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Published by Oliver Wolcott Library, 2018-05-01 10:11:36

OWL Newsletter May June 2018

OWL Newsletter May June 2018

Richard Heys
Creative Woodturning

Reception: Thursday, June 14
5:00 - 7:00 pm


May  June 2018


A Conversation with Dani Shapiro John Adams Live!
Quest for Supremacy with John Cilio  Butterflies in my Backyard
The Science of Well-Being  OWL Reads! - Adult Summer Reading Program

Cooking from Asia  Summer Reading Kickoff  & More!

Richard Heys
Creative Woodturning

On Exhibit: June 14 through 18
Reception: Thursday, June 14

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Richard Heys makes one-of-a-kind wooden bowls, vases, lidded vessels and
sculptural objects on a lathe and/or by carving. Most of the wood he uses
comes locally from storm-felled or unwanted trees. Unique among living
forms, a tree’s tissue - wood - contains a detailed record of its life, written
overtly in patterns of grain, color and density, wormholes and defects; and
covertly in the stresses that are revealed only as the wood changes shape in
seasoning. He imagines what the patterns of grain, color and defects are
inside a log and then once inside, lets the wood’s character guide him in
developing the final form. His goal is to use the lathe and the chisel to make
objects that allow the wood to speak its history and at the same time to be
beautiful, interesting or intriguing.

Richard has always enjoyed making things with wood.
In 1990 he purchased a used lathe and a set of chisels
at an auction, and was immediately captivated by the
possibility of making interesting objects from
materials as mundane as a piece of firewood. Over the
years his woodturning hobby developed as he spent
time scavenging logs, playing on the lathe, meeting up
with experienced woodturners and attending
workshops where professionals demonstrated
techniques. Since he retired from his ‘real job’ in 2005
and moved to Connecticut, he has devoted more time
to improving his woodturning skills.

Richard’s academic training is in organic chemistry. He earned a B.A. at
DePauw University and a Ph.D. at Stanford and did postdoctoral research at
Yale. He spent most of his career in pharmaceutical research. His website is


Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
A Conversation with Author
Dani Shapiro

Thursday, May 24
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Dani Shapiro has written several courageous and searing memoirs: Slow
Motion, about the deaths of her parents when she was in her early 20s, and
Devotion, about a crisis of faith she suffered in her mid-40s. In Hourglass she
presents a sharp look at the realities of marriage.

Subtitled Time, Memory, Marriage, Hourglass is a slim yet penetrating
meditation on her 18-year marriage to former Africa correspondent Michael
Maren. Told in brief, discrete segments, the book jumps around in time,
from present to past and back again. Meditations and vignettes are
interwoven with excerpts from the journal she kept on their honeymoon,
lists, and quotations from authors including Wendell Berry, Adrienne Rich,
and Nietzsche.

Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitates this conversation with Dani

In addition to her memoirs, Dani Shapiro is the author of five
novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work
has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One
Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed
pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and
has been broadcast on “This American Life.” Dani was
recently Oprah Winfrey’s guest on “Super Soul Sunday.”
She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU,
The New School and Wesleyan University; she is also the co-founder of the
Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. A contributing editor at
Condé Nast Traveler, Dani lives with her family in Litchfield County.

Registration is Required
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.


Passenger Miles:
the Quest for Supremacy
with John Cilio

Wednesday, May 30
2:00 - 3:00 pm

John Cilio thrives on researching the ghosts of our past, uncovering the
underlying forces and historical trends that one single event rarely impacts.
His goal as an author of six historical books is to make history relevant,
engaging, and enlightening. John is back with another history-rich program.
This presentation will focus on the development of America’s transportation

We’ll begin before the American Revolution when America’s mass transit
was stage coach and keel boat. We’ll look at how stage coaches were a key
industry in Connecticut. Then we’ll move along to the quest for moving large
numbers of passengers using steam ships and railroads and finally the
airlines. This program is full of photographs and many entertaining short
stories. Did you know that stage coaches in 1848 covered 2.9 million
passenger miles a day and that the first major railroad disaster was in
Norwalk, Connecticut?

John has written over 200 articles and contributed to
several books covering everything from steam driven
automobiles, to a secret B-24 mission to bomb Tokyo. As
a member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association), EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and
a member of the Danbury, Connecticut WWII Lost
Squadron Veterans organization, his stories are
recognized for their excellence in accuracy and authenticity. Published in
more than 20 publications, John is an American Marketing Association Silver
Effie winner and has spoken to large and small audiences in over 60
countries around the world.

