From: Otis Library <>
Subject: Otis Library November 2014 Newsletter
Otis Logo

Newsletter                             November 2014
Director's Letter

Dear Library Patrons,
With the Library's remodeling project largely completed, our attention will now turn to the myriad events and opportunities in the near future. There are the preparations for the 2015-2016 fiscal year city budget, anticipation of our annual O'tis a Festival: a marketplace of all things creative, the Winterfest parade and, of course, our annual appeal.  


Attracting people to the city center and providing them with an enjoyable and congenial environment are central to our mission and reflect our status as a center of community activity. Events such as O'tis attract thousands of people to downtown Norwich and highlight the possibilities for education and entertainment that an urban landscape provides. While some activities are unique to Otis Library, collaboration is equally important. We introduce new Americans from Norwich Adult Education to the library's resources, conduct behind the scenes tours as part of WALKTOBER, and sponsor collaborative First Friday events in our community room. Regardless of the time and date, Otis Library attracts enthusiastic audiences.  


Downtown Norwich is a destination and Otis Library provides the type of safe and inviting environment that people crave. Come visit us, participate in community events and experience the best of the Rose City.


Robert Farwell

Executive Director        



A Dedication to Craft:  Harold Friedland, Master Fabric Printer 

Otis Library will present the exhibit A Dedication to Craft: Harold Friedland, Master Fabric Printer in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room. Harold Friedland, a fabric screen printer active in Norwich from the mid-1940s to 1988, was known for his mastery of the screen printing process. Friedland printed for some of the leading drapery and upholstery fabric companies of his time. The exhibit will also consider the place of fabric printing in the City's long history of textile production. Free. Exhibit runs from November 3 through 29, 2014. Opening reception on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 6 to 8 PM, with a panel discussion at 7 PM moderated by Elanah Sherman, with introductory remarks by Susan Friedland.  On the panel will be Fran Clark, fabric printer; Jamie Eves, Executive Director, Windham Textile and History Museum, and Adjunct Faculty, Eastern Connecticut State University; and Corinne Samios, artist and former Design Director, Brunschwig & Fils. This program is sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund. Descriptive tours for people with visual disabilities available upon request. For more information, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.



Buddy Benches  

Otis Library is the recipient of two beautiful "buddy benches" painted by community members to help promote kindness in our schools. The benches act as a safe haven for kids who need a little friendship and encouragement during the school day.  The benches were donated by Bully Busters and Rotary Community Corps of Norwich.




Our Book Return has a New Home!

The book return located at Marcus Plaza has been removed at the property manager's request.  Walmart will welcome our brand new book return in front of its store located at 220 Salem Turnpike in Norwich.  The new book return will be in place by Monday, November 3. 
Thank you, Walmart, and thank you to Brodart for awarding us the new book return. 


In This Issue
O'tis A Festival
Friends of Otis Library News
Drop-In Knitting Group
National Novel Writing Month
Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
Programs for Adults
Teen Happenings
Programs for Children and Families
School Uniforms
Mon, Wed:  
10AM - 8PM
Tue, Thur & Fri:
10AM - 5PM
10AM - 3PM
Closed Tuesday, November 11,
for Veterans Day

We close Wednesday, November 26,
at 5:00 p.m.

Closed Thursday, November 27,
for Thanksgiving.


Stay Connected:
 Library Catalog

Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  Find us on Pinterest  View our videos on YouTube

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 mobile device.

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.

For more information, visit
O'tis A Festival!
Otis Library kicks off the holiday shopping season with our sixth annual O'tis a Festival: a marketplace of all things creative on Saturday, November 22, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  There will be handcrafted items, musical performances, a selfie booth with props, and a visit from Santa!  Over 40 crafters will be offering a variety of items, including jewelry, woodworking, and pottery.  Don't miss it!
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.   Information and applications are now available on our website.  Please note: only vendors who create handcrafted items are considered.


The Friends of Otis Library News

The Friends of Otis Library Semi-Annual Book Sale was a big success!  Due to their hard work and dedication, the Friends were able to raise over $5000.  Thank you to everyone who came out in support of Otis Library, and a big Thank You to our Friends!  

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 front desk, or contact Debbie Froio at   


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!  For more information, contact Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

Thanks to the donation of handmade items from a generous supporter (who happens to be 93-years old!), the Rows City Knitters were able to deliver a total of 80 items.  Hats, scarves, mittens and blankets were donated to Madonna Place and St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in the month of October.

The newest project for the Rows City Knitters is  Warmth for Warriors.  We are seeking donations of wool/alpaca yarn to knit/crochet skull caps for active and retired personnel.  Donations can be left at the front desk.


National Novel Writing Month
Otis Library will be hosting their 6th Annual "Write-In" for teens and adults on Monday, November 3. Bring your manuscript and drinks; snacks will be provided.  Add to your word count in the Library's Meeting Room from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  For more information, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.


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 every Monday evening in 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. Free event; no registration required. For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.


