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Newsletter                             January 2015

Director's Letter

Dear Library Patrons,

In November we were asked to submit an article for the December Connecticut Library Association (CLA) newsletter. The topic was our recently completed remodeling, its genesis, evolution and impact. Rather than reproduce the entire article here, I invite you to peruse its contents at the CLA web site:  


I hope the synopsis explains more fully how this project evolved and improved our ability to serve the public. It also has an underlying message: like many long-established professions and institutions, libraries and librarians are subject to stereotyping and popular if not always accurate portrayals of what they are and who they are. As reflected in the article, neither the institution nor the profession is redolent of stasis or desultoriness. There are qualities which you will recognize as you review the article that belie the stereotypes and reflect the truly dynamic and progressive nature of libraries and librarians.


Robert Farwell

Executive Director       






Drop-In Knitting Group
2014 has been a productive year for the Rows City Knitters!  They have been able to donate over 500 handmade items to various local social service agencies, schools and hospitals.  They look forward to the New Year when they plan to continue their mission of providing hats, blankets, mittens, and scarves to those who need them.

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
Friends of Otis Library News
Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
Programs for Adults
Teen Happenings
Programs for Children and Families
School Uniforms
  Mon, Wed:  
10AM - 8PM
Tue, Thur & Fri:
10AM - 5PM
10AM - 3PM

We will close at
5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31,
and be closed Thursday, January 1, for New Years Day.
Otis Library will be closed on Tuesday, January 13, for staff training. 

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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.

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The Friends of Otis Library News

Friends of Otis Library
American Girl Doll Tea Party Fundraiser
For girls ages 6-11
Saturday, January 31, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
$20 per child

Do you love the American Girl Series?  Attend this elegant tea party with your doll and enjoy games, crafts, and related activities.  The fee is $20 per child, $15 if parent/guardian is a member of the Friends of Otis Library.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, January 31, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Otis Library.  The snow date is Saturday, February 7.  Space is limited; register in person at the Children's Desk.  For more information, call or visit the Children's Room at (860) 889-2365, ext. 114.  Proceeds from this event support Otis Library. 

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
Back by popular demand!  Otis Library will be offering "Introduction to Yoga" classes for teens and adults on Monday evenings in January (except 1/19) and February (except 2/16), 2015 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. This program is sponsored by The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.


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.  Free program.  Call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, for more information.

Lunch and Learn 
"Breathing and Mindfulness"
with Neiley Rushford Snide

Thursday, January 8, 12:00 p.m., Community Room
Lunch provided.   Registration required;
call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register online.
Come learn breathing techniques that can help support your overall wellness and increase your ability to ward off stress.  Learn to use your breath as a foundation for everyday mindfulness and focus.  This interactive discussion is for everyone.

Neiley Rushford Snide has been practicing mindfulness for decades. In 1993 she was introduced to Yoga, which emphasizes 'finding your breath' and using breathing techniques to tap into your life force.  Wanting to share this gift with her community, Neiley became a certified Yoga instructor in 2008.  She is the founder and director of A Peace of Space Yoga and Wellness Center in Taftville, CT.  Sponsored by The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.


Changing Minds Book Club
The Changing Minds Book Club will meet in the Meeting Room on Wednesday, January 14, at 5:00 p.m.  The group will be discussing Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi.  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
Boyhood                                                                                                  Saturday, January 10, 7:30 p.m., Rated R 
Donald Oat Theater
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before.

4th Friday Films at Otis Library
Gone Girl

Friday, January 23, 6:00 p.m., Rated R
Otis Library
With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.

Invisible Ink: A Year of Notable but Neglected Fiction
This one-year book club series, sponsored by Otis Library and beginning
in January, 2015, 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, January 24, 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.  Copies of the book Tongues of Flame will be available at the front desk beginning January 10th.  This program is sponsored by The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.


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

New Year's Resolutions:  Wednesday, January 7, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Fill out a worksheet in the Young Adult Room; show it to Jennifer, our Young Adult Librarian, for a sweet treat.

Movie Night:  Wednesday, January 14, 6:00 p.m.
Watch If I Stay on the screen in the Young Adult Room.  Snacks provided.  Rated PG-13. 
On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything; a loving family, an adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music.  Suddenly, a family drive on a snowy day changes everything.  In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her.  Caught between life and death, Mia spends one critical day contemplating a future that is now more unknowable than ever.  Is love enough to keep her here?  Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Norwich.

Middle School Book Club:  Monday, January 26,
6:30 p.m.

Talk about Legend by Marie Lu over dessert in the Meeting Room. 
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors.  Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, 15-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles.  Born into the slums, 15-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal, but his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.  From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.  Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death.

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, January 5, 12, 26, 10:30 a.m. (program); 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (playgroup)


teacher-reading-story.jpg 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 beginning January 5.

Thursdays, January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.


Toddler Storytime (ages 2-3, with adult)

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a simple craft with your child!

Space is limited; register beginning January 5.

Tuesdays, January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.


Zumba Kids (ages 3-10)

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.   

Saturday, January 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Norwich Recreation Department - thank you!


How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Rated PG)

In this much anticipated sequel, see what happens when an ice cave is discovered that is home to hundreds of wild dragons.  Enjoy this movie on an early-release date for Norwich Public Schools.  No registration required.

Thursday, January 15, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund - thank you!


Read to Bella!  (all ages)

Visit with our very favorite therapy pug, Bella.  No registration required.

Saturday, January 24, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Courtesy of Ms. Pepin - thank you!


Fun With Hoops (ages 3-10)

Hoop it up with hula hoop artist JudiAnn Jones.  Join us for this high-energy extravaganza that includes plenty of audience participation.  Drop-in; no registration required.

Saturday, January 24, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Norwich Recreation Department - thank you! 


On the Same Page Book Discussion (2nd and 3rd graders, with an adult)

Pick up a copy of Douglas Evans's rollicking tale The Elevator Family at the Children's Desk.  Enjoy it at home together and come back Monday, January 26th, to discuss the book with other children and parents and participate in related activities.  Space is limited.  Register online or at a library desk.  Registration begins January 5.

Monday, January 26, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


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

Pick up a copy of the fantasy adventure The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis at  the Children's Desk.  Enjoy it at home and come back Wednesday, January 28, to eat pizza while discussing the book with other kids and join in some book-related activities.  Space is limited.  Register online or at a library desk beginning January 5.  

Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 - 7:00 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, January 31, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 




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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