are many ways for a library to explain its impact on its members'
lives. We can analyze this statistically through program attendance,
user surveys and focus groups. This sort of information is concrete and
specific but often unemotional, inscrutable and too removed from
personal experiences. That brings us to the power of stories. The
authenticity of a personal experience and its potential resonance with
its audience is a potent force in changing attitudes and behaviors. A
well-crafted personal narrative or anecdote makes us, in the words of
James Dawes, "have experiences." I am hoping that you will share those
anecdotes and experiences as Otis Library competes for the National
Medal for Museum and Library Service. On April 1 Otis
Library will be the focus of attention on the Institute of Museum and
Library Service's Facebook page. It is an opportunity for you to recount
a specific Otis Library experience, epiphany, or memorable moment that
will resonate with the general public. I hope you'll take this
opportunity to share the ways in which Otis Library touched your life.
You can visit the Institute of Museum and Library Service Facebook page
Friends of Otis Library News
The Friends of Otis Library will be holding their semi-annual book sale
on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 26,
from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; and Sunday, April 27, from 12:00 p.m. -
3:00 p.m. There will be an early bird preview on Friday, April 25, for a fee of $10.
The Friends are continuing to accept donations of gently used books for
their book sale. You may drop off donations, two bags at a time,
to the Circulation Desk. For larger donations, please call (860)
889-2365, ext. 100. Please, no textbooks, encyclopedias, or
magazines. Thank you for your continued support!
The Friends of Otis Library are putting together a cookbook,
and they are looking for your favorite recipes! Please email
them to Debbie Froio, FOL Cookbook Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org OR
leave them at the Library's front desk. Typed submissions are
preferred, but handwritten ones will be accepted as long as they are
legible. Please include your name and contact information on the
recipe. Thank you!
Friends of Otis Library recently made a generous donation of $9000 to
the library. This will be used for books, materials, and lighting
in the atrium. Pictured: Robert Farwell, Executive Director,
and Carol Lahan, President of the Friends of Otis Library.
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. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128
Library now has a Notary Public on site. Please call (860)
889-2365, ext. 100 for more information or to make an
appointment. Restrictions apply.
Tue, Thur & Fri:
10AM - 5PM
10AM - 3PM
Otis Library will be closed on Friday, April 18, for Good Friday.
Free Downloadable E-Books, Audiobooks, and Magazines!
Visit the Otis Library website to
access hundreds of popular e-books and audiobooks. All you need
is a current Otis Library card to check out titles from your computer or
We now offer online magazines from Zinio, available via our Library Catalog.
View full digital copies of your favorite magazines! Read online
or download issues to your computer or mobile device. This
collection is available with a current Otis Library card.
First Fridays in Norwich
Norwich First Friday is a collaborative
effort between the galleries, theaters and other organizations in the
downtown area. They strive to provide residents and visitors with a
fun, exciting and original experience each month. Visit their new
website www.firstfriday norwich.com
to learn more.
Poetry for Beginners
Library will offer a poetry writing workshop for beginners on Saturday,
April 5, at 1:00 p.m. in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room. Whether
you've been writing poetry "on the side" or are just interested in the
subject, come to this two-hour workshop to get your creative juices
flowing. Bring poems in progress or the blank page. Bring a
favorite poem. We will discuss what poetry is and can be, and you
will leave with at least one new poem to work on at home. The
workshop will be presented by Carol Ann Davis, Assistant Professor of
English at Fairfield University. Free event; registration
required. Please register on the Otis Library website calendar, or by calling Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.
a little lost with all the new technology? Maybe even some of the
old technology? Our Reference Department 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 the Reference
Department at 860-889-2365, ext. 109, for additional information or to
make an appointment.
The Road to Discovering Your African-American Family History
Library is offering an introductory program on African-American
Genealogy on Monday, April 7, at 6:00 p.m. in the Millie and Martin
Shapiro Community Room. The guest speaker is Norma Wright, a
genealogy researcher, librarian, licensed pharmacist, and volunteer at
Godfrey Memorial Library, a library which specializes in genealogy and
history in Middletown, CT. She will share her experiences in
researching her own family history as well as discuss the use of federal
records, newspapers, cemetery records, online databases and more.
Free event; registration required. You may register on the Otis
Library website calendar, or by calling Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128. This event is sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.
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Events: Must be in Grade 6 or above to attend.
Teen Movie Night - Catching Fire: Wednesday, April 9, 6:00 p.m.
Katniss and Peeta compete in the Hunger Games - again! The movie
will be shown on the big screen. It starts at 6:00 p.m. and will
go 30 minutes past closing time.
Snuggle In With A Good Book: Book and PJ Drive!
