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Published by Oliver Wolcott Library, 2017-10-05 16:38:59

OWL 2017 Report to Our Community

OWL 2017 Report to Our Community




Letter From the President & Director

Thank you for cherishing your library!

Because of YOU, we have so much good news to
share. Thanks to the partnership and vision of our
community, our library patrons, our staff and
board, our donors and taxpayers, the Oliver
Wolcott Library continues to shine brightly.

Because of YOU, we are meeting our goal to enrich, engage, inform, innovate, connect and

Our community loves books and culture! We are delighted to report that books and culture are alive and
doing well here at OWL. For the second year in a row, we are ranked as the third library in the state for
adult circulation per capita and the circulation per child has risen dramatically. In 2000, circulation per
child was 19.9 and now it is 44.1 per child, an increase of 120%!

In the following pages, you will see a vital and welcoming cultural and community resource full of
activity and meeting the needs of all.
 We’re offering innovative programs like connecting children to literature and art with

our summer reading program that culminated in a trip to an art museum.
 We’re engaging readers with authors through our monthly author talks.
 We’re communicating, engaging and informing each other through discussions at our

Monday Scholars, Sunday Series, and our book clubs for adults and children.
 We’re connecting our community by ensuring everyone has access to the Internet and Wifi

as well as offering instruction on how to use technology through our Book-a-Librarian service.
And so much more!

Because you cherish your library and your community, we have accomplished so much together. Thank
you for supporting the library and for using your library. Thank you for making it possible to share good

Most sincerely,

Emily Dalton
President, Oliver Wolcott Library

Ann Marie White
Library Director

2017 Report to Our Community

Our Core Values: Enrich | Engage | Inform
Innovate | Communicate | Connect

Enrich | Engage | Inform

“Thank you for all you do to keep
great books alive, and for giving
the community a place that
reaffirms that people matter.”
~ Frank

Volunteers and Supporters

It’s because of our team of volunteers that the library has accomplished so much. Your commitment,
dedication and support ~ we couldn’t do it without YOU! Thank YOU for using your library, supporting
your library and cherishing your library!

Innovate | Communicate | Connect

Every Day Every Month

 234 patrons visited the library  736 children attended a program
 441 items were borrowed  434 adults attended a program
 241 items were borrowed through our
 316 patrons accessed us through our web
resources OWL Box

Adult Circulation - Third in the State

Once again, the Oliver Wolcott Library is third in the state for total adult circulation per capita! With 180
Connecticut public libraries reporting, OWL ranked third for adult circulation (per capita) and is in the
top 1% of all libraries in the state.

Circulation Per Child Increases Significantly

Although total population of children (ages 0 to 14) has seen a 30% decline in the last 15 years, and our
total circulation number for children’s materials has declined, the circulation per child has risen sharply!

Using latest statistical information, Litchfield’s juvenile population (0 to 14) was 1,141 in 2000 and library
circulation per child was 19.9. In 2015, Litchfield’s juvenile population was 793, and library circulation per
child was 44.1, an increase of 120%!

The children in our community are reading and using the library more than ever before!

Enrich | Engage | Inform

“The girls imitate you each night
by singing the songs you have
introduced and reading books
before they go to bed. You have
made a tremendous impact on
our lives.” ~ Melissa

Storyhours, After-School Book Clubs, & Summer Events

Weekly storyhours, outreach programs to area preschools and day care centers, after-school book
clubs, our annual Family Day, and a wide-range of summer events are offered to keep children engaged
and excited to learn. Last year, an average of 736 children attended an event each month.

Connecting Literature & Art: Museum Trip for Children Grades 4 to 8

Last summer (2016), we offered all students in grades 4 to 8 who participated in our summer reading
book clubs the opportunity to visit the New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA). Each book club
read a novel connected to American art, and then had the chance to view the American art at the
Connecting literature and art, our museum trip to the NBMAA was a grand success. Almost 50 students
participated, with most telling us it was their first time visiting a large museum, and all telling us what a
powerful and unforgettable experience it was to read about art and then experience it. This trip was
generously funded through the Ellen Keeney Fund.

Library - School Partnerships

The library partners with the Litchfield Public Schools to support education in our community. We work
together during the summer months to support summer reading, and throughout the school year by
supporting the school’s curriculum and their support of our enrichment programs.

Innovate | Communicate | Connect

Cultural Center

Author talks, book discussions, live theatrical and musical performances, lectures, workshops, staff
book talk events, art openings: each month the library provides a wide-range of culturally-enriching and
informative adult program events. Last year, an average of 434 adults attended an event each month.

Live Performances

Each month, the Library offers live musical and/or theatrical performances. Highlights from this year’s
events included: Three Women, Three Roads written and performed by Nancy Palmento Schuler; Radio
Plays Sherlock Holmes & the Christmas Bride and Christmas in Connecticut performed by Peter Tavino &
Friends. Musicians included Switch Factory, The Western Lands Trio, Sarah McQuaid, Belle of the Fall,
Pierce Campbell Trio, and Hiroya Tsukamoto.

