Otis Library will offer free Citizenship Classes on Wednesdays, September 11 to November 13, 5 - 7pm. Have you had a Green Card for at least 5 years? Consider citizenship. Applicants must read, write and comprehend Basic English, and commit to attend all 10 classes. To register: Call 860-889-2365, ext. 110; e-mail Bassem Gayed at email@example.com; or you may register at the Business Desk.
Feeling a little lost with all the new technology? Maybe even some of the old technology? Our staff is ready to assist you with one-on-one instruction tailored to your specific need. Topics include basic computer skills, navigating the internet, e-mail, e-readers, and Microsoft Office. Assistance will be provided by appointment only on Wednesdays, 5pm - 8pm. Please call 860-889-2365, ext. 100, for additional information or to make an appointment.
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.
Join us for our Classics Book Club, where we will read a variety of classic works, from ancient to modern. We meet four times a year in various locations around the City. Our Autumn discussion is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Meet us at Poppy & Rye Bakery Cafe, 137 Norwich Avenue, in Taftville.. To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128.
Otis Library will host a discussion with Julianne Mangin on Monday, October 28, at 6pm in the Community Room. Ms. Mangin will discuss her mother’s French-Canadian ancestors, having researched them in libraries, archives, historical societies, and in online genealogical resources. Four of her ancestors, including her grandmother, were patients at the Norwich State Hospital. Ms. Mangin is a writer, researcher, family historian, and a former Librarian and website designer at the Library of Congress. You can read about her family research at https://juliannemangin.com/ .
This program is free and open to the public.
Image: Postcard of Norwich State Hospital (detail) ca. 1937
What lurks in the unknown? Find out in this fascinating presentation by local paranormal investigators from cRIPt: Paranormal Encounters of Connecticut. Learn about ghosts, poltergeists, and other entities from the other side! For all ages. Program will take place in the Story Room.
Otis Library will host the concert Songs of Thankfulness and Gratitude for Thanksgiving Month: From The Beatles to Lady Gaga to Judy Garland with acclaimed singer-songwriter-musician Sheri Miller on Saturday, November 2, at 1pm in the Community Room. This concert is sponsored by Guinan and Houle LLP, Attorneys at Law.
To celebrate themes of thankfulness and gratitude for the month of Thanksgiving, Sheri will perform an all-ages family concert, singing a wide range of popular classic songs of appreciation and love. Sheri was named one of Music Connection's “Hot 100 Unsigned Artists" and has released 2 records, “Mantra” and “Winning Hand,” as well as her original song ”I Could Love You Still” (featuring Will Lee, Paul Shaffer, and Steve Cropper), among other singles. Her new EP/ record will be released in 2020, which was recorded in LA, NY and Nashville. For more info visit www.sherimiller.com.
This concert is free and open to the public.
Are you looking to start your own business but don't know where to begin? Do you need help writing a business plan? What if you own a business but need advice on marketing? Jill Fritzsche, Community Manager at Norwich Community Development Corporation, will be in the Business Center at Otis Library the second Wednesday of every month from 10:30am - 12:30pm to answer your questions. Drop in; no appointment necessary. This is a free program. For more information, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128.
Otis Library invites you to the Changing Minds Book Club, a monthly discussion group focused on topics including mental health, substance abuse, the autism spectrum and family involvement in recovery.
This month we are discussing There There by Tommy Orange. Join us for conversation and refreshments. There are a limited number of copies available to borrow at the Front Desk. Free and open to the public. For more information, please call Julie at 860-889-2365, x128.
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 Whitney Scharer in celebration of her new book The Age of Light. Tickets for this event are $40 and include an author talk and signing, a copy of the book and a buffet lunch at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun.
This event requires pre-registration. To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, x128. Delicious Discussions Author Series is a partnership between Otis Library, Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun.
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.
Come to the 11th Annual O’tis a Festival! Join us on Saturday, November 23, 10am to 3pm, as Otis Library transforms into a two-floor holiday shopping plaza with a vast variety of handmade items and all-day entertainment.
O’tis a Festival is a wonderful community event. Celebrity parkers will line the street to welcome you and direct you to free nearby parking. Shop a variety of beautiful handmade items, visit with Santa, take a chance on winning a wreath or a unique gift made by one of our vendors, and enjoy the singing, dancing, crafts and free activities taking place throughout the day. Click here for a schedule of events.
After leaving the library with your arms full of gifts, enjoy a meal at one of our many neighborhood restaurants. It’s a day full of fun for all ages!
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.