The Oliver Wolcott Library located on Rte. 63 (160 South Street) in the historic heart of Litchfield has a long and interesting history. The Litchfield Library Association was founded in May of 1862 and in July of 1862 changed its name to the Wolcott Library in honor of a generous donation from J. Huntington Wolcott, grandson of Oliver Wolcott.
The Wolcott Library was a reading room for members to browse newspapers, periodicals, books and reference materials. In June of 1870, the Litchfield Circulating Library was founded where members could borrow books to take home. In 1887, Mrs. Mary J. Buel became the first paid librarian.
The Library operated continuously in the Noyes Memorial Building until its move in 1966. Also in 1966, the Library Board voted to change the name from the Wolcott and Litchfield Circulating Library to the Oliver Wolcott Library in honor of both Oliver Wolcott, Sr. and Oliver Wolcott, Jr. On February 23, 1966, the Oliver Wolcott Library opened in its current home on South Street.
Today the library is a hub of community activity and programs. In February the Library is planning a Litchfield Mixed Media Art Show that will involve the Litchfield public school system.
The students from pre-K through third grade at the Litchfield Center School have created artwork around the themes of line, shape, balance, and different families color stories. Students were introduced to the works of Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, and Georgia O’Keeffe for inspiration to create their own landscapes, still-life's, and non-objective pictures with a touch of color and design.
Artwork from the talented young artists at the Litchfield Intermediate School reflects their artistic progression and development through the exploration of the elements and principles of visual composition. Students explored a variety of concepts that included individual approaches to problem solving and decision making.
Art students from the Litchfield High school have chosen some of their best work to share with the community. The work on display bears witness to the inspiration, dedication and skill of the students in the Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Art Foundation, Painting, Interior Design and Advanced Placement Art courses where they explore a wide range of media, style, subject, and theme. In this mixed media show, the students work will be showcased.
In the gallery: January 30- February 27. Reception for Litchfield Center School and Litchfield Intermediate School is on Thursday, February 7, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Oliver Wolcott Library, 160 South Street, Litchfield, CT. 06759. 860-567-8030. www.owlibrary.org.
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