Drop-In Knitting Group
Sep
30
10:00 am10:00

Drop-In Knitting Group

The Rows City Knitters meet every Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Meeting Room.  All skill levels welcome!  For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128. 

Meeting Room

Author Event with Jerry Thornton
Oct
1
1:00 pm13:00

Author Event with Jerry Thornton

Attention Football Fans!  Join us for a free author event with Jerry Thornton, author of From Dynasty to Darkness: The First 40 Years of the New England Patriots.  The event will be held in the Community Room and will feature an author talk, Q&A and book signing.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served.

From Darkness to Dynasty tells the unlikely history of the New England Patriots as it has never been told before.  From their humble beginnings as a team bought with rainy-day money by a man who had no idea what he was doing to the fateful season that saw them win their first Super Bowl, Jerry Thornton shares the wild, humiliating, unbelievable, and wonderful stories that comprised the first forty years of what would ultimately become the most dominant franchise in NFL history.  Witty, hilarious, and brutally honest, From Darkness to Dynasty returns to the thrilling, perilous days of yesteryear - a welcome corrective to those who hate the Patriots and a useful reminder for those who love them that all glory is fleeting.

Jerry Thornton is cohost of the daily Dale and Holley Show on WEEI, Boston's leading sports radio station and one of the first writers for Barstool Sports.  In addition, Jerry is a standup comic who won the Boston Comedy Riot competition and has worked colleges and clubs all around New England.  He has appeared on HBO's Emmy Award-winning Curse of the Bambino and Comcast Sports New England and has written for ColdHardFootballFacts.com

 

Classes de Computadora
Oct
3
5:00 pm17:00

Classes de Computadora

Technology classes are 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 one-on-one classes are by appointment only.  Please register by calling (860) 889-2365, ext. 108 or 109.  

Las clases tendrán lugar los lunes de 5-8. Cada clase durará una hora. Para reservar una hora con el instructor, apersonese a la biblioteca o llame al Escritorio de Información y mencinone qué le gustaría aprender 860-889-2365 ext. 108 o 109.

 

"Where We Call Home" Lecture Series
Oct
3
6:30 pm18:30

"Where We Call Home" Lecture Series

Otis Library will host a four-part lecture series entitled “Where We Call Home” in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  The series will discuss the changing definition of home and family in America.  It is presented as a lead-in to the upcoming Smithsonian touring exhibit, “Exploring Human Origins: What Does it Mean to be Human,” which will visit Otis Library in January 2017. 

City Historian Dale Plummer will kick off the series on Monday, October 3, with a talk on early Norwich and how the first settlers lived and worked.  Jamie H. Eves, Executive Director of the Windham Textile & History Museum, will discuss the life of the New England Mill Worker on Monday, October 24.  On Monday, November 21, Attorney Peter Goselin will talk about his work with the “Scarborough 11,” a lawsuit currently taking place in Hartford over zoning regulations and the definition of family.  On Monday, December 5, Stephen Fan, editor of the book “Sub-Urbanisms: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape,” will discuss the changing face of Southeastern CT with the arrival of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos.  Each presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a question and answer session.  Free program; no registration required.

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. 

 

Changing Minds Book Club
Oct
12
5:00 pm17:00

Changing Minds Book Club

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Join us for conversation and refreshments.  Free; no registration necessary.  Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Front Desk.  For more information, call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

Meeting Room

 


 

An Education in the Grotesque: The Gargoyes of Yale University
Oct
12
6:30 pm18:30

An Education in the Grotesque: The Gargoyes of Yale University

Otis Library will host the program “An Education in the Grotesque: The Gargoyles of Yale University” with Mathew M. Duman on Wednesday, October 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room. 

Mathew M. Duman is a photographer and graphic designer who grew up in Bethany, CT and attended the gargoyle-free campus of Central Connecticut State University.  While studying abroad, Matt developed a fascination with the grotesque sculptures of the cathedrals of Britain.  He has taken photographic trips to Italy, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.  Currently working in New Haven, Matt has explored the variety of sculpture found on the buildings of Yale University and, as a personal project, has researched and documented their “new-world” grotesques, which are closer but no less fascinating than their European counterparts.

