In This Issue:
March Events| Art Displays | AuthorSpeak | Book Discussion | Business Workshop
Children | History Room | Library Extras | Teens | Weekly Programs
We begin Women's History month with the documentary
Bombshell and end with Ramona Garcia's presentation on
Louisa May Alcott.
In between we thank Jim Clark and friends for helping us get through the March gloom!
Think April. Jazz and Poetry month. We will celebrate on April 5 at the Norwalk Inn with music by Neddy Smith and poetry by Laurel Peterson.
Mark your calendars for the sixth annual LitCrawl on April 9.
Norwalk in Winter!
Sledding on the Golf Course, Ice-Skating on frozen ponds, decorating for the Holidays! Lights strung around homes and trees! Shoveling piles of white stuff and building snowmen! Warm and cozy indoors, relaxing by a lit fire in the fireplace, a mug of hot chocolate in hand watching Holiday movies or reading a good book. Local Buildings covered with a sprinkling of snow!
Calf Pasture Beach Looking Towards the Lighthouse
Photo Credit: Van Collins
Do you have photos of Norwalk in Winter that you would like to share? Scan them and email them to Cynde Bloom Lahey , firstname.lastname@example.org at the Norwalk Public Library and they will be displayed in the ArtSpace at the Main Library and on the Library website, Norwalk Library Photo Gallery Identify the location, describe the memory and see what happens.
March Programs & Events
Contact Chris Bradley, Director of Norwalk Public Library, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15126, or email@example.com for more information about this event.
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, March 2 & 23 at 10am in the Carnegie Room of the Norwalk Public Library on Belden Avenue.
This is not a class for beginners! Participants must be able to carry on a conversation in Italian.
The first half hour will be devoted to an informal conversation on a timely topic, the second half-hour, we will read in Italian from In Oltre Parole, by Jhumpa Lahiri and in the last half hour, we will explore new vocabulary and ways to incorporate them into our conversations.
Buon Compleanno, Caffe e Conversazione!
On Saturday, March 16, Vini Vitti Dici will celebrate its 5th anniversary of hosting Caffe' e Conversazione at the Norwalk Library.
Please join us for una bella chiacchiera morning caffe and dolce in honor of St. Joseph's Day.
Whether you were at our very first meeting back in 2014 and haven't been back or you are a weekly, monthly regular, we want to share this milestone with you.
RSVP required at firstname.lastname@example.org;
Please make sure to confirm your attendance the day before, on Fridays, and leave your contact info so we might alert you to last minute scheduling changes.
For more info: ViniVittiDici@gmail.com or Pat Tinto, PatTinto1@gmail.com.
President & Founder. ViniVittiDici: Wines, Food & Conversation Italian Style.
American Job Center Career Coach
Career Coach Schedule
Free Job Search Assistance
Monday, March 4
10:00 - 12:00
1:00 - 3:00
Curb in front of library
American Job Center Southwest
'Hidden Stories' - Norwalk Writing Workshop (Six Sessions)
Led by Kim Kovach
Mondays, March 4 - April 8
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Norwalk Writers' Guild is pleased to present Hidden Stories, a writing program for adults led by Kim Kovach.
Participants will be encouraged to tap into personal experiences, family stories, famous works of art and imagination for writing inspiration. These workshops are perfect for new, as well as experienced writers of creative nonfiction, memoir and fiction. Author and writing teacher, Kim Kovach, will help you discover your writer's voice in this six-week 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 www.kimkovachwrites.com
Registration is required for this program. Register online or contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or email@example.com. .
Holocaust Survivor Werner Reich
A Recipe for Life for Adults & Kids
Saturday, March 16
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium
The Norwalk Public Library invites adults and children aged 10 and older to attend a presentation by Holocaust survivor Werner Reich. Mr. Reich's message on being a JUST person (Judge Situation, Understand Problem, Solve, Take Action) is particularly important for kids aged 10 and up. For the past 25 years he has kept a busy schedule speaking to groups about his experiences.
Now 91, Mr. Reich survived two years of internment in several concentration camps and a 35-mile "death march" through the snow. At age 17 he weighed only 64 pounds when he wound up in another concentration camp, in Mauthausen, Austria, where he was liberated by American troops in May 1945.
