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February 1, 2018 - February 28, 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 February

Thursday, February 1, 2018

 February 2018

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Both libraries are closed for President's Day

 Sunday, February 18 & Monday, February 19, 2018


We got Parking!

Celebrate with us on Saturday, February 17 at 3:00!

Thanks especially to Mayor Harry Rilling and Library Board President Alex Knopp, we have a deal on the Six Year Option to Purchase Agreement between the city of Norwalk, the Norwalk Public Library Foundation, and 587 CT Ave, LLC.

The Norwalk Parking Authority put up temporary signs and will begin work in the spring on improving the lot and installing a gate to ensure that only library patrons can park for free in the library lot.

The Library Board thanks the Common Council, the Board of Estimate & Taxation and the Planning Commission for unanimously supporting this project. Please join us on Saturday, February 17 at 3:00 for a special Jim Clark concert in the Main Library auditorium.

The SoNo Branch Library will celebrate Black History Month with a screening of James Baldwin's

I Am Not Your Negro, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, on Saturday, February 10 with a discussion with panelists Clarence Bowden, Calvary Baptist Church; Tristan Fields, HELP Inc.; Angela Harrison, Norwalk Resident; Sandra Stokes -Simms, SNEW Commissioner; Darius Williams, Co-Founder, Connecticut Coalition for Change; and Derrell Wilson, Connecticut State NAACP Youth and College Division Advisor. On Saturday, February 24, 2018 the Branch will host its second Blacks Making History in Norwalk celebration, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, honoring three Norwalk pioneers. Both events will offer a light lunch from 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM.


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. 

February Programs & Events events

I'm happy to announce my new concert series at the Norwalk Public Library

"Jim Clark & Friends"

I have asked some of my awesome vocalist friends to join me - Each will have their own concert, and I will be on stage to support them, along with a rhythm section.

 Here is the lineup:

February 4 - Bea Forgione

March 11 - Nicole Pasternak

March 18 - Tracey Marble

March 25 - Cookie Thomas

These are all Sunday afternoon concerts, from 3-4pm in the auditorium

Free Admission

Hope to see you this Sunday, Feb. 4, when Bea Forgione is featured vocalist!

American Job Center Career Coach

CTworks career coach

Career Coach Schedule

Free Job Search Assistance

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

 American Job Center Southwest

Healthy Resolutions


Main Library Auditorium

February 5 - Physical activity / tracking progress 

February 12 - Nutrition, part 1 / calories in vs. calories out 

February 19 - NO CLASS (President's Day) 

February 26 - Know your numbers / understanding health care 

March 5 - Nutrition, part 2

March 12 - Maintaining health behaviors / positive self-image / Q & A

Artist Reception for Jo-Ann Thompson-Claybourne with her

Vibrant Artwork on Display

Saturday, February 10
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Library Reading Room

Jo-Ann is drawn to materials and uses feathers, fabric, wood, dried flowers and more, but it is the sheer joy of creating that comes through in her work. The combination of vibrant colors and mixed media lures the viewer into a visual tour; each piece of artwork has a life of its own. She embraces her heritage and explores her creativity in each of her unique pieces, embarking on an imaginative journey of art to be shared with the world.

Currently a Norwalk resident, Jo-Ann was born in Stamford, CT. At age 5, she discovered her passion for making art. She went on to study at The School of Visual Arts in New York and has become well-known as an artist/art instructor in the Fairfield County area. She has created programs for summer art camps at the Weston Field Club and for over 10 years has taught, Paint, Draw & More! Art classes throughout Fairfield County. Her work has drawn national attention from newspapers and magazines, and she was featured in Furnishing Magazine's article, "Up Against the Wall." Jo-Ann has also appeared on the television show, Our Lives with Gwen Edwards and on numerous radio broadcasts.

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

Genealogy Workshop Series at Norwalk Public Library

Meet Your Ancestors!

Mondays, February 12, 26 & March 5

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

A light lunch will be provided by the library.

"Genealogy: Meet Your Ancestors!" is a three-part series presented by Phebe A. Kirkham and the Norwalk Public Library History Room.  Phebe Kirkham is a retired Head of Reference of New Canaan Library where she has presented genealogy programs. She has also presented these programs at the Senior Center and the Historical Society. Phebe is a member of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, and the German Genealogy Group. She is a volunteer record indexer and a certificate holder from Boston University Online Genealogical Research Program.

February 12 - workshop will present background on the study of genealogy and show you how to search, beginning with yourself and working backwards. You will be introduced to, and get a look at the types of records and other online resources available to you. Register Online

February 26 - workshop will expand on the previous session and respond to your questions. You will learn how to organize the information you have found, using software and Family Trees on Newspaper resources will be discussed, as well as "going on the road" and DNA tests for ethnicity (AncestryDNA). Register Online

 March 5 - the NPL History Room staff will feature local resources that are available for those with ancestral roots in Norwalk and Connecticut. Register Online

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

Edward VII, "Uncle of Europe": Four-Part Series 

Bertie Grows Up - Part 1

Friday, February, 23

12:00 - 1:30 pm

 Main Library Auditorium

The Norwalk Public Library is pleased to present a four-part series, "Edward VII, 'Uncle of Europe' " by historian and reference librarian Dr. Mona Garcia. Known for her ability to make history come alive, Mona will introduce Edward VII, the son and heir of Queen Victoria, who waited fifty-nine years to become King. If his mother, Queen Victoria was the grandmother of Europe, Edward VII was truly the uncle of Europe.