Author Talks

Our author talks let you meet the author in an intimate, engaged setting. Throughout the year, we bring
high-quality authors on a range of topics and genres to discuss their work. This year authors included:
Pulitzer Prizing winning journalist Barry Meier, Yale Political Science Professor Jacob Hacker, novelist
Constance Leisure, Emmy award-winning producer/director Peter Lion, award-winning writer Barbara
Leaming, Yale Professor of French Alice Kaplan, rare books and antique maps dealer & author Paul
Cohen, author and collector of maps Richard Brown, bestselling writer William Mann, award-winning
cookbook author and food writer David Leite, co-founder of the Create Therapy Institute Wendy Miller,
founder of the Farmington River Archaeological Project and professor of Archaeology Kenneth Feder,
psychotherapist and interfaith minister Nancy Colier, and outstanding local author Jasmina Ceric.

Enrich | Engage | Inform

“OWL staff is wonderful
and helped is so
hectic, so busy and I see this
in myself, you can forget to
help others some
time...When somebody
helps you, it really wakes
you…” ~ Marie

Monday Scholars

Combining the best of online learning with the best of classroom discussion, our Monday Scholars
program explores a topic, in-depth, over the course of several weeks. Reports indicate that massive
open online courses tend to average 7 to 15% retention rate. Our Monday Scholars has an average
retention rate of 65 to 75%. Topics included: The Great American Presidents, Food: a Cultural History,
English in America: a Linguistic History, and Heroes & Legends: the Most Influential Characters of

Sunday Series

Our Sunday Series offers monthly book discussions led by a scholar or author. This year, all topics were
two-part series and included discussions on: Harper Lee led by Joseph Montebello, Agatha Christie led
by Stuart Barnett, Henry James led by Mark Scarbrough, and two Booker Prize Winners led by Mark

Jamie Gagarin Art Gallery

Through a juried selection, we introduce the community to varied mediums of art and artists. Five times
a year we exhibit artwork for sale with bi-monthly shows where a percentage of all sales directly benefit
library services. In January and February, we exhibit student artwork from the Litchfield Public Schools
and Litchfield Montessori School. This year, we featured watercolors, photographs, mixed media
painting, and abstract paintings. Artists included Wendy Costa, Elizabeth Wolff, Marcey Hladik and
Joyce Lawton, Carol Moore, and Group Show of nine artists including Hitchy Rahilly.

Materials: Books, Films, Music

We carefully cultivate, select and preserve our collection so that it meets our community’s needs and
interests now and for the future: keeping up with the current bestsellers and hot picks as well as
ensuring we have classics and up-to-date information on a variety of topics.

Innovate | Communicate | Connect

Friendly, Personalized Service

Our whole library team is dedicated to offering friendly, personalized service. From serving your private
book club through our book club service, providing one-on-one technology instruction through
Book-a-Librarian, offering staff book talks, working with you to find just the right book or film, and
more, our whole team is here to help YOU!


Book-a-Librarian ensures that everyone in our community is computer literate and technologically savvy
with free, one-on-one instruction with our Adult Services Librarian. This year, we provided 315 sessions,
or an average 26 sessions each month.

Outreach to Seniors

Each month, we reach out to seniors with visits to Senior Lunch, Bantam Falls, and Brandywine. We
provide home delivery for seniors in need. All seniors age 65 or older who visit us at the library or
through our outreach are eligible to receive a free senior bag filled with valuable information about
local senior services.


The OWL Box is a branch of the library located inside the Bantam Market in Bantam. It is a vending
machine filled with books, DVDs and audio books. Anyone with a Connecticut public library card may
use the machine. Materials may be returned in the drop box located outside the Market or at the main
library on South Street. This year, 2,899 items, or an average of 241 items each month, circulated from
the OWL Box.

