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Newsletter                                       April 2014
Director's Letter

Dear Library Members,


There are many ways for a library to explain its impact on its members' lives. We can analyze this statistically through program attendance, user surveys and focus groups. This sort of information is concrete and specific but often unemotional, inscrutable and too removed from personal experiences. That brings us to the power of stories. The authenticity of a personal experience and its potential resonance with its audience is a potent force in changing attitudes and behaviors.  A well-crafted personal narrative or anecdote makes us, in the words of James Dawes, "have experiences." I am hoping that you will share those anecdotes and experiences as Otis Library competes for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.  On April 1 Otis Library will be the focus of attention on the Institute of Museum and Library Service's Facebook page. It is an opportunity for you to recount a specific Otis Library experience, epiphany, or memorable moment that will resonate with the general public. I hope you'll take this opportunity to share the ways in which Otis Library touched your life. You can visit the Institute of Museum and Library Service Facebook page here: 



Robert Farwell

Executive Director        



 Friends of Otis Library News


It's here!  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.  There will be an early bird preview on Friday, April 25, for a fee of $10.  The Friends 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 continued support!    


The Friends of Otis Library are putting together a cookbook, women_laughing_cookling.jpg and they are looking for your favorite recipes!  Please email them to Debbie Froio, FOL Cookbook Chairperson at 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!

The Friends of Otis Library recently made a generous donation of $9000 to the library.  This will be used for books, materials, and lighting in the atrium.  Pictured:  Robert Farwell, Executive Director, and Carol Lahan, President of the Friends of Otis Library.

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.
In This Issue
Poetry for Beginners
Technology Classes
African-American Genealogy Workshop
Teen Happenings
Children's Programs
Save the Date!
Book Discussions for Adults
World Book Night
Otis Library and Norwich Community Cinema
The Power of Purple
About Us

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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.

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  to learn more.
Poetry for Beginners

Otis Library will offer a poetry writing workshop for beginners on Saturday, April 5, at 1:00 p.m. in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  Whether you've been writing poetry "on the side" or are just interested in the subject, come to this two-hour workshop to get your creative juices flowing.  Bring poems in progress or the blank page.  Bring a favorite poem.  We will discuss what poetry is and can be, and you will leave with at least one new poem to work on at home.  The workshop will be presented by Carol Ann Davis, Assistant Professor of English at Fairfield University.  Free event; registration required.  Please register on the Otis Library website calendar, or by calling Julie at  (860) 889-2365, ext. 128. 

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.
The Road to Discovering Your African-American Family History

Otis Library is offering an introductory program on African-American Genealogy on Monday, April 7, at 6:00 p.m. in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  The guest speaker is Norma Wright, a genealogy researcher, librarian, licensed pharmacist, and volunteer at Godfrey Memorial Library, a library which specializes in genealogy and history in Middletown, CT.  She will share her experiences in researching her own family history as well as discuss the use of federal records, newspapers, cemetery records, online databases and more.  Free event; registration required.  You may register on the Otis Library website calendar, or by calling Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128. This event is sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.

Teen Happenings

Read our Teen Librarian's Blog:

Check out our new Tumblr: 
Events:  Must be in Grade 6 or above to attend.

Teen Movie Night - Catching Fire:  Wednesday, April 9, 6:00 p.m.
Watch Katniss and Peeta compete in the Hunger Games - again!  The movie will be shown on the big screen.  It starts at 6:00 p.m. and will go 30 minutes past closing time.

Snuggle In With A Good Book:  Book and PJ Drive!

Saturday, April 12 - Monday, April 21 
Bring a gently used or new book and/or new PJs for kids/teens for our drive.  Join us for donut holes and juice as we kick off this drive in conjunction with National Library Week.  Sponsored by the Teen Outreach Program of Teachers Memorial Middle School and Otis Library.

Spring Bookmarks:  Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.
Join us in the YA Room to create bookmarks perfect for spring.

Middle School Book Club:  Monday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.

