Resources for New Americans

Technology classes are now being offered in Spanish on Monday evenings between 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Topics include basic computer skills, navigating the internet, e-mail, e-readers, and Microsoft Word.  These classes are by appointment only.  Please register by calling (860) 889-2365, ext. 108 or 109.

Otis Library provides space to Literacy Volunteers of Eastern Connecticut to support LVEC’s mission of helping adults communicate in English through speaking, reading, and writing in order to thrive in American culture as consumers and as workers.  Literacy Volunteers offers one-on-one tutoring, conversation groups and language-learning labs.  The computer lab is available when the Library is open.  Conversation groups take place as follows:

  • Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m and 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Otis Library is accepting passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. United States citizens may apply for their passports by appointment only by calling (860) 889-2365 x 122. 

Our New Americans Collection includes textbooks, workbooks, periodicals and leisure reading in multiple languages and a variety of formats.  This collection is located on the first floor by the business center.


For more information on these resources, contact Bassem Gayed, Multicultural Services Coordinator, at (860) 889-2365, ext. 109, or e-mail

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