Drop-In Chess
Jan
18
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
Jan
18
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.

Book Discussion - "I'll Take You There"
Jan
18
6:30 pm18:30

Book Discussion - "I'll Take You There"

Discuss the latest novel by Wally Lamb, I'll Take You There.

The book features a grown-up Felix Funicello, protagonist from Wishin' and Hopin',  and the trio of unforgettable women who have played a part in his life.  I’ll Take You There centers on Felix, now a film scholar who runs a Monday night movie club at the Garde Arts Center.

The libraries of southeastern Connecticut are honoring our region’s leading author, Wally Lamb. The celebration was kicked off at the Garde Arts Center in New London on November 20 and will continue around the region with several events through February.
 
On Sunday, February 12, at 3pm, the Garde will host all of Wally Lamb’s local fans for a final celebration.  Mr. Lamb will speak about his novels, meet his readers and sign books at this free event.

 

Delicious Discussions Author Series:  Kevin Lacz
Jan
19
12:00 pm12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Series: Kevin Lacz

Our next Delicious Discussions event will feature Kevin Lacz, author of The Last Punisher.  The event is part of an ongoing partnership with Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House and is generously sponsored by Guinan & Houle, LLP, Attorneys at Law.  

"There are few, if any, people in the world who knew Chris Kyle as well as Kevin "Dauber" Lacz.  Many, like myself, knew some of Chris's story; few, like Kevin, knew virtually all of it. This book is about the amazing true grit of SEAL Team THREE in some of the worst days of battle in the history of the US SEAL Teams and the United States.  The epitome of the SEAL attitude of "never quit" runs through Kevin's veins and this book's pages.  A must read."  Scott McEwen, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of American Sniper

Kevin Lacz left college and joined the US Navy following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  He served with SEAL Team THREE as a sniper, breacher, and medic and did two combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He received a Bronze Star with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals in addition to others for his service.  Kevin served as a technical advisor and played himself in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated film American Sniper.  He lives in Florida with his wife Lindsey and their two children.

Reservations are required. The cost of the event is $45 per person and includes lunch, dessert, a copy of The Last Punisher and book signing. To register, please contact Kate McDonald, Development Manager, at kmcdonald@otislibrarynorwi ch.org or (860) 889-2365 x.127.

Drop-In Knitting Group
Jan
20
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

Paleo Artrist John Gurche
Jan
21
1:00 pm13:00

Paleo Artrist John Gurche

Paleo artist John Gurche will present the program Who Was Homo Naledi?  The Scientific Detective Work Behind Answering This Question.  He will discuss the discovery, excavation, analysis and reconstruction of Homo naledi, a new species of human found in a cave in South Africa.  He will also offer a sneak preview of work for his next book and exhibition. This program is fee and open to the public.

John Gurche's work can be seen in the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History, Chicago's Field Museum and other museums around the world.  His illustrations have been featured in National Geographic Magazine, including four covers. His art has appeared on U.S. postage stamps, and he was hired by Stephen Spielberg to create pre-production drawings for Jurassic Park.  Mr. Gurche is the author of Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art and Imagination Help Us Understand our Origins, which is about the thinking and stories behind his creations of fifteen sculptures for the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Hall of Human Origins, which opened in 2010. 

This program is made possible by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.  The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.  

 

 

Classes de Computadora
Jan
23
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.

 

Delicious Discussions Author Series - Beatriz Williams
Jan
25
12:00 pm12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Series - Beatriz Williams

Our next Delicious Discussions event will feature Beatriz Williams, author of The Wicked City.  The event is part of an ongoing partnership with Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House and is generously sponsored by Guinan & Houle, LLP, Attorneys at Law.  

Beatriz Williams is the author of the new book The Wicked City and previous books including Overseas (2012), A Hundred Summers (2013), The Secret Life of Violet Grant (2014), Tiny Little Thing (2015), Along the Infinite Sea (2015), The Forgotten Room (2016), and A Certain Age (2016).  A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a corporate and communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons.  She new lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.