This program is sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.  Free and open to the public.  Copies of“An Education in the Grotesque” will be available for sale and signing. 

Friends of Otis Library Book Sale
Oct
21
10:00 am10:00

Friends of Otis Library Book Sale

The Friends of Otis Library Book Sale is here!

Mark you calendars!  The Friends of Otis Library Book Sale is October 21 - 23. This sale is bigger and better than ever, with something for everyone!

There will be an early bird preview on Friday, October 21, from 9am - 10am for a $10 fee.  

General admission hours are as follows: Friday, October 21, 10am - 3pm; Saturday, October 22, 10am - 3pm; and Sunday, October 23, 12pm - 3pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Friends of Otis Library Book Sale
Oct
22
10:00 am10:00

Friends of Otis Library Book Sale

The Friends of Otis Library Book Sale is here!

Mark you calendars!  The Friends of Otis Library Book Sale is October 21 - 23. This sale is bigger and better than ever, with something for everyone!

There will be an early bird preview on Friday, October 21, from 9am - 10am for a $10 fee.  

General admission hours are as follows: Friday, October 21, 10am - 3pm; Saturday, October 22, 10am - 3pm; and Sunday, October 23, 12pm - 3pm.

Friends of Otis Library Book Sale
Oct
23
12:00 pm12:00

Friends of Otis Library Book Sale

The Friends of Otis Library Book Sale is here!

Mark you calendars!  The Friends of Otis Library Book Sale is October 21 - 23. This sale is bigger and better than ever, with something for everyone!

There will be an early bird preview on Friday, October 21, from 9am - 10am for a $10 fee.  

General admission hours are as follows: Friday, October 21, 10am - 3pm; Saturday, October 22, 10am - 3pm; and Sunday, October 23, 12pm - 3pm.


"Remains" CANCELED
Sep
28
6:00 pm18:00

"Remains" CANCELED

This event has been canceled.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

View the Zombie Thriler and cult classic movie "Remains," which was filmed in downtown Norwich.  Free event; no registration required.  Refreshments will be served.

Based on the IDW Publishing graphic novel written by Steve Niles (30 Days Of Night), Remains is set in a chilling post apocalyptic Reno, Nevada, and follows the survivors of a bizarre accident that reduced most of the world’s population to zombies. The group takes refuge in a vacant casino and fights a losing battle against the undead, who grow steadily stronger, smarter and more aggressive by the minute. The movie stars Grant Bowler (Killer Elite, True Blood), Lance Reddick (Fringe, Lost, The Wire), Miko Hughes (Pet Sematary) and Tawny Cypress (Rescue Me, Heroes).  This film is not rated.

Community Room

Drop-In Chess
Sep
28
5:00 pm17:00

Drop-In Chess

Wednesdays, 5pm - 8pm in the Business Center 

Something new!  Players of all ages and skill levels are invited to play chess.  Use one of our chess sets or bring your own.  If there is interest, drop-in chess will be available during all operating hours.

Technology Classes
Sep
28
5:00 pm17:00

Technology Classes

Feeling a little lost with all the new technology?  Maybe even some of the old technology?  We are ready to assist you with one-on-one instruction tailored to your specific needs. 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.

National Voter Registration Day
Sep
27
10:00 am10:00

National Voter Registration Day

September 27 is National Voter Registration Day!  With so much at stake for all Americans this election year, now is the critical time for each of us to ask our friends, neighbors, coworkers and family if their voter registration is up to date. The League of Women Voters will be available in the Library's atrium on Tuesday, September 27, from 10am to 2pm, to answer questions and assist you with voter registration. 

If you are unable to make it to the Library on September 27, mail-in forms are available in the entryway of the library.  Just fill in the brief form and return it to the Registrar of Voters in your town of residence. 

If you have a valid (not expired) driver's license, driver's permit, or non-driver photo ID issued by the Connecticut DMV, you have the additional option of online voter registration.  Visit http://voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/welcome.do.  This site includes information in Spanish, as well as English.  If you need additional assistance, just ask at the business center or call (860) 889-2365, ext. 108.

