Technology Classes
Jun
26
5:00 PM17:00

Technology Classes

Feeling a little lost with all the new technology?  Maybe even some of the old technology?  Our staff is ready to assist you with one-on-one instruction tailored to your specific need. Topics include basic computer skills, navigating the internet, e-mail, e-readers, and Microsoft Office.  Assistance will be provided by appointment only on Wednesdays, 5pm - 8pm.  Please call 860-889-2365, ext. 100, for additional information or to make an appointment.  

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Technology Classes
Jun
28
10:00 AM10:00

Technology Classes

Feeling a little lost with all the new technology?  Maybe even some of the old technology?  Our staff is ready to assist you with one-on-one instruction tailored to your specific need. Topics include basic computer skills, navigating the internet, e-mail, e-readers, and Microsoft Office.  Assistance will be provided by appointment only on Fridays, 10am - 1pm.  Please call 860-889-2365, ext. 100, for additional information or to make an appointment. 

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Adulting 101 Life Skill Workshops:  Basic Sewing Skills
Jul
1
6:00 PM18:00

Adulting 101 Life Skill Workshops: Basic Sewing Skills

Sponsored by Liberty Bank.

Otis Library will offer free life skills workshops for ages 18 and up.  This is an opportunity to learn practical skills that will help you succeed in career and life.  Each class will provide tools and information that will make life more enjoyable and efficient.  Dates and classes are as follows:

Monday, July 1, 6pm:  Basic Sewing Skills with Diane Deedy, Youth Services Librarian

Monday, July 15, 6pm:  Ten Key Steps to Getting Organized with Sandra Wheeler, Professional Organizer from For Peace of Mind, LLC

Monday, July 29, 6pm:  Tips for First-Time Travelers on a Budget with Matt Cadorette, Librarian

Monday, August 12, 6pm: Creating a Work/Life Balance with Ellen Gunther, Life Coach

Monday, August 19, 6pm:  Money Smarts with Pamela Days-Luketich,  Liberty Bank

Refreshments will be provided.Registration is required for each class.To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.

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The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Jul
8
6:00 PM18:00

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 authors Ken Schneyer on Monday, July 8, and Leigh Grossman on July 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  These programs honor  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 introduce the authors.

Kenneth Schneyer has published more than 35 stories in such places as Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed Magazine, the Podcastle, Escape Pod, and Pseudopod podcasts, and elsewhere.  His work has been translated into Italian, Czech, Russian, and Chinese.  In 2014, his short story Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer was a finalist for both the Nebula Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.  Ken’s first collection, The Law & the Heart, was released by Stillpoint Digital Press in 2014; a second collection, Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices, is due to be released by Fairwood Press in 2020.  Ken teaches humanities and legal studies at Johnson & Wales University in Providence.

This programs is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Julie at 806-889-2365, ext. 128.

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Ask The Expert!
Jul
10
10:30 AM10:30

Ask The Expert!

Are you looking to start your own business but don't know where to begin?  Do you need help writing a business plan?  What if you own a business but need advice on marketing?  Jill Fritzsche, Community Manager at Norwich Community Development Corporation, will be in the Business Center at Otis Library the second Wednesday of every month from 10:30am - 12:30pm to answer your questions. Drop in; no appointment necessary.  This is a free program.  For more information, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128.

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Lunch & Learn
Jul
11
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn

Otis Library will host a Lunch & Learn for adults on Thursday, July 11, at 12pm in the Community Room.  Join Nancy Narjarian of the Lapidary & Mineral Society of Central Connecticut for a discussion and hands-on presentation about rocks, minerals and crystals.  Participants will have an opportunity to view them in a fluorescent box and under a microscope during the program.  Lunch is provided.  Free program; registration is required.  Call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.

This program is sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.  Otis Library is located at 261 Main Street in Norwich and is accessible to people with disabilities. 

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Adulting 101 Life Skills Workshops:  Getting Organized
Jul
15
6:00 PM18:00

Adulting 101 Life Skills Workshops: Getting Organized

Sponsored by Liberty Bank.

Otis Library will offer free life skills workshops for ages 18 and up.  This is an opportunity to learn practical skills that will help you succeed in career and life.  Each class will provide tools and information that will make life more enjoyable and efficient.  Dates and classes are as follows:

Monday, July 1, 6pm:  Basic Sewing Skills with Diane Deedy, Youth Services Librarian

Monday, July 15, 6pm:  Ten Key Steps to Getting Organized with Sandra Wheeler, Professional Organizer from For Peace of Mind, LLC

Monday, July 29, 6pm:  Tips for First-Time Travelers on a Budget with Matt Cadorette, Librarian

Monday, August 12, 6pm: Creating a Work/Life Balance with Ellen Gunther, Life Coach

Monday, August 19, 6pm:  Money Smarts with Pamela Days-Luketich,  Liberty Bank

Refreshments will be provided.Registration is required for each class.To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.

