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.
Otis Library will host an informational session on the CLICC Program (Connecting Through Literacy: Incarcerated Parents, Their Children, and Caregivers) on Monday, August 26, at 6pm in the Community Room. CLICC is a Connecticut-based non-profit program that uses mentoring and literacy activities to strengthen communication and deepen bonds between children and their incarcerated parents. The goal is to reduce recidivism rates for incarcerated mothers and fathers, while also reducing the shame and stigma that their children can experience. CLICC is currently looking for child mentors in the Norwich area. Joy Haenlein, CLICC Program Director, will lead the informational session.
CLICC is a one-year program. Each child and parent in the CLICC program meets with a separate mentor on a weekly basis for one year. The CLICC-trained parent mentors meet with parents in prison, either individually or in a group. CLICC-trained child mentors meet one-to-one with a child (age 5-17) at a site in the community that is convenient for the child, such as a local library or afterschool program. The parent and child read approximately one book — selected by the child — per month. With mentor support, they complete literacy exercises connecting the books to their lives through letters to each other. The books also can be discussed during phone calls and in-person visits.
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.
This Month: Putting Your Garden to Bed After a successful season of fruit and vegetable production, what is the best way to store and preserve your harvest?
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.
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.
Otis Library will offer free Citizenship Classes on Wednesdays, September 11 to November 13, 5 - 7pm. Have you had a Green Card for at least 5 years? Consider citizenship. Applicants must read, write and comprehend Basic English, and commit to attend all 10 classes. To register: Call 860-889-2365, ext. 110; e-mail Bassem Gayed at email@example.com; or you may register at the Business Desk.
Otis Library invites you to the Changing Minds Book Club, a monthly discussion group focused on topics including mental health, substance abuse, the autism spectrum and family involvement in recovery.
In partnership with One Book One Region, this month we are discussing Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Join us for great conversation and refreshments! There are a limited number of copies of Hey, Kiddo available to borrow at the Front Desk. Free and open to the public. For more information, please call Julie at 860-889-2365, x128.
Otis Library will host a discussion with local author Ken Keeley on Monday, September 16, at 6pm in the Community Room. Mr. Keeley will talk about his latest book, Norwich Connecticut, 1659-1959, The First 300 Years. This book covers Norwich from its 1659 founding in Norwichtown to the Tercentennial Celebration of 1959. Over 300 photographs show the evolution of the downtown and surrounding street architecture, changing infrastructure and modes of transportation, as well as how Norwich became the wealthiest city in the U.S. during the late 19th century.
Free program; no registration required.Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.
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.
Otis Library will host a travel program with Glenn Carberry on Wednesday, September 25, at 6:30pm in the Community Room. Attorney Carberry will share his experiences traveling in more than 55 countries and visiting numerous World Heritage sites and other destinations around the globe. He will also discuss his book Epic Destinations: Exploring the World’s Marvels, which will be available for free for everyone who attends the program.
Free program; registration is required.You may register on the online calendar at www.otislibrarynorwich.org, or call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128.
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.
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.