Classes de Computadora
Nov
20
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.

 

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Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
Nov
20
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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Technology Classes
Nov
29
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.

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John-Manuel Andriote: Stonewall Strong
Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

John-Manuel Andriote: Stonewall Strong

Otis Library presents a discussion and book signing with John-Manuel Andriote, author of the new book Stonewall Strong: Gay Men's Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health, and a Strong Community.  Free and open to the public.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

John-Manuel Andriote has written about LGBT, HIV-AIDS, and other health and medical subjects since the early 1980s, for publications ranging from the Advocate to the Washington Post. He is the author of Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America; Hot Stuff: A Brief History of Disco/Dance Music; Tough Love: A Washington Reporter Finds Resilience, Ruin, and Zombies in his 'other Connecitcut' Hometown, and Wilhelmina Goes Wandering. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, the Huffington Post, and leading LGBT publications across America. Andriote regularly speaks to audiences at conferences and universities, is interviewed and profiled by print and broadcast media, and has been an adjunct communication professor at Eastern Connecticut State University.

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Holiday Harvest: Celebrating the Holiday Table
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Harvest: Celebrating the Holiday Table

Celebrate the holiday season with samplings, healthful recipes, a cheeseboard primer, and easy entertaining ideas! Enjoy samples of dark chocolate harvest bark, fun virgin beverages, chocolate dipped apricots and more.  Presented by Kim Larkin of Klassic Kreations Workshops. Free program; registration required. You may register on our online calendar or call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128. 

For ages 16 and up.

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Changing Minds Book Club
Dec
13
5:00 PM17:00

Changing Minds Book Club

The Changing Minds Book Club will be discussing The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. Join us in the Meeting Room for conversation and refreshments!   No registration required.  There are a limited number of books available to borrow at the Front Desk.


 

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Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London
Jan
14
1:00 PM13:00

Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London

On September 6, 1781, Connecticut native Benedict Arnold and a force of 1,600 British soldiers and loyalists took Fort Griswold and burnt New London to the ground. The brutality of the invasion galvanized the new nation, and “Remember New London!” would become a rallying cry for troops under General Lafayette.

In Homegrown Terror, author Eric D. Lehman, chronicles the events leading up to the attack and highlights this key transformation in Arnold—the point where he went from betraying his comrades to massacring his neighbors and destroying their homes. This defining incident forever marked him as a symbol of evil, turning an antiheroic story about weakness of character and missed opportunity into one about the nature of treachery itself. Homegrown Terror draws upon a variety of perspectives, from the traitor himself to his former comrades like Jonathan Trumbull and Silas Deane, to the murdered Colonel Ledyard. Rethinking Benedict Arnold through the lens of this terrible episode, Lehman sheds light on the ethics of the dawning nation, and the way colonial America responded to betrayal and terror.

Eric D. Lehman teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Bridgeport and his essays, reviews, poems, and stories have been published in dozens of journals and magazines. His dozen books include A History of Connecticut Food, Literary Connecticut, A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard, Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City, Hamden: Tales from the Sleeping Giant, Insiders’ Guide to Connecticut, The Foundation of Summer, Connecticut Town Greens: History of the State’s Common Centers, and Afoot in Connecticut: Journeys in Natural History, nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His revolutionary history Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London was a finalist in two categories of the Indie Book Awards.

This presentation is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be available and the author will be selling and signing books following the presentation. 

This event is brought to you in partnership by: The Norwich Historical Society, Leffingwell House Museum and Otis Library.

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

Otis Library Genealogy Club

Please Note:  The Genealogy Club will not be meeting in November and December 2017.

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 and to register, please call Kathleen Wieland, Genealogy Librarian, at (860) 889-2365, ext. 108. 

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Technology Classes
Nov
17
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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Delicious Discussions Author Series
Nov
9
12:00 PM12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Series

Please join us for our next Delicious Discussions Author luncheon with Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine , authors of The Last Mrs. Parrish.  The luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 9, 12-1:30pm at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun. This luncheon is part of an ongoing partnership with Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Restaurants and generously sponsored by GUINAN & HOULE, Attorneys at Law. 