Thank You to Our Supporters

Diamond Circle - $10,000+ Daniel & Barbra Kraut Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust
Lawrence Jeffrey Estate Jewelers Dwight Keeney
Anonymous Litchfield Bancorp Dottie Kern
Matthew Karpas & Emily Dalton Philip & Jacqueline Miller Anne & Frank Kerrigon
Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust Joseph Montebello & Ron Leal Lakeville Interiors
John & Joanie Morosani Jeffrey & Susan Lalonde Community
Platinum Circle - $5,000+ Deborah & Declan Murphy Betterment Fund
O & G Industries, Inc. Jim Lamond
Arethusa Farm Dairy Gregorio Alvarez & William O’Shaughnessy Susan & Jedd Levine
Elizabeth Garber Daniels Roderic M. Oneglia Litchfield Distillery
Armand & Lauren Della Monica Susan & Tony Pasquariello Litchfield Education Foundation
Friendship Fund Nancy Ross & Family Albert Macchioni & Laura Cardello
Praxair, Inc. Philip G. Samponaro Consuelo & Walter Mack
Faye & Jim Preston Deborah & Selvyn Seidel Pamela McCann & James Nadler
Richard K. Torbert & Ann E. Torbert Lois & Marc Shafir Marie McFadden
James C. Torbert & Margaret Diana Torbert Dennis Sherva & Elena Ivanova Laurellee McKiernan
Audrey & Ben Solnit Ann M. McKinney
Gold Circle - $2,500+ Susan Spencer Ken Merz & Denise Pratt
Frank R. Vanoni, M.D. Sheila Nevins & Sidney Koch
Mae Casali Bonvicini Charitable Joan Tremp Waldo Barbara A. Newcomb & Charles E.
Foundation Teno West Coates III
Douglas & Suzanne Day Djan & Grace Yagtug Northwest Connecticut Community
Carole Gibney Foundation
Patricia S. Heyman Foundation, Inc. Bronze Circle - $500+ Daniel & Elizabeth Oneglia
Mrs. Charles W. Marshall Francis J. & Louisa J. Oneglia
Robert G. Nathan Anonymous Foundation, Inc.
John & Nancy Newton Peter & Susan Aziz Gregory & Catherine Oneglia
Jan & Bob Petricone The Clew/Bachrach Family Wendy & Fred Parkin
Stuart Building Products, LLC Robert & Martha Bernstein Dirk & Marla Patterson
Union Savings Bank Cara & Ken Blazier Susan Rea
Dr. Matthew & Audrey Blondin Richard & Lee Reese
Silver Circle - $1,000+ Dr. & Mrs. Egils K. Bogdanovics Rosemary L. Ripley & Peter Grubstein
John & Colette Boyd Humphry & Paula Rolleston
Anonymous Joyce G. Briggs Kara Dowling & Andrew Roraback
Bantam Home & Energy Polly Brooks & Reto Morosani Rowe Funeral Home
Bantam Market James Bush & Joel Peck Dick & Susan Saint James Ebersol
Anne & Philip Bergan Copes Waste Solutions Maggie & Adrian Selby
Patrick & Nancy Boland Cramer & Anderson LLP Frank & Coco Sellman
Concrete Reinforcing Products Ann Marie Crossman Jay & Courtney Shepard
Connecticut Community Foundation Hon. Anne C. Dranginis Stedronsky & Meter, LLC
Mr. & Mrs. Richard R. Davis Susan & Michael Eanes William C. Sullivan
Arthur & Tara Diedrick Ebersol, McCormick & Steck, LLC Mr. & Mrs. William J. Sweetman
Dunkin Donuts Kirstin Etela & James Tully Peter H. Tillou
E.J. Murphy Realty, LLC Lida & Michael Exstein Jim & Cynthia Tompkins & Family
Richard & Rosalie Furniss John & Kate Fahey Torrington Savings Bank
Anne & Ken Green Mr. & Mrs. B. Patrick Fay Jeffery W. Wacker & Julia A. Metcalf
Martha Green & Alan Cohen L. Cleveland Fuessenich Margot Wick
Karen D. Halpert John & Lynn Fulkerson Thomas & Elaine G. Witherspoon
Kate & Bill Honan Lea G. Gordon Bette & James Wu
John & JoAnna Koster

Festival of Trees Party Hosts & $250- $499 Martin & Patty Laure
Live Auction Contributors Dennis & Jean Lawrence
Anonymous (2) Litchfield Hills Kitchen & Bath
Jack & Pam Baker John & Judy Acerbi Litchfield Montessori School
Anne & Philip Bergan Arbor Services of CT, Inc. Eileen & Peter Litwin
Cara & Ken Blazier Margaret A. Barnes Michael Lougheed & Karmen Isa Couret
Dr. & Mrs. Egils K. Bogdanovics Berkshire Alarm M. Lahart & Company, Ltd.
John & Colette Boyd Bill Wildman Floor Covering Inc Susan & Sky Magary
Kay Carroll & Mark Harran Sarah & Fred Bourne Stephen & Maura Malo
Philip & Margret Delves-Broughton Beth & Oren Boynton Michael R. Margitich
Janet Duchaine & Jonathan Fauver Rose & Byron Brooks Market Place Kitchen & Bar
Kirstin Etela & James Tully Brooks, Todd & McNeil Insurance Matson Financial Advisors, Inc.
Frank Fontana & Andrew Becker Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Wendy & Fred McGaffey
Richard & Rosalie Furniss Hennessey, LLP Merritt Clarke's Store
Courtney Hagen & Michael Wilson Stuart & Lynn Chapman Robert C. Miller
Jane & Paul Hinkel Civic Family Services Robert & Elizabeth Ober
Vic & Marcey Hladik William & Linda Conti Morgan & Joan O'Brien
Dmitri Ilyinsky & Jeanne Bertoia Richard Cseh & Vivian Nesbitt John M. O'Neil
Matthew Karpas & Emily Dalton Agatha M. Dobbins Gerry & Seton O'Reilly
Euan & Sophie King Eastside Electric, Inc. Partners for Sustainable Healthy
Regine Laverge-Schade Ericson Insurance Advisors Communities
John & Geraldine Loureiro F+H Architecture and Design Consulting Susan W. Pearsall
Jeffrey & Karin Maddox Dr. William F. Fabbri Kevin & Martha Phillips
Mrs. Charles W. Marshall Eileen & Jack Field Prospect Mountain Builders
Chris Meredith & Stuart Saunders Malcolm & Ingely Forbes Richard & Rosamond Quay
Philip & Jacqueline Miller The Forman School Quinoco, Inc.
Mockingbird Kitchen & Bar Ardian & Anna Gill Resources Management Corp.
New York Yankees Zeus Goldberg Nancy Rogers & Michael Delay
Barbara A. Newcomb & Charles E. Claire & Bill Hartman Charlie & Molly Roraback
Coates III Kyra & Robertson Hartnett Rumsey Hall School
John & Nancy Newton Flo & Keith Hatcher Melissa Russell
Stephanie & Ben Paletsky Richard & Anna Heys Elizabeth Whalen & Terrence Ryan
Wendy & Fred Parkin Gina Hind Hodgson James & Victoria Sansing
Richard & Rosamond Quay Jack Black LLC Paul Sapiro
Judith Radasch & Dan Stickler Susan Jordan & Jay Youngling Dr. Steven Sideris
Sharon Sahl & Jim Sutton JRC Transportation Inc. The Slepoy Family
Betsy & John Schmid Karpas Strategies, LLC Litchfield Hills Sotheby's
Maggie & Adrian Selby Susan Kendall International Realty
Frank & Coco Sellman Klemm Real Estate St. Paul's Lodge #11
Gary & Julith Sink Donald B. Lake Downey Stancs
Mr. & Mrs. William Sweetman Lakeview Accounting Services, LLC John H. Staub II
Jennifer & Matthew Terzian Gayle & Russell Larrabee Still River Gardens
Jennifer & Jeffrey Tillou Sunshine Car Repair
Tuscan Resort The Matthews Group
Frank R. Vanoni, M.D. Thomaston Savings Bank
Bibby Veerman Toll Gate Animal Clinic
Sarah & Nathaniel Worden Village Wine Cellar
Eliot & Annick Wadsworth
Washington Montessori School
Waterbury Symphony
Ann Marie & Harry White
Robin & John Willink
David R. Wilson
Woodmaster Builders
Zero Odor LLC

