Newsletter                                      October 2017
Executive Director's Letter

Dear Library Patrons,
Robert Frost's poem October casts the month as somewhat melancholy, characterized by "leaves...ripened to the fall," and "hushed mild morning," tentative steps on a slow passage to winter.

For Otis Library, October is better described as a time of vigorous inquiry, the introduction of new programs and enhanced services.

With state funding for its interlibrary loan system tenuous, the LION consortium, of which Otis Library is a member, now offers a supplemental interlibrary loan system that ensures expeditious delivery of books and other materials between its 28 member institutions. 

Otis Library has two new programs addressing the needs of constituents, one underway and one set to commence in a few weeks. Technology classes at the Rose City Senior Center began in September. Internet Technology Librarian Barbi Gardiner instructs participants in several basic operations including email, Microsoft Office, file sharing and related functions. These supplement our onsite instruction and acknowledge the growing importance of outreach in our service model.

In October, we will begin Citizenship Classes in collaboration with Norwich Adult Education and the Hartford Public Library. Norwich's growing immigrant population has not had easy access to the instruction necessary to complete the citizenship process. A 12 week course will be held at Otis Library from 4pm - 7pm on Wednesdays, October 4 - December 20. As a precursory step, we added a new link to the library's website. The Citizenship and Immigration page now features "Test questions in multiple languages." The link offers the 100 questions for the citizenship exam in 26 different languages. Patrons preparing for the citizenship exam can practice/read the questions in their own language next to the English version but still need to take the exam in English.

Otis Library will continue to assess and respond to community needs. We welcome your suggestions and look forward to providing the critical services our community deserves.

Robert Farwell
Executive Director

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Otis Library will be closed on Monday, October 9, in observance of Columbus Day.
The Friends of Otis Library Book Sale
The Friends of Otis Library Book Sale is
October 20, 21 and 22 !  They have thousands of items, with something for everyone. Don't miss it!  There will be an Early Bird Preview on Friday, October 20, 9am - 10am, for $10.

Hours
Friday, 10am - 3pm
Saturday, 10am - 3pm
Sunday, 12pm - 3pm

O'tis a Festival!
SAVE THE DATE!  The 9th Annual O'tis a Festival: a marketplace of all things creative will be held at Otis Library on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Plan on joining us for this fun-filled day of shopping and entertainment! More information and the application for vendors are posted on our website.  If you have questions, please contact Cathy Special at cspecial@otislibrarynorwich.org or 860-889-2365, ext. 125.
Neiley Rushford Snide of A Peace of Space Yoga and Wellness Center
Introduction to Yoga for Teens and Adults
Otis Library will be offering "Introduction to Yoga" classes for teens and adults on Monday evenings in October (except 10/9) and November 2017 from 6pm to 7:15pm in the 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. This program is sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library.  For more information call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

Free Citizenship Classes
A program of Connecticut's Peer Library Citizenship Initiative funded in part by Hartford Public Library's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services grant.
Have you had your Green Card for at least 5 years?  Consider citizenship.
Beginning October 4th, Otis Library will provide free Citizenship Classes every Wednesday from 4pm - 7pm for 12 weeks. Learn about U.S. history and civics to prepare for the citizenship exam.  Books, videos and study materials will be provided.  An Immigration Lawyer will be available during some classes to answer your questions.  Applicants must commit to attend all 12 weeks, provide their Green Card, and read, speak and comprehend basic English.  

To register, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 110, or e-mail Bassem Gayed, Multicultural Services Coordinator, at bgayed@otislibrarynorwich.org.


Delicious Discussions Author Series
Please join us for our next Delicious Discussions Author Series luncheon with Susan Kietzman, author of  Every Other Wednesday.  The luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 19, 12-1:30pm at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun. This luncheon is part of an ongoing partnership with Bank Square Books and Michael Jordan's Restaurants and generously sponsored by GUINAN & HOULE, Attorneys at Law. 

The cost for the luncheon is $40 and includes lunch, a copy of the book, dessert and author signing. To register, please contact Julie Menders at (860) 889-2365 x.128 or jmenders@otislibrarynorwich.org.

