Technology Classes
Nov
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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Technology Classes
Nov
28
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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Thomas Leffingwell:  Book Talk and Signing
Dec
3
6:00 PM18:00

Thomas Leffingwell: Book Talk and Signing

The Society of the Founders of Norwich and Leffingwell House Museum are proud to sponsor a special book signing and author presentation on the newly published book, "Thomas Leffingwell: The Connecticut Pioneer who Rescued Chief Uncas and the Mohegans" by Russell Mahan.

As one of the original 35 founders of Norwich, CT, Mahan intricately connects the life and legacy of Thomas Leffingwell from his journey from England to America, to his life in the CT frontier, and ultimately to the events that shaped the very founding of Norwich. Leffingwell's life is rich with stories and mysteries that will leave you wanting to learn more. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be for sale for $15.00 and can be signed by the author.

Author Russell Mahan is descended 10 generations from Thomas Leffingwell and currently lives in Southwestern Utah.

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND:  Norwich State Hospital Book Talk and Signing
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Norwich State Hospital Book Talk and Signing

Local author Christine M. Rockledge will discuss her new book "Norwich State Hospital."  Free event; no registration required.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  Norwich State Hospital (NSH), established in 1904, was more than just a series of mortar and brick buildings to house and treat persons suffering from mental illness. For nearly 100 years, generations of people dedicated their careers and lives to developing NSH as a humanitarian community for mental illness rehabilitation. NSH gained international attention from some of the world's most renowned psychiatrists for being the first state hospital to boast a brand-new state-of-the-art building to house all occupational therapies under one roof. Although NSH closed in 1996, the structure has continued to be one of Connecticut's most notable historical landmarks, despite its ongoing demolition and redevelopment. Today, Norwich State Hospital is still alive in the timeless, emotional memories employees and family members share of what it was like to work and grow up in a place where employees were not just employees and patients were not just patients; they were family.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Christine M. Rockledge began extensively researching Norwich State Hospital in 2009 and allied with the Preston Historical Society in 2011. She has spoken publicly raising awareness on the importance of Norwich State Hospital's local contribution to mental health and Connecticut history and how it applies today. Many of the images in this book come from former hospital staff and their families and have never been seen before by the public.

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Five Rings:  The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far)
Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

Five Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far)

Author Jerry Thornton will discuss his new book Five Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far). Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

Since 2001 the Patriots have played in eight Super Bowl championships and won five, a run of excellence unparalleled in all of professional sports. In a league designed to ensure that no one franchise can dominate over time, New England won for over a decade and a half. A dynasty that began with an improbable run to a championship in 2001 has rebuilt, rebooted, and retooled several times over, winning most recently in 2017. But during those years, no other franchise reached the same level of controversy, drama, and turmoil—or even came close.

Jerry Thornton, bestselling author of From Darkness to Dynasty, provides an all-access pass to the Patriots’ years of unparalleled greatness from the unique perspective of an observant, obsessive, utterly dedicated fan. Free event; no registration required.

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Vision Board Workshop For Teens & Adults
Dec
15
1:00 PM13:00

Vision Board Workshop For Teens & Adults

Create a vision board that reflects your goals and dreams! Participants will choose from colorful mixed media elements, papers, and inspirational texts using a variety of art tools. It is suggested that each participant bring a photo of themselves to add to their collage. Register online or by calling the Front Desk beginning November 12. Program will take place in the Community Room.

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10th Annual O'tis a Festival: a marketplace of all things creative
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

10th Annual O'tis a Festival: a marketplace of all things creative

Come to the 10th Annual O’tis a Festival!  Join us 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, a unique gift made by one of our vendors, or one of the beautiful baskets in our raffle, and enjoy the singing, dancing, crafts and free activities taking place throughout the day.

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!

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Lunch & Learn with Steve Fagin: Treasures of Southeastern Connecticut
Nov
15
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn with Steve Fagin: Treasures of Southeastern Connecticut

Steve Fagin writes the weekly Great Outdoors column for The Day. He is the author and editor, along with Dirk Langeveld, of The Day's upcoming hardcover coffee table book, Treasures of Southeastern Connecticut: Our Proud History of Preserving Scenic Woodlands, Farms, the Shoreline and Other Natural Gems. He will be presenting an illustrated talk of the 144-page book, which features more than 50 essays and over 120 color photographs celebrating the region's many natural attractions, tracing their history and paying tribute to the organizations that helped preserve them for future generations. The book includes essays about and photographs of Mohegan Park, the Shetucket River and other areas of Norwich, as well as Bluff Point, Rocky Neck, and other southeastern Connecticut treasures.  Free program; lunch is provided.  Registration is required.  Call 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register online.  

