Maker Mondays with the Rhode Island Computer Museum (ages 10 & up)
Jun
18
12:00 PM12:00

Maker Mondays with the Rhode Island Computer Museum (ages 10 & up)

Mondays, June 18 - July 30, 12pm - 1:30pm, Story Room.  Sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.  Develop your technology skills with these weekly classes.  Space is limited; please register for each week individually.

June 18 - Karaoke Coding

June 25 - Make Your Own Video Games

July 2 - Smart Robots

July 9 - Karaoke Coding

July 16 - Make Your Own Video Games

July 23 - Smart Robots

July 30 - Karaoke Coding

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Libraries Rock!  Classes with 4-H of New London County (ages 10-14)
Jun
21
1:00 PM13:00

Libraries Rock! Classes with 4-H of New London County (ages 10-14)

Thursdays, June 21 - July 26.  Classes for ages 6-9 are 12pm - 12:45pm.  Classes for ages 10-14 are 1pm - 2:30pm.  Sponsored by the Kelleher Fund.  Join these exciting programs on a different topic each week!   Please register for each week individually. 

June 21 - Rocking and Rolling on the High Seas

June 28 - Stop-Motion Video Production

July 5 - Cupcake Geology

July 12 - Science Solves Mysteries

July 19 - Coding with Ozobots

July 26 - ROCKets to the Rescue

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Teen Book Discussion (grades 9 and up)
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Teen Book Discussion (grades 9 and up)

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Book Discussion.  Sponsored by the AHEPA Norwich Foundation.

Youth Services Library Diane Deedy will facilitate a discussion of the definitive edition of this classic.  Participants will receive a copy of the book and can earn community service credit for attendance.  Please pick up a copy of the book in the Children's Department.  Refreshments will be served.  For grades 9 & up.  Registration required.  For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, 860-889-2365, ext. 114.

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To Post or Not to Post: Managing the Pitfalls of Social Media for Teens Workshop (grades 9 and up)
Mar
31
12:30 PM12:30

To Post or Not to Post: Managing the Pitfalls of Social Media for Teens Workshop (grades 9 and up)

Sponsored by Connecticut College's International Curriculum Development (ICD) Grant & Holleran Center Sheriden Grant, and Writer's Block Ink.

Teens, social media can make or break your future.  Learn how to be savvy on the internet in this proactive workshop offered by students from Connecticut College and members of Writer's Block Ink.  A light lunch will be available for attendees from 12 - 12:30pm in the Story Room before the workshop.  Please register now.  

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Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults

Otis Library will be offering “Introduction to Yoga” classes for teens and adults on Monday evenings in February (except 2/19) and March from 6pm to 7:15pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room. These free classes will be presented by instructors from ‘A Peace of Space’ Yoga and Wellness Center. Wear comfortable clothing; yoga mats will be available to borrow. No registration required. 

For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128. 

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Jewelry Making Workshop
Mar
5
5:30 PM17:30

Jewelry Making Workshop

Otis Library, in partnership with Artreach, will be offering a free jewelry making workshop for beginners on Monday, March 5, 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Meeting Room.  Melanie Nagode of Artreach, an experienced instructor, will walk you through the process of creating your own piece of jewelry.  Materials provided.  For ages 16 and up.  There are a limited number of seats available; registration is required.  Call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on our online calendar

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Women's History Month Tea
Mar
3
12:00 PM12:00

Women's History Month Tea

Otis Library, in partnership with the Norwich Free Academy History Department, is hosting a Women’s History Month Tea on Saturday, March 3, at 12pm.  This year’s theme is “Women in the Arts.”  Join students as they portray ground-breaking women in the arts, such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Audrey Hepburn, and Emma Watson.  Attendees will be encouraged to visit with the women and ask questions while enjoying tea and desserts.  Guest speaker is Michelle Dunlap, Professor of Human Development at Connecticut College.  Free program; registration is required.  To register, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.

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An Introduction to the Holocaust with Guest Speaker Jim Loughead
Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

An Introduction to the Holocaust with Guest Speaker Jim Loughead

For grades 9 and up.  Jim Loughead, a teacher at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, CT, will present an introductory talk on the Holocaust. He will discuss the rise of the Nazi party and the subsequent events in Germany that led to the Holocaust.  Mr. Loughead conducts classes in history, genocide, civics and geography and has been teaching since 2004.  He has a Bachelor's degree in History from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master's degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University.  He received the 2008 Joseph Korzenik Holocaust Award from the University of Hartford in 2008 for the course he designed on genocide, and was a United States Holocaust Museum Fellow in 2014.  This program supports the Anne Frank exhibit.  No registration required.

