History, Local history, Nonfiction

Books on Connecticut’s Heroine Prudence Crandall

Otis Library will be hosting a series of programs this month to celebrate the Harris sisters, Norwich natives and students at Prudence Crandall’s school for young African-American women from 1833 – 1834. The umbrella theme for the month is access to education.  Click here for more information on this month's programs. Please enjoy these books… Continue reading Books on Connecticut’s Heroine Prudence Crandall

History, Local history

Join us in celebrating Harris Sisters Month!

Otis Library will be hosting a series of programs in April, 2019 to celebrate the Harris sisters, Norwich natives and students at Prudence Crandall’s school for young African-American women from 1833 – 1834. The umbrella theme for the month is student advocacy. Prudence Crandall is justifiably celebrated in Connecticut as the State Heroine. Less recognized… Continue reading Join us in celebrating Harris Sisters Month!

Children's books, Civil Rights / Diversity, History, Holocaust, LGBTQ, Nobel Prize Winner, Young Adult

Amazing Books for Raising Kids with a Social Conscience

A social conscience is "a sense of responsibility or concern for the problems and injustices of society". If you are a parent, then you know how hard it is to raise children right now. Have you wondered how to help your children make sense of these challenging times? By exposing your children to reading that… Continue reading Amazing Books for Raising Kids with a Social Conscience

History, Nonfiction, Presidents Day

Presidents’ Day Book List

Not sure where to begin brushing up on presidential history? Or already a history buff and want some new recommendations? This is the list for you! George Washington The return of George Washington : 1783-1789 / Edward J. Larson. Being George Washington : the indispensable man, as you've never seen him / written & edited… Continue reading Presidents’ Day Book List

fiction, historical fiction, History, Nobel Prize Winner

Novels that Illuminate Chinese Culture

Let's honor Pearl S. Buck by reading her amazing novel or another book that gives us a glimpse into Chinese culture.

Black History Month, Children's books, Civil Rights / Diversity, fiction, historical fiction, History, Nonfiction

Essential Books for the Whole Family in Celebration of Black History Month

The following are some of our favorite books for Black History Month (and anytime!). Some describe our different histories, while others show the joys and challenges that are shared by people of all backgrounds & ethnicities. We hope these suggestions serve to introduce you to what Black History Month is all about. Books for Children… Continue reading Essential Books for the Whole Family in Celebration of Black History Month

History, Nonfiction

Books for the Whole Family in Celebration of our Magnificent Moon

Get ready for the only total lunar eclipse of 2019 by brushing up on your Moon facts! We have created a booklist to help!

Fantasy, fiction, historical fiction, History, Read-alikes, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Authors to try if you love books by Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card Orson Scott Byron Walley Card, was born in 1951 and studied theater at Brigham Young University. He received his B.A. in 1975 and his M.A. in English in 1981. He wrote plays during that time, including Stone Tables (1973) and the musical, Father, Mother, Mother and Mom (1974). A Mormon, Scott served… Continue reading Authors to try if you love books by Orson Scott Card

History, Nonfiction

Books to read for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2018

Pearl Harbor was the site of an event that changed not only the United States but the world. December 7th, 1941 marks the fateful day the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the unsuspecting base on the island of Oahu. The shocking offensive left 2,403 dead and over 1,000 wounded. The Japanese onslaught also forced… Continue reading Books to read for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2018

Children's books, Civil Rights / Diversity, History, Nonfiction

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Books and DVDs For Children

Today we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a resource list for teaching children about him and his work to promote equality and freedom. Books Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Six Guiding Beliefs (as Told by His Niece)  / Watkins, Angela Farris. Martin Luther King Jr. :… Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Books and DVDs For Children