 

Local Author Diane Santos
Sep
26
6:30 pm18:30

Local Author Diane Santos

Local author Diane Santos will talk about her new book Onward Into the Light: A True Story of Profound Love, Devastating Loss, and a Bond Unbroken by Death. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.  Free event.  Light refreshments will be served.

Community Room

Lunch & Learn with Author Diana K. Perkins
Sep
22
12:00 pm12:00

Lunch & Learn with Author Diana K. Perkins

Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.

Join us for a Lunch & Learn with Diana K. Perkins, author of The Shetucket River Milltown Series.  She will discuss her latest book in the series,The Nonprofit Murders, which is set in South Windham and Willimantic.  She will talk about her research into the mills and mill towns in Eastern Connecticut where her novels take place, and the lives of the people who worked in the mills.  A free lunch will be provided.  Registration is required; call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or your may register here. Copies of her novels will be available for sale and signing.  

Community Room

 

Delicious Discussions Author Series:  Elisabeth Egan
Sep
21
12:00 pm12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Series: Elisabeth Egan

Our September Delicious Discussions event will feature Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens.  The event is part of an ongoing partnership with Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House.  Tickets are $40 each and include lunch at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun, a copy of A Window Opens, dessert and book signing.  For more information, please contact Kate McDonald at kmcdonald@otis.lioninc.org or (860) 889-2365, ext. 127.

Elisabeth Egan is the books editor at Glamour.  Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Self, Glamour, O: The Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, the Huffington Post, the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Washington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, and The Newark Star Ledger.  She lives in New Jersey with her family.

Reviews for A Window Opens:

“Smart and entertaining…with refreshing straight-forwardness and humor” (The Washington Post)

“Witty and charming debut novel....Egan has written a heartfelt, humorous take on the pressures faced by moms and working women, tackling her subject matter with a charming candor that makes readers feel like they are listening to the confidences of a friend. A playful and provocative meditation on what it means to “have it all,” A Window Opens is more than just a mommy manifesto—it’s also an intimate and entertaining yarn that will speak to women from all walks of life.” (BookPage) 

 

Celebrate "Welcoming Week!"
Sep
19
5:00 pm17:00

Celebrate "Welcoming Week!"

Join us for the official opening of the Children's Department "World Language Center" in conjunction with Welcoming America's "Welcoming Week!"  Welcoming Week was designed to bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone, including new Americans.  There will be cultural food, art, activities, and more.  For all ages.  Drop-in.  Free!

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

Genealogy Series at Otis Library:  Tips for Advanced Online Research
Sep
12
6:30 pm18:30

Genealogy Series at Otis Library: Tips for Advanced Online Research

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.

Learn about the multitude of resources available online and how to use them.  This presentation covers how to check online sources for authenticity, managing online documents (i.e. how to extract, store and site documents from the web), using databases, tools to track and guide your online research, and more. The program will be presented by Beth Mariotti, Director of the Godfrey Memorial Library.  

Free program; no registration required.  

Community Room

Home Buying Seminar
Sep
10
10:30 am10:30

Home Buying Seminar

The Home Buying Seminar will be presented in English and Spanish.  Learn key steps to purchasing a home and available options, especially for first-time home buyers, regarding mortgage financing, underwriting and the approval process.  Gain insight into whether you are ready for home ownership, pitfalls to avoid, and the mortgage and down payment assistance programs that are available.  A light breakfast will be provided.  Registration is required; call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.  Sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.

Meeting Room

Shred-It Day at Otis Library!
Sep
10
10:00 am10:00

Shred-It Day at Otis Library!

Otis Library is partnering with Chelsea Groton Bank to provide a “Shred It” service on Saturday, September 10, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Community members are invited to bring documents for shredding to the truck parked in front of Otis Library on that day.  There is a limit of three file-size boxes each to be securely destroyed.  This event is free and open to all.  

