Technology Classes
Apr
27
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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CANCELED - NFA Celebrates Education
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

CANCELED - NFA Celebrates Education

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Otis Library will be hosting a series of programs in April 2018 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 access to education.

Otis Library will host students from the Norwich Free Academy on Saturday, April 28, at 1pm in the Community Room.  The students will present a variety of spoken word performances – reminiscence, monologue, poetry – on the intertwining themes of education and liberation. 

All programs are free and open to the public. No registration required.  Sign language interpretation will be available if requested one week prior to each event. Descriptive tours of the student art exhibit "My Teacher Taught Me..."  will also be available upon request. Please contact Elanah Sherman at 860-614-7200 or by e-mail at elanahs@gmail.com for interpretation or descriptive tours.

These events are sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.  For more information, contact Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128

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Technology Classes
May
2
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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Delicious Discussions Author Series
May
3
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 Jill Santopolo, author of the national and international bestselling novel The Light We Lost. Tickets for this event are $40 and include an author talk and signing, a copy of The Light We Lost  and a buffet lunch at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun. This event will take place at noon on May 3 and requires preregistration. To register, please call Julie at (860) 889-2365 ext. 128, or register online.  Delicious Discussion Author Series is a partnership between Otis Library, Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun. 

About the Book:  Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts. This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.

About the Author: Jill Santopolo received a BA in English literature from Columbia University and an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She's the author of three successful children’s and young-adult series and works as the editorial director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers group, where she's edited books by Mayim Bialik, Chelsea Clinton, Amy Ephron, and Lisa Graff, among others. An adjunct professor in The New School’s MFA program, Jill travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. She lives in New York City.

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Taxpayer Advocate Service Outreach Event
May
9
11:30 AM11:30

Taxpayer Advocate Service Outreach Event

Local Taxpayer Advocate Alisa Lebovitz will be at Otis Library on Wednesday, May 9, at 11:30am in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  Ms. Lebovitz is with the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent department within the Internal Revenue Service.  They provide free assistance to people who have hardships or are having difficulty resolving their issues through normal channels within the IRS.

Ms. Lebovitz will provide information about the Taxpayer Advocate Service and the types of cases they generally see; primarily frozen refunds (due to Identity Theft, Wage Verification and Earned Income Tax Credit audits).  She will talk about what to do if you receive a letter from the IRS, what your options are if you owe money to the IRS, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, and Tax Scams.  Please note:  The Taxpayer Advocate Service does not prepare tax returns or offer tax law advice and are not providing information regarding the recent tax reform legislation.  Free program; no registration required.

Community Room

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Changing Minds Book Club
May
9
5:00 PM17:00

Changing Minds Book Club

The Changing Minds Book Club will be discussing Enduring Love by Ian McEwan.. Join us in the Meeting Room for conversation and refreshments!  No registration required.  There are a limited number of books available to borrow at the Front Desk.  For more information, call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.


 

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Fly Fishing Seminar
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Fly Fishing Seminar

In partnership with the Connecticut/Rhode Island Coastal Fly Fishers, Otis Library will host a fly fishing seminar featuring tying and casting on Wednesday, May 9, at 6pm in the Community Room.  All ages welcome!  This program is free and open to the public. 

CT/RI Coastal Fly Fishers are comprised of both fresh and saltwater fly rodders from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York and other points around the USA.  The club's interests encompass all aspects of fly-fishing including government regulations and conservation efforts.

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Lunch & Learn with Author Bernice Rocque
May
10
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn with Author Bernice Rocque

Otis Library will host a special Lunch & Learn in honor of Mother’s Day on Thursday, May 10, at 12pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  Norwich native Bernice (Janovicz) Rocque will discuss her new book, The Ponemah Years: Walking in the Footsteps of My Mother. Ms. Rocque will share insights gained during her research/writing and will invite participants to share memories of their own mothers. Gabrielle Picard, the author’s mother, wove fabric at Ponemah Mill and resided in Taftville, “the village," from 1924-1946. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.  This is a free event; lunch is included.  Registration is required.  To register, call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.

