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

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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Technology Classes
Sep
22
10:00am10:00am

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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Drop-In Art Program: Celebrating Diversity and Peace (all ages)
Sep
23
12:00pm12:00pm

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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Classes de Computadora
Sep
25
5:00pm 5:00pm

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

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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Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
Oct
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

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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Changing Minds Book Club
Oct
11
5:00pm 5:00pm

Changing Minds Book Club

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

Book Summery:  Outside London behind a stone wall stands Lake House, a private asylum for genteel women of a delicate nature. In the winter of 1859, recently married Anna Palmer becomes its newest arrival, tricked by her husband into leaving home, incarcerated against her will, and declared hysterical and unhinged. With no doubts as to her sanity, Anna is convinced that she will be released as soon as she can tell her story. But Anna learns that liberty will not come easily. The longer she remains at Lake House, the more she realizes that—like the ethereal bridge over the asylum’s lake—nothing is as it appears. She begins to experience strange visions and memories that may lead her to the truth about her past, herself, and to freedom…or lead her so far into the recesses of her mind that she may never escape.

Set in Victorian England, as superstitions collide with a new psychological understanding, novelist Wendy Wallace “masterfully creates an atmosphere of utter claustrophobia and dread, intermingled with the ever-present horror of the reality of women’s minimal rights in the nineteenth century” (Publishers Weekly). The Painted Bridge is a tale of self-discovery, secrets, and a search for the truth in a world where the line between madness and sanity seems perilously thin.  (Book Cover)
 

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Otis Library Genealogy Club
Oct
17
1:00pm 1:00pm

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

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Delicious Discussions Author Series
Oct
19
12:00pm12:00pm

Delicious Discussions Author Series

Please join us for our next Delicious Discussions Author luncheon with Susan Keitzman, author of Every Other Wednesday.  The luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 19, 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 Julie Menders at (860) 889-2365 x.128 or jmenders@otislibrarynorwich.org.

ABOUT EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY:  For years, Joan, Ellie, and Alice enjoyed a casual friendship while volunteering at their children’s Connecticut high school. Now, with those children grown and gone to college, a local tragedy brings the three into contact again. But what begins as a catch-up lunch soon moves beyond small talk to the struggles of this next stage of life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Susan Kietzman grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Connecticut College and attended journalism school at Boston University.   Every Other Wednesday is her fourth novel with Kensington Publishing.  Her previous three novels are The Good Life, A Changing Marriage, and The Summer Cottage. She lives with her family in Mystic, Connecticut.

 

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Technology Classes
Sep
20
5:00pm 5:00pm

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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Latino Authors Book Discussion Series
Aug
24
12:00pm12:00pm

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
6:30pm 6:30pm

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
12:00pm12:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
12:00pm12:00pm

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
1:00pm 1:00pm

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
6:30pm 6:30pm

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
12:00pm12:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
12:00pm12:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
12:00pm12:00pm

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
6:30pm 6:30pm

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
12:00pm12:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
10:00am10:00am

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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The Mysteries of Gungywamp
May
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Mysteries of Gungywamp

The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will present a program on the area known as Gungywamp on Wednesday, May 31, at 6pm at Otis Library.  Gungywamp, located in Groton, CT, is an area of both natural and cultural interest.  It has rocky ridges, glacial erratics and swamps along with enigmatic stone shelters and structures whose use and origin are open to interpretation.  This presentation will offer you a chance to penetrate the mysteries of Gungywamp.  Free program for teens and adults; registration is required.  To register, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.  Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.

For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

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Lunch & Learn: Budgeting Basics
May
18
12:00pm12:00pm

Lunch & Learn: Budgeting Basics

Join Pamela Days-Luketich from Chelsea Groton Bank for a Lunch & Learn on Budgeting.  

Many millions of people are currently deeply in debt and a simple budget could make all the difference to your financial well-being.  The first and most important step to effective financial planning is developing and implementing a budget and spending plan.  Learn how to create a basic budget, reduce debt and build your savings!  Lunch is provided.  Free program; registration is required.  You may register online or call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128. Sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.

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Artreach Presents: Comic Alchemy
May
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Artreach Presents: Comic Alchemy

Comedy = Tragedy + Time!  Artreach of Norwich presents “Comic Alchemy: Transforming Pain Into Comic Gold” at Otis Library on Monday, May 8, at 6pm.  Artreach presents original stand-up comedy written and performed by people with lived experience of mental illness.  These comics mine their mental health histories and create comedy to share their unique experiences of the mental health system.  Celebrate Mental Health Month with Artreach's Comic Alchemy team!  Free program; registration required.  To register, call (860) 889-2365. ext. 128 or you may register online.

