Local history

National Transportation Week

Otis celebrates National Transportation Week with a look at the different modes of transportation in Norwich and Taftville during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These and other historical photographs can be found in our digital archive on Flickr. Click Here to view the album.

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!

History, Libraries, library services, Local history

Norwich WWI Digitization Day

  June 23 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm Do you have your grandfather’s WWI photo album tucked away in a closet? A stack of letters your great-grandmother kept in a box in the attic? A story your neighbor told you about the local homecoming parade in the back of your mind? Help us learn… Continue reading Norwich WWI Digitization Day

History, Libraries, Local history, National Library Week

Historical Photos of Otis Library and its founder Joseph Otis.

Let's take a look at some photos from our digital archive of Otis Library and its founder Joseph Otis.

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

Harris Sisters Month at Otis Library@

Otis Library will be hosting a series of programs in April 2018 to celebrate the Harris sisters, who were 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." Prudence Crandall is justifiably celebrated in Connecticut as the State… Continue reading Harris Sisters Month at Otis Library@

Biography, History, Local history, Nonfiction

Benedict Arnold Special Collection

Did you know that we have a special collection of Benedict Arnold biographies?  These books, for library use only, are housed behind glass in our Genealogy room and are available to patrons upon request.  This wonderful collection contains many rare and unusual resources not found elsewhere.  We encourage you to come in and give it… Continue reading Benedict Arnold Special Collection

History, Local history, Nonfiction

Local History Book List

If you are interested in the history of Norwich and surrounding area, then you should definitely check out our local history collection.  While many of our books are for library use only, we do have many books on this topic that circulate.  Below is a list of Local history books that are available for check… Continue reading Local History Book List