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Library and Museum
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Director
Address:
48 North Main Road
PO Box 126
Otis, MA 01253
Phone/Fax:
(413) 269-0109
Hours (summer):
M T W 12pm-6pm Th-Fri 1pm-7pm Sat 9am-1pm
Hours (winter):
Wed & Fri 11am-5pm Th 12pm-6pm Sat 9am-1pm Winter Hours Effective Oct.10th
MUSEUM hours:
Please call for an appointment.
Meetings:
2nd Thursday of each month
6:30 PM at the Library.
Otis Library & Museum
Otis Library & Museum
 
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Members
Name
Title
Term Expires
Diane Dyer
Chairperson
2017
Walter Engels
Treasurer
2019
Steve Graves
Trustee
2018
Eve Kummel
Trustee
Appointed
Jane Feldman
Trustee
Appointed
Susan Ebitz
Trustee
Appointed
Kathleen Bort
Director/Librarian
 
Kerry Bean
Assistant Librarian
 
Lois Hall
Assistant Librarian
 
Kathy Crowe
Substitute Librarian
 


Otis Library is a Massachusetts Certified Library and a member of the CWMARS Library Resource System.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Otis Library & Museum has been in existence since the middle of the last century.  The Otis Library & Museum became certified by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in December 2007.   It is an honor to announce our certification this year.   OTIS is a CWMARS library. You may use  your bar coded card  throughout the Berkshires, Western and Central MA and You can browse the catalog on the computer  to request what you want and have it delivered to the Otis Library.  For electronic readers, CWMARS has over 2000 electronic materials available for downloading to electronic devices such as Kindles, iPads, iPhones, Nooks, and other tablets.  To learn more go to e.books.masslibsystem.org.  Also, you may come to the library for more information.  The Library has been fortunate to acquire a new wireless printer for patron use.  As the year comes to a close please consider your annual contribution to the Otis Library.  We use all our funding to support the materials and technology needed to meet your needs.  Please continue your support, we are most appreciative.

WINTER HOURS                                 Winter Hours begin on Columbus Day!
                                                           Monday, Tuesday                                       Closed
                                                           Wednesday, Friday                                     11:00 am to 5:00 pm
                                                           Thursday                                                    12:00 pm (Noon) to 6:00 pm
                                                           Saturday                                                      9:00 am to 1:00 pm
The Library will be CLOSED December 24, 2016 and December 25, 2016.

COMPUTER HELP SESSIONS will be held monthly - please call for scheduling.

LEGO CLUB
Lego Club resumes on the second Saturday of each month from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, all ages are welcome.  Come use your imagination!
December 10th

LIBRARY PASSES
Library Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Some venues close for the winter season.  Please call the Library to check.
        Passes:  Amelia Park Museum, Amelia Park Ice Arena, Arrowhead Museum, Berkshire Botanical
                Gardens, Berkshire Museum, Chesterwood Museum, Clark Art Institute, Hancock Shaker
                Village, Magic Wings, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts Parks Pass, The Mount, Norman
                Rockwell Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, Springfield Museums (Dr. Seuss,
                Natural History, Science and the Planetarium), USS Constitution Museum,
                Ventfort Hall and the Guilded Age Museum.  
For discount passes to Six Flags or Otis Ridge call the Rec Center at 413-269-4541.

FIVE YEAR PLAN
Our trustees are undertaking a big job!  They are preparing a five year plan for the Otis Library.  This involves several steps.  Looking at the history of the Library, studying the design of the library, and reviewing the activity of the library.  A vision statement will be developed and the public will be able to provide input.  If you are interested in working on this project please contact Diane Dyer, Eve Kummel, or Jane Feldman.

SURVEY!
In an effort to provide outstanding library service to the towns of Otis and East Otis, the Otis Museum and Library is collecting feedback from community members about community services and programs.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey (link is provided above).  Your participation is essential and we welcome your views regardless of whether you currently use the library's services.  The results of this survey will assist us in developing a long-range plan for service for the next five to ten years.  Paper survey forms are located at the Library or Town Hall.  Please return this form to boxes located at the Town Hall or Library.

