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June 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017
12:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Norwalk and South Norwalk Public Library
Norwalk, CT 06851-5125

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Library Events for the Month of June

Thursday, June 1, 2017


 June 2017

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Half Off Your Library Fines & Fees

June 1 - June 30

 with a donation of a non-perishable food item that will benefit the Person to Person pantry in Norwalk.

Drop off at the Main Library or the South Norwalk Branch


It's Summertime and the livin' is easy, with more time to READ for everyone!

GAME BEGINS: 6/11/17; GAME OVER: 8/30/17.

For adults, 

You are invited to join in a Summer Reading Quest Game for a chance at great prizes! Game cards can be picked up at the Main Library Reference Desk and include seven quests for you to complete this summer: E-Quest, FB Quest, Create it! Quest, Ask us! Quest, History Quest, Build a Better You! Quest and a Review it! Quest. Accomplish one and you will be entered into the grand finale raffle for a chance to win great prizes. Finish all seven and receive a special prize! A Spanish language version is also available. 

We hope to tantalize your interests and appetites with authors, art exhibits, book groups, concerts, exercise, lectures, and our new Craft Connection for grown-ups as part of the Library's MakerSpace. In addition, we will kick-off our new Seed Library and our Live Well! Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, "Building a Better World" for our Library Community.

For students,
Just register and play! For more info and for Norwalk Public Schools' Summer Reading Lists, contact the SoNo Branch Library at 203.899.2780 x15903 or the Main Library at 203-899-2780 x15103.

We have 145 registrants who have read over 8500 books in the 1000 Books before Kindergarten program. Three year old Madison has the most books with over 700 so far!

All the best, 


Art Exhibit Art

Barbara Paul Photography Exhibit 

"Theyyam Ritual Dance - India"

May 20 - June 24

The Norwalk Public Library is pleased to present "Theyyam Ritual Dance - India," a photography exhibit by Barbara Paul, from May 20 - June 24, in the foyer and Main Reading area, located at 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk. 

Barbara Paul's longtime interest has been to seek out and photograph traditionally costumed people at tribal festivals around the world. Theyyam dances were among the most exceptional experiences she had ever encountered. This ancient Hindu form of ritual dance is a spectacular display of religious devotion , which has long been practiced in the Kerala region of Southern India. Elaborately costumed dancers have their faces intricately painted and wear enormous headdresses and wide, brightly colored skirts. They take on the forms of revered Gods and Goddesses as they dance to the accompaniment of frenzied drumming in the sandy courtyards of village temples. These dancers are lovingly observed by villagers, who line-up at the end of the dance to ask for blessings. At night, Theyyam dancers jump through huge fires, lending even more excitement to the ritual.

A Westport resident for many years, Barbara Paul, photographs people living in remote regions of Asia, Africa and other parts of the world, where few travelers visit. She photographs their ethnic dress, tribal and religious customs, festivals and daily way of life, capturing the spirit of the moment in each photograph. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the NYU School of Business Administration, and a member of the Fairfield Arts Council, the Westport Arts Center, and the Stamford Art Association. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications, and she has exhibited her work at libraries, art centers and museums in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester, NY. "Theyyam Ritual Dance - India," is her fourth exhibit at the Norwalk Public Library.

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

June Programs & Events events

Norwalk Writer's Guild

Thursdays, June 1 & June 15

5:30 - 7:00

Carnegie Room

Fairfield County writers are invited to join the new Norwalk Writers Guild.  The group will meet twice a month, the first and third Thursday of the month, 5:30-7:00 pm, at the Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Avenue, in Norwalk.  One session per month will be class discussion regarding the writing process.  Writers can then elect to post their work online for critiquing, prior to the second monthly meeting.  Throughout the year, the Guild will offer special programs and panel discussions featuring regional authors, editors and agents.  The Guild will also host an annual conference beginning in 2017.  The Norwalk Writers Guild is sponsored by the Norwalk Public Library; meetings will be facilitated by author and editor Leslie Kerr, Norwalk Library's Author-in-Residence.

