July 1 marks the
beginning of a new fiscal year for Otis Library. Normally this is a
convenient vantage point from which to contemplate the year just ended.
However, much space has been devoted to the accomplishments of the Otis
Library during 2013-2014 which makes added commentary at this time almost
superfluous. I emphasize 'almost' because we cannot overlook another
opportunity to thank the public for its support of the library. Thanks
to you, Otis Library remains a vital, engaged community institution.
There is an idiomatic expression some attribute to Lenin, to the effect
that people vote with their feet; they will abandon situations they do
not like by leaving and not returning. Let's turn that on its
metaphorical head, and agree that where Otis Library is concerned people
vote with their feet by visiting the library and returning in large
numbers each year to participate in programs and to utilize services. To
cultivate that sort of loyalty we must pay attention to our public. To
the best of our abilities we weigh the merits of change versus
continuity. At some level we all grapple with the
existential discomfort that change and uncertainty pose. I still believe
that for the foreseeable future books-physical, hard copy books-will
remain an important part of our collections. At the same time there are
undeniable indicators that the public-those our facility serves-want new
ways of accessing information and services, too. They indicate thus in
surveys, anecdotes, and in public forums. It's our job to assess these
suggestions, determine what forms these should take, at what pace change
will proceed and if they fit our mission.
These are not
one-time challenges. During 2014-2015 we will be confronted with new
opportunities-to put it positively-on a regular basis. We will assess
their efficacy and make prudent judgments based on our experience and
understanding of our mission. We will do our best to ensure that Otis
remains an integral part of your lives.
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. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.
Otis Library now has a Notary
Public on site. Please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 100 for more
information or to make an appointment. Restrictions apply.
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
We will be closed on Friday, July 4th.
This month, check out our updated Beach Reads
board for some great new (and older) titles perfect for those hot,sunny days.
Our theme for this month is music, so check out our Music Books
, and New Children's Music
boards. Spark a Reaction
is the teen summer reading theme. Check out the board for
craft ideas and books relating to science, technology, and
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.
Financial Literacy for Teachers & Instructors
Tuesday, July 8, at 10:00 a.m., Otis Library will offer a Financial
Literacy Program for teachers and instructors. The program is
sponsored and presented by Chelsea Groton Bank, and will focus on
improving skills in teaching personal finance topics such as saving,
budgeting, and managing debt. Breakfast will be provided.
Registration is required for this free program. You may
register on the library's online calendar at www.otislibrarynorwich.org, or by calling (860) 889-2365, ext. 128. Each participant will receive a gift card to purchase school supplies.
The Friends of Otis Library News
( Left to Right) Jane Seder, Secretary, Friends of
Otis Library; Cynthia Strouse, Treasurer, Friends of Otis Library;
Robert Farwell, Executive Director of Otis Library; Carol Lahan,
President, Friends of Otis Library; and Deb Froio, Vice President,
Friends of Otis Library.
The Friends of Otis Library held their Annual Meeting on
Wednesday. They presented a check for $6000 to Otis Library. This
will be allocated to collections, children's programming and a
principal payment on the Library's mortgage. Thank you to our Friends!
The Friends of Otis Library 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.
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!
Benedict Arnold Week
July 2 - 12, 2014
In honor of the world premier musical at the Spirit of Broadway
, Benedict Arnold: The Musical
, (showing July 2 - August 3) and the current exhibit at the Slater Museum The Key to Liberty
: Benedict Arnold, An American Hero on Lake Champlain
(on view through August 31, 2014), Otis Library is offering the
following programs, along with the Norwich Historical Society, during
Benedict Arnold Week here in Norwich. In addition, be sure to stop
by the library to see the exhibit of rare books on Benedict Arnold, his
family, and his Norwich connections in our display cases, on view
beginning July 2nd.
Join us for an exciting evening with author David C. King at the Leffingwell House Museum
on Thursday, July 10, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. He will discuss his book Benedict Arnold: The Traitor Within
and his insight on Norwich's infamous son. Copies of his book
will be available for sale and signing. The museum is located at
348 Washington Street. There is a suggested donation of $3.
We will be hosting a free screening of the the 2003 film Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor
on Friday, July 11, at 12:00 p.m. in the Millie & Martin
Community Room. The film tells the story of his important
victories, his resignation from Congress, being coaxed back into service
by George Washington, and his fateful decision.
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Events: Must be in Grade 6 or above to attend.
Teen Summer Reading Program - Spark a Reaction! Due to construction in the library, this summer will be a little bit different than previous years.
We're going to start the programs later in the summer,
ending in early August. Our program runs from Wednesday,
July 2, 2014 -Wednesday, August 6, 2014.
The prize closet opens
on July 1st and all prizes must be redeemed by Friday,
August 1st. Prizes this year will be picked up in the YA
Area. Please see Jennifer at the desk (or if you
have any questions).
All the raffle tickets you've collected by reading will be used towards prize packages that night.
You MUST be present at the finale party to win the prize packages!
Finale Prize: Sony PlayStation 4.
View the exciting schedule of programs
Legendary Locals of Norwich
On Wednesday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m., local author Beryl Fishbone will talk about her new book Legendary Locals of Norwich.
Hear the fascinating stories of unique individuals and groups,
past and present, who have made a lasting impact on Norwich. Free
event. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.
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.
Fizz Boom Create: Three Experiments in Art! (ages nine and up alone; seven and up with adult attending also; registration required)
Thank you, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.