The cost for the luncheon is $45 and includes lunch, a copy of the book, dessert and author signing. To register, please contact Julie Menders at (860) 889-2365 x.128 or jmenders@otislibrarynorwich.org.

ABOUT The Last Mrs. Parrish:  Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn't have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces. 

With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:  Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Separated by three states, they spend hours plotting via Skype and burning up each other’s emails. They attribute their ability to concoct dark story lines to the hours they spent listening to tales handed down by their Greek grandmother. They live in Connecticut and Maryland, respectively. 

 

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Author Katherine Hauswirth
Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

Author Katherine Hauswirth

Join Deep River nature writer Katherine Hauswirth, author of The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail, as she shares slides of her nature writing adventures and reads from her book.  Copies will be available for purchase and signing.  Refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

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Friends of Otis Library Book Sale
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Friends of Otis Library Book Sale

Early Bird Preview:  Friday, October 20, 9am-10am, $10  

General Admission is free.  Hours:  Friday, October 20, 10am - 3pm; Saturday, October 21, 10am - 3pm; Sunday, October 22, 12pm - 3pm.  A large selection of books, CDs, and DVDs, with something for everyone! All proceeds benefit Otis Library.  

 

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Free Citizenship Classes
Oct
18
4:00 PM16:00

Free Citizenship Classes

Have you had your Green Card for at least five years?  Consider citizenship.

Beginning October 4th, Otis Library will provide free Citizenship Classes every Wednesday from 4pm - 7pm for twelve weeks.  Learn about U.S. history and civics to prepare for the citizenship exam.  Books, videos and study materials will be provided.  An Immigration Lawyer will be available during some classes to answer your questions.  Applicant must commit to attend all twelve weeks, provide their green card, and read, speak and comprehend basic English.  To register, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 110, or e-mail Bassem Gayed, Multicultural Services Coordinator, at bgayed@otislibrarynorwich.org.

A program of Connecticut’s Peer Library Citizenship Initiative funded in part by Hartford Public Library’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services grant.

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Behind the Scenes at Otis Library
Oct
5
1:00 PM13:00

Behind the Scenes at Otis Library

You are invited to a private tour of Otis Library presented by Executive Director Robert Farwell!  Visit the library archives and behind the scenes areas that are usually off-limits! This is a great way to learn about Otis Library’s history.  Free event; no registration required. This program is presented in partnership with The Last Green Valley's Walktober.

Meet in the atrium at 1:00 p.m.

 

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Scott Bates:  The Unites States and North Korea
Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

Scott Bates: The Unites States and North Korea

Deputy Secretary of the State Scott D. Bates will give an analysis on the current situation between the United States and North Korea.  He will discuss the threat posed by North Korea, the possibility of negotiation, and what options are available.  This program is free and open to the public. 

Scott Bates has served in leadership roles at the state, national and international levels in policy development and government for over 25 years.   After September 11th, Bates became the first Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee and led a team that produced a dozen reports on homeland security issues ranging from border security to bioterrorism.  He then served as President of the Center for National Policy, a Washington DC think tank focusing on topics of national security. Bates has also taught at the National Defense University in Washington D.C, University of Indiana School of Law, the University of Tokyo, and the University of Pristina.


He holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and graduated magna cum laude in History and Political Science from the University of Dayton. The Bates family lives in Stonington, and are actively involved in their community.

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Drop-In Art Program: Celebrating Diversity and Peace (all ages)
Sep
23
12:00 PM12:00

Drop-In Art Program: Celebrating Diversity and Peace (all ages)

The Rotary Club of Norwich will partner with Otis Library on several diversity-themed events in September. This partnership is in recognition of the 2017 Celebrate Cultural Diversity event on Tuesday, September 19, at Howard Brown Park.  This annual event celebrates the many cultures that make up the community of Norwich.

Local artist Faith Satterfield will be on hand in the Meeting Room from 12pm through 2pm to help patrons of all ages create an original work of art relating to the theme of “Celebrating Diversity and Peace.”  Faith is a mural artist, an internationally trained illustrator and teaching artist.  Drop-in; no registration required. 

