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Newsletter                              September 2014
Director's Letter

Dear Library Members,

Articles more or less dedicated to the theme of "what will libraries become?" have garnered considerable attention in the recent past. It is a query that arises periodically and always provokes a flurry of comments. Publications as disparate as the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and the Chronicle of Higher Education have framed that question in recent articles, and the American Library Association on LinkedIn currently has a thread devoted to the topic. There's a wide range of prognostications, some envisioning book-free facilities (there are a few, which precipitates arguments over what constitutes a library) and others equally certain that paper and hard copy texts are unlikely to be dislodged as the preeminent means of preserving and sharing information. Some of the debate is decidedly arcane.


For Otis Library, what it will become depends on a number of variables. Funding, technologies, vision and community needs are among the most salient factors. Paper remains integral to our collection. There is strong demand for all types of new paper materials, fiction and non-fiction and despite prodigious efforts to digitize information everything is not available "on line" and it is absolutely not all free. At the same time there is no question that many information sources, especially those in the reference category, are accessible in electronic form and access is no longer the exclusive preserve of reference librarians. Use of electronic books (e-books) and audio books grows each year; there is a significant demand for better public computers and wireless Internet access.


Our mandate is to assess all of these factors and more  to determine what we need to provide to you, the public, and what balance we strike between traditional services and information formats and the new, innovative and alluring. Our current remodeling addresses many of these challenges. That does not equate with resting on our laurels. Even as we look forward to completing this project we will continue to plan and innovate to meet your changing expectations.

Robert Farwell

Executive Director       


Please note that Otis Library will be closed on September 9, 10 and 11, to relocate furnishings and install 33 new computers.  Programs and Meeting Room uses originally scheduled for those days will proceed as scheduled; however, the library will not be open to the public.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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.



In This Issue
Friends of Otis Library News
Passport to CT Libraries
Programs for Children and Families
Teen Happenings
Programs for Adults
School Uniforms
Mon, Wed:  
10AM - 8PM
Tue, Thur & Fri:
10AM - 5PM
10AM - 3PM

Closed Monday, September 1 for
Labor Day.
Closed September 9, 10, and 11 for renovations. 

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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.

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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

Mark you calendars!  The Friends of Otis Library Semi-Annual Book Sale will take place on the following dates:  Friday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 18, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; and Sunday, October 19, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  There will be a preview sale on Friday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. for a fee of $10. 

book-stacks-colorful.jpg The Friends are continuing to accept donations of gently used books.  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!       


Passport to CT Libraries

The Connecticut Library Association is proud to sponsor the first Passport to CT Libraries program, running in 87 participating public libraries from September 2nd through September 30th. Based on the Wine Trail Passport Program in CT, this program will run during Library Card Sign Up Month in September. The program is open to both adults and children. The objective is to build awareness of the value of the card as well as encouraging residents to explore the amazing diversity of our public libraries. Every participating library will offer a Passport to their patrons, that each patron will take to any participating library to be stamped and receive a small gift. At the end of the month, patrons will turn in their passports to any participating library to be entered in two drawings: Most Libraries Visited and one Random Drawing for all participants. The drawing will be for two adult prizes of $150.00 each and two children's (under 18) of $100.00 each.  You can view a list of the participating libraries here.


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.

Family Yoga (ages 5 to 11, with adult; and 12 and up, no adult required)
This free program is made possible by the Norwich Recreation Department.
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.  Registration is requested.  Registration opens August 15.
Saturday, September 6, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Summer Reading Finale:  Parochial, Charter, Homeschooled, and Out-of-town Students (ages 6 and up)
This free program is made possible by the Community Foundation of Eastern boy-reading-magic.jpg Connecticut.
Great work!  All students who participated in the FIZZ BOOM READ summer program and who are not attending Norwich Public Schools are invited to a pizza party, with a raffle to determine the winner of a Kindle and $25 Amazon gift certificate.  Registration requested.  Registration opens August 15.
Saturday, September 6, 12:00 p.m.

¡Viva México! (ages 5 and up)
Join us for hands-on activities celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Mexico.  Drop in anytime between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. for a treat, a game, and a craft - no registration required.
Saturday, September 13, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

¡Colorín Colorado! (ages 4 and up)

Explore Spanish through stories and activities!  Rosa Sanchez will lead us in this bilingual adventure.  Spanish and English speakers are equally welcome.  Bus fare reimbursement will be made to participating families - please see Ms. Sanchez or the Children's Services Librarian for details.   

Saturday, September 13, 20, 27, 2:00 p.m.  


Sunny Day Stories (ages 2-3, with adult)

Enjoy simple stories and an opportunity to learn rhymes with your child.  Space is limited, and registration is requested.  Registration opens September 2.