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Otis Library Genealogy Club
Jul
16
1:00 PM13:00

Otis Library Genealogy Club

The club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month to learn and to brainstorm about family history projects. Please bring with you any basic information you have about the family members for whom you are looking.  This club will be useful for beginners as well as experienced researchers. For more information, please call Kathleen Wieland, Genealogy Librarian, at (860) 889-2365, ext. 108. 

Meeting Room

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Connecticut Authors Trail
Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

Connecticut Authors Trail

Otis Library once again will be participating in the Connecticut Authors Trail, a consortium of CT Libraries that will host author events throughout the summer.  Author and Journalist James Herbert Smith will be speaking at Otis Library on Wednesday, July 17, at 6:30pm in the Community Room.  He will discuss his latest book Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits, a collection of articles written by women columnists from daily newspapers in Connecticut. 

This is James Herbert Smith’s fifth book. His first, A Passion for Journalism, is a collection of his columns published after he won the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He also has written a historical novel, Wah-say-lan, A Tale of the Iroquois in the American Revolution, and a memoir, A Boy’s Life in the Baby Boom.  He retired after nearly 50 years in journalism including stints as a reporter and city editor of the Hartford Courant and Editor of the Connecticut Post.

He will be joined by Journalist Maura Casey, who has written for The Eagle-Tribune in Massachusetts, The Day of New London, The Hartford Courant and the New York Times. She has won more than 45 national and regional awards for her journalism.

Free program; no registration required. To learn more about the Connecticut Authors Trail, visit www.connecticutauthorstrail.org.

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The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Jul
22
6:00 PM18:00

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 authors Ken Schneyer on Monday, July 8, and Leigh Grossman on July 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  These programs honor  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 introduce the authors.

Leigh Ronald Grossman is a writer, college lecturer, editor, and publishing consultant. He teaches in the English Department at the University of Connecticut and does typesetting, book development, and book production for various publishers and authors via his company, Swordsmith Productions. Grossman is the author of 16 published books, most recently fantasy novel The Lost Daughters. He compiled and edited Sense of Wonder, the largest single-volume science fiction anthology ever produced. He is probably best known in New England for his three books on the Boston Red Sox.

This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128.

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Adulting 101 Life Skills Workshops: Traveling on a Budget
Jul
29
6:00 PM18:00

Adulting 101 Life Skills Workshops: Traveling on a Budget

Sponsored by Liberty Bank.

Otis Library will offer free life skills workshops for ages 18 and up.  This is an opportunity to learn practical skills that will help you succeed in career and life.  Each class will provide tools and information that will make life more enjoyable and efficient.  Dates and classes are as follows:

Monday, July 1, 6pm:  Basic Sewing Skills with Diane Deedy, Youth Services Librarian

Monday, July 15, 6pm:  Ten Key Steps to Getting Organized with Sandra Wheeler, Professional Organizer from For Peace of Mind, LLC

Monday, July 29, 6pm:  Tips for First-Time Travelers on a Budget with Matt Cadorette, Librarian

Monday, August 12, 6pm: Creating a Work/Life Balance with Ellen Gunther, Life Coach

Monday, August 19, 6pm:  Money Smarts with Pamela Days-Luketich,  Liberty Bank

Refreshments will be provided.Registration is required for each class.To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.

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Classics Book Club
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Classics Book Club

Something New! We will read a variety of classic works, from ancient to modern, and meet four times a year in various locations around the City. Our Summer discussion is on Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Meet us at Cafe Otis, 80 Broadway, Norwich. To register, call 860-889-2365, ext. 128.

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Gardening for Beginners
Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

Gardening for Beginners

This month: Garden Management. Now that your garden is prepped and planted, what steps need to be taken to ensure that it thrives?

In partnership with the Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association (ECCGA), Otis Library will host a series of classes on gardening for beginners.   Experienced gardeners from the ECCGA will teach basic gardening skills for everyone, from home owners to apartment dwellers. This series will lead beginner gardeners through the steps and practices involved in maintaining a flourishing home garden.  Dates are as follows:  Monday, April 8; Monday, June 3; Monday, August 5; and Monday, September 9. All programs will begin at 6pm in the Story Room and are free and open to the public.  No registration is required.  Appropriate for teens and adults.  

For more information on the ECCGA, visit www.getgrowingct.org.

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Adulting 101 Life Skills Workshops:  Creating a Work/Life Balance
Aug
12
6:00 PM18:00

Adulting 101 Life Skills Workshops: Creating a Work/Life Balance

Sponsored by Liberty Bank.

Otis Library will offer free life skills workshops for ages 18 and up.  This is an opportunity to learn practical skills that will help you succeed in career and life.  Each class will provide tools and information that will make life more enjoyable and efficient.  Dates and classes are as follows:

Monday, July 1, 6pm:  Basic Sewing Skills with Diane Deedy, Youth Services Librarian

Monday, July 15, 6pm:  Ten Key Steps to Getting Organized with Sandra Wheeler, Professional Organizer from For Peace of Mind, LLC

Monday, July 29, 6pm:  Tips for First-Time Travelers on a Budget with Matt Cadorette, Librarian

Monday, August 12, 6pm: Creating a Work/Life Balance with Ellen Gunther, Life Coach

Monday, August 19, 6pm:  Money Smarts with Pamela Days-Luketich,  Liberty Bank

Refreshments will be provided.Registration is required for each class.To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.

