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Newsletter                              October 2014
Director's Letter

Dear Library Members,
There are many exciting events and activities to report for October, so this will be a short introductory article. With the formal unveiling of Otis Library's newly remodeled spaces on October 1 at 8:30 a.m., this missive presents a final opportunity to reflect on the genesis of these changes and their importance to our mission. Central to our mission is providing open and equal access to information. The improvements in our public computers and internet speeds, the relocation of high volume materials to a space conveniently located next to our main service desk and the focus on providing essential services in one prominent location speak to that accountability.


We also have a deep-rooted commitment to superior customer service. All of the aforementioned changes address that commitment. So, too, do the software changes to the public computers, the introduction of a self-checkout unit and the adaptations made that offer our young adult audience a more autonomous space with appurtenances that will enhance their experience as library members.  


While Wednesday's ceremonies mark the culmination of years of planning, fundraising and critical analysis of community needs, it is not the end of the library's journey. Our journey is a parable of persistence. We are like the snail in Issa's famous Haiku, "little snail inch by inch, climb Mount Fuji!" Like the snail, slowly, slowly climbing to the summit, we will continue our journey.

Robert Farwell

Executive Director       




Celebrate with Otis Library! 
The Grand Opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly designed space at Otis Library will take place on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The public is invited to view the new patron service center, a new young adult area with technology and program space, and a self-checkout station. In addition, there are 33 new computers with 17-inch monitors with fiber optic connection and updated computer software. Be a part of the celebration while enjoying refreshments from Poppy & Rye! 

This project was paid for, in part, with state funds provided by the Connecticut State Library, The Friends of Otis Library, Dr. and Mrs. Leland Loose, Attorney Bart Sayet and Ms. Lori Lindfors, the City of Norwich, and The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.  Without their generosity, this project would not have been possible.  Thank you!

In addition to the Grand Opening, you are invited to a private tour of Otis Library presented by Executive Director Robert Farwell. Visit the library archives and the behind-the-scenes areas that are usually off-limits! This is a great way to learn about Otis Library's 163 year history. These tours are presented in collaboration with The Last Green Valley's Walktober 2014.  Two tours are offered:
Thursday, October 2, at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 18, at 1:00 p.m.  Free event; no registration necessary.


In This Issue
Friends of Otis Library News
About Us
Shred It Day!
Drop-In Knitting Group
Trivia Night
Programs for Children and Families
Teen Happenings
Programs for Adults
O'tis A Festival
School Uniforms
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young-girl-studying.jpg It's Here!  The Friends of Otis Library Semi-Annual Book Sale will take place on the following dates:  Friday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 18, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; and Sunday, October 19, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  There will be a preview sale on Friday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. for a fee of $10.

The Friends of Otis Library's new cookbook, A Literary Feast: Served u
p by Friends of Otis Library, is available for sale. The cookbook includes recipes from members of the Friends, along with staff, friends, and families.  It also includes recipes from authors such as Debbie Macomber and Barbara Delinsky, as well as beloved recipes from local restaurants.  The cost is $15, with proceeds benefiting Otis Library.  To purchase your copy, stop at the Circulation Desk, or contact Debbie Froio at   


Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
This program is sponsored by The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.
Otis Library will be offering "Introduction to Yoga" classes for teens and adults on Monday evenings in October (except 10/13) and November, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room. These free classes will be presented by instructors from 'A Peace of Space' Yoga Co-op. Wear comfortable clothing; yoga mats will be available to borrow. No registration required. For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.


Object Lesson:  Historic Items from the Leffingwell House Museum

Otis Library will present the exhibit Object Lessons: Historic Items from the Leffingwell House Museum, with photography by Therese Carlos, in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room from October 3 through October 30. This photography exhibit features images of antique items from the Leffingwell House Museum archives. Each object, evocatively photographed, tells a story of work and domestic life in early Norwich. Labels will expand upon the design and use of the items. This project is a collaboration among Otis Library, the Leffingwell House Museum, and the City of Norwich, which provided funding.


There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A talk, with select objects, by Richard Guidebeck, Leffingwell House Museum Archivest, will take place at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. To view the exhibit on the days following the reception, please call ahead to ensure the availability of the Community Room. For more information, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128. Descriptive tours of the exhibit for people with visual disabilities may be arranged by calling (860) 614-7200.



Drop-In Knitting Group

The Rows City Knitters, our drop-in knitting group, meets every Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Meeting Room.  The group is open to knitters of all levels, and anyone who enjoys needlework!   Free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

In the month of September, the Rows City Knitters organized and happily distributed a total of 110 knitted and crocheted items to Wequonnoc School, St. Vincent de Paul Place Soup Kitchen, Friends of Maria, and Madonna Place. 


