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Published by Oliver Wolcott Library, 2018-10-17 08:05:59

OWLNewslt Nov Dec 2018

OWLNewslt Nov Dec 2018

German Occupation of Paris:

Personal Recollections from the
Daughter of a French Resistant

with Denise Woehrlé
See page 7


November  December 2018

Join Us!

For our 2018





Frankenstein: A Live Performance Author Paul Kix
Leonard Bernstein Talk  The Poems of Mary Oliver  Intro to Opera

OWL Writes!  Holiday Cookie Swap Party  A Jazzy Christmas
Holiday Story Times  Family Fun Day  And More!




Introducing OWL’s first Premiere Online Auction for three
exclusive donations. We are pleased to announce that

our top 2018 offering is an eight day Viking River Cruise
on the Rhine or Danube River for two!


The lucky winner of OWL's Viking River Cruise gets to
choose their destination, by selecting one of the following

fantastic European excursions:


More information on additional Premiere Online
Auction items is forthcoming.

Stay tuned at
and follow the link to Festival.


All proceeds benefit library services and programs.






5:00 - 8:30 PM




Jo-Ann Miller
Paintings ~ “Perspectives”

On Exhibit:
November 1 through December 28
Reception: Thursday, Nov. 1

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

While Jo-Ann’s interest in art came more recently, throughout her life she
has pursued artistic expression. A Torrington native, she moved to San
Francisco to attend La Cordon Rouge School for Professional Chefs. Upon
completion, and moving back to the area, she was the pastry chef and
general manager for the Egremont Inn; eventually acquiring the Inn with her
husband whom she met there. Upon selling the Inn three years later and
moving to Washington, DC, she started taking art classes at the Alexandria
(VA) Art League.

Four years later they moved to Essex on the Connecticut shoreline and
attended the Lyme Academy. Her works were shown at the Essex Art
Association. Five years ago they moved to Bantam and Jo-Ann joined the
Washington Art League, participating in the exhibitions and studying with
Ira Barkoff and Souby Boski.

Painting exclusively in oil, Jo-Ann initially did still
lifes and representational works, but her true
passion and current interest is in the Abstract.
Not only can she put her emotional thoughts on
canvas, but Abstraction allows her to paint the
way she feels rather than describing the way
things look in a literal sense. In this manner, the
viewer can evoke a personal interpretation that
is heightened by her mix of multiple palates and
layered textures.


or, The Modern Prometheus
Performed by Greg Oliver Bodine

Sunday, November 4
1:00 - 2:30 pm

A 200th anniversary must-see for Frankenstein enthusiasts and fans of
mystery and horror! One actor. One hour! Suitable for adults and for
children (ages 12 and over). Written and performed by Greg Oliver Bodine;
directed by DeLisa M. White.

THE STORY: London, 1799. Having returned to England after a failed sea
expedition to the North Pole, Captain Robert Walton is entreated to
describe his strange encounter with Victor Frankenstein, a young science
student whom he had rescued after finding him nearly frozen, traveling by a
dog-drawn sled across the ice. Walton then recounts Frankenstein’s own
fantastic tale of a monster he had fashioned from the parts of stolen corpses
-- only to reject, then pursue his creation across Europe into the Arctic
hinterlands of Russia, vowing to destroy it…or die in the trying.

Greg Oliver Bodine is an actor and writer dividing his time
between Oyster Bay and New York City. He has performed
in numerous regional and stock productions. In New York,
he has performed at the Metropolitan Playhouse,
Ensemble Studio Theatre, American Globe Theatre,
Manhattan Theatre Source, FringeNYC, and Lincoln Center
Theater Director’s Lab. He has appeared on Guiding Light,
As the World Turns, and Saturday Night Live. He is a graduate of Hobart
College and the M.F.A. Drama Program at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. Visit his website at

Registration is Required


OWL Writes:
The Craft of Setting & Description
with Librarian Patricia Moore

Tuesdays: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
November 6 through 27

OWL Writes combines online learning, writing prompts, and the sharing and
discussion of those writing samples. Each week, we will watch a 30 minute
lecture by Amity Gaige, then we will write for 30 minutes using the tools we
learned in that day’s lecture, and the final 30 minutes of each session will be
spent sharing our work. Join Adult Services Librarian Patricia Moore as she
facilitates this course.

In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to the techniques that
masters of fiction use to ground a story in a concrete world. From the most
realist settings to the most fantastical, we will learn how to describe the
physical world in sharp, sensory detail. We will also learn how to build
credibility through research, and to use creative meditation exercises to
deepen our own understanding of our story worlds, so that our readers can
see all that we imagine.