ABOUT  EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY:  For years, Joan, Ellie, and Alice enjoyed a casual friendship while volunteering at their children's Connecticut high school. Now, with those children grown and gone to college, a local tragedy brings the three into contact again; but what begins as a catch-up lunch soon moves beyond small talk to the struggles of this next stage of life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Susan Kietzman grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Connecticut College and attended journalism school at Boston University.    Every Other Wednesday is her fourth novel with Kensington Publishing.  Her previous three novels are  The Good LifeA Changing Marriage, and  The Summer Cottage. She lives with her family in Mystic, Connecticut.

Programs for Adults

Technology Classes
Wednesdays, 5pm - 8pm & Fridays, 10am - 1pm
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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. Please call 860-889-2365, ext. 100, for additional information or to make an appointment.

Technology Classes are offered in Spanish on Mondays between 5pm - 8pm by appointment only.  Please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 100, to register.

NEW!  Otis  Library is now be providing computer/technology instruction to seniors at the Rose City Senior Center on Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm starting September 5.. Please call 860-889-2365, ext. 100, for additional information.

Drop-In Chess
Wednesdays, 5pm - 8pm in the Business Center 
Players of all ages and skill levels are invited to play chess. Use one of our chess sets or bring your own.  

Drop-In Knitting Group
Fridays, 10am - 11:15am
The Rows City Knitters meet every Friday in the Meeting Room.  All skill levels welcome!  For more information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128. 


Behind the Scenes at Otis Library
Thursday, October 5, 1pm
You are invited to a private tour of Otis Library, presented by Executive Director Robert Farwell!  Visit the library archives, and behind the scenes areas that are usually off-limits! This is a great way to learn about Otis Library's history.  Free event; no registration required.  This program is presented in partnership with The Last Green Valley's Walktober.   Meet in the atrium at 1:00 p.m.

Changing Minds Book Club
Wednesday, October 11, 5pm
The group will be discussing The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace. Join us in the Meeting Room for conversation and refreshments!   No registration required. Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Front Desk.



Otis Library Genealogy Club
Tuesday, October 17, 1pm - 2:30pm
The club will be meeting 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 and to register, please call Kathleen Wieland, Genealogy Librarian, at (860) 889-2365, ext. 108

Informational Medicare Seminar:  Understanding Medicare Benefits
Saturday, October 21 or 28, 11am - 12pm
Not familiar with Medicare?  This short presentation will guide you through Medicare coverage for 2018 in an easy to understand program.  There will be time for questions and answers.  Presented by Beata Raymond from Raymond Senior Planning.  Free program.  No registration required.


Programs for Tweens and Teens
All programs are offered at no charge to the public.  Registration is required for some programs. Please register in person at the Front Desk; by calling (860) 889-2365, ext. 100; or you may register for our programs via our  online calendar.

Drop-In Chess
Wednesdays, 5pm - 8pm in the Business Center
Players of all ages and skill levels are invited to play chess.  Use one of our chess sets or bring your own.

Teen Art Lounge (grades 7 and up)
Wednesday, October 11, 6pm - 7pm
Teens, stop by the Young Adult Room and create a cool piece of art for yourself!  No registration required.

Anime Club of Otis Library: Cosplay Party!  (grades 5 & up)
Wednesday, October 18, 6pm - 7pm
Attention Anime Fans!  Come dressed as your favorite anime character! Japanese snacks, prizes, and fun activities!  Please register.  Program will take place in the Story Room.

Robots On The Run (ages 10 & up)
Saturday, October 21, 11am - 1pm
Sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
This workshop will explain basic circuits and instructions on how to build a simple robot.  You will learn programmable electronics and receive instructions for making lights blink, motors run, sounds and a lot more!  Bring your broken electronics and we will take them apart with you to learn about circuits.  Space is limited; please register.  Program will take place in the Story Room.  

cRIPt: Paranormal Encounters CT (grades 7 - 12)
Wednesday, October 25, 6pm - 7pm
Teens: curious about life on the other side?  Join us for a talk on the paranormal with professionals from cRIPt: Paranormal Encounters CT.  Find out what EVP is and how it can reveal presences unknown in our surroundings!  Please register. Program will take place in the Community Room.

