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!!
Then we start our LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM with many events for all with our OTIS LIBRARY & MUSEUM SUMMER READING PROGRAM .
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