While at Auschwitz, Mr. Reich's bunkmate was Herbert Levin, a kind man in his late 30s, who was a professional magician, known as the Great Nivelli. He managed to survive by performing magic for the camp's guards. Mr. Reich learned some tricks from him as well, and remembers the fatherly tenderness shown him by Mr. Levin. In his adult years, Mr. Reich has continued to pursue magic.
Please register for this program by contacting Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Market Corrections &
How They Can Affect Retirement
Seminar presented by Michael Alimo,
Wednesday, March 27
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Main Library Auditorium
As we continue to work toward the future day when we retire, we need to be aware of how the fluctuations of our investments can potentially affect our retirement. Based on the level of risk that is taken in the investments, the time horizon, the potential loss of the investment and the dependency on the asset itself it can play a major role on when we do retire.
Bear markets, defined as a period where the stock market goes down 20% or more, from the highest point, happen frequently. From 1900-2014, there were 32 bear markets. Statistically, they occur about 1 out of every 3.5 years and last an average of 367 days. For those old enough to remember, in the 1970's the market dropped 48% over 19 months and in the 1930's dropped 86% over 39 months. The most recent U.S. bear market occurred in 2007-2009 the market dropped 57% over 17 months. Another notable bear market is Japan's "Lost Two Decades" from 1998 to present where the market values were noted as having declined 80%. https://www.thebalance.com/u-s-stock-bear-markets-and-their-subsequent-recoveries-2388520)
During this presentation we will educate you on some of the following topics that will help you understand the value of planning and staging your retirement to potentially be prepared for these events.
Beginning his career working on Wall Street at various brokerage firms, Mr. Alimo's last 15 years have been devoted to serving clientele in CT and New England at his USA Financial & Tax Services, LLC. With a focus on retirement planning, risk management, tax planning, wealth preservation and estate & legacy planning. In gratitude for many years of business, Mr. Alimo remains committed to giving back to the community via informational presentations and educational workshops. He hashosted many seminars, speaking to groups about a broad array of financial topics at various venues such as libraries, continuing education programs and universities.
For more infomation please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or email@example.com.
Free VITA/IRS Tax Assistance Help
Tax Preparation & e-Filing
Thursdays, January 31 - April 11
1:00 - 8:00 pm
Monday, April 15 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
South Norwalk Library
Saturdays, February 2 - April 13
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Norwalk Public Library System is pleased to announce the no-cost, full service VITA/IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance Program. 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.
Appointments are NOT needed. If you are married, both spouses should be present. Click for the list of forms and personal/financial documents that are required to process your tax information, so please bring them with you:
For further information, or for a list of other Norwalk locations for free tax preparation and filing, please call NPL's Information Desk at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15109, or visit our tax page.
32 Mondays Weight Management Program
Wednesday, March 6
12:00 - 1:30 pm
A light lunch will be provided by the library
32 Mondays Weight Management Program, which is not a diet, but rather a transformational program to teach people how to manage their weight for the rest of their lives. A trained biologist, nutrition specialist, and weight management mentor, Arantxa was born in Barcelona, Spain. She was an overweight child, but as a teen discovered she could take control of what and when to eat. Learn how her personal struggles combined with her education in biology and nutrition led to the development of 32 Mondays.
Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soldiers of a Foreign War
Charles McNair, MD
Friday, March 8
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Soldiers of a Foreign War, a novel Charles McNair wrote about Vietnam follows two American Infantry platoons, a three-man NVA combat cell, the staff of the 83Rd Surgical Hospital and the villagers of An-Lat 5. Through their story lines, he tells the effect of the war on all the participants in a comprehensive way that is a birds-eye view of history. During six months spanning 1969 to 1970, seven years into the Vietnam War, nowhere in that tortured country was there more fierce and sustained combat than in War Zone C. Tay Ninh Province.
Break Even: A Diana Jeffries Mystery
Friday. March 15
When Margie discovers the murdered body of her CFO, John Surely in his office, Diana and the gang mobilize to save Margie's career, reputation and company, the Society of Aging Parents (SOAP). Their investigation leads them to a worldwide drug cartel and money laundering schemes. The road to solving the murder seems obvious until they hit a dead end.
