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September 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017
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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 September

Friday, September 1, 2017

 September 2017

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The Norwalk Public Library & South Norwalk Branch Library 

will be closed Sunday, Sept 3 & Monday, Sept. 4 for the Labor Day Holiday.

That old September feeling... of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air.... Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year's mistakes and failures had been wiped clean by summer. -- Wallace Stegner


Norwalk Public Library is now an official Passport Application Acceptance facility. Both the main library and the SoNo branch library are accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis, Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at main; Monday, Friday, and Saturday in SoNo. 

See our website for details.

September is National Library Card signup month. Come on down to the libraries or sign up online to join the 34,000 Norwalkers who have a library card. You can use your card to check out books, download audio and video, or take a class, and middle school and high school students can get free tutoring online every afternoon from 3:00 to 10:00.

That photo of the main library with its stairway still attached is from the Norwalk History Room's collection of vintage postcards. Fans of Throwback Thursday will enjoy browsing through Norwalk's past while we plan for the future.


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 these records by keyword or narrow down by using the advanced search feature. The postcards can also be viewed randomly. 

The 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 The lower level of the main library building at 1 Belden Avenue houses this large array of published and unpublished books and papers, photographs and maps, among other materials, recording over 300 years of Norwalk history.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. 

Library Exhibits display

"South of the Border and Across the Sea"

Mexico, Vietnam & Cambodia Seen Through the Lens of

 Karen Spencer


Exhibit runs 

September 16 - October 23

Meet photographer Karen Spencer

Saturday, Sept. 16 @ 3:00 pm

               Main Library Reading Room

The exhibit features new works from colorful Mexico and images from a recent trip to exotic and historic Vietnam and Cambodia. It includes traditionally printed images on paper, as well as those on aluminum, experiments on fabric, and original photos on shower curtains. All images are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to NPL.

Karen Spencer has traveled the world, photographing people, places and things with her artist's eye. During her time abroad, she discovered that the creativity in photography offered a way to chronicle unique moments in time, providing insights into the lives, cultures and histories of people and places.

Spencer, who spends half her time in Mexico, records the polychromatic symphony of color that shows in every aspect of the rich Mexican heritage and its modern culture. "The play of light and shadow in a doorway, the shy smile of a child, the wise eyes of an old woman - these are the images that resonate with me and that I hope to share through the photographs I take," explains Spencer.

Born, raised and schooled in New York City, it was Spencer's study of art that first introduced her to photography and led her to a fellowship at CCNY. Her eye for texture, pattern and composition served her well in her long career as a graphic designer and art director for publishing, advertising and promotion agencies in New York, New Orleans and Connecticut. She has exhibited in Connecticut and Mexico, and her work is in private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

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

The Norwalk/Nagarote Sister City Project 

The Norwalk/Nagarote Sister City Project works with the most disadvantaged children in our sister city, Nagarote, Nicaragua.

  • Addressing the problem of teen gangs, we began the Youth Afterschool Program for 185 teens and within a few years eliminated gangs and reduced teen pregnancy in Nagarote's poorest barrios.
  • Scholarships enable 82 students, plus 15 college students, to attend school each year. 
  • The teens have grown more than 20,000 trees at our Seeds of Youth Model Organic Farm which also teaches them about sustainable farming and adds fresh fruit and vegetables to their diets.
  • We're building a model preschool and teacher training center to introduce evidence-based, best practice in early education.
  • At the request of the Ministry of Education and parents we added a tutoring program for elementary school students.

With these five major programs, we have had a substantial impact on the lives of hundreds of very low income children in Nagarote providing them with education, job skills, improved nutrition, and instilling in them a sense of community service.

Display is located in the display case in the front entrance to the Main Library.

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Amanda Wakes Up

Alisyn Camerota

Friday, Sept. 8

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Register Online

A light lunch will be served.

Called "wickedly funny," Amanda Wakes Up is about a bootstrapping young reporter, who lands her dream job only to find her life turned upside down. 

As a veteran broadcast journalist, Alisyn Camerota knows a little something about the fast-paced world of cable news. In her first novel, she offers a fictional behind-the-scenes peek at this one-of-a-kind job - a blur of breaking news, big scoops, and colorful personalities. The book follows Amanda Gallo, an ambitious young reporter, who lands a plum gig at a big-time cable news station, but quickly learns her dream job isn't exactly a dream. Amanda Wakes Up is The Devil Wears Prada meets The Newsroom, with a dash of Primary Colors thrown into the mix.

In addition to her work at CNN, Alisyn Camerota was a crime reporter for five years on America's Most Wanted and went on to work as a national correspondent for the NBC network magazine show Real Life. She was at Fox News Channel for many years as a national correspondent and anchor, and also worked as a reporter at several local stations. She graduated cum laude from American University in Washington DC, and currently resides in the New York area with her husband and three children.

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

September Programs & Events events

NPL and Norwalk Poet Laureate Presents 

Poets in Conversation Series

Thursday, Sept. 7

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Main Library Reading Area

The series starts off with two writers of both fiction and poetry, W.F. Lantry and Steve Ostrowski.

