hook – For Grades 4 - 6
Monday, April 29, 3:30 – 4:15 PM
If your child loves DIY crafts, then they’re invited to Oliver Wolcott Library to follow easy step-by-step instructions to create a unique yarn craft without using any knitting needles or crochet hooks. All               materials will be provided.
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on
Teen Programs – For Grades 7 - 12:
Teen Wednesdays: Board Game Madness
Wednesday, April 3, 2:15 – 3:15 PM
Teens are encouraged to come to the library to play some board games with Miss Kathy. We will have the classics along with some newer games, sure to suit every players taste.
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Children’s Events. 
 
Teen Wednesdays: Makerspace Wednesdays
Wednesday, April 10, 2:15 – 3:15 PM
Makerspaces are places where people gather to create, invent, and share projects and ideas. Each session we will feature a new DIY project for teens to work on. In April we’ll be making Buttons. All materials will be provided.
 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.org and clicking on Events/Children’s Events. 
 
Teen Wednesdays: Graphic Novel Book Club
Wednesday, April 24, 2:15 – 3:15 PM
Each session will feature a new graphic novel that we will discuss and create a craft to go along with. Stop by the library anytime during the month to pick up your copy of the featured graphic novel.
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