You know it’s the beginning of summer…

The buzz and hum of insects and lawnmowers provide constant background noise. Kids smell like sunscreen and bug spray and dirt.  Every meal that can be cooked on a grill will be cooked on a grill. Coffee is iced and reading has moved from the comfy armchair in your living room to a beat up adirondack chair in the yard. These are all sensory harbingers of summer. Another sign of summer are the blockbuster summer books being released by your favorite authors. I was on cloud 9 this weekend reading Stephen King’s newest release The Outsider.


Who are your favorite authors to read in the summer months?

Brain HQ

With our upcoming (temporary!) move to Bantam I thought it would be helpful to spend the month of April highlighting some fun and free services found through our website, since our “digital branch” is never closed. This week’s resource is Brain HQ!

BrainHQ is a brain-​training system built and tested by an international team of top neuroscientists and other brain experts. Check it out today!


Mango Languages

With our upcoming temporary move to Bantam, it seemed like a good time to highlight some of our virtual resources. A patron favorite is MANGO LANGUAGES, a fun, interactive, and effective way to learn 72 languages! With a friendly and intuitive interface this FREE service is not to be missed.


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun & The Tissue Box

Looking for fun, fierce, female-centered films, check out the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” Binge Box which contains the following movies: Bridget Jones’s Diary, Clueless, Ghostbusters (2016), Legally Blonde, Bad Moms, and Bridesmaids.

Need a good cry? Check out The “Tissue Box”–a binge box with the following six tearjerkers: The Fault in Our Stars, Still Alice, Steel Magnolias, The Notebook, Stepmom, and Terms of Endearment.

Binge Boxes!

The Oliver Wolcott Library is proud to present BINGE BOXES! Themed boxes of 6 DVDs each that are available for a 2 week lending period.*


Do you like films about dancing? Check out our SHALL WE DANCE? Binge Box that includes the following 6 films:

Take the Lead, Strictly Ballroom, Step Up, Dirty Dancing, Mad Hot Ballroom, and An American in Paris


What about romance? Our CLASSIC ROM-COMS Binge Box has these 6 gems:

When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Valentine’s Day, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Notting Hill, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

Come on into the OWL to check out this brand new collection.

*Limit one per family.

Isn’t It Romantic? The Fault in Our Stars


This week’s book and movie recommendation is the young adult bestseller, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. If  you’re thinking, “I don’t read young adult fiction,” you may want to make an exception. If you are a romance reader, then love stories are simply wonderful, well, in young adult fiction you are often reading a “first love” story which has a poignancy and sweetness that is unmatched. There is also a film version of this heart-breaking (and heart-building) book. Check out either or both, and be sure to bring your tissues.

Isn’t it Romantic? Book & Movie Recommendation


A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger’s cinematic storytelling that makes the novel’s unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

A librarian? Time travel? Well, I’m hooked. And if you’re short on time, the film version starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana is pleasant enough, but the adaptation doesn’t hold a candle to this truly unique novel.