Otis Library will host an author event with Edith Pawlicki over Zoom. Edith is the author of the Fantasy series Immortal Beings as well as the Young Adult Science Fiction novel Minerva. She will discuss world-building, character development, and creating multi-book climaxes for her epic fantasy series. Depending on audience interest, she will also describe publishing via Kindle Direct Publishing, including ebook and audiobook creation. The talk will be followed by Q&A. To learn more about the author, visit her website www.edithpawlicki.com. Registration is required; you may register on this page or call 860-889-2365, ext. 128. You will receive the Zoom link prior to the program.
Have you been cleaning out your files? You can safely dispose of your important documents and support Otis Library at the same time! The Infoshred truck will be parked by The Bulletin’s office at 10 Railroad Place on Saturday, October 2, 10am – 12pm, to securely shred your documents. Liberty Bank is sponsoring this free service and has generously offered it as a fundraiser for Otis Library.
There is a limit of three file-sized boxes per vehicle to be securely destroyed. Participants should remain in their vehicles, just pop their trunk and wait for the Infoshred representative to remove the items and place them into the shred bin. Boxes and/or bags will be returned to participants. Otis Library staff will be on hand to accept donations to the library in the form of cash or checks. All donations are greatly appreciated!
As part of United Way Reading Week, come hear stories read by people in our community. Chris LaRose from Norwich Public Utilities will be one of our featured readers. A craft to take home or do at the library will be provided. For children ages 2 -5. Drop-in; no registration required.
Performer Shon inspires young children to sing, dance, move, ask questions and learn other languages. While the program is in English, it is sprinkled with Spanish vocabulary! Join this joyful, educational Zoom! For children ages 1 - 6. Please register for a spot beginning September 20. Before the program, you will receive a website link to join our Zoom event.
Have you ever wondered which birds are singing in your yard or flitting from tree to tree? Join Otis Library and the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center for an introduction to birding with a “Birding 101” class for Adults on Wednesday, October 6, at 6pm in the Library’s Community Room. Learn tips and tricks on identifying local species by sight and sound. Find out the best times and places to see different species.
On Saturday, October 9 at 8am, put your knowledge to use as we explore the paths at Mohegan Park in Norwich looking for year round and migrant birds for a socially-distanced Bird Walk. A meeting place will be provided closer to the date. Bring binoculars if you have them. There are a limited number of spaces available for the Bird Walk.
These programs are great for bird watchers of all skill levels! There is separate registration for each session. Please note that masks are required in the library.
Join Otis Library and the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center for a Bird Walk at Mohegan Park! Explore the paths at Mohegan Park in Norwich looking for year round and migrant birds for a socially-distanced Bird Walk. A meeting place will be provided closer to the date. Bring binoculars if you have them. There are a limited number of spaces available for the walk.
This program is great for bird watchers of all skill levels! Register on this page.
Calling all animal lovers: learn how to make a special portrait of your pet or dream pet using printmaking techniques! Register online beginning September 27th, then email a clear image of your pet(s) to email@example.com. Please, only one image per participant. Then, join us on October 9th as we make beautiful portraits of our furry friends! This craft is designed for grades 5-8. Masks are required for all in-person programs.
Join Miss B in-person to clap, dance and play music together in this fun interactive program for ages 2-4. Please register for a spot beginning September 27. This program will take place in the Story Room. Please note that masks are required for in-person programs.
Otis Library invites you to the Changing Minds Book Club, a monthly discussion group focused on topics including mental health, substance abuse, the autism spectrum, and family involvement in recovery. The goup will meet over Zoom to discuss "Hidden Valley Road" by Robert Kolker. There are a limited number of copies of the book available to borrow at the Library. You may register for the program here, or by calling Julie at 860-889-2365 x128. You will receive the Zoom link prior to the program.
Otis Library will host the free program “Service Dog Training 101” over Zoom, for teens and adults. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Guest speaker Ally Altman, an experienced Service Dog Trainer, will discuss how to become a trainer and, along with her Golden Retriever Sasha, will demonstrate the abilities and skills needed for a service dog. She will also discuss the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) rules around service dogs. If time allows, this will be followed by Q&A. To register, e-mail Julie at Adultprograms@otislibrarynorwich.org, or register on this page. You will receive the Zoom link prior to the program.
Join a book club for tweens grade 5-8! Before the event read Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable. Meet to discuss and join in activities related to the book. Create and decorate your own paper storytelling device! Register for a spot beginning September 27, online or call the Children’s Desk, 860-889-2365 ext. 114. Upon registering please visit the Children’s Desk to borrow a copy of the book.
LAWYERS IN LIBRARIES: FREE LEGAL CLINIC
Otis Library, in partnership with the Connecticut Bar Association, is now working with local attorneys to offer the program "Lawyers in Libraries." If you have questions or a case that involves immigration law, family law, consumer rights, personal injury, or a landlord/tenant conflict, you can sign up to meet with an attorney for free for 20 minutes regarding your case. Attorneys will be on-site at the Library on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 4-6pm. To book an in-person appointment for the October 27 session, please register by October 20; call Otis Library at 860-889-2365, ext. 128. Please bring any case-related materials you have to the meeting so that the attorney can provide their best assistance.
Let’s learn how to draw dinosaurs and all things JURASSIC with award winning cartoonist Rick Stromoski! All you need is a stack of paper and something to draw with. Register for a spot in this Zoom program beginning October 18. Before the program, you will receive a link to join our Zoom event. For grades 3 - 7.
Stop by the Children’s Department on Tuesday, November 2nd to make a Sugar Skull Windsock. Kits and supplies will be available for in-person crafting or take one to complete at home. Please note that masks are required to attend in-person programs. For ages 5 & up.
Join us for this joyful movement class hosted by Eastern Connecticut Ballet. The theme is, “Rainbow Colors.” Hear a story around this theme and do 35 minutes of movement. For ages 3 – 5. Please register beginning October 25. Please note that masks are required for all in-person programs.
Learn about owls! The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will bring these awesome birds to our library so that we can learn about owls’ unique adaptations for nocturnal life. For all ages. Drop-in; no registration required. Please note that masks are required for all in-person programs.
Join Miss B in-person to clap, dance and play music together in this fun interactive program for ages 2-4. Please register for a spot beginning October 25. This program will take place in the Story Room. Please note that masks are required for in-person programs.
Join a book club for tweens grades 5 – 8! Before the event read The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag. Meet to discuss and join in activities related to the book. This month, create an ambitious piece of artwork inspired by your unique interests and goals! Register for a spot beginning October 25, online or call the Children’s Desk, 860-889-2365 ext. 114. Upon registering please visit the Children’s Desk to borrow a copy of the book. Please note that masks are required for all in-person programs.
Begin the countdown to Christmas with this fun and delicious craft. Decorate a Christmas tree with candy and then count from December 1- 24 with a small piece of candy for each day! Register for a spot beginning November 8. Designed for students in grades 1 - 5. Please note that masks are required to attend in-person programs.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter! Embrace the season with this special painting opportunity! Local artist Faith Satterfield will help your child create a winter-themed painting. For grades 1-5. Please register for a spot beginning November 29. This program is sponsored by CT Humanities - thank you! Please note that masks are required to attend in-person programs.