Mother Goose & More: Rhyme Time and Playgroup (ages newborn - 23 months)
Oct
23
10:30am10:30am

Mother Goose & More: Rhyme Time and Playgroup (ages newborn - 23 months)

Enjoy 30 minutes of traditional rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and other activities for the very young; then stay (or not) for a one-hour open playgroup.  Older siblings are welcome to attend, also!  Drop-in; no registration required.

Mondays, October 2, 16, 23, & 30, 10:30am - 11am (Rhyme Time), 11am - 12pm (Playgroup)

 

                                          

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Kids Imagine! Book Club (grades 3 - 5)
Oct
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Kids Imagine! Book Club (grades 3 - 5)

Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost! by Cornelia Funke will be discussed, followed by an activity related to the book. Pizza will be served. PleasePick up a copy of the book or audiobook at the Front Desk. 

About Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost!:  Timid nine-year-old Tom reluctantly agrees to help professional ghostbuster Hetty Hyssop dispel an IRG (Incredibly Revolting Ghost) from an old house, while also dealing with the ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost) living in his cellar and his pesky sister, Lola."

For more information, call or visit the Children's Desk, 860-889-2365, ext. 114.

 

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Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)
Oct
26
10:30am10:30am

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)

Children enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft while their grownups wait in the Children's Department.    Space is limited; please register beginning August 14.  For more information, call or visit the Children's Room at (860) 889-2365, ext. 114.

Thursdays, September 21 - November 16, 10:30am - 11:15am.

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Rainbow Creative Dance Class (ages 3 - 5)
Oct
27
10:30am10:30am

Rainbow Creative Dance Class (ages 3 - 5)

Join us for a fun introduction to creative dance for preschoolers!  Have fun through movement and song with our colorful theme of rainbows.  Hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Ballet.  Space is limited; please register beginning September 25.  For ages 3 - 5.  Program takes place in the Story Room.

For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, 860-889-2365, ext. 114.

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Spooktacular!  (all ages)
Oct
28
11:00am11:00am

Spooktacular! (all ages)

Get in the spirit of the season!  Come to the Children's Department at Otis Library dressed up in a costume (or not) and enjoy crafts, games and a few tricks or treats!  No registration required.  For all ages.

For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, 860-889-2365, ext. 114.

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Robots On The Run! (ages 10 and up)
Oct
21
11:00am11:00am

Robots On The Run! (ages 10 and up)

This program is sponsored by The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

This workshop will explain basic circuits and instructions on how to build a simple robot. You will learn programmable electronics and receive instructions for making lights blink, motors run, sounds and a lot more!  Bring your broken electronics and we will take them apart with you to learn about circuits!  Space is limited; please register beginning September 25.  For ages 10 and up.  Program will take place in the Story Room.  

For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, 860-889-2365, ext. 114.

 

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Recipe for Success (ages 8-11)
Oct
14
11:00am11:00am

Recipe for Success (ages 8-11)

Set the stage for October festivities by making cute and frightfully delicious Jack-O-Lantern quesadillas!  Related activities complete the fun.  Space is limited; register beginning September 18.  

For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, 860-889-2365, ext. 114.

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Lovey Storyhour For Little Ones (ages 3 - 8)
Oct
7
11:00am11:00am

Lovey Storyhour For Little Ones (ages 3 - 8)

Does your child have a special toy or lovey in their world?  Children can bring their special lovey and hear author Betsy Devany share her picture book, Lucy's Lovey, a sweet story of a little girl's love for her special doll.  Crafts and treats will be available for participants to celebrate their friendship.  Space is limited; please register beginning September 18.  For ages 3 - 8.  Program takes place in the Story Room.

For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, 860-889-2365, ext. 114.  

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Smart Robots For Tomorrow's Building (ages 11 & up)
Sep
23
11:00am11:00am

Smart Robots For Tomorrow's Building (ages 11 & up)

This program is sponsored by The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

This hands-on workshop will teach the basic concepts of robotics.  Working in teams, kids will learn coding to instruct a simple robot to move objects!  They will also learn about programmable electronics for making motors run.  Space is limited; please register beginning August 28.  Program will take place in the Storyhour Room.  

For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, (860) 889-2365, ext. 114.

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Finale Night! (all ages)
Aug
2
5:00pm 5:00pm

Finale Night! (all ages)

Celebrate the end of Summer Learning with magic and fun!  Magician Christina Monahan will perform a magic show at 5pm for all ages. After the show, enjoy more fun with a carnival fair featuring games, food, and prizes in the Children's Department from 6 - 7pm!  No registration required.  

For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, 860-889-2365, ext. 114.

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Casey Carle: Bubblemania!  (all ages)
Jul
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Casey Carle: Bubblemania! (all ages)

Prepare yourself to be amazed by this humorous and interactive show!  Dazzling bubbles of all shapes and sizes will be created.  No registration required.  This program is sponsored by Attorney Bart Sayet and Ms. Lori Lindfors.

For more information, call or visit the Children's Room at (860) 889-2365, ext. 114.

