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September 1, 2019 - October 1, 2019
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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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

September 2019


Summer’s over and September opens!

The main library will be opening on Friday evenings until 8:30 pm, starting on First Friday with the PBS documentary Woodstock, Three Days that Defined a Generation. That kicks off a busy month with the Blue Teapot Café opening on September 14, a celebration of Indian culture on the 15th, the History Room High Tea and Anniversary celebration on the 22nd, and the first annual Norwalk Film Festival, with the theme Unity through Diversity, on Saturday, September 28.


Grand Opening

The Blue Teapot Café & Bakery

Saturday, Sept. 14

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Library

The Blue Teapot Café is finally opening! Please join us for some delicious bakery treats while enjoying the musical entertainment of the Cookie Thomas Trio.


Mexico & France Through the Lens of Karen Spencer

Opening Reception

Sunday, September 8

3:00 - 5:00 pm

A new collection of photographer Karen Spencer’s work, will be on exhibit at the Norwalk Public Library, in Studio One, during the month of September.

For more than 10 years, 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 the creativity in photography to offer 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 as well as Mexico.

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

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 rt director in publishing, advertising and promotion in New York, New Orleans and Connecticut, and with her own company Spencer Graphics. Spencer recently published Portals Portraits and Places: Photographs of Mexico.

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

September Events

Woodstock: Three days that defined a generation

Director's Cut

Friday, Sept. 6

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

In August 1969, nearly half a million people gathered at a farm in upstate New York to hear music. What happened over the next three days, however, was far more than a concert. It would become a legendary event, one that would define a generation and mark the end of one of the most turbulent decades in modern history. Occurring just weeks after an American set foot on the moon, the Woodstock music festival took place against a backdrop of a nation in conflict over sexual politics, civil rights and the Vietnam War. A sense of an America in transition—a handoff of the country between generations with far different values and ideals—was tangibly present at what promoters billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace and Music".

Woodstock turns the lens back at the audience, at the swarming, impromptu city that grew up overnight on a few acres of farmland. What took place in that teeming mass of humanity — the rain-soaked, starving, tripping, half-a-million strong throng of young people — was nothing less than a miracle of teamwork, a manifestation of the “peace and love” the festival had touted and a validation of the counter-culture’s promise to the world. Who were these kids? What experiences and stories did they carry with them to Bethel, New York that weekend, and how were they changed by three days in the muck and mire of Yasgur’s farm? - American Experience

This program is free and open to the public on a walk-in basis.

For more information contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, 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 Saturday, September 7, 14 & 21 & 28 at 10 am. 

Please 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

Pat Tinto

President & Founder

Libro e Aperitivo - a book club in English for Italophiles and foodies alike --will meet next on September 11 for a rescheduled discussion Love that Moves the Sun author Linda Cardillo at the Norwalk Library on Wednesday, September 11 from 6:30 pm to 8:15pm.

The fall book selection is Murder in Matera by Helene Stapinski. 

The author will be at Norwalk LIbrary for an Author Speaks luncheon at 12 noon on November 13.

American Job Center Career Coach 

Free Job Search Assistance

Monday, Sept. 9

10:00 - 12:00 

1:00 - 3:00 

Curb in front of library

 American Job Center Southwest

Career Coach September Schedule

Mondays, Sept. 9 & Sept 16

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Children's Activity Room

Norwalk’s poet laureate Bill Hayden will host a poetry workshops at the Norwalk Library.

Bring a poem to share, be it original, draft, work-in-progress, someone else's, or just come to listen to poets & writers discuss their works and if possible, bring about 10 copies to share with the group, if you'd like. We have been enjoying getting feedback from the other poets and have had some good discussions about things one can try when revising or rewriting a poem.

We have been meeting in the Children's Activity Room on the 2nd floor of the library on the first and third Monday nights of each month.

Look forward to seeing you all on the SECOND Monday, Sept. 9th!

We had talked about attendees submitting a simple, one-word writing prompt for the upcoming workshop. My proposal is the word: silence.

Hope to see you on Sept. 9th at 6:30 p.m., and bring a friend!

Please contact Bill Hayden at, for more information about the group.



An Environmental Film and Discussion Series

Friday Nights at Norwalk Public Library

September 13: A Beautiful Planet

6:30 - 8:30 pm

This kick-off film night will share the awesome beauty of the earth, with a short thought-provoking presentation on the historic and future relationships that will help predict what kind of world we will inherit. 

Presenters Audrey Cozzarin and Diane Lauricella will review the goal of the series, introduce the themes for each of the four nights, and include the audience for an important role for each Friday gathering by assigning fun "homework". Some evenings will begin with movie trailers that participants will find available at the Library and online.

