Young Adult

Welcome Tweens & Teens!

Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. Stop in and stay awhile! We offer a wide variety of books, graphic novels, programs, and crafts for tweens and teens. Our collection includes materials catered towards grades 6 – 12.

Programs & Events

Each month we have programs and crafts catering mostly to Grades 6-12. All programs are free of charge and we provide the materials needed for each craft or activity. Learn more by clicking on the buttons to see that month’s program list.

Some events may require registration which can be done on our Event Calendar or by calling the Young Adult Department at (860) 889-2365 ext. 107.

Summer Meals: July 1 - August 16

Norwich Public Schools in collaboration with End Hunger Connecticut offers free and nutritious meals to youth in the summer! Stop by Otis Library during our designated distribution time to enjoy a meal.

Breakfast: 9:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Lunch: 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
*No meals are served during the last five minutes.
**No meals on July 4

Meals are free to any child age 18 and under, no questions asked. All meals must be eaten onsite; no grab-and-go is permitted. Summer Meals meet federal nutrition guidelines and are composed of milk, fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat or another protein.

For more information contact Nizam Saad, Norwich Public Schools Food Service,

Summer Learning 2024

A colored pencil drawing of the earth takes up the background. Embedded above it is a green Recycling symbol with the arrows interlocking into a triangle. Written in white are the words" Read, Renew, Repeat" on each arrow.

Starting on July 1, participants can register for a ReadSquared account by scanning the QR Code or visiting

For each hour that you read, you will earn a prize ticket. For each event that you attend, you will receive three prize tickets.

Prize tickets may be placed into the box corresponding to the prize you want to win (located in the YA Room). On Friday, August 9, one ticket will be pulled from each box and the winners will be announced.

How to Sign Up for ReadSquared:

  1. Go to and  click “Register” in the top right corner. 
  2. Follow the prompts, making sure to accurately enter your age and select the program you want to sign up for, “2024 Young Adult Summer Learning Challenge.”
  3. Start logging your minutes!

Need help? See Kait in the Young Adult Department, call (860) 889-2365 ext. 107, or email

A young girl with a blue jacket and green hijab stands reading a book. She is standing to the side, profile to the viewer. Her large, book filled tote has "I Love Books" written on it.


A kindle fire tablet is shown, black edges with a firey orange background. The screen does not show apps or any icons yet.
A mystery pack of squishmallows is shown with three stuffed animals bursting out of a cardboard box. The image shows a fox, cow, and lizard however the contents vary.
A bluetooth speaker by JBL. The speaker has a round body with buttons at the top of the sphere. Above the buttons is a carabeaner hook that allows you to hang the speaker.
A box of LED strip lights that you can tape to any surface. The image shows a purple box with package branding. In front of it is a white reel with lights and a black remote control.
The image shows a roung tortilla, life like in its image with tan and brown texture. Next to the image is a woman wrapped in a tortilla blanket.

How to Earn Prize Tickets:

Read for 60 Minutes

Keep track of every time you read for one hour by logging it on ReadSquared. Every hour earns you one prize ticket.

Attend Summer Events at Otis Library

Attend any event during the summer hosted by the Young Adult Department and earn 3 prize tickets. Keep up to date on our website for programs happening all summer. Some require registration, but all are free of charge.

Mysterious Methods

You can earn tickets through secret and unexpected ways throughout the summer while at Otis Library. When you least expect it, you might end up with a prize ticket in your hands!


Driving Tests

Looking to get a learner’s permit or driver’s license? To pass the driver’s test, you’ll need to study every possible exam question that the Connecticut DMV will throw at you. That’s where we come in! Driving Tests has partnered with Otis Library to provide you with all of the material you need, including hundreds of questions and a series of step-by-step DMV practice tests that will help you pass like a pro.

researchIT CT for Middle School

researchIT CT is the Connecticut State Library’s free research engine for use by libraries, schools, faculty, students, and residents throughout the state. For easier use, the search interface and databases have been curated for Middle School students. 

researchIT CT for High School

researchIT CT is the Connecticut State Library’s free research engine for use by libraries, schools, faculty, students, and residents throughout the state. For easier use, the search interface and databases have been curated for High School students. 

Norwich Schools

Great Reads from Kait!

Scroll through the titles and select one to place a hold. Visit our catalog for more! 

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