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Subject: Otis Library March 2015 Newsletter

Newsletter                           March 2015
Director's Letter

Dear Library Patrons,

Over the past several years I've reported on the efforts Otis Library has made to innovate and provide the community with the services and programs it needs. Here are a few more examples that help illustrate this statement:

  • A recent article in Public Libraries Online entitled "Becoming a One-Point Service Library in Five Easy Steps" is a reminder that Otis Library seeks innovative and creative ways to better serve its patrons. While we cannot take credit for introducing the idea of one-point service to the library community, our remodeling reflects the fact that Otis is certainly one of the early adapters when it comes to recognizing and embracing changes that will allow us to better serve the public.
  • Otis Library was recently selected as one of 19 libraries nationwide to host the Smithsonian/American Library Association exhibition "Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human?" Over 20,000,000 people have visited The Hall of Human Origins at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and Otis is proud to host this 40-panel, 1,200 square foot exhibition. The exhibit includes panels, interactive kiosks, hands-on displays and videos. We will be hosting this exhibit in January 2017.

Libraries have been described as the connective tissue that binds communities together and, as these examples illustrate, Otis Library does just that. I look forward to reporting on future activities that reflect our attention to the commonweal.

Robert Farwell

Executive Director       




Norwich St. Patrick's Parade & Festival  

Come to the library and walk with us in the parade on Sunday, March 8!  We'll meet at 12:00 p.m. in the library entryway to make crafts to wear as we march!  All ages welcome.


Drop-In Knitting Group
The 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. 

Technology Classes 

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.

In This Issue
Thank You!
Women's History Month Tea
Friends of Otis Library News
Programs for Adults
The Job Hunters Workshop
Teen Happenings
Programs for Children and Families
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Attorney Bart Sayet and Executive Direct Robert Farwell
Thank You!
A recent generous donation from Attorney Bart Sayet and Lori Lindfors will enhance our youth programming.  Promoting literacy is an essential feature of our library services.  Their $5,000 gift will help both young children and and young adults to understand the pleasures and efficacy of learning in a library setting.
Women's History Month Tea
Otis Library will be hosting a Women of World War I Tea on Saturday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate Women's History Month.  Join NFA students in the Community Room as they portray groundbreaking women in history. Guests will be encouraged to visit with the women and ask questions while enjoying tea and desserts.  Live World War I-era music will be  provided by Faye Ringel. To register, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on our online calendar.  This is a free program open to ages 12 and up.
This program is sponsored by the Elsie Brown Fund.


The Friends of Otis Library News

At their February meeting, The Friends of Otis Library made a generous contribution of $10,500. Their generosity will allow us to buy new software and a sound system for programming and helps us reduce our mortgage principal. It is indeed good to have Friends like these!


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.

Mark your calendars!  The dates for the book sale are Friday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 18, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; and Sunday, April 19, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  There will be a preview sale on Friday, 17, from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. for a $10 fee. 
The Friends of Otis Library's new cookbook, A Literary Feast: Served u
p 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   


Programs for Adults


Lunch and Learn 
The Edward and Mary Lord Community Speaker Series
"Reduce Stress by Getting Organized":
Thursday, March 5, 12:00 p.m.
Sandra Wheeler, Professional Organizer and owner of For Peace of Mind, will share key organizing tips to help you with any space in your home or office.  Have you always dreamed of a more organized and less stressed environnment in your home of office?  Learn how to make those dreams a reality.  Sandra Wheeler is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the NAPO-Connecticut Chapter where she has served as Director of Communications, Vice President, President and Immediate Past President. Sandra is also a Feng Shui Practitioner.

Lunch is provided.  Registration is required for this free program.  You may register on our online calendar or call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.
Iron Jawed Angels
A Movie Presentation of the Women's Suffrage Movement in the
United States
Monday, March 9, 6:00 p.m., Community Room
In honor of Women's History Month, Otis Library will be showing the film Iron Jawed Angels, starring Hilary Swank and Angelica Huston.  The film highlights the defiant young activists who take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. There will be an exhibit of historic artifacts from the Suffragette Era, and voter registration will be available.  Refreshments will be served. This free event is sponsored by the partnership of The Leffingwell House Museum, Otis Library, Faith Trumbull Chapter DAR, The Norwich Registrars of Voters, and The Elsie Brown Fund.

Changing Minds Book Club
The Changing Minds Book Club will meet in the Meeting Room on Wednesday, March 11, at 5:00 p.m.  The group will be discussing The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley.  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. 

Spring Genealogy Series at Otis Library
Thursdays, March 26 through April 9
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
The Edward and Mary Lord Local History & Genealogy Room
If you've been wishing you knew more about your family's roots, we have just the program for you.  Join us as local genealogist Penelope Kabisch presents a 3-part series for the beginning and intermediate-level family history researcher.  Penny has pursued her own family history research for many years and has attended conferences and workshops at a number of locales in the Northeast.  

Thursday, March 26 - Introduction to Genealogy
  • The language, concepts, and special forms of genealogical research 
  • Starting with what you know as a basis for further study
Thursday, April 2 - Research Techniques
  • Introduction to some of the records and other resources that will help you fill the gaps in your knowledge
  • Special resources from the Otis Library collection
Thursday, April 9 - Online Networking
  • Using the Internet to find others with similar research interests
  • Social networks focused on family history
  • Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

Our genealogy room features free wi-fi, so you are welcome to bring in your own laptop, notebook, or tablet.  Seating is limited to 10 and registration is required.  Call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on our online calendar.   