  • Each subsequent Friday evening will include guest speakers (TBA as we approach the date) and helpful links and resources for those who want more information.
  • Select Wall Street Area local restaurants and businesses will welcome your visit with special discounts for your "date night".
  • Door prizes reflecting each evening's theme will be offered to those who stay for the entire evening!

September 20: A Sustainable Lifestyle

Short films The Story of Stuff and The Story of Solutions, will be shown preceded by a clip of youth climate activist Greta Thunberg speaking at the recent Climate Summit.

This evening will explore walking a lighter path on our planet, at home, and in our city, from reducing our waste-streams and use of plastic to saving energy and reducing our personal carbon footprints—every day!

  • September 20 is also a special day for students in Norwalk and around the world as Greta Thunberg and committed young people have declared September 20th a day of Climate Crisis by asking students and adults to participate in a daytime Climate Strike around the world.
  • We will end the evening with useful action lists, a brief Panel Discussion and a visit from a Special Guest.

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

Unveiling of the India Collection

Indian Consulate Donates Curated Collection to Library

Sunday, Sept.15

2:00 - 4:30 p.m

Main Library Auditorium

India’s Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty will unveil and present this collection of books about 

India - its history, people, culture and politics - to the Norwalk Public Library. Norwalk Mayor Harry S. Rilling will attend along with CT Senator Bob Duff, CT State Representatives and members of the Norwalk Common Council.

“We are so delighted to add these materials to our collection,” said Library Director Christine Bradley.

The program will include performances of Indian music and dance. Authentic Indian snacks, along with soft drinks will be provided.

GOPIO-CT is a non-partisan, secular, civic and community service organization, which promotes awareness of Indian culture, customs and contributions of people of Indian origin (PIOs) through community programs, forums, events and youth activities. It seeks to strengthen partnerships and create an ongoing dialogue with local communities. The Connecticut Chapter was launched in March 2006. GOPIO is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Visit for additional information. 

Please join us for this special program which is free and open to all. Registration is not required. 

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

Creative Writing for Adults Fall Series

Writing Inspired by WPA Art

Mondays, Sept. 16 - Nov. 4

(No class Sept. 30 & Oct 14)

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Carnegie Room

Challenge your imagination in a new six-week creative writing program at Norwalk Public Library, led by author and writing teacher Kim Kovach. Inspiration for this series will be the murals and paintings created by Connecticut artists as part of the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) program in the 1930s.

WPA works of art were displayed across Connecticut in libraries, schools, hospitals and other public spaces. New and experienced writers will be inspired by these forgotten paintings to write short stories, personal essays or poetry. Learn about the Connecticut artists and their WPA works of arts created during hard times in this six-week adult writing program.

Kim Kovach teaches fiction writing and creative nonfiction writing for adults. The author of six fiction books, Kim writes a weekly column for Halston Media newspapers, as well as lifestyle articles for Westchester Wellness and Westchester Senior Voice. As a writing coach, Kim provides guidance for adults starting a novel or memoir and moving the manuscript forward. For more information, visit her website at  

Registration is required for this program. To register, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or

Gardening Lecture Series

Gardening for Birds and Other Wildlife

Wednesday, Sept. 18

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


Norwalk Public Library is pleased to offer the third in a series of gardening lectures with the talk ”Gardening for Birds and Other Wildlife,” presented by Patrick Comins, Executive Director, CT Audubon Society.

Patrick Comins, Executive Director of the Connecticut Audubon Society, is a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, and has worked in the bird conservation field for over 20 years. He began his career with the Connecticut Audubon Society, undertaking bird surveys at the McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, and served as the director of bird conservation for Audubon Connecticut for nearly 17 years before coming to the Connecticut Audubon Society. Comins is a past president of the Connecticut Ornithological Association. He is a member of the Connecticut Forest Practices Advisory Board, a position appointed by the Governor, and a founding member and past chair of the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

Please register for this lecture by contacting Sally Nacker at

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Inti and the Moon Trio

Sunday, Sept. 21

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Library Front Lawn

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Norwalk Public Library with a free performance by the Inti and the Moon Trio, who combine the flavor of Spanish guitars and percussion, playing upbeat and romantic Spanish-Latin grooves. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to Studio One. 

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the library.

Inti and the Moon is a World-fusion musical project formed in New York City during the summer of 2010. Led by guitarist-composer Geovanni “Geo” Suquillo, the band is influenced by the sounds of South American-Andean-Latin folk music as well as Mediterranean-Middle Eastern-North African music. Their music also includes harmonic and melodic elements of music genres like flamenco and different expressions of jazz. 

For additional information, please contact librarian Luis Ayala,, or call the Information Desk at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15109.  