Join us in the Meeting Room as we talk over dessert about The Alchemyst  by Michael Scott.  He holds the secret that can end the world.  The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330.  Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day.  It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.  The records show that he died in 1418.  But his tomb is empty.  Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Jelly Bean Contest:  Tuesday, April 22
Today is National Jelly Bean Day.  Enter a guess at the jelly bean jar in the YA Room.  You could win the jar of jelly beans! 
Children's Programs
You may register for our Children's Programs via our online calendar.
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, April 5, 10:30-11:15 a.m.


Green is a Grasshopper (ages five and up)

Spring pops with color!  Join us for hands-on activities celebrating Mary O'Neill's books of poems, Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Color (Doubleday, 1961).  Drop-in, no registration necessary.

Saturday, April 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.




Time of Wonder (ages two and three)

Enjoy simple stories and an opportunity to learn rhymes and fingerplays with your child.  Space is limited, and registration is required.  Registration opens April 1.

Tuesdays, April 8, 15, 22, and 29; and May 6 and 13, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.


English Playground (ages two and up)

Parents, grandparents, sitters - help your child learn English!  Listen to stories, sing, and play together.  You can come on Monday afternoons, or Friday mornings, or both.  Drop-in; no registration required.

Mondays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Fridays, April 4, 11, and 25, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.


First Friends:  Rhyme Time and Play Group (ages zero two)

Enjoy 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.

Mondays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (Rhyme Time) and

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Play Group).

Please note:  the April 14 meeting will be a Play Group only, starting at 10:30 a.m.


A Different Kind of Green (ages three to five)

Celebrate Money Smart Week with kid-friendly stories and activities, including a craft using recycled materials.  Registration required.  Registration opens April 1.

Thursday, April 10, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.


Otis Library LEGO© Club (ages four 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 required.  Registration opens March 8.
Saturday, April 12, 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.


Gold is the Sunshine (ages five and up)

Welcome the colors of sunshine and flowers!  Join us for more hands-on activities celebrating Mary O'Neill's book of poems, Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Colors (Doubleday, 1961).  Drop-in; no registration necessary.

Saturday, April 12, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 


Biscuits with Bella (all ages)

Join the lovely Miss Bella, therapy pub, for refreshments and conversation - then read her a story, if you wish!  Drop-in; no registration necessary.

Saturday, April 12, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


Eco-films (ages six and up)

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Norwich

Join us for films that are enjoyable and make us think about our relationship with nature.  A snack will be served, of course!  All dates are vacation dates for Norwich Public Schools.  Screen time is 2:00 p.m.  Drop-in; no registration required.

Hoot (2005) Monday, April 14

Free Willy (1993), Tuesday, April 15

Furry Vengeance (2010), Wednesday, April 16

Under the Sea (2009), Thursday, April 17


Mother Goose Meets Mother Nature (ages three to five)

This free program is made possible by a grant from People's United Bank.

Enjoy "scientific" picture books and activities that will engage your child's interest and encourage his or her curiosity about the natural world.  Space is limited, and registration is required.  Registration opens April 1.

Thursdays, April 17 and 24; and May 1, 8, 15, and 22, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.


Wood Workshop (ages five to twelve)

Presented by Home Depot

Our friends from Home Depot will provide the materials and expertise, you provide the muscle!  Space is limited, and registration is required.  Registration will open April 1.

Thursday, April 17, 1:00 p.m. (Norwich Public Schools closed for Spring Break)


apple-sm.jpg Happy and Healthy (ages six and up)

Eat right and have fun!  Norwich resident Elizabeth Coleman will present information on healthy eating through activities and the creation of a delicious/nutritious snack.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Registration opens April 1.

Saturday, April 19, 1:00 -2 :00 p.m. 


Book Blast (ages five to eight)

Students from Teachers' Memorial Middle School will share stories, activities, and crafts with lower elementary school kids.  Join us for these special events, showcasing the talents and community spirit of our 'tweens!  Drop-in, no registration required.

Tuesdays, April 22 and 29, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.


Recipe for Success (ages eight to eleven)

Just in time for warm weather - delicious fruit salsa!  Mix up a batch, and enjoy!  Stories, poems, and related activities complete the fun.  Bring a favorite poem to share - original or not - and receive a special treat.  Space is limited, and registration is required.  Registration opens April 1.

Saturday, April 26, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.