On video, Amity Gaige will be the writer/professor who leads the online
courses. Amity is the author of three novels: O My Darling, The Folded World,
and Schroder, which was shortlisted for The Folio Prize in 2014 and named
one of the best books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review, The
Washington Post and many others. Gaige is also the winner of a Fulbright
Fellowship, fellowships at the MacDowell and Yaddo colonies, and a Baltic
Writing Residency. Her short stories, essays and reviews have appeared in
publications such as The Guardian, The New York Times, the Literary Review
and others. She is currently a visiting writer at Amherst College

Registration is Required


The Saboteur: the Aristocrat who became
France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando
with Author Paul Kix

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

In the tradition of Agent Zigzag comes this breathtaking biography, as fast-
paced and emotionally intuitive as the very best spy thrillers, which
illuminates an unsung hero of the French Resistance during World War II -
Robert de La Rochefoucald, an aristocrat turned anti-Nazi saboteur - and his
daring exploits as a résistant trained by Britain’s Special Operations

More than just a fast-paced, true thriller, The Saboteur is also a deep dive
into an endlessly fascinating historical moment, telling the untold story of a
network of commandos that battled evil, bravely worked to change the
course of history, and inspired the creation of America’s own Central
Intelligence Agency.

The New York Times wrote, “Chilling and powerful...This is first-class
adventure writing, which, coupled with a true-life narrative of danger and
intrigue, adds up to all-night reading.”

Paul Kix is deputy editor at ESPN the Magazine. His work has
appeared in the New Yorker, GQ, Men’s Journal, and the
Wall Street Journal. The Saboteur is his first book. Visit his
website at:

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


German Occupation of Paris:
Personal Recollections from the
Daughter of a French Resistant
with Denise Woehrlé

Tuesday, November 13
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us for a very special evening with Denise Woehrlé who will recount her
experiences and reflections of her formative years, during World War II.
Karen Pasternak, daughter of Denise, will facilitate this conversation.

Paris, early 1940s. The atmosphere in Paris during the German occupation
left indelible memories in the mind of a young girl. Her father’s central
involvement in the French Resistance, her and her mother’s subsequent
arrest by the Gestapo, her time in prison and her fortunate survival in
unlikely circumstances, have all shaped her perception of life.

Denise was awarded a medal from the French Ministry of Defense, as a
civilian soldier of the French Forces (Soldat sans uniforme des Forces
Françaises Combattantes). She was a witness at the War Trials of 1952, and
stood tall as she helped to indict several high-ranking collaborators as seen
in the photograph above.

Denise Woehrlé was born and raised in Paris, France. She
later moved to Geneva, Switzerland to raise her family.
She held a prominent role as an animal rights activist and
participated in humanitarian causes. Denise traveled the
world and especially in India. She moved to the United
States in the last 10 years to be close to her daughter.

Registration is Required


Leonard Bernstein:
the Rise to Fame
Presented by Jeffrey Engel

Wednesday, November 14
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Join us for this lively lecture presentation on Leonard Bernstein’s rise to
fame, and celebrate the centenary of Bernstein’s birth. Many believe
Bernstein was the most gifted, famous, popular and successful musician
produced by America. He was a virtuoso pianist and conductor, a composer
of music ranging from Broadway musicals to the classical repertory, an
educator, a lecturer, an author and a TV personality. There was very little he
couldn’t do extremely well.

Jeffrey Engel has been giving lectures devoted to music history for more
than twenty years. He believes that such lectures should be entertaining as
well as informative. To that end, his explanations are never too technical
and he infuses his material with amusing anecdotes and musical illustrations.

Jeffrey Engel graduated from Ithaca College in New York.
He lived in Paris for fourteen years where he studied
cello, art history at the Sorbonne, and earned diplomas in
French language. As a cellist, he played with numerous
orchestras in France including that of the Paris Opera,
performed in chamber ensembles and taught in
municipal conservatories. Since 2004 Mr. Engel has
taught at Northwestern Connecticut Community College.
Visit his website at

Registration is Required


Monday Scholars:
An Introduction to Italian Opera
Mondays: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
December 3 through 17

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 Adult Service Librarian Patricia
Moore as she facilitates this course.

Do you have an interest in opera but aren’t quite sure where to start? During
the month of December the OWL Monday Scholars will learn about the Bel
Canto era of Italian Opera with a specific focus on the operas of Guiseppe
Verdi and Giacomo Puccini. It is the perfect introduction for the nascent
opera fan.