Programs for Adults

Changing Minds Book Club
The Changing Minds Book Club will meet in the Meeting Room on Wednesday, November 12, at 5:00 p.m.  The group will be discussing Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan.  Copies of the book are available to borrow at the front desk.  Free and open to the public.  Refreshments provided.  For more information, call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

A Conversation with Author, Futurist, and Huffington Post Contributor Martin Shapiro
Join Norwich resident Martin Shapiro in the Community Room on Wednesday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of his latest novel, 2039.  Mr. Shapiro's novel follows a senior couple trying to escape America to Canada.  Diagnosed with a medical issue for which the US Health System has denied treatment, they seek to find treatment abroad.   Discuss this, and other troubling issues of today.  Copies of 2039 will be available for sale and signing.  Free event; no registration required.

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.  Call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, for more information.

4th Friday Films
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Norwich.
We will show the film Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner, on Friday, November 28, at 6:00 p.m.   Free event, refreshments provided.


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. 


Teen Happenings
Become a FAN of Otis Library on Facebook   Like us on Facebook 
Follow Otis Library on Pinterest   Find us on Pinterest

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

NaNoWriMo "Write-In":  Monday, November 3, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  If you're participating in National Novel Writing Month, join us for our annual "Write-In" in the Meeting Room.  Bring your laptop, add to your word count, and talk about your writing over cookies.

Movie Night:  Wednesday, November 12, 6:00 p.m.

Watch Tom Cruise, a futuristic soldier who is killed during a battle with alien invaders, live the last day of his life over and over again.  We will screen Edge of Tomorrow in the Community Room.

Middle School Book Club:  Monday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.
12 year-old evil genius Oliver Watson puts his plans for world domination o
n hold in order to beat the pants off the competition and win the middle school election!  Read I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be your Class President by Josh Lieb and talk about it over dessert in the Meeting Room.

Game Afternoon:  Tuesday, November 18,
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Join us for board game afternoon!  Choose from a variety of games in the Young Adult Room.

Mockingjay Event:  Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.
See how good you'd be as Katniss with our bow and arrow target practice in the Young Adult Room.  
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.

Seasonal Mix (ages 5 and up)

Choose from a variety of projects to decorate your home and table, including a "Give Thanks" banner, apple printed place cards, and an autumn-toned candle holder. Drop in to this activity as your schedule permits.

Saturday, November 1, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Monday, November 24, 6:00-7:00 p.m.


sparkling-snowy-trees.jpg Frosty Morning Stories (ages 3-5)

Songs, rhymes, crafts, and - as always - the very best in children's picture books! Adults are asked to wait in the Children's Department for their children. Registration is requested. 

Tuesdays, November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 9,
10:30-11:15 a.m.


Sixpence Rhymes and Stories (ages 2-3, with adult)

Enjoy simple stories and an opportunity to learn traditional rhymes with your child. Space is limited, and registration is requested.  

Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3, 10, 10:30-11:00 a.m.


First Fclapping-baby.jpgriends (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.

Fridays, November 7, 14, and 21; December 5 and 12, 10:30 a.m. (program); 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (playgroup)


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.  

Saturdays, November 8 and December 13, 10:30-11:00 a.m.


Hands-on History: Civil War Pastimes (ages 5 and up)

Roll your hoop, play the Game of Graces, and enjoy other pastimes that amused the children of Norwich during the anxious days of the Civil War. Drop in anytime between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.; no registration necessary.

Saturday, November 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m.


Otis Library LEGO© Club (ages four and up)

Courtesy of Norwich Recreation Department - thank you!

We supply the LEGO© bricks; you supply the building skills. Registration is requested. Registration opens on the first business day of the month in which the Club meets.

Saturdays, November 15 and December 27, 10:15-11:45 a.m.

FUN WITH RHYTHMS (ages 3-6, with adult present; ages 7 and up, no adult required)

Courtesy of Norwich Recreation Department - thank you!

The AWESOME Edward Leonard will provide percussion instruments and lead us in a drum circle and a series of interactive rhythm games. The learning will continue at home, as everyone leaves with handmade maracas! No registration required.

Saturday, November 15, 1:00-1:45 p.m.                                                            


Free Birds (best for ages 8 and up)

Made possible by the Elsie Brown Fund - thank you!

Two turkeys time travel to take their species off the Thanksgiving menu. Enjoy their journey on an early-release date for Norwich Public Schools. No registration required.

Thursday, November 20, 1:30-3:00 p.m.


BELLA! (all ages)

Courtesy of Ms. Pepin - thank you!

Visit with our very favorite therapy pug, Bella, while enjoying O'tis a Festival! No registration required.

Saturday, November 22, 10:00 a.m. 

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

Pick up a copy of F.N. Monjo's classic historical fiction book about the underground railroad, The Drinking Gourd,  at the Children's Desk. Enjoy it together at home.  Come in on Monday, November 24, to discuss the book with other children and parents and participate in related activities.  Space is limited, and registration is required.  Registration opens November 1.

Monday, November 24, 6:00-7:00 p.m.


Twinkle Toes (ages 8 and up)

Drop in anytime between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. to create a pair of elf-slipper earrings! Wear them, or give them as a gift. Earrings are suitable for pierced ears. No registration required.

Saturday, November 29, 12:30-2:30p.m.; Wednesday, December 10,  

6:00-7:00 p.m.


Gingerbread Cottage (ages 4 and up, with adult)

Make a charming gingerbread cottage! Registration required. Registration opens November 15.

Wednesday, December 3 (early release for Norwich Public Schools),  

2:00-3:00 p.m.



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.
Forward email

This email was sent to by |  

Otis Library | 261 Main Street | Norwich | CT | 06360