Thank You to Our Supporters

$100- $249 Mr. & Mrs. Richard M. Ducci Mary & Dick Loyer
Kristine & Charles Dyson Frank & Margherita Luzzi
Anonymous (3) Eagle Electric Services, LLC. Audra & Geoff MacLaren
Dr. & Mrs. Jay L. Abbott John Endicott Roger & Judith Mahieu
Christina Morse Alexander & Chris Korn Jean F. Erickson Julia Marenghi
Joan & Stephen Altschuler Fahey Associates, Realtors Marrin Santore Realty, LLC
Amsterdam Corp. Stephanie Fenwick Carolyn C. Martin
Todd & Ronni Anderson Tracie Ferrucci Kerwin Mayers
Frank Chiaramonte & Girvice Archer, Jr. Frank Fisher Diane & Rod McAlpin
Steven & Jane Bailey Five Points Gallery, Inc. Ann P. McGurk
Bantam Bread Dr. Andrew Flint & Ms. Jocelyn Otte Maryanne McNeill & John Dasher
Baribault Fuel Suzi Funnell Al Messer
John & Brenda Barnes Dr. Joyce V. Galgano Janice Metro
Barron & Company, LLP The Mark F. Garofalo Charitable Fund Mitchell Volvo
Conrad & Lisa Bauer Gerald & Sara Gault MoMA Nails
Phyllis & Henry Behar Bette & Jerry Geci Mrs. Martin Moraghan
Helen L. Berger Hon. & Mrs. Charles Gill Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
Tina M. Bernacki Helen T. Glenn Vita West Muir
Linda & William Bianowicz Nancy D. Goldring Margaret & Robert Nessler
Carol F. Bice The Green Family Darrin & Sandra Newbury
Mary Ellen & Dean Birdsall Greenwood Trails Summer Camp Jocelyn Nightingale & John Pirro
John Bolus Karen & Perley Grimes Robert & Penny Noble
Leslie Boris Haight Brown Vineyard Northwest Corner Dental Partners
Charles Boulier Hanq's William O’Heaney
Brandywine Senior Living at Litchfield Albert & Sally Harnicar Faith Ohms
Britt & Debbie Briatico Richard & Janet Healy David & Irene Oneglia
Brierwood Nurseries, Inc. Helen Heilshorn Gloria Oneglia
Constance Budelis Ruth & Don Henderson Ray & Ellen Oneglia
Joseph & Mary Ellen Budny Walter Hermann The Pantry
Marion & Tom Burke Hinkel Design Group Mr. & Mrs. Wylie Fort Parker III
Jennifer Fiorentino & Joseph Campagna Mr. & Mrs. Michael Italiaander Doug & Denise Parker
Kay Carroll & Mark Harran J. Seitz & Co. Beulah Partridge
Janet L. Casadei Eleanor Jacobs Leonore Patterson
Paul & Donna Casali Todd Johnson & Michael LaHart Laura & David Pavlick
Julie F. Casey Julia Metcalf Architecture & Interior Frank & Virginia Pekar
CFK Interiors Design Stephen Petricone & Laura Cramer
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Kaiser Michael Petricone & Laura Lee Rawlings
Diana Christopher Jaishri & Vikas Kapoor Betsy & Joel Pitter
Mary D. Cianciolo Jacqueline & Richard Katzin William & Leslie Polito
Michael & Dianne Cicchetti KEE Limosine Nancy & Sky Post
Sue Clarkin & Tim Breslin Charlotte H. Keller Dr. Joseph H. Privitera
Daniel Coleman Chris & Caroline King R & M Insulation, LLC
Harold L. Colvocoresses Randy & Susan Kinkade Denise & Greg Raap
Susan & Tom Coolidge Mrs. Lewis C. Kleinhans Hitchy Rahilly
Stephen & Tonja Curry Betsy Krebs & Sheldon Stein Room to Grow
Mary Curtiss Wendy Kuhne Margaret P. Roraback
Peter & June Dalton-Morris Steven & Suzanne Kukolla Rose Haven Ltd.
Vickie Dauphinais L. Wagner & Associates, Inc. Rotary Club of Litchfield-Morris
Robert & Paige Davenport Michael & Irene Landry Mr. and Mrs. Robert Russell
Bill & Sandy Deacon Laura Lasker & Tom Curran Rose Diane Ryan
David & Ginger Dean Law Offices of Conti & Levy Sylvia Saarnijoki
Fran Devlin C.J. Li Jennifer Sabella
Elizabeth DeVos Litchfield County Pediatrics Dr. & Mrs. M.H. Sangree
Margaret J. Dillon Litchfield Housing Trust, Inc. Margaret & Michael Savage
Deborah & Louis Donne Litchfield Interiors William & Ellen Savoia
Patricia Donovan Litchfield Locker Boris & Susan Sawula
Nancy & Paul Dooley Jared J. Look Tom & Deborah Schaaf
Sharon H. S. Doty
Robin & Julia Drozdenko