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Artreach Performance:  A Mixed Bag
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

Artreach Performance: A Mixed Bag

Artreach, Inc. presents a performance for Mental Health Month on Monday, May 14, at 6 pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room at Otis Library.  Artreach, Inc. is a Norwich-based nonprofit Mental Health/Arts agency.

“A Mixed Bag” is mental health-themed comedy, music and poetry written and performed by people who understand mental health issues from the inside. This evening will be lighthearted, fun, community building and (maybe even) educational. The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.


After “A Mixed Bag,” there will be an opportunity to talk to the performers about the impact Artreach activities have on their lives. They will explain how engaging in the performing arts and the rehearsal process leading up to a show offers the opportunity to build self-esteem; increase artistic skill; make friends; gain motivation; and reduce isolation. The opportunity to perform for the community helps demystify "mental illness" (whatever that is!) and blur the line between "them" and "us." 

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Otis Library Genealogy Club
May
15
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 Series: Container Gardening
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Gardening Series: Container Gardening

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.  Learn to grow your own fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables!  Dates are as follows:  Wednesday, May 16, Container Gardening; Wednesday, June 13, Maintaining Raised Beds; Wednesday, July 11, Harvesting Your Garden; and September date TBD, Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter. All programs will begin at 6pm in the Story Room and are free and open to the public.  Appropriate for school-age through adult!  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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

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Author Susanne Davis
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

Author Susanne Davis

NEW DATE.  May 23, 6:30pm.  Author Susanne Davis will read from her collection of short stories entitled The Appointed Hour, which is set in rural Connecticut, and will discuss how local history inspired her writing.  Ms. Davis is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, and teaches creative writing at Trinity College and the University of Connecticut.  She is a past winner of the Hemingway First Novel Competition, a finalist for the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, and the runner-up in the University of Kentucky Press New Poetry and Prose competition.  

Copies of The Appointed Hour will be available for sale and signing.  No registration required.  

Community Room

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Home Buying Seminar
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Home Buying Seminar

In partnership with Liberty Bank, Otis Library will host a Home Buying Seminar on Wednesday, May 30, at 6pm in the Meeting Room.  Learn the first steps to buying a home, including getting pre-qualified, credit and budgeting, available affordable housing programs, and renovation loan options.  Free program; pizza and soda will be provided.  Registration is required.  Please contact Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register on our online calendar.

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Delicious Discussions Author Series
Jun
5
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 bestselling author Nancy Thayer in celebration of her new book A Nantucket Wedding.  Tickets for this event are $45 and include an author talk and signing, a copy of A Nantucket Wedding  and a buffet lunch at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun. This event will take place at noon on June 5 and requires preregistration. To register, please call Julie at (860) 889-2365 ext. 128, or register online. Delicious Discussion Author Series is a partnership between Otis Library, Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun. 

About the Book:  A few years after losing her beloved husband, Alison is doing something she never thought she would do again: getting married. While placing the finishing touches on her summer nuptials, Alison is anxious to introduce her fiancé, David, to her grown daughters: Felicity, a worried married mother of two, and Jane, also married but focused on her career. The sisters have a somewhat distant relationship and Alison hopes that the wedding and the weeks leading up to the ceremony will give the siblings a chance to reconnect, as well as meet and get to know David’s grown children.  As the summer progresses, it is anything but smooth sailing. 

About the Author:  Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of Secrets in Summer, The Island House, The Guest Cottage, An Island Christmas, Nantucket Sisters, A Nantucket Christmas, Island Girls, Summer Breeze, Heat Wave, Beachcombers, Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, and The Hot Flash Club. She lives on Nantucket.