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

American Job Center Career Coach

CTworks career coach

Career Coach Schedule

Free Job Search Assistance

Monday, June 5
10:00 - 12:00 
1:00 - 3:00 
Curb in front of library

 American Job Center Southwest

4th Annual "Hello Summer" Concert Series

All concerts will take place on the library lawn (rain or shine) at 7:00 pm

Thursday, June 15  - Tony LaVorge & Friends
Thursday, June 22 -  Bodhimsaffva
Thursday, June 29 -  Perry & Friends
Thursday, July 6 -     Reggae Culture
Thursday, July 20 -   Sheri Miller

Thursday, August 3 - Cookie Thomas

Decorative Drink Coasters

Saturday, June 24

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Register Online

Get your craft on at Norwalk Public Library!  If you love Pinterest and DIY, be sure to register for one of our wonderful summer craft programs. We will be learning to make drink coasters, book art, decorative magnets, fabric choices, tarn projects and origami.  You'll learn something new, take something home, and you just might make some new friends in the process. All classes are free and will meet on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 12 noon, in the Main Auditorium, located at 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk.

Craft Connection programs are open to adults 18 and over, and will be taught by expert crafters. Materials for each project will be provided courtesy of the library.

Schedule of Programs:

Saturday, June 24 - Drink Coasters

Saturday, July 8 -   Book Art

Saturday, July 29 - Decorative Magnets

Saturday, August 12 - Choosing the Right Fabric for Your Project

Saturday, August 19 - Tarn (T-shirt Yarn) Projects

Saturday, August 26 - Origami

Seating is limited to 20 participants per session, so sign-up today by contacting Librarian Laurie Iffland at  (203) 899-2780 ext. 15114, or or register online.

AuthorSpeak AuthorSpeak

Jane Green

The Sunshine Sisters

Register Online


The Sunshine girls-Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy-are as different as three sisters can be. As the daughters of Ronni Sunshine, former Hollywood starlet, they grew up in the shadow of their mother's self-absorbed quest for fame. Lizzy, the baby, is smart, confident, and capable, but spoiled like her mother-and self-destructive with her infidelity. Meredith craved approval from her mother, who destroyed her confidence, leading her to give up on her true passion and put an ocean between her current life and her unhappy childhood. And Nell is the loner whose best defense from her mother's stinging criticism and quick temper was to shut down and shut out, hiding out on a secluded farm with her son. Each girl pursued happiness away from her mother and sisters. But the selfish and manipulative Ronni has been diagnosed with a terminal illness...and wants her daughters back home to make amends before she takes her final bow.

But some things never change. Ronni, ever the center of attention, is determined to fade out on her own terms, and expects her daughters to suspend their lives to help her carry out her last wish. As the sisters face the loss of their mother, their relationships with each other start to heal, setting the stage for a final act in which, through making peace with their mother and each other, they will become the women they were truly meant to be.

Jane Green's remarkable staying power is undeniable: Seventeen New York Times bestsellers. Books published in 25 languages. More than 10 million copies sold worldwide. Green's deft hand at dealing with challenging and provocative issues such as death, infidelity, and sexuality makes The Sunshine Sisters a rich, thoughtful, and poignant read. Her latest is sure to grace beach bags and blankets from coast-to-coast this summer, but the story of these women will stay with readers long after the last beach umbrella is put away for the season.

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

Camille Aubray

Cooking for Picasso

Saturday, June 17

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

A light lunch will be served

Register Online


Inspired by a little-known interlude in the artist's life, Cooking for Picasso is a touching, delectable and wise story that illuminates the powers of trust, money, art, and creativity in the choices that men and women make as they seek a path toward love, success, and joie de vivre (joy of life).

Camille Aubray is an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship winner. A writer-in-residence at the Karolyi Foundation in the South of France, she was a finalist for the Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award and the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. She studied writing at the University of London with David Hare, Tom Stoppard, and Fay Weldon; and with her mentor Margaret Atwood at the Humber College School of Creative Writing Workshop in Toronto. Aubray has been a staff writer for the daytime dramas One Life to Live and Capitol, has taught writing at New York University, and has written and produced for ABC News, PBS, and A&E. The author divides her time between Connecticut and the South of France. 

Copies of Cooking for Picasso will be available for purchase and signing.

