January/ February Library News

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OTIS LIBRARY                                                JANUARY/ FEBRUARY

“There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you ….. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.”
– Ruth Stout


There are so many books, magazine articles, AND DVDs about finding yourself by looking at self-improvement, and self-actualization, and self-changes.  Now in winter there is time and space to investigate this area.  The busyness of the holiday season is behind us and the time to organize and plan for spring gardens and summer recreation has yet to come.  I invite you to take some “me” time.  Figure out who you are, what you like and what you want to do.  We have the resources to get you started.


Ancestry.com is available for you to develop your story.  Learn your family history and see your connectedness to the past.  In addition to Ancestry there is also Fold 3 and Newspapers.com.  These programs extend internationally throughout time.  Genealogy can be a whole new activity, or you may be picking it up again, or simply following up on someone else’s work.


Other resources here at the library include:

Memory Rescue: Supercharge Your Brain, Reverse Memory Loss and Remember What Matters Most by Daniel G. Amen

Dementia Reimagined: Building a life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to end   by Tia Powell

Undo it: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases by Dean Ornish

Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin

Presences: Bringing your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

Long Way Home by Cameron Douglas

The Truth Will Set You Free; but First It Will Piss You Off by Gloria Steinem

A Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

How Not to diet by Michael Greger

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margaret Magnusson


Easy Yoga

Marijuana A Chronic History

Tai Chi for Beginners

The Great Courses Programs

The Study of Effective Reasoning

              The Joy of Thinking

You might look at this as New Year’s Resolutions but I am encouraging you to take a different perspective and focus on yourself. Happy New Year!




New Releases

Books                                                                             Audiobooks

She Came to Slay: The Life and Times                       Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

Of Harriet Tubman by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow                               DVD: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Robert Parker’s Angel Eyes by Ace Atkins

Just Watch Me by Jeffry P. Lindsay

The Serious Goose by Jimmy Kimmel

Criss Cross by James Patterson

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2020


Special Notes:

The 2020 Census is Coming!  Beginning March 12, 2020!  The U.S. Constitution requires a count every 10 years of every person living in the United States.   Census results determine how the federal Government allocates more than $800 billion each year.  More information to come.

I am proud to announce that on November 7, 2019 the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners certified the Otis Library.  This certification is based upon the standards of public library service set by the legislature (M.G.L. Ch.78, s19A and 19B) and the municipal appropriation requirement has been met by the municipality.