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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
Celeste Watman
Trustee
Appointed
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. ~

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

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 collage. Get your creative juices flowing! ~The Book Sale Area on the porch is open. ~We have restocked this area .  ~~

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.

THE FOURTH OF JULY!! The library will be closed TUESDAY JULY 4TH~WE THANK ALL WHO WORK SO HARD TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE LIBERTY AND FREEDOM WE HAVE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY!~~

We will~be beginning~several~summer~reading~programs this month.~~
WHAT” S~YOUR FOUR~~-~A~statewide reading program where participants young thru old identify four literary choices for their summer reading.~ These choices are posted and shared through~individual’s social~media sites as well as our~Facebook~page.~ The~PREMISE, if~a child reads four books during the~summer and shares the experience with others the child’s reading will rise one level!!!~ Let’s all be great reading role models for our children in the~community!!~
STORY HOUR~~for children 3 to 5 on Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am~~
~ ~~July~18 Our~World~~~~ PEPA PIG STORIES~
~ ~~July~25 Animals~Around Us~~~ Books by Eric Carle~
~ ~~August~8 Special~Places~~~ Stories by Jane Yolen~~
~ ~~August~15 Imaginary~World by Dr. Seuss~~
~ ~~August~22 Look~to the~Future the~Bernstein~Bears~~
Book Reading Scavenger Hunt~-~Ages 6~to 8~~
LITERARY TRIVIAL PURSUIT-~all~ages~
READING BINGO~-~all~ages~
BUILDER’S CLUB~for ages 8 to 12 with registration~required~follows the summer reading theme build a better world~.~dates and times will be announced.~~~~
~ ~ ~ ~JULY 14 LAUNCHER BY TEACHER GEEK~
~ ~ ~ ~JULY 20 WIND PUMP~
~ ~ ~ ~AUGUST 10 HYDRAULIC ARM~
~ ~ ~ ~AUGUST 19 BUG BUILD~
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COMPUTER WORKSHOPS~-~We have~scheduled~several computer and technology sessions and four new workshops.~ If~~interested in attending theses workshops,~please sign up so~we~~know~how~many~to~expect.~~~
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~ ~ ~JULY 1 COMPUTER HELP SESSION 10:00 TO 12:30~
~ ~ ~JULY 13 COMPUTER WORKSHOP 11:00 TO 1:00~
~ ~ ~MAKING WINDOWS WORK FOR YOU~
~ ~ ~JULY 20 COMPUTER HELP SESSIONS 12:30 TO 4:30~
~ ~ ~JULY 26 COMPUTER WORKSHOP 6:00 TO 8:00 PM~
~ ~ ~INTERNET AND EMAIL~
~ ~ ~AND MORE IN AUGUST!~
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ART EXHIBITS - SHOW US YOUR STUFF!
-~Our Artist this month is Faith Weldon, a talented and gifted artist who will share her talents with~three~art workshops:~ water coloring~painting, collages, and alcohol painting on tile.~ The times for these workshops have not bet set.~ If you have a preference,~please let~us know.~ We would like to accommodate as many as~possible.~ The fee for these~workshops~has not~yet~been~determined.~~



~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, ~~We work very hard to keep our technology at a state of the art leve,  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. ~

LEGO CLUB
Lego Club will stop until October. LIBRARY PASSES

Library Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. 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! ~We have renewed our other museum passes,  including the pass~to the USS Constitution and its adjacent  museum. ~~
~~~~~~~~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  ~
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.

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. We will host Hank at our annual library fair.~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. ~VOLUNTEER - We~have received calls from people who are doing historic research involving Otis, and surrounding areas.~
If you would like to help with the museum, please contact me at any time.

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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