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November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018
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Norwalk Public Library and South Norwalk Branch Library
Norwalk, CT 06851-5125
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Library Events for the Month of November

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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 November 2018 

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Thank you all! 1671 of you have answered the survey as of October 30. We will keep the survey open until November 30, when we will have the drawing for the iPad Mini. If you haven't yet answered the six minute survey please do so now. We hope for 2000 responses to go forward with all your ideas for our strategic plan.

We also invite you to attend a library customer focus group at the main library on November 14 at 5:00 or at the SoNo branch library on December 18 at 6:00. 

Also, please note the library closings on November 11 & 12 for Veterans Day and November 22 & 23 for Thanksgiving. In addition, we have to close the main library for electrical work from 9:00 to 2:30 on Wednesday, November 14. We will re-open the main library from 2:30 to 8:30 on November 14, and the South Norwalk Branch Library will be open from 9:00 to 5:30.


November Programs & Events events

Poets in Conversation Series

Join us this fall for Poets in Conversation at the Norwalk Public Library. Each evening features two poets, who will read from their work and discuss the writing life with the audience. We have an amazing line-up this fall and hope you can join us for all four events! Questions? Contact Laurel Peterson at Hope to see you there.


Thursday, November 1

7:00 - 8:15 pm

Main Library Reading Room

Jean P. Moore was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in
Miami, Florida. Her novel Water on the Moon, published in June 2014,
won the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award for contemporary
fiction. Her work has appeared in journals and newspapers such
as upstreet, SN Review, The Timberline Review, Angels Flight Literary
West, Fiction Southeast, Distillery, Skirt, Slow Trains, the Hartford
Courant, Greenwich Time, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. A memoir
piece, "Finding Charles," appears in Persimmon Tree. Several of her
poems are found in Women's Voices of the 21st Century, 2014. Her
chapbook, Time's Tyranny, was published in the fall of 2017. She, her
husband, and their black Lab, Sly, divide their time between Greenwich, Connecticut and the Berkshires in Massachusetts.

Katherine Flannery Dering is a poet, novelist and memoirist who
holds an MFA from Manhattanville College. In 2014 she published Shot in the Head, a Sister's Memoir a Brother's Struggle (Bridgeross). A mixed genre book of poetry, prose, photos and emails, it deals with caring for her schizophrenic brother, and she is an advocate for better care for the mentally ill.

Her poetry chapbook, Aftermath, to be published in 2018, began during a period of introspection following the death of her nephew from a drug overdose. Her poetry and essays have also been featured in numerous small journals, newspapers and anthologies. Ms Dering lives in Bedford, NY and currently serves on the executive committee of the Katonah Poetry Series. 

She blogs at

Click for complete Poets in Conversation Schedule

Daughters of Queen Victoria

A Five Part Series

Parts 4 & 5

Please join Dr. Mona Garcia as she explores the lives of Queen Victoria's daughters: Victoria, Alice, Helena, Louise, and Beatrice. How did they balance their roles as daughters, wives, and and mothers as well as their royal responsibilities.

Princess Louise

Friday, November 2 / 


12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium 

Louise seems determined to chart her own course by developing her artistic talents and refusing to choose her husband from the ranks of European royalty.

Princess Beatrice

Friday, November 30 / Register

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Beatrice knows that she must remain at home as the sole comfort of her widowed mother. When a handsome prince appears Beatrice will fight to secure her own happiness.


Princess Alice's letters to her mother, Queen Victoria

Daughters of Queen Victoria by E.F. Benson


Known throughout Fairfield County for her dynamic history presentations, Dr. Mona Garcia works as a part-time Reference Librarian. She has a PhD in history, and has taught European history at the college level. She has presented conference papers in the United States and Great Britain, and has been published in her field of English history.

For additional information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or

Contact Chris Bradley, Director of Norwalk Public Library, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15126, or for more information about this event.

Caffe' e Conversazione with members of Vini, Vitti, Dici! -- an Italian community salon dedicated to promoting Italian language and culture in an informal setting will meet on three Saturdays, November 3, 10 & 17 at 10am in the Carnegie Room of the Norwalk Public Library on Belden Avenue.