Tween Book Club (grades 6 - 8)
Monday, October 30, 6pm - 7pm
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn will be discussed, followed by an activity related to the book. Pizza will be served. Please register.  Pick up a copy of the book at the Front Desk. 
About  The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall: 
"When 12-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall.  She doesn't expect to encounter the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who haunts Crutchfield and concocts a plan to use Florence to help her achieve her murderous goals.  Will Florence be able to convince the others in the household of the imminent danger and stop Sophia before it's too late?"

Children's Programs
All programs are offered at no charge to the public. Registration is required for some programs.  Please register in person at the Children's Desk; by calling (860) 889-2365, ext. 114; or you may register for our programs via our online calendar.

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Mother Goose & More: Rhyme Time and Playgroup (ages newborn to 23 months) 
Mondays, October 2, 16, 23, & 30, 10:30am - 11am (Rhyme Time); 11am - 12pm (playgroup)
Enjoy 30 minutes of rhymes, songs, and other activities for the very young, then stay (or not) for a one-hour open play group. Older siblings are welcome! No registration required.

Toddler Storytime (ages 2-3)
Tuesdays, September 19 - November 14, 10:30am - 11am
Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a simple craft with your child!  Space is limited; please register.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)
Thursdays, September 21 - November 16, 10:30
Children enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft while their grownups wait in the Children's Department.  Space is limited; please register.  

Build It! Clinic (grades K - 8)
Saturday, October 7, 10:30am - 12pm
Build structures using a variety of materials in the Meeting Room.  No registration required.

Lovey Storyhour for Little Ones (ages 3 - 8 )
Saturday, October 7, 11am - 12pm
Does your child have a special toy or lovey in their world?  Children can bring their special lovey and hear author Betsy Devany share her picture book, "Lucy's Lovey," a sweet story of a little girl's love for her special doll.  Crafts and treats will be available for participants to celebrate their friendship.  Space is limited; please register.  Program takes place in the Story Room.

Bella! Therapy Dog Extraordinaire (all ages)
Saturday, October 7, 12pm - 1pm
Courtesy of Ms. Pepin - thank you!
Visit and read to our very favorite therapy pug, Bella.  No registration required.

Recipe for Success Program (ages 8 - 11)
Saturday, October 14, 11am - 12pm
Set the stage for October festivities by making cute and frightfully delicious jack-o-lantern quesadillas!  Related activities complete the fun.  Space is limited; please register.

Robots on the Run (ages 10 and up)
Saturday, October 21, 11am - 1pm
Sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
This workshop will explain basic circuits and instructions on how to build a simple robot.  You will learn programmable electronics and receive instructions for making lights blink, motors run, sounds and a lot more!  Bring your broken electronics and we will take them apart with you to learn about circuits.  Space is limited; please register.  Program will take place in the Story Room.

Kids Imagine! Book Club (grades 3 - 5)
Monday, October 23, 6pm - 7pm
Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost! by Cornelia Funke will be discussed, followed by an activity related to the book. Pizza will be served. Please register. Pick up a copy of the book or audiobook at the Front Desk. Program will take place in the Story Room.

About  Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost!" Timid nine-year-old Tom reluctantly agrees to help professional ghostbuster Hetty Hyssop dispel an IRG (Incredibly Revolting Ghost) from an old house, while also dealing with the ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost) living in his cellar and his pesky sister, Lola."



Rainbow Creative Dance Class (ages 3 - 5)
Friday, October 27, 10:30am - 11:15am
Join us for a fun introduction to creative dance for preschoolers!  Have fun through movement and song with our colorful theme of rainbows.  Hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Ballet.  Space is limited; please register.  Program takes place in the Story Room.

Spooktacular!  (all ages)
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Saturday, October 28, 11am - 1pm
Get in the spirit of the season!  Come to the Children's Department dressed up in a costume (or not) and enjoy crafts, games and a few tricks or treats!  No registration required.
CORE:  A Shared Calendar of Regional Events
Looking for things to do this weekend? Visit the CORE calendar!  CORE is a collaborative of organizations based in eastern CT with a shared goal of providing the community one regional go-to calendar of events for all things happening in the area. Be sure to check back often as it is updated daily!
Otis Library | 261 Main Street, Norwich, CT 06360 | (860) 889-2365 |   www.otislibrarynorwich.org

Hours  
 Monday & Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Closed on Saturdays in July & August

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