Registration is Required


John Adams & Thomas Jefferson:
Their Historic 50 Year Friendship
Presented by George W. Baker
performing as President John Adams

Thursday, June 7
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us for a lively performance as George W. Baker “becomes” John Adams.
In this entertaining and engaging performance, George Baker as John
Adams will transport us back in time as we learn about the historic
friendship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

For more than a decade, George Baker has portrayed the character of
President John Adams in a one-man show throughout the country at
national conventions and venues like Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, the
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Kansas, the George H. W. Bush
Presidential Library in Texas, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in
Missouri, and the New-York Historical Society and was featured as John
Adams on National Public Radio’s weekend program, Studio 360.

In John Adams and Thomas Jefferson – Their Historic Fifty Year Friendship
from 1775 to 1826, Adams recounts this friendship from its beginnings when
they met as fellow delegates to the Continental Congress in 1775 at the start
of the Revolutionary War, through the early years of the Republic, through
the caustic and bitter challenges for the presidency, and finally the latter
years when they reconciled and resumed their friendship.

A graduate of Columbia College ’69 and Columbia Law
School ’73, George practices law in Connecticut when not on
the road as John Adams. Visit his website at

Registration is Required


Butterflies in my Backyard
with Lepidopterist
Victor DeMasi

Tuesday, June 12
2:00 - 3:00 pm

In this slide presentation, Victor DeMasi will take you on a walk through his
Connecticut butterfly meadow. Along the way we will view some of the rare
and common species he has seen there in 40 years of stewardship. Victor
will explain the life histories of some of our species and how a butterfly
garden promotes a diversity of Aurelian beauties.

The program will include a discussion of butterflies in our changing
environment with a focus on climate change and invasive plant species. The
complex demise of the Monarch butterfly will receive particular
attention as well as Victor’s studies of the biology of the Tiger swallowtail,
one of our spectacular butterflies. He will also bring an impressive display of
specimens from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Victor DeMasi is a wetland conservation officer in
his hometown of Redding and a curatorial affiliate
at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in
New Haven. He busies himself with preserving open
spaces in town and butterflies in the museum.

His field work has been cited in numerous publications including nearly one
thousand citations in the recently published Connecticut Butterfly Atlas. He
and his wife Roanna, a photographer, have made several study trips to
Guyana’s Amazon forest and Nicaragua, and yearly trips to California
assessing the impact of climate change on their fauna. His work in South
America was recently featured in The Yale Environmental News.

Registration is Required


The Cookbook Club
Cooking from Asia

Wednesday, June 13
6:30 - 7:30 pm

This year the OWL Cookbook Club is going global! At each of our meetings
we will focus on the cuisine of one continent. Our next culinary exploration
is Asia. China, Japan, India, Thailand, and more - you name it - the sky’s the
limit! We will order a variety of books then it’s up to you. Let your
imagination and taste buds transport you.
Beginning a month before the event, we invite you to come to the OWL to
check out the Asian cookbooks we have on display. On the night of the
event we will share in lively conversation around a potluck dinner made up
of all the dishes we have prepared.
Join librarians Patricia Moore and Jordan McCorison for this fun event. Come
for the delectable dishes and the fun conversation. Don’t worry - we are all
amateur cooks who love books! If you’re running short on time, don’t worry;
just bring yourself - there is always a surplus of delicious food to enjoy.

Registration is Required


OWL Reads!
Second Annual Adult Summer
Reading Program

June 20 through August 15

Join in the fun this summer as we challenge you to OWL Reads! Our second
annual Adult Summer Reading Program. Expand your reading horizons and
discover new books with nine reading categories. We’ve designed this for
success. Browse on your own or let us help you choose books to meet each
challenge! All summer, we will have fun displays, staff book talks, events and
recommended reading lists.

How to participate? Beginning June 20th come to OWL to sign up and pick
up your challenge card. Each challenge card has nine reading categories:
memoir, a book about nature, a book with an ugly cover, a book about a
crime, a book that involves a bookstore or library, and a novel based on a
real person. There are also two reader’s choice categories and a “free”
space—we told you this was designed for success!