This is not a class for beginners! Participants must be able to carry on a conversation around a timely topic. The first half hour will be devoted to an informal conversation on a timely topic, the second half-hour, we will read in Italian from In Oltre Parole, by Jhumpa Lahiri and in the last half hour, we will explore new vocabulary and ways to incorporate them into our conversations.

For more info: or
Pat Tinto,
President & Founder.
ViniVittiDici: Wines, Food & Conversation Italian Style

American Job Center Career Coach 

CTworks career coach

Career Coach Schedule

General Job Search Assistance

Monday, November 5

10:00 -12:00 pm &

1:00-3:00 pm

American Job Center Southwest                                             

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AuthorSpeak AuthorSpeak

150 Timeless Movies

Susan Granger

Monday, November 5

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


The AuthorSpeak series is pleased to welcome Susan Granger in a presentation based on her book 150 Timeless Movies. A light lunch will be provided courtesy of the library.

This is a choice collection of 150 movie reviews of classic and contemporary timeless movies by international syndicated film critic Susan Granger. It includes films from the earliest days to today, from the Russian film, 'Battleship Potemkin' (1925) and 'Gone With the Wind' (1939) to 'Bridge of Spies' (2015) and 'Zootopia' (2016). 150 Timeless Movies includes reviews reprinted from Granger's popular website,, as well as more than two dozen new reviews of English and foreign film classics. There is an original introduction by Granger, who grew up in Hollywood; her father was director/producer S. Sylvan Simon, and, after his untimely death at 41 while filming 'From Here to Eternity,' her mother remarried and Susan's step-father was MGM executive Armand Deutsch.

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M.


 As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. 

During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic, syndicating her reviews/articles around the world. She has appeared on American Movie Classics and Turner Classic Movies. Susan is also the feature film critic for Video Librarian magazine, distributed to libraries nationwide.

For more information please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899 - 2780 ext. 15133, or


Everyday Dorie:  The Way I Cook

Dorie Greenspan

Monday, November 19

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


NPL's new AuthorSpeak series which spotlights chefs, cookbook authors and all things food, is delighted to welcome chef Dorie Greenspan to share recipes and food anecdotes from her book, Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook.

To the hundreds of thousands who follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, Dorie Greenspan's food is powerfully cookable-her recipes instant classics. In Everyday Dorie,she invites readers into her kitchen to savor the dishes that she makes all the time, from Miso-Glazed Salmon to Lemon Goop. What makes a "Dorie recipe"? Each one has a small surprise that makes it special. Mustard and walnuts in the cheese puffs. Cherry tomatoes stuffed into red bell peppers and oven-charred. Cannellini beans in cod en papillote. The dishes are practical, made with common ingredients from the supermarket, farmers' market, or pantry, like Sweet Chili Chicken Thighs, which is both weeknight simple and fine enough for company, and Eton Mess, a beautifully casual dessert of crumbled meringue, fruit, and whipped cream. They are easygoing, providing swaps and substitutions. They invite mixing and matching.

This program is free and open to the public and a light lunch will be served.

For more information please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899 - 2780 ext. 15133, or

Book Launch Party

Sunday Best 

Ann Lineberger

Thursday, November 29

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Refreshments will be served


"Dark"... "Sharp"... "Laugh-out-loud funny"... "An irresistible page-turner"...

What happens when journalists go undercover to investigate a sex club linked to the murder of their employer, and they discover that one of their mothers may have ties to it? Sunday Best, an engaging comic mystery by Ann Lineberger, explores the lengths people will go to indulge their fantasies while preserving their secrets.