 

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Gardening Series: Maintaining Raised Beds
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Gardening Series: Maintaining Raised Beds

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.  Learn to grow your own fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables!  Dates are as follows:  Wednesday, May 16, Container Gardening; Wednesday, June 13, Maintaining Raised Beds; Wednesday, July 11, Harvesting Your Garden; and September date TBD, Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter. All programs will begin at 6pm in the Story Room and are free and open to the public.  Appropriate for school-age through adult!  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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

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Gardening Series:  Harvesting Your Garden
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Gardening Series: Harvesting Your Garden

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.  Learn to grow your own fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables!  Dates are as follows:  Wednesday, May 16, Container Gardening; Wednesday, June 13, Maintaining Raised Beds; Wednesday, July 11, Harvesting Your Garden; and September date TBD, Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter. All programs will begin at 6pm in the Story Room and are free and open to the public.  Appropriate for school-age through adult!  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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

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A Talk on Lydia Huntley Sigourney by Professor Faye Ringel
Apr
21
1:00 PM13:00

A Talk on Lydia Huntley Sigourney by Professor Faye Ringel

Otis Library will be holding a series of programs in April 2018 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 access to education.

Faye Ringel, retired Professor of Humanities at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will give a talk on Norwich native Lydia Huntley Sigourney (1791-1865) on Saturday, April 21, at 1pm.   Mrs. Sigourney, a well known writer of her time, had a deep commitment to the education of girls, including African American, Native American, and Deaf children.  Lydia Sigourney never abandoned her passion for Deaf education, remaining a supporter of the nation’s first school for Deaf children in Hartford, CT, until her death.  This program will take place in the Story Room.

All programs are free and open to the public. No registration required.  Sign language interpretation will be available if requested one week prior to each event. Descriptive tours of the student art exhibit "My Teacher Taught Me..."  will also be available upon request. Please contact Elanah Sherman at 860-614-7200 or by e-mail at elanahs@gmail.com for interpretation or descriptive tours.

These events are sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.  For more information, contact Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

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Professor Jennifer Rycenga on the History of the Prudence Crandall School
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Professor Jennifer Rycenga on the History of the Prudence Crandall School

Otis Library will be hosting a series of programs in April 2018 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 access to education.

On Saturday, April 14, at 1pm in the Community Room, Professor Jennifer Rycenga will give a talk on the history of the Prudence Crandall school, with an emphasis on the black students, including the Harris Sisters. Professor Rycenga is Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at San José State University. She is currently finishing a comprehensive cultural biography of Prudence Crandall (1803-1890).

All programs are free and open to the public. No registration required.  Sign language interpretation will be available if requested one week prior to each event. Descriptive tours of the student art exhibit "My Teacher Taught Me..." will also be available upon request. Please contact Elanah Sherman at 860-614-7200 or by e-mail at elanahs@gmail.com for interpretation or descriptive tours.

These events are sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.  For more information, contact Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

Photo of Professor Jennifer Rycenga by Donna Pomeroy

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"My Teacher Taught Me...." Art Exhibit
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

"My Teacher Taught Me...." Art Exhibit

Otis Library will be hosting a series of programs in April 2018 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 access to education.

On Friday, April 6, the library will host the opening of the student art exhibit “My Teacher Taught Me…”  Children from pre-schoolers through fifth grade will exhibit art – paintings, drawings, collage, and assemblage – that illustrates an important lesson or skill learned from a teacher.  The event will take place from 6pm – 8pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room. Guest speaker will be Norwich resident Lottie Scott, who will present compelling monologues based on her childhood in South Carolina.  She will speak at 6:40pm.  The exhibit will be on display during the month of April. 

All programs are free and open to the public. No registration required.  Sign language interpretation will be available if requested one week prior to each event. Descriptive tours of the exhibit will also be available upon request. Please contact Elanah Sherman at 860-614-7200 or by e-mail at elanahs@gmail.com for interpretation or descriptive tours.