Anyone who completes at least one category will be entered to win our
book-lover’s prize basket! With each additional category you complete you
earn more chances to win the prize basket. Turn in your challenge card by
August 15th. If you complete six or more challenge categories, you will be
invited to an Exclusive After-Hours Celebration Gathering at OWL on
Monday, August 20th. We have lots of fun planned this summer so come on
in and join OWL Reads!

Follow Us on Facebook & Instagram

Connect, engage and interact with us on our new social media sites! Stay up
to date on OWL happenings, fun finds and any special closings. Like our
Oliver Wolcott Library Facebook page. Follow us on Instagram


OWL Reads Kickoff!
Pizza & Picks

Wednesday, June 20
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Join librarians Patricia Moore and Jordan McCorison for recommended reads
to complete your summer reading challenges--memoir, true crime, historical
fiction, books about nature--we will cover all nine reading categories on this
summer's challenge card. Multiple copies of the recommended books will be
available for checkout. We will send you home ready to succeed--armed with
books and a list of titles to complete your challenge card. And, of course,
pizza will be served.
Registration is Required

Art Submissions

The Oliver Wolcott Library is now accepting submissions to show in the
library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery.

Submissions are due by June 30th and must include an artist bio,
statement, and color copy or postcard representing the kind of work to be
shown. All work must be original, by the submitting artist and for sale.
Acceptance to exhibit is a competitive process and a juried selection by the
OWL Cultural Committee.

For full submission guidelines visit our website at and under
events click on Art@OWL or email


Andrew Geller: Deconstructed
with Author Jake Gorst

Thursday, June 21
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Over the course of a career that lasted more than fifty years, Andrew
Geller - architect, artist, and designer - quietly produced a large and culturally
significant body of work, leaving an invaluable mark in his field. Geller’s
impact was first felt in the heady post-World War II years he spent at the
Raymond Loewy design firm, where one highlight amongst many was his
improvisational and free-handed influence on the Lord & Taylor brand. He is
undoubtedly most well-known, though, for his architecture, and his stunning
modernist beach houses in particular, houses that still grace our shores and
which, not unlike Andrew Geller himself, were innovative, unconventional,
and saturated with a delight for beauty and form.

In Andrew Geller: Deconstructed, Jake Gorst celebrates the life and work of
his grandfather, bringing together two-decades worth of interviews, both
formal and informal, as well as many artifacts and treasures culled from
Geller’s vast personal collection of drawings and photographs. Included
within are stories and images not only of his now famous beach houses, but
also of the many lesser-known buildings and early artworks, making this the
definitive volume on this architectural icon.

Jake Gorst is an Emmy awarding winning filmmaker and
writer. His recent documentaries include Frey: The
Architectural Envoy (2018), The Nature of Modernism: E.
Stewart Williams, Architect (2014), and Modern Tide:
Midcentury Architecture on Long Island (2012). He is the
author of the book Andrew Geller: Deconstructed and a
contributing writer to The Architect’s Newspaper and
Modern magazine.

Registration is Required
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.


Monday Scholars:
The Science of Well-Being

Mondays: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
June 25 through July 30

Monday Scholars is a weekly series that combines the best of online learning
with classroom discussion. Each week a new lecture topic is watched and
discussed. All you need to do is come ready to engage your mind and
participate in the discussion. Join Patricia Moore as she facilitates this

About the Course:
The video lectures of “The Science of Well-Being” will be taught by
Professor Laurie Santos. This year, when this course was offered for the
first time at Yale nearly a quarter of Yale’s undergrads enrolled - some 1,200
students, a record for Yale University.

In it, she overviews what psychological science says about happiness. The
first half of the course reveals misconceptions we have about happiness and
the annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do. The
second half of the course focuses on activities that have been proven to
increase happiness along with strategies to build better habits. During this
course, you’ll have a chance to watch a set of short lectures exploring what
the science of psychology says about living a better life. But you won’t just
be learning a bunch of scientific insights - we want you to put the scientific
insights into practice in your own life. We want you to use what the science
says to rewire your own habits and positive practices.

About the Professor:
Laurie Santos is a tenured, Associate Professor of Psychology
at Yale University. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard
University. Her research explores an age-old question: what
makes the human mind unique? She has published extensively
on the topic.

