Newsletter                                   September 2019
Executive Director's Letter

Otis Library is extremely fortunate to have a coterie of Friends who support the library and allow us to present programs and services that would be otherwise unavailable. Their premiere event, the biannual Friends of Otis Library Book Sale, raises thousands of dollars that benefit the library. Two long-time co-chairs of the book sale committee, Torrey Fenton and Marcia Erickson, recently announced their decision to step down and pass their responsibilities to the capable hands of Friends board member Roberta Clapper. In addition to being book sale stalwarts, Torrey, Marcia and Marcia's husband Dick served as Friends board members for many years. Their guidance and hard work, coupled with the active support of other dedicated volunteers, made the book sale a model event. We will miss their contributions to the success of the Friends and Otis Library.
 
The biennial library survey is completed and the results are being tabulated. Almost 500 individuals responded by email or in person. In next month's newsletter, we will present a summary of those finding and a comparison with past iterations.

Robert Farwell
Executive Director

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

Please Note:  We will be closed on Monday, September 2, for Labor Day and we will resume our Saturday hours (10am-3pm) on September 7.

On Thursday, September 12, we will be closed in the morning for staff training, and will be open to the public 1pm - 5pm.

The Friends of Otis Library
Beginning August 1, businesses began 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!

Dates for the Friends of Otis Library Book Sale
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.
Voter Registration

September 24 is National Voter Registration Day!  The League of Women Voters Southeastern Connecticut will be available in the Library's atrium on Tuesday, September 24, 11am - 3pm, to assist you with voter registration.

If you are unable to make it on September 24, mail-in forms are available to pick up at the Library.  Just complete the brief form and return it to the Registrar of Voters in your town of residence.

If you have a valid (not expired) driver's license, driver's permit, or non-driver photo ID issued by the Connecticut DMV, you have the additional option of online voter registration. Click here for details.  The site includes information in English and Spanish.  

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'll keep you posted through our newsletter, social media and website.  We hope you're as excited as we are!
Free Citizenship Classes



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.  

September 9 Session: Putting Your Garden to Bed   
After a successful season of fruit and vegetable production, what is the best way to store and preserve your harvest?  Join us on September 9 at 6pm in the Story Room.

For more information on the ECCGA, visit www.getgrowingct.org.
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, September 11, 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, September 11, 5pm, Meeting Room
The group will be discussing Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, the One Book One Region selection for 2019.  Join us for conversation and refreshments! Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Front Desk.  No registration required.

Info-Shred at Otis Library!
Saturday, September 14, 10am - 1pm
Sponsored by Liberty Bank
Community members are invited to bring documents for shredding to the truck parked in front of Otis Library. There is a limit of three file-sized boxes each to be securely destroyed. This event is free and open to all.

Local Author Ken Keeley
Monday, September 16, 6pm, Community Room
Otis Library will host a discussion with local author Ken Keeley.  Mr. Keeley will talk about his latest book, Norwich Connecticut, 1659-1959, The First 300 Years This book covers Norwich from its 1659 founding in Norwichtown to the Tercentennial Celebration of 1959.  Over 300 photographs show the evolution of the downtown and surrounding street architecture, changing infrastructure and modes of transportation, as well as how Norwich became the wealthiest city in the U.S. during the late 19th century.   Free program; no registration required.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.  

Otis Library Genealogy Club
Tuesday, September 17, 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.

Painting with Faith
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Thursday, September 19, 12 - 2pm, Meeting Room
Sponsored by Guinan & Houle, LLP Attorneys at Law
Local artist Faith Satterfield will be on hand to help patrons create an original work of art relating to the theme of "What Does Peace Mean to You." Faith is a mural artist, an internationally trained illustrator and teaching artist. Refreshments will be served.  Registration is required.  Register on the website calendar, or call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128.

Introduction to Crystals
Monday, September 23, 6pm, Community Room
Sponsored by The Friends of Otis Library
This is a class for all who have an interest in crystals, presented by Reiki Master Tracy Kohl. We will discuss how to choose crystals and practical ways to use them in everyday life.  We also will learn the healing properties of eight different crystals as well as how and why you should cleanse them.  Free program; registration is required.  You may register on the website calendar  or call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128.

Epic Destinations with Glenn Carberry
Wednesday, September 25, 6:30pm, Community Room
Otis Library will host a travel program with Glenn Carberry.  Attorney Carberry will share his experiences traveling in more than 55 countries and visiting numerous World Heritage sites and other destinations around the globe.  He also will discuss his book Epic Destinations:  Exploring the World's Marvels, which will be available for free for everyone who attends the program.

Free program; registration is required.  You may register on the online calendar or call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128. 

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.
 
Classics Book Club
The Classics Book Club is reading  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  The date, time and place of our Fall meeting will be announced soon!  Questions?  Call Julie at 860-889-2365, ext. 128.

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.

Teen Book Discussion (grades 9 and up)
Saturday, September 14, 1 - 2pm, Community Room
In partnership with One Book One Region, teens will discuss this year's selected title Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka.  Refreshments will be served.  Please register.  Pick up a copy of the book at the Front Desk.  

Tween Book Club (grades 6-8)
Monday, September 30, 6 - 7pm, Community Room
Pizza is provided by Big Y Supermarkets - thank you!
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
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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 .

Monthly Mother Goose & More:  Rhyme Time and Playgroup (ages newborn - 23 months)
Saturday, September 7, 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.

Drop-In Grandparents Day Craft (all ages)
Saturday, September 7, 11am - 1pm
Grandparents Day is September 8!  Drop-in and make a cute craft to give to that special person in your life!  No registration required.  For all ages.  Program takes place in the Children's Department.

Build It! Clinic (grades K-8)
Saturday, September 14, 11am - 12:30pm
Stop by and build structures using a variety of materials in the Children's Room.  No registration required.

Mother Goose & More:  Rhyme Time and Playgroup (ages newborn - 23 months)
Mondays, September 16, 23, & 30, 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.

Time for Twos
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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)
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.

Family Storytime
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Saturday, September 21, 10:30 - 11am
Enjoy stories, songs, and activities for families with children ages two to six.  Siblings welcome!  Drop-in; no registration required.

Drop-In Peace Craft (all ages)
Saturday, September 21, 11am - 1pm
September 21 is International Peace Day!  Drop-in with your child and help them make a craft celebrating this important day!  No registration required.  Program will take place in the Children's Department.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center: Amphibians (ages 6-12)
Saturday, September 21, 1 - 2pm
Learn 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
Pizza is provided by Big Y Supermarkets - thank you!
Come discuss Olga: We're Out of Here! by Elise Gravel.  Join in activities related to the book!  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.

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 Sundays
Closed on Saturdays in July & August

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