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


Lester G. (Neddy) Smith

Valerie Palmary: Small-Town Girl

Register Online


When her father, who for 29 years held a high-level executive position as vice president of sales at the international corporation ZYX Inc. died suddenly at the age of 65, she was devastated, but at the same time, had an epiphany: to pursue her ambition to become a professional entertainer and entrepreneur. 

Before becoming a writer, Lester G. Neddy Smith has affectionately been known as a professional musician, educator, composer, producer, and recording artist. His writing career began as a songwriter and poet improviser. He recently decided to complete one of the first of his many unpublished novels, satisfying another item on his bucket list. Neddy has traveled the world, not only as a bassist, but also as a recording artist. He has led music ministry and various jazz ensembles of his own compositions and has produced three CD's, Turnaround, Mood Swing, and Blue Monday, among others. Smith has taught broadcast graphics in various corporate facilities worldwide and, when not preforming, draws from the cultural experiences he has gained through his many travels to enhance his writing and storytelling.

Visit Neddy Smith's Author Page

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

Doug Jones

The Music in My Life

Friday, June 30

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

A light lunch will be served

Register Online

At the improbable age of 41, Betty Jones went from being a full-time mother, who sang alto at the Wilton Congregational Church for 20 years to auditioning for the New York City Opera, where she was accepted to sing Verdi and Wagner. From there, her opera career skyrocketed to working with Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Fiedler, singing with Luciano Pavarotti, and gracing the boards at Carnegie Hall and many of the world's finest opera companies. Doug Jones will share anecdotes and highlights of his wife's renowned career.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Register online for this program, or contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or

Business Workshops Business

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Managing and Motivating People in Small Businesses

Thursday, June 1

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Register Now!

Managing and motivating your employees so they stay engaged and productive is one of the hardest and most important aspects of running a small business. This workshop provides simple tools and techniques business owners can use to set performance goals, coach and encourage employees so they perform their best.

How to . . . 

  • Set simple SMART goals with employees so they know exactly what is expected of them 
  • Motivate employees so they think and act more like business owners in completing their jobs 
  • Provide the right type and amount of supervision to get the best out of your employees

Presenter: Chuck Presbury

Chuck Presbury heads a HR consultancy that specializes in developing leaders in high performing teams and companies. He brings 25 years of experience working with managers across all types of businesses and industries to develop motivated and committed employees needed to power a highly successful business.

Things Every Business Owner Should Know 

About Employment Law

Thursday, June 15

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Register Now!

A general review of the most important laws and regulations small-business owners need to understand with respect to their employees.

Hiring & Firing: What You Must and Must Not Do

Use of Independent Contractors Instead of Employees


Workplace Privacy

Employment Policies & Handbooks

Non-Disclosure & Non-Competition Agreements

Presenter: Bob Marafioti

Bob Marafioti has broad experience in business law including employment, commercial contracts, intellectual property, international transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and securities.

He is a graduate of Yale University B.A., and Columbia University J.D. and has Private-practice training in both corporate law & litigation. He was Assistant General Counsel, J. Walter Thompson Company, General Counsel, CMP Media Inc., and General Counsel, Vivendi Universal Games.

Employee Life Cycle: Interviewing, Hiring & What Comes Next

Wednesday, June 28

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Register Now!

Join national HR leader Paychex and SCORE at our upcoming seminar and learn how to avoid some of the most common employee mistakes for small businesses. PayChex's expert will guide you through some of the most important employment management issues for small business-and how you can take action today.

    • Which of these employee lifecycle practices could put your business at risk?
    • Learn more about:
    • Federal Laws - Find out which federal laws may impact your hiring practices
    • Progressive Discipline - Learn how to handle employee performance issues and policy violations
    • Legal Matters - Review common legal issues with employee termination
    • Risky Hiring - Practices identify the costs of poor hiring
    • Implementation - Learn how to execute an effective recruiting and hiring process. And more!

Presenter: Sheila DiCostanzo

PayChex expert, Sheila DiCostanzo, will take you through all the challenges.

Technology Workshops Workshops

Google Drive & Google Docs

Saturday, June 10

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Register Online

By now, most of us who use computers in our daily lives have folders and files crowding our desktops, using up valuable memory space. Backing-up these files to ensure their safety and that we'll be able to find them again, when we need to, is always a concern.  Norwalk Public Library's next scheduled computer workshop, "Using Google Drive," will help you to use this free cloud-based storage service, for all your files - documents, photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos and more!

