Newsletter                                         August 2019
Executive Director's Letter

Every other year Otis Library conducts a patron survey. There is an online version circulated through an e-blast and an onsite version conducted by a volunteer. The information gathered from the responses helps us to establish a profile of who uses the library and their familiarity with our programs and services.  The results also inform the methods used to publicize library events and help identify the types of events that resonate with the public.  Even if we are unable to act immediately on your suggestions and preferences, they represent the raw material from which improvements spring.  There are only a few weeks remaining to participate and your answers are critical to us.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete. In that time, you provide information of inestimable value. You help us to establish priorities and determine how best to meet the needs of you, our patrons.

Click here to complete our survey.

Robert Farwell
Executive Director

Summer Hours:  
Monday & Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10am-5pm; closed Saturdays & Sundays.

We will resume our Saturday hours (10am-3pm) on September 7.

Summer Meals for Kids!
Otis Library is pleased to be a Free Summer Meals 4 Kids site for Summer 2019. This program is free to all children up to the age of 18 years regardless of city residence. The program began 6/17/19 and runs through 8/23/19.   Breakfast is served 10-10:30am.  Lunch is served 1-1:30pm.   All meals must be eaten with us and cannot go home.  No meals will be served the last 5 minutes. 

The Friends of Otis Library
Beginning August 1, businesses will be charging 10 cents per plastic bag. You're going to need some tote bags!  Stop by the Front Desk and pick up some Friends of Otis Library tote bags at $3 each.  You'll be supporting the environment and your favorite library! 

The Friends are accepting donations of gently used books for their October book sale.  Please drop off your books, two bags at a time, to the Front Desk.  For larger donations, please call ahead to (860) 889-2365.  Please, no encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines or VHS tapes. Thank you for your support!

Interested in becoming a Friend?  Learn more about the Friends of Otis Library here.
CLICC Program
Monday, August 26, 6pm, Community Room
Otis Library will host an informational session on the CLICC Program (Connecting Through Literacy: Incarcerated Parents, Their Children, and Caregivers). CLICC is a Connecticut-based non-profit program that uses mentoring and literacy activities to strengthen communication and deepen bonds between children and their incarcerated parents. The goal is to reduce recidivism rates for incarcerated mothers and fathers, while also reducing the shame and stigma that their children can experience.  CLICC is currently looking for child mentors in the Norwich area. Joy Haenlein, CLICC Program Director, will lead the informational session.

CLICC is a one-year program. Each child and parent in the CLICC program meets with a separate mentor on a weekly basis for one year. The CLICC-trained parent mentors meet with parents in prison, either individually or in a group. CLICC-trained child mentors meet one-to-one with a child (age 5-17) at a site in the community that is convenient for the child, such as a local library or afterschool program. The parent and child read approximately one book - selected by the child - per month. With mentor support, they complete literacy exercises connecting the books to their lives through letters to each other. The books also can be discussed during phone calls and in-person visits.

If you are unable to attend the informational session you may contact CLICC through e-mail or call 203-918-0375.  You can visit their website at:
Life Skills Workshops 

Sponsored by Liberty Bank
Otis Library will offer free life skills workshops for ages 18 and up.  This is an opportunity to learn practical skills that will help you succeed in career and life.  Each class will provide tools and information that will make life more enjoyable and efficient.  Dates and classes are as follows. 
  • Monday, July 1, 6pm:  Basic Sewing Skills with Diane Deedy, Youth Services Librarian
  • Monday, July 15, 6pm:  Ten Key Steps to Getting Organized with Sandra Wheeler, Professional Organizer from For Peace of Mind, LLC
  • Monday, July 29, 6pm:  Tips for First-Time Travelers on a Budget with Matt Cadorette, Librarian
  • Monday, August 12, 6pm: Creating a Work/Life Balance with Ellen Gunther, Life Coach
  • Monday, August 19, 6pm:  Money Smarts with Pamela Days-Luketich, Liberty Bank
Classes will be held in the Community Room.  Refreshments will be provided.  Registration is required for each class.  To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar.
Delicious Discussions
Tuesday, August 13, 12 - 1:30pm, 
Michael Jordan's Steak House
This series is generously sponsored by Guinan & Houle, LLP Attorneys at Law.

