Technology Classes
Sep
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.

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Technology Classes
Sep
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. 

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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"

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

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

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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Norwich State Hospital
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Norwich State Hospital

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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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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Author Event with Lottie Scott
Aug
27
6:00 PM18:00

Author Event with Lottie Scott

Norwich resident Lottie B. Scott will talk about her new book Deep South Deep North: A Family's Journey.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.  Refreshments will be served.  Free program; no registration required.

In Deep South Deep North,  the author tells both the heartbreaking and triumphant tale of her maturation into adulthood against a racially-charged, impoverished, yet fiercely loving backdrop in Longtown, South Carolina. 

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2018 One Book, One Region Book Discussion:  Exit West
Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

2018 One Book, One Region Book Discussion: Exit West

In partnership with One Book, One Region, Otis Library will host a discussion of the 2018 selection Exit West by Mohsin Hamid in the Community Room. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Lynne Rogers. 

Dr. Rogers holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and teaches contemporary literature at the University of Connecticut at Avery Point.  She was a Fulbright Scholar and has taught extensively in Lebanon.  She has published several articles on contemporary Arabic literature in translation and is a regular book and film critic for al-jadid, A Review and record of Arab Culture and Arts. 

A limited number of copies of Exit West are available to borrow at Otis Library.  This program is free and open to the public.  For more information on One Book, One Region visit:  https://www.conncoll.edu/community-visitors/one-book-one-region/

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Connecticut Authors Trail at Otis Library:  Carol Matsumoto
Jul
30
6:30 PM18:30

Connecticut Authors Trail at Otis Library: Carol Matsumoto

As part of the 2018 Connecticut Authors Trail, Otis Library welcomes Carol Matsumoto, author of The Ghosts of Captain Grant's Inn:  True Stories of a Haunted Connecticut Inn.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.  This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

In The Ghosts of Captain Grant's Inn, Matsumoto tells the stories of hauntings by twelve spirits that occurred shortly after she bought and renovated a dilapidated home in Poquetanuck, Connecticut, originally built in 1754 by Captain William Grant. Matsumoto’s accounts include her own experiences with the ghosts, as well as those of her guests. To learn more about Captain Grant's Inn, visit:  http://www.captaingrants.com/

To learn more about the Connecticut Authors Trail, visit: http://connecticutauthorstrail.org/

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The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Jul
16
6:00 PM18:00

The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy, hosted by Otis Library, will welcome author Paul Di Filippo on Monday, July 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the Millie and Martin Shapiro 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 introduce the author.

Paul Di Filippo, a native Rhode Islander and Providence resident, has published hundreds of short stories and novels in a career spanning nearly four decades. He is best known for science fiction and fantasy, but has recently crossed genres to the crime caper novel in his latest work, The Big Get-Even. Di Filippo has been honored at conventions in South America and Europe: his work is particularly popular in Italy.

He is also a prolific book reviewer for science fiction magazines including Locus and   The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, among many others.   He has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, Philip K. Dick, Wired Magazine, and World Fantasy awards. 

This program is free and open to the public.

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Lunch & Learn: Understanding Alzheimer's - The Do's and Don'ts of Alzheimer's Care
Jun
26
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Understanding Alzheimer's - The Do's and Don'ts of Alzheimer's Care

Otis Library will host a Lunch & Learn on “Understanding Alzheimer’s” on Tuesday, June 26, at 12pm in the Community Room. This free program will be presented by Robert Elmer, President of Care for Caregivers.  Formal and informal (at home) caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s will learn critical information about the disease and about caregiving that will empower them and help improve their quality of life and the quality of life of those for whom they are caring.  Behaviors, communication, meaningful activities and more will all be discussed.  Free program; lunch will be provided.  To register, call 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the library’s website calendar at www.otislibrarynorwich.org.

Mr. Elmer started Care for Caregivers in 2013 after having served as a Licensed Assisted Living Administrator for 15 years. He is a Master Trainer of Alzheimer’s care, writes monthly articles for dementia caregivers for six different newspapers, and has written the book Join the Journey-Care for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver, which has been widely accepted as a “welcomed addition” by the industry

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Author Event with Adam Bowles
Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

Author Event with Adam Bowles

After 30 years of living in the one square mile of Jewett City, Pastor/Journalist Adam Bowles decided to fight negative perceptions of his hometown by spending a year interviewing 120 neighbors and visitors whose lives intersect his own. In the process, he discovered a beautiful diversity and the untold stories of faith, family and friendship that make this New England town shine.  Free program; no registration required.  Copies of The World In One Square Mile will be available for sale and signing. 