This will be our first Monday Scholars course to use the edX platform, an
online learning tool used by Harvard University, MIT, Berkeley, and other
prestigious universities. An Introduction to Italian Opera is a course created
by Dartmouth. On video, Steve Swayne will teach this course. Professor
Swayne is the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music at Dartmouth
College. He received his AB from Occidental College and his MA and PhD
from University of California at Berkeley.

During this three week course we will learn about the bel canto style of
operatic singing, enjoy an introduction to the beloved opera composers
Verdi and Puccini, and then watch and discuss excerpts from their operas.
We will close the course with a fun finale that shows many of the ways that
Italian opera has permeated modern popular culture. Please, join us!

Registration is Required

The Man who Forever Changed a Town:
a True WWII Story
with Author Peter Lion

Thursday, December 6
7:00 - 8:00 pm

In the small, farming town of Eschweiler, Luxembourg sits the only church in
the world dedicated to the memory of a single, American soldier. That
solider was George Mergenthaler. This is his story.

On November 17, 1944, at the height of WWII, George Mergenthaler, an only
son and heir to a family fortune, arrived in the war torn town of Eschweiler.
A solider with the 28th Cavalry Recon Troop, George and the rest of the
Recon Troop lived amongst the townspeople for the next four weeks,
sharing their homes, their meals, their holidays, their hopes and their
dreams… becoming family.

In mid-December, the German army launched a surprise attack through the
Ardennes Forest. The Battle of the Bulge had begun. Two days after the
attack started, the town was nearly surrounded by the swift moving German
assault. The GIs were forced to withdraw from Eschweiler on December 18th
in a move that would forever change the town and the lives of the people
who live there.

Peter Lion studied Journalism, Communications and
English at Southern Connecticut State University before
embarking on a career in television where he became a
seven-time EMMY winning Producer/Director. His previous
novel, American St. Nick, recounts how during the darkest
days of World War II, a handful of American soldiers
helped bring the Christmas spirit back to the children of war-weary Wiltz,
Luxembourg. Visit his website at:

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


American Voices:
The Poems of Mary Oliver
with Jim Kelleher
Sunday, December 9
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Join Jim Kelleher as he explores the works of Mary Oliver.

Known for her clear and poignant observations and evocative use of the
natural world, Mary Oliver’s poetry is firmly rooted in place and the
Romantic nature tradition. She has been compared to Emily Dickinson, and
enjoys a reputation among her peers as a person who did not sell out but
put her life squarely on her poetry. Oliver has received numerous awards
over the course of her long and illustrious career. Her fourth book, American
Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984.

A reading packet of the selected poems will be available about four weeks
before the discussion. It is strongly encouraged that all attendees read the
selected poems before the discussion. The packets will be available at the
library to take home.

The New York Times recently acknowledged Mary Oliver as “far and away,
this country’s best-selling poet.”

Jim Kelleher has published three books of poetry: Quarry,
Mick, A Celestial Drama, and Selected Poems. Individual
poems have been published in Yankee, The Christian
Science Monitor, Fine Homebuilding, The Country And
Abroad, and more. Jim is a full-time Tech Ed teacher at
Torrington Middle School, and an adjunct at Northwestern
CT Community College, where he teaches literature and

Registration is Required

The Cookbook Club
Holiday Cookie Swap Party

Wednesday, December 12
6:30 - 7:30 pm

The OWL Cookbook Club wants to simplify your holiday baking! Join
Librarians Patricia Moore and Jordan McCorison as they host the Cookbook
Club’s Holiday Cookie Swap Party. Be inspired by one of our recommended
holiday cookbooks or bring a batch of your holiday favorite cookies or
brownies. Come prepared to tell us what inspired you or share why your
cookie is a family favorite.

We will sample our delicious treats, then swap and package some to take
home. Patricia and Jordan will provide festive take-home boxes to package
our treats. Everyone leaves with a wonderful assortment of holiday cookies -
- and plenty of new recipes for the holidays!

Each baker, please bring the recipe you used and we will make copies to
share. Check out our display of recommended holiday cookbooks beginning
a month before the event.

Join us and make your holiday season sweet!

Registration is Required


Have a Jazzy Holiday
with The Pierce Campbell Duo
Thursday, December 13
7:00 - 8:00 pm

The Pierce Campbell Jazz Duo will perform classic holiday songs for the
Christmas season from artists like Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Jose
Feliciano, Tony Bennett and the Peanuts Gang. Guaranteed to have you
smiling and singing along!