Registration is Required


Early Bird Café
In Bantam at 80 Doyle Road

May 1 through May 17
10:30 am before bouncing babies
& storytimes

Join us for the Early Bird Café which will be open before every Bouncing Baby
and Preschool Storytime session! Drop in and meet us before the session to
socialize with new friends and neighbors and have a chance to talk to Mrs.
Shaia. Light refreshments will be served.

Don’t forget to check out some books either before or after storytime. Mrs.
Shaia is always happy to help with suggestions of her latest favorites.

Bouncing Babies: Birth - 24 months

In Bantam at 80 Doyle Road

May 1 through May 15
Tuesdays at 11:00 am

Enjoy concept and rhyming books, learn finger plays, and meet other families
in this interactive program with Mrs. Shaia. Your child will form a bond with
you, develop listening skills and begin vocabulary development. Playtime will
follow to foster your children’s imagination, development and social skills.

Preschool Storytime: 2 - 5 year olds

In Bantam at 80 Doyle Road

May 2 through May 17
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 11:00 am

Experience new and classic picture books, learn movement activities, and
build pre-literacy skills such as phonological awareness and comprehension.
Mrs. Shaia will read stories that encourage participation and comment.
Playtime at one of our new play centers will follow to stimulate your child’s
imagination and creativity!

Summer Reading Kickoff
with Juggler Jason Pipitone

Saturday, June 23
10:30 - 11:30 am

For all ages
Registration is Required

Jason Pipitone’s Juggling Extravaganza is non stop action! Juggling,
physical comedy, balancing tricks and more - you don’t want to miss this
exciting event to kick off our Summer Reading Program Series!

Jason has been an entertainer since he was a young kid growing up in Las
Vegas. As a teen he moved to Connecticut and continued to evolve his
skills to include stilt walking, unicycle riding, break dancing and comedy.
After school he began traveling the country as a street performer working
crowd participation and high energy physical routines into his act. Come
celebrate summer with the family as Jason puts on a truly unique

OWL’s Summer Reading Program!

From June 23 through August 15

From June 23 through August 15, we invite you to participate in our Summer
Reading Program that will include weekly book clubs that help you get your
school assignments completed while having fun.

Join our Fairy Tale Lunch Bunch for grades K-4, Page Turner’s Club for
grades 4-6, and Teen Pizza & Pages Book Club for grades 7-10!

All who participate in the Fairy Tale Lunch Bunch will be able to attend a live
performance of The Little Mermaid at the Warner Theater and all Page
Turner Club participants will be able to experience a day at the American
Museum of Natural History in NYC. Plus join us for our Saturday Family
Events that include a Wild West Special with Sciencetellers, Animal Show’s
Exotic Pet Rescues, and Pete & Chris Amusements!

Some events require registration. Stop in or visit our website
at to register and to learn more.



Mondays: 12:00 - 5:00
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 10:00 - 9:00

Fridays: 10:00 - 5:00
Saturdays: 10:00 - 2:00

Sundays: 11:00 - 3:00


Friday, May 18 through Monday, May 21
as we move out of our temporary location in Bantam

and back to our South Street home.
We will re-open at: 10 AM on Tuesday, May 22
offering all of our services, programs and materials.

Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day
Sunday, June 10 - Litchfield Hills Road Race

All exhibits and programs are held in the
Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery

unless otherwise noted.

Visit us in Bantam
on 80 Doyle Road

Now through May 17

Now through May 17, we will be operating the library in our temporary
home in the Breuer Building, often called the Bantam Annex, located on
80 Doyle Road in Bantam!

We are delighted to announce that the Oliver Wolcott Library was awarded
a grant from the Seherr-Thoss Charitable Foundation to replace the carpet-
ing in the main library. During the installation of the new carpeting, we
needed to move out of our South Street home.

Now through May 17, we will operate the library in Bantam offering our
core services. Come on in and say hello!

Oliver Wolcott Library
Monthly Book Groups

Non-Fiction Book Group: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

May 10: The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
(May 10 meeting in Bantam at 80 Doyle Road)
June 14: The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Fiction Book Group: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

May 10: The Sellout by Paul Beatty
(May 10 meeting in Bantam at 80 Doyle Road)
June 14: The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

All discussion groups are free and open to the public.
Books are available at the front desk.

US Postage
160 South Street, Box 187 Litchfield, CT 06759 Paid
(860) 567-8030
Torrington, CT
Andrew Geller: Deconstructed Permit No. 308

with Author Jake Gorst
Thursday, June 21 at 7 pm

For details see page 9

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