Mondays, September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.


Fachild-playing-leaves.jpglling Leaf Stories (ages 3-5)

Songs, rhymes, crafts, and - as always - the very best in children's picture books!  Adults are asked to wait in the Children's Department while their children participate in the storytime.  Registration is requested.  Registration opens September 2.

Thursdays, September 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 10:30 a.m.   




Muppets Most Wanted (all ages)

Made possible by the Rotary Club of Norwich

Join the Muppets on a world tour!  September 18 is an early-release date for Norwich Public Schools.  No registration required.

Thursday, September 18, 1:30 p.m.


Otis Library LEGO© Club (ages 4 and up)

Attention, 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 requested.  Registration opens September 2.
Saturday, September 20, 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

¡Viva el Perύ! (ages 5 and up)

Explore the ancient culture of Perύ through a traditional sweet, a game of Sapo, and a clay craft.  Drop in anytime between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. - no registration required.

Saturday, September 20, 12:30 p.m.


Visit us in Mohegan Park on Family Day!

Sunday, September 21, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


First Friends (ages zero and up)

Enjoy 30 minutes of rhymes, songs, and other activities for the very young, then stay (or not ) for a one-hour play group.   Older siblings are welcome!  No registration required.

Tuesdays, September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m. (program);

11:00 a.m. (playgroup)


¡Viva España! (ages 5 and up)

Fresh fruit sauce on pound cake, a fan craft, and a game of chapas (bottle cap toss) - drop in anytime between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. to take part in these and other activities from Spain!  No registration required.

Saturday, September 27, 12:30 p.m.  




On the Same Page Book Discussion (ages 7-8, with adult friends/relatives)

Pick up a copy of Margaret Ruurs' My Librarian is a Camel:  How Books are Brought to Children Around the World, at the Children's Desk, and enjoy it at home.  Come in on September 29 to discuss the books with other children and parents and participate in related activities.  Space is limited, and registration is requested.  Registration opens September 2.

Monday, September 29, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  




Please note that we will be closed for renovations on September 9, 10, and 11. 

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

Apple Dessert:  Monday, September 15, 6:30 p.m.
Join us in the YA Room for a delicious snack of Caramel Apple Dessert Nachos with apple slices, chocolate and caramel.

Teen Movie Night - Captain America: The Winter Soldier  Wednesday, September 17, 6:
00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Norwich. 
Steve Rogers continues his journey as the super-powered American soldier who's grasping to find his place in a modern world after being frozen in ice since WWII.  The movie starts at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Rated PG-13.

Middle School Book Club:  Monday, September 22,
6:30 p.m.

We will discuss The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen.  An orphan is forced into a twisted game with deadly stakes.  Choose to lie . . . or choose to die.  To unify the divided people, a nobleman of the court devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince.  Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage.  Talk about the book over dessert.

Game Afternoon - Pictureka:  Tuesday, September 23, 3:00 p.m.
Come play Pictureka and test your memory!  Join us in the YA Room from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

New England Tech Visit:  Monday, September 29,
6:30 p.m.

New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island will be visiting to talk about STEM-related careers including Video Game Design, Cyber Security, Graphic and Web Design, and more.  Get to know your options about the technology field.  Join us in the Community Room starting at 6:30 p.m.

Programs for Adults

Changing Minds Book Club
The Changing Minds Book Club will meet in the Meeting Room on Wednesday, September 10, at 5:00 p.m.  The group will be discussing Henry's Sisters by Cathy Lamb.  Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Circulation Desk.  Free and open to the public.  For more information, call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

wire-bound-pad.jpg Writing Group
Otis Library will host a Writers Group the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month 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.  Both new and experienced writers are welcome.  Free program; registration is required.  Register on the calendar here, or call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

One Book, One Region 2014
Kristin Kimball, author of The Dirty Life, eastern Connecticut's 2014 One Book, One Region choice, will appear at Ledyard High School, 24 Gallup Hill Rd., in Ledyard, CT, on Saturday, September 13, at 10:00 a.m.  Kristen will discuss her book and answer questions in the auditorium.  She will be available to meet and sign books in the AgriScience & Technology wing where there will be books to buy, agricultural centered demonstrations, information and animals to meet!

All are invited to this free event which was made possible by a grant from Connecticut Humanities to host a community reading event focused on the topic of work.  This year's book exposes the exhausting, dangerous and rewarding work farm life entails.  For more information, visit


4th Friday Films
We will show the drama/comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel on Friday, September 26, at 6:00 p.m.  Free event, refreshments provided!  
Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.  A Wes Anderson film.  Rated R.



silver-keyboard2.jpg 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. 


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.
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