The Pierce Campbell Jazz Duo features Pierce
Campbell, a former Connecticut State Troubadour,
on guitar and vocals, and Loren Evarts on
keyboards. They perform vocal jazz classics,
modern pop jazz and originals. They have an energy
and sound that engages all audiences with
excellent vocals and strong improvisation. You get
the best jazz has to offer with this dynamic duo.

Registration is Required

Let Us Help You with Your
Technology Needs!

OWL is here to help you with your technology needs! We offer free one-on-
one technology instruction by appointment. Appointments are for 1/2 hour
and must be made in advance. We are happy to help you with any
technology needs - whether beginning or advanced. Appointments are
Tuesday through Saturdays. Call Audra at 860-567-8030 or
[email protected] to set up your session today!


Oliver Wolcott Library
Monthly Book Groups

Non-Fiction Book Group: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Nov. 8: Capote: A Biography by Gerald Clarke
Dec. 13: Musicophilia: Tales of Music & the Brain

By Oliver Sacks

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

Nov. 8: Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
Dec. 13: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

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

OWL’s Book Club Service

If you have a private book club, we can help! Your book group
can borrow up to ten copies of one title each month. Tell us the
selected title at least one month in advance and the designated
point person in your book group who will relay the news to the
other members.
For more information, contact:

Karen Pasternak at [email protected]
Need help selecting a book? We can make suggestions!


Stay Connected with the Latest
Releases and our Favorite Picks
Join our new Book Lovers E-List!

By subscribing you will receive biweekly pre-pub alerts that link directly to
our catalog, so you can place a hold quickly and easily from the comfort of
your home. We will also send out an occasional RA (Readers Advisory)
Roundup and Staff Picks! These are themed lists of curated titles your
librarians at OWL want you to know about. Get the inside scoop from OWL
staff and expand your reading horizons. Sign up now!
To sign up go to the front page of our website,

Keep Up to Date with OWL’s
Online Newsletters & Social Media

Stay connected to OWL:
 Subscribe to our OWL E-news to stay informed about upcoming events,

services, library news and more!
 Subscribe to our Book Lovers E-List for pre-pub alerts, staff picks &

 Subscribe to our Children’s E-news to stay informed about upcoming

children and teen events, services, and more!
 Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lively engagement, reviews,

news and more!
To join one or more of our e-lists, visit our website at
or ask us. We would be happy to add you to any of our e-lists!

Spreading Kindness & Gratitude
November & December
For All Ages

When asked, most people will say that they feel teaching kindness and
gratitude are important values to pass on to children. This is the perfect time
of year to cultivate and teach these values.

In the Children’s Library, we will have a Kindness & Gratitude Jar. Invite your
child to come to the library and pick a suggested act from the jar. Once your
child completes an act of kindness or gratitude, be sure to tell us about it, so
they can add a ribbon to our Kindness & Gratitude Wreath. From holding the
door open, helping to set the table, writing a thank you note and more, we’ll
have lots of different suggestions to help spread kindness and gratitude.

Also, be sure to attend our Kindness themed story hours planned for
November. See following page for details.

Craftastic Fridays
Every Friday
For all ages

Every Friday the Oliver Wolcott Library will have a fun, new craft suitable for
kids of all ages! Bring your child to the Children’s Library at any time
throughout the day, so they can create their very own masterpiece to take


Bouncing Babies: Birth - 24 months
Tuesdays at 11:00 am
Preschool Storytime: 2 - 5 year olds
Thursdays at 11:00 am

NEW! Each week, we will explore a theme. This is what we have planned.

 Tues Nov 6 & Thurs Nov 8: Theme is Kindness
 Tues Nov 13 & Thurs Nov 15: Theme is Thanksgiving
 Tues Dec 4 & Thurs Dec 6: Theme is Hanukkah
 Tues Dec 11 & Thurs Dec 13: Theme is Winter Wonderland
 Tues Dec 18 & Thurs Dec 20: Theme is Christmas
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 begin vocabulary
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.
*no Bouncing Babies or Preschool Storytime on November 20, 22, 27 & 29

Early Bird Café
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
10:30 am
November 6 through December 20

Drop in and meet us before storytime to socialize with new friends and
neighbors and have a chance to talk with library staff. Light Refreshments will
be served.
*no Early Bird Cafe November 20 through 29

Letters are Characters©
A playful pre-reading program for
children ages 4 - 7

Wednesdays at 11:00 am
November 7 through December 19*

Registration is Required

Parents/caregivers are children's first teachers and play a critical role in
literacy. 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.