These events are sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.  For more information, contact Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

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Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults

Otis Library will be offering “Introduction to Yoga” classes for teens and adults on Monday evenings in February (except 2/19) and March from 6pm to 7:15pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro 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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Songs of the Irish-Americans
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Songs of the Irish-Americans

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Otis Library will host a program of Irish and Irish-American songs presented by Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle.  This program is sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, John P. Holland Division.  Free program; no registration required.  For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.  Community Room.

Photograph by Donna Goodspeed

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Eugenics and the Norwich State Hospital
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Eugenics and the Norwich State Hospital

Sponsored by the New London County Historical Society

Robert Farwell, Executive Director of Otis Library , presents a discussion on the history of eugenics and its link to the Norwich State Hospital.  Eugenics, the attempt to improve the human species through better breeding, was a widespread and popular movement in the United States and Europe between 1910 and 1940. No registration required.  Free and open to the public.

Community Room

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Jewelry Making Class
Mar
5
5:30 PM17:30

Jewelry Making Class

Otis Library, in partnership with Artreach, will be offering a free jewelry making workshop for beginners on Monday, March 5, 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Meeting Room.  Melanie Nagode of Artreach, an experienced instructor, will walk you through the process of creating your own piece of jewelry.  Materials provided.  For ages 16 and up.  There are a limited number of seats available; registration is required.  Call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on our online calendar.

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Women's History Month Tea
Mar
3
12:00 PM12:00

Women's History Month Tea

Otis Library, in partnership with the Norwich Free Academy History Department, is hosting a Women’s History Month Tea on Saturday, March 3, at 12pm.  This year’s theme is “Women in the Arts.”  Join students as they portray ground-breaking women in the arts, such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Audrey Hepburn, and Emma Watson.  Attendees will be encouraged to visit with the women and ask questions while enjoying tea and desserts.  Guest speaker is Michelle Dunlap, Professor of Human Development at Connecticut College.  Free program; registration is required.  To register, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.

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Haddam Writers Group at Otis Library
Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Haddam Writers Group at Otis Library

Members of the Haddam Writers Group will be speaking at Otis Library on Monday, February 26, at 6pm.  They will discuss their new book “So a Bunch of Us Sat Down to Write . . .”    Two of the authors, Michael J. Gordon, a retired urban planner, businessman and ad executive, and Kent Jarrell, a former foreign and Washington DC correspondent for CBS News, will read from the book.  “So a Bunch of Us Sat Down to Write . . .”  is an anthology of 42 stories by the 9 members of the group and includes  memoirs, essays, stories, and poetry.  The Haddam Writers Group has met weekly at the Brainerd Memorial Library in Haddam for the last 4 years to critique each other’s writings.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.  Free event; no registration required.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

Story Room

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Introduction to Genetic Genealogy: Understanding the Possibilities of DNA Testing
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Genetic Genealogy: Understanding the Possibilities of DNA Testing

Learn about the ways in which DNA testing can benefit your genealogical research.  Genealogist and DNA specialist Nora Galvin will explain three types of testing used in genealogy, the companies that offer such tests, and strategies for making the best choices for your research.  Free program; no registration required.

Community Room

 

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Take Your Child to the Library Day Featuring Storyteller Larry Spotted Crow Mann
Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

Take Your Child to the Library Day Featuring Storyteller Larry Spotted Crow Mann

Otis Library will host storyteller Larry Spotted Crow Mann of the Nipmuc tribe in a program featuring tales from Native American tradition.  He will also highlight his new book Drumming and Dreaming.  Copies will be available for purchase.  No registration required.  For all ages.

For more information, call or visit the Children's Room, 860-889-2365, ext. 114.

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An Introduction to the Holocaust with Guest Speaker Jim Loughead
Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

An Introduction to the Holocaust with Guest Speaker Jim Loughead

For grades 9 and up.  Jim Loughead, a teacher at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, CT, will present an introductory talk on the Holocaust. He will discuss the rise of the Nazi party and the subsequent events in Germany that led to the Holocaust.  Mr. Loughead conducts classes in history, genocide, civics and geography and has been teaching since 2004.  He has a Bachelor's degree in History from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master's degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University.  He received the 2008 Joseph Korzenik Holocaust Award from the University of Hartford in 2008 for the course he designed on genocide, and was a United States Holocaust Museum Fellow in 2014.  This program supports the Anne Frank exhibit.  No registration required.