Genealogy Series at Otis Library:  Where Did I Come From?
Sep
7
6:30 pm18:30

Genealogy Series at Otis Library: Where Did I Come From?

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.

This program will guide participants in a search for their homeland, including demonstrations on how to locate ship manifests, naturalization records, and vital records in their country of origin.  The presentation will include examples from many countries, providing tips on hiring foreign researchers, and using Family History Centers to find original foreign vital and church records. The program will be presented by Beth Mariotti, Director of the Godfrey Memorial Library.  

Free program; no registration required.  The final program in the series is Tips for Advanced Online Research on Monday, September 12, at 6:30pm.

Community Room

 

Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry
Aug
29
6:30 pm18:30

Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry

Otis Library will host author/photographer Emery Roth II as part of the Connecticut Authors Trail.  Mr. Roth will discuss his book Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry.  In this ode to Connecticut's Naugatuck River Valley, vibrant photos and moving poetry relate the region's legendary industrial history and ponder its legacy.  Free event; no registration required.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.  

Community Room

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.

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.

Community Room 

African American Authors Book Discussion Series
Aug
16
12:00 pm12:00

African American Authors Book Discussion Series

Sponsored by The R. S. Gernon Trust.

Otis Library is hosting an African American Authors Book Discussion Series in July and August.  Books to be discussed are The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin on Tuesday, July 5;Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates on Tuesday, July 19; And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou on Tuesday, August 2; and The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander on Tuesday, August 16.  All discussions will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room.  Refreshments will be provided.  Attendees will receive a free copy of the book being discussed.  Please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, to register.

This free series will be facilitated by Nathalie Etoke, Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at Connecticut College. She is the author of two books and several articles published in academic journals. In 2012, her book Melancholia Africana received the Frantz Fanon Book Award from the Caribbean Association of Philosophy. In 2011, she made a documentary entitled Afro Diasporic French Identities. The documentary examines how the legacy of slavery and colonization challenges the republican ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity.

Delicious Discussions Author Event with Nan Rossiter
Aug
16
12:00 pm12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Event with Nan Rossiter

Our next Delicious Discussions Author Event featuring Nan Rossiter, author of Firefly Summerwill be held on Tuesday, August 16, from 12pm - 1:30pm. The event is part of an ongoing partnership with Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House.

Tickets are $40 each and include lunch at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun, a copy of Firefly Summerdessert and book signing. For more information, please contact Kate McDonald at kmcdonald@otis.lioninc.org or (860) 889-2365 x.127.

Delicious Discussions Author Series
Jul
26
12:00 pm12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Series

Otis Library proudly presents the next Delicious Discussion Author Event featuring Ann Nyberg, author of Slices of Life, on Tuesday, July 26, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. The event is part of an ongoing partnership with Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House.

Tickets are $40 each and include lunch at Michael Jordan's Steak House, a copy of Slices of Life, dessert and book signing. For more information, please contact  Kate McDonald at kmcdonald@otis.lioninc.org or (860) 889-2365, ext. 127.

 

 

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
Jul
25
10:30 am10:30

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop

David Chandler, M.A. in Integrative Health and Healing, will teach two free workshops on Mindfulness Meditation at Otis Library; July 18 and July 25, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  Meditation is a practice that fosters mindfulness through a systematic method of focusing one’s attention.  Mindfulness Meditation can improve both physical and mental health by using various techniques.  No previous experience is necessary.  All are welcome.  No registration is required.

Mr. Chandler teaches in the theater department at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and has been a faculty member at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center for more than 20 years.  He is the founder and director of Eagle’s Quest Tai Chi Center.  Currently David is enrolled in a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program through the Mindfulness Center in Bethesda, MD.

 Any questions, please email office@eaglesquesttaichi.com or call 860-442-9462.  

African American Authors Book Discussion Series
Jul
19
12:00 pm12:00

African American Authors Book Discussion Series

Sponsored by The R. S. Gernon Trust.

