| Director's Letter|
February is often
described as the nadir of the year. We've had enough of winter and
spring seems a distant and evanescent mirage. Not so when it comes to
libraries. February harbors two inspiring events that are worth noting
and embracing. February 14 is Library Lovers' Day, a time to celebrate
the things that make a library a special and rewarding place. Libraries
are a refuge from the abstract and concrete distractions of life. They
are also a public space where individuals can engage in civil discourse
without the clatter of competing voices, overwrought arguments and
endless but unenlightening analysis. Whether it is in a book, verbalized
on a CD or envisioned through a DVD, libraries provide a space
for thought and reflection.
Saturday, February 7, is Take Your Child to the Library Day
(TYCLD). It is an international initiative with its antecedents in
Connecticut. TYCLD encourages families everywhere to take their children
to their local library. Launched in 2011 right here in Connecticut by
librarians Nadine Lipman (Waterford Public Library, retired) and Caitlin
Augusta (Stratford Library) with artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, TYCLD
raises community awareness about the importance of the library in the
life of a child and promotes library services and programs for children
and families. To explore but one facet of the connection between
libraries, parents reading and children, consider these exemplary facts:
- Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important
activity leading to language development. Among other things, reading
aloud builds word-sound awareness in children, a potent predictor of
- Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best
activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills, it also builds
motivation, curiosity, and memory. Bardige, B. Talk to Me, Baby! (2009),
Paul H Brookes Pub Co.
- Research shows that the more words parents use when speaking to
an 8-month-old infant, the greater the size of their child's vocabulary
at age 3.
While February may be synonymous with the late winter doldrums, there is plenty to do at Otis Library.
Drop-In Knitting Group
Rows 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.
Quest for Freedom: African Americans in Norwich
Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.
Quest for Freedome: African Americans in Norwich
will be presented on Wednesday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. by Dale
Plummer, who has served as the City Historian of Norwich since
1989. Mr. Plummer has conducted a series of historic and
architectural surveys in downtown Norwich, Jail Hill, Laurel Hill, and
Warren Hill. In the course of his research, he has been impressed by the
contributions of African Americans to Norwich from the earliest days to
the present. He will share some of his thoughts on the role of the
black community of Norwich in seeking freedom and equal rights. Mr.
Plummer has a Masters Degree in History from the University of
Connecticut and has taught at Mitchell College and the University of
Hartford. Free and open to the public.
The Friends of Otis Library News
The Friends are continuing to accept donations of
gently used books for their upcoming book sale. You may drop off
donations, two bags at a time, to the Front Desk. Please, no
textbooks, encyclopedias, or magazines. Thank you
for your continued support!
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
Sponsored by The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.
Library is offering "Introduction to Yoga" classes for teens and adults
on Monday evenings in February (except 2/16) 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.
|Programs for Adults
Changing Minds Book Club
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! Call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128,
for more information.
Lunch and Learn
The Edward and Mary Lord Community Speaker Series
"Create Art with Faith": Thursday, February 5, 12:00 p.m.
Faith Satterfield, a UK trained
illustrator and muralist with a background in Fine Art, will lead a
healing art class that will include a talk, an art lesson creating
images with paint and tape, and lunch. Faith teaches Drawing and Web Design classes at an after-school enrichment program at Norwich Public Schools. In August 2013, she
painted a 1000 sq. ft. mural on the side of the Spirit of Broadway
Theater in 24 hours as a gift to the City of Norwich and to raise money
for charity. As a result of that experience, she began a business,
Murals by Faith, offering services to paint murals in private homes,
businesses and local schools, as well as continuing to create charity
murals a part of the Urban Renewal in the City of Norwich. She
also has taught art classes at Artreach in Norwich. Faith is an
artist involved in inspiring and improving the community, enjoying every
project that comes her way. Lunch is provided. Registration is required for this free program. You may register on our online calendar or call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.
The Changing Minds Book Club will meet in
the Meeting Room on Wednesday, February 11, at 5:00 p.m. The group
will be discussing The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison.
