Otis Library Genealogy Club
Jul
17
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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Technology Classes
Jul
18
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
Jul
20
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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Classics Book Club
Jul
21
10:30 AM10:30

Classics Book Club

We will read a variety of classic works, from the ancient to modern. July's discussion is on Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck,. We meet four times a year in various locations around the City.  This month meet us at Poppy & Rye Bakery, 137 Norwich Avenue, Taftville. To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128.

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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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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 in Palestine 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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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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Gardening Series:  Harvesting Your Garden
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Gardening Series: Harvesting Your Garden

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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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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Changing Minds Book Club
Jun
13
5:00 PM17:00

Changing Minds Book Club

The Changing Minds Book Club will be discussing Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance.. Join us in the Meeting Room for conversation and refreshments!  No registration required.  There are a limited number of books available to borrow at the Front Desk.  For more information, call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.


 

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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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Delicious Discussions Author Series
Jun
5
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 bestselling author Nancy Thayer in celebration of her new book A Nantucket Wedding.  Tickets for this event are $45 and include an author talk and signing, a copy of A Nantucket Wedding  and a buffet lunch at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun. This event will take place at noon on June 5 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:  A few years after losing her beloved husband, Alison is doing something she never thought she would do again: getting married. While placing the finishing touches on her summer nuptials, Alison is anxious to introduce her fiancé, David, to her grown daughters: Felicity, a worried married mother of two, and Jane, also married but focused on her career. The sisters have a somewhat distant relationship and Alison hopes that the wedding and the weeks leading up to the ceremony will give the siblings a chance to reconnect, as well as meet and get to know David’s grown children.  As the summer progresses, it is anything but smooth sailing. 

About the Author:  Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of Secrets in Summer, The Island House, The Guest Cottage, An Island Christmas, Nantucket Sisters, A Nantucket Christmas, Island Girls, Summer Breeze, Heat Wave, Beachcombers, Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, and The Hot Flash Club. She lives on Nantucket.

 

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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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Professor Jennifer Rycenga on the History of the Prudence Crandall School
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Professor Jennifer Rycenga on the History of the Prudence Crandall School

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.

On Saturday, April 14, at 1pm in the Community Room, Professor Jennifer Rycenga will give a talk on the history of the Prudence Crandall school, with an emphasis on the black students, including the Harris Sisters. Professor Rycenga is Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at San José State University. She is currently finishing a comprehensive cultural biography of Prudence Crandall (1803-1890).

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.

Photo of Professor Jennifer Rycenga by Donna Pomeroy

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"My Teacher Taught Me...." Art Exhibit
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

"My Teacher Taught Me...." Art Exhibit

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.

On Friday, April 6, the library will host the opening of the student art exhibit “My Teacher Taught Me…”  Children from pre-schoolers through fifth grade will exhibit art – paintings, drawings, collage, and assemblage – that illustrates an important lesson or skill learned from a teacher.  The event will take place from 6pm – 8pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room. Guest speaker will be Norwich resident Lottie Scott, who will present compelling monologues based on her childhood in South Carolina.  She will speak at 6:40pm.  The exhibit will be on display during the month of April. 

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 exhibit 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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Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults

Otis Library will be offering “Introduction to Yoga” classes for teens and adults on Monday evenings in February (except 2/19) and March from 6pm to 7:15pm in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room. These free classes will be presented by instructors from ‘A Peace of Space’ Yoga and Wellness Center. Wear comfortable clothing; yoga mats will be available to borrow. No registration required. 

For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128. 

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Songs of the Irish-Americans
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Songs of the Irish-Americans

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Otis Library will host a program of Irish and Irish-American songs presented by Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle.  This program is sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, John P. Holland Division.  Free program; no registration required.  For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.  Community Room.

Photograph by Donna Goodspeed

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Eugenics and the Norwich State Hospital
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Eugenics and the Norwich State Hospital

Sponsored by the New London County Historical Society

Robert Farwell, Executive Director of Otis Library , presents a discussion on the history of eugenics and its link to the Norwich State Hospital.  Eugenics, the attempt to improve the human species through better breeding, was a widespread and popular movement in the United States and Europe between 1910 and 1940. No registration required.  Free and open to the public.

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Jewelry Making Class
Mar
5
5:30 PM17:30

Jewelry Making Class

Otis Library, in partnership with Artreach, will be offering a free jewelry making workshop for beginners on Monday, March 5, 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Meeting Room.  Melanie Nagode of Artreach, an experienced instructor, will walk you through the process of creating your own piece of jewelry.  Materials provided.  For ages 16 and up.  There are a limited number of seats available; registration is required.  Call Julie at (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on our online calendar.

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