Herbert & Linda Schettler Up to $99 Keith Cudworth & Jane Coughlin
Hugh & Ronnie Schoelzel D. Beckley Realty
Joyce S. Schwartz Anonymous (6) John & Janice D'Orio
Marie & Joe Scirica Harriet Ackerman Peter & Patricia Dauten
Alan & Lynne Sherman Michael & Nancy Ackerman The Deleppo Family
Herbert Siegel Jean C. Adams Cheryl Della Pelle & Ed Donahue
Kim & J. Bryan Simmons Mr. and Mrs. James Amrich Anne-Monique Kalognomos DBA
Wendy & Jim Simoncelli Anderson Family Design Workshop
Nan Skeie Berta & Matthew Andrulis Mette Sondra Destival
Gerard & Susan Smith Barbara Archer Lea Dmytryck
Nancy W. Southard Steve Z. Ardussi John & Elizabeth Donovan
Spirited Readers Bookclub Kenneth D. Arfman Scott & Nancy Doty
The Rev. Bevan & Alinda Stanley Judy Atkiss Bob & Rita-Clare Doyle
Dr. Jonathan Stern & Ms. Sandra Waugh Oscar & Inga Auer Francis X. & Geraldine Dunne
Domenic Stolfi Danielle Baechle & Jules Finker Bradford R. Durrell
Jill & Jim Strub Mr. & Mrs. John C. Baker Ella's Limited Fine Art & Framing
Helena & Zachary Sweet Bantam Country Liquors Judy Erdman
Laura Sweetman Mary C. Bartnett F. North Clark Insurance Agency, Inc.
Carla & Steven Tanz David & Deborah Beauregard Gail L. Fairclough
Mary & Peter Tavino Richard & Lois Benfer Donald & Barbara Falcetti
Richard A. Telman Family Bennett Motor Werks, LLC Brendan Farrell
Yaeko Sue Telman Lincoln & Joan Bertaccini Marietta Favarger
Jennifer & Matthew Terzian Renee Betar John Ferrucci
David & Patricia Thomas Linda Blakely Doyle Finan
Walter & Katharine Thompson Linda Blick Marcia & Daniel Fowler
Towne & Aurell Excavating John & Anna Bobko Toni & Jim Giarnese
True Value Hardware of Litchfield Anastasia Borowski Marian Giroux
Michael & Sondra Trusz Bosson Optical Isobel Glover
Rev. Robert F. Tucker Dick & Patti Brennan Max Godec
Laura Turner William J. Buckley, Jr. Grateful Residents
Anne S. Tyrrell Virginia P. Budney Jamie & Scott Gray
Caroline & Mustafa Ugurlu Edward & Eileen Burns Tracy H. Griswold
J. Wyatt & Sandra C. Uhlein Scott & Denise Butwill Guion, Stevens & Rybak, LLP
Richard W. Upton C. Smyth Salon The Haas Family
Van Engelen, Inc. Debra & Michael Cahill Tia & John Haberern
Cathy Van Steen Roger & Ruth Carillo Georgeann & Richard Hajnal
Peter & Jill Vermilyea Dr. & Mrs. George Carofino Stephen & Deborah Hanecak
Sandra Vitiello Emily Carroll Debbie Helck
Nancy R. Wadhams Jim & Dona Casey Barbara & Peter Herbst
Seth & Virginia Warner Linda Wootton Cattey Herbst & Herbst, LLC
Beverly & Mark Wawer Adrienne Cavarly Andeen & James Holm
West Street Barber Shop, LLC Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes Thomas & Dianne Holzel
Dennie & Ina Williams Charles & Susan Cheney Christine & Eugene Horrigan
Jimmy Wong Peter & Linda Chidsey Johanna Hurkmans
Wood's Pit BBQ & Mexican Café Frances Clem Marilla H. Ives
Cloud Based Payroll, LLC Susan E. Jackson
The Clouther Agency, LLC Francis Jacovino, Sr.
Jill Cody Dr. Luci Juvan & Mr. Mark Zappone
Albert & Teresa Coffill Raymond & Loretta Kaufman
Susan Cole Daniel & Ellen Keefe
Colonial Greenhouse Howard E. Kerpelman
Rev. John M. Cooney John & Veronica Kleeman
Clifford A. Cooper, Architecture James & Ellen Koser
Clifford & Jeannine Cooper Thomas & Lynette Kyasky
Eileen E. Cooper Donald Lafayette
Peter & Karleen Cordeau Elayne Landau
Chris & Betty Cosgrove Mr. & Mrs. Eric B. Latos
Veronica E. Crook Nancy Lennon