Story Room

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Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family Book Discussion
Jan
22
6:00 PM18:00

Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family Book Discussion

**This program is filled.**  Facilitated by Faye Ringel, Professor Emerita of Humanities at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Join us for a discussion of the book Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies and Leslie Gold, the astonishing memoir by the woman who helped to hide the Franks from the Nazis.  Registration required.  Call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128 to reserve your seat and receive a copy of the book.  Sponsored by the AHEPA Norwich Foundation.

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

Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London

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

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

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

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

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

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Zora Neale Hurston and Harlem Renaissance to Rap
Jan
13
1:00 PM13:00

Zora Neale Hurston and Harlem Renaissance to Rap

Emerson Theater Collaborative and Writers Block InK Present - Zora Neale Hurston and Harlem Renaissance to Rap

Local artists will read the writing of Zora Neale Hurston as well as the works of other Harlem Renaissance writers, and students and alumni of the Writers Block InK will perform original poetry and song.  Participants include:  Theresa Broach, Aziza Clayton, Kathy Green, Adriane Jefferson, Christian Marshall, Lisa Giordano, Kia Baird, Leola Wilkerson, Lottie Scott, Charline Sheppard, Maya Sheppard, and the youth and alumni of the Writers Block InK, featuring Rap and Hip Hop artists Isaiah General and Sean Rucker.

No registration required.

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Writers Workshop
Jan
6
10:30 AM10:30

Writers Workshop

Otis Library will host a Writers Workshop the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of January, February and March at 10:30am in the Meeting Room.  This program will be facilitated by Writing Instructor Mary Lu Higgins.

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. Registration is required; please register on the online calendar or call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

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Opening Reception
Jan
3
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception

Otis Library will host the traveling exhibit “Anne Frank: A History for Today" from January 3 through January 31, 2018 in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  This exhibit presents the history of the Holocaust through the perspective of Anne Frank and her family.  Juxtaposing photographs of the Frank family with historical images, the exhibit shows how persecuted people such as the Franks were affected by the political actions of individuals.  “Anne Frank: A History for Today" was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.  This exhibit is made possible by a grant from Chelsea Groton Bank and a gift from The Friends of Otis Library.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, January 3, at 6pm, with live music and refreshments.  Members of Klezmenschen of Eastern Connecticut, led by Roz Etra on accordion and keyboard, will provide musical accompaniment to Anne Frank’s story.  Free and open to the public.

 

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Classes de Computadora
Dec
18
5:00 PM17:00

Classes de Computadora

Technology classes are offered in Spanish on Monday evenings between 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Topics include basic computer skills, navigating the internet, e-mail, e-readers, and Microsoft Word.  These one-on-one classes are by appointment only.  Please register by calling (860) 889-2365, ext. 108 or 109.  

Las clases tendrán lugar los lunes de 5-8. Cada clase durará una hora. Para reservar una hora con el instructor, apersonese a la biblioteca o llame al Escritorio de Información y mencinone qué le gustaría aprender 860-889-2365 ext. 108 o 109.

 

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

Holiday Harvest: Celebrating the Holiday Table

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

For ages 16 and up.

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

John-Manuel Andriote: Stonewall Strong

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

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

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Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
Nov
27
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults

This program is sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.

Otis Library will be offering "Introduction to Yoga" classes for teens and adults on Monday evenings in October (except 10/9) and November 2017 from 6pm to 7:15pm in the Community Room.  These free classes will be presented by instructors from A Peace of Space Yoga and Wellness Center.  Wear comfortable clothing; yoga mats will be available to borrow.  No registration required.  

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

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Author Katherine Hauswirth
Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

Author Katherine Hauswirth

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

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