Delicious Discussions Author Series
Jul
25
12:00 pm12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Series

Please join us for our next Delicious Discussions Author luncheon with Allegra Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of The Chalk Artist. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 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 $45 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.

The Chalk Artist:  A tender affair and the redemptive power of art are at the core of this compelling novel from National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman, "a romantic realist who dazzles with wit [and] compassion" (The Wall Street Journal).

Drop-In Chess
Jul
26
5:00 pm17:00

Drop-In Chess

Wednesdays, 5pm - 8pm in the Business Center 

Players of all ages and skill levels are invited to play chess.  Use one of our chess sets or bring your own.  

Technology Classes
Jul
26
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.

Latino Authors Book Discussion Series
Jul
27
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.

Technology Classes
Jul
28
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. 

Drop-In Knitting Group
Jul
28
10:00 am10:00

Drop-In Knitting Group

The Rows City Knitters meet every Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Meeting Room.  All skill levels welcome!  For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128. 

Meeting Room

More Connecticut Lore with Zachary Lamothe
Jul
31
6:30 pm18:30

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.

Karkowska Sisters Duo
Aug
3
1:00 pm13:00

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.  For teens and adults. 

Latino Authors Book Discussion Series
Aug
10
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.

Money Management Skills for New College Students
Aug
14
6:00 pm18:00

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.  

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/

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.


Cooking Demonstration
Jul
17
6:00 pm18:00

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. 

Latino Authors Book Discussion Series
Jul
13
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.

Modular Origami Class
Jul
10
6:00 pm18:00

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.

Lunch & Learn: Governor Samuel Huntington, Connecticut's Forgotten Founding Father
Jul
6
12:00 pm12:00

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. 

 

Classes de Computadora
Jul
3
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.

 

Fort Griswold: A History of Retelling
Jun
28
6:30 pm18:30

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.

Delicious Discussions Author Series
Jun
27
12:00 pm12:00

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. 

 

The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Jun
26
6:00 pm18:00

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.

CANCELED Mental Health and the Movies
Jun
23
10:00 am10:00

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.

Changing Minds Book Club
Jun
21
5:00 pm17:00

Changing Minds Book Club

Chancers: Addiction, Prison, Recovery, Love by Susan Stellin and Graham MacIndoe

Join us in the Meeting Room for conversation and refreshments.  Free; no registration necessary.  Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Front Desk.  For more information, call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

 

 


 

"We Love You, Charlie Freeman" Book Discussion
Jun
5
6:00 pm18:00

"We Love You, Charlie Freeman" Book Discussion

Nathalie Etoke, Ph.D., Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at Connecticut College, will facilitate a book discussion for "We Love You, Charlie Freeman" by Kaitlyn Greenidge.  Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Front Desk.  Join us for conversation and refreshments. No registration required.

The Mysteries of Gungywamp
May
31
6:00 pm18:00

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.

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

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.

Meeting Room

Artreach Presents: Comic Alchemy
May
8
6:00 pm18:00

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.

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

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

Recovering The Classics
May
5
6:00 pm18:00

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. 

 

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Citizenship Workshop/Clinica de Ciudadania
Apr
15
10:00 am10:00

Citizenship Workshop/Clinica de Ciudadania

Otis Library will host a Citizenship Workshop in the Community Room.  Complete your application for citizenship one-on-one with trained lawyers and volunteers.  Registration required.  For more information and to register, please call 860-629-7758 or email info@iascct.org.

Trabajar con abogados y voluntarios para completar su solicitud para la ciudadania.  Se Requiere Registro.  Llamanos: 860-629-7758, o escribanos: info@iascct.org

Prudence
Apr
8
12:00 pm12:00

Prudence

The Emerson Theater Collaborative (ETC) and Otis Library announce a staged reading of Stefan Lanfer’s new play, Prudence on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room. The play is directed by Theresa Broach, produced by Lisa Giordano and sponsored by Otis Library and The Elsie Brown Fund. The cast includes: Jennifer Briere, Theresa Broach, Barbara Fontanella, Ciara Rollins and James Kenney.

The play is set in 1833, when to further their education, two-dozen African American girls arrive in a small New England town from across the free states. In the town, they were insulted, assaulted, and risked fines as well as public whippings if they refused to leave the school. Their teacher, Prudence Crandall, a white Quaker woman, was jailed, and the ensuing trials nearly forced the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether nonwhites were citizens. Weaving together past and present, Prudence traces these events through the eyes of present day African American young women who visit today’s Prudence Crandall Museum, as they, like their 19th century counterparts, grapple with how to claim America’s promise.

The play reading is being held in conjunction with the anniversary on April 16th of the birth of Prudence Crandall’s first student - Sarah Harris who was born and raised in Norwich, and in honor of the anniversary of the official opening of Prudence Crandall’s Academy on April 1, 1833.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information call (860) 861-3743 or go to www.emersontheatercollaborative.org. Sign language interpretation will be available for the event. Advance registration is required. Please contact Julie Menders at Otis Library at least two weeks before the program date at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128 or jmenders@otislibrarynorwich.org.

Exploring Black Norwich Walking Tour
Apr
8
10:00 am10:00

Exploring Black Norwich Walking Tour

Otis Library will be hosting a series of programs and walks to celebrate The Harris Sisters, students at Prudence Crandall’s School for African-American Women in 1833 – 1834.

On April 1st and April 8th, City Historian Dale Plummer will lead a 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 tours are 10am - 11am beginning at the David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard at Norwich City Hall.  The tour on April 1st will give extra time for people with disabilities.  For more information, please contact Julie Menders at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.  All programs are free; no registration required.