Otis Library is hosting an African American Authors Book Discussion Series in July and August.  Books to be discussed are The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin on Tuesday, July 5;Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates on Tuesday, July 19; And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou on Tuesday, August 2; and The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander on Tuesday, August 16.  All discussions will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room.  Refreshments will be provided.  Attendees will receive a free copy of the book being discussed.  Please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, to register, or you may register on the online calendar.

This free series will be facilitated by Nathalie Etoke, Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at Connecticut College. She is the author of two books and several articles published in academic journals. In 2012, her book Melancholia Africana received the Frantz Fanon Book Award from the Caribbean Association of Philosophy. In 2011, she made a documentary entitled Afro Diasporic French Identities. The documentary examines how the legacy of slavery and colonization challenges the republican ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity.

Celebrate with Otis Library!
Jul
18
5:30 pm17:30

Celebrate with Otis Library!

Join Us In Celebrating The National Medal!

The awarding of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Otis Library merits a community celebration! On Monday July 18, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., please join us in the library atrium for the unveiling of the medal. This is a proud moment for Norwich and an opportunity for the library to thank the public for the support that is essential for our success. There will be refreshments, live music and a chance to visit with library staff and board members. No RSVP is required and you can leave your tuxedo at home!

Lunch and Learn:  Credit Basics
Jul
14
12:00 pm12:00

Lunch and Learn: Credit Basics

Sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank

Pamela Days-Luketich, Community Outreach Officer at Chelsea Groton Bank, will present the free program Credit Basics.  A healthy credit profile is critical to operating in today’s society. Credit affects the ability to finance purchases, secure insurance, and even land a dream job. In this seminar learn the tips and tricks to establishing, maintaining, and repairing your credit score. Insights into want lenders are looking for when they analyze credit will also be shared.  Lunch is provided.  Registration is required; you may register by calling (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or on our online calendar.

The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Jul
11
6:30 pm18:30

The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy, hosted by Otis Library, will welcome author James Morrow in the Community Room.  This program honors the memory of local science fiction and fantasy fan and writer Jim Lafayette with appearances by authors of the genre.  Norwich native Faye Ringel, Ph.D., retired Professor of Humanities at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will facilitate the program.  Morrow’s presentation is tied to the themes of the upcoming Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Traveling Exhibit “Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human?” which will visit Otis Library January 7 – February 3, 2017. 

James Morrow’s latest novel, Galápagos Regained, is set in the mid-nineteenth century, and tells of Victorian actress and adventuress Chloe Bathurst, who recapitulates Charles Darwin’s famous voyage to the Encantadas, her goal being to collect illustrative specimens and thereby win the (imaginary) Percy Bysshe Shelley Prize: £10,000 to the first contestant who can prove, or disprove, the existence of God.  Historical figures Alfred Russel Wallace, Gregor Mendel, Darwin, and more appear in this alternative history of evolution. 

Morrow is best known for blending satire, philosophy, and the fantastic in his Godhead Trilogy: Towing Jehovah, Blameless in Abaddon, and The Eternal Footman.  His historical novels of magical realism include The Last Witchfinder and The Philosopher’s Apprentice.

This event is free and open to the public.  Copies of Galápagos Regained will be available for sale and signing.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

African American Authors Book Discussion Series
Jul
5
12:00 pm12:00

African American Authors Book Discussion Series

Sponsored by The R. S. Gernon Trust.

Otis Library is hosting an African American Authors Book Discussion Series in July and August.  Books to be discussed are The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin on Tuesday, July 5; Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates on Tuesday, July 19; And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou on Tuesday, August 2; and The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander on Tuesday, August 16.  All discussions will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room.  Refreshments will be provided.  Attendees will receive a free copy of the book being discussed.  Please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, to register, or you may register on the online calendar.

This free series will be facilitated by Nathalie Etoke, Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at Connecticut College. She is the author of two books and several articles published in academic journals. In 2012, her book Melancholia Africana received the Frantz Fanon Book Award from the Caribbean Association of Philosophy. In 2011, she made a documentary entitled Afro Diasporic French Identities. The documentary examines how the legacy of slavery and colonization challenges the republican ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity.