HANK WINGATE - MR. OTIS!
Our most noteworthy news is that our longtime museum curator and expert has left his Otis residence and is now residing at Laurel Lake Kindred Assisted Living Facility in Lee.  Hank Wingate was the Otis Museum expert!  His knowledge and wisdom was well matched with his dedication and interest in the history of Otis and adjoining places in the Berkshires.  He spent many hours organizing and arranging the artifacts, as well as the old and rare books.  He donated many articles, wrote several pieces and shared all he had with anyone who would visit the Museum or the archive areas in the Otis Town Hall.  Here is an example of Hank's gift:
        Shortly after starting to work at the Otis Library, I had a couple who came in and asked about a certain house in Otis.  The woman showed me an ole picture and explained that their ancestors had lived there and she had come to Otis to see if she could locate the house and learn about it.  I live in Lee and I had no idea where this house was in Otis.  I called Hank and explained the request to him.  He came right down to the Library and met this couple and visited and and talked with them.  Upon seeing the picture Hank immediately identified the house, went and found historic information on the place, and then he took them to the house.  He introduced them to the current owners of the house.  They visited for over an hour, learned much about the area, and then he brought them back to the Library.  That day I learned this lesson about Otis: "When in doubt ask Hank Wingate".

I hope you will find time to jot a note and send it to Hank and he welcomes visitors.  I hope to be able to arrange some library visits for him when the weather improves.  We will plan a special event for Hank later.  Please continue to pay tribute to him.  I am lucky to refer all matters concerning the museum to our knowledgeable and dedicated trustee Eve Kummel, who has assumed this responsibility.  Our thanks also goes to Diane Lynch who has agreed to maintain and organize the museum.  If you would like to help with the museum, please contact me at any time.

JANUARY --- FOOD FOR FINES
As we regroup from the holiday busyness we remember those who have difficulty during this time.  Winters are especially hard on those in need.  To address this the Otis Library has designed a few activities for the month.  First, any patron may pay their library fines by bringing in a comparable food donation.  Also, if you do not have any fines and want to help, please bring in food donations.  We will deliver these food goods to the local food pantries.

COMPUTER HELP SESSIONS
Also during this month, we will sponsor technology help sessions.  The first session is Saturday, January 7th, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, and then we will schedule two sessions in February.  We hope that those who would like to learn about computers, iPADs, and smart phones will come and start to tackle this 21st century.  Also, you can learn to do everything on line, apply for a job, get a fishing or hunting license, and just cruise the internet.

LIBRARY LOOK AND LOLL
Lastly during this month we open our Roosevelt Room to just sit, relax, and read.  We have the bestsellers, interesting biographies and memoirs including Trump, and a new collection of craft and cookbooks.  You can also design your New Year's resolutions with new diets, healthy aerobics programs, and relaxation lessons!

FEBRUARY - LOVE MONTH
With Valentine's Day we start to focus on what we love.  You tell us!  What do you love to read?  Are there certain authors that you follow?  Is there a genre of literature that you like?  Can you identify a few things that you LOVE about Otis Library and share with us?  Our Love Hearts are available at the front desk!  Come and decorate one for February!!

ART EXHIBITS - SHOW US YOUR STUFF!!
We are accepting applications for art exhibits.  If you would like to show your work for a month at the Library, please contact a staff member or call 413-269-0109.  Also, we are always open to sponsoring new events.  If you have an interest, hobby, or talent you would like to share please contact us anytime.

CRADLES TO CRAYONS - BOSTON BRUINS PAJAMA DRIVE!
It's time for the Boston Bruins PJ Drive: February 1st through March 15, 2017.  Libraries made a HUGE difference, collecting more than 6,000 pairs of of pajamas last year and helping the Bruins soar past their goal of 6,750!  We look forward to participating again this year!  New this year: DCF (Dept. of Children & Families) will benefit from the drive.  With regional locations across the state, this makes the drive truly statewide!  DCF tells us that babies, children, and teens they work with always need pajamas.  All of the pajamas collected go to local children in need.  We hope you will take pride in supporting the Otis Library and bring in pajamas.

THANK YOU
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have given us compliments and thanks.  It has been great to have such appreciative and supportive patrons.  As the winter comes and brings us a new picture of Otis and the Berkshires, I invite you to come and visit our library.  Please see what we have to offer.  It is a pleasure to provide services to such a wonderful community.  We always enjoy hearing from you, and we love your ideas.  Please feel free to give your suggestions.


Respectfully submitted,
Kathleen Bort, Director
Otis Library & Museum




 
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