When publishing mogul Walter Bloom is grotesquely murdered in the postcard-perfect Connecticut town of Longshore, his brother and business partner, Charles, is determined to discover who is responsible. Walter had a public history of sexual harassment and a private involvement with sex clubs. Charles is convinced Walter's murder is related. He enlists the help of his employees--sisters Lauren Mark and Brooke Edwards, Jackie Hunt, and Darren Nottingham--to infiltrate the Swingers' groups Walter favored. Together they discover a comically warped and perverse subculture that is eerily connected to the alternative Unify church that Lauren and Brooke's clairvoyant mother founded in their youth. Laced with humor and biting social commentary, Sunday Best is an inventive and absorbing novel that offers a satirical glance into the world of sex clubs, alternative religions, and clairvoyants as a study of the selling of hope in contemporary America.

Fans of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies and Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects will find an intriguing mystery that combines female-driven detective work, tantalizing behind closed-door reveals, and the exploration of female aggression uniquely balanced by a cast of endearingly flawed characters and mystical escapades and near misses that will resonate with fans of Daryl Gregory's Spoonbenders.

Filled with memorable characters--A #MeToo victimizer; a steadfast brother; a '70s guru; a modern-day clairvoyant; a self-absorbed mother; a power-hungry tambourinist, a misguided cast of misfits, and an insightful take on the importance of authenticity--in Sunday Best, Lineberger has deftly weaved a compelling story that touches on one inescapable truth: Contentment must come from within.

Ann Lineberger is the author of The Adjustments (Full Fathom Five Digital, 2016) and New Spaces, Old World Charm (McGraw-Hill, 2004). Ann has worked as a reporter, editor, and writer for numerous publications, including Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, Cottages & Gardens, and Home Remodeling. She earned a master's degree in journalism and mass communication from New York University and an associate's degree from the New York School of Interior Design. Her independent studies program undergraduate degree is from Providence College. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, yoga, running, photography, and escaping to Maine in the summers. In addition to writing, Ann is an interior designer and home stager. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two daughters, and two adorable mutts. 

For more information please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899 - 2780 ext. 15133, or

Business Workshops business

Social Security Changes 

Will These Changes Impact Your Retirement?

Wednesday, November 14

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Main Auditorium


Retirement is one of the most important life events many of us will ever experience. When to begin collecting Social Security may be the single most important decision you make in context of planning your retirement. Please join us when financial advisor Michael Alimo will discuss key concepts you need to know BEFORE applying for Social Security. This seminar is free and open to the public. 

Depending on your age, Social Security filing strategies may boost lifetime benefits and increase retirement income by tens of thousands of dollars, so you should always consider Social Security payout as a component of your retirement plan.

Topics covered will include:

  • January 1, 2016 Social Security regulation changes impacting filing timing options.
  • How Social Security benefits are calculated and the advanced planning required to increase them.
  • Why married couples, divorced and widowed individuals can miss out on significant lifetime sums.
  • How Social Security sums may be integrated into a retirement analysis projecting future monthly income.
  • The "three legged stool" approach to retirement planning and how to support your needs in the future. 
  • What is your money earmarked for? Income, growth, preservation, legacy?
  • Will I outlive my money in retirement? How can I avoid this?

Presenters: David Weyner and Michael Alimo (Investment Advisor Representative; ChFEBC) is a 30-year industry veteran, who for the past 17 years has served clientele around Connecticut and New England at his USA Financial & Tax Services. Committed to giving back to the community via educational workshops, Mr. Alimo has hosted many seminars on a variety of financial and planning topics for groups at libraries, churches, and social organizations. 

For further information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780, ext. 15133 or

A free SCORE Small Business Workshop co-sponsored by The Norwalk Public Library

Social Media Marketing on a Shoestring 

 Thursday, November 15

6:00 - 8:00 pm (check in starts at 5:30)

Main Library Auditorium


In starting a new business, social media has become a very cost-effective way to get your message out to the masses...but just how do you do that without becoming "white noise" online. Learn how to market your business without breaking the bank!

  • How to create a Facebook Business Page and advertising.
  • Tapping into Twitter and Instagram to build your business.
  • Utilizing automation tools to give you an online presence when you are not online.