The Walking Dead Trivia Night
If you are excited for the new season of the television show
The Walking Dead, join fellow fans for The Walking Dead Trivia Night on Wednesday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.  In addition to a trivia game, we will discuss the season opener, speculate on who will survive, and compare the show to the graphic novels.  For teens and adults.  Free event; refreshments provided.  No registration necessary.  For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.
Programs for Children and Families
All programs are offered at no charge to the public.  Registration is required for some programs.  Please register in person at the Children's Desk; by calling (860) 889-2365, ext 114; or you may register for our programs via our online calendar.

Living Dragons (best for ages 4 and up, with adult)

Our friends from Riverside Reptiles present lizards and more! Celebrate the opening of our newly renovated space with this entertaining and informative show. No registration required.

Wednesday, October 1, 6:30-7:15 p.m.


Falling Leaf Stories (ages 3-5)

Songs, rhymes, crafts, and - as always - the very best in children's picture books! leaves.jpg Adults are asked to wait in the Children's Department while their children participate in the storytime. Registration is requested. Registration opens September 2.

Thursdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 10:30-11:15 a.m.


Happy Feet! (ages 3-5, with adult)

Sponsored by the Norwich Recreation Department - thank you!

Are you ready to dance? This series of four classes for the younger set will be led by Diane Elder, director of Norwich's own 3D Dance Studio. Wear comfortable clothing. Registration is requested. Registration opens September 15. Please register for each class individually.

Fridays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 10:30-11:00 a.m.


Eccentric Art (ages 5 and up)

Join us for strange and spooky art and craft projects. Selection will vary each week. No registration required.

Saturdays, October 4, 11, and 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m.


apple.jpg Apple Picking Tunes (ages 3-6, with adult)

Miss Terri of Kindermusik will lead this autumn-inspired music class for little ones. Registration is requested. Registration opens September 15.

Saturday, October 4, 2:00-2:30 p.m.


Sunny Day Stories (ages 2-3, with adult)

Enjoy simple stories and an opportunity to learn rhymes with your child. Space is limited, and registration is requested. Registration opens September 2.

Mondays, October 6, 20, 27, 10:30-11:00 a.m.

First Friends (ages zero and up)  

Enjoy 30 minutes of rhymes, songs, and other activities for the very young, then stay (or not) for a one-hour open play group. Older siblings are welcome!

No registration required.

Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m. (program);

11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.(playgroup)


Bead Street (ages 8 and up)

Build your skills through these drop-in workshops! Choose from a selection of seasonal glass beads (black cats, candy corn, aliens, etc.), and assemble them into earrings using headpins and needle-nosed pliers. No registration required.

Wednesdays, October 8, 15, 22, 6:15-7:00 p.m.


Move and Groove (ages 5 and up)

Dance to the music under the direction of Diane Elder, director of Norwich's own 3D Dance Studio. Wear comfortable clothing. Registration is requested. Registration opens September 15.

Saturday, October 11, 10:30-11:00 a.m.


Otis Library LEGO© Club (ages 4 and up)

Sponsored by the Norwich Recreation Department - thank you!

Attention, future architects and engineers (and their grownups): create a masterpiece in miniature! We supply the LEGO© bricks; you supply the building skills. Donations of LEGO© items are always very welcome! No registration required.

Saturday, October 18, 10:15-11:45 a.m.   


Monsters University (all ages)

Made possible by the Rotary Club of Norwich, CT - thank you! 

Take a trip back in time! The Monsters, Inc. employees are just two promising young students at Monsters University in this sequel. Enjoy it on an early-release date for Norwich Public Schools. No registration required.

Thursday, October 23, 1:30-3:00 p.m.


Spook-tacular MAGIC! (all ages; kids under 6, please bring an adult into the show)

Sponsored by the Norwich Recreation Department - thank you! Norwich's own Richard Rothstein presents a magic show to engage and amaze you. Refreshments will be served!

No registration required.  

Saturday, October 25, 1:30-2:15 p.m.


On the Same Page Book Discussion (ages 7-8, with adult friends/relatives)

Pick up a copy of Donald Sobol's classic mystery, Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All, at the Children's Desk, and enjoy it together at home.  Come in on Monday, October 27, to discuss the book with other children and parents and participate in related activities.  Space is limited, and registration is required.  Registration opens October 1.

Monday, October 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m.