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POSTPONED:  Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Book Discussion (grades 9 and up)
Jan
20
1:00 PM13:00

POSTPONED: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Book Discussion (grades 9 and up)

Sponsored by the AHEPA Norwich Foundation

Postponed until April 7, 12:00-1:00. You may register online beginning Feb. 26th.

Youth Services Librarian Diane Deedy will facilitate a discussion of the definitive edition of this classic.  Participants will receive a copy of the book and can earn community service credit for attendance. Refreshments will be served. This program, to be held in the Meeting Room, supports the Anne Frank Exhibit, on display at Otis Library and is open to the public January 3-31. Limit: 15 students.  Registration is required.  Call 860-889-2365, ext. 100, or register on the online calendar.

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CANCELED Anime Club:  Cosplay Party!  (grades 5 and up)
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

CANCELED Anime Club: Cosplay Party! (grades 5 and up)

PLEASE NOTE:  This event has been canceled.

Cosplay fun!  Celebrate the holidays Anime style by dressing up as your favorite Manga character!  Prize for best costume!  Japanese snacks and craft activities too!  Please register online or by contacting the Front Desk beginning November 20.  For grades 5 and up.  Program will take place in the Story Room.

For more information, call or visit the Front Desk at 860-889-2365, ext. 100.

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Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
Nov
27
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults

This program is sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.

Otis Library will be offering "Introduction to Yoga" classes for teens and adults on Monday evenings in October (except 10/9) and November 2017 from 6pm to 7:15pm in the Community Room.  These free classes will be presented by instructors from A Peace of Space Yoga and Wellness Center.  Wear comfortable clothing; yoga mats will be available to borrow.  No registration required.  

For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

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cRIPt: Paranormal Encounters CT (grades 7 - 12)
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

cRIPt: Paranormal Encounters CT (grades 7 - 12)

Teens:  curious about life on the other side?  Join us for a talk on the paranormal with professionals from cRIPt: Paranormal Encounters CT.  Find out what EVP is and how it can reveal presences unknown in our surroundings!  For grades 7 - 12.  Please register beginning September 25.  Program will take place in the Community Room.

For more information, call or visit the Front Desk, 860-889-2365, ext. 100.

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Smart Robots For Tomorrow's Building (ages 11 and up)
Sep
23
11:00 AM11:00

Smart Robots For Tomorrow's Building (ages 11 and up)

This program is sponsored by The Institute of Museum and Library Services

This hands-on workshop will teach the basic concepts for robotics.  Working in teams, kids will learn coding to instruct a simple robot to move objects!  They will also learn about programmable electronics for making motors run.  Space is limited; please register beginning August 28.  Program will take place in the Storyhour Room.

For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, 860-889-2365, ext. 114.

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Money Management Skills for New College Students
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Money Management Skills for New College Students

Otis Library will be hosting a program on money management for new college students and their parents in the Meeting Room. Pamela Days-Luketich, Community Outreach Officer at Liberty Bank, will present this program.  Many college students spend a significant amount of money on things they can do without, open accounts they don’t need or get into dangerous credit situations.  By learning to make smart financial choices, they can develop strong money management skills that will stay with them through their college years and beyond.  For ages 16 and up.  Pizza will be provided.  Free event; registration is required.  Please register on our website calendar or call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.  This program is sponsored by Liberty Bank

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Cooking Demonstration (ages 16 and up)
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Cooking Demonstration (ages 16 and up)

Sioux Wimler of Crunchybits will offer a cooking demonstration of One-Pot Wonders in the Community Room.  She will discuss various grains, starches, beans, vegetables, and spice combinations to make easy, versatile, healthy food.  The program will be followed by a food tasting and question and answer session.  Free program; registration is required.  To register, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.  This program is open to teens (ages 16 and up) and adults. 