The best predictor of reading readiness is symbol recognition (knowing the
names of upper and lower case letters) and sound symbol correspondence
because it demonstrates that the neural pathways are primed for reading
acquisition (also known as breaking the phonemic code). This program is
designed to joyfully and playfully get all children ready to read!

This program is for everyone but will also include dyslexia awareness and will
discuss early intervention for children who may learn differently.

Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu is a researcher and teacher. She has spent the last
four years studying reading including the neurological processes involved in
reading and the sociological, psychological and cultural aspects of reading
acquisition and its opposite - failure to acquire reading fluency. She has
developed a method to help children ages 4 - 7 break the phonemic code in a
fun and playful way. She has authored a book on the subject (in the
publication process). She is passionate about the importance of reading and
wants to create programs that work for all students including struggling

*No Letters are Characters on November 21 & 28


Off the Hook
Mondays: 3:30 - 4:15 pm
November 5 & December 3

For Grades 4-6
Registration is Required

If your child loves DIY crafts, then they’re invited to OWL to follow easy step-
by-step instructions to create a unique yarn craft without using any knitting
needles or crochet hooks. Join Miss Kathy as she leads Off the Hook! All
materials will be provided.

Please register online and notify Litchfield Intermediate School in writing by
October 22nd for the November 5th session and by November 19th for the
December 3rd session if you want your child to ride the school bus from
school to the library.

Little Book Buddies
Fridays: 3:30 - 4:15 pm
November 9 & December 14

For Grades K-3
Registration is Required

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 Children’s
Librarian Miss Kathy for this fun and educational program!

Please register online and notify Litchfield Center School in writing by
October 26th for the November 9th session and by November 30th for the
December 14th session if you want your child to ride the school bus from
school to the library.

DINOvember Storytime

Saturday, November 17
10:30 - 11:30 am

For 3 - 8 year olds
Registration is Required

Dinosaurs are coming to the Oliver Wolcott Library! Join Children’s Librarian
Miss Kathy for a special dinosaur themed story time where we will sing and
dance to songs, listen to stories, and even create some dinosaur crafts to
bring home. There may even be a dinosaur puppet stomping its way into our
story time. Grab your paleontologist tools and head on over to this story
time before it becomes extinct!

1/2 Day Science Club
Upcycled Egg Drop
with How Cool is That?

Wednesday, December 12
1:30 - 2:30 pm

For Grades K-6
Registration is Required

Join Velya Jancz-Urban, a certified Connecticut teacher, for a hands-on
science workshop.

Children will “purchase” recyclable materials from Mrs. J.U.’s recycling bin,
and build a contraption that will protect a raw egg from breaking when
dropped from several heights. They will use problem solving skills and
creative thinking in order to execute this activity.

Your child will learn about the conservation of energy and energy transfer.
STEM & Next-Generation Science Standards Targeted: Energy

Please register online and notify Litchfield Center or Intermediate School in
writing by November 28 if you want your child to ride the bus from school to
the library.

Generously sponsored by the Litchfield Education Foundation.


Saturday, December 8

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


AT 11:00 A.M.

It's the most wonderful time of
the year and Mad Science is
going to share it with OWL! Adults
and children alike won't believe
their eyes as they try to determine
if what they're seeing is magic or
science. Don't worry, Mad Science
will explain it all as they use their
indoor fireworks to create a festival
of lights and share their top secret "special ice" shipped straight
from the North Pole. It all comes together with their magical no-
melt snow. Audiences will have to see it to believe it!

Plus! Gingerbread cookie decorating will be ongoing
in the Jamie Gagarin Community Room
& a special snowflake craft in the
Children’s Library.


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

Special Closings:
 Thursday, November 22 through Monday, November 26:

Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday & Festival of Trees
Fundraiser (see pages 1-2)
 Monday, December 24 & Tuesday, December 25:
Closed for the Christmas Holiday
 Tuesday, January 1:
Closed for New Year’s Day
Late Openings/Early Closings:
 Wednesday, November 21: Early Closing - 2:00 pm
 Tuesday, November 27: Late Opening - 12:00 noon
Limited Services:
 Saturday, December 8: Family Fun Day
Limited library services including no computer access
or quiet space.

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

unless otherwise noted.

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The Man who Forever Permit No. 308
Changed a Town:
A True WWII Story

With Author Peter Lion

Thursday, December 6
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