Saturday, April 12 - Monday, April 21
Bring a gently used
or new book and/or new PJs for kids/teens for our drive. Join us
for donut holes and juice as we kick off this drive in conjunction with
National Library Week. Sponsored by the Teen Outreach Program of
Teachers Memorial Middle School and Otis Library.
Spring Bookmarks: Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.
Join us in the YA Room to create bookmarks perfect for spring.
Middle School Book Club: Monday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.
Join us in the Meeting Room as we talk over dessert about The Alchemyst by Michael Scott. He
holds the secret that can end the world. The truth: Nicholas
Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years
later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It
is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The
records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty.
Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the
world as we know it.
Jelly Bean Contest: Tuesday, April 22
is National Jelly Bean Day. Enter a guess at the jelly bean jar
in the YA Room. You could win the jar of jelly beans!
You may register for our Children's Programs via our online calendar.
Family Yoga (ages four and up)
instructor Ricky Snide, from 'A Peace of Space' Yoga Co-op, will guide
us through this fun and relaxing practice. No experience necessary.
Please wear comfortable clothing. Mats provided, or bring your own. No
registration required this month.
Saturday, April 5, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Green is a Grasshopper (ages five and up)
Spring pops with color! Join us for hands-on activities celebrating Mary O'Neill's books of poems, Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Color (Doubleday, 1961). Drop-in, no registration necessary.
Saturday, April 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Time of Wonder (ages two and three)
simple stories and an opportunity to learn rhymes and fingerplays with
your child. Space is limited, and registration is required.
Registration opens April 1.
Tuesdays, April 8, 15, 22, and 29; and May 6 and 13, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
English Playground (ages two and up)
grandparents, sitters - help your child learn English! Listen to
stories, sing, and play together. You can come on Monday
afternoons, or Friday mornings, or both. Drop-in; no registration
Mondays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Fridays, April 4, 11, and 25, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
First Friends: Rhyme Time and Play Group (ages zero two)
30 minutes of rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and other activities for the
very young, then stay (or not) for a one-hour open play group.
Older siblings are welcome! Drop-in; no registration required.
Mondays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (Rhyme Time) and
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Play Group).
Please note: the April 14 meeting will be a Play Group only, starting at 10:30 a.m.
A Different Kind of Green (ages three to five)
Money Smart Week with kid-friendly stories and activities, including a
craft using recycled materials. Registration required.
Registration opens April 1.
Thursday, April 10, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Otis Library LEGO© Club (ages four and up)
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! Space is limited and registration is required.
Registration opens March 8.
Saturday, April 12, 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Gold is the Sunshine (ages five and up)
the colors of sunshine and flowers! Join us for more hands-on
activities celebrating Mary O'Neill's book of poems, Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Colors (Doubleday, 1961). Drop-in; no registration necessary.
Saturday, April 12, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Biscuits with Bella (all ages)
the lovely Miss Bella, therapy pub, for refreshments and conversation -
then read her a story, if you wish! Drop-in; no registration
Saturday, April 12, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Eco-films (ages six and up)
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Norwich
us for films that are enjoyable and make us think about our
relationship with nature. A snack will be served, of course!
All dates are vacation dates for Norwich Public Schools. Screen
time is 2:00 p.m. Drop-in; no registration required.
Hoot (2005) Monday, April 14
Free Willy (1993), Tuesday, April 15
Furry Vengeance (2010), Wednesday, April 16
Under the Sea (2009), Thursday, April 17
Mother Goose Meets Mother Nature (ages three to five)
This free program is made possible by a grant from People's United Bank.
"scientific" picture books and activities that will engage your child's
interest and encourage his or her curiosity about the natural
world. Space is limited, and registration is required.
Registration opens April 1.
Thursdays, April 17 and 24; and May 1, 8, 15, and 22, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Wood Workshop (ages five to twelve)
Presented by Home Depot
friends from Home Depot will provide the materials and expertise, you
provide the muscle! Space is limited, and registration is
required. Registration will open April 1.
Thursday, April 17, 1:00 p.m. (Norwich Public Schools closed for Spring Break)
Happy and Healthy (ages six and up)
right and have fun! Norwich resident Elizabeth Coleman will
present information on healthy eating through activities and the
creation of a delicious/nutritious snack. Space is limited and
registration is required. Registration opens April 1.
Saturday, April 19, 1:00 -2 :00 p.m.
Book Blast (ages five to eight)
from Teachers' Memorial Middle School will share stories, activities,
and crafts with lower elementary school kids. Join us for these
special events, showcasing the talents and community spirit of our
'tweens! Drop-in, no registration required.