Otis Library and Norwich Community Cinema 
The Theory of Everything                                                                          
Saturday, March 14, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13
Donald Oat Theater
James Marsh's biopic of the celebrated scientist Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne as the famous figure. Enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge, Hawking establishes himself as one of the leading minds of his generation and begins to win the heart of Jane (Felicity Jones). After one of his earliest breakthroughs, Hawking is diagnosed with ALS, and he becomes less and less able to control his own body.

4th Friday Films at Otis Library

Friday, March 27, 6:00 p.m., Rated PG-13
Otis Library Community Room
Sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library
Angelina Jolie directs this true-life tale of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic track star who survived a plane crash in World War II, only to fight for his life against nature and eventually as a prisoner of war. Joel and Ethan Coen provide the script.


Presented by:
Ashon and
Dannika Avent
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

Begin 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.


Ashon and Dannika Avent are Eastern Connecticut State University Alums and owners of The Main Avent Group, Inc.  Ashon has an Masters of Business Administration  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.


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

Women's History Month Tea:  Saturday, March 14, 11:00 a.m. 
Otis Library will be hosting a Women of World War I Tea on Saturday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate Women's History Month.  Join NFA students in the Community Room as they portray groundbreaking women in history. Guests will be encouraged to visit with the women and ask questions while enjoying tea and desserts. Live World War I-era music will be provided by Faye Ringel. To register, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on our online calendar.  This is a free program open to ages 12 and up.
This program is sponsored by the Elsie Brown Fund.

Middle School Book Club:  Monday, March 30
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Join in on the discussion of the award-winning novel The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart.  Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Front Desk.  Enjoy refreshments in the Meeting Room!  No registration required.
This is the life and transformation of Frankie Landau-Banks who began her teenage years as a quiet member of the Debate Club and grew to become a 16-year-old criminal mastermind with an attitude to match.

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. 





Mother Goose & More (ages zero to 23 months)

Enjoy 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, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:30 a.m. (program); 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (playgroup)


Drop-In Science (ages 4-6)

Come get hands on with science!  Complete an experiment, read stories and learn about the exciting opportunities for your child at Moriarty.  Hosted by Moriarty Environmental Science Magnet School.

Wednesday, March 4, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.


Recipe for Success (ages 8 - 11)

Made possible by the generosity of Attorney Bart Sayet and Ms. Lori Lindfors - thank you!

Enjoy making, then eating sticky and sweet cinnamon buns!  Related activities complete the fun!  Space is limited; registration required.

Saturday, March 7, 11:00 a.m. - noon


ˇColorín Colorado! (ages 4 & up)  

Thank you Ms. Rosa! 

Explore Spanish through stories and activities!  Ms. Rosa will lead us in this bilingual adventure.  Spanish and English speakers are equally welcome.  No registration required.  

Saturday, March 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


Norwich St. Patrick's Parade and Festival (all ages)

Come to the library and walk with us in the parade!  We'll meet at 12:00 p.m. in the library entryway to make crafts to wear as we march!

Sunday, March 8, 12:00 p.m.



Drop-In Arts (ages 4-6)

Get creative with Wequonnoc - singing, dancing and bringing our stories to life. Learn about the creative learning opportunities for your child at Wequonnoc. Hosted by Wequonnoc Arts and Technology Magnet School.  Drop-in; no registration required.

Wednesday, March 11, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.


Toddler Storytime (ages 2- 3, with adult)

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a simple craft with your child!  Space is limited; registration required.

Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24, 31, & April 7, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.


Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)

Children enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft while their grownups wait in the Children's Department.  Space is limited; registration required.

Thursdays, March 12, 19, 26, & April 2, 9, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.


LEGO© and Lunch Club (ages 3 and up with adult)

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!  No registration required.  Bring your lunch and enjoy a creative afternoon.

Saturday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  


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Dance to the music under the direction of Diane Elder, director of Norwich's own 3D Dance Studio.  Wear comfortable clothing.  Registration is requested.

Saturday, March 14, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.


St. Patrick's Day Craft (ages 3-7)

Drop in with your child and help them make a charming holiday craft!  Drop-in; no registration required.

Monday, March 16, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Bella!  (All Ages)  

Thank you Ms. Pepin!

Visit and read to our very favorite therapy pub, Bella. No registration required.

Saturday, March 21, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


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.  No registration required.

Saturday, March 21, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


On The Same Page Book Discussion (2nd & 3rd graders with an adult)

Pick up a copy of Irish author Roddy Doyle's rollicking, hysterical adventure The Giggler Treatment at the Children's Desk, enjoy it at home together and come back Monday, March 30th, to discuss the book with other children and parents and participate in some super silly Giggler activities.  Space is limited; register beginning March 2nd.

Monday, March 30, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.   


4th and 5th Grade Book Discussion (4th and 5th graders)

Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in author illustrator Jeff Kinney's latest installment of the bestselling Diary of Wimpy Kid series.  Pick up a copy of The Long Haul at the Children's Desk, enjoy it at home and come back Wednesday, March 25th, for pizza, discussion, and book-related activities.  Space is limited; register beginning March 2nd.

Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Zumba Kids (ages 3-10)

Sponsored by the Norwich Recreation Department - thank you!

Dance 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 March 1st.

Saturday, March 28, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.




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