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The Connecticut State Library Presents:  World War I Digitization Day at Otis Library
Jun
23
10:30 AM10:30

The Connecticut State Library Presents: World War I Digitization Day at Otis Library

Do you have your grandfather's WWI photo album tucked away in a closet?   A stack of letters your great-grandmother kept in a box in the attic?   A story your neighbor told you about the local homecoming parade in the back of your mind.

Help us learn more about the men and women who served during World War I by bringing your collection to be scanned or photographed to Otis Library on Saturday, June 23, 10:30am - 2:30pm in the Community Room. We will work with you to create a profile for the WWI era person you want to remember. We'll scan or photograph the pictures, letters or souvenirs you bring in and return them to you the same day. Then we'll add all the images and stories we create to an online WWI collection and to the Connecticut Digital Archive where they'll be preserved for future generations.

A few notes:

  • We cannot digitize photocopies or printouts from the web.
  • We cannot accept newspapers or any materials that are copyrighted.
  • No weapons. They were an important part of the war, but for safety and security reasons, we can't allow them at events.

Your ancestor does not have to be from Connecticut. We will include them as long as you are a Connecticut resident! 

For more information, visit: http://ctinworldwar1.org/digitization-days/faq/

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

Gardening Series: Maintaining Raised Beds

In partnership with the Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association (ECCGA), Otis Library will host a series of classes on gardening for beginners.   Experienced gardeners from the ECCGA will teach basic gardening skills for everyone, from home owners to apartment dwellers.  Learn to grow your own fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables!  Dates are as follows:  Wednesday, May 16, Container Gardening; Wednesday, June 13, Maintaining Raised Beds; Wednesday, July 11, Harvesting Your Garden; and September date TBD, Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter. All programs will begin at 6pm in the Story Room and are free and open to the public.  Appropriate for school-age through adult!  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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

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Author Susan Kietzman
Jun
11
6:30 PM18:30

Author Susan Kietzman

Otis Library will host a discussion with Mystic author Susan Kietzman, in celebration of her soon to be released book It Started In June on Monday, June 11, at 6:30pm in the Community Room. Susan is also the author of Every Other Wednesday, The Summer Cottage, A Changing Marriage, and The Good Life. This event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase.

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Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program Workshop
Jun
6
5:30 PM17:30

Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program Workshop

On Wednesday, June 6, at 5:30pm the Norwich Historical Society, the Norwich Historic District Commission, and the State Historic Preservation Office will host a workshop about the Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit program in the Community Room at the Otis Library. The tax credit program provides for a 30% return on expenses associated with rehabilitating owner-occupied one- to four-family homes listed on the State or National Register of Historic Places. This hour and a half workshop will detail the program’s benefits, qualifying work, and application process.

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Home Buying Seminar
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Home Buying Seminar

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

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Author Susanne Davis
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

Author Susanne Davis

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

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

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Gardening Series: Container Gardening
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Gardening Series: Container Gardening

In partnership with the Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association (ECCGA), Otis Library will host a series of classes on gardening for beginners.   Experienced gardeners from the ECCGA will teach basic gardening skills for everyone, from home owners to apartment dwellers.  Learn to grow your own fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables!  Dates are as follows:  Wednesday, May 16, Container Gardening; Wednesday, June 13, Maintaining Raised Beds; Wednesday, July 11, Harvesting Your Garden; and September date TBD, Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter. All programs will begin at 6pm in the Story Room and are free and open to the public.  Appropriate for school-age through adult!  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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

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

Artreach Performance: A Mixed Bag

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

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


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

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

Lunch & Learn with Author Bernice Rocque

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

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Fly Fishing Seminar
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Fly Fishing Seminar

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

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

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

Taxpayer Advocate Service Outreach Event

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

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

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Delicious Discussions Author Series
May
3
12:00 PM12:00

Delicious Discussions Author Series

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

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

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

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

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CANCELED - NFA Celebrates Education
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

CANCELED - NFA Celebrates Education

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Otis Library will be hosting a series of programs in April 2018 to celebrate the Harris Sisters, Norwich natives and students at Prudence Crandall's school for young African-American women from 1833-1834.  The umbrella theme for the month is access to education.

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

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

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

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

A Talk on Lydia Huntley Sigourney by Professor Faye Ringel

Otis Library will be holding a series of programs in April 2018 to celebrate the Harris Sisters, Norwich natives and students at Prudence Crandall's school for young African-American women from 1833-1834.  The umbrella theme for the month is access to education.

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

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

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

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