Join us, once again, this fall for Poets in Conversation at the Norwalk Public Library. Each evening will feature two poets, who will read from their works and discuss the writing life with the audience. All programs, September through December, will take place the first Thursday of the month, at
7 p.m., in the Main Reading area of the library, located at 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk. For the second year, Norwalk's Poet Laureate, Laurel Peterson, has brought together a diverse group of published poets for what promises to be an interesting series.

W.F. Lantry is a widely published prizewinning poet and fiction writer who has been featured in poetry journals and readings nationally and internationally. He currently lives in Washington, DC. He taught for eight years at L'Université de Nice in France, and holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He served as Director of Academic Technology at a national research university in Washington, DC, for 15 years.

Lantry has been named four times as a finalist in the Premio Mundial Fernando Rielo de Poesía Mística (Spain). In 2010, he was named runner up for the UMB William Joiner Center Ellen LaForge Poetry Prize and the Hong Kong University Poetry Book Prize (China), he was commended for his entry in the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine (UK), and in Canada received Honorable Mention for the Prairie Fire Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award. In 2012, he was nominated for five Pushcart Prizes in two genres on three continents.

His chapbook, The Language of Birds, is a lyric retelling of Attar's Conference of the Birds. The Structure of Desire (Little Red Tree Publishing) was his first full-length collection. It was followed by The Terraced Mountain, and will soon be joined by his forthcoming The Book of Maps.

Steven Ostrowski is a fiction writer and poet who teaches at Central Connecticut State University. His work appears in numerous journals, including Raritan, Madison Review, Literary Orphans, Sleet, and Wisconsin Review. He has published chapbooks with Bright Hill Press and Finishing Line Press.Future programs will feature:

October 5 - Marianela Medrano and Laurel Peterson
November 2 - Ann Cefola and Robert Masterson
December 7 - Ralph Nazareth and Duane Esposito

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

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 two Saturdays in September: 9 & 30th at 10 am in the Carnegie room. 

This is not a class for beginners! Participants must be able to carry on a conversation in Italian around a timely topic. Readings will be suggested prior to class. 

Please respond to For more info:  or

Our partner book club:

Libro e Aperitivo Book Club will meet on Monday, September 11 at 7pm,  The book selection is Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan RSVP required to

For more information on our activities and salon, contact Pat Tinto at; or

American Job Center Career Coach

CTworks career coach

Career Coach Schedule

Free Job Search Assistance

Monday, September 11
10:00 - 12:00 
1:00 - 3:00 
Curb in front of library

 American Job Center Southwest

Mystery Lovers Celebrate Agatha Christie's Birthday

Free Performance of "Agatha Is Missing" by

Prudence Wright-Holmes

Friday, Sept. 15

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Register Online

"Agatha Is Missing" is a fun-filled interactive murder mystery in which Prudence Wright Holmes plays ace detective Miss Clarissa Marbles, who tries to solve the real-life 1926 disappearance of Agatha Christie. The audience plays the roles of all the other characters, and everyone is a suspect. Audience members vote on whodunit, with a prize given for the best answer. Expect gunshots to ring out, screams to be heard in the night, and a rollicking good time for all!

Prudence Wright Holmes is an actor and writer, who has had featured roles in films, including "Sister Act I and II," "The Exorcist II," "Kingpin," "Boardwalk Empire," and "God's Pocket," among others. She has appeared on Broadway and Off-Broadway in numerous plays, and has written the plays "Wannabes," "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker," "Call Me William: The Life and Loves of Willa Cather," and others. She is also the author of the books Voices of Thinking Jewish Women, and Monologue Mastery.

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

The Wives of World War I Monarchs: Four-Part Series

"Queen, Kaiserin, Tsarina, Empress"

 The Norwalk Public Library is pleased to present a four-part series, "Queen, Kaiserin, Tsarina, Empress," about the women who were the wives of the monarchs who presided over the British, German, Russian, and Austro-Hungarian Empires during World War I, also known as the "Great War," and the "War to End All Wars." Historian and Reference Librarian Mona Garcia will present a fascinating view of this period in history from the unique perspective of these remarkable women. At war's end, only one woman would remain in possession of her throne.

If you love historical fiction, romance and intrigue, you won't want to miss the real stories behind the fiction! Save the dates, and register now for these programs, which will take place on Fridays at 12:00 pm, in the Main Auditorium, located at 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk.


A light lunch will be provided courtesy of the library. 

Tsarina Alexandra

                                Friday, September 29 - 12:00 pm

  At the age of twelve, Princess Alix of Hesse-Darmstadt falls in love with Tsarevich Nicholas, the heir to the Russian throne. She spends the next decade avoiding being pushed into other marriages by her grandmother, Queen Victoria. A tragedy in the family of Nicholas finally allows the couple to marry in 1894. How will Alix balance her new roles as wife and Tsarina of Russia?

Empress Zita 

Friday, November 3 - 12:00 pm

When Zita marries the Archduke Charles in 1911, she knows that she will eventually become Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. That day comes sooner than expected, with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28,1914, and the death of the Emperor Franz Joseph on November 21,1916. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand sets in motion events that trigger the First World War. How will Zita cope as a wartime empress?

