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Newsletter                                      July 2014
Director's Letter

Dear Library Members,

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.


Robert Farwell

Executive Director       





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.  Free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.


Notary Public

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.

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
Financial Literacy for Teachers & Instructors
Friends of Otis Library News
Benedict Arnold Week
Teen Happenings
Legendary Locals of Norwich
Programs for Children and Families
School Uniforms
Connecticut Authors Trail
The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy
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10AM - 8PM
Tue, Thur & Fri:
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Closed on Saturdays in July and August

We will be closed on Friday, July 4th. 

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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 board, Music, 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 steampunk.

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.

Financial Literacy for Teachers & Instructors

On 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, 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 y
ou 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

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!     


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 LibertyBenedict 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 Shapiro 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.

Click here for a full listing of all the exciting events happening in Norwich!


Teen Happenings
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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.

Peacock Patterns: 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. 


Healthy Lunch!

(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)


child-ballet-shoes.jpg 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.


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.
Follow the Connecticut Authors Trail!

Otis 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
Alice Plouchard Stelzer
Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut, 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 wilderness.  

To learn more, check out 
The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy

The 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 (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.

Copies of her books will be available for sale and signing.  This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

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