have just completed a spectacular November. It was an extraordinarily
busy time, but the results were memorable and serve as a reminder of the
creativity and effervescence that exemplify your library and its staff.
The month began with the opening reception for Arrested Development: Norwich Brownfields, photographed by Therese Carlos. Approximately
50 people attended the reception and participated in a lively
discussion focused on this legacy from Norwich's industrial past. The
exhibit is available for viewing through December 31.
The Friday, November 15, appearance by Wally Lamb was a great success. His reading from and discussion of his new book We Are Water attracted over 160 people, and the Reference area was a great venue.
Approximately 60 people attended Une Célébration du Culture Creole, Yon Selebwasyon Kilti Kreyόl, Celebration of Creole Culture, at Otis Library, a program celebrating the history and culture of Haiti, presented by the Haitian community of Norwich.
November 23 featured O'tis a Festival.
It was a wonderful day and a great event. On this one day, 1974 visits
were recorded-a single day high- and numerous encomiums were received
from vendors and the public. Several complimentary articles were posted
in The Bulletin. The range of items offered grows each year along with the size of the crowds.
Even as O'tis
was concluding, the Library's windows were being decorated with holiday
themes and will offer strong competition for the 2013 Decorate Norwich
An exuberant band of Otis staff marched and performed in last Saturday's Winterfest Parade. Any doubters among the parade goers were quickly disabused of the notion that Otis is a staid institution!
number of visits and the positive responses to all these events confirm
our belief that well-designed programs and activities will draw people
to the city center and achieve the renascence the city desires. An
excellent way of confirming your support of the Library is through the
annual appeal, which was just mailed to our many members and supporters.
This is an essential source of income for Otis Library and the
innovative programs that are a hallmark of the Library. Otis is leading
the way and your support ensures that we will remain a responsive center
of community activity.
Friends of Otis Library News
Friends of Otis Library are accepting 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!
Canned Food Drive To Benefit
St. Vincent de Paul Place
Between November 1st and December 31st, Otis Library will be accepting donations for the St. Vincent de Paul Place
in Norwich. Please place all canned goods (no glass jars,
please!) in the box in the atrium. Their soup kitchen and pantry
are currently in critical need of tuna fish, pasta sauce, pasta, and
canned soups. Thank you in advance for your donations!
Something New - Online Magazines!
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.
10AM - 8PM
Tue, Thur & Fri:
10AM - 5PM
10AM - 3PM
We will be closed Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25, for Christmas.
We will also close Wednesday, January 1, for New Year's Day.
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.
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.
Annual Fund Campaign
Annual Fund Campaign provides important financial support to Otis
Library. The generosity of donors helps to assist with materials,
services and programs. Every gift, no matter what size, works to
forward the mission of the Library and make Norwich a vibrant, literate
community. The Annual Fund Campaign truly serves as a foundation
of giving and we are grateful to the hundreds of donors who contribute
each year. If you are interested in supporting Otis Library,
please consider a donation this holiday season. Donations
can be dropped off at the front desk or mailed to: Annual Fund,
Otis Library, 261 Main Street, Norwich, CT 06360. For more
information, please call Andrea at (860) 889-2365, ext. 127.
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Events: Must be in Grade 6 or above to attend.
Candy House: Monday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.
Come make candy houses in the Teen Room!
Movie Night - Fast and Furious 6: Wednesday, December 11, 6:00 p.m.
Hobbs summons Dom and his crew to London in order to take on a team of
mercenary drivers who have caused havoc across a dozen countries.
Now, with their freedom finally within reach, Dom and the team
reassemble for their most dangerous mission to date.
Watch it on the big screen in the Community Room.
Rated PG-13. Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Norwich.
Middle School Book Club: Monday, December 16, 6:30 p.m.
Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's
greatest standup comedian - even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh
about these days. Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled
past instead of hiding behind his comedy act? Join us in the Meeting Room while we talk over dessert about I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein.
Movie Night - City of Bones: Wednesday, December 18, 6:00 p.m.
15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to a club in New York City, she hardly
expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three
teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre
weapons. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of Shadowhunters, a
secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world
and back to their own. Watch City of Bones on the big screen in the Community Room.
The Hobbit Craft/Game: Monday, December 30, 1:00 p.m.
If you like The Hobbit movie, drop in the Teen Room between 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. for some fun!
Book Discussions for Adults
Evening Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, December 4, 6:30 p.m.
The group will be discussing The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Great Gatsby
is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
Refreshments provided. Copies of the book are available to borrow
at the Circulation Desk.