Commission for Persons with Disabilities Public Forum
Jun
25
10:00 am10:00

Commission for Persons with Disabilities Public Forum

The City of Norwich Commission for Persons with Disabilities, in partnership with Otis Library, welcomes residents to an informational forum in the Community Room.  Learn about the commission, its goals and responsibilities, and meet the commissioners.  The Commission for Persons with Disabilities was created by an act of the City Council in 2015 and is made up of nine volunteers.  The commission meets monthly to consider accessibility issues for disabled residents.  

If there is a need for a sign language interpreter at the forum, please notify the City of Norwich Human Resources Department no later than one week in advance at (860) 823-3786.  For more information on the Commission, visit the City of Norwich website, or call (860) 823-3700.

This event is free and open to the public.

History of the Submarine Base New London in Photographs
Jun
22
6:30 pm18:30

History of the Submarine Base New London in Photographs

 

Please join us as we celebrate Connecticut’s Submarine Century with a look back at the history of the Submarine Base.  Eury Cantillo, Director of Education at the Submarine Force Museum, has combed the Museum’s collection to create a photographic journey through history.  The tour will include aerial photos through the decades, pictures of President Franklin Roosevelt’s visit in 1940, early historic views of the base including the evolution of the waterfront and memories from each era from WWI through the Cold War.  This program is free and open to the public.

Community Room

Spare Parts
Jun
20
6:00 pm18:00

Spare Parts

George Lopez and Marisa Tomei star in this drama inspired by the true story of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students who enter the National Underwater Robotics Competition.  There, with the help of their teacher, the savvy young students test their tech skills against some of the brightest minds at MIT.  Jamie Lee Curtis, Esai Morales and Alexa PenaVega co-star.  Rated PG-13. Free; refreshments provided.  Sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.

Community Room

 

 

 

Building the Puzzle:  Finding the Pieces
Jun
18
1:00 pm13:00

Building the Puzzle: Finding the Pieces

Sponsored by Scient Federal Credit Union.

In collaboration with the New London County Historical Society, Otis Library will be presenting a workshop for genealogical and historical researchers.  The program will highlight historical and genealogical resources available at several area institutions including the Ledyard Historical Society, Lebanon Historical Society, the French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut, Otis Library and the New London County Historical Society.  Free program; registration is required.  Please RSVP to info@newlondonhistory.org, or you may register on our online calendar.

Community Room.

Delicious Discussions Author Series
Jun
15
12:00 pm12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Series

Sponsored by Frontier Communications

Otis Library proudly presents the next Delicious Discussion Author Event featuring Katie Schickel, author of The Mermaid's Secret, on Wednesday, June 15.  The event is part of an ongoing partnership with Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House.

Tickets are $40 each and include lunch at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard in Uncasville, a copy of The Mermaid's Secret, dessert and book signing.  For more information please contact Kate McDonald at kmcdonald@otis.lioninc.org or (860) 889-2365, ext. 127.

 

 

The U.S. Submarine Force and Naval Submarine Base New London:  A 101 Presentation
Jun
8
6:30 pm18:30

The U.S. Submarine Force and Naval Submarine Base New London: A 101 Presentation

Captain Paul Whitescarver, the 51st Commanding Officer of Naval Submarine Base New London, will highlight the mission and role of today's Submarine Force and Naval Submarine Base New London through a slide presentation and a question and answer period.

Captain Whitescarver became the 51st Commanding Officer of Naval Submarine Base New London in December 2015.  A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Captain Whitescarver enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1980, serving eleven years in the enlisted ranks before being selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program.  Captain Whitescarver has served aboard ballistic missile and fast attack submarines and commanded USS SCRANTON (SSN 752) from 2009 to 2012.  He has also served on the Joint Staff; the Chief Naval Operations Staff; and the Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic Staff.

While the installation's history dates back to 1868, Naval Submarine Base New London was designated the Navy's first Submarine Base in June 1916.  Today, the base occupies more than 680 acres straddling the communities of Groton and Ledyard, Connecticut and serves as home to more than 70 tenant commands and 15 attack submarines.  

This program is free and open to the public.

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