All Treats, No Tricks (all ages)

Kids in costume - look for the pumpkins in the Library! At each one, you will receive a treat. No registration required.

Friday, October 31, 11:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.


Teen Happenings
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Events:  Must be in Grade 6 or above to attend.

Duct Tape Flowers:  Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m.
Come make duct tape flowers with Kate from A+D Duct Tape.  Join us in the new Young Adult Room.

Luis and Tuesday Present Tuesday Tucks Me In:  Thursday, October 2, 6:30 p.m.

Join us in the atrium for a very special all ages after-hours event with former Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan and his service dog
Tuesday.  They will read from Tuesday Tucks Me In, talk about service dogs, and answer questions.  Books will be available for purchase and signing following the discussion.  Refreshments will be served.

Pumpkin Rice Krispies:  Monday, October 6, 6:30 p.m.
Make pumpkin rice krispie treats in the Young Adult Room.

Movie Night - The Fault In Our Stars: Wednesday, October 8, 6:00 p.m.
Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.
 Watch Hazel Grace meet and develop a relationship with Augustus Waters on the big screen in the Community Room.  Rated PG-13.  

NFA Book Expo:  Saturday, October 11, 3:30 p.m. at the Slater Museum Atrium

Join us for the 2nd annual NFA Book Expo!  Come and meet talented Norwich and Connecticut writers.  Participating authors include Wally Lamb, Tricia Staley, and Dan Waters.  The event will include a panel Q&A with many of the authors, followed by a chance to mingle with your favorites!  Enjoy light refreshments and purchase copies of books to be signed.  Presented by Norwich Free Academy, Otis Library, Slater Memorial Museum, and Norwich Walktober 2014.

The Walking Dead Trivia Night:  Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.
Are you crazy about zombies?  Test your knowledge of The Walking Dead television show with trivia games in the Community Room.  Prizes will be given for the ones who haven't gotten their brains turned to mush!  For teens and adults.

Middle School Book Club:  Monday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.
Can an undercover nerd become a superstar agent?  Ben Ripley sure hopes so - and his life may depend on it!  Read the book Spy School by Stuart Gibbs and talk about it over dessert in the Meeting Room.

Game Afternoon:  Tuesday, October 21, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Join us for a game of Clue in the Young Adult Room.

Candy Necklace:  Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 p.m.
Come make a necklace out of pieces of candy in the Young Adult Room.

Programs for Adults

Shred It Day 
Otis Library is partnering with Chelsea Groton Bank to present a "Shred It" service on Saturday, October 4, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Community members are invited to bring documents for shredding to the truck parked in front of Otis Library on that day.  There is a limit of three file-size boxes each to be securely destroyed. 
This event is free and open to all.

Changing Minds Book Club
The Changing Minds Book Club will meet in the Meeting Room on Wednesday, October 8, at 5:00 p.m.  The group will be discussing The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.  Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Patron Service Center.  Free and open to the public.  For more information, call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

wire-bound-pad.jpg Writing Group
Otis Library will host a Writers Group the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  The bi-weekly meetings in a small, personal environment will motivate and support the writer.  Both new and experienced writers are welcome.  Free program; registration is required.  Register on the calendar here, or call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

4th Friday Films
Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.
We will show the film Belle on Friday, October 24, at 6:00 p.m.  Belle is the story of a mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.  Free event, refreshments provided.


silver-keyboard2.jpg Technology Classes 

Feeling a little lost with all the new technology?  Maybe even some of the old  technology?  Our staff are ready to assist you with a wide range of computer-related questions.  Topics include basic computer skills, navigating the internet, e-mail, e-readers, and Microsoft Office.  Assistance will be provided by appointment only on Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Please call  860-889-2365, ext. 100, for additional information or to make an appointment. 


O'tis A Festival!
Save the Date:  O'tis a Festival a marketplace of all things creative is scheduled for Saturday, November 22, 2014 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Crafters Wanted - Applications Now Available!
This one-day event is unique to our region and has become the kickoff to the holiday season.  Last year nearly 2,000 residents attended our festival, enjoying handcrafted items, children's events, musical performances and unique demonstrations.  Information and applications are now available on our website.  Please note: only vendors who create handcrafted items are considered.


School Uniforms

Otis Library and Norwich Human Services would like to give families an opportunity to recycle school uniforms and help children who need them.  If you have any gently used uniforms that no longer fit your children, please drop them off at the Otis Library school uniform collection box in the atrium of the library.  Volunteers will pick them up, fix them as needed, and organize them by size.  Uniforms will then be made available to students as appropriate.
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