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

Business Workshops Business

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Avoiding Money Mistakes for Startups and Entrepreneurs 

Thursday, Sept. 7

6:00 - 8:00 pm (sign in begins at 5:30)

Main Library Auditorium

Register Now!

To be successful, you must have a solid handle on all financial and marketing aspects of your business. Have you been putting off developing your company's financials? Have you sized the market opportunity? Our seminar will address the topics, and will enable you to put in place sound financial and market strategies for business growth.

  • How to place sound financial & market strategies for business growth
  • Key steps to make your company scalable
  • Assumptions needed to develop a Profit and Loss Statement, and project cash flow

Free Business Counseling

To get free one-on-one business counseling or learn about other SCORE free workshops, please visit our website.

SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association.

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

Technology Workshops tech

Fall Technology Workshops

Introduction to Computers/ Windows 7 - Saturday, September 16, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Learn basic computer terminology, an overview of operating systems, and popular software.


Cricut - Monday, September 18, 10 - 11 a.m. Register

or Thursday, September 21, 7 - 8 p.m. Register
Learn to use this smart cutting machine that will help you make personalized, professional-quality projects with ease.

iPhone/iPad Basics - Saturday, September 23, 2 - 3 p.m.
Learn the basics of navigating between apps, changing settings, customizing your phone/tablet, and much more.


Cutting the Cord - Thursday, September 28, 6 - 7 p.m. 
Here's what you need to know about life after Cable TV.


Introduction to the Internet - Saturday, September 30, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Learn how to get connected using a web browser, navigate web pages, and how to find information online using search engines.


iPhone/iPad Tips & Tricks - Saturday, October 7, 10 - 11 a.m.
Learn how to customize features to make your device work for you.


Microsoft Word 2007 for beginners - Saturday, October 14, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Learn the basic features of this 2007 version word processing software to help you enter and edit text, save files and format documents.


iPhone Camera College - Thursday, October 26, 6 - 7 p.m.
Learn to capture more than simple snapshots with your iPhone.


Working with Files & Folders in Windows - Saturday, October 28, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Learn to open files, move files into folders, and delete them, too.


En Espanol:

Introducción a Computadoras - Windows 7
Sábado, Septiembre 9, 10 - 11:30 a.m.


Introducción al Internet
Sábado, Octubre 7, 10 - 11:30 a.m. 


Crear un Documento -Microsoft Word 2007

Sábado, Octubre 21, 10 - 11:30 a.m.


For additional information, please contact Luis Ayala, Librarian, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15111, or

Book Discussionsbd

Readers' Choice Book Group

The Muralist

by B.A. Shapiro

Wednesday, Sept. 13

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 The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro.

"Vibrant and suspenseful . . . Like The Art Forger, this new story takes us into the heart of what it means to be an artist." -The Washington Post "B. A. Shapiro captivated us in 2012 with her 'addictive' novel The Art Forger. Now, she's back with another thrilling tale from the art world." -Entertainment Weekly.

 When Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christie's auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now-famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?

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

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles

Thursday, Sept. 28

12:00 -1:00 pm

Carnegie Room

Bring your lunch and join Reference Librarian Susannah Violino for a lively discussion of News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

News of the World opens in the aftermath of the Civil War, when an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people. This exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction, from the author of Enemy Women, explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. (Publisher)

Paulette Jiles is a novelist, poet, and memoirist. She is the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the novels Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, The Color of Lightning, Lighthouse Island, and News of the World, which was nominated for the National Book Award. She lives on a ranch near San Antonio, TX.

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.


Double Your Fall Harvest  

Borrow Free Seeds for Second Planting Season

Have you discovered the Norwalk Public Library's new Seed Library? We're not just about lending books, e-books, audiobooks, DVDs and WiFi hotspots anymore! Now, everyone - from avid gardeners to newbies - has the opportunity to check out free vegetable, flower and herb seeds along with getting support for growing and saving seeds. The Seed Library is located by the windows in the Main Reading Room (1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk), along with brochures on how the self-service procedure works. Borrowing is easy, and the Reference staff is always available to help get you started.

Now is the perfect time to check out some seeds to keep your garden productive for a longer growing season. You can be enjoying crops from your garden for months to come!

Crops started now typically require a longer period to mature than spring-planted crops. Count on adding 14 days to the "days-to-maturity" figure on the seed packet. This will give you your summer planting date. When cold weather arrives, protect plants from frost and cold by covering them with garden fabric or using a cold frame.

And don't forget our book collection! Whether gardening is your passion, or you simply fiddle around with a few containers on your deck, we have books to inspire your creativity and enhance your gardening experience. Stop at the Information Desk, and we'll be happy to point you in the right direction.

For more gardening and planting tips, or additional details about using our Seed Library, contact our green-thumb expert, Reference Librarian Laurie Iffland at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15114, or .

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


Library staff and volunteers will select and pack books, audio books, DVDs 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.

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