Otis Library and Bank Square Books present a Delicious Discussions luncheon with author Heather Webb in celebration of her new book Meet Me In Monaco . Tickets for this event are $40 and include an author talk and signing, a copy of the book and a buffet lunch at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun.

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

About Meet Me In Monaco:   Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly's whirlwind romance and unforgettable wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling authors Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d'Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate and second chances.
Gardening Programs for Beginners
In partnership with the Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association (ECCGA), Otis Library is hosting a series of classes on vegetable gardening for beginners.   Experienced gardeners from the ECCGA will teach basic gardening skills for everyone, from homeowners to apartment dwellers. The series leads beginner gardeners through the steps and practices involved in maintaining a flourishing home garden.  Dates are as follows:  Monday, April 8; Monday, June 3; Monday, August 5; and Monday, September 9. All programs will begin at 6pm in the Story Room and are free and open to the public.  No registration is required.   Appropriate for teens and adults.  

August 5 Session: Garden Management   
We will continue our discussion on effective and efficient garden management practices, troubleshoot problems and share our experiences with our growing season so far. Join us on August 5 at 6pm in the Story Room.

For more information on the ECCGA, visit
Programs for Adults

Technology Classes at Otis Library
Wednesdays, 5pm - 8pm & Fridays, 10am - 1pm
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 by appointment only.  Please call Bassem at (860) 889-2365, ext. 109 or 110 to register.

Para reservar una cita, apersonese a la biblioteca o llame a Bassem
860-889-2365, ext. 109 o 110.

Technology Classes at Rose City Senior Center
Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm
Otis Library provides computer/technology instruction to seniors at the Rose City Senior Center.  Please call 860-889-2365, ext. 100, for additional information.

Drop-In Knitting Group
Fridays, 10am - 11:15am, Meeting Room
The Rows City Knitters meet every Friday.  All skill levels welcome!  For more  information, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.  Members of the Rows City Knitters would like to thank  Driftwood Yarns  of Groton for their continued support!

Classics Book Club
Saturday, August 3, 10am, Cafe Otis
Something New! We will read a variety of classic works, from ancient to modern, and meet four times a year in various locations around the City. Our summer discussion is on  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Meet us at  Cafe Otis, 80 Broadway, Norwich. To register, call 860-889-2365, ext. 128.

Ask The Expert!
Wednesday, August 14, 10:30am - 12:30pm, Business Center
Are you looking to start your own business but don't know where to begin?  Do you need help writing a business plan?  What if you own a business but need advice on marketing?  Jill Fritzsche, Community Manager at Norwich Community Development Corporation, will be in the Business Center at Otis Library the second Wednesday of every month from 10:30am - 12:30pm to answer your questions. Drop in; no appointment necessary.  This is a free program.  For more information, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128.

NEW DATE:  Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading
Wednesday, August 14, 6 - 7:30pm, Community Room
Professor Donna Harrington-Lueker will discuss her new book,  Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading.  Drawing upon letters, diaries, archival materials, and an array of 19th-century popular novels set at summer resorts, the author traces the ways in which 19th-century readers, authors, and publishing houses came to frame summer reading not as a disreputable indulgence but as a respectable pastime, especially for the woman reader.

Donna Harrington-Lueker is a professor in the Department of English and Communications at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.  A former magazine writer and editor, her research interests include 19-century print culture, women's magazines, and the alternative press.  This is a free program; registration is required.  A light dinner will be served.  To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register online.

Woodstock:  A 50th Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, August 20, 12pm - 1:30pm, Community Room
Otis Library will host a Lunch & Learn featuring guest speaker Craig Harris and his program, "Woodstock: A 50th Anniversary Celebration."  Harris, a master percussionist, educator, author, photographer, and radio host, incorporates rare recordings, archival video, insightful storytelling, singing, and guided music-making in a program that not only will stir memories of Woodstock but will provide a new perspective. This program is sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library and will take place in the library's community room.
Free program; lunch is provided.  Registration is required.  To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the library's website calendar

Otis Library Genealogy Club
Tuesday, August 20, 1-2:30pm,  Meeting Room
The club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month to learn and to brain storm  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.

