Technology Classes
Apr
24
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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The Harris Family After Canterbury
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

The Harris Family After Canterbury

Otis Library is hosting a series of programs in April 2019 to celebrate the Harris sisters, Norwich natives and students at Prudence Crandall’s school for young African-American women from 1833-1834. The umbrella theme for the month is student advocacy.

On Wednesday, April 24, at 6pm, Norwich City Historian Dale Plummer will give a talk entitled “The Harris Family After Canterbury: The Later Life of the Harris Sisters.” This event will take place in the Community Room. Refreshments will be served. Free event; no registration is required.

Sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.

Photo: Sarah Harris Fayerweather (Courtesy of the Prudence Crandall Museum)

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Technology Classes
Apr
26
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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Author Beverly Donofrio
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Author Beverly Donofrio

Author  Beverly Donofrio will be speaking at Otis Library on Saturday, May 4, at 11am in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room. Beverly will discuss her books and the craft of writing, followed by Q&A and refreshments. This program is presented in partnership with Artreach of Norwich as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. 

Beverly Donofrio is an award-winning essayist and memoirist who gained notoriety with her first book, the bestselling Riding in Cars with Boys. Praised by Variety as a “working class Chekhov,” Bev writes with humor about a dead serious subject: being a teen and a single mother while trying to grow up herself. It was made into a major motion picture starring Drew Barrymore, was directed by Penny Marshall, and became a cult classic.  Her second memoir, Looking for Mary, is Bev’s journey, a pilgrimage of sorts, to faith through the Virgin Mary. Her third memoir, Astonished, begins when something powerful and awful interrupts Bev’s life, and the real question becomes not, why did this awful thing happen?, but what is she going to do now that it has? Astonished is a heartening story of healing and grace.

Copies of her books will be available for sale and signing.Registration is required; please call 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.

Photo by: Franco Vogt

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Ask The Expert!
May
8
10:30 AM10:30

Ask The Expert!

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

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Changing Minds Book Club
May
8
5:00 PM17:00

Changing Minds Book Club

The Changing Minds Book Club will be discussing Educated: A Memoir  by Tara Westover.. Join us in the Meeting Room for great conversation and refreshments!  A limited number of copies of the book are available to borrow at the Front Desk. No registration required.  
 

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A Performance by the Second Step Players
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

A Performance by the Second Step Players

Otis Library will be hosting a performance of the Second Step Players on Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room. The Second Step Players present a relevant and irreverent look at mental illness, written and performed by actors who have personal experience with the mental health system. This original sketch comedy will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart, and will promote dialogue about what it's like to live in America when you're diagnosed with a mental illness.

Free event; registration is required.To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar at www.otislibrarynorwich.org

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Classics Book Club
May
11
10:00 PM22:00

Classics Book Club

Something New! We will read a variety of classic works, from ancient to modern, and meet four times a year in various locations around the City. Our May discussion is on Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Meet us at Cafe Otis, 80Broadway, Norwich. To register, call 860-889-2365, ext. 128.

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Delicious Discussions Author Series
May
15
12:00 PM12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Series

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

Otis Library and Bank Square Books present a Delicious Discussions author luncheon with author Wendy Walker in celebration of her new book The Night Before.  Tickets for this event are $45 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, or you may register online. Delicious Discussions Author Series is a partnership between Otis Library, Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun.  

About The Night Before:   A shocking, twisty novel that has the biggest names in the thriller community buzzing.

Rosie and Laura are as different as two sisters can be. One is stable and has the perfect family. The other sturggles to break free from her troubled past. When Laura disappears after going on a blind date, Rosie takes matters into her own hands.

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Author Martin Podskoch
May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Author Martin Podskoch

Author Martin Podskoch will be speaking at Otis Library on Saturday, May 18, at 1pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  He will talk about his new book Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut (Podskoch Press, $24.95). 

Mr. Podskoch, a retired teacher who lives in East Hampton, is the author of six books on the history of the Adirondacks, fire towers, and Civilian Conservation Corps camps.  In Connecticut 169 Club, the author has compiled interesting information on the 169 towns, cities and villages in the State of Connecticut in the hopes of encouraging people to visit them all. He recruited writers, historians, and officials from each town to write a short description about the town’s history, interesting places to visit, and good places to eat.

Free program; no registration required.Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

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Otis Library Genealogy Club
May
21
1:00 PM13:00

Otis Library Genealogy Club

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

Meeting Room

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Gardening for Beginners
Jun
3
6:00 PM18:00

Gardening for Beginners

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

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

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

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

Nineteenth Century Publishers and the Birth of the Beach Read

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

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

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

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Lecture on Frances Caulkins
Apr
20
1:00 PM13:00

Lecture on Frances Caulkins

Otis Library is hosting a series of programs in April 2019 to celebrate the Harris sisters, Norwich natives and students at Prudence Crandall’s school for young African-American women from 1833-1834. The umbrella theme for the month is student advocacy.