For more information, call Becca Atkins of Artreach at (860) 887-0014.  Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.

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Exploring Black Norwich Walking Tour
May
6
10:00am10:00am

Exploring Black Norwich Walking Tour

Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund

Otis Library will be hosting a walking tour to celebrate The Harris Sisters, students at Prudence Crandall’s School for African-American Women in 1833 – 1834.  City Historian Dale Plummer will lead the Harris Sisters-themed walking tour entitled “Exploring Black Norwich” through the neighborhoods where the Harris Family lived and worked in downtown Norwich and Jail Hill.  The tour is Saturday, May 6, beginning at 10am at the David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard at Norwich City Hall.  The tour will give extra time for people with disabilities.  Free event; no registration required.  Rain date is Saturday, May 13. 

For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

Pictured:  Sarah Harris Fayerweather

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Recovering The Classics
May
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Recovering The Classics

Otis Library, in partnership with artist Faith Satterfield, will be hosting the opening of the exhibit “Recovering the Classics: Every Great Book Deserves a Great Cover” on Friday, May 5, from 6 – 8pm in the Otis Library Community Room.  Local artists have re-imagined their favorite book covers from classic works of fiction in the public domain.  “Recovering the Classics” is a partnership of the White House, New York Public Library, and the Digital Public Library of America.  To learn more about the “Recovering the Classics” initiative, visithttp://recoveringtheclassics.com/.  Free event; refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display from May 5 – June 30, 2017. 

 

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Lincoln Center Local at Otis Library
Apr
22
12:00pm12:00pm

Lincoln Center Local at Otis Library

We Like It Like That!  A Boogaloo Celebration

Lincoln Center Local partners with Otis Library to bring film screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood.  Free program; no registration required.

Latin boogaloo is New York City-a colorful expression of '60s Latino soul straight from the streets of El Barrio, the South Bronx, and Brooklyn. Boogaloo godfather Joe Bataan unites doo-wop charm and Latin sounds in his irresistible hits. Ray Lugo's good-time, hip-swinging originals pay homage to the style's greats, including his specials guests, legendary pianist Richie Ray, and in one of his first performances in 40 years, Pete Rodriguez. ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company will perform some of its signature choreography. To get the party started, in-demand DJ Turmix will spin Boogaloo gems.

Otis Library is screening this film as part of the Norwich Arts Center Latino Arts Celebration.

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Delicious Discussion Author Series:  Harry Haskell
Apr
20
12:00pm12:00pm

Delicious Discussion Author Series: Harry Haskell

Our next Delicious Discussion Author Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 20, and will feature Harry Haskell, author of Maiden Flight. Please join us at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun from 12 - 1:30pm for this fantastic event and celebrate Women's History Month! 

The Delicious Discussion Author Series is an ongoing partnership with Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House. The luncheon is generously sponsored by Guinan & Houle, LLP, Attorneys at Law.

"Masterfully drawing on intimate family letters, Haskell crosses the boundaries of fact and fiction to bring to life the distinctive voices of an era and illuminate one exceptional woman's struggle for independence and fulfillment." - Lauren Belfer, author of And After the Fire

Maiden Flight is the true-life story of the Wright sister who in 1926 left her world-famous and intensely possessive older brother to marry newspaper editor Harry Haskell, the man she loved, and suffered the unhappy consequences. An international celebrity in her own right, Katharine embodied the worldly, independent, and self-fulfilled New Woman of the early twentieth century. Yet she remained in many ways a Victorian. Torn between duty and love, she agonized for months before making her devastating break with Orville at age fifty-two.


Tickets are $40 and include lunch, dessert, a paperback copy of Maiden Flight and author signing. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets, contact Kate McDonald, Development Manager at (860) 889-2365 or kmcdonald@otislibrarynorwich.org or visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/delicious-discussions-with-harry-haskell-maiden-flight-tickets-31972871720

Harry Haskell is the grandson of Henry J. (Harry) Haskell, husband of Katharine Wright. He is the author of Boss-Busters and Sin Hounds: Kansas City and Its Star, The Early Music Revival: A History, and editor of The Attentive Listener: Three Centuries of Music Criticism. He lives in Guilford, Connecticut.

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CANCELED - Lunch and Learn: Reverse Mortgages
Apr
19
12:00pm12:00pm

CANCELED - Lunch and Learn: Reverse Mortgages

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

Sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank

Pam Days-Luketich, Community Outreach Officer at Chelsea Groton Bank, will provide information on reverse mortgages.  Free event; lunch is provided. Registration is required.  Call 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or you may register on our online calendar.

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