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Dennis Wong of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Dennis Wong of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace

The Rotary Club of Norwich will partner with Otis Library on several diversity-themed events in September. This partnership is in recognition of the 2017 Celebrate Cultural Diversity event on Tuesday, September 19, at Howard Brown Park.  This annual event celebrates the many cultures that make up the community of Norwich.

On Thursday, September 21, Otis Library will host speaker Dennis Wong of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club.  Dennis is the co-founder of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace, and holds a United Nations ground pass as the Official Representative for the International Cities of Peace, an association of citizens, governments and organizations who have by proclamation, resolution, or by citizen advocacy established their communities as official Cities of Peace.  He will be speaking in the Community Room at 6pm.  This program is free and open to the public.

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Latino Authors Book Discussion Series
Aug
24
12:00 PM12:00

Latino Authors Book Discussion Series

Sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.

Otis Library will be hosting a Latino Authors Book Discussion Series in July and August. Books to be discussed are Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Thursday, July 13; How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez on Thursday, July 27; Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life by Luis Alberto Urrea on Thursday, August 10; and My Beloved World by Sonja Sotomayor on Thursday, August 24.  All discussions will take place at 12pm in the Meeting Room. Lunch will be provided.  Attendees will receive a free copy of the book being discussed.  There are a limited number of audio books available. Please call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128 to register for this free program.

The Latino Authors Book Discussion Series will be facilitated by Aida Heredia, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College. Professor Heredia has published two books, De la recta a las cajas chinas: la poesía de José Kozer and La representación del haitiano en las letras dominicanas. She has also published articles on national identity, memory and religion as counter-colonial practice in scholarly journals.  Her research interests include cultural representation and the African diaspora in the Americas.  Professor Heredia has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright-Hays Program.

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Connecticut Authors Trail at Otis Library:  Abby Stokes
Aug
21
6:30 PM18:30

Connecticut Authors Trail at Otis Library: Abby Stokes

As part of the 2017 Connecticut Authors Trail, Otis Library welcomes Abby Stokes, author of Is This Thing On? A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming.  Abby will give a talk on "Tech Travel Tips, Best Travel Apps, and Great Travel Gadgets." She will help you avoid a smartphone bill that will ruin your vacation after-glow.  Learn about great apps to help plan, navigate and enjoy your trip!  

Copies of her book Is This Thing On? will be available for sale and signing.  This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

You can visit Abby's website at:  http://askabbystokes.com/home/

To learn more about the Connecticut Authors Trail, visit:  http://connecticutauthorstrail.org/

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Solar Eclipse Live Stream
Aug
21
12:00 PM12:00

Solar Eclipse Live Stream

Join us in the Community Room for a safe, indoor viewing of the solar eclipse, the celestial event of the century!

12pm - Eclipse Preview Show, hosted by NASA from Charleston, South Carolina
1pm - Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA  This show will cover the path of totality the eclipse will take across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina.  The program will featue views from NASA research aircraft, high-altitude balloons, satellites and specially-modified telescopes.  It also will include live reports from Charleston, as well as from Salem, Oregon; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Beatrice, Nebraska; Jefferson City, Missouri; Carbondale, Illinois; Hopkinsville, Kentucky; and Clarksville, Tennessee.  https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Themed refreshments will be provided. 

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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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Latino Authors Book Discussion Series
Aug
10
12:00 PM12:00

Latino Authors Book Discussion Series

Sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.

Otis Library will be hosting a Latino Authors Book Discussion Series in July and August. Books to be discussed are Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Thursday, July 13; How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez on Thursday, July 27; Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life by Luis Alberto Urrea on Thursday, August 10; and My Beloved World by Sonja Sotomayor on Thursday, August 24.  All discussions will take place at 12pm in the Meeting Room. Lunch will be provided.  Attendees will receive a free copy of the book being discussed.  There are a limited number of audio books available. Please call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128 to register for this free program.

