Technology Classes
Feb
21
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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Technology Classes
Feb
23
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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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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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 Yoga for Teens and Adults
Feb
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

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Otis Library Genealogy Club
Feb
20
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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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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Delicious Discussions Author Series
Jan
25
12:00 PM12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Series

Otis Library and Bank Square Books present a Delicious Discussions luncheon with Benjamin Ludwig for his novel Ginny Moon. 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 will take place at noon on January 25 and requires preregistration. To register, please call Julie at (860) 889-2365 ext. 128, e-mail jmenders@otislibrarynorwich.org, or register online.  This series is generously sponsored by GUINAN & HOULE, LLP Attorneys at Law. 

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:
Full of great big heart and unexpected humor, Ludwig's debut introduces the lovable, wholly original Ginny Moon who discovers a new meaning of family on her unconventional journey home.

About the Author
A life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism. Ginny Moon is his first novel. His website is available at www.benjaminludwig.com, and he tweets @biludwig.

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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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Friends of Otis Library Book Sale
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Friends of Otis Library Book Sale

Early Bird Preview:  Friday, October 20, 9am-10am, $10  

General Admission is free.  Hours:  Friday, October 20, 10am - 3pm; Saturday, October 21, 10am - 3pm; Sunday, October 22, 12pm - 3pm.  A large selection of books, CDs, and DVDs, with something for everyone! All proceeds benefit Otis Library.  

 

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Free Citizenship Classes
Oct
18
4:00 PM16:00

Free Citizenship Classes

Have you had your Green Card for at least five years?  Consider citizenship.

Beginning October 4th, Otis Library will provide free Citizenship Classes every Wednesday from 4pm - 7pm for twelve weeks.  Learn about U.S. history and civics to prepare for the citizenship exam.  Books, videos and study materials will be provided.  An Immigration Lawyer will be available during some classes to answer your questions.  Applicant must commit to attend all twelve weeks, provide their green card, and read, speak and comprehend basic English.  To register, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 110, or e-mail Bassem Gayed, Multicultural Services Coordinator, at bgayed@otislibrarynorwich.org.

A program of Connecticut’s Peer Library Citizenship Initiative funded in part by Hartford Public Library’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services grant.

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Behind the Scenes at Otis Library
Oct
5
1:00 PM13:00

Behind the Scenes at Otis Library

You are invited to a private tour of Otis Library presented by Executive Director Robert Farwell!  Visit the library archives and behind the scenes areas that are usually off-limits! This is a great way to learn about Otis Library’s history.  Free event; no registration required. This program is presented in partnership with The Last Green Valley's Walktober.

Meet in the atrium at 1:00 p.m.

 

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Scott Bates:  The Unites States and North Korea
Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

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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Drop-In Art Program: Celebrating Diversity and Peace (all ages)
Sep
23
12:00 PM12:00

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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Dennis Wong of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

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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Latino Authors Book Discussion Series
Aug
24
12:00 PM12:00

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
6:30 PM18:30

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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