Newsletter                                    October 2019
Executive Director's Letter

Twice a year the Friends of Otis Library sponsor an enormously popular and highly successful book sale. October 2019 promises another successful event, with an excellent selection featuring your favorite subjects, authors and genres. The event begins with an Early Bird Preview for $10 on Friday, October 18 only, 9am - 10am. Free general admission follows on Friday, October 18, 10am - 3pm; Saturday, October 19, 10am - 3pm; and Sunday, October 20, 12pm -3pm. The book sale receipts redound to the library's benefit by supporting programs, services and special projects that would otherwise be unavailable. Come help the Friends support Otis Library.
 
As September ended, Otis Library was selected as the 2019 recipient of the Norwich Rotary Community Diversity Award. The Rotary Community Diversity Award, established in 2016, honors an organization in the spirit of the Lottie B. Scott Diversity Award. The award was presented at the Celebrate Cultural Diversity Event at Howard T. Brown Memorial Park on the evening of September 16. This is the latest award bestowed on Otis Library during 2019. Earlier in the year, the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition selected Otis as the region's outstanding Arts and Cultural Organization. These accolades are welcome and affirming. They also acknowledge Otis Library's attributes as an important community engagement catalyst, public forum and a vital platform for communicating among diverse populations. Through these services, Otis remains committed to supporting a strong social fabric.

Robert Farwell
Executive Director

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Otis Library Hours:  
Monday & Wednesday, 10am-8pm
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10am-5pm
Saturdays, 10am-3pm

Please Note:  We will be closed on Monday, October 14, for Columbus Day.

The Friends of Otis Library
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The Friends of Otis Library Book Sale is here!
Early Bird Preview $10, Friday, October 18, 9-10am
Free General Admission:
Friday, October 18, 10am - 3pm
Saturday, October 19, 10am - 3pm
Sunday, October 20, 12 - 3pm

Interested in becoming a Friend?  Learn more about the Friends of Otis Library here.
O'tis a Fesival
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SAVE THE DATE!  The 11th Annual O'tis a Festival will be held at Otis Library on Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10am - 3pm.  Kick off the holiday season with this fun-filled day of shopping and entertainment!  We'll have beautiful handmade items for sale, singing, dancing, and, of course, SANTA!  There will be so many more details to share, we will keep you posted through our newsletter, social media and website.  We hope you are as excited as we are!
City of Norwich
Disability Awareness Week
October 7 - October 11, 2019
A week of interaction on the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability-related issues.   Disability Awareness Week is sponsored by the Norwich Commission for Persons with Disabilities, with the essential support of the City of Norwich Office of the Mayor, Norwich Public Utilities, Otis Library and the Rose City Senior Center.  
For a full list of activities, click here.

The following programs will take place at Otis Library:
Working It Out: Presentation and Panel Discussion on ADA Employment Rights
Tuesday, October 8, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Presenters:  Attorneys from CT Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, plus others.
Where: Community Room

Lunch & Learn:  Disability Sensitivity Workshop
Wednesday, October 9, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Registration required.  Call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128 to register.
Presenter:  Melissa Marshall, Coordinator of the CT Cross Disability Lifespan Alliance
Where:  Meeting Room

Resource Table and Voter Registration
Wednesday, October 9, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:  Atrium
Free Citizenship Classes



Programs for Adults

Technology Classes at Otis Library
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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!

Ask The Expert!
Wednesday, October 9, 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.

Changing Minds Book Club
Wednesday, October 9, 5pm, Meeting Room
The group will be discussing Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems by Molly McCully Brown.  Join us for conversation and refreshments! A limited number of copies of the book are available to borrow at the Front Desk.  No registration required.

Otis Library Genealogy Club
Tuesday, October 15, 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.

Delicious Discussions
Michael Jordan's Steakhouse
Sponsored by Guinan & Houle, LLP Attorneys at Law
Otis Library and Bank Square Books present Delicious Discussions luncheons with Susan Strecker, author of Drive, on Thursday, October 17, and Whitney Scharer, author of The Age of Light, on Thursday, November 14.  Tickets for each 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.

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

Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places
Monday, October 21, 6pm, Community Room
Christopher Wigren will talk about his new book Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places. Mr.  Wigren is an architectural historian and Deputy Director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. His articles and essays have appeared in the Hartford Courant, the New Haven Register, and Connecticut Explored magazine.

A project of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the book reflects more than 30 years of fieldwork and research in statewide architectural survey and National Register of Historic Places programs.   Copies of Connecticut Architecture will be available for sale and signing. This program is free and open to the public.  

Classics Book Club
Saturday, October 26, 10;30am, Poppy & Rye Cafe and Bakery
Join us for our Classics Book Club, where we will read a variety of classic works, from ancient to modern.  We meet four times a year in various locations around the City.  Our Autumn discussion is  Little Women  by Louisa May Alcott.  Meet us at Poppy & Rye Bakery Cafe, 137 Norwich Avenue in Taftville.  To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128.

Family Historian Julianne Mangin
Monday, October 28, 6pm
Julianne Mangin will discuss her mother's French-Canadian ancestors, having researched them in libraries, archives, historical societies, and in online genealogical resources. Four of her ancestors, including her grandmother, were patients at the Norwich State Hospital. Ms. Mangin is a writer, researcher, family historian, and a former Librarian and website designer at the Library of Congress. You can read about her family research at https://juliannemangin.com/. This program is free and open to the public.

cRIPt: Paranormal Encounters Connecticut
Wednesday, October 30, 6 - 7pm, Story Room
What lurks in the unknown?  Find out in this fascinating presentation by local paranormal investigators from cRIPt: Paranormal Encounters of Connecticut.  Learn about ghosts, poltergeists, and other entities from the other side!  For all ages.  

