Otis Library is a Massachusetts Certified Library and a member of the CWMARS Library Resource System.
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. There have been some state level financial cuts to the budget submitted by Massachusetts Board of Library commissioners. These cuts will affect us at the CWMARS delivery level as well as at our state aid level. As we begin our Otis Library Annual Campaign for financial assistance, I ask for your utmost generosity so we can continue our services to you. You should be getting a request in the mail, but you may also pick up the form at the 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 end May 27
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
SUMMER HOURS WILL BEGIN MAY 30 2017
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 12:00 to 6:00 pm
Thursday, Friday 1:00 to 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 to 1:00
We have been spring-cleaning and getting ready for the warm weather. Soon the lawn furniture will be set up and the flower buckets will be flourishing. Our summer hours will begin on Tuesday May 30. The library will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 noon until 6:00pm; and Thursday and Friday from 1:00pm to 7:00 pm; and Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00pm. We have five computers for public use and we do not usually limit time unless we have people waiting. We have several sitting areas where you can access Wi-Fi on your own devices and please note our WIFI signal is on 24/7, so you may come camp out! We work very hard to keep our technology at a state of the art level. I am pleased to announce we have updated our public printer to
a wireless printer, which can print from your own devices as well as our computers. We also replaced the Xerox machine. As this technology is used, more the bandwidth becomes limited and the signal becomes slow, our technology specialist has been in touch with Cornerstone, and we hope to be able to afford increasing out bandwidth for the busy summer months.
COMPUTER HELP SESSIONS are held monthly the first Saturday of each month 10:00 to 12:30; and the third Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30.
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!
Library Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Some venues close for the winter season. Please call the Library to check. We have added passes to the Trustees Reservations this year. These passes offer either free or reduced admission for two adults and two children to over 100 trustees sites throughout Massachusetts, many here in the Berkshires! I am happy to announce that we have purchased passes to the Trustees of Reservation sites. These passes are available to our patrons, the sites are located throughout Massachusetts so feel free to come and pick up a map. We have renewed our other museum passes, and most places will open by Memorial Day. We have passes to the USS Constitution and the museum in Boston also.
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
In an effort to provide outstanding library service to the towns of Otis and East Otis, the Otis Museum and Library is collected feedback from community members about community services and programs. We are compiling and analyzing the data and we will have several sessions to share this data soon. Thank you for your participation
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. 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.
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. In addition, you can learn to do everything on line, apply for a job, get a fishing or hunting license, and just cruise the internet.
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. In addition, 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!
WE DID IT!!! We collected the most pajamas in Berkshire county!!!! 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
The Fair is coming, the fair is coming! July 8th from 10 to 3:30. We are accepting registrations for vendors, and we are taking volunteers for this annual event. We are looking for people to help set up and break down, bakers for our bake sale, cooks for the grill, clerks for the book sale and any other help. In addition, we are looking for some creative people to have games, face painting and any other activities for children. This is truly a fun filled community event.
In July our artist exhibitor Faith Weldon has offered to conduct two art sessions. She will have one session to teach watercolors, and another to teach decoupage. Get your creative juices flowing! We are also looking for talented craftsmen and craftswomen to share their expertise as part of our library learning experiences program.
Have you met our newest additions? The Hedgehog, the bear, the monkey, the pig, the owl and the bobcat! Our puppets. Before the water pipes broke in January 2013, we had a trunk full of beautiful puppets, about 20 in all. They were destroyed. We have started to replace them a little at a time. Please come see them. They will warm your heart with great childhood memories…..
In addition, speaking of additions here are some items to look forward to. If you want to read try The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, Man Overboard by J. A. Jance, The Fix by David Baldacci. When you are driving or exercising try listening to Beartown by Fredrik Backman, or The Burial Hour by Jeffrey Deaver, Escape Clause by John Sanford. Lastly, our new DVD’s include Hidden Figures, Lion, LaLa Land, A monster Calls, Monster Trucks.
If you want more permanent items please wait a few more weeks when we will open the Book Sale Area on the porch. We will be restocking this area with all the donations we have received. Then we will open it for the new season.
So we are out of hibernation, and we have awakened from our winter sleep. We are ready to go!!!!
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.
Kathleen Bort, Director
Otis Library & Museum