Norwich one of three CT libraries chosen for statewide history project


I am happy to report that Otis Library has been selected for another special collaborative project of statewide significance.

titled the Community History Project, participating institutions will use history and contemporary collecting practices to ensure that the stories and experiences of minority communities affected by the pandemic are not lost in time. A launch event is scheduled for May 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. in our community room.

Otis is one of only three libraries in the state selected to participate, the others being Hartford and New Haven. Significantly, Otis is the only library located in eastern Connecticut. The Connecticut Historical Society, the umbrella organization, received $219,385 through Museums for America grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to fund this new initiative, designed to preserve a diverse community chronicle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laurels like this remind us of how powerful and effective community resource libraries are. It is an acknowledgment and reminder that libraries, while repositories of information, are equally important for their ability to cultivate relationships that build community trust and facilitate conversations such as those envisioned for the project. community history.

These conversations would not be possible without a positive image based on a commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment where learning and research are encouraged. As a recent local editorial aptly observed, libraries “serve the community as a whole. Not a political point of view, or a religion, or a demographic group, but everyone. This is a brief description of our objective and our commitment.

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For the first time since 2019, the Otis Library’s flagship event, ‘Evening With an Author’, will be a live event, taking place on Friday, June 3 at the Spa at the Norwich Inn. This year’s live event features Patricia Walsh Chadwick, author of Little Sister: A Memoir. Little Sister is Patricia’s account of her childhood in the Feeney sect, founded by Leonard Feeney, a controversial (soon to be excommunicated) Catholic priest.

Their religious community requires members to hand over all earthly possessions and aspects of their lives to it, including their children. For more sponsorship information or to purchase tickets for this event, please visit our ticket portal on our website at www.otislibrarynorwich.org or contact Andrea Kaiser at (860) 889-2365, ext. 127

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