The New London County Historical Society is sponsoring a lecture on Frances Caulkins by Nancy Steenburg, PhD, on Saturday, April 20, at 1pm in Otis Library’s Community Room.  Nancy will be speaking about Caulkins’s life and work in Norwich, but more specifically about her involvement in the abolition movement in Norwich, where she was the first president of the Norwich Female Anti-Slavery Society.

Free program; no registration is required. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.

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"Going to Extremes" Travel Program
Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

"Going to Extremes" Travel Program

Otis Library will host the program “Going to Extremes” with author Peter Mandel in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30pm.  This program is appropriate for teens and adults. 

An award-winning adventure travel journalist for The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, National Geographic Kids, and Providence Journal, Peter Mandel hunts his stories and photos in the world’s far corners, including Antarctica, India, Egypt, Patagonia, the fjords of Norway, the mountain pathways of Japan, and the deserts of Africa. 

The author of ten books, he’ll show slides of his most extreme travel experiences – surviving a coup in Ecuador, visiting a “city” of penguins at the South Pole, fishing for piranha on Brazil’s Rio Negro, floating in the Goodyear Blimp, sailing on an Arctic icebreaker, camping in the African bush, and kayaking to the Statue of Liberty – and talk about how adventure travel turns to prose in today’s media.

Mandel's books have been published by Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, HarperCollins and Henry Holt. One of his Boston Globe articles won the 2005 Lowell Thomas gold medal from the Society of American Travel Writers for “Adventure Travel Article of the Year.” Other articles, for The Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, won Lowell Thomas Awards in 2003, 2006 and 2007.

This free program is sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund. Registration is required. To register, please call 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register on our online calendar.

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Free Citizenship and Naturalization Consultation
Apr
13
10:30 AM10:30

Free Citizenship and Naturalization Consultation

Are you ready to apply for citizenship? Otis Library is hosting free citizenship and naturalization consultations with Attorney Joseph Marino, Immigration Advocacy and Support Center Executive Director. To reserve a 30 minute appointment, please contact Bassem Gayed at 860-889-2365, ext. 110, or e-mail bgayed@otislibrarynorwich.org.

Community Room

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Walk Norwich Freedom Trail
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Walk Norwich Freedom Trail

Otis Library is hosting a series of programs in April 2019 to celebrate the Harris sisters, Norwich natives and students at Prudence Crandall’s school for young African-American women from 1833-1834. The umbrella theme for the month is student advocacy.

On Saturday, April 13, 10am – 11:30 am, the Norwich Historical Society will officially launch the Walk Norwich Freedom Trail. This walk is 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles, is strenuous and has some very steep hills   It will begin at City Hall, David Ruggles Courtyard, 100 Broadway, in Norwich. Free parking is available at City Hall Garage.

During the Nineteenth Century, the City of Norwich was home to a vibrant abolitionist movement. Residents such as David Ruggles played an active role in the Underground Railroad and the Harris Sisters attended Prudence Crandall’s controversial “Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color” school in Canterbury. On this tour, you’ll hear incredible stories about colonial era blacksmith, Guy Drock, who earned his freedom and fugitive slave, shoemaker, minister and author, James L. Smith. Please join us as we explore a largely untold piece of Norwich’s history in the Jail Hill Historic District.

For more information on the Norwich Historical Society Walking Tours, visit: http://www.norwichhistoricalsociety.org/second-saturday-walking-tour/

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Children's Art Exhibit Opening (all ages)
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Children's Art Exhibit Opening (all ages)

Otis Library is hosting a series of programs in April 2019 to celebrate the Harris sisters, Norwich natives and students at Prudence Crandall’s school for young African-American women from 1833-1834. The umbrella theme for the month is student advocacy.

On Friday, April 5, from 6pm – 8pm in the Children’s Department,  the library will host the opening of the student art exhibit “How Can I Make The World A Better Place?”  Children from pre-school through fifth grade will exhibit art – paintings, drawings, collage, and assemblage – that illustrates this theme. Refreshments will be served. Free after-hours event; no registration is required. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of April. 

Sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.

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Women's History Month Tea (for teens and adults)
Mar
30
12:00 PM12:00

Women's History Month Tea (for teens and adults)

Otis Library, in partnership with the Norwich Free Academy History Department, is hosting a Women’s History Month Tea.  This year’s theme is “Women in Connecticut History.”  Join students as they portray ground-breaking women in Connecticut History.  Attendees will be encouraged to visit with the women and ask questions while enjoying tea and desserts.  Guest speaker is Tina Carlson, Program Coordinator at the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.  Free program; registration is required.  To register, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar at www.otislibrarynorwich.org.  Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund. 

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

CANCELED - Ann Nyberg at Otis Library

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

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

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

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

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