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.
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.
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!
Celebrate with Otis Library!
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!
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.
Tue, Thur & Fri:
10AM - 5PM
10AM - 3PM
Closed Monday, October 13,
for Columbus Day.
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 Friends of Otis Library News
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 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 email@example.com.
Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
This program is sponsored by The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.
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
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.
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
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)
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!
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!
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 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)
simple stories and an opportunity to learn rhymes with your child.
Space is limited, and registration is requested. Registration opens
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)
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
Wednesdays, October 8, 15, 22, 6:15-7:00 p.m.
Move and Groove (ages 5 and up)
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!
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
Saturday, October 18, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
Monsters University (all ages)
Made possible by the Rotary Club of Norwich, CT - thank you!
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
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.
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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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
O'tis A Festival!
the Date: O'tis a Festival a marketplace of all things
creative is scheduled for Saturday, November 22, 2014 10 a.m. - 3
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.
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.