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Changing Minds Book Club
Nov
14
5:00 PM17:00

Changing Minds Book Club

The Changing Minds Book Club will be discussing Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. Join us in the Meeting Room for great conversation and refreshments!  Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Front Desk. No registration required.  


 

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Over Here & Over There: Songs From and About the Great War (World War I)
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Over Here & Over There: Songs From and About the Great War (World War I)

Presented by Tom Callinan

In honor of the Centennial of the United States' active involvement in World War I (1917), Tom Callinan, designated Connecticut's 1 st Official State Troubadour in 1991, has developed a program of diverse songs from and about World War I. Interspersed with the music, and through the prism of history, Mr. Callinan weaves a narrative regarding some of the contributing factors, which made "The War To End All Wars" the first modern war.

Tom Callinan's entertaining and informative narrative style brings audiences of all ages into the performance with catchy choruses, interesting anecdotes, and an assortment of musical instruments from the string, wind, and percussion families.

Free program; no registration required.

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Author F. Brett Cox
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Author F. Brett Cox

Author F. Brett Cox will be speaking at Otis Library as part of the Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Mr. Cox is the author of the new book The End of All Our Exploring: Stories (Fairwood Press, 2018). This is a free event; no registration required.

In addition to the fiction collected in The End of All Our Exploring: Stories, his poetry, plays, essays, scholarly articles, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.  With Andy Duncan, he co-edited the fiction anthology Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (Tor, 2004).  He is a co-founder of the Shirley Jackson Awards and currently serves as Vice-President of the SJA Board of Directors.  He is also a member of the Cambridge Science Fiction Writers Workshop.  A native of North Carolina, Brett is Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Norwich University and lives in Vermont with his wife, playwright Jeanne Beckwith. 

Copies of The End of All Our Exploring: Stories will be available for sale and signing.


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Free Citizenship Classes
Oct
22
4:00 PM16:00

Free Citizenship Classes

October 15 - December 17, 2018, Mondays, 4pm - 7pm, (No classes November 12 & 19)

Have you had a green card for at least 5 years?  Consider citizenship.

Applicant must:  Read, write and comprehend basic English.  Bring your Green Card to register.  Commit to attend all 8 classes.

To register:  Stop by the Information Desk at the Business Center, call 860-889-2365, ext. 110, or e-mail Bassem Gayed at bgayed@otislibrarynorwich.org.

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(CANCELED) Patient Safety for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (IDD): A Workshop on Education and Advocacy
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

(CANCELED) Patient Safety for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (IDD): A Workshop on Education and Advocacy

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

10am - 1pm (workshop); 1 - 1:30pm (question and answer panel)

Featuring the following topics: “Patient Safety” Ilene Corina, Pulse Center for Patient Safety, Education, & Advocacy; “Patient Safety for Persons with IDD & Autism in a Hospital Setting” Arlene Reith, Parent Advocate; “Dental and Oral Health” Izabella Pulvermacher, Department of Developmental Services Dental Coordinator; “Medication Safety” Wendy Mikolinski, PharmD., owner Salem Pharmacy; and “Connecticut Center for Public Safety: Introduction to Services” Lisa Freeman, Connecticut Center for Public Safety.

This workshop is geared towards individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, healthcare providers, and professionals working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Program will take place in the Community Room. Refreshments will be served. Please register.

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Otis Library Genealogy Club
Oct
16
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. 

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Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni to Speak on "The Long Journeys Home"
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni to Speak on "The Long Journeys Home"

Dr. Nicholas F. Bellantoni will speak at Otis Library on Wednesday, October 3, at 6pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  He will discuss his new book The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry ‘Ōpūkaha’ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk.  This program is free and open to the public.

Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia (ca. 1792—1818) and Itankusun Wanbli (ca. 1879—1900) lived almost a century apart and came from different Indigenous Nations – Hawaiian and Lakota, yet the circumstances of Western imperial­ism that led them to leave their homelands and come to Connecticut where they died and were buried have strik­ing similarities. Both young men died while on their “journeys” to find fulfillment and both were buried in Connecticut cemeteries.  In 1992 and 2008, descendant women had visions that their ancestors wished to “come home” and started the repatriation process of their remains. Connecticut State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni oversaw the archaeologi­cal disinterment and forensic identifications in returning these men to their respective Native families. The Long Journeys Home chronicles these significant stories as ex­amples of the wide-reaching impact of colonialism and the resurgence of Hawaiian and Lakota cultures.

Nicholas F. Bellantoni is an associate adjunct professor in the anthropology department at the University of Connecticut and Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History.

Copies of The Long Journeys Home will be available for sale and signing.  

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Letters from Anne and Martin
Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

Letters from Anne and Martin

Otis Library welcomes performers from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect on Saturday, September 22, at 1pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  They will present a performance of Letters from Anne and Martin, a unique production that combines the iconic voices of Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr. Developed from excerpts from The Diary of a Young Girl and Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, this piece evokes the important messages from these legendary figures, as they write of their hopes and plans for a peaceful and unified world.  This free program is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Rachel Griesinger (Anne Frank) is a Brooklyn-based actor, collaborator, teaching artist with an activist streak. She recently received her MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. This summer Rachel was accepted to the Lincoln Center's Teaching Artist Lab. She recently performed in a staged reading at Ensemble Studio Theatre. As well as performing, Rachel is also a dialect and accent coach for actors.

Parish Bradley (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) is an actor from Buffalo, New York.  He studied acting at both Stella Adler School of Acting and The Bova Actors Workshop.  He is currently an Artistic Associate with the professional theatre group The Seeing Place.  His most recent film work is short film called See You Yesterday.  The film was executive produced by Spike Lee and screened in over 30 National and International Film Festivals in 2017. 

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect preserves the legacy of the young diarist through education and arts programming.  They work to create the kinder and fairer world of which Anne Frank dreamed.  For more information visit www.annefrank.com.

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Delicious Discussions Author Series
Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Series

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

Otis Library and Bank Square Books present a Delicious Discussions author luncheon with author Kitty Zeldis in celebration of her new book "Not Our Kind." Tickets for this event are $45 and include an author talk and signing, a signed copy of "Not Our Kind" and a buffet lunch at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun. This series is generously sponsored by Guinan & Houle, LLP Attorneys at Law. 

This event requires pre-registration.  To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365 x128, or register online.  Delicious Discussions Author Series is a partnership between Otis Library, Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun.

About the Book:
With echoes of "Rules of Civility" and "The Boston Girl," a compelling and thought-provoking novel set in postwar New York City, about two women—one Jewish, one a WASP—and the wholly unexpected consequences of their meeting.

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Learn About Football with Jim Konrad
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Learn About Football with Jim Konrad

Football season is already here, and someone you know will be watching the Patriots and other NFL teams every weekend. If you want to know more about America's game, come in for a fun night. Learn the basic rules, jargon and strategies with Jim Konrad, a former sportswriter and the editor of The Bulletin. The event is free, and there will be indoor tailgating with pizza and soda! Registration is required; call 860-889-2365, ext. 128 or register on the library's online calendar.

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Gardening Series:  Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Gardening Series: Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter

In partnership with the Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association (ECCGA), Otis Library has hosted a series of classes on gardening for beginners.   Experienced gardeners from the ECCGA have taught basic gardening skills for everyone, from home owners to apartment dwellers.  The final program is "Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter." 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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Community Faces: Humanizing the Immigrant Label
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Community Faces: Humanizing the Immigrant Label

Sixth grade students from New London's Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication (ISAAC) tell the human story of immigration with a local lens and help break stereotypes associated with the label "immigrant" in the United States today. Earning widespread local and national media coverage, these students produced a beautiful interactive book filled with original photography and stories from humans in our Southeastern Connecticut community who have immigrated to the United States. They have spoken at the State Capitol as they accepted a prestigious award for their work that positively impacted the lives of Connecticut immigrants, and continue to present throughout the northeast with an interactive art exhibit of their learning.  .

Two students, Yainiliz Lopez and Shem Adams, will give a presentation in the Community Room on Wednesday, September 12, at 6 - 7:30pm.  They will also be available to answer questions about the exhibit.

