November we were asked to submit an article for the December
Connecticut Library Association (CLA) newsletter. The topic was our
recently completed remodeling, its genesis, evolution and impact. Rather
than reproduce the entire article here, I invite you to peruse its
contents at the CLA web site: http://ctlibraryassociation.org/downloads/CLA_Today/clatoday12_14.pdf.
hope the synopsis explains more fully how this project evolved and
improved our ability to serve the public. It also has an underlying
message: like many long-established professions and institutions,
libraries and librarians are subject to stereotyping and popular if not
always accurate portrayals of what they are and who they are. As
reflected in the article, neither the institution nor the profession is
redolent of stasis or desultoriness. There are qualities which you will
recognize as you review the article that belie the stereotypes and
reflect the truly dynamic and progressive nature of libraries and
Drop-In Knitting Group
has been a productive year for the Rows City Knitters! They have
been able to donate over 500 handmade items to various local social
service agencies, schools and hospitals. They look forward to the
New Year when they plan to continue their mission of providing hats,
blankets, mittens, and scarves to those who need them.
City Knitters meet every Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Meeting Room.
Join them as they help to warm up the community! No experience
needed - they will help you learn to knit or crochet. For more
information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.
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.YouTube Channel
Have you visited Otis Library's new YouTube Channel?
Each month, new videos are added - book selections, instructional videos, library tours, and more! Don't miss it.
The Friends of Otis Library News
Friends of Otis Library
American Girl Doll Tea Party Fundraiser
For girls ages 6-11
Saturday, January 31, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
$20 per child
you love the American Girl Series? Attend this elegant tea party
with your doll and enjoy games, crafts, and related activities.
The fee is $20 per child, $15 if parent/guardian is a member of the
Friends of Otis Library. The event is scheduled for Saturday,
January 31, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Otis Library. The snow date
is Saturday, February 7. Space is limited; register in person at
the Children's Desk. For more information, call or visit the
Children's Room at (860) 889-2365, ext. 114. Proceeds from this
event support Otis Library.
The Friends of Otis Library's new cookbook, A Literary Feast: Served up by Friends of Otis Library, makes a wonderful gift! 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 email@example.com.
Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
by popular demand! Otis Library will be offering "Introduction to
Yoga" classes for teens and adults on Monday evenings in January
(except 1/19) and February (except 2/16), 2015 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:15
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. This program is sponsored by The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.
|Programs for Adults
Otis Library hosts a Writers Group
the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
in the Meeting Room. The bi-weekly meetings in a small,
personal environment motivate and support the writer. Both new
and experienced writers are welcome. Free program. Call
(860) 889-2365, ext. 128, for more information.
Lunch and Learn "Breathing and Mindfulness"
with Neiley Rushford SnideThursday, January 8, 12:00 p.m., Community RoomLunch provided. Registration required;
call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register online.
learn breathing techniques that can help support your overall wellness
and increase your ability to ward off stress. Learn to use your
breath as a foundation for everyday mindfulness and focus. This
interactive discussion is for everyone.
Neiley Rushford Snide
has been practicing mindfulness for decades. In 1993 she was introduced
to Yoga, which emphasizes 'finding your breath' and using breathing
techniques to tap into your life force. Wanting to share this gift
with her community, Neiley
became a certified Yoga instructor in 2008. She is the founder
and director of A Peace of Space Yoga and Wellness Center in Taftville,
CT. Sponsored by The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.
Changing Minds Book Club
The Changing Minds Book Club will meet in
the Meeting Room on Wednesday, January 14, at 5:00 p.m. The group
will be discussing Stones from the River
by Ursula Hegi.
Copies of the book are available to borrow at the front desk. Free
and open to the public. Refreshments provided. For more
information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.
Otis Library and Norwich Community Cinema
Saturday, January 10, 7:30 p.m., Rated R
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater
is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane
), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke
and Patricia Arquette
as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood
charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before.
4th Friday Films at Otis Library
Friday, January 23, 6:00 p.m., Rated R
his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media
circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that
he may not be innocent.
Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.
Invisible Ink: A Year of Notable but Neglected Fiction
This one-year book club series, sponsored by Otis Library and beginning
in January, 2015, will explore four extraordinary American authors whose
work, because of marketplace decisions or changes in taste, is now little
read or remembered. Discussions will be led by individuals familiar with
both the authors and the context in which they wrote.