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.

Discover Fossils (all ages)
Saturday, October 12, 1 - 2pm, Story Room
Discover the fascinating world of fossils!  Presented by the Thames Valley Rock Hounds.  Drop-in; no registration required.  For all ages.  

Lunar Landing Smart Robots! With The Rhode Island Computer Museum (ages 11 and up)
Saturday, October 19, 11am - 12:30pm. Community Room
This workshop aims to explain and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.  Students will learn basic concepts of robotics and coding to instruct a simple robot.  A big part of the workshop is hands-on practice using Mbots and an Arduinos.  For ages 11 and up.  Space is limited; please register beginning September 30.  

Tween Book Club (grades 6-8)
Monday, October 28, 6 - 7pm, Story Room
Pizza is provided by Big Y Supermarkets - thank you!
We will discuss Jinx by Sage Blackwood.  Join in activities related to the book!  Pizza will be served. Space is limited; please register beginning September 30.  Please register online or call 860-889-2365, ext. 100.  Pick up a copy of the book at the Front Desk.

cRIPt: Paranormal Encounters (all ages)
Wednesday, October 30, 6 - 7pm, Story Room
What lurks in the unknown?  Find out in this fascinating presentation by local paranormal investigators from cRIPt: Paranormal Encounters of Connecticut.  Learn about ghosts, poltergeists, and other entities from the other side!  For all ages.
      
Children's Programs
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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 .

Time for Twos  (FILLED)
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.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) FILLED
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.

Creative Movement (ages 3-5)
Friday, October 4, 10:30am - 11:15am
Join us for this joyful movement class hosted by Eastern Connecticut Ballet.  This month's theme is "The Orchestra."  Hear a story around this theme and do 35 minutes of movement.  For ages 3-5.  Please register.

Bella!  Therapy Dog Extraordinaire (all ages)
Saturday, October 5, 12-1pm
Courtesy of Ms. Pepin - thank you!
Visit and read to our very favorite therapy pug, Bella.  No registration required. 

Get Up & Dance:  Preschool Fun (ages 3-5)
Wednesday, October 9, 10:30 - 11am
Join us for 30 minutes of dance and musical games in this active program for ages three to five.  Grownups may wait in the Children's Department or dance along with their child in the Story Room!  Ages 3-5.  Space is limited; please register.

Monthly Mother Goose & More:  Rhyme Time and Playgroup (ages newborn - 23 months)
Saturday, October 12, 10:30 - 11am (Rhyme Time), 11 - 11:30am (Playgroup)
Enjoy 30 minutes of traditional rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and other activities for the very young; then stay (or not) for a half-hour open playgroup.  This is a great opportunity for working parents to enjoy this weekend program!  Older siblings are welcome to attend!  Drop-in; no registration required.

Drop-In Autumn Craft (all ages)
Saturday, October 12, 11am - 1pm
Drop-in and enjoy making a colorful autumn tree craft with your child!  No registration required.  For all ages.  Program will take place in the Children's Department.

Discover Fossils (all ages)
Saturday, October 12, 1 - 2pm
Discover the fascinating world of fossils!  Presented by the Thames Valley Rock Hounds.  Drop-in; no registration required.  For all ages.  Program will take place in the Story Room.

Family Storytime
Saturday, October 19, 10:30 - 11am
Enjoy stories, songs, and activities for families with children ages two to six.  Siblings welcome!  Drop-in; no registration required.

Lunar Landing Smart Robots!  With The Rhode Island Computer Museum
(ages 11 & up)
Saturday, October 19, 11am - 12:30pm, Community Room
This workshop aims to explain and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.  Students will learn basic concepts of robotics and coding to instruct a simple robot.  A big part of the workshop is hands-on practice using Mbots and an Arduinos.  For ages 11 and up.  Space is limited; please register beginning September 30..

Mother Goose & More:  Rhyme Time and Playgroup (ages newborn - 23 months)
Mondays, October 21 & 28, 10:30 - 11am (Rhyme Time), 11am - 12pm (Playgroup)
Enjoy 30 minutes of traditional rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and other activities for the very young; then stay (or not) for a one-hour open playgroup.  Older siblings are welcome to attend!  Drop-in; no registration required.

Kids Imagine! Book Club (grades 3-5)
Monday, October 21, 6 - 7pm
Pizza is provided by Big Y Supermarkets - thank you!
Come discuss Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka.  Join in activities related to the book!  Play with Cubelets TWELVE kits!  Pizza will be served. Please register.  Pick up a copy of the book at the Front Desk.  Program will take place in the Story Room.

Creative Kids: Preschool Art (ages 3-5)
Wednesday, October 23, 10:30 - 11am
Join us for a fun painting program for preschoolers!  Prepare for a mess and bring or wear an old shirt.  The class will end with a story and then take your masterpiece home!  Ages 3-5.  Space is limited; please register beginning September 30.

Spooktacular!  (all ages)
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Saturday, October 26, 11am - 2pm
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.  For all ages.

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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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