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Newsletter                           February 2015
Director's Letter

Dear Library Patrons,

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 success.
  • 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.  


Robert Farwell

Executive Director       



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  silver-keyboard2.jpg

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.

In This Issue
The History of African Americans in Norwich
Friends of Otis Library News
Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
Programs for Adults
The Job Hunters Workshop
Teen Happenings
Programs for Children and Families
Recovery Banner
School Uniforms
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10AM - 8PM
Tue, Thur & Fri:
10AM - 5PM
10AM - 3PM  
Otis Library will be closed on Monday, February 16, for Presidents Day. 

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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 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   


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.


Programs for Adults

Writing Group 
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.

Changing Minds Book Club
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
Begin Again                                                                                Saturday, February 14, 7:30 p.m., Rated R 
Donald Oat Theater
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 York City.

4th Friday Films at Otis Library
Get On Up

Friday, February 27, 6:00 p.m., Rated PG-13
Otis Library
Sponsored 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 Policy
Philip 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.

Invisible Ink: A Year of Notable but Neglected Fiction
New Date:  Saturday, February 28, 1:00 p.m.
Sponsored by The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.
This 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, ext. 128.


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 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.


Teen Happenings
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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.

red_piggy_bank.jpg Financial Fitness for Teens:  Tuesday, February 24,
3:30 p.m.

Learn 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)

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, 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)

Children 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!

Subterranean 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)

Drop 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!

If 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! 

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.  


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 January 26th.



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!

Judith 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 required.

Thursday, February 19, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.


Otis Library 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, 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)

Miss 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 2nd.

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!

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 February 2. 

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




Recovery Banner

The "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."

For 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 


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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