Tuesdays, April 22 and 29, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Recipe for Success (ages eight to eleven)
in time for warm weather - delicious fruit salsa! Mix up a batch,
and enjoy! Stories, poems, and related activities complete the
fun. Bring a favorite poem to share - original or not - and
receive a special treat. Space is limited, and registration is
required. Registration opens April 1.
Saturday, April 26, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Spring Into Song! (ages three and up)
This free program is made possible by the Norwich Recreation Department.
Instructor Miss Terri leads a lively music-and-movement class for
little ones! Drop-in; no registration required.
Saturday, April 26, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
On the Same Page Book Discussion (ages seven to eight, with adult friends/relatives)
Pick up a copy of Shel Silverstein's beloved poetry book, Where the Sidewalk Ends,
at the Children's Desk, and enjoy it at home. Come in on April 28
to discuss the book with other children and parents and participate in
related activities. Space is limited, and registration is
Registration opens April 1.
Monday, April 28, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Save the Date
The Millie and Martin Shapiro Author Series featuring an Evening with William Mann
It's that time of year again!
Otis Library's signature event, Evening with an Author, is set for
Friday, June 13, at the Spa at Norwich Inn. This year features a conversation between Hollywood biographer, William J. Mann and
playwright, Jacques Lamarre.
William Mann is best known for his studies of Hollywood and the
American film Industry. His most popular works feature Hollywood legends
Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn and Barbara Streisand. Jacques Lamarre is a playwright, theater critic and theater
administrator. This dynamic duo will educate and
entertain as they discuss the glamour of Hollywood.
Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Sponsorships and auction items are now being secured.
If you would like your business to be featured, please contact Andrea Kaiser at email@example.com
or 860-889-2365 x127.
Book Discussions for Adults
informal, peer-led discussions are free and open to the public;
refreshments are provided. Copies of the books are available to
borrow at the Library's Circulation Desk. For more information,
call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.
Changing Minds Book Club
Wednesday, April 9, 5:00 p.m.
The group will be discussing She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.
Evening Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.
This month's selection is A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead.
World Book Night
Library is proud to be one of 2,300 libraries and bookstores across
America supporting World Book Night. On April 23, Shakespeare's
birthday, 25,000 volunteers give away copies of a specially-printed,
not-for-resale World Book Night U.S. edition of a book they have read
and loved, chosen from a list of 39 titles selected by a panel of
librarians and booksellers. The volunteer book givers personally hand
out their copies to complete strangers, people who may never have owned
a book of their own. Libraries and bookstores support this event as
organizational participants, forming a nationwide advocacy and
|Otis Library and Norwich Community Cinema
Inside Llewyn Davis
Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Rated R
Inside Llewyn Davis
follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the
Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac)
is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New
York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against
seemingly insurmountable obstacles-some of them of his own making.
Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what
work he can find, Llewyn's misadventures take him from the
baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club-on an odyssey to
audition for a music mogul-and back again. Brimming with
music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan (as
Llewyn's married Village friends), as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch
Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis -in the tradition of O Brother, Where Art Thou?-is
infused with the transportive sound of another time and place. An
epic on an intimate scale, it represents the Coen Brothers' fourth
collaboration with multiple-Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning music
producer T Bone Burnett. Marcus Mumford is associate music producer.
Saving Mr. Banks
Friday, April 25, 6:00 p.m., Rated PG-13
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Norwich
The story of how Walt Disney courted P.L. Travers into letting
him option the rights to Mary Poppins is brought to the screen in this
non-fiction drama starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell.
A doting father, Walt Disney (Hanks) promises his adoring daughters
that he will bring their favorite fictional nanny Mary Poppins to the
big screen. Little does Walt realize that surly author P.L. Travers has
no intention of seeing her most famous creation bastardized on the big
screen, a fact that makes keeping his promise a difficult endeavor.
Years later, however, when Travers' book sales begin to slow, dwindling
finances drive her to schedule a meeting with Disney to discuss the
film rights to the beloved story. Bradley Whitford, Paul
Giamatti, and Jason Schwartzman co-star.
The Power of Purple: An End to Domestic Violence
Power of Purple campaign, founded by the Rose Conrad Memorial Fund of
Safe Futures, in partnership with Hadassah American Affairs of Eastern
Connecticut, will present the awareness raising event: Theater for Social Change - Rule of Thumb,
a one act play on domestic violence. This performance and
accompanying discussion with the audience and an expert panel will take
place on Thursday, April 10 in Norwich, hosted by President Dr. Grace
Jones at the Three Rivers Community College All Purpose
Auditorium. The evening will commence at 6:00 p.m. with a Resource
Fair hosted by numerous community partnering organizations, including
Otis Library. The theater performance and discussion will begin at
7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served; the event is free and open
to the public. For more information, visit www.SafeFuturesCT.org or call (860) 884-8945.
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.