The inaugural Norwalk Film Festival

Saturday, September 28, 2019, at six different venues throughout Norwalk, CT.

The Public Library is excited to feature 2 screening blocks between 12pm-6pm during the Festival.

Sign up here for more details and the film lineup announcement!

  • Click here to read about the Norwalk Film Festival in the newspaper
  • Click here to Sign Up for the premiere invite on the Norwalk Film Festival website
  • Click here to Like the Norwalk Film Festival on Facebook

Norwalk Film Festival is pleased to welcome you to a full day of diverse and inclusive entertainment, featuring inspirational screenings, insightful filmmaker Q&A’s, interactive workshops, and a celebrity "Standing Ovation Award" recipient.

NFF will be the city’s first official Film Festival and is proudly endorsed by the City of Norwalk and The Connecticut Office of Film, Television & Digital Media. The Festival was founded by a grassroots community of volunteers, comprised of filmmakers, cultural leaders, and movie lovers living and working in Norwalk. The Festival's mission, “Unity through Diversity through Film,” celebrates and highlights the unique multicultural spectrum of Norwalk residents and focuses on issues of representation and inclusivity. The goal of the NFF committee is to bring together local communities and stimulate ongoing dialogues generated by the power of cinema.

Over 90% of the Festival’s films will be Connecticut Film Festival premieres, and screenings will be free admission. Norwalk Film Festival is committed to being a green Festival by limiting printed materials and providing digital news updates, including screening times & venues, sponsors, and special announcements online at

Stay tuned for more details. 

See you at the Norwalk Film Festival!

Call for Entries

The Norwalk Public Library will be Pairing Artists with Poets!

"A great way to really enjoy poetry is to create a visual representation of a poem by making a painting or other artwork that shows images of the poem and captures how you feel". --Rachel Lebeter

Thirteen libraries across Fairfield County are coming together to explore the relationship between art and text in their unique exhibits!

Entry Guidelines:

  • Poets, submit up to three poems
  • Artists, submit up to three pieces of art (can be any medium)
  • (Artists, we just want to see your work! If you are selected, you will be creating a brand new artwork based on one of the selected poems that we assign you!)
  • All submissions must be through attached files via email

Deadline for all submissions: October 1, 2019

Email all submissions to: Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services; Any questions? Call 203-899-2780 ext: 15133


Finding Mrs. Ford

Deborah Goodrich Royce

Monday, Sept. 9

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


AuthorSpeak at Norwalk Public Library is pleased to welcomeDeborah Goodrich Royce, who will discuss her novel, Mrs. Ford. A light lunch will be provided courtesy of the library, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

Mrs. Ford leads a privileged life. From her cottage on the coast of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Susan Ford keeps it under control. Early one morning in the summer of 2014, the past pays a call to collect. The FBI arrives to question her about a man from Iraq—a Chaldean Christian from Mosul—where ISIS has just seized control. Sammy Fakhouri, they say, is his name and they have taken him into custody, picked up on his way to her house.Back in the summer of 1979, on the outskirts of a declining Detroit, college coed Susan meets charismatic and reckless Annie. They are an unlikely pair of friends, but they each see something in the other—something they’d like to possess. Studious Susan is a moth to the flame that is Annie. Together, the girls navigate the minefields of a down-market disco where they work their summer jobs. It’s a world filled with pretty girls and powerful men, some of whom—like Sammy Fakhouri—happen to be Iraqi Chaldeans. What happened in that summer of 1979 when Susan and Annie met? Why is Sammy looking for Susan all these years later? And why is Mrs. Ford lying?

Deborah Goodrich Royce graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lake Erie College in 1980 with a BA in modern foreign languages (French and Italian) and a minor in dance. In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the same institution.

After many years as an actress of film and television Deborah and her husband, Chuck Royce (small cap investment pioneer), restored and reopened the Avon Theatre Film Center, a 1939 landmark in Stamford, CT. The not-for-profit Avon is dedicated to independent, classic, foreign, and documentary films, and hosts an ongoing series of visiting film luminaries.

Deborah serves on multiple boards, including the national council of the American Film Institute, the executive board of the Greenwich International Film Festival, and the governing boards of the New York Botanical Garden, the Greenwich Historical Society, and the PRASAD Project. 

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

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

Love that Moves the Sun

Linda Cardillo

Presented by the National Organization of Italian American women Connecticut Region in partnership with Vini, Titti, Dici, cosponsor of the Libro & Aperitivo Series.


Wednesday, Sept. 11

6:30 - 8:15 pm

Main Library Auditorium


The author has very graciously agreed to lead the discussion on her book. Linda will also be signing and selling copies of the book that evening.

