Wednesday, January 30, 2013

E-Mail Basics Workshop offered

Come join Jennifer and I (Amanda) while we show you the upside of having an email account and some other basic tips. Pass this workshop information on to anyone you know that might need to open an email account.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Social Media Workshops at Otis Library

Come join Jennifer and I ,while we explore the fun and practical sides of  social media. Email Basics will be held first, February 6th at 6:30. Hands on help will be available after a (semi) brief presentation

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Knitting Group at Otis Library

A couple of weeks ago we revived the knitting group at Otis Library. For the past two Fridays, from 10-11, we have had a wonderful turnout of some very gifted knitted and some brand new knitters, as well.

Group members have been sharing ideas and helping the newer knitters become more comfortable with the beginning stages. Even knitter that have never even picked up needles before have learned how to cast on and even knit a few rows.

We have discussed working on some preemie caps, chemo caps and squares that will be pieced together into a quilt. Patterns and yarn are available for the charity projects. We do have yarn and needles to practice feel free to drop-in!

Below are a couple of things that group members have made to donate to a local organization.

Blanket Squares

Preemie Caps
If you are interested in learning to knit, get better at knitting, would like to knit for charity or would like to just knit along with some fun people come on down on Friday from 10-11ish!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Homemade Crafts for the Holidays

The staff at the Otis Library is a pretty crafty bunch. Many of the staff makes various homemade gifts for each other and their family and friends around the holidays. The holidays around here can be filled with many sweet and savory snacks in the staff lounges (with promises to start diets in the New Year!)

So many of our ideas come from the books from our very own shelves. Right now we have on display some great holiday crafting and baking books, along with an accompaniment of some holiday music. They are going out very quickly, but we do seem to have a pretty large collection!  
Check out our catalog to put some books on hold!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Horror Books on Display

'Tis that time of the year where many of us like to read scary stories, watch scary movies and dress up in horrific costumes...its fun, I guess! To help you in these frightful pastimes the library has multiple places to grab some blood-curdling items. In the entry way you can find books for all ages, fiction and non-fiction. Upstairs in the children's area, you can find extra seasonal displays for the kids to read...(but you can read them too). In the Young Adult section there is another display...and tons of new books on vampires and werewolves!

We also have some ideas for Halloween costumes, we might even dress up too!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

E-Readers at Otis Library

We are now offering e-readers to check out!

E-readers Lending Policy
  • Why are we offering this service?
To offer you an e-reader experience so you can make informed decisions should you decide to purchase one. You can decide whether this new technology delivers reading in a way that fits your lifestyle.

  • What kind of e-readers are available to check out?
    • 3 Nook Simple Touches
    • 1 Amazon Kindle Touch (has a text-to-speech function)
  • Who can borrow the e-readers?
Otis Library card holders (18 years and older) with a valid library card in good standing (less than 5.00 in fines) may borrow one e-reader at a time. You must have been a cardholder for at least six-months. Must provide a Picture ID, which we will take a photo copy of to hold with the User Agreement you signed.

  • How long can I keep an e-reader? And how many titles can I download?
14 Days with no renewal. You will need to wait a week before you can check out an e-reader again. Titles will be pre-loaded, with a selection that the Otis Library has purchased. Not all e-readers will have the same book selection on them. We tried to have a wider range of titles that would appeal to a variety of people.

  • Can I purchase e-books using the library’s e-reader?
No. You may not purchase any e-books using the library’s e-reader.

  • Can I reserve an e-reader?
No reservations. First come, first serve.

  • Do you offer instructions on how to use the e-reader?
We may supply e-reader manual- print out instruction- link to a tutorial video- download some titles on e-readers etc…We also offer one-on-one sessions that you may schedule with us.

  • Who do I return the e-reader to?
E-reader can only be returned to the library in person. There will be a fine of $10.00 if e-reader is returned in the book drop. There is a 5.00 late fee per day overdue.

  • User Cost
The reader is free to borrow. If the reader is borrow and damaged, you will be expected to replace the item. The charge for replacement is 150.00 for the Nooks and 200.00 for the Kindle.

We hope you enjoy your reading experience. This is a new service that we are offering, so we hope it runs smoothly! Please forward any comments or questions to Amanda or call 860-889-2365 x109.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012