Reservations are required. The cost of the event is $45 per person and includes lunch, dessert, a copy of The Wicked City and book signing. To register, please contact Kate McDonald, Development Manager, at kmcdonald@otislibrarynorwi ch.org or (860) 889-2365 x.127.

A Conversation on Modern Sexuality
Jan
25
6:00 pm18:00

A Conversation on Modern Sexuality

Otis Library and OutCT are hosting a panel discussion on the evolution of our understanding of Human Sexuality.  Kia Baird, Festival Chair of OutCT, will moderate discussions from Professors at the University of Connecticut, Mitchell College, and Pacific School of Religion.. OutCT builds community through educational, cultural and social programming that promotes acceptance, tolerance and understanding of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Free event; no registration required.

There will be three short talks followed by a Q&A with the audience:  "Media Impacts on Sexual Attitudes and Behavior" by Tara Broccoli, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Mitchell College;  "Queer Fiction 1890-1960 and Some Social Issues They Engendered" by Maragret Sonser Breen, Professor of English and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut; and "Gender, Sexuality and the Bible" by Daniel Rodriguez Schlorff, Christian Education and Youth Minister at Niantic Community Church and at dissertation stage of Doctor of Ministry in Sexuality and Religion, Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley, CA).

Ginga Brasileira!
Jan
28
10:30 am10:30

Ginga Brasileira!

This program is sponsored by Attorney Bart Sayet and Ms. Lori Lindfors.

In celebration of the opening of the Smithsonian's traveling exhibition, Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human?, on display at Otis Library from January 7 - February 3, the Brazilian dance troupe Ginga Brasileira will be at the library to perform colorful, crowd-pleasing Afro-Brazilian dances that fuse rhythmic music with high-energy gymnastics and martial arts.  For all ages.

Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human? was organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Program Office.  This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and support from the Peter Buck Human Origins Fund.

Writers Workshop
Jan
28
10:30 am10:30

Writers Workshop

Writers Workshop - 2nd and 4th Saturdays of January, February and March at 10:30am in the Meeting Room.  Facilitated by Writing Instructor Mary Lu Higgins.  Registration is required; call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

The bi-weekly monthly meetings in a small, personal environment will motivate and support the writer.  Each workshop will provide a short lecture, a creative exercise, discussion and positive feedback.  Both new and experienced writers are welcome.  

This program is sponsored by the R. S. Gernon Trust and The Friends of Otis Library.

Painting with Faith (all ages)
Jan
28
2:00 pm14:00

Painting with Faith (all ages)

Local artist Faith Satterfield will be on hand to help you create an original work of art relating to "What Does It Mean To Be Human?"  Faith is a mural artist, an internationally trained illustrator and teaching artist.  Drop-in; no registration required

Perfecting Humanity:  The Norwich State Hospital and the Science of Racial Purity
Jan
30
6:00 pm18:00

Perfecting Humanity: The Norwich State Hospital and the Science of Racial Purity

Eugenics, the attempt to improve the human species socially through better breeding, was a widespread and popular movement in the Unites States and Europe between 1910 and 1940. This program provides an overview of the Norwich State Hospital and Connecticut's involvement in the Eugenics movement at the turn of the 20th century.  Presented by Robert Farwell, Executive Director of Otis Library.

Free and open to the public.

Changing Minds Book Club
Feb
8
5:00 pm17:00

Changing Minds Book Club

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson

Join us in the Meeting Room 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.

 

 


 


What Does Human Evolution Mean To You?  A Community Conversation
Jan
11
6:00 pm18:00

What Does Human Evolution Mean To You? A Community Conversation

How do scientific discoveries about human origins relate to people’s personal understanding of the world and their place in it?  Join Drs. Connie Bertka and Jim Miller, co-chairs of the Smithsonian Institution’s Broader Social Impacts Committee, as they encourage a community conversation about human evolution that helps us to understand each other’s perspectives, to identify areas of common interest or concern, and to explore the variety of ways human evolution connects to personal meaning. They will be joined by Drs. Rick Potts and Briana Pobiner from the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program.

Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human was organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in collaboration with with American Library Association Public Program Office.  This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and support from the Peter Buck Human Origins Fund.