The Latino Authors Book Discussion Series will be facilitated by Aida Heredia, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College. Professor Heredia has published two books, De la recta a las cajas chinas: la poesía de José Kozer and La representación del haitiano en las letras dominicanas. She has also published articles on national identity, memory and religion as counter-colonial practice in scholarly journals.  Her research interests include cultural representation and the African diaspora in the Americas.  Professor Heredia has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright-Hays Program.

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Karkowska Sisters Duo
Aug
3
1:00 PM13:00

Karkowska Sisters Duo

Otis Library welcomes The Karkowska Sisters on Thursday, August3, at 1pm in the Community Room.  Ann and Kasha Karkowska, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning ensemble on violin and piano, will present the musical program "60 Minutes Across The World."  This program will take the audience on a journey with stories, humor, and the most beloved classical music.  The sisters have toured both North American and Europe and have recorded for Polish National, Mexican and American TV and radio, including PBS (Buffalo).  Free program; registration is required.  Call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.  All ages welcome.

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More Connecticut Lore with Zachary Lamothe
Jul
31
6:30 PM18:30

More Connecticut Lore with Zachary Lamothe

Zachary Lamothe returns to Otis Library to discuss his latest book More Connecticut Lore. Journey through Connecticut using this unconventional guidebook containing 82 odd locations to visit on your next outing. Connecticut has plenty of strange and unusual history and folklore that will have you wandering slightly off the beaten path.  Free event; no registration required.  Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing.

Hailing from Norwich, Zachary Lamothe grew up in a house built in 1752 and from an early age was always intrigued by local lore and history. Zack studied New England history and folklore while a student at Boston University, attaining a degree in American Studies.  He is a frequent contributor to Norwich Magazine where he writes about history, community profiles, and tourism as well as other written and web based publications.  His first book, Connecticut Lore: Strange, Off Kilter, and Full of Surprises was released in 2013 and the sequel More Connecticut Lore was released in 2016, both from Schiffer Publications.

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Latino Authors Book Discussion Series
Jul
27
12:00 PM12:00

Latino Authors Book Discussion Series

Sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.

Otis Library will be hosting a Latino Authors Book Discussion Series in July and August. Books to be discussed are Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Thursday, July 13; How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez on Thursday, July 27; Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life by Luis Alberto Urrea on Thursday, August 10; and My Beloved World by Sonja Sotomayor on Thursday, August 24.  All discussions will take place at 12pm in the Meeting Room. Lunch will be provided.  Attendees will receive a free copy of the book being discussed.  There are a limited number of audio books available. Please call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128 to register for this free program.

The Latino Authors Book Discussion Series will be facilitated by Aida Heredia, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College. Professor Heredia has published two books, De la recta a las cajas chinas: la poesía de José Kozer and La representación del haitiano en las letras dominicanas. She has also published articles on national identity, memory and religion as counter-colonial practice in scholarly journals.  Her research interests include cultural representation and the African diaspora in the Americas.  Professor Heredia has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright-Hays Program.

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Cooking Demonstration
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Cooking Demonstration

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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Latino Authors Book Discussion Series
Jul
13
12:00 PM12:00

Latino Authors Book Discussion Series

Sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.

Otis Library will be hosting a Latino Authors Book Discussion Series in July and August. Books to be discussed are Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Thursday, July 13; How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez on Thursday, July 27; Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life by Luis Alberto Urrea on Thursday, August 10; and My Beloved World by Sonja Sotomayor on Thursday, August 24.  All discussions will take place at 12pm in the Meeting Room. Lunch will be provided.  Attendees will receive a free copy of the book being discussed.  There are a limited number of audio books available. Please call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128 to register for this free program.

The Latino Authors Book Discussion Series will be facilitated by Aida Heredia, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College. Professor Heredia has published two books, De la recta a las cajas chinas: la poesía de José Kozer and La representación del haitiano en las letras dominicanas. She has also published articles on national identity, memory and religion as counter-colonial practice in scholarly journals.  Her research interests include cultural representation and the African diaspora in the Americas.  Professor Heredia has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright-Hays Program.

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Modular Origami Class
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Modular Origami Class

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.

