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Pet Adoption Event
Saturday, March 17 ~ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Cost: Free and open to the public
This event is organized by Litchfield High School
senior for graduation capstone project.
Donate! Meet an adopted dog!
Learn why it's important to adopt! or just visit!
All proceeds will benefit the Little Guild
 Animal Shelter in West Cornwall, CT
For more info call 860-567-8302
Dabbling Around Duck Pond
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, March 17 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Spend part of your Paddy's Day exploring the trails around Duck Pond including our ethereal Pine Island Trail and Mallard Marsh.
2:00 P.M., Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room.
Free...Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation center's programming expenses.
Assistive Technology
Live, Learn, Lunch
Monday, March 19 ~ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Charlene Wicks of the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging group will give demonstrations on assistive devices such as magnifiers, phone amplifiers, vibrating alarm clocks, talking watches, and kitchen utensils, just to name a few.
This demonstration will enable an individual to make an informed decision as to which device will work best for their needs. The items demonstrated may help you or someone you know to live, work, or play more independently and with more freedom.
Cost: FREE
For more info call 860-567-8302
Women in the Armed Forces During WWII
Presentation by John Cilio
Tuesday, March 20 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
John Cilio returns with a relevant and engrossing multi-media presentation about how the bold women that blazed the trail for presence in the American military changed the way the country’s military operates today.
At the urging of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the idea of women in the  U.S. Military took shape in the early 1940s. In addition to factory work and other home front jobs, nearly 400,000 women joined the Armed Services, serving at home and abroad.

By the end of the war, there were few noncombatant jobs in which women did not serve, including positions that hadn’t even existed when the war began. General Eisenhower told Congress after the war, that when the formation of women’s units was first proposed, “I was violently against it.” Then he added, “Every phase of the record they compiled during the war convinced me of the error of my first reaction.” Eisenhower went on to fight for a permanent place for women in the US Armed Forces.

John Cilio is an historian who thrives on researching the ghosts of our past; uncovering the underlying forces and historical trends that one single event rarely impacts. He believes that often the consequences of a historical incident are hidden from those that experienced it. Only by looking back can one sense the full impact of those moments in time
 Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Secrets of the Mockingbird:
Live Theatrical Performance about Harper Lee
With Prudence Wright Holmes
Thursday, March 22 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Harper Lee, the beloved but reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird had close relationships with her father and her best friend, Truman Capote...but then they both broke her heart. Actress Prudence Wright Holmes, a veteran of four Broadway shows and ten movies, is back to perform her latest work, Secrets of the Mockingbird.

In it she plays Harper Lee and many other characters in Lee’s life. We meet her father, lawyer A.C. Lee who was the role model for Atticus Finch; her mother, Frances Lee; her neighbor, Son Boleware, whose strange ways gave Harper the idea for the character of Boo Radley; and her housekeeper, Hattie Belle, who mothered Harper and told her stories of her ancestors’ lives on the plantation. We also learn the secrets revealed in her new book, Go Set A Watchman which devastated Harper and made her retreat from public life for over fifty years.

Prudence Wright Holmes has appeared in many films including Sister Act I and II with Whoopi Goldberg, Kingpin with Woody Harrelson, God’s Pocket with Philip Seymour Hoffman and the upcoming Coen Brothers film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. On Broadway, she has shared the stage with Meryl Streep, Maggie, and George C. Scott. She wrote and performed her critically-acclaimed solo show Bexley, OH! at New York Theatre Workshop. Her website is
 Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
The Navel of the World
Liz and Gerri's Exploration of Easter Island
Saturday, March 24 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
In sixth grade Gerri Griswold read Norwegian explorer Thor Hyerdahl's "Kon Tiki." It never left her system. Griswold finally answered the calling in October 2017 by celebrating her 60th birthday on the world's most remotely populated island with her good friend and travel obsessed colleague, Liz Frazier - Zygmont.
Most people venture out to this tiny volcanic rock perched at the very edge of French Polynesia for two or three days. After seven days Frazier- Zygmont and Griswold concurred that Easter Island's dazzling facets are so abundant that two weeks should be the minimum excursion. Spend some time reliving their remarkable journey.
You'll not only see some pretty amazing photographs but learn that Isla de Pascua, Easter Island, Rapa Nui is much more than the Moai statues which define it for so many.
2:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room,
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
Morris Public Library Presents:
The 7th Annual Art Around the Box
Saturday, March 24 ~ 4:00-7:00 pm
White Barn, South Farms, Morris, CT
The Friends and the Board of Directors of the Morris Public Library will host their 7th "ART AROUND THE BOX" gala event and auction of decorated boxes, birdhouses, and mailboxes, all by noted local artists.
The event will take place on Saturday, March 24, from 4 PM-7 PM, at the White Barn, South Farms, 21 Higbie Rd., Morris, CT.
Wine, refreshments and music will be offered at the event. We will also have a silent auction of art prints and artist's proofs. The Art Around the Box 2018 Committee is planning to have additional exciting items for our live and silent auction this year!
All proceeds will benefit the Library.
For information and updates: 860-567-7440
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.