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August 1, 2018 - September 5, 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 August

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

 Norwalk Library
 August 2018 

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This month we will be treated to a new work of art in front of the main library! Our previously "painted black" traffic box on Belden Avenue is transformed by two talented Norwalk artists. Maya Santangelo (who is also repsonsible for the murals in the Teen Room and the Poetree Corner on the lower level) and Norwalk's First Poet Laureate Laurel Peterson who wrote this poem especially for the library's traffic graphic, sponsored by the Norwalk Arts Commission and the Library Board.

On the First Friday in August, the main library will screen Monkey Business, the Adventures of Curious George's Creators. Who knew that the Reys escaped from Nazi occupied Paris riding makeshift bicycles with the manuscript of the first Curious George book!


Library Exhibit

Mexico, Canada & France, 

Through the Lens of Karen Spencer

A new collection of photographer Karen Spencer's work, will be on exhibit at the Norwalk Public Library, in the Main Reading area, from August 12 through September 30.

Opening Reception 

Sunday, August 12

3:00 - 5:00 pm

This will mark the tenth year that Karen Spencer has lived for half the year in Mexico, in an area near Guadalajara known as Lake Chapala, the largest lake in Mexico. This popular expat retirement haven - at 5,000 feet altitude - is known for its near-perfect year round weather. It has become a blossoming art center with an active Arts Society and many galleries and shows at which Spencer has exhibited.

During her travels abroad, Spencer has found that the creativity in photography offers a way to capture unique moments in time. In the village of Ajijic, she has been captivated by the symphony of colors that bombard the senses at every turn, and has tried to bring forth the joy and wonder so specific to this area of Mexico. This exhibit includes images from France and Canada as well as Mexico.

All images in this exhibit are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the library.

Spencer has been experimenting with different printing surfaces, and her new show includes works on fabric, aluminum and shower curtains (yes, shower curtains), as well as traditional paper prints.

Born, raised and schooled in New York City, Spencer has lived in Norwalk for 35 years, and has served on the Norwalk Zoning Commission for six years. She has enjoyed an extensive career as a graphic designer and an art director in publishing, advertising and promotion in New York, New Orleans and Connecticut, and with her own company Spencer Graphics.

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

Sounds of Summer

These concerts are free and open to the public. 

In the event of rain, the concerts will be held indoors.

Sheri Miller

Thursday, August 2

Outdoors @ 6:30 pm

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sheri Miller writes and performs her soulful, Beatles inspired love songs, while accompanying herself on guitar and piano. She also sings a wide range of popular classic favorites, including the Beatles, Patsy Cline, Sam Cooke and Johnny Cash, among others. Named one of Music Connection's "Hot 100 Unsigned Artists," Sheri has released 2 records, "Mantra" and "Winning Hand," as well as her original song "I Could Love You Still" (feat. Will Lee, Paul Shaffer, Steve Cropper), and others. In addition to writing and performing her own songs, Sheri has collaborated with many Grammy Award-winning songwriters including J.D. Souther (Eagles), and is currently finishing new recordings in LA, NY and Nashville to be released in 2018 /19. For more info visit

Cookie Thomas & His Trio

Thursday, August 9

Outside @ 6:30

A favorite of Norwalk audiences, and a repeat performer at NPL concerts, Cookie Thomas has a voice well-suited to classic standards. He draws his inspiration from the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Hartman. His current CD, "Touch you with a Song," joins his collection, which includes "The Pleasure of Your Company," "Holiday Classics," and "Live at Soundwaters," performed on location at Soundwaters Community Center in Stamford, CT, which is home base for Thomas. For more on Cookie, visit

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

August Programs & Events events

American Job Center Career Coach

CTworks career coach

Free Job Search Assistance

Monday, August 6

10:00 - 12 Noon

1:00 - 3:00 pm 

Curb in front of library

American Job Center Southwest                                                Career Coach August Schedule

European 'isms': From Symbolism to Surrealism 

1950 Chagall La Mariée

Wednesday, August 15

6:30 - 8:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium


ArtScapades returns to the Norwalk Public Library with "European 'isms': From Symbolism to Surrealism" which looks at the progression of Modern Art in Europe, covering important artists including Munch, Kandinsky, Chagall, and Dalí. This lecture talks about their lives and works, and introduces the art 'isms' of the time as they relate to these artists. This is the first lecture in a series of three.