Presenter: Dori DeCarlo

Dori DeCarlo is a proud Mompreneur, business owner of Safety Bags, Inc., and host of Word of Mom Radio. Her years of online experience began when websites were built on a dial-up internet connection and there was no such thing as social media to take your online presence global with the click of your mouse. Building a business from home for over 20 years, Dori now has an office on Corporate Drive in Shelton and uses the techniques and applications she is sharing on a daily basis.
For further information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780, ext. 15133 or

Technology Workshop Technology

Book Discussionbd

Readers' Choice Book Group

Enemies In Love

Alexis Clark

Wednesday, November 14

2:00 pm

Norwalk Senior Center

11 Allen Rd. Norwalk, Ct

Norwalk Library's Director of Library Information Services, Cynde Bloom Lahey, will lead a discussion on Enemies in Love by Alexis Clark.

"Alexis Clark illuminates a whole corner of unknown World War II history." -Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci.

A true and deeply moving narrative of forbidden love during World War II and a shocking, hidden
history of race on the home front.

This is a love story like no other: Elinor Powell was an African American nurse in the U.S. military during World War II; Frederick Albert was a soldier in Hitler's army, captured by the Allies and shipped to a prisoner-of-war camp in the Arizona desert. Like most other black nurses, Elinor pulled a second-class assignment, in a dusty, sun-baked-and segregated-Western town. The army figured that the risk of fraternization between black nurses and white German POWs was almost nil.
Brought together by unlikely circumstances and racist assumptions, Elinor and Frederick should have been bitter enemies; but instead, at the height of World War II, they fell in love. Their dramatic story was unearthed by journalist Alexis Clark, who through years of interviews and historical research has pieced together an astounding narrative of race and true love in the cauldron of war.

Based on a New York Times story by Clark that drew national attention, Enemies in Love paints a tableau of dreams deferred and of love struggling to survive, twenty-five years before the Supreme Court's Loving decision legalizing mixed-race marriage-revealing the surprising possibilities for human connection in one of history's most violent conflicts.

Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or

Reader's Choice Book Group Brochure - Upcoming & past books

Books Sandwiched In 


Fredrik Backman

Thursday, November 29

12:00 -1:00 pm

Carnegie Room

Bring your lunch and join Reference Librarian Susannah Violino for a lively discussion of Beartown by Fredrik Backman.

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

Books Sandwiched In meets the last Thursday of every month.

For further information, please contact Susannah Violino at (203) 899-2780 ext 15115, or

Weekly Programs Weekly

Zumba with Karen

Children & Parents - Mondays

 5:00 - 5:45 pm

Adults & Teens - Mondays

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Low Impact Aerobics with Linda

Tuesdays & Thursdays

  1:30 - 2:30 pm

 Teen Room

Linda Lombardo is known to local residents for her work as a Silver Sneakers instructor, Linda has been a Business Education teacher with the New Canaan, Norwalk, Fairfield, Greenwich and Stamford Public School Systems for over 20 years. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a health fitness instructor, personal trainer and nutrition counselor. Stop by on Tuesday or Thursday to welcome Linda and try out a new version of Low Impact Aerobics.

For additional information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext 15133 or




News from the Norwalk History Room

The 5th Anniversary of the Norwalk History Room at the Norwalk Public Library was held on Sunday, September 23 with a lovely "High Tea" catered by Nijole Potts, The Blue Teapot.

State and City Proclamations congratulated the Library which and was followed by an introduction of members of the Museum Restructuring Committee who had the foresight to re-locate the archival material to the Library and create the Norwalk History Room. History Room Staff and Volunteers were introduced and the new Norwalk Hour Historical Newspaper Archive which was digitized by NewsBank, Inc., and is a permanent asset for the Norwalk community, connecting the past to the future was launched. Authors and researchers of local history recounted their studies that resulted in success in the History Room and attendees were invited to explore and research their ancestors.

Norwalk Historian Ralph Bloom was honored for his service to the Library and entire Norwalk Community.