Thank You to Our Supporters

Up to $99 ~ Continued Susan V. W. Pollock Tammy M Weik
Barbara Protzmann Lois I. Weir
Dr. Charles B. Lerner Leanne Pundt Lloyd & Doris Wellnitz
Joan & Jerry Libby Marina & Brock Putnam Lynne Williamson
Litchfield Democratic Town Committee Bob Berson & Barbara Putnam Marie Wilusz
Litchfield Ford Mr. & Mrs. Richard Query Stephen M. Wilusz
Litchfield Hills Dermatology Ann Raap Yarrish Family
Litchfield Hills Family Dental Practice Nancy Rath Nancy F. Young
Litchfield Paint & Wallpaper, Inc. George Reid Bill & Natalie Zappone
Litchfield Veterinary Hospital Merrill Resch
Craig & Suzanne Litwin Peggy Richard Festival Silent Auction &
Edward MacLeod Lynn M. Richardson Tree Contributors
Michael & Janet Magnifico Peggy Ricker
Jaime Makuc Judith Rifkin Sylvia Abbott
Eileen Manela G. Eileen Rindos Accents Accessories of Distinction
Beverly & Joseph Manes Billie & Art Robbins Sarah Skeie Adams
John & Darcey Markelon Jane & Emery Roth II Agway Agriventures
Eileen & Erich Marriott Eileen B. Salatto Spencer Albano
Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter, DAR James V. Sardo Christina Alexander
Burt & Laura Mashburn Gene & Barbara Saska AmandaBakes for Amanda Glover
Sandra & Bruce Mason Leo & Theresa Sass Anonymous
Victoria Mazzarelli Steve & Michele Saunders At the Corner
Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. McClain Laura Jean Scanlon Bantam Bread
Anne Marie & Tom McDermott Dr. & Mrs. Frank Schildgen, Sr. Bantam Cinema
Janie & Colin McDermott Jenna Schildgen Bantam Tileworks
Jamie & Matt McDevitt Art & Eileen Schmidt Becoming Balanced
Nancy & Art McFerran David & Barbara Schultz Carole Gilbert for Bees, Fleas & Trees
Tom & Susan McGowan Bruno & Walli Schwaller Martha & Robert Bernstein
James D. McKibben Terry Sheron May Bogdanovics
Andrea Lake Meharg William & Linda Shuhi Bosson Optical
Brigid & Mark Merriman Rev. Paul & Carol Sinnott Bowwow Portraits by Laura Lasker
Julie & Robert Migliorisi Matthew & Joanne Sivilla Joyce Woodward for Brandywine
Carmine Mignone & Marilynn Shea Douglas Skilton BraeVal
Ralph J Mills, JR & Jerry Lynn Mills David M. Skonieczny Bramasole Fitness & Wellness Center
Eileen Mitchell William R. & Mary H. Smith Genevieve Brown
James & Joanne Moore Rachel Smith Virginia Budney
Robert Moore Amy & Adam Sobek Reymond K. Budny
Marjorie Morris Eva St. John C. Smyth Salon
Frances V. Moulder The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC Mitzi Cappello
Louise H. Moynihan Melaine & Raymond Stupak Dyanne Castelli
Bill & Diane Mullee David & Mary Sweeney Center Subaru
Morgan Westberg Arline Sweeney Lynn Chapman
Mrs. Dennis E. Murphy Nancy Takahashi Charym Yoga & Fitness
Nancy Neal Earle & Holly Taylor Brooke Crossman
Marge Neri Robert & Joelene Teittinen Sally Cuatto
New Paths Forward, LLC TheRx Yoga da Capo Restaurant
Ronald & Nancy Nurnberg Mr. & Mrs. Frederick L. Tieman Karen Davis
Edward M. O'Connell Toce Bros.
Catherine & Brendan O'Dwyer Roy & Nina Tourtellotte
David & Maura O'Hara Beverly E. Usher
John J. Oddy & Jane B. McNamara Frank & Kathleen VanOrmer
Oliva on Main Robert J. VanWyck D.D.S.
Sam & Kristina Olmstead Dr. & Mrs. Robert VanWyck
Kathleen & Douglas Orr Marcelene Vingo
Dan & Jennifer Parsons Marie H. Wallace
Kelsey Kerr Pascoe Helen Wasti
Leo & Jennifer Paul Alec Waters
Meredith A. Penfield Maire Watkins
Lynn Perlotto Edward J Weik Woodworking &
Lori Petricone Contracting, LLC
Antoinette Pikosky
Tom Hines & Mary Ann Poinelli