The goal of ArtScapades is to help you develop the means to critique a work of art while learning art history and art appreciation. You will come away with both an understanding of these artists and their works, as well as the tools to effectively explore galleries and museums.

ArtScapades will return to the Norwalk Public Library on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, with "Modern American Beginnings: From Beautiful to Gritty" and on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, with "The American Scene: From Regionalism to Roosevelt."

Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman, began teaching art appreciation in 1998. They have presented at libraries and museums in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Florida, and are pleased to be returning to the Norwalk Public Library.

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

Daughters of Queen Victoria

A Five Part Series

Part 2

Friday, August 31 / Register

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium 

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 mothers as well as their royal responsibilities. 

 Princess Alice

After comforting Queen Victoria following Prince Albert's death Alice will face her own sorrows in which hemophilia leaves a mark on her family.


Princess Helena - September 28, 2018 / Register

Queen Victoria selfishly arranges a marriage between Helena and a much older German prince willing to live in England. Her selfish motive ultimately insures that Helena led a relatively happy life in England.

Princess Louise - November 2, 2018 / Register

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 - November 30, 2018 / Register

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.

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

Craft Connection for Adults

Saturday, August 25 / Register

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Origami with Immie Reeves Origami, the art of paper folding, is often associated with Japanese culture. This class will take you step by step through creating realistic models using carefully planned paper folds like brush strokes on a Rembrandt painting. 

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

Join our Adult Summer Reading 2018 Challenge

The challenge runs from June 11 - September 1, for a chance to win great prizes. Pick-up your sheet music card at the Information Desk, or print a copy from our website.

There are two ways to win prizes: Color in the notes on a line of music on your card as you complete a task or read a book . When you have completed a line, submit your card to be included in drawings for prize packages filled with goodies, which will take place on July 2, July 23, August 13 and September 4. Complete all 16 musical notes to be entered into the drawing for the grand prize - a large selection of author-signed books! Play as many times as you like.

To submit a completed sheet music card, simply drop-off at the Main Library, located at 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk, or email a photo of the front of your completed card to: And please don't forget to put your name on your cards so we can contact prizewinners!

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

Caffe e conversazione & Libro & Aperitvo

Caffe e conversazione will be taking a break for the summer and resume regular conversation sessions in September.

The next Libro e Aperitivo Book Group will be meeting in mid October.

The library has copies of the reading selection for October, The Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini in the Book Discussion Collection. 

For more information, or to keep in touch about other activities of Vini, Vitti, Dici: Wine Foods & Conversation Italian Style!, contact Pat Tinto,, or

AuthorSpeak AuthorSpeak

Jennifer Degenhardt

Friday, August 17

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


AuthorSpeak series will welcome Jennifer Degenhardt, who will discuss her books which tell compelling stories in easy and accessible Spanish.

Before becoming a full-time writer/presenter, Jennifer Degenhardt taught middle and high school Spanish for 24 years. She began writing when students in her classes were not "buying in" to the traditional textbook lessons. With the story she wrote, Jennifer found that her students were more engaged, both with the language and in class. While her books highlight cultural, social, economic and political themes necessary for continued conversation, both in and out of the classroom, all of them deal with identity to some degree, and how important it is to know who you are. Degenhardt is passionate about helping students learn more about themselves through storytelling and writing.

Degenhardt writes books that weren't being written, covering themes that range from poverty to undocumented immigration, DACA, LGBTQ+, and racism. The books are not preachy, rather they present the information subtly so that a discussion can take place. Teachers across the country have asked to translate/adapt the books to other languages, too. One story - El jersey - has been translated and adapted to French as Le Maillot. For titles and descriptions of all Jennifer Degenhardt's books visit: All titles are available on Amazon.

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

Enemies In Love: A German POW, a Black Nurse,

and an Unlikely Romance

Alexis Clark

Monday, August 27

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


Enemies In Love follows the story of Elinor Powell, an African American in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and Frederick Albert, son of Nazi sympathizers, and now a German POW. They have a secret affair and struggle to stay together in the face of tumultuous racial, geographical and legal divisions every step of the way. Separated after the war, their struggles continued even after they were reunited and wed as they tried to find schools and insurance for their interracial family. They ultimately settle in a rare interracial community in Connecticut with their two sons, Stephen and Chris.