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, February 14, 7:30 p.m., Rated R
The latest film from writer-director John Carney (Once
), Begin Again
is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and
make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her
long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and
songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with
a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt
Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her
world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced
record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village
stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this
chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually
transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New
4th Friday Films at Otis Library
Get On UpFriday, February 27, 6:00 p.m., Rated PG-13Otis LibrarySponsored by the Rotary Club of Norwich
Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in this biopic from Universal Studios and director Tate Taylor (The Help
From a childhood spent in poverty to his emergence as the Godfather of
Soul, Brown's incredible life story is one of talent, determination,
and perseverance. Brian Grazer, Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman, and
Erica Huggins produce a film co-penned in part by Jez and John-Henry
Butterworth (Fair Game).
George W. Bush's Economic PolicyInvisible Ink: A Year of Notable but Neglected Fiction
Mayer, Jr., Professor of Economics and Political Science at Three
Rivers Community College, will discuss George W. Bush's economic policy
on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Millie and Martin Shapiro
Community Room. He will give an objective presentation,
discussing both President Bush's achievements and failures, and the
subprime mortgage crisis. This program is free and open to the
public. Professor Mayer has a Master's Degree in Economics from
Kansas State University and has taught at Three Rivers Community
College for 11 years.
New Date: Saturday, February 28, 1:00 p.m.
Sponsored by The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.
one-year book club series, part of The Edward and Mary Lord Community
Speaker Series, 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, February 28, 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. For more information, call (860) 889-2365,
The Job Hunters Workshop
February 28 - April 11, 2015
Six Sessions of Career Building
Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.
Sponsored by The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation
to take control of your job hunt by developing your resume, mastering
interview skills, learning to dress to impress and learning new ways to
network and market yourself in today's economy.
February 28 Resume Building and Interview Skills
March 7 Informational Interviewing
March 14 No class
March 21 Networking
March 28 Self-Marketing
April 4 Resume Critiques
April 11 Social Media/LinkedIn 101
Please register by calling (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or you may register on the Otis Library calendar. Attendance at all six sessions is strongly encouraged. Free and open to the public.
and Dannika Avent are Eastern Connecticut State University Alums and
owners of The Main Avent Group, Inc. Ashon has an Masters of
Business Administrtion from Albertus Magnus College and is an
Operations Manager for Hartford Public Schools. Dannika has an Masters
of Art in Industrial Organization Psychology from the University of New
Haven, and is an Associate Director at Yale University. The Avents have a
wealth of knowledge and experience in leadership, education,
professional development, human resources and business management.
Moreover, the Avents have honed their skills through completion of
extensive training in leadership and management at Harvard (Ashon) and
Yale (Dannika) Universities.
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Events: Must be in Grade 6 or above to attend.
Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
Sponsored by The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.
Otis Library is offering "Introduction to
Yoga" classes for teens and adults on Monday evenings in February
(except 2/16) 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.
Financial Fitness for Teens: Tuesday, February 24,
the importance of saving, how to open a bank account, the different
kinds of accounts, and tips for becoming financially fit.
Presented by Pam Days-Luketich from Chelsea Groton Bank.
Refreshments provided. Free event; no registration required.
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.
A Silly Song Sing-along (family show)
This program is sponsored by the Norwich Recreation Department- thank you!
Sing, dance, and jump to
popular children's classics with Edward Leonard, his guitars, drums,
& bag full of musical surprises. Join us for this musical fun on
"Take Your Child to the Library Day 2015!" No registration required.
Saturday, February 7, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Mother Goose & More (ages zero to 23 months)
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, February 2, 9, 23, 10:30 a.m. (program); 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (playgroup)
Toddler Storytime (ages 2-3, with adult)
Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a simple craft with your child! Space is limited; register now.
Tuesdays, February 3, 10, 17, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)
enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft while their grownups wait in
the Children's Department. Space is limited; register now.
Thursdays, February 5, 12, 19, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
The Boxtrolls (rated PG)
Made possible by the Rotary Club of Norwich - thank you!
trolls raise an orphaned boy who helps them fight back against an evil
exterminator and make peace with the fearful residents of a
Victorian-era town. Enjoy this animated movie on an early-release
date for Norwich Public Schools. No registration required.