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Mad About Math! (All ages)
Jul
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Mad About Math! (All ages)

Join Keith Michael Johnson in this exciting show that is not just about numbers!  Shapes, patterns, measurement, and money will be explored with a sense of wonder and humor!  No registration required.  This program is sponsored by Attorney Bart Sayet and Ms. Lori Lindfors.  

For more information, call or visit the Children's Room at (860) 889-2365, ext. 114.

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Summer Learning Program "One World" Kick-Off Show (all ages)
Jun
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Summer Learning Program "One World" Kick-Off Show (all ages)

Celebrate the start of our Summer Learning Program "One World" with a performance of national dances from Peru!  The performance will be held in the Atrium and is suitable for all ages.  Refreshments from around the world will be available.  No registration required.  

For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, 860-889-2365, ext. 114.

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"Harold and the Purple Crayon" Storytime (ages 3 - 5)
Mar
25
10:30am10:30am

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" Storytime (ages 3 - 5)

To celebrate "Youth Art Month" we will be having a colorful storytime!  Who doesn't love the color purple, especially after reading the delightful book Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson?  There will be stories, art and perhaps even purple food!  Each child will receive a copy of this beloved classic to take home.  Please register; space is limited.  For ages 3-5 and their grownup.  

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American Girl Tea Party Fundraiser
Feb
25
1:00pm 1:00pm

American Girl Tea Party Fundraiser

Rescheduled to February 25.

Sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.

Attend an elegant tea party with games, crafts and fun for you and your doll!  For girls 6-11. Space is limited; register to reserve your spot.  For more information, call or visit the Children's Room at 860-889-2365, ext 114.  Snow date is February 25.  Fee is $20 per child; $15 if parent/guardian is a member of the Friends of Otis Library.

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Drop-In Craft (all ages)
Feb
25
11:00am11:00am

Drop-In Craft (all ages)

Stop by and take advantage of this free craft day.  Celebrate Black History Month with a look at jazz and the many great African-American jazz musicians! Listen to jazz music as you create a cool picture of an instrument of your choice!  This is a drop-in craft; no registration required.

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Drop-In Family Craft (all ages)
Feb
18
11:00am11:00am

Drop-In Family Craft (all ages)

Stop by and take advantage of this free craft.  In honor of Black History Month, this drop-in craft will celebrate author and illustrator Faith Ringgold and her beautiful books and works of art!  She is best know for telling her stories through narrative quilts.  Use your imagination to create your own miniature paper quilt.  No registration required.  For all ages.

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African-American Traditions: Storytelling Event (Kindergarten and up)
Feb
4
11:00am11:00am

African-American Traditions: Storytelling Event (Kindergarten and up)

Come to this wonderful program on "Take Your Child To The Library Day!"  Professor Michelle Dunlap will present tales from her childhood and discuss the importance of storytelling in African-American cultural traditions.  After a snack break, students will practice storytelling and read aloud with a focus on techniques that encourage creativity and cultural pride. Please register.  

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Painting with Faith (all ages)
Jan
28
2:00pm 2:00pm

Painting with Faith (all ages)

Local artist Faith Satterfield will be on hand to help you create an original work of art relating to "What Does It Mean To Be Human?"  Faith is a mural artist, an internationally trained illustrator and teaching artist.  Drop-in; no registration required.  This program will take place in the Meeting Room.

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Brazilian Dance: Ginga Brasileira!  (all ages)
Jan
28
10:30am10:30am

Brazilian Dance: Ginga Brasileira! (all ages)

This program is sponsored by Attorney Bart Sayet and Ms. Lori Lindfors.

In celebration of the opening of the Smithsonian's traveling exhibition, Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human?, on display at Otis Library from January 7 - February 3, the Brazilian dance troupe Ginga Brasileira will be at the library to perform colorful, crowd-pleasing Afro-Brazilian dances that fuse rhythmic music with high-energy gymnastics and martial arts.  For all ages.

Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human? was organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Program Office.  This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and support from the Peter Buck Human Origins Fund.

 

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Recipe for Success! (ages 8-11)
Dec
17
11:00am11:00am

Recipe for Success! (ages 8-11)

Combine everyone's favorite food - cookies, pudding, and whipped cream, to make these amazing hot chocolate cookie cups!  Related activities complete the fun.  Space is limited; please register online or by calling the Children's Department at (860) 889-2365, ext. 114.

*Please note that food is being prepared and eaten in this program.  If your child has a food allergy concern we cannot be responsible for any possible reactions.  Any parent with a child who has food concerns must alert the staff and take full responsibility for the child during the program.

 

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Nutcracker Ballet Storytime:  Presented by the Eastern Connecticut Ballet (all ages)
Nov
30
4:00pm 4:00pm

Nutcracker Ballet Storytime: Presented by the Eastern Connecticut Ballet (all ages)

Children and families of all ages are welcome to attend this magical storytime.  Hear the tale of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker as dancers re-enact scenes.  Learn a dance, take photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy, and create a special keepsake!  Space is limited for this free program;  registration opens October 24.

For more information, call or visit the Children's Room (860) 889-2365, ext. 114.

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