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Newsletter                                     August 2014
Director's Letter

Dear Library Members,

Last week Norwich Public Utilities and our library consortium executed their parts of the work necessary to install fiber optic cable for the public computers. When completed, this will enhance the speed and use of our public computers and reflects one of several innovations that together comprise the remodeling of the Library's first floor. Among other changes, we are installing Microsoft Office on our public computers as well as a program that will allow Library members to print remotely from their tablets, laptops, smartphones and even from home! In addition, a new vending module allows the public to prepay for their copies. At the newly extended front desk, a self-checkout unit will allow members on a tight schedule to quickly borrow materials.


 As a whole, we can celebrate these changes as part of our commitment to providing the public with the best services and resources possible. We look forward to introducing these changes to Norwich's residents.


Robert Farwell

Executive Director       


Please note that on Wednesday, August 6, public computers will be down from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for upgrades.  In addition, there will be limited circulation desk functions available.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Thank you for your patience!

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.


Technology Classes
Feeling 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. 


In This Issue
"The Big Bang Theory" Tivia Night
Friends of Otis Library News
Saving for College
Teen Happenings
Programs for Children and Families
School Uniforms
Naturalization Information Session
One Book, One Region Book Discussion
Songs of the Civil War
Summer Hours
Mon, Wed:  
10AM - 8PM
Tue, Thur & Fri:
10AM - 5PM
Closed on Saturdays in July and August

Stay Connected:
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.

"The Big Bang Theory" Trivia Night!

How well do you know Sheldon Cooper?  Test your knowledge at our after-hours trivia night for teens and adults!  Join us on Friday, August 1, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. for trivia, refreshments, and prizes.  Free event; no registration required.  
Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.
The Friends of Otis Library News
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

The 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!       


Educational Seminar: Saving for College

Robert Fradette, Financial Consultant for Chelsea Groton Bank, will present an educational program for parents on saving for your child's education.  Join us in the Children's Department on Tuesday, August 5, at 3:00 p.m. for this informative program.  Free event; no registration required.
Sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.


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

New England Tech Visit:  Monday, August 4,
12:30 p.m.

New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island will be visiting to provide a fun and interactive workshop on STEM related careers and a hands-on college experience!  Get to know your options about the technology field.  Snacks provided.  Join us in the Community Room.

Edible DNA:  Tuesday, August 5, 1:30 p.m.
Create a strand of DNA out of marshmallows and Twizzlers at 1:30 p.m. in the Young Adult Room.



Spark A Reaction Finale:  Wednesday, August 6, 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate the end of the summer reading program in the Community Room.  Get your picture drawn by caricature artist Elaine Mills.  Eat great food and enter to win prizes.  Remember to bring your raffle tickets!

Teen Movie Afternoon - Divergent:  Wednesday, August 20,  1:00 p.m.
Watch Tris choose her future faction and try to make a place for herself in a new world.  Join us for movie and dessert in the Community Room.
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Norwich.

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.

Norwich Public Schools - Otis Library Collaborative Summer Reading Program is made possible through the generosity of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.  Read and receive recognition!  Details available at Otis Library. 


Healthy Lunch! 

(up to age eighteen; no registration)  

Thank you, Norwich Food Services.  

Enjoy a nutritious and delicious lunch every weekday, free of charge.  No registration required. 

Monday, June 30th, to Friday, August 15th,  

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   



Fizz Boom Create:  Three Experiments in Art!

(ages nine and up alone; seven and up with adult attending also)

Thank you, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut!

Peacock Patterns

Create intricate "feathered" designs on paper using paint suspended on a seaweed solution (yes, really!) and combs.  Space is limited, and registration is required.

Friday, August 1, 10:00 a.m.; Wednesday, August 13, 6:00 p.m.

Solar-Powered Prints

Paint fabric with heat-reactive dyes, then expose to the hot summer sunlight for a unique wall hanging or pillow cover.  Space is limited, and registration is required.

Monday, August 4, 2:30 p.m.; Monday, August 11, 10:30 a.m.

Gyotaku 101

Make striking images of fish, frogs, and turtles using this Japanese printmaking technique.  Space is limited, and registration is required.

Tuesday, August 12, 10:30 a.m.    


Einstein Hours (ages five and up)

Tangram stories?  Paper airplane challenges?  Giant bubbles?  Synthetic polymers, made by you?  Stop by for an ever-changing assortment of hands-on activities, cool crafts, and games led by our awesome Teen Leaders.

Monday to Thursday, from June 30 to August 14, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.



Scientific Principals:  Family Science Night (all ages)

Thank you, People's United Bank and Kohl's of Lisbon.

Watch science come alive at the hands of great presenters, introduced by great administrators from the Norwich Public Schools.  No registration required.

Sheila Osko Introduces Curious Creatures!

The Director of Language and Translation Services introduces Curious Creatures, bringing you exotic live animals and great tips on keeping them happy and healthy!

Wednesday, August 6, 6:00 p.m.  


STEM-tastic!  (ages eight to twelve)

Thank you, UCONN Extension Service and New London County 4-H.

Engage in hands-on activities combining the fun of reading with science, technology, math and engineering, presented by our friends from the New London County 4-H.  Space is limited, and registration is required.

Tuesdays, August 5 and 12, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Fridays, Film Days:  Science/Technology Films!

Thank you, Rotary Club of Norwich.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Rated PG)

An inventor and a brainy weather girl attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has stopped,  and food falls from the sky instead.

Friday, August 1, 12:30 p.m.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Rated PG)

In this animated movie sequel, Flink Lockwood is invited to work at Live Corp Company and use his gift for invention for the good of mankind.  However, he soon discovers that his water-to-food machine has gone haywire.

Friday, August 8, 12:30 p.m.


Music from Mike!  (ages zero to four; older siblings welcome)

Mike Conroy and his guitar are back with a cheerful selection of traditional songs for young children.  Be ready to sing and dance!  No registration required.

Wednesdays, August 6 and 13, 10:30-11:00 a.m.


STEP UP!  (ages eight and up)  

Thank you, Southeastern Regional Action Council.

The Southeastern Regional Action Council and the Statewide Tobacco Education Program (STEP) make a healthy lifestyle understandable to kids through fun activities.  Join them on all three days for a memorable experience.  Space is limited, and registration is required.

Monday to Wednesday, August 4 to 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.


Songs of the Civil War (all ages)

Join us for a family concert with Connecticut Singer/Songwriter Rick Spencer as he performs the Greatest Hits of the Civil War!  Mr. Spencer is known internationally for his work as a historian, researcher, singer, songwriter and performer of music in the American folk tradition.  Free event in the Children's Department; no registration required.   

Friday, August 22, 1:00 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.
Naturalization Information Session

Interested in the U.S. Citizenship process? Learn more about it on Monday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Join Wayne Seagrave, Connecticut's Community Relations Officer for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as he discusses the naturalization process for legal permanent residents and interested naturalization applicants.  Free event; no registration required.   


One Book, One Region

Susan Topping, Instructor of Humanities at Three Rivers Community College, will lead a discussion of the One Book, One Region selection for 2014, The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball on Monday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m.   Join us in the Meeting Room for great conversation and refreshments!  Free event; no registration required.  Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.


Songs of the Civil War

Join us on Friday, August 22 at 1:00 p.m. for a family concert with Connecticut Singer/Songwriter Rick Spencer as he performs the Greatest Hits of the Civil War!  Mr. Spencer is known internationally for his work as a historian, researcher, singer, songwriter and performer of music in the American folk tradition.  Free event in the Children's Department; no registration required.  Sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of America, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


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