Thursday, February 12, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Drop-In Valentine's Day Craft (ages 3 & up)
in with your child and help them make a unique "Butterfly Valentine"
complete with a lollipop! No registration required.
Friday, February 13, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Recipe for Success (ages 8-11)
Made possible by the generosity of Attorney Bart Sayet and Ms. Lori Lindfors - thank you!
you like grilled cheese sandwiches and pizza, you're going to love this
fun-filled program. Learn how to make grilled cheese pizza!
Related activities complete the fun! Space is limited; register
beginning January 26th.
Saturday, February 14, 11:00 a.m. - noon.
ˇColorín Colorado! (ages 4 & up) Thank you Ms. Rosa!
Spanish through stories and activities! Ms. Rosa will lead us in
this bilingual adventure. Spanish and English speakers are equally
welcome. No registration required.
Pop-Up Studio (Grades 3-5)
This program is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut - thank you!
Mystic Arts Center presents: Pop-Up Studio for children in grades 3-5. Listen to the story Tar Beach,
written and illustrated by Faith Ringgold. Create your own story
quilts inspired by the author using your own autobiographical
stories! Registration is required. Registration opens
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (rated PG)
This program is made possible by the Rotary Club of Norwich - thank you!
Viorst's acclaimed children's book is brought to the big screen.
This tale recounts a day in the life of a grumpy young boy who has
everything go wrong, all in one day! Enjoy this movie during the
winter break of the Integrated Day Charter School. No registration
Thursday, February 19, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Otis Library LEGO© and Lunch Club (ages 3 and up with adult)
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! No registration required. Bring
your lunch and enjoy a creative afternoon.
Saturday, February 21, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Bella (All Ages) - Thank you, Ms. Pepin
Visit and read to our very favorite therapy pug, Bella. No registration required.
Saturday, February 21, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
On the Same Page Book Discussion (2nd and 3rd graders with an adult)
Parks just loves her new home, her new teaching job, and all her new
students, but most of all, she loves Autumn, her perfect little
kitten. Then one night, during a terrible storm, Autumn runs
away. With the help of her students, Miss Parks unravels the
mystery of Autumn's disappearance and finds true love along the way,
Polacco style. Pick up a copy of Patricia Polacco's heartwarming
tale For The Love of Autumn at the Children's Desk, enjoy it at
home together and come back Monday, February 23, to discuss the book
with other children and parents and participate in related
activities. Space is limited; register beginning February
Monday, February 23, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
4th/5th Book Discussion (4th and 5th graders)
Pick up a copy of the mystery book Hold Fast
by Blue Balliett at the Children's Desk. Enjoy the book at home
then come back for pizza, discussions and book-related activities.
With her signature singular love of language and sense of mystery,
Balliett weaves a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago
streets to the darkest corner of the public library on an unforgettable
hunt for deep truths and a reunited family. Space is
limited. Register beginning February 2.
Wednesday, February 25, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Zumba Kids (ages 3-10)
Sponsored by the Norwich Recreation Department - thank you!
your way to a healthy body and positive outlook! Katie Sandberg
will lead us in this popular activity. Please wear comfortable
clothing and sneakers.
Registration is requested. Registration opens February 2.
Saturday, February 28, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
"Traveling Reflection Banner of Hope and Recovery," on display for the
month of February in our media area, is a creative expression giving
voice to individuals who are living in recovery with mental health and
addiction issues. Proposed and supported as a project of the Faith
Initiative in Recovery Services at the Southeastern Mental Health
Authority, this banner represents a wide variety of personal experiences
related to life and the spiritual journeys associated with healing
and recovery. The central artistic image was created by members of a
local creative art group. The surrounding poems, the expressive words
of encouragement, hope, pain and inspiration, and the supporting
artistic images were added by individuals throughout New London County
who were invited to help create this inspirational and educational
"Traveling Banner of Hope and Recovery."
more information, or to request display of this "Traveling Banner,"
please contact Jeff Montague, Coordinator of the Faith Initiative in
Recovery Services at 860-859-4608 or Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.