Suzanne & Gigi Day New Morning Market The White Horse
Decor Design by Cindy, LLC New York Football Giants, Inc. Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates
Diamond Creek LLC New York Philharmonic Tilden Seafood LLC
DiFranco's New York Yankees Jennifer Tillou
Domaney Liquors & Fine Wines Barbara A. Newcomb & Charles E. Coates III Torrington Agway
Katja Eilers Nancy Newton Torrington Country Club
Heather Ford Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory Touch Therapy Studio
Ben Foster Faith Ohms Jessica Travelstead
Caylin Jensen for Four Seasons Wreaths Oliphant Design Tuscan Resort
Liz Funk Ollie's Pizza Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu
Rosemary Furniss Catherine Oneglia United Technologies Corporation
G W Tavern Molly O'Neill-Lally Van Engelen Inc.
Jennifer Gagnon Seton O'Reilly Venetian Restaurant Inc
John Geci Glass OWL Board of Trustees Audra Viehland
Joan Gill Peaches N Cream Village Hair Studio
Rachel Gori Cathie Perga Village Wine Cellar
Jamie Gray Personal Touch Car Wash Marci Vincitorio
Karen Grimes Popey's Wakeen Fine Art Studio & Gallery
Drew Harlow Warner Theatre
Harmony Tanguay of Dog & Pony Design Nancy Post Washington Montessori School
Jennifer Harris Quiet Zone West Street Grill
Fran Hauser R. Derwin Clothiers White Flower Farm
Donielle Hawley Kathleen Reidy Margot Wick
Richard Heys Charlie & Molly Roraback William Pitt/Sotheby's International,
Hickory Stick Bookshop Jessica Jane Russell Litchfield Office
Jane Hinkel Salon 202 Robin & John Willink
Hometown Pizza Sarah Worden Natural Design Winvian Farm Relais & Chateau
Abigail Huntoon Tory Greene Savage Wood's Pit BBQ & Mexican Cafe
Jack Black LLC Judith Secco Molly Worden
Barbara Jacklin Maggie & Adrian Selby The Workshop, Inc.
Julie's Pampered Pooch Serendipity - Lilliana Kleid Bette Wu
Deanna Katten Lynne Sherman Zini's Restaurant
Kitchenworks & Gourmet Gifts Bobby Siddall of Colonial Greenhouse
Ella Crampton Knox Silly Sprout Special Festival Contributors
Suki Kraut Helen Simko
Lakeville Interiors Paul Stancs Bantam Home & Energy
Litchfield Athletic Club Pamela Stockamore Bantam Market
Litchfield Distillery Richard Story Crystal Peak, Catering
Litchfield Filling Station Mr. & Mrs. William Sweetman Father Tucker
Litchfield Hills Nursery Holly Taylor Jon Veleas, Photographer
Litchfield Hills Wine Market The Dutch Epicure Shop LLC
Litchfield Montessori School The Green Tomato Deli Wendy & Fred Parkin
Litchfield Organizing and Staging, LLC The Hopkins Inn Patty's Restaurant
Litchfield Saltwater Grille The New York Jets Peter Carpenter, Village Wine Cellar
Peter Litwin The Pantry Sir Speedy Printing
Shari Mahan The Ripe Tomato Still River Gardens
Elaine Marshall The Village Restaurant Tents Unlimited
Meraki The Wine Trust
Brigid & Mark Merriman True Value
Trish Messenger Visko Hatfield, Photographer
Michele Saunders WZBG
Fitness Therapists Inc.
Mockingbird Kitchen & Bar Bequests
MoMA Nail
Carol T. Moore Jamie Gagarin
Joanie Morosani
Eve & Marc Moura Matching Gifts
Kris Nash
Nancy Neal MasterCard
Torrington Savings Bank

2016 Festival of Trees Highlights

2016 Festival of Trees Highlights

Memorials & Honorariums

In memory of Dorothy Dooman In memory of Grover Raap In honor of Mike Margitich
Anonymous Anne S. Tyrrell Carol F. Bice

In memory of Bud Ebbs In memory of Tish Samponaro In honor of Aria Munn & Grayson Munn
Christina Morse Alexander & Chris Korn Anonymous Morgan Westberg

