So far, 2014 could
easily be called the "Winter of Endless Ice and Snow." Even those of us
who enjoy colder temperatures have reached a point where the aesthetic
impact of a pristine snowfall has lost its charm. While the weather
conditions have inhibited many activities and played havoc with school
schedules and occasionally Library hours, the Library has continued to
provide programs and activities that attract large and enthusiastic
films in collaboration with Norwich Community Cinema, the Rows City
Knitters (our Friday drop-in knitting group), and he recent Chinese New
Year celebration exemplify the diversity of programs that make Otis a
center of community activity.
In the very near future I will be able to report on one exemplary measure of Otis Library's importance to the city of Norwich. It
is a significant achievement that reflects the impact of the Library on
its community and, conversely, results from the public's use of, and
affinity for, our programs and services. I look forward to sharing this
exciting news with you!
Friends of Otis Library News
your calendars! The Friends of Otis Library will be holding their
semi-annual book sale on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.;
Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; and Sunday, April 27,
from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. They are continuing to accept
donations of gently used books for their book sale. You may drop
off donations, two bags at a time, to the Circulation Desk. For
larger donations, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 100. Please, no
textbooks, encyclopedias, or magazines. Thank you for your
Friends of Otis Library are putting
together a cookbook, and they are looking for your favorite
recipes! Please email them to Debbie Froio, FOL Cookbook
Chairperson at email@example.com OR leave them at the Library's front
desk. Typed submissions are preferred, but handwritten ones will
be accepted as long as they are legible. Please include your name and
contact information on the recipe. Thank you!
March with Otis Library in the Norwich Saint Patrick's Day Parade!
Library will be marching in the 1st Annual Norwich Saint Patrick's Day
Parade in Downtown Norwich! The parade is scheduled for Sunday,
March 9, at 1:00 p.m., and will kick off at Otis Library. We would
love to have our patrons march with us! Come at noon to create a
craft to carry in the parade. If you would like to be part of our
crew, please register on our online calendar,
or call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128. If you would like to learn more about the parade, please visit www.norwichparade.com.
Drop-In Knitting GroupThe 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
Tue, Thur & Fri:
10AM - 5PM
10AM - 3PM
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
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.
First Fridays in Norwich
Norwich First Friday is a collaborative
effort between the galleries, theaters and other organizations in the
downtown area. They strive to provide residents and visitors with a
fun, exciting and original experience each month. Visit their new
website www.firstfriday norwich.com
to learn more.
Folklore of the British Isles
Otis Library will host the program Understanding the Terrible Through the Fantastic: Death, Disease, and Disappearance in the Folklore of the British Isles on Monday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Millie & Martin Shapiro Community Room.
is an unavoidable part of life, and no human is exempt from it, no
matter his or her time period, geographic location, or social and
economic status. The most obvious is death, the great equalizer, and its
mysterious companion, disappearance.
All humans are touched by illness and physical defect during the span
of their lives, whether in their own bodies or those of the people
around them. To explain these occurrences, the peoples of Ireland,
Scotland, England, Wales, and the Isle of Man spun tales of malevolent
witches and fairies. They did this because in various ways, the tales
provided much-needed explanations for the inexplicable, comfort and
hope, and allowed those affected to cope with tragedy.
This free program will be presented by Leah Farrell from the Connecticut Library Consortium in Middletown, CT. Leah has a BA from Hampshire College and a Masters of Library and Information Science from University of Rhode Island. For more information, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.
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., beginning March 12. Please
call the Reference Department at 860-889-2365, ext. 109, for additional
information or to make an appointment.
Library has a Notary Public on site. Please call (860) 889-2365,
ext. 100 for more information or to make an appointment.
You may register for our Children's Programs via our online calendar.
Fairy tales are our inspiration for March! Join us for fairy tale films, a shadow puppet workshop, and The Reluctant Dragon, a puppet show from Lionheart Puppet Company, as well as storytimes and other great programs!
Family Yoga (ages four and up)
Yoga instructor Ricky Snide, from 'A Peace of Space' Yoga Co-op, will guide us through this fun and relaxing practice. No experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing. Mats provided, or bring your own. No registration required this month.
Saturday, March 1, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Hooray for Dr. Seuss! (ages three and up)
the 110th birthday of the great American author and illustrator with
songs, games, the Sneeches and - of course - the Cat in the Hat!
Drop-in, no registration necessary.
Saturday, March 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Sleeping Bears Story Time (ages two and three)
lighthearted stories and an opportunity to learn rhymes and fingerplays
with your child. Space is limited, and registration is required. Mondays, March 3, 10, and 17, 10:30-11:00 a.m.English Playground (ages two and up)
Parents, grandparents, sitters - help your children learn English! Listen t
stories, sing, and play together. You can come on Monday
afternoons, or Friday mornings, or both. You are asked to sign up
for this class. Please sign up by calling 860-889-2365 and asking
for the Children's Room, or by visiting the Children's Room.
Mondays, March 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Fridays, March 7, 14 ,and 28, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.First Friends: Rhyme Time and Play Group (ages zero to two)
30 minutes of rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and other activities for the
very young, then stay (or not) for a one-hour open play group.
Older siblings are welcome! Drop-in; no registration required.