Spring Into Song! (ages three and up)
This free program is made possible by the Norwich Recreation Department.
Kindermusic Instructor Miss Terri leads a lively music-and-movement class for little ones!  Drop-in; no registration required.
Saturday, April 26, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

On the Same Page Book Discussion (ages seven to eight, with adult friends/relatives)
Pick up a copy of Shel Silverstein's beloved poetry book, Where the Sidewalk Ends, at the Children's Desk, and enjoy it at home.  Come in on April 28 to discuss the book with other children and parents and participate in related activities.  Space is limited, and registration is required. 
Registration opens April 1.
Monday, April 28, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


William Mann
William Mann
Save the Date

The Millie and Martin Shapiro Author Series featuring an Evening with William Mann 

It's that time of year again!  Otis Library's signature event, Evening with an Author, is set for Friday, June 13, at the Spa at Norwich Inn.  This year features a conversation between Hollywood biographer, William J. Mann and

playwright, Jacques Lamarre.  William Mann is best known for his studies of Hollywood and the American film Industry. His most popular works feature Hollywood legends Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn and Barbara Streisand.  Jacques Lamarre is a playwright, theater critic and theater

Jacques Lamarre

administrator.  This dynamic duo will educate and  

entertain as they discuss the glamour of Hollywood.  



Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.  Sponsorships and auction items are now being secured.
 If you would like your business to be featured, please contact Andrea Kaiser at or 860-889-2365 x127.


Book Discussions for Adults

These 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
ednesday, April 9, 5:00 p.m.
The group
will be discussing She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.

Evening Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m. 
This month's selection is A Train in Winter:  An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead. 
World Book Night

Otis Library is proud to be one of 2,300 libraries and bookstores across America supporting World Book Night.  On April 23, Shakespeare's birthday, 25,000 volunteers give away copies of a specially-printed, not-for-resale World Book Night U.S. edition of a book they have read and loved, chosen from a list of 39 titles selected by a panel of librarians and booksellers. The volunteer book givers personally hand out their copies to complete strangers, people who may never have owned a book of their own. Libraries and bookstores support this event as organizational participants, forming a nationwide advocacy and distribution network.

More information is available at

Otis Library and Norwich Community Cinema

Inside Llewyn Davis 
Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Rated R 
Donald Oat Theater 

Inside Llewyn Davis
follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.  Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles-some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn's misadventures take him from the baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club-on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul-and back again. Brimming with music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan (as Llewyn's married Village friends), as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, Inside Llewyn  Davis -in the tradition of O Brother, Where Art Thou?-is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place. An epic on an intimate scale, it represents the Coen Brothers' fourth collaboration with multiple-Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning music producer T Bone Burnett. Marcus Mumford is associate music producer.
Saving Mr. Banks
Friday, April 25, 6:00 p.m., Rated PG-13
Otis Library 

Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Norwich 

The story of how Walt Disney courted P.L. Travers into letting him option the rights to Mary Poppins is brought to the screen in this non-fiction drama starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell. A doting father, Walt Disney (Hanks) promises his adoring daughters that he will bring their favorite fictional nanny Mary Poppins to the big screen. Little does Walt realize that surly author P.L. Travers has no intention of seeing her most famous creation bastardized on the big screen, a fact that makes keeping his promise a difficult endeavor. Years later, however, when Travers' book sales begin to slow, dwindling finances drive her to schedule a meeting with Disney to discuss the film rights to the beloved story.  Bradley Whitford, Paul Giamatti, and Jason Schwartzman co-star.
The Power of Purple:  An End to Domestic Violence
The Power of Purple campaign, founded by the Rose Conrad Memorial Fund of Safe Futures, in partnership with Hadassah American Affairs of Eastern Connecticut, will present the awareness raising event: Theater for Social Change - Rule of Thumb, a one act play on domestic violence.  This performance and accompanying discussion with the audience and an expert panel will take place on Thursday, April 10 in Norwich, hosted by President Dr. Grace Jones at the Three Rivers Community College All Purpose Auditorium.  The evening will commence at 6:00 p.m. with a Resource Fair hosted by numerous community partnering organizations, including Otis Library.  The theater performance and discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served; the event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit  or call (860) 884-8945. 
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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