Librarian Laurie Iffland will help you to sign up for a Google account, if you don't have one already, and explore all of the products your account gives you access to, with a special focus on Google Docs, the word processing software.

Come learn how to create, share, upload and convert documents using Google Drive. We'll also show you how this free tool can help you to organize your life better (= save time), whether you're a student, business person, or retiree.

Google Drive gives you 15 GB of free storage, which you can reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer that has Internet access. Wherever you go, your files will follow.  You can quickly invite others to view, download, and collaborate on all the files you want - no email attachment needed.   Add on Gmail and Google Photos and you can store files, save email attachments and back-up photos directly to Drive!

All library workshops are free and open to the public, but space is limited to 10 participants,

so sign-up today!

 Computer Tutor 

10:00 am Saturdays - By Appointment Only 

Call 203-899-2780 ext. 15109 or visit the Reference Desk to schedule.

For more resources visit our Technology webpage.

Book Discussionsbd

Readers' Choice Book Group


by Louise Erdrich

Wednesday, June 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 LaRose by Louis Erdirch.

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

Finalist for the 2017 PEN Faulkner Award

In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning The Round House and the Pulitzer Prize nominee The Plague of Doves wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture.

North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence-but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich. The youngest child of his friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux's five-year-old son, LaRose. The two families have always been close, sharing food, clothing, and rides into town; their children played together despite going to different schools; and Landreaux's wife, Emmaline, is half sister to Dusty's mother, Nola. Horrified at what he's done, the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition-the sweat lodge-for guidance, and finds a way forward. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola. "Our son will be your son now," they tell them.

LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family. Plagued by thoughts of suicide, Nola dotes on him, keeping her darkness at bay. His fierce, rebellious new "sister," Maggie, welcomes him as a coconspirator who can ease her volatile mother's terrifying moods. Gradually he's allowed shared visits with his birth family, whose sorrow mirrors the Raviches' own. As the years pass, LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches, and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal.

But when a vengeful man with a long-standing grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble, hurling accusations of a cover-up the day Dusty died, he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole.

Inspiring and affecting, LaRose is a powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart, and an unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of America's most distinguished literary masters.

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

Books Sandwiched In

America's First Daughter

by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

Thursday, June 29

12:00 -1:00 pm

Carnegie Room

Bring your lunch and join Reference Librarian Susannah Violino for a lively discussion of America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie.

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, America's First Daughter tells the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph - a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy. As Jefferson's oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother's death. Traveling with her father when he became American minister to France, it is in Paris where 15-year old Patsy learns of her father's liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Torn between her principles and the bonds of family, Patsy is faced with years of dilemma, deciding how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation. (Publisher)


Stephanie Dray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction and fantasy. She has written a critically acclaimed historical series about Cleopatra's daughter, and is also fascinated by the founding of the American Republic and its roots in ancient Rome. Her mission is to illuminate the stories of women in history and inspire the young women of today.


America's First Daughter is Laura Kamoie's debut historical novel. Her interests have led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. She is currently working with Stephanie Dray on My Dear Hamilton, a book about Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, due to be published in 2018.

Weekly Programs Weekly

Zumba with Karen

Children & Parents - Mondays - 5:00 - 5:45 pm

Adults & Teens - Mondays 6:00 - 7:00 pm

SecondAct Fitness, Walk Aerobics

Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 1:00 - 2:00 pm

The easy-to-follow program that brings walking to a new level!  Easy to learn, no matter what your fitness level is.  It combines upper and lower body movements, music increases in speed and intensity for aerobic challenge and is endorsed by the AARP, Dr. Oz, Weight Watchers and NutriSystem.  Leslie Kerr is a former professional dancer and Rockette.  She is a certified fitness trainer, walk aerobics leader and owner of SecondAct Fitness.



 Teen Activity Calendar for June programs 

Get in the Game this summer at the Norwalk Public Library and Rowayton Library!

GAME BEGINS: 6/11 - Register Here


How do I Get in the Game?