Pictured:  Sarah Harris Fayerweather

UPDATE:  The "Exploring Black Norwich Walking Tour" with Dale Plummer, scheduled for today (Saturday, April 1) at 10am, has been canceled due to the inclement weather.  We will reschedule this walk at a future date.

They Called Her Reckless
Apr
5
6:30 pm18:30

They Called Her Reckless

Author Janet Barrett will discuss her book "They Called Her Reckless: A True Story of War, Love And One Extraordinary Horse" in the Meeting Room.

When the Fifth Regiment's Recoilless Rifle Platoon acquired a small Korean pony to haul ammunition to the front lines, what they got was a real-life warhorse, the courageous and indomitable Reckless, who stood with her Marines for two years during the Korean War, saving many lives, raising spirits, and winning the love and respect of all who knew her.  

From the moment she heard about Reckless, Janet Barrett knew she would write "They Called Her Reckless."  Her experiences as a horsewoman gave her a particular appreaciation of the tight bond that developed between Reckless and her fellow Marines, from which the story springs.  Barrett has loved, and been fascinated by horses all her life, and for 25 years almost obsessively rode, owned, and cared for them.  She is the author of "On The Fence: A Parent's Handbook of Horseback Riding."

This program is free and open to the public.  No registration is required.  Copies of "They Called Her Reckless" will be available for sale and signing.

Otis Library Celebrates The Harris Sisters of Norwich
Apr
1
1:30 pm13:30

Otis Library Celebrates The Harris Sisters of Norwich

Otis Library will be hosting a series of programs and walks to celebrate The Harris Sisters, students at Prudence Crandall’s School for African-American Women in 1833 – 1834.

Prudence Crandall is justifiably celebrated in Connecticut as the State Heroine. Less recognized are the black students who assumed enormous risk to receive an elite education. Indeed, the stimulus to the establishment of the academy was the repeated requests of Sarah Harris to take classes at the then all-white school. Sarah started taking classes in 1832; the resulting withdrawal of the white students from the academy and subsequent establishment of an all-black girls' school in 1833 constitute a remarkable chapter in the annals of abolitionist history. Norwich natives Sarah Harris and her sister, Mary, were key in this brave, transformative effort.

This April, Otis Library will celebrate the students and their teacher in several ways. Throughout the month of April, items on loan from the Prudence Crandall Museum will be on display in the Otis Library atrium display cases.  On April 1, former state senator Donald Williams, author of "Prudence Crandall's Legacy: The Fight for Equality in the 1830s, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education," will present a lecture on the academy that includes the contributions and lives of the Harris Sisters at 1:30pm in the Community Room.   Copies of his book will be available for sale and singing.  On April 8, the Emerson Theater Collaborative of New London will present a staged reading of a play about the school commissioned by the Collaborative at 12pm in the Community Room.  On both days, in the morning, City Historian Dale Plummer will lead a 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 tours are 10am - 11am beginning at the David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard at Norwich City Hall.  The tour on April 1 will give extra time for people with disabilities.  Sign language interpretation will be available for programs. Advance registration is required.  Please contact Julie Menders at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.  All programs are free; no registration required.

These activities will be the first of annual events celebrating the sisters and the American principle of free, integrated public education.  Otis Library is proposing that the City establish a Harris Sisters Day in celebration of the essential role played by these Norwich natives at Prudence Crandall's academy for young black women. The day would be April 1, the day the academy officially opened its doors to black students in 1833.

For more information about the accessibility of the tour and other programs, please call Elanah Sherman at (860) 614-7200, or Julie Menders at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

Dr. Kevin Dann Celebrates Henry David Thoreau
Mar
27
6:00 pm18:00

Dr. Kevin Dann Celebrates Henry David Thoreau

Otis Library will host historian and naturalist Dr. Kevin Dann on Monday, March 27, at 6pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth, Dr. Kevin Dann is walking from New York City to Concord, Massachusetts. Performing Captain of a Huckleberry Party – his provocative celebration of Thoreau in riddle, rhyme, and story – in 13 towns along the way, he hopes to inspire a new generation of Americans to take up Thoreau’s practice of enlivened observation of nature and enlightened citizenship.

Dr. Kevin Dann is the author of 10 books, including Bright Colors Falsely Seen: Synaesthesia and the Search for Transcendental KnowledgeAcross the Great Border Fault: The Naturalist Myth in America; and Lewis Creek Lost and Found.  His latest book, Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau, will be available for sale and signing.  Dr. Dann has taught at Rutgers University, University of Vermont, and SUNY. He wrote, produced, and acted in Brooklyn’s first immersive street mystery, Enigma.

This program is free and open to the public.  No registration required.  

 

Writers Workshop
Mar
25
10:30 am10:30

Writers Workshop

Writers Workshop - 2nd and 4th Saturdays of January, February and March at 10:30am in the Meeting Room.  Facilitated by Writing Instructor Mary Lu Higgins.  Registration is required; call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

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.  

This program is sponsored by the R. S. Gernon Trust and The Friends of Otis Library.

Chess Tournament
Mar
25
10:00 am10:00

Chess Tournament

Otis Library will host the Norwich Chess Open on Saturday, March 25, in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room. The entry fee for this United States Chess Federation (USFC) tournament is $30, on-site only.  The structure of the tournament is 3-SS, G/30 d5.  Registration is 10am – 10:20am.  Round 1 begins at 10:40am, Rounds 2 and 3 as soon as possible.  First prize is $240, second prize is $120; based on 12 entries.  Open to all ages and ratings. The Free Non-Rated Beginners Section is open to players who have never been a USCF member. Register 11 am - 11:15 am.  3-SS, G/15 d5.  Top three win prizes.

For further information, contact Rob Roy at 860-742-5562 or connecticutchess@gmail.com . This event is sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.