“Anne Frank: A History for Today” Exhibit at Otis Library


Otis Library will host the traveling exhibit “Anne Frank: A History for Today” from January 3 through January 31, 2018 in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  This exhibit presents the history of the Holocaust through the perspective of Anne Frank and her family.  Juxtaposing photographs of the Frank family with historical images, the exhibit shows how persecuted people such as the Franks were affected by the political actions of individuals.  “Anne Frank: A History for Today” was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.  This exhibit is made possible by a grant from Chelsea Groton Bank and a gift from The Friends of Otis Library.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, January 3, at 6pm, with live music and refreshments.  Members of Klezmenschen of Eastern Connecticut, led by Roz Etra on accordion and keyboard, will provide musical accompaniment to Anne Frank's story.  This event is free and open to the public.


Racimo  For all ages.  Otis Library will host a community art project entitled "Racimo," which means cluster in Spanish. This 3-D art project invites participants to create a design that reflects their individuality.  The finished projects will be hung together to reflect the diversity of the greater Norwich community.  Supplies will be available in the Children's and Young Adult Departments during the month of January.  No registration required. 

Be Yourself Story Hour (for ages 3-6):  Saturday, January 6, 10:30am - 11:15am   Discover the joy of self in this fun Story Time for preschoolers! Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts, and refreshments to celebrate all the things that make each one of us special and unique!  Caregivers welcome. Please register.

Film Event - The Zookeeper's Wife:  Saturday, January 6, 12pm   Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain stars in the real-life story of one working wife and mother who becomes a hero to hundreds during World War II.  Based on the book by Diane Ackerman.  Refreshments provided.  Rated PG-13.  No registration required.

Teen Art Lounge (grades 7 and up): Wednesday, January 10, 6pm - 7pm   Teens, stop by the Young Adult Room and create a cool piece of art for yourself! This month’s theme is “Tolerance” in support of the Anne Frank Exhibit.  No registration required.

Emerson Theater Collaborative and Writers Block InK Present - Zora Neale Hurston and Harlem Renaissance to Rap:  Saturday, January 13, 1pm - 3pm    Local artists will read the writing of Zora Neale Hurston as well as the works of other Harlem Renaissance writers, and students and alumni of the Writers Block InK will perform original poetry and song.  Participants include:  Theresa Broach, Aziza Clayton, Kathy Green, Adriane Jefferson, Christian Marshall, Lisa Giordano, Kia Baird, Leola Wilkerson, Lottie Scott, Charline Sheppard, Maya Sheppard, and the youth and alumni of the Writers Block InK, featuring Rap and Hip Hop artists Isaiah General and Sean Rucker.  No registration required.

POSTPONED:  NEW DATE, APRIL 7, 12pm-1pm.      Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Book Discussion (grades 9 and up):  Saturday, January 20, 1pm - 2pm  Youth Services Librarian Diane Deedy will facilitate a discussion of the definitive edition of this classic.  Participants will receive a copy of the book and can earn community service credit for attendance. Refreshments will be served.  Limit: 15 students. Registration required.  Sponsored by the AHEPA Norwich Foundation.

Anne Frank Remembered:  The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family Book Discussion:  Monday, January 22, 6pm - 7pm  Facilitated by Faye Ringel, Professor Emerita of Humanities at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  Join us for a discussion of the book Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies and Leslie Gold, the astonishing memoir by the woman who helped to hide the Franks from the Nazis.  Registration required.  Call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128 to reserve your seat and receive a copy of the book.  Sponsored by the AHEPA Norwich Foundation.

NEW DATE AND TIME  Anne Frank - A Life to Remember:  A Story of Perseverance, Hope and Love (for ages 12 and up):  Wednesday, January 24, 6:30pm - 7:30 pm  Historical Performer Sheryl Faye will bring Anne Frank to life in this program that celebrates her profound impact in history.  Ms. Faye's performance will give insight into what life was like for Anne and her family during their time in hiding.  No registration required.  

Delicious Discussions with Benjamin Ludwig: Thursday, January 25, 12pm - 1:30pm   Otis Library and Bank Square Books present a Delicious Discussions luncheon with Benjamin Ludwig for his novel Ginny Moon, the story of a young person with autism and her journey to find her way home. Tickets for this event are $40 and include an author talk and signing, a copy of the book and a buffet lunch at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun. This event will take place at noon on January 25 and requires preregistration. To register, please call Julie at (860) 889-2365 ext. 128, or register online.  This series is generously sponsored by GUINAN & HOULE, LLP Attorneys at Law. Delicious Discussion Author Series is a partnership between Otis Library, Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun. 

An Introduction to the Holocaust with Guest Speaker Jim Loughead (grades 9 and up):  Saturday, January 27, 1pm   Jim Loughead, a teacher at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, CT, will present an introductory talk on the Holocaust. He will discuss the rise of the Nazi party and the subsequent events in Germany that led to the Holocaust. Mr. Loughead conducts classes in history, genocide, civics and geography and has been teaching since 2004.  He has a Bachelor's degree in History from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master's degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University.  He received the 2008 Joseph Korzenik Holocaust Award from the University of Hartford in 2008 for the course he designed on genocide, and was a United States Holocaust Museum Fellow in 2014.  No registration required.