For those who 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 that will take place on Fridays at 12 Noon, in the Main Auditorium, located at 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk. A light lunch will be provided courtesy of the library. The series begins on Friday, February 23, with the presentation "Bertie Grows Up."

Friday, February 23 - Register
"Bertie Grows Up" - Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, son and heir of Queen Victoria, fails to live up to his mother's expectations of being a perfect replica of his father, Prince Albert.

Friday, March 16 - Register
"The Danish Rose" - The search for the perfect bride ends with the selection of the most beautiful princess in Europe, Alexandra of Denmark. Can this Danish beauty keep Bertie's eye from wandering?

Friday, April 27 - Register
"The Children of Edward VII" - While raising a family with his lovely wife, Alexandra, Bertie finds various ways of keeping himself amused while waiting to become king.

Friday, May 25 - Register
"Uncle of Europe" - With four nieces married to monarchs or future monarchs, Bertie is truly the Uncle of Europe. But his years as Prince of Wales and King are complicated by his nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German Emperor.

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

AuthorSpeak Presents AuthorSpeak

Les Abend

Paper Wings

Friday, February 9

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


Readers Need To Fasten Their Seatbelts For Les Abend's Aviation Thriller Paper Wings.

When a boat and its grisly cargo are found adrift off Fort Lauderdale, the investigation leads to more than "just" murder. In fact, the evidence points to a connection with an "accident" that downed Patriot Airlines Flight 63 in Bermuda, with fatal consequences for all on board. The accidents investigation chairman of the pilots' union, Captain Hart Lindy, will find himself reluctantly drawn into the National Transportation Safety Board's inquiry only to discover that someone is going to great lengths that include murder and kidnapping to prevent the facts from being exposed. His task is complicated by his own personal demons, including the horrors of past airline crash investigations, as well as having to walk a diplomatic tightrope with an eccentric FBI special agent who is barely tolerating NTSB protocol, and an ambitious female NTSB investigator with eyes for Hart.

Les Abend is a 32-year veteran airline pilot with a writing habit. He has been a 15-year contributing editor and monthly columnist for Flying Magazine. Les has also been a contributor to CNN Op-Ed and is an on-camera Aviation Analyst, most notably offering insight regarding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Paper Wings is the first in a proposed series of mystery, suspense, whodunit thrillers, similar to "Cold Case," only with airplanes.

This program is free and open to the public.

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

Business Workshop business

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

Simple Steps For Starting Your Business - Session 5

Five Workshops to Lead You to Start-Up Success

Wednesday, February 7

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

Main Library Auditorium


For those who have an idea about starting a business but don't know where to start, or those with a new business struggling to grow, this free, five-part workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE's Fairfield chapter, will provide a solid foundation for your business to grow and thrive.

Wednesday February 7: Funding Sources/Conversation with Entrepreneurs - Learn how the funding structure required for start-up businesses today, including a presentation from lending sources specializing in start-up and small businesses. Includes discussion and Q&A with SCORE mentored, start-up business entrepreneurs

Book Discussionbd

Readers' Choice Book Group

Waking Up White

Debby Irving

Wednesday, February 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 Waking Up White by Debby Irving.

From Amazon:

For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.

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

Books Sandwiched In


by Yaa Gyasi

Thursday, February 22

12:00 -1:00 pm

Carnegie Room

Bring your lunch and join Reference Librarian Susannah Violino for a lively discussion of Kitchens of the Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

From Amazon:

The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.

Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia's descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

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

Main Library Auditorium

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

QiGong with Bill Wrenn


5:00 - 6:00 pm

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 in February on Saturday, Feb. 3, 17 & 24 at 10am in the Carnegie room.
You must RSVP by the Friday before to confirm time and meeting.
This is not a class for beginners! Participants must be able to carry on a conversation around a timely topic.

For more info: or
President & Founder.

Libro e Aperitivo Book Discussion: Monday, Feb. 12 at 7pm at the Library.
The book selection is: The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
RSVP to is required.
The Norwalk Library has copies of the book in its Book Discussion section.

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



Free VITA/IRS Tax Preparation Help at NPL Tax 

February 1 - April 17


The Norwalk Public Library System is pleased to announce that the free, full service VITA/IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance Program, will be available at the Main library, South Norwalk branch and other locations from February 1 through April 17.

This program provides free state and federal income tax preparation and e-filing, with special attention to seniors and low to moderate income households. Our aim is to make tax filing more convenient and available to Norwalk residents. Once again, the Norwalk Public Library will partner with the IRS through the VITA program and its IRS-certified volunteers. Along with its companion AARP program, more than 65,000 volunteers will provide service at over 9,000 sites across the country. Previously in Connecticut,more than 52,000 federal returns were prepared and e-filed, in addition to an equal number of state returns and many amended filings. - 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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