Changing Minds Book Club
Oct
12
5:00 pm17:00

Changing Minds Book Club

The Network Education Committee, in partnership with Otis Library, invites you to the Changing Minds Book Club.  This is a monthly discussion group focused on topics including mental health, substance abuse, the autism spectrum and family involvement in recovery.  Join us in the Otis Library Meeting Room for great conversation and refreshments!  Copies of the books are available to borrow each month at Otis Library.  Free and open to the public.  For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

All discussions take place in the Otis Library Meeting Room @ 5:00 p.m.

September 14, 2016:  The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

October 12, 2016:  Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

November 9, 2016:  Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam

January 11, 2017:  When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

February 8, 2017:  Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson

March 8, 2017:  Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

April 12, 2017:  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

May 10, 2017:  Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

June 14, 2017:  Chancers: Addiction, Prison, Recover, Love: One Coupe's Memoir by Susan Stelling and Graham MacIndoe

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tween Book Club (grades 5-8)
Sep
26
6:00 pm18:00

Tween Book Club (grades 5-8)

Read a Who Was Book!  Otis Library has over 20 Who Was books.  Pick your favorite or learn about a new historical figure!  Over pizza, we will talk about our choices.  Please register beginning August 20.  For grades 5-8.  Program will take place in the Meeting Room.  For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, (860) 889-2365, ext. 114.

African American Authors Book Discussion Series
Aug
16
12:00 pm12:00

African American Authors Book Discussion Series

Sponsored by The R. S. Gernon Trust.

Otis Library is hosting an African American Authors Book Discussion Series in July and August.  Books to be discussed are The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin on Tuesday, July 5;Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates on Tuesday, July 19; And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou on Tuesday, August 2; and The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander on Tuesday, August 16.  All discussions will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room.  Refreshments will be provided.  Attendees will receive a free copy of the book being discussed.  Please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, to register.

This free series will be facilitated by Nathalie Etoke, Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at Connecticut College. She is the author of two books and several articles published in academic journals. In 2012, her book Melancholia Africana received the Frantz Fanon Book Award from the Caribbean Association of Philosophy. In 2011, she made a documentary entitled Afro Diasporic French Identities. The documentary examines how the legacy of slavery and colonization challenges the republican ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity.

Tween Book Club:  Graphic Novels (for grades 5-8)
Jul
25
6:00 pm18:00

Tween Book Club: Graphic Novels (for grades 5-8)

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier and The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley.

Explore the world of graphic novels with Sisters by Raina Telgemeier and The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley. Read one or both! Over pizza, we'll explore what in our own lives might be "graphic memoir" material. A zany relative? A fabulous trip? A special hobby? With activities featuring word balloons and panel planning, we will also dive into the process of graphic novel making itself. Pick up a copy of one or both books at the Front Desk. Register online or by contacting the Front Desk at (860) 889-2365 beginning June 20. For grades 5 – 8.

Meeting Room

 

Changing Minds Book Club
Jun
8
5:00 pm17:00

Changing Minds Book Club

Spare Parts:  Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the American Dream by Joshua Davis

Join us in the Meeting Room for conversation and refreshments.  Free; no registration necessary.  Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Front Desk.  For more information, call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much―but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot.

And build a robot they did. Their robot wasn't pretty, especially compared to those of the competition. They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country, including a team from MIT backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than $1,000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts. This was never a level competition―and yet, against all odds . . . they won!

But this is just the beginning for these four, whose story―which became a key inspiration to the DREAMers movement―will go on to include first-generation college graduations, deportation, bean-picking in Mexico, and service in Afghanistan.

Joshua Davis's Spare Parts is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds and four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this country―even as the country tried to kick them out.

 

 

 

Middle School Book Club
Jul
20
6:30 pm18:30

Middle School Book Club

The Raft

 

The Middle School Book Club will be discussing The Raft by S. A. Bodeen.  Copies of the book are available to borrow at the front desk.  We will chat about the book over snacks in the Meeting Room!  Join us.

Robie is an experienced traveler. She's taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there's a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn't panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.
And then . . . she's in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that's when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there's no sign of help on the way. 

The Raft is a thrilling novel of survival from award-winning author S.A. Bodeen.

 

 

4th and 5th grade Book Club
May
27
6:00 pm18:00

4th and 5th grade Book Club

Hate That Cat

"This is the story of
Jack
words
sounds
silence
teacher
and cat."  
  Pick up a copy of Sharon Creech's poetic Hate That Cat at the Children's Desk, enjoy it at home and come back Wednesday, May 27th,  for pizza, discussion, and book-related activities.  Space is limited; register beginning May 1st.
*Pizza provided by The Norwich Recreation Department. Thank You!

 

On the Same Page Book Club
May
18
6:00 pm18:00

On the Same Page Book Club

Ivy & Bean Break the Fossil Record

"World-record fever grips the second grade, and soon Ivy and Bean are trying to set their own record by becoming the youngest people to have ever discovered a dinosaur. But how hard is it to find one?"

For 2nd and 3rd graders with parent or adult friend/family member.

Contact: Children's Department Staff   860-889-2365 ext 114   bthomas@otis.lioninc.org

*Pizza provided by The Norwich Recreation Department. Thank You!

Space is limited; register beginning May 1st.