In memory of Jeanne M. FitzGerald In memory of Sandra Cass Sobek In honor of Deborah & Declan Murphy
Diane & Rod McAlpin Amy & Adam Sobek Jan & Bob Petricone
Susan & Tony Pasquariello
In memory of Virginia Stancs In honor of Sonja Osborn
In memory of Jamie Gagarin Ralph J. Mills, Jr. & Jerry Lynn Mills Bette & Jerry Geci
Susan E. Jackson
In honor of Janet & John Baker In honor of Deborah & Selvyn Seidel
In memory of Ray Gibney Jan & Bob Petricone Emily Carroll
Rose & Byron Brooks
In honor of Joyce Briggs In honor of Dr. Frank Vanoni
In memory of Barbara McDonald Jan & Bob Petricone Ann M. McKinney
Susan & Tony Pasquariello
In honor of Jeanne Fusco In honor of Mary Wallace
In memory of Bernice & Wilbur Morse Philip & Jacqueline Miller Jan & Bob Petricone
Christina Morse Alexander & Chris Korn

In Memory of John Keith Torbert, Jr. (Jack) who died March 11, 2017, one
month short of his 97th birthday. Jack was a past board member of the
Oliver Wolcott Library and a great supporter of the library and books.

In memory of John K. Torbert
Richard K. Torbert & Ann E. Torbert
James C. Torbert & Margaret Diana Torbert

Special thanks to all who supported us through the
Connecticut Community Foundation’s Give Local Campaign

Anonymous (4) Hon. & Mrs. Charles Gill William O'Heaney
Mr. & Mrs. John C. Baker Kyra & Robertson Hartnett Susan & Tony Pasquariello
Tina M. Bernacki Walter Hermann Kevin & Martha Phillips
Robert & Martha Bernstein Matthew Karpas & Emily Dalton Betsy & Joel Pitter
Cara & Ken Blazier Daniel & Barbra Kraut William & Leslie Polito
Charles Boulier Martin & Patty Laure Faye & Jim Preston
John & Colette Boyd Michael & Janet Magnifico Hitchy Rahilly
Joyce G. Briggs Jaime Makuc Merrill Resch
Emily Carroll Stephen & Maura Malo Judith Rifkin
Kay Carroll & Mark Harran Eileen & Erich Marriott Humphry & Paula Rolleston
Stuart & Lynn Chapman Pucci & Michael McGill Nancy Ross & Family
Chris & Betty Cosgrove James D. McKibben Maggie & Adrian Selby
Elizabeth DeVos Brigid & Mark Merriman Lois & Marc Shafir
John Ferrucci Philip & Jacqueline Miller Audrey & Ben Solnit
Tracie Ferrucci Bill & Diane Mullee Jim & Cynthia Tompkins & Family
Malcolm & Ingely Forbes Mrs. Dennis E. Murphy Dr. & Mrs. Robert VanWyck
Carole Gibney Morgan & Joan O'Brien Robin & John Willink

2017 Report to Our Community

OWL’s Board & Staff | Capital Projects

2016-2017 Library Staff Part-time Staff:
Board of Trustees
Ann Marie White, MLS Cameron Bove
Emily Dalton Cara Blazier Library Director Book Club Liaison
President Egils Bogdanovics
Colette Boyd Audra MacLaren, MLS Elizabeth DeVos
Susan Pasquariello Carole Gibney Adult Services Librarian Development Director
Vice-President Kyra Hartnett
Todd Johnson Lisa Shaia, MLS Deborah Janssens
Philip Miller Dan Kraut Children’s Librarian Bookkeeper
Treasurer John Morosani
Heather Wilder Caroline King
Maura Malo Technology Coordinator Library Asst. & Art Liaison
Caitlin Costa, MLS Tricia Messenger
Librarian Library Assistant

Jacqueline Zdanis Patricia Moore, MLS
Library Assistant Librarian

Karen Pasternak
Library Assistant

“OWL is my link to the community.”
~ Gina

Capital Projects

This year, capital projects included: the repaving of our entire parking lot and sidewalks, the
replacement of our 1967 air handler unit, replacement of our community room floor, and the
emergency repair of most of the library’s sewer pipe system.

New Parking Lot

The generosity of the Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust made it possible for the library to repave its entire
parking lot and sidewalks. More than twenty years had passed since the last repaving, and the parking
lot was cracked and crumbling. This grant allowed us to improve the safety and aesthetic appeal of the
parking lot while ensuring its longevity.

Fiber installation Moves Forward

The library is slated to have fiber in place for Internet access by late September of 2017. The project,
funded through State and Federal grants, will provide our community with the fastest and most reliable
Internet access available today. This year, the pipe that will carry the fiber was installed.

July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 Financial Review

Source of Funds $351,000 Use of Funds $534,575
277,738 105,738
Town of Litchfield 162,536 Salary, Benefits & Taxes 53,390
Contributions & Fundraising 19,941 Books, Media & Periodicals 52,584
Endowment 167,308 Technology & Programs 59,386
Fees Building Maintenance
Grants & Restricted Funds $978,523 Utilities & Operating $805,732
Operating Expenses Subtotal:
Total: $172,791

Revenue Operating Expenses

Fees Building Utilities &
2% Maintenance Operating

6% 7%

& Programs


Private Town of Books, Media Salaries
Funding Litchfield & Periodicals 54%

62% 36% 13%


Financial information is subject to audit.
Grant funds are reported as expended in the year that they are received, provided the project has started.


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Litchfield, CT 06759
(860) 567-8030

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