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.

Matt Ryan Cartooning Workshop (grades 6 and up)
Friday, August 9, 10:30am - 12pm, Community Room
Join us for a hands-on cartooning workshop with Matt Ryan!  Expand your drawing skills and learn tips and techniques from a professional.  Matt will guide the group through character design, page layout and more!  For students grades 6 & up.  Space is limited; please register.  This class is partially funded by the Connecticut Humanities Council and is presented in partnership with One Book One Region.

Build-A-Backpack (ages 14 and up)
Wednesday, August 14, 2 - 3pm
We are filling backpacks with donated school supplies and presenting them to Norwich Public School elementary children.  Young Adults ages 14 and up are asked to join us in this charitable endeavor.  Community service hours will be granted!  Please register. Program will take place in the Story Room.  Pizza and refreshments will be served.       

Coming in September!
Tween Book Club (grades 6-8)
Monday, September 30, 6 - 7pm, Community Room
We will discuss One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale.  Join in activities related to the book!  Pizza will be served. Registration begins August 26.  Please register online or call 860-889-2365, ext. 100.  Pick up a copy of the book at the Front Desk.
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 Child ren's Desk; by calling (860) 889-2365, ext. 114; or you may register for our programs via our online calendar .

Drop-In Dog Crafts (all ages)
Monday & Friday, August 19 & 23, 2 - 4pm
Celebrate those long hot "Dog Days of Summer" by dropping in and making a paws-itively adorable dog craft with your child!  No registration required. For all ages.  Program will take place in the Children's Department. 

Humane Society of Connecticut presents: "Pets & Caring Kids" (all ages)
Tuesday, August 20, 11am - 12pm
Celebrate all the wonderful things about pets!  Whether you already have a pet or are deciding to introduce one to your family, this program is for you!  Learn the basics of pet care from the experts, the Humane Society of Connecticut.  No registration required.  For all ages.  Program will take place in the Story Room.

Bella! Therapy Dog Extraordinaire (all ages)
Wednesday, August 21, 12 - 1pm
Courtesy of Ms. Pepin - thank you!
Visit and read to our very favorite therapy pug, Bella.  No registration required.  For all ages.

Doggy Storytime (ages 3-6)
Thursday, August 22, 10:30 - 11:15am
Celebrate the friendship of our furry friends with this storytime all about dogs!  Hear stories, sing songs and rhymes, plus make a doggy craft to take home.  Space is limited; please register.  For ages 3-6.

Coming in September!
Time for Twos
Tuesdays, September 17 - November 19, 10:30 - 11am
Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and a simple craft with your child!  This program is age appropriate for your active two-year-old!  Space is limited; please register beginning August 19.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Thursdays, September 19 - November 21, 10:30 - 11:15am
Children enjoy stories, songs and rhymes while their grownups wait in the Children's Department.  Caregivers are encouraged to join the fun during craft time at the end of the class!  Space is limited; please register beginning August 19.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center: Amphibians (ages 6-12)
Saturday, September 21, 1 - 2pm
Lear all about frogs, toads, salamanders and other amphibians!  The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will bring some of these awesome creatures to our library so that we can learn about the important role they play in nature.  Program will take place in the Story Room.  Space is limited; please register beginning September 3.

Kids Imagine! Book Club (grades 3-5)
Monday, September 23, 6 - 7pm
Come discuss Olga: We're Out of Here! by Elise Gravel.  Join in activities related to the book!  Pizza will be served.  Registration begins August 19.  Pick up a copy of the book at the Front Desk.  Program will take place in the Story Room.

Otis Library | 261 Main Street, Norwich, CT 06360 | (860) 889-2365 |

 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 Sundays
Closed on Saturdays in July & August

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