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"It's All About The Pages" Book Talk
Sep
8
1:00 PM13:00

"It's All About The Pages" Book Talk

Otis Library welcomes local author Debra Page on Saturday, September 8, at 1pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  Ms. Page will discuss her new book It’s All About the Pages, the biography of her great, great, great grandfather William Hamilton Page (1829-1909), a world renowned type designer and owner of Wm. H. Page & Company in Norwich, CT, a leading manufacturer of wood type and letterpress printing.  At one point in the 1880’s he had four companies running, in addition to Wm. H. Page & Co.; Page’s City Gardens in Preston, Page Steam Heating Company; The Combination Company; and The Wm. H. Page Boiler Company in Norwich.  Copies of It’s All About the Pages will be available for sale and signing.

This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  Otis Library is located at 261 Main Street in Norwich and is accessible to people with disabilities.

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Writer-Activist Binalakshmi Nepram:  Working Together to End Gun Violence
Sep
5
6:30 PM18:30

Writer-Activist Binalakshmi Nepram: Working Together to End Gun Violence

Writer-Activist Binalakshmi Nepram will speak at Otis Library on Wednesday, September 5, at 6:30pm.  Her topic will be “Working Together to End Gun Violence: The Story of How Women in Manipur, Northeast India Worked to Mitigate Violence in South Asia’s Longest Running Armed Conflict.”  Ms. Nepram is a Writer-Activist, Founder of Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, and Convenor of the Global Alliance for Indigenous Peoples, Gender Justice, Peace & Equality.

Binalakshmi Nepram (Bina Nepram), born in Manipur Nation currently located in India's Northeast region next to Myanmar, is an indigenous author and civil rights activist spearheading work on making women-led peace, security and disarmament meaningful. She is the author of five books, her most recent being "Where are our Women in Decision Making on UNSCR 1325.”  In 2004, she co-founded India's first civil society organization for conventional disarmament issues, Control Arms Foundation of India. In 2007, Binalakshmi launched the Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network. She is a recipient of Ashoka Fellowship, Dalai Lama Foundation's WISCOMP Scholar of Peace Award (2008), the Sean MacBride Peace Prize (2010), and the CNN IBN Real Heroes Award (2011).

In 2015 Forbes (India) listed Binalakshmi in 24 "Young Minds of India that Matter.” Bina was also awarded with "Women Have Wings" Award from USA in 2016 and in 2017, she received Telegraph Newspaper Excellence Awards 2017 for her work with indigenous women survivors of armed conflict in Manipur.

Bina is currently a Visiting Scholar in Columbia University, New York in Indigenous Studies Program & also IIE-SRF Scholar-In-Residence, Connecticut College.

You can follow her work on twitter @BinaNepram and learn more of her community work at www.binalakshminepram.com .  This program is free and open to the public. 

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Documentary Film Screening:  "This Is Home"
Aug
29
6:00 PM18:00

Documentary Film Screening: "This Is Home"

Otis Library will screen the documentary film This Is Home in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  This Is Home is an intimate portrait of four Syrian families struggling to find their way in America. The screening will be followed by a brief discussion facilitated by Bassem Gayed, Multicultural Services Coordinator at Otis Library. 

Only twenty-one thousand Syrian refugees out of five million have been accepted into the United States since 2011. This is Home follows four families sent to resettle in Baltimore in 2016. They have just eight months to find jobs, learn English, and become self-sufficient. The clock starts right when they land. Despite good intentions, a vast cultural divide prevents the new arrivals and the Americans trying to help them from truly understanding each other. For Syrians like Khaldoun, who was tortured and left physically disabled, and children like Mohammad, who suffers from PTSD, their needs extend far beyond lessons in proper job attire. Halfway through the process, President Trump issues a travel ban on all refugees from Muslim-majority countries, and suddenly their lives, and the safety of loved ones still trapped in Syria, become all the more perilous.

Free program; no registration required.  Refreshments will be served.

 

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Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event
Aug
28
10:00 AM10:00

Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event

The Digital Bookmobile National Tour is making a stop in Norwich, CT!  Spreading reading happiness to communities across the nation, this unique traveling exhibit is scheduled to visit Norwich on Tuesday, August 28, at the Howard T. Brown Park, 100 Chelsea Harbor Drive, from 10am - 4pm.  Visitors are invited to an interactive experience to learn about and try eBooks and audiobooks available from Otis Library.  Otis Library staff and eReading experts will be available on the Digital Bookmobile to guide visitors through the easy process of downloading eBooks and audiobooks.  This event is free for library lovers of all ages.

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