More than just a love story, Enemies In Love is a prescient and humanizing illumination of the lives of black soldiers and service men and women. Clark reveals how German POWs picked cotton alongside black civilians - except black civilians were expected to pick two to three times the amount expected of the Germans. At the camp base, black soldiers were made to use segregated bathrooms, and were refused food service at train stations.

Elinor and Frederick are survived by their two sons. The youngest, Chris Albert, a former member of the Duke Ellington Jazz Orchestra, remains in the family's Connecticut home.

Previously an editor at Town & Country magazine, Alexis Clark is a freelance journalist who has written for the New York Times, Yahoo, The Root, Conde Nast Traveler, and other publications. An alumna of Spelman College, Clark holds a master's degree from the University of Virginia and Columbia Journalism School, where she's currently an adjunct professor. She lives in New York City.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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


Photographs of Doors & Windows of Mexico

Karen Spencer

Wednesday, August 29

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Karen Spencer has traveled the world, photographing people, places and things with her artist's eye. During her times abroad she discovered that the creativity in photography offered a way to chronicle unique moments in time. She began to photograph images that show us insights into the lives and cultures and histories of people and places. For example, a simple barn door or a half-shuttered window becomes a "portal" that can open one's imagination to the mysterious life on the other side. Photographs of the sleek lines and shapes of vintage automobiles become keepsake reminders of a glorious time gone by. Poignant photographs of the youngest - and oldest - people evoke emotions that touch our hearts.

Most recently, half of her time is spent in Mexico, recording 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."

Karen was born, raised and schooled in New York City. It was her study of art that first introduced her to photography and led to a fellowship in the photography department of City College of CCNY. Her photographer's eye for texture, pattern and composition served her well in her long career as a graphic designer and art director for publishing, advertising and sales promotion agencies in New York, New Orleans and Connecticut.

She has exhibited in both Connecticut and Mexico, and her work is in private collections in Connecticut, Florida, Texas, England, Canada and Mexico.

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

Business Workshops business

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

5 Keys to Sustainable Success: 

Growing A Fulfilling, Thriving Business 

Wednesday, August 8

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

Main Library Auditorium


Most entrepreneurs want to grow their businesses, but get overwhelmed by what that might entail. Working more hours is just not sustainable long term. This highly interactive workshop will give a roadmap to develop your thriving business in a fulfilling, sustainable way, so you can create a bigger impact - both with your clients and in your wallet!

  • The #1 skill you must develop to set you up for sustainable success
  • A 5 Step Process to take your productivity to the next level, an essential preparation to take your business to the next level
  • Two critical success factors you must know and implement to make sustainable growth possible
  • How to create the focus and discipline to stay on track
  • The step you can take immediately to get you started

Plus, much more...

Presenter: Bernie Kettle

Bernie Kettle is a business consultant & business growth coach with 30+ years of experience from working with Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurs. He takes his clients through a 5-part business growth system, which gets them more strategic, focused & productive. His leadership training includes participating in the Mankind Project, Landmark Forum and Journey Practitioner Program. Bernie was a certified coach with Conscious Company Media, which provides leadership advice to senior executives.


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

Surviving e-Commerce

Presented by Richard Fabbri

Thursday, August 16 / Register

7:00 - 8:15 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Surviving e-Commerce... Understanding how is the trick! Many malls and store fronts have gone vacant as owners did not realize the unique advantage they have over Amazon, Google and Facebook. Amazon, Google and Facebook have invasively used our privacy, but there are ways store front owners can keep their customers (and find new ones) without access to private info. The talk will review, then advise, the steps store front owners can take to regain their otherwise lost sales.

Three (3) ways to maintain (and, attract new) Customers

A - Ages Old Advice
... Know your customers: personal services
... Give each what they want/need.

B - Recent e-Commerce Methods
... Know too much: which violates individual privacy
... Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc.,
... They claim this only allows them to "minimize clicks" in searches.

C - The New Paradigm
... Know the intuition groups your customers self-organize about your store
... Since each group makes unique decisions: you can avoid privacy issues
... By only focusing your resources on customer groups, not customers
... This is an advantage Facebook, Google and Amazon do not have!