Changing Minds Book Club
Wednesday, December 11, 5:00 p.m.
The month's selection is The Cranes Dance
by Meg Howrey. Join us for great conversation and
refreshments! Copies of the book are available to borrow at the
|Otis Library and Norwich Community Cinema
The Way Way Back
Saturday, December 14, 7:30 p.m.
The Way Way Back is
the funny and poignant coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Duncan's
(Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her
overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph
(Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan
finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager
of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship
with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up and begins to finally find his place
in the world - all during a summer he will never forget. Rated PG-13. $7 donation requested to benefit Meals on Wheels.
42: The Jackie Robinson Story
Friday, December 27, 6:00 p.m.
In 1946, Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, took a
stand against Major League Baseball's infamous color line when he signed
Jackie Robinson to the team. The deal put both men in the
crosshairs of the public, the press and even other players. Rated PG-13.
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Norwich.
You may register for Children's Programs via our online calendar.
Programs for Children and Families
December is a month to share our
treasure of illustrated books. Join us for a book-making program,
book discussions, and storytime that celebrate great illustrations and
illustrators - and then take home an armload of your favorite picture
First Friends: Rhyme Time and Play Group (ages zero to 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, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. (Rhyme Time) and 11:00-12:00 a.m. (Play Group)
Frosty Mornings Storytime (ages three to five)
This free program is made possible by a grant from People's United Bank.
rhymes, crafts, and - as always - the very best in children's
illustrated books! Adults are asked to wait in the Children's Department
while their children participate in the storytime. Space is limited,
and registration is required. Tuesdays, December 3rd and 10th, 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Pocket Full of Rye Storytime (ages two and three)
lighthearted illustrated stories and an opportunity to learn rhymes and
fingerplays with your child. Space is limited, and registration is
Wednesdays, December 4th and 11th, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
(ages four and
playful class will introduce families to mindful movement and yoga
poses designed to encourage focus, family bonding, strength and
laughter! Experienced yoga 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.
Space is limited, and registration is required.
Saturday, December 7th, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Read with Bella!
the beautiful Bella, a therapy pug, and read her a story if you wish.
Bella's best friend, Judy Pepin, will be on hand to make the
introductions and answer your questions. Drop-in; no registration
Saturday, December 7th, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
On the Same Page Book Club (ages seven to eight, with adult friends/relatives)
At home, enjoy reading a book beautifully illustrated by Patricia Polacco, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother.
Come to the Library to share ideas about the book and activities based
on it. Space in the book discussion is limited, and registration is
required. Registration opens November 16th.
Monday, December 16th, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Hands on with Books
(ages three to
Create two unusual books to fill with your own words and illustrations at home. Drop-in, no registration required.
Tuesday, December 17th, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Seasonal Sing-along (ages 4 and up)
us for a sing-along of your favorite holiday songs, accompanied by Miss
Monica on the piano. Drop-in, no registration required.
Saturday, December 21st, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Kwanzaa (all ages)
Explore the meaning of this holiday of thanksgiving through readings, music, activities, and crafts.
Saturday, December 28th, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Arrested Development: Norwich Brownfields Photographed by Therese Carlos
Friday, November 1, 2013 -
Monday, December 30, 2013
contains approximately 130 confirmed or probable brownfields. This
exhibit, sponsored by Otis Library, presents compelling photographs of
about 10 sites scattered throughout the City. Both
aesthetic experience and exploration of an important political issue,
this exhibit is designed to initiate an informed community conversation.
Marge Blizard, President of Norwich Redevelopment Agency: "These old
neglected sites are black holes in the heart of the City. In the middle
of our commercial areas, they drag down neighborhoods. They don't pay
much in taxes, don't contribute to the vitality of neighborhoods and are
a magnet for problems."
Sign language interpretation of the panel discussion will be available. Descriptive
tours for people with visual disabilities may be arranged by
appointment. For more information, please contact Elanah Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-614-7200.
Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Fairs
Learn more about the Affordable Care Act and receive enrollment assistance.
Health CT will be holding enrollment fairs at Otis Library on the
following Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room:
New Equipment for the Visually Impaired
Otis Library now offers a video magnifier to persons with visual
and auditory disabilities that can also read aloud printed documents.
The ClearView+ Speech combines video magnification and accurate
text-to-speech that makes it easy to select what you want to read. It allows you to enlarge materials to a more comfortable size or change the high contrast viewings modes. It
was purchased with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services. For more information on using the magnifier, please call (860)
889-2365, ext. 108.