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Modular Origami (ages 16 and up)
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Modular Origami (ages 16 and up)

Otis Library will be offering an origami class in the Meeting Room. Instructor Fran Block will show you how to use recycled paper from a variety of sources to create modular origami models.  Modular origami is paper folding that uses two or more pieces of paper to create more complex units.  If you have favorite paper from old magazines, books, wrapping paper, etc., bring it along. Origami paper and other paper will be available at the program.  This class is for teens, ages 16 and up, and adults.  Registration is required.  To register, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar at www.otislibrarynorwich.org.  

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Women's History Month Tea
Mar
18
12:00 PM12:00

Women's History Month Tea

Otis Library, in partnership with the Norwich Free Academy History Department, is hosting a Women's History Month Tea to celebrate this year's theme of "Women in Science."  Join Norwich Free Academy students as they portray ground-breaking women in history!  Tea and desserts will be served.  Free event; registration is required.  Call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on our online calendar.

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Tween Book Club (grades 5-8)
Dec
19
6:00 PM18:00

Tween Book Club (grades 5-8)

Join us for a discussion of Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes..  There will be pizza and related activities!  Please register. For grades 5-8.  Program will take place in the Meeting Room.  For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, (860) 889-2365, ext. 114.

 

          

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Back to School:  Secrets of Conquering Math (grade 5 and up)
Sep
10
12:00 PM12:00

Back to School: Secrets of Conquering Math (grade 5 and up)

Join this interactive workshop for pre-teens, teens, and college students.  Learn from our expert panelists - James Shackle, mechanic and pilot in training; Marianne Juber, math teacher; and Gayla Holmes, math instructor.  Door prizes and lunch make this a fun and educational day!  For grades 6 and up.  Please register online or by calling the Front Desk at (860) 889-2365, ext. 100.  Sponsored by Professor & Chair Michelle Dunlap and the Connecticut College Department of Human Development, Connecticut College Holleran Center Margaret Sheriden Faculty Engagement Grant, and Otis Library.

 

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Otis Library Night at Dodd Stadium!
Aug
26
7:05 PM19:05

Otis Library Night at Dodd Stadium!

Baseball season is here and Otis Library is proud to partner with the Connecticut Tigers again for the 2016 season! There are two ways to support Otis Library and enjoy a night at the ballpark:

Buy tickets for Otis Library Night at Dodd Stadium:  Friday, August 26, at 7:05pm.  CT Tigers vs. Vermont Lake Monsters; Fireworks after the game!  $8 each ($4 from each ticket goes to Otis Library)

Buy vouchers for any 2016 CT Tigers Game:  Choose your game!  $8 each ($4 from each ticket goes to Otis Library).

Tickets are available now by contacting Kate McDonald at (860) 889-2365, ext. 127 or kmcdonald@otis.lioninc.org.

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Fashion in Fiction:  Clothing Speaks Volumes in Jane Austen's Regency Novels
Aug
17
6:30 PM18:30

Fashion in Fiction: Clothing Speaks Volumes in Jane Austen's Regency Novels

Sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.

"Fashion in Fiction" is a delightful show-and-tell on the clothing of Regency England as reflected in Jane Austen's fiction.  The program is presented by dynamic performance artist Kandie Carle.  Ms. Carle has been presenting historical programs since 1992, from Regency to Edwardian (1800-1915), and draws on her extensive background in theater, dance and historical fashion to engage and enthrall the audience!

While dressed in authentic Regency attire, Ms. Carle gives a detailed overview of the clothing of the Regency era (early 1800s) for both gentlemen and ladies.  She shares excerpts from Austen's personal letters as well as passages from some of the novels, highlighting Miss Austen's use of clothing and fashion to define character and class, enhance story line, and develop plot points.  Teens through adults will enjoy discovering just how important fashion was 200 years ago! This program is free and open to the public.

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Poetry Out Loud Series
Aug
12
12:00 PM12:00

Poetry Out Loud Series

Otis Library will host a “Poetry Out Loud” series on Fridays, July 15 – August 12, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Participants age 15 and up are invited to gather in the Otis Library Community Room to work on their poetry, songs, and flash fiction, and share them with the group. All skill levels are welcome!  This program will be facilitated by Charlie Chase, a published poet and President of the Norwich Arts Center.  Pizza and soda will be provided each week.  Free event; no registration necessary. 

This program is funded by Connecticut Humanities. Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.  

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