Last week Norwich Public
Utilities and our library consortium executed their parts of the work
necessary to install fiber optic cable for the public computers. When
completed, this will enhance the speed and use of our public computers
and reflects one of several innovations that together comprise the
remodeling of the Library's first floor. Among other changes, we are
installing Microsoft Office on our public computers as well as a program
that will allow Library members to print remotely from their tablets,
laptops, smartphones and even from home! In addition, a new vending
module allows the public to prepay for their copies. At the newly
extended front desk, a self-checkout unit will allow members on a tight
schedule to quickly borrow materials.
a whole, we can celebrate these changes as part of our commitment to
providing the public with the best services and resources possible. We
look forward to introducing these changes to Norwich's residents.
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.
note that on Wednesday, August 6, public computers will be down from
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for upgrades. In addition, there will be
limited circulation desk functions available. We apologize for any
inconvenience. Thank you for your patience!
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.
Tue, Thur & Fri:
10AM - 5PM
Closed on Saturdays in July and August
Free Downloadable E-Books, Audiobooks, and Magazines!
Visit the Otis Library website
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.
"The Big Bang Theory" Trivia Night!
well do you know Sheldon Cooper? Test your knowledge at our
after-hours trivia night for teens and adults! Join us on Friday,
August 1, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. for trivia, refreshments, and
prizes. Free event; no registration required.
Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.
The Friends of Otis Library News
The Friends of Otis Library's new cookbook, A Literary Feast: Served up 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends are continuing to accept donations of gently used books
for their semi-annual book sale. You may drop off
donations, two bags at a time, to the Circulation
Desk. Please, no textbooks, encyclopedias, or magazines.
Thank you for your continued support!
Educational Seminar: Saving for College
Fradette, Financial Consultant for Chelsea Groton Bank, will present
an educational program for parents on saving for your child's
education. Join us in the Children's Department on Tuesday,
August 5, at 3:00 p.m. for this informative program. Free event;
no registration required.
Sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.
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Events: Must be in Grade 6 or above to attend. New England Tech Visit: Monday, August 4,
England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island will be visiting to
provide a fun and interactive workshop on STEM related careers and a
hands-on college experience! Get to know your options about the
technology field. Snacks provided. Join us in the Community
Room.Edible DNA: Tuesday, August 5, 1:30 p.m.
Create a strand of DNA out of marshmallows and Twizzlers at 1:30 p.m. in the Young Adult Room.
Spark A Reaction Finale: Wednesday, August 6, 6:30 p.m.
the end of the summer reading program in the Community Room. Get
your picture drawn by caricature artist Elaine Mills. Eat great
food and enter to win prizes. Remember to bring your raffle
tickets!Teen Movie Afternoon - Divergent: Wednesday, August 20, 1:00 p.m.
Tris choose her future faction and try to make a place for herself in a
new world. Join us for movie and dessert in the Community Room.
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Norwich.
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.
Norwich Public Schools - Otis Library Collaborative Summer
Reading Program is made possible through the generosity of the Community
Foundation of Eastern Connecticut. Read and receive
recognition! Details available at Otis Library.
(up to age eighteen; no registration)
Thank you, Norwich Food Services.
Enjoy a nutritious and delicious lunch every weekday, free of charge. No registration required.
Monday, June 30th, to Friday, August 15th,
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fizz Boom Create: Three Experiments in Art!
(ages nine and up alone; seven and up with adult attending also)
Thank you, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut!
intricate "feathered" designs on paper using paint suspended on a
seaweed solution (yes, really!) and combs. Space is limited, and
registration is required.
Friday, August 1, 10:00 a.m.; Wednesday, August 13, 6:00 p.m.
fabric with heat-reactive dyes, then expose to the hot summer sunlight
for a unique wall hanging or pillow cover. Space is limited, and
registration is required.
Monday, August 4, 2:30 p.m.; Monday, August 11, 10:30 a.m.
striking images of fish, frogs, and turtles using this Japanese
printmaking technique. Space is limited, and registration is
Tuesday, August 12, 10:30 a.m.
Einstein Hours (ages five and up)
Paper airplane challenges? Giant bubbles? Synthetic
polymers, made by you? Stop by for an ever-changing assortment of
hands-on activities, cool crafts, and games led by our awesome Teen
Monday to Thursday, from June 30 to August 14, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Scientific Principals: Family Science Night (all ages)
Thank you, People's United Bank and Kohl's of Lisbon.
Watch science come alive
at the hands of great presenters, introduced by great administrators
from the Norwich Public Schools. No registration required.
Sheila Osko Introduces Curious Creatures!
The Director of Language and Translation Services introduces Curious Creatures, bringing you exotic live animals and great tips on keeping them happy and healthy!
Wednesday, August 6, 6:00 p.m.
STEM-tastic! (ages eight to twelve)
Thank you, UCONN Extension Service and New London County 4-H.
Engage in hands-on
activities combining the fun of reading with science, technology, math
and engineering, presented by our friends from the New London County
4-H. Space is limited, and registration is required.
Tuesdays, August 5 and 12, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Fridays, Film Days: Science/Technology Films!
Thank you, Rotary Club of Norwich.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Rated PG)
An inventor and a brainy
weather girl attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has
stopped, and food falls from the sky instead.
Friday, August 1, 12:30 p.m.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Rated PG)
In this animated movie
sequel, Flink Lockwood is invited to work at Live Corp Company and use
his gift for invention for the good of mankind. However, he soon
discovers that his water-to-food machine has gone haywire.
Friday, August 8, 12:30 p.m.
Music from Mike! (ages zero to four; older siblings welcome)
Mike Conroy and his
guitar are back with a cheerful selection of traditional songs for young
children. Be ready to sing and dance! No registration
Wednesdays, August 6 and 13, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
STEP UP! (ages eight and up)
Thank you, Southeastern Regional Action Council.
Regional Action Council and the Statewide Tobacco Education Program
(STEP) make a healthy lifestyle understandable to kids through fun
activities. Join them on all three days for a memorable
experience. Space is limited, and registration is required.
Monday to Wednesday, August 4 to 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Songs of the Civil War (all ages)
Join us for a
family concert with Connecticut Singer/Songwriter Rick Spencer
as he performs the Greatest Hits of the Civil War! Mr. Spencer is
known internationally for his work as a historian, researcher,
singer, songwriter and performer of music in the American folk
tradition. Free event in the Children's Department; no
Friday, August 22, 1:00 p.m.
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.
Naturalization Information Session
in the U.S. Citizenship process? Learn more about it on Monday, August
11 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Join Wayne Seagrave,
Connecticut's Community Relations Officer for the United States
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as he discusses the
naturalization process for legal permanent residents and interested
naturalization applicants. Free event; no registration
One Book, One Region
Topping, Instructor of Humanities at Three Rivers Community College,
will lead a discussion of the One Book, One Region selection for 2014, The Dirty Life
by Kristin Kimball on Monday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. Join us in
the Meeting Room for great conversation and refreshments! Free
event; no registration required. Sponsored by The Elsie Brown
Songs of the Civil War
us on Friday, August 22 at 1:00 p.m. for a family concert with
Connecticut Singer/Songwriter Rick Spencer as he performs the Greatest Hits of the Civil War!
Mr. Spencer is known internationally for his work as a
historian, researcher, singer, songwriter and performer of music
in the American folk tradition. Free event in the Children's
Department; no registration required. Sponsored by
National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of America,
and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.