Evening Science Talk
Jan
9
6:00 pm18:00

Evening Science Talk

How can scientific discoveries on human evolution connect with larger understandings of what it means to be human?  Join Dr. Rick Potts, paleoanthropologist and curator of the traveling exhibit Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human?, and Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, former Connecticut State Archaeologist, as they explore the main themes and messages of the traveling exhibit in a program for the general public. The talk and following conversation will explore how fossils, archeological remains, and genetic studies shed light on our connection with the natural world and the origins of sharing, caring, and innovation.  Free and open to the public.

Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human was organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in collaboration with with American Library Association Public Program Office.  This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and support from the Peter Buck Human Origins Fund.

Battlefields of the Pequot War
Jan
8
2:00 pm14:00

Battlefields of the Pequot War

Dr. Kevin McBride, Director of Research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, will give a presentation on the battlefields of the Pequot War.  After more than 375 years, the Pequot War remains one of the most controversial and significant events in Colonial and Native history of America.  The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center is identifying and preserving battlefields and historical sites associated with the Pequot War.  The museum's new exhibit, "Archaeology of Mistick Fort," highlights the latest findings, with over 60 artifacts from the Pequot Museum's archaeological surveys of the Mistick Fort site and subsequent English Allied Withdrawal.  

Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings
Dec
31
12:00 pm12:00

Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings

Lincoln Center Local partners with Otis Library to bring film screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood.  Join us in the Community Room for a free screening of New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve: La Vie Parisienne.  No registration required; refreshments will be served.

A New Year's Eve tradition continues when the New York Philharmonic welcomes opera star Susan Graham and the inimitable Nathan Lane for a sampling of fizzy French treats ranging from the Can Can to Carnival of the Animals.

Community Room

 

Friday Film Series
Dec
23
1:00 pm13:00

Friday Film Series

Otis Library will screen four films in December that highlight the question "What Does It Mean To Be Human?"  This film series 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.  Guest lecturer Jason M. Sheldon will provide commentary before and after each film.

Otis Library will be screening the acclaimed film Human, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, on December 23. The film, which is made up of 200 deeply personal portraits, and interviews with people from all walks of life.  Human collects real-life emotional stories from over 2000 men and women in more than 60 countries around the world, combining intimate close-ups with breathtaking aerial-photography to ultimately explore the interconnectivity of humans across the Globe, and the meaning of what it means to be human. The film received a special screening at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.  This film is suitable for ages 16 and up.

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. 

Friday Film Series
Dec
16
1:00 pm13:00

Friday Film Series

Otis Library will screen four films in December that highlight the question "What Does It Mean To Be Human?"  This film series 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.  Guest lecturer Jason M. Sheldon will provide commentary before and after each film.

On December 16 we will screen Children of Men, a 2006 British-American science fiction thriller directred and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón, based on P. D. James 1992 novel of the same name.  When infertility threatens mankind with extinction and the last child born has perished, a disillusioned bureaucrat (Clive Owen) becomes the unlikely champion in the fight for the survival of Earth's population; He must face down his own demons and protect the planet's last remaining hope from danger.  Rated R.

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. 

Lunch & Learn with Artist Faith Satterfield
Dec
15
12:00 pm12:00

Lunch & Learn with Artist Faith Satterfield

Sponsored by The Edward & Mary Lord Foundation

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon creating a winter-themed painting to take home!  Instruction provided by local artist Faith Satterfield of Murals by Faith.  Lunch is provided.  Reservations are required.  Call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register online.

 

Friday Film Series
Dec
9
1:00 pm13:00

Friday Film Series

Otis Library will screen four films in December that highlight the question "What Does It Mean To Be Human?"  This film series 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.  Guest lecturer Jason M. Sheldon will provide commentary before and after each film.

On December 9th we will screen Cave of Forgotten Dreams from the incomparable Werner Herzog (Encounters at the End of the WorldGrizzly Man) as he follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man.  Cave of Forgotten Dreams is an unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago - almost twice as old as any previous discovery.  Rated G.

