Mother Goose & More: Rhyme Time and Playgroup (ages newborn - 23 months)
Aug
28
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, August 14 & 28, 10:30am - 11am (Rhyme Time), 11am - 12pm (Playgroup)

 

                                          

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Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)
Sep
21
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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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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Owl Prowl!
Oct
22
11:00am11:00am

Owl Prowl!

Sponsored by Attorney Bart Sayet and Ms. Lori Lindfors

Learn about owls!  The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will bring these awesome birds to our Library so that we can learn about owls' unique adaptations for nocturnal life.  For families and children ages 4 and up.  Please register.  For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, (860) 889-2365, ext. 114.

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Drop-In Chess
Sep
28
5:00pm 5:00pm

Drop-In Chess

Wednesdays, 5pm - 8pm in the Business Center

Something new!  Players of all ages and skill levels are invited to play chess.  Use one of our chess sets or bring your own.  If there is interest, drop-in chess will be available during all operating hours.

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

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.

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