March 2019 Library News Article

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OTIS LIBRARY & MUSEUM          MARCH  ARTICLE

Throughout the year, several patrons will bring books to donate to our book sale area, magazines to give away and memorabilia for the museum.  Recently Kathy Casey asked me if we would take a scrapbook of the history of World War II that her aunts made.  It is here!  WOW! We all know about the war, we have seen pictures and read history in classes and libraries, and watched many movies.  HOWEVER, it is amazing to see the actual newspapers that people read.  I am proud to announce that this album is on display.  It takes a short time to look at it but well worthwhile.

Do you know the Dewey classification system of nonfiction books and library items?  Nonfiction refers to books and items that are factual, based on real events, real things, and real people.  The non-fiction books and items are arranged by the Dewey decimal system of classification.  Divided into 10 general categories; Generalities, Philosophy, Religion, Social Sciences, Language, Natural Science, Technology, Arts, Literature, and History, these items occupy a large section of the library.  We weeded this area and withdrew books that have not circulated, are updated, or worn.  All of these items are free to our patrons, please come find something of interest to get you through the cold winter.

The library is participating in the Boston Bruins sponsored Cradles to Crayons Program from February 1 through March 15.  This program collects new pajamas for children sizes infant through size 16 for children in need of warm new clothing to help make them feel safe, secure and cared for.  Please help us collect 50 pairs of pajamas.  You may bring them to the library anytime.

Coming events include some new and exciting programs. On Thursday April 18 at 10 am Children’s author Mary Ames Mitchell author of the children’s book Henry’s Big Kaboom  will be here for an entertaining book reading and song singing learning and celebrating all about the history of the Knox trail. This event is open to all children and parents. The Trustees will present highlights of the Otis Museum during an exhibit the month of April.  Artist and local resident Mel Feldman will show his paintings and artwork during the month of May.   I am delighted to announce that the annual Otis Library and Country Crafts Fair is back!  The fair will be here with vendors, and activities and fun on Saturday July 6th!  Mark your calendars!  If you would like to volunteer some time to help with this event please contact us.  It is a great community event.  Our summer reading program theme is  “A Universe of Stories ,” celebrating the 50th year anniversary of Neil Armstrong and his Apollo 11 team reaching the moon on July 20 th 1969.  If you have stories, or activities you would like to bring to the library please feel free to contact me.  The summer programs funded by the Cultural Council are Ed the Wizard coming on Thursday July 25 at 6:30 pm twisting balloons to make Aliens. The Nutshell Theater performance for children & families, A Ukulele Workshop for all ages learning to make music, Cell Block Visions: set free in the penitentiary, a presentation of artwork and photography programs held in prisons and jails.  We are very lucky to have the support of the Otis Cultural Council.  We will continue planning and adding events to this schedule.  Always check our schedule on the town website.

Coming Soon

Printed Items : Wild Card by Stuart Woods;  Run Away by Harlan Coban; Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen; Wolf Pack by C.J.Box

DVD’s:  Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindlelwald; Green Book; Ralph Breaks the Internet; Replicas