Local bricks and mortar vacancies are due to the same factors that wiped out malls and chain stores across the United States, i.e., the rise of online shopping and private-equity takeovers that saddled retailers with too much debt, inexperienced new management and the failure to sense shoppers' changing tastes/needs.

JC Penney, Sears, Kmart, Macy's, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, The Limited, American Apparel, Payless Shoes, J Crew, Banana Republic and Gap have closed (or plan to close) as well as 1000's of stores across the US. Munching spots and health clubs have barely used the spaces sportswear, housewares, hardware, bookstores, etc. have vacated due to e-Commerce competition. Yet, it's not too late, we can avoid becoming retail ghost towns as have many of the country's malls.

Customers overlook your personal response and sense of responsibility, while their e-Commerce choices destroy local jobs and town budgets (fewer tax payers).

We'll discuss each of the above 3 steps and focus on this New Paradigm showing store front owners how to discover the preference groups their customers automatically self-organize... that make unique decisions! Then, summarize how to better serve (and find new) customers in the face of relentless e-Commerce.

Scarce Ideas calls this new paradigm artificial intuition: it reveals these unique preference groups your customers automatically create. Each group is a unique, different way your customers visualize your business. This means you can minimize sales losses by simply servicing each group, without the need to personalize your services (per individual), which would ultimately violate privacy as do Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc. This will help educate your customers about how to maintain their privacy and regrow their respect for your personal response and sense of responsibility... earning their continued business.

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

Technology Workshop Technology

Drop In Tech Help

Saturday, August 25

2:00 - 4:00


Do you need some guidance using your smartphone, tablet or laptop, choosing secure passwords, or downloading e-books ? Come by with your device and any needed passwords and we'll try to work it out together. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We are not able to repair equipment or troubleshoot hardware and software problems.

Book Discussionbd

Readers' Choice Book Group

The Dry

Jane Harper

Wednesday, August 8

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 Dry by Jane Harper.

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.


"A breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up...You'll love [her] sleight of hand...A secret on every page." -The New York Times

"One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read... Every word is near perfect." -David Baldacci

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

The Story of Arthur Truluv

Elizabeth Berg

Thursday, August 30

12:00 -1:00 pm

Carnegie Room

Bring your lunch and join Reference Librarian Susannah Violino for a lively discussion of The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg.

For the past six months, Arthur Moses's days have looked the same: He tends to his rose garden and to Gordon, his cat, then rides the bus to the cemetery to visit his beloved late wife for lunch. The last thing Arthur would imagine is for one unlikely encounter to utterly transform his life.

Eighteen-year-old Maddy Harris is an introspective girl who visits the cemetery to escape the other kids at school. One afternoon she joins Arthur - a gesture that begins a surprising friendship between two lonely souls. Moved by Arthur's kindness and devotion, Maddy gives him the nickname "Truluv." As Arthur's neighbor Lucille moves into their orbit, the unlikely trio band together and, through heartache and hardships, help one another rediscover their own potential to start anew.

Wonderfully written and full of profound observations about life, The Story of Arthur Truluv is a beautiful and moving novel of compassion in the face of loss, of the small acts that turn friends into family, and of the possibilities to achieve happiness at any age.

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




News from the Norwalk History Room

The History of the "Walk Bridge".

Originally a bridge built for railroad use in the late 1840s (Danenburg, 1929, p. 221), the town's people of South Norwalk used the walkway on the sides of the tracks to get from one side of the river to the other since there was no other bridge for pedestrians in that part of town (Danenburg, 1929, p. 392). Made of wood, the first bridge was a simple trestle design, and did not have its iconic towers that exist today. It was the site of the great train wreck of 1953 in which several people were killed. Further information.

In 1896, the bridge was expanded and electrified with a "swing" section, opening the bridge to allow for boats on the Norwalk River (Wikipedia).

The Connecticut Department of Transportation initiated The Walk Bridge Program to replace the 122 year old deteriorating railroad bridge.  The new bridge proposal is for a similar design with towers and other features in order to maintain its historic look. However, a "lift platform" has been proposed instead of the swing design. Further information on the new bridge along with possible traffic detours.

Danenberg, Elsie ( 1929). The Romance of Norwalk. New York, NY: The States History Company.

Wikipedia (2017): Norwalk River Railroad Bridge

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