Discover love's profound terror and fierce beauty as Vittoria Colonna ignites the spirit of Michelangelo. He was the genius of his age; revered sculptor, painter, architect and poet; fiercely devoted friend; beleaguered artist to the popes; and a pilgrim in search of an elusive redemption.

She was an acclaimed poet; dutiful daughter; adoring yet betrayed wife; powerful political voice; spiritual seeker; suspected heretic; and the only woman Michelangelo ever loved.

"Cardillo's . . . latest book is a sweeping historical epic and a sensitively observed exploration of the passionate friendship between Colonna and Michelangelo . . . . Ambitious in scope, the narrative covers 1500 to 1547, shifting between their relationship and Colonna's childhood and adolescence on the island of Ischia, her marriage to Ferrante and his betrayal of her trust, and her development as a poet. . . . A stirring and emotionally resonant portrait of a pivotal relationship in the life of Michelangelo." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Linda Cardillo's Love That Moves the Sun centers on Vittoria Colonna and Michelangelo Buonarroti, and is an elegant portrayal of the friendship between the poet and the artist who stirred her from solitude. Intimate and perspective-driven, it explores faith, love, and the lines where public and private life converge." -- Clarion Review (Five Stars)

"... an intimate, rich, engrossing glimpse into the life of one of the most celebrated poets of the Renaissance and her extraordinary relationship with Michelangelo." - Susanne Dunlap, author of Émilie's Voice and Liszt's Kiss.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

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

Increase Your Peace from A to Z:

Simple Steps to Find Calm Amid Chaos

Lea Grimaldi

Monday, Sept. 16

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


The world today moves faster than ever. Women and men alike are time poor, many juggling the roles of wife, husband, mother, father, friend, employee, driver, cook, and housekeeper.

With all of these responsibilities, time for you is a scarce commodity. Increase Your Peace from A to Z: Simple Steps to Find Calm Amid Chaos, aims to give stressed people easy 30-second to 30-minute breaks in their busy days to increase their personal serenity and decrease anxiety.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Lea Grimaldi is a yoga, barre, fitness and meditation teacher with more than 19 years teaching yoga to everyone from schoolchildren to an 80-year-old with double hip replacements.  

With a degree in journalism, Lea has worked in trade publishing at Miller Freeman, Inc. Also a practicing Reiki Master, she is a member of the Yoga Alliance and teaches at Pure Barre in Westport and Fairfield. 

Lea lives in Norwalk with her husband and two sons, who are her greatest teachers.

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

The Gift of Rudy:

A Memoir of Self-Discovery, Music and Family 

Sharon Ruchman

Friday, Sept. 20

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


Sharon Ruchman will discuss her memoir The Gift of Rudy, about a contemporary woman's journey of discovery through the life and music of her father's uncle, a young violinist who died in a tragic plane crash in Lake Michigan during the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. For more than 25 years, Sharon Ruchman, a well-known, classically-trained pianist, traced the life of Rudy Fuchs, a musical prodigy whose life would have a major bearing on her own career as a musician.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

More information about The Gift of Rudy, along with samples of the music featured in the story can be found at

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

Book Discussions

Readers Choice Book Group

Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover

Wednesday, Sept. 30

2:00 PM

Brightview Assisted Living Center

162 New Canaan Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850

Norwalk Library's Director of Library Information Services, Cynde Bloom Lahey, will lead a discussion of Tara Westover's memoir, Educated.

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. 

"Beautiful and propulsive.... Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover's] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?" (Vogue) 

"Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others." (The New York Times Book Review)

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

Reader's Choice Book Group Brochure - Past Books

Books Sandwiched In

September's book discussion will take place on October 3, 2019.

A Place for Us

Fatima Farheen Mirza

Thursday, October 3

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Carnegie Room

A Place for Us is a deeply moving and resonant story of love, identity, and belonging.

As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia: their headstrong, eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride. What secrets and betrayals have caused this close-knit family to fracture? Can Amar find his way back to the people who know and love him best? 

A Place for Us takes us back to the beginning of this family’s life: from the bonds that bring them together, to the differences that pull them apart. All the joy and struggle of family life is here, from Rafiq and Layla’s own arrival in America from India, to the years in which their children—each in their own way—tread between two cultures, seeking to find their place in the world, as well as a path home. 

A Place for Us is a book for our times: an astonishingly tender-hearted novel of identity and belonging, and a resonant portrait of what it means to be an American family today. It announces Fatima Farheen Mirza as a major new literary talent.

Books Sandwiched In meets the last Thursday of every month.

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

Book Sandwiched In Booklist

Weekly Programs

Zumba with Karen

Children & Parents - Mondays

 5:00 - 5:45 pm

Adults & Teens - Mondays

6:00 - 7:00 pm