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The Clothes Tree
A non-profit consignment and gift shop located at 902 Bantam Road in Bantam fills a huge need for Litchfield County and supports over 20 annual grants from Civic Family Servies. Donations of gently used clothing are welcomed. Shoppers are also encouraged to support their efforts.
~ June 20 through August 15 ~
Join in the fun this summer as we challenge you to OWL Reads! Challenge yourself to read six to nine books this summer! How to participate? Beginning June 20th come to OWL to sign up and pick up your challenge card. For every book you read, you will be entered to win our book-lover's prize basket.
All summer we will have fun displays, staff book talks, events and more! Browse on your own or let us help you choose books to meet your personal summer reading challenge! If you complete six or more challenge categories, you will be invited to an Exclusive After-Hours Celebration Gathering at OWL on Monday, August 20 at 7 PM featuring book sharing, trivia, ice cream and more! Click here to read more!
Goshen Public Library Summer Reading Program 2018
Happy Summer! This year, the Goshen Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for children entering Pre-K to grade 6 will be rockin’! With This year’s theme being “Libraries Rock”, our six week program will include some making, some magic and of course, some music. Story times for ages 2-5 will continue to be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Registration for the program begins on June 19th with a visit from Sunye Best who will provide cool treats and hot beats! Summer Reading Program bags will be given out to the first 30 children who register for the program.  Are you ready to rock…and read?
19th: Register for Summer Reading and enjoy some cool treats and hot beats with Sunye Best - 6:30 p.m.
20th & 21st: Pre-K Story hour for ages 2-5 begins and will run for 6 consecutive weeks.
26th: Magic and comedy show for the whole family with Ed Pop - 6:30 p.m.
7th: Celebrate National Ice Cream month at the library and learn how to make ice cream in a bag!
19th: We’re going to “Pig out on reading” with Farmer Minor, his pugs and Daisy the famous pig! For the 6 and under crowd – 11:00
24th: Rock painting - all ages – 6:00 p.m.
7th: Summer Reading Program Finale with Rock, Roll & Read Magic show for the whole family – 6:30 p.m.
*Registration for these programs is required. Please be sure to check our website for more information.
“Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Program
for all reading levels and interests
 throughout the summer
 June 21 -August 16, 2018
Morris Public Library
The “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Program will be offered for all reading levels and interests throughout the summer, June 21-August 16, 2018, at the Morris Public Library.

The younger crowd (PreK-6) will participate in a variety of educational yet lively activities to strengthen their reading skills, teens (Grades 7-12) will find the rocking reading incentives and materials to entertain them during summer months, and adults will explore the upbeat reading genres of our new summer collection. 
The participants will be able to enter to win one of our prize baskets after a reading achievement. The prizes for the baskets are provided by the Popey’s Ice Cream Shoppe (Morris, CT), the Hickory Stick Bookshop (Washington Depo, CT), the Silly Sprout (Litchfield, CT) and other local donors and volunteers.
We will also offer the Adult Coloring Challenge during our Summer Reading Program. The patrons can obtain a weekly coloring page at the Library and submit for display upon completion.
Register at the Library (PreK-6) or download your log from the website (Grade 7-12 and Adults), starting June 21.
Registration is requested: 860-567-7440.
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.
The Tapping Reeve Meadow is Officially Open!
We had to modify our Community Day plans back in May, due to rain...but that didn't stop us from opening the Tapping Reeve Meadow! The Meadow is now open daily, from dawn to dusk. Have fun exploring the Children's Garden, Apple Orchard, Chestnut Grove (coming soon!), and more. Check back often to see what is growing. It's the perfect spot for a picnic, lawn games, or an afternoon reading outside. 

Our Garden Educator will be working at the site Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, with fun activities for kids of all ages! Watch our calendar for programs in the Meadow. 
Free Saturday? Stop by the Meadow at 10 a.m. to learn from Peter Montgomery, our apple tree guru, how best to prune apple trees for a bountiful fall harvest. Litchfield Historical Society, (860) 567-4501
New Connecticut Community Foundation Grants
Open Doors to 23 Community Events
In its May grant round, Connecticut Community Foundation awarded a total of $18,800 in sponsorship grants to 23 nonprofit organizations hosting community events in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills in the coming months. The sponsored events included concerts, history tours, fundraising parties, festivals and community celebrations.
The Foundation awards sponsorship grants of up to $2,500 to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, libraries, over-55 communities and/or senior centers for events held in the Foundation’s 21-town service area or to agencies whose programs serve the area.
Town of Warren Parks and Recreation, $1,000: Summer Concert Series, June 30, July 14, July 28, August 18, September 15
Litchfield Aid of Connecticut Junior Republic, $1,000: High Spirits in the Hills, September 8
Connecticut Community Foundation is accepting applications now for its next round of sponsorship grants. Grants are available for events that will take place after October 30, 2018. The deadline to apply is August 17.  Learn more at
Established in 1923, Connecticut Community Foundation fosters creative partnerships that build rewarding lives and thriving communities in 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. The Foundation provides leadership in addressing the region’s critical issues, strengthens local nonprofit organizations through grants and technical assistance programs, and works with individuals, families and corporations to establish and steward scholarships and charitable funds. Learn more at

Nonprofits Receive $103,950 in Spring Grants
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded grants to 21 area nonprofit organizations, totaling $103,950 during its first grant cycle of 2018. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants to Northwest Connecticut charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall.  Click here for more details.

Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway, Inc. - $10,000 to support Phase Three construction costs of the non-motorized route from Litchfield to Bantam for walkers, runners and bikers (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)
Litchfield Performing Arts - $7,000 to support the Student Stage at the 2018 Litchfield Jazz Festival (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)