More on the Loyalists: Norwalk's Role

In 1775, the "Act for Restraining and Punishing Inimical Persons" was enacted preventing Loyalists from purchasing property, joining the army, holding office and left them open to the possibility of imprisonment. Jonathan Ketchum was relieved of his duties as Deputy Postmaster and positions he held in the town government. Suspicious of his possible dealings with the British through meetings in his tavern, the town placed some members of the militia near his home. When General William Tryon marched into Norwalk, in July, 1779, the British proceeded with burning a large portion of the town. 

There seems to be conflicting information as to why this occurred. The Patriots claimed it was a willful, deliberate act to force Washington to come to their aid, thus letting the British know of his geographical position. The Loyalists claimed the burning was a reaction to the firing on the British army by the town's people. 

Whatever the cause, the effect was still the destruction of a great portion of the town. The burning was not confined to Patriots, but to the property of Loyalists as well. Seeing an opportunity to leave under the protection of Tryon, part of the Ketchum family then left with the British army. Their destination was Huntingdon, Long Island, directly across the sound from Connecticut, which was a British stronghold, the same as New York City. Samuel, Jonathan's son went with him.

Why did these citizens of Norwalk decide to leave? Ever since the "Act for Restraining and Punishing Inimical Persons" was passed, Loyalists were continually persecuted, and some were actually murdered by Patriots. Jonathan was fed up with this mistreatment, and he still believed in the Crown. His only recourse was to leave. His son's story was as compelling. Forced to join the militia (which was led by General Benedict Arnold) during the burning, Samuel refused to engage with the British. Much of Samuel's property was then confiscated.

Many other citizens of Norwalk, followed the Ketchums for the same reasons. The story for Jonathan and his family doesn't end here, however. We will continue on with the next chapter in the December newsletter.

(Thanks again to Dr. Leah Grandy, University of New Brunswick, Canada, for her research on the Ketchums.)

Come to the Norwalk History Room to see what we have available on a chapter of American History that has a direct connection with our City.

Norwalk History Room Online Database

Our first online records are postcards of Norwalk scenes, most dating from the beginning of the 20th century. We will follow these with regular additions from our collection of thousands of documents and photographs. Search by keyword or use the advanced search feature. The postcards can also be viewed randomly. 

The Norwalk History Room and archive combines the library's former Local History Collection with the archival collections of the former Norwalk Museum. The lower level of the main library building at 1 Belden Avenue houses this large array of published and unpublished books and papers, photographs and maps, and more, covering over 300 years of Norwalk history.

The mission of the Norwalk Public Library History Room is to preserve the archival materials, including manuscripts, photographs, maps, newspapers, and books, which illustrate the history of Norwalk, Connecticut. This History Room online database will further our goal of promoting knowledge and appreciation of the long history and rich cultural heritage of the Town of Norwalk. - Norwalk Calendars

We are excited to announce a great new service that will allow you to easily keep track of everything going on at the library and all over Norwalk. Introducing a free website and app that puts ALL Norwalk schools, library and many other community calendars and events in one place. With Burbio, you can select calendars to follow, create a personalized event feed, sync local events to your Google or iPhone calendars instantly and get notified when things change! 

Sign up for free at: or download the iPhone App and follow our calendar!

NPL has partnered with to bring you the current CT DMV driver's practice tests for free! Included are car, motorcycle, CDL practice test, and the driver's manuals for each test. Also included are accessibility tools  that let users hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility on the practice tests. 

This driver education program contains the following CT-specific information:

- 11 car practice tests

- 9 motorcycle practice tests

- 12 CDL (commercial driver's license) practice tests

- 3 online driver's manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)

- A FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 DMV-related questions

Social Security @ NPL

The Social Security Administration offers their Video Service Delivery program at the Norwalk Public Library.

This service is available every Friday  between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon in a small study room on the first floor of the Main Library.  

People needing to speak with a Social Security employee will be able to do so.  Video conferencing equipment has been set up so people can speak face to face with the Social Security employee.  No appointment is necessary.  This service was made available as a result of the closing of the Social Security office in Norwalk a few years ago.

For more information call the reference desk at 203-899-2780 ext. 15109

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