The series will begin on Saturday, January 24, at 1:00 p.m. with Tongues of Flame
, a 1985 collection of short stories by Alabama writer Mary Ward Brown (1917-2013). Tongues of Flame
received critical acclaim when it was released in 1985 and earned the
author a PEN/Hemingway Award from PEN New England and an Alabama Author
Award from the Alabama Library Association in 1987. This program
will be presented by Edward Derr, Adjunct Instructor of History and
Sociology and coordinator of the ConnCAS Educational Success Program at
Three Rivers Community College, and Otis volunteer Elanah Sherman.
Ms. Sherman has done extensive research on Brown and will share
photographs from a recent trip to the author's hometown. She will
address Brown's literary points of departure from other Southern writers
of her generation. Copies of the book Tongues of Flame
will be available at the front desk beginning January 10th. This
program is sponsored by The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.
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Events: Must be in Grade 6 or above to attend.
New Year's Resolutions: Wednesday, January 7, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Fill out a worksheet in the Young Adult Room; show it to Jennifer, our Young Adult Librarian, for a sweet treat.
Movie Night: Wednesday, January 14, 6:00 p.m.
Watch If I Stay on the screen in the Young Adult Room. Snacks provided. Rated PG-13.
a day that started like any other, Mia had everything; a loving family,
an adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music.
Suddenly, a family drive on a snowy day changes everything. In an
instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life
and death, Mia spends one critical day contemplating a future that is
now more unknowable than ever. Is love enough to keep her here?
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Norwich.
Middle School Book Club: Monday, January 26,
Talk about Legend by Marie Lu over dessert in the Meeting Room.
was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a
nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite
family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, 15-year-old June
is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest
military circles. Born into the slums, 15-year-old Day is the
country's most wanted criminal, but his motives may not be as malicious
as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no
reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is
murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate
game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival,
while June seeks to avenge Metias's death.
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.
Mother Goose & More (ages zero to 23 months)
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.
Mondays, January 5, 12, 26, 10:30 a.m. (program); 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (playgroup)
Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)
stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft while their grownups wait in the
Children's Department. Space is limited; register beginning January 5.
Thursdays, January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Toddler Storytime (ages 2-3, with adult)
Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a simple craft with your child!
Space is limited; register beginning January 5.
Tuesdays, January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Zumba Kids (ages 3-10)
Dance your way to a
healthy body and positive outlook! Katie Sandberg will lead us in
this popular activity. Please wear comfortable clothing and
Registration is requested.
Saturday, January 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Norwich Recreation Department - thank you!
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Rated PG)
In this much
anticipated sequel, see what happens when an ice cave is discovered that
is home to hundreds of wild dragons. Enjoy this movie on an
early-release date for Norwich Public Schools. No registration
Thursday, January 15, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund - thank you!
Read to Bella! (all ages)
Visit with our very favorite therapy pug, Bella. No registration required.
Saturday, January 24, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Courtesy of Ms. Pepin - thank you!
Fun With Hoops (ages 3-10)
Hoop it up with
hula hoop artist JudiAnn Jones. Join us for this high-energy
extravaganza that includes plenty of audience participation.
Drop-in; no registration required.
Saturday, January 24, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Norwich Recreation Department - thank you!
On the Same Page Book Discussion (2nd and 3rd graders, with an adult)
Pick up a copy of Douglas Evans's rollicking tale The Elevator Family
at the Children's Desk. Enjoy it at home together and come back
Monday, January 26th, to discuss the book with other children and
parents and participate in related activities. Space is
limited. Register online or at a library desk. Registration begins January 5.
Monday, January 26, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
4th/5th Book Discussion (4th and 5th graders)
Pick up a copy of the fantasy adventure The Magician's Nephew
by C. S. Lewis at the Children's Desk. Enjoy it at home
and come back Wednesday, January 28, to eat pizza while discussing the
book with other kids and join in some book-related activities.
Space is limited. Register online or at a library desk beginning January 5.
Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Otis Library LEGO© and Lunch Club (ages 3 and up with adult)
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 registration required. Bring your lunch and
enjoy a creative afternoon.
Saturday, January 31, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 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.