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Lunch & Learn: Governor Samuel Huntington, Connecticut's Forgotten Founding Father
Jul
6
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Governor Samuel Huntington, Connecticut's Forgotten Founding Father

Join historian Damien Cregeau for a Lunch & Learn on “Governor Samuel Huntington, Connecticut’s Forgotten Founding Father” on Thursday, July 6, at 12pm.  Mr. Cregeau will discuss the accomplishments of Samuel Huntington, including his signing of the Declaration of Independence, and will show photographs of his boyhood home in Scotland, CT as well as his home in Norwich.  Lunch is provided.  Free program; registration is required.  Call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar at www.otislibrarynorwich.org.

Damien Cregeau is an independent historian who earned his Master’s Degree in history from Colorado State University.  He is a scholar of 18th century American History, specializing in military and political history. 

 

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Fort Griswold: A History of Retelling
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

Fort Griswold: A History of Retelling

What is commonly referred as the 'Battle of Fort Griswold' took place on September 6, 1781 in Groton, CT during the American Revolutionary War.  Claiming many American and British lives, it was the last battle in the State of Connecticut, as well as one of the last battles of the entire War.  Many books have been written about the events surrounding the battle and the people involved.  Families have clung to popular stories, passed down from generations.  But what if some of those claims aren't accurate?  What if things didn't happen exactly as thought?  

Michael Carroll is a historian and researcher, most notably from the American Revolutionary War through the American Civil War.  Michael has a passion for digging up facts and stories that are seemingly lost to the sands of time.   Free event; no registration required.

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Delicious Discussions Author Series
Jun
27
12:00 PM12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Series

Please join us for our next Delicious Discussions luncheon with Leah DeCesare, author of Forks, Knives and Spoons. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 12-1:30pm at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun. This luncheon is part of an ongoing partnership with Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Restaurants and generously sponsored by GUINAN & HOULE, Attorneys at Law

The cost for the luncheon is $40 and includes lunch, a copy of the book , dessert and author signing. To register, please contact Kate McDonald, Development Manager at (860) 889-2365 x.127 or kmcdonald@otislibrarynorwich.org.

Leah DeCesare's childhood dream was to become an author though she never expected her first book to be about parenting.  The Naked Parenting series stemmed from her main gig as mother of three, and she writes between car pools and laundry.   Forks, Knives, and Spoons  is her debut novel. (SparkPress, April 2017). Leah has also written articles for publication in The Huffington Post,  the International Doula , The Key, and other online outlets and local publications. 

 

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The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

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

The 10th Anniversary of the Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy, hosted by Otis Library, will welcomeErik Amundsen, C. S. E. Cooney, Carlos Hernandez, and Julia Rios, authors and poets of the fantastic on Monday, June 26, at 6:00 p.m. 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.  The participants will read – and sing- their own works and answer questions about poetry in these genres.

Erik Amundsen is a Connecticut resident.  His poetry and prose have appeared in Strange Horizons and other journals. Two of his poems have been nominated for the 2017 Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association Rhysling Award. 

C. S. E. Cooney of Westerly, RI, was a previous Lafayette Memorial lecturer. An audiobook narrator, she has won the World Fantasy Award for Collected Fiction for Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium 2015).  Her poetry collection How to Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes features Rhysling Award-winning “The Sea King’s Second Bride.”  She also composes and records as Brimstone Rhine and she will sing several of her compositions at the June 26th program.

Carlos Hernandez of Queens, NY is the author of over 30 works of fiction, poetry, prose, and drama.  An Associate Professor at the City University of New York, he teaches English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and is a member of the doctoral faculty at The CUNY Graduate Center.

Julia Rios of Boston, MA is a writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in many journals. She was a fiction editor for Strange Horizons from 2012 to 2015 and is currently the poetry and reprints editor for Uncanny Magazine.

This event is free and open to the public.  Copies of the latest books by these authors/poets will be available for sale and signing.  For more information, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

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CANCELED Mental Health and the Movies
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

CANCELED Mental Health and the Movies

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

Join us for our annual film festival and conversation on how mental health is portrayed in films.  This year we will be showing Ordinary People (Rated R, 1980) and The Madness of King George (Rated PG-13, 1994). Free event; lunch is included. Registration is required.  Please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register online.

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