It''s simple, just register and play! Click for full details

Contact the Norwalk Public Library at 203.899.2780 x15131 

or the Rowayton Library at 203.838.5038 with questions.



Get in the Game this summer at the Norwalk Public Library and Rowayton Library!

GAME BEGINS: 6/11 - Register Here


How do I Get in the Game?

It''s simple, just register and play! Click for full details

Contact the Norwalk Public Library at 203.899.2780 x15131 or the Rowayton Library at 203.838.5038 with questions.

 Register for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten here to read and win prizes!

For all of the children's programs happening in May check out our 

Children's webpage calendar.


Library staff and volunteers will select and pack books, audio books, Dvd's and music CDs to arrive at your home with your Meals on Wheels Delivery!

Are you or is someone you know a resident of Norwalk who cannot get to the library?
Would you like library books and/or viewing or listening materials delivered to you?
Do you receive a Meals on Wheels Delivery?

Norwalk Public Library has staff and volunteers who will deliver Library items such as books (including large print), audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs and Playaways to your home via Meals on Wheels.

All you have to do is fill out the form with information about your interests and sign-up for a Library card and an assigned staff member or volunteer will select material and deliver it to the Norwalk Senior Center to be included with your Meals on Wheels delivery.

To sign up, or for more information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services at the Norwalk Public Library (203) 899-2780, ext. 15180 , or ask for a sign-up form at the Norwalk Public Library or the Norwalk Senior Center.

"The Way We Read" Photo Contest

June 1 through August 18

To celebrate how we read, we are looking for entries to our 2nd Annual "The Way We Read" Photo Contest.

We are encouraging you to be creative and send us that one picture that may be worth a thousand words. You can enter one photo in each of the four categories described below. A panel of judges will select two semi-finalists from each category, and the public will vote online for the winners. Winners will receive $50 Amazon gift card, and their photos will be displayed in a gallery on the library website.

Here are the four categories:

1. Pets: Reading with furry friends and wild creatures

2. Teens/Children: Kids being read to or reading themselves , in groups or reading on their own

3. Norwalk Landscapes: Reading at a special Norwalk spot

4. Technology Transforms: How technology has changed the way you read

To enter, upload your photo to the 2017 We Read Photo Contest folder on the Library's Photo Gallery . In order to enter the contest, you must be at least 13 years old and must only submit your own work. All photos are subject to verification and may be used by Norwalk Public Library for promotional purposes.

For additional information contact Laurie at, or call (203) 899-2780 ext. 15114. 

The Summer Quest Game

Below are listed seven quests for our patrons to complete this summer. Accomplish one and you will be entered into the grand finale raffle for a chance to win great prizes. Finish all seven and receive a special prize!

Come in and pick up your own Quest Card at the Reference Desk today!


Download (1) eBook, (1) E-Audiobook and (1) E-Magazine.

FB Quest: 

Send us a digital picture of your library card at any landmark you visit (inside or outside CT).

Create it! Quest: 

Check out a cookbook from the Library and make a recipe. Share a good one with us.

Ask Us! Quest:

Ask a librarian for a reading suggestion.

History Quest:

Visit the Norwalk History Room at the Library and find out who lived in your house 50 years ago.

Build a Better You! Quest:

Check out a nonfiction book and learn something new.

Review it! Quest:

Read any book & send us a review to be added to our "Patrons Review" annual booklet.

For additional information contact Laurie at, or call (203) 899-2780 ext. 15114. 

Borrow, grow organically and return seeds all at the new Seed Library at Norwalk Public Library.

Check out seeds for free!   Norwalk Public Library has opened a Seed Library that will encourage the tradition of seed saving, nurture locally-adapted plant varieties, and foster a community culture of sharing.  We have vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs all donated by staff members and seed companies.  This is a program allowing card holders to borrow, grow and share their seeds celebrating biodiversity, nurturing locally adapted plant varieties, and fostering community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing.  All of our original seed stock is 100% certified organic.  Anyone may "borrow" seeds, but we do ask that those returning seeds only return seeds from plants organically grown without the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and growth regulators.  

For additional information contact Laurie at, or call (203) 899-2780 ext. 15114. 

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