Gyotaku 101: Tuesday, July 8th, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, July 23rd, 3:00 p.m.; Monday, July 28th, 2:30 p.m.; Tuesday, August 12th, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 1st, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, July 9th, 3:00 p.m.;
Thursday, July 24th, 3:00 p.m.; Tuesday, July 29th, 10:30 a.m.; Friday,
August 1st, 10:00 a.m.; Wednesday, August 13th, 6:00 p.m.
Solar-Powered Prints: Thursday,
July 3rd, 2:30 p.m.; Thursday, July 10th, 3:00 p.m.; Tuesday, July
22nd, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 31st, 3:00 p.m.; Monday, August 4th,
2:30 p.m.; Monday, August 11th, 10:30 a.m.
Fizz Boom Read: Book Discussions! Thank you, Andrew Eder.
Secret Chicken Society (ages seven to ten; registration required)
Wednesday, July 2nd, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Science Verse (ages eight and up; registration required) Wednesday,
July 9th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
One Giant Step (ages six to nine; registration required) Wednesday,
July 16th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Infestation (ages nine and up; registration required) Wednesday,
July 23rd, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Bat Scientists (ages nine and up) Wednesday, July 30th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
(up to age eighteen; no registration)
Thank you, Norwich Food Services.
Monday, June 30th, to Friday, August 15th,
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
No service on July 4th.
Einstein Hours (ages five and up; no registration)
Monday through Thursday, beginning Monday, June 30th, and ending Thursday, August 14th, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Scientific Principals: Five Family Science Nights! (all ages, no registration)
Thank you, People's United Bank and Kohl's of Lisbon.
Scott Fein Introduces Creature Teachers! Monday, July 7th, 6:30 p.m.
Rebecca Pellerin Introduces Trash to Tunes! Monday, July 14th, 6:30 p.m.
Abby Dolliver Introduces Sciencetellers! Monday, July 21st, 6:30 p.m.
Jason Foster and Adam Rosenberg Introduce Bending Gravity! Monday,
July 28th, 6:30 p.m.
Sheila Osko Introduces Curious Creatures! Wednesday, August 6th, 6:00 p.m.
Hands-on Science! (ages three to six; adult friends welcome but not required)
Mondays, July 7th, 14th, and 21st, 10:30 a.m.
(ages eight to twelve; registration required)
Thank you, New London County 4H.
Tuesdays, July 8th to August 12th, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Zumba with Mariella (ages four and five; ages six and seven; registration required) Thank you, Mariella.
Tuesdays, July 8th to 29th, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (ages four and five); Thursdays, July 10th to 31st, 3:00 to 4:00 (ages six and seven)
Happy Feet (ages four to six; registration required) Thank you, Diane Elder. Wednesday, July 9th, 10:30 a.m.
Discovery Science (ages three to six, registration required)
Thank you, Norwich Recreation Department.
My Five Senses
Thursday, July 10th, 10:30 a.m.
Don't Burst My Bubble Thursday, July 17th, 10:30 a.m.
Under the Sea Thursday, July 24th, 10:30 a.m.
Crazy Science Thursday, July 31st, 10:30 a.m.
Fridays, Film Days: Five Science/Technology Films! (ages five and up; no registration)
Thank you, Rotary Club of Norwich.
The Iron Giant (Rated PG)
Friday, July 11, 12:30 p.m.
The Lego Movie (Rated PG)
Friday, July 18, 12:30 p.m.
Frozen (Rated PG)
Friday, July 25, 12:30 p.m.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Rated PG)
Friday, August 1, 12:30 p.m.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Rated PG)
Friday, August 8, 12:30 p.m.
Music from Mike! (ages zero to four; older siblings welcome; no registration)
Thank you, Michael Conroy.
Wednesdays, July 16th, 23rd, and 30th; August 6th and 13th, 10:30-11:00 A.M.
(ages eight and up: registration required)
Thank you, Southeastern Regional Action Council.
Monday to Wednesday, August 4th to 6th, 10:30-11:30 a.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.
Follow the Connecticut Authors Trail!
Library will once again be participating in the Connecticut Authors
Trail, a consortium of CT Libraries that will host author events
throughout the summer.
Author Alice Plouchard Stelzer will be speaking and signing copies of her book Female Adventurers: The Women Who
Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut
|Alice Plouchard Stelzer|
, on Monday, July
28, at 6:30p.m. in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.
She will talk about the courageous women who left comfort behind
to face the challenges of building a new home in the New England
The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Lafayette Series, now in its seventh year, will welcome author Kit Reed
on Wednesday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. This program honors the
memory of local science fiction and fantasy fan and writer Jim Lafayette
with appearances by authors of the genre. Norwich native Faye
Ringel, Ph.D., retired Professor of Humanities at the U.S. Coast Guard
Academy, will interview the author.
Kit Reed (Photograph by Gloria Villegas)
Kit Reed's novels include Son of Destruction, The Baby Merchant, and Thinner Than Thou.
Her short stories have been nominated for the Nebula, The World
Fantasy, and the Shirley Jackson awards; her story collections include The Story Until Now: A Great Big Book of Stories and What Wolves Know.
A Guggenheim fellow, she serves as Resident Writer at Wesleyan
University. Her fiction has been described as "American magical
realism." In addition to science fiction for adults and young
adults, she has published mystery, horror, and suspense.
of her books will be available for sale and signing. This program
is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.