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Delicious Discussions Author Series
Aug
13
12:00 PM12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Series

This series is generously sponsored by Guinan & Houle, LLP Attorneys at Law.

Otis Library and Bank Square Books present a Delicious Discussions author luncheon with author Heather Webb in celebration of her new book Meet Me In Monaco. Tickets for this event are $40 and include an author talk and signing, a copy of the book and a buffet lunch at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun.

This event requires pre-registration.  To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, x128. Delicious Discussions Author Series is a partnership between Otis Library, Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun.  

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Adulting 101 Life Skills Workshops: Money Smarts
Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

Adulting 101 Life Skills Workshops: Money Smarts

Sponsored by Liberty Bank.

Otis Library will offer free life skills workshops for ages 18 and up.  This is an opportunity to learn practical skills that will help you succeed in career and life.  Each class will provide tools and information that will make life more enjoyable and efficient.  Dates and classes are as follows:

Monday, July 1, 6pm:  Basic Sewing Skills with Diane Deedy, Youth Services Librarian

Monday, July 15, 6pm:  Ten Key Steps to Getting Organized with Sandra Wheeler, Professional Organizer from For Peace of Mind, LLC

Monday, July 29, 6pm:  Tips for First-Time Travelers on a Budget with Matt Cadorette, Librarian

Monday, August 12, 6pm: Creating a Work/Life Balance with Ellen Gunther, Life Coach

Monday, August 19, 6pm:  Money Smarts with Pamela Days-Luketich,  Liberty Bank

Refreshments will be provided.Registration is required for each class.To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.

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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Legacy of Ellis Island
Jun
24
6:00 PM18:00

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Legacy of Ellis Island

Otis Library will be showing the film “USCIS and the Legacy of Ellis Island” on Monday, June 24, at 6pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  This short documentary tells the story of Ellis Island through the perspective of those who worked there and highlights the historical connections between the USCIS mission and this iconic historic site. Following the film, Bassem Gayed, Multicultural Services Librarian at Otis Library, will facilitate a discussion with local immigrants.  A variety of ethnic cuisines will be provided by local restaurants.  This event is sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.

This film is being shown in recognition of World Refugee Day, which is observed on the 20th of June each year and is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees around the world. Free event; registration is required. To register, call Bassem at 860-889-2365, x 109, or register on our online calendar.

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CANCELED Nineteenth Century Publishing and the Birth of the Beach Read
Jun
22
1:00 PM13:00

CANCELED Nineteenth Century Publishing and the Birth of the Beach Read

DUE TO A FAMILY EMERGENCY, THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED. WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE AT A FUTURE DATE.

Professor Donna Harrington-Lueker will speak at Otis Library on Saturday, June 22, at 1pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  She will discuss her new book, Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading (University of Massachusetts Press 2019, $29.95).  Drawing upon letters, diaries, archival materials, and an array of 19th-century popular novels set at summer resorts, the author traces the ways in which 19th-century readers, authors, and publishing houses came to frame summer reading not as a disreputable indulgence but as a respectable pastime, especially for the woman reader.

Donna Harrington-Lueker is a professor in the Department of English and Communications at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.  A former magazine writer and editor, her research interests include 19-century print culture, women’s magazines, and the alternative press.  For more information on the author, visit  https://dhlsummerbooks.wordpress.com/.

This is a free program; registration is required.A light lunch will be served.To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the library’s website calendar.

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CANCELED - Ann Nyberg at Otis Library
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

CANCELED - Ann Nyberg at Otis Library

PLEASE NOTE: Due to illness, our program with Ann Nyberg has been canceled. We hope to reschedule at a future date.

Ann Nyberg, author & WTNH-TV’s anchor and reporter, will discuss and sign copies of her book, “Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom about America’s Leading Lady” on Saturday, March 16, at 1pm at Otis Library.  This free program is presented in conjunction with the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame exhibit “We Fight For Roses, Too” on display at Otis Library through the month of March.  Nyberg, founding member and current board vice-president of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate) in Old Saybrook, will discuss the extraordinary life of Katharine Hepburn through personal remembrances from people whose lives she influenced.

Ann Nyberg is the longest serving, full-time anchor/reporter in Connecticut television history, anchoring the news at WTNH-TV (ABC) in New Haven. She began her broadcast journalism career right after graduation from Purdue University with a degree in journalism. Highlights of her career include assignments to Cuba and to the Vatican. She also hosts her own on-air and online long format chat show called Nyberg, on which she interviews innovators, entrepreneurs, and everyday folk, anybody who has a story to tell. Ann’s popular website, “Network Connecticut,” spotlights people, places, innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses all over the state.

This program is free and open to the public but registration is required.To register, call 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or visit the library’s online calendar at www.otislibrarynorwich.org.

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