Tuesdays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (Rhyme Time) and
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Play Group)Mother Goose Asks Why (ages three to five)This free program is made possible by a grant from People's United Bank.
picture books and activities that will engage your child's interest and
encourage his or her curiosity about the natural world. Based on a
curriculum from the Vermont Center for the Book. Space is
limited, and registration is required.
Thursdays, March 6 and 13, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.Report Magic! (ages eight and up)
Learn how to make an attractive cover sheet, and find and insert great photos and graphics into your school reports.
Drop-in; no registration necessary.
Thursday, March 6, 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. The Village of Basketeers (ages five and up)
Join us for a reading of Linda Gene Raymond's charming tale, The Village of Basketeers
, and a weaving activity to follow. Drop-in; no registration necessary.
Saturday, March 8, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
St. Patrick's Day Parade (all ages)
Library will be marching in the 1st Annual Norwich Saint Patrick's Day
Parade in Downtown Norwich! The parade will kick off at Otis
Library. Come early to create a craft to carry in the
parade. If you would like to be part of our crew, please register
on our online calendar at www.otislibrarynorwich.org
or call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.
Sunday, March 9, 12:00 p.m. (craft); 1:00 p.m. (parade starts)Shadow Puppet Workshop (ages seven and up)This free program is made possible through the generosity of Patricia Kelleher.
puppeteer Matthew Leonard, who holds a BFA in Puppet Arts from the
University of Connecticut, will lead this workshop. Participants
will learn the basics of shadow puppet construction and performance and
how to make a simple shadow screen of their own using common household
items. Space is limited, and registration is required.
Registration opens March 1.
Saturday, March 15, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.Biscuits with Bella (all ages)
the lovely Miss Bella, therapy pug, for refreshments and conversation -
then read her a story, if you wish! Drop-in; no registration
Saturday, March 15, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.Fairy Tale Film Festival (ages six and up)Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Norwich.
classic tales of magic and mazes, curses and castles. Popcorn
will be served, of course! All dates are early release dates for
Norwich Public Schools. Screen time is 2:00 p.m. Drop-in; no
registration necessary.Howl's Moving Castle
(2004), Thursday, March 20Ella Enchanted
(2004), Tuesday, March 25Labyrinth
(1986), Wednesday, March 26Enchanted
(2007), Thursday, March 27Otis Library LEGO© Club (ages four and up)
This activity is supported by the Norwich Recreation Department.
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! Space is limited and registration is required.
Registration opens March 8.
Saturday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.The Princess and the Frog (ages five and up) This performance is made possible by Sunrise Rotary.
Join us for frog activities, a cup of swampy punch, and a viewing of The Princess and the Frog
(2009), an animated fairy tale set in Jazz Age New Orleans. Drop-in; no registration required.
Saturday, March 22, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.On The Same Page Book Club (ages seven and eight, with adult friends/relatives)
home, enjoy a family reading of a fairy tale book. Come to the
library to share ideas about the book, and activities based on it.
Copies of the book are available in the Children's Department
Space in the book discussion is limited, and registration is
Registration opens March 3.
Monday, March 24, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.The Reluctant Dragon Puppet Show (ages four and up)This free program is made possible through the generosity of Patricia Kelleher.
a young village boy, discovers a dragon in the mountains. Can he
convince the villagers that the dragon just wanted to be friends?
Lionheart Puppet Company presents this colorful adaption of Kenneth
Grahame's fairy tale. Drop-in; no registration required.
Saturday, March 29, 1:00 p.m.
Otis Library will host a Writers Workshop series the 1st and 3rd
Saturdays of March, April, and May, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The bi-weekly monthly meetings in a small, personal environment will motivate and support the writer.
workshop, facilitated by writing instructor Mary Lu Higgins, will
provide a short lecture, a creative exercise, discussion and positive
Both new and experienced writers are welcome.
Free program; registration is required.
To register, visit the library calendar at www.otislibrarynorwich.org
, or call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.
Book Discussions for Adults
informal, peer-led discussions are free and open to the public;
refreshments are provided. Copies of the books are available to
borrow at the Library's Circulation Desk. For more information,
call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.
Changing Minds Book Club
Wednesday, March 12, 5:00 p.m.
The group will be discussing A Different Kind of Normal by Cathy Lamb.
Evening Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.
This month's selection is The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.
|Otis Library and Norwich Community Cinema
12 Years a Slave
Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Rated R
Based on an incredible true story of one
man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United
States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor
a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into
slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner,
portrayed by Michael Fassbender
as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay
alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his
unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian
abolitionist (Brad Pitt
) will forever alter his life.
Dallas Buyers Club
Friday, March 28, 6:00 p.m., Rated R
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Norwich
Matthew McConaughey headlines director Jean-Marc Vallée's
biographical drama centering on the story of Ron Woodroof, a Texas
electrician who was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and who
subsequently devoted his life to providing fellow HIV patients with
non-FDA-approved drugs and supplements during an era when doctors were
still struggling to understand the devastating disease. Defying his
surprise death sentence, Woodroof set out to procure any and all
non-toxic alternative HIV treatments available and established a
"buyers club" to provide the treatments to others afflicted with the
disease. However, that mission quickly made him a target for both the
U.S. medical establishment and the pharmaceutical industry, both of
which resented his defiance of government sanctions and joined forces
to shut down his operation by any means necessary.