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OTIS LIBRARY & MUSEUM                                                           JULY ARTICLE


Summer is freedom, and freedom is summer!

No more school!  New things to do, and new things to try.  New places to go!

The library has new activities for the children, the family, and the adults. Look and see it will be fun!

Patricia Kornfeld will present CellBlock visions on June 26th at 7:00 pm. She is the author Of Cellblock Visions- Prison Art in America. She has been working with people confined in correctional institutions around the country, from county jail to death row. The prisoners’ words and pictures prove that the potential for good and the potential for evil exists in all of us. Parental guidance recommended.

Our library summer kickoff event is our annual library crafts fair on Saturday July 6th from 10:00 to 3:00 at the town lawn and the church green.  There will be over 25 vendors showing their crafts, a great bake sale and live music by Sandy & Sandy. Family and children activities include car seat inspections, bike helmet checks, a magician, story hour and the copsicle truck.  At the library books, DVDs, and audiobooks will be on sale.

There is something for everyone.  What a great way to start the summer.  What a great expression of the community spirit and support from this wonderful town!  There is nothing like it!!


July 9th 10 – 11 am Imagarena

ImagArena is a new building workshop designed to awaken the imaginative

abilities of every individual.  More than a typical building workshop, ImagArena® combines the spirit of an art program, the materials of a building workshop, and the framework of a video game to provide an experience that engages everyone.  


July 17th 7pm Ukulele Workshop

Presented by David Malloof who will provide ukuleles for people to use, introduce

them to the instrument and lead them in learning how to strum, create chords and

sing from song sheets.  This workshop is limited to 18 participants, age 6 and older

and is funded by the Otis Cultural Council.


July 20th 1 pm Eric Bennett, author

Eric Bennett, a local author from Northampton will be reading from his third Children’s book about the lovable penguins, Noodles and Albie.  In “Noodles & Albie’s Mermaid Parade,” the pair travel from their native Antarctica to New York to view the Statue of Liberty and take part in Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade.

July 25th 6:30 pm Balloon Aliens

Ed the Wizard is embracing the theme of space and teaching us how to create our own aliens using the art of balloon twisting. Younger children will need adult help.

All materials are provided and each child will take home their own creation. (popping

is beyond our control!)  This workshop is funded by the Otis Cultural Council.


August 8th  & August 15th 10am – 12 noon GSK Science in Summer

Presented by Educators from the Berkshire Museum, this year’s theme is The

Science of Me.  Through active, hands-on learning, students will discover how food

fuels our bodies, where oxygen goes when we breathe it, how our brains interpret the world, and the role DNA plays in making us who we are. Prior registration is required.


August 20th 6:30 pm  The Nutshell Playhouse  “Top Bananas”

A fantasy filled performance about who we are and what makes us special.  Featuring

visual and musical delights, a puppet that morphs, a snake that sings, a saw that plays music, tap dancing, new and old songs and shenanigans! This play is funded by the

Otis Cultural Council and will be performed at the Farmington River Regional School.

We are proud to present these activities and we thank the Otis Library, the Otis Cultural Council, and the Massachusetts Library System for these programs.

To register for any of these events or for more information please call the library at 413-269-0109


The Library has 5 computers for patron use, a WiFi signal for personal and public devices, and technological scanning and printing capabilities.  The Library is proud to offer the following workshops and help sessions, conducted by Jonathan Charow from NOVA Computer Systems.

Saturday July 6 10:00 – 1:00 Computer Help Session
Thursday July 11 4:00 – 6:00 Word Processing and Document Layout
Thursday July 18 1:00- 5:00 Computer Help Session
Tuesday July 23 11:00 – 1:00 File Management & the Cloud
Saturday August 3 10:00-1:00 Computer Help Session
Thursday August 6  4:00 – 6:00 Excel & Data Management

Thursday August 15             1:00 – 5:00          Computer Help Session

Thursday August 22              5:00-7:00             Apps& Devices / Smart Phones

Tablets, Chromebooks Etc.

Library Trivia will be played weekly!  Challenging contests with prizes.

Also coming this summer


Hotel Mumbai             Dumbo

Run the Race              Pet Sematary

Wonder Park               The Wedding Guest

Missing Link                Shazam



Explorer Academy                  by  Trudi Trueit

The Weight of a Piano            by  Chris Cander

Tightrope                                 by  Simon Mawer

The Road Home                     by  Richard Paul Evans