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. 

"Where We Call Home" Lecture Series:  Stephen Fan
Dec
5
6:30 pm18:30

"Where We Call Home" Lecture Series: Stephen Fan

Otis Library hosts 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. 

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.  The 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. 

 

Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings
Dec
3
12:00 pm12:00

Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings

Lincoln Center partners with Otis Library to bring film screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood.  Join us in the Community Room for a screening of Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances.  No registration required; refreshments will be served.

Go behind the scenes for the first time ever to experience the intense training of ballet's brightest future stars as they prepare for their vital end-of-year performances.  An all-Balanchine program features Serenade, and excerpts from Swan Lake, and Western Symphony.

Community Room

 

Friday Film Series
Dec
2
1:00 pm13:00

Friday Film Series

Otis Library will screen four films in December that highlight the question "What Does It Mean To Be Human?"  This film series 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.  Guest lecturer Jason M. Sheldon will provide commentary before and after each film.

The first film to be shown is 2001: A Space Odyssey, the sci-fi masterpiece from acclaimed producer/director Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket) about a space voyage to Jupiter that turns chaotic when a computer enhanced with artificial intelligence takes over. Visually breathtaking with Oscar-winning special effects, stunning cinematography, and an Academy Award-nominated script from Kubrick and best-selling  sci-fi author, Arthur C. Clarke.

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. 

"Where We Call Home" Lecture Series
Nov
21
6:30 pm18:30

"Where We Call Home" Lecture Series

Otis Library hosts 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. 

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. 

 

O'tis a Festival: a marketplace of all things creative
Nov
19
10:00 am10:00

O'tis a Festival: a marketplace of all things creative

Otis Library kicks off the holiday shopping season with their eighth annual "O'tis a Festival: a marketplace of all things creative."  Join us for this joyful day of children's events, musical performances, a wreath and basket raffle, two full floors of handcrafted items, and a visit from Santa!  Over 40 crafters will be offering a variety of items, including jewelry, woodworking and pottery.  We hope to see you there!

Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings
Nov
12
12:00 pm12:00

Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings

Lincoln Center partners with libraries to bring exclusive free screenings of Lincoln Center's finest performances directly to your neighborhood.. Enjoy a free screening of Cassandra Wilson, The Campbell Brothers: A Sacred Steel Love Supreme, which was performed in August 2014.  

Cassandra Wilson: This daring, velvet-voiced performer has been breaking down barriers since her all-embracing Blue Light 'til Dawn, an album that redefined jazz singing thanks to Wilson's emotionally rich interpretations of blues, folk, and country songs, as well as standards and originals. This night, she will celebrate the landmark recording's 20th anniversary.

The Campbell Brothers: A Sacred Steel Love Supreme (World Premiere), Featuring visuals by Brock Monroe.  These torchbearers of sacred steel guitar reveal the full gospel affinities and spiritual transcendence of Coltrane's masterwork in a world premiere honoring its 50th anniversary. Monroe's improvised light show will weave ethereal, lace-like patterns in real-time dialogue with the musical mantra.

Upcoming free screenings at Otis Library:  December 3 - Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances; Saturday, December 31 - New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve: La Vie Parisienne.

Food Fusion!
Nov
1
5:00 pm17:00

Food Fusion!

This program will take place at Norwich Technical High School, 7 Mahan Drive, Norwich.

A global look at food and culture, and how it has shaped the way we eat today.  Learn some easy tips to liven up your culinary repertoire and expand your senses through food! Demonstration and tasting provided by Chef Jason Bentley, CEC, Culinary Dept. Head and students at Norwich Tech.  This program 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.  Registration is required; please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on our online calendar.

Free Seminar on Long-Term Care Insurance
Oct
26
6:00 pm18:00

Free Seminar on Long-Term Care Insurance

You have your 401(k), your diversified portfolio, your retirement nest egg... You've thought of everything - except for how to protect these assets should you need long-term care. It's a fact: Just one year in a Connecticut nursing home can cost more than $148,000, and Medicare and health insurance may only cover a fraction of these costs.

Now there's a way to protect your life's savings . If you're 40 or older, long-term care insurance approved by the State's Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care should be part of your retirement plan.  These policies assure you of the highest quality standards.  They're affordable and provide asset protection, protect against inflation, and - most importantly - give you peace of mind through your retirement years.

Even if you've put aside money for your retirement, such as through a 401(k), these assets are vulnerable should you need long-term care.  Our free seminar will explain how long-term care insurance can help protect your retirement investments.

On Wednesday, October 26, at 6pm in the Community Room, Otis Library will be sponsoring a presentation on this very important topic with special guest speaker, Aldo Pantano, from the CT Partnership for Long-Term Care, with the State Office of Policy and Management.  Come learn about how the State's Partnership for Long-Term Care can help you plan ahead for your future long-term care needs.  Please call the library at 860-889-2365 ext. 125 to register.

No company specific products will be discussed, and there will be no sales or solicitations allowed - just information that you should know. 

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.

Documentary Film:  Most Likely to Succeed
Oct
22
12:00 pm12:00

Documentary Film: Most Likely to Succeed

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.

Otis Library will take part in Most Likely to Succeed's worldwide campaign to re-imagine education. The acclaimed film Most Likely to Succeed offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of-if we have the vision and courage to transform our schools. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been an official selection of two dozen of the world's top film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, and AFI DOCS. It's been featured at leading conferences on education, including ASU/GSV, SxSWedu, Harvard/GoldmanSachs, and NewSchools Venture Fund. Audience members call it the most compelling film ever done on the topic of school. In the past year, more than 2,300 communities have booked a screening of Most Likely to Succeed.  Following the screening, Dr. Michael Kaiser, Assistant Principal at Norwich Technical High School, will facilitate a discussion.  Lunch will be provided.

The purpose of this event is to foster meaningful discussion among educators, administrators, parents, and students about how current obstacles can be overcome and steps towards change can be taken on a local level. Born out of these conversations is a community-wide commitment to moving forward; transformational initiatives are undertaken and real change is ignited. This event is open to the public. Please visit mltsfilm.org for more information about the film and movement.

The screening tour is being co-organized by The Future Project, a fast-growing non-profit transforming inner-city public schools across the country and with a big vision for America's future.

Please register for this free program by calling (860) 889-2365, or you may register on our online calendar.  For additional information, please contact Sally Gagnon at sgagnon@otis.lioninc.org.

Community Room

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
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.

 

 

 

 

 

CANCELED - A Conversation on Human Sexuality
Oct
17
6:00 pm18:00

CANCELED - A Conversation on Human Sexuality

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the program "What Does It Mean To Be Human?  A Conversation on Modern Sexuality" has been canceled.  We will reschedule this program at a later time.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Otis Library, in partnership with OutCT, will host a panel discussion on “What Does It Mean To Be Human?  A Conversation on Modern Sexuality” on Monday, October 17, at 6pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  The discussion will be facilitated by Kia Baird, Vice President of the Board of Directors of OutCT.  The program will give an overview of the evolution of our understanding of human sexuality. 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.  

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

An Education in the Grotesque: The Gargoyles 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. 

Recovering the Classics
Oct
7
6:00 pm18:00

Recovering the Classics

Recovering the Classics, a movement that invites designers around the world to create covers for great books in the public domain, will be holding an opening reception on Friday, October 7, 6pm - 8pm at Otis Library.  

This event, a collaboration between Recovering the Classics and Otis Library, is part of the 50x50 campaign to bring the covers to all 50 states. Over 25 states have had exhibits so far, with a range that includes the National Archives, a Kansas high school, an art space in New Hampshire, an MIT Media Lab, a Kentucky elementary school, and the New York Public Library.

Since originally launching in 2013, Recovering the Classics has teamed up with The White House, the Digital Public Library of America, and the New York Public Library to bring the covers to libraries and schools nationwide through exhibits.

Recovering the Classics will be on display at Otis Library from October 7 through November 30.

Book Cover:  Don Quixote by Wedha Abdul Rasyid

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

 

"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

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

 

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.