Diana must re-focus their investigation and the clock is ticking. How much longer before the news media learns of the criminal infiltration of SOAP? Will Margie's life work be ruined? When will this nightmare be over? As they unravel this mystery, are any of them safe?
Suddenly Single After 50:
The Girlfriends' Guide to Navigating Loss, Restoring Hope and Rebuilding Your Life
Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane
Friday, March 22
Main Library Auditorium
A light lunch will be provided by the library
A stressful, protracted divorce. A difficult, painful death of a beloved husband. And suddenly, after age 50, you're on your own again. Your children have moved out, your parents are aging fast or deceased, your friends' lives continue onward, seemingly unchanged. Being suddenly single after age 50 can be terrifying, but eventually it can also be liberating. It can be fraught with worry and decisions you're unprepared initially to make, but it can also be a time to reevaluate, reestablish, and reinvent. It can be financially and emotionally unstable at times, but it can be the start of a new chapter, or the discovery of someone you didn't know you were, or could become, after the grief of a loss so difficult.
Suddenly Single After 50 is told with authenticity, wit, and compassion. The authors discuss living alone, attending social events alone, eating by themselves, sleeping alone, walking and traveling alone, then how they also came to feel they were not alone, not really, with loyal friends and family. They share how their once right-sized houses suddenly felt empty, too big, and too full of stuff that no longer made sense. They write about all the legal and accounting woes that befell them. And they tell readers what it's like to be over 50 and dating again-after decades out of that scene, which had changed in unfathomable yet often hilarious ways. Suddenly Single After 50 addresses what life is really like when it's suddenly shaped as single. It helps readers understand the grief, frustration, and sadness alongside reawakening into the world. Anyone who finds themselves suddenly single in middle age and beyond--or knows someone who is--will find in these pages both advice and reflection, support, and a way forward.
An award-winning journalist, author, blogger and speaker, Barbara is the co-author of 17 other books, including The Garden Bible and The Kitchen Bible. She and Margaret Crane write a weekly blog, www.lifelessonsat50plus.com, and are working on another book, You're Not Dead Yet. Barbara graduated from Barnard College and has a Master's in Art from Hunter College. This AuthorSpeak program is co-sponsored by the Barnard Club of Connecticut.
Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or email@example.com.
Historical Presentations @ The Norwalk Public Library
Ramona Garcia Presents
In Honor of Women's History Month
Louisa May Alcott
author of Little Women
"Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen"
Friday, March 29
From the little girl who grew up determined to "paddle my own canoe" please join us as we
explore the life of Louisa May Alcott, the author who gave us Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.
Known throughout Fairfield County for her dynamic history presentations,
Ramona 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.
A free SCORE Small Business Workshop co-sponsored by The Norwalk Public Library
Top 5 Ways Internet On-Demand Services Can Lower Costs, Boost Productivity & Delivery
6:00 - 8:00 pm (check in starts at 5:30)
The Internet has enabled delivery of business services on-demand at a low, variable cost. Online marketplaces connect companies who need services with businesses and individuals who provide them. This workshop will present examples of online marketplaces, the types of services you can get from them and recommendations on how to best use them.
You will learn about services such as:
Presenter: Matthew Krieger
Matthew Krieger is a technologist and executive with 20 years' experience in Information Technology and manufacturing. Matt is VP of Technology with the manufacturer Cober, Inc. where he is responsible for engineering, business development and sales. Previously Matt held senior IT leadership positions at Time, Inc. and The Reader's Digest Association. Matt serves on the board of two non-profit organizations and is a SCORE mentor.
A free SCORE Small Business Workshop co-sponsored by
The Norwalk Public Library & Pitney Bowes
Social Media Marketing on a Shoestring
Wednesday, March 20
6:00 - 8:00 pm (check in starts at 5:30)
In starting a new business, social media has become a very cost-effective way to get your message out to the masses. But just how do you do that without becoming "white noise" online. Learn how to market your business without breaking the bank!
Presenter: Dori DeCarlo
Dori DeCarlo is a proud Mompreneur, business owner of Safety Bags, Inc., and host of Word of Mom Radio. Her years of online experience began when websites were built on a dial-up internet connection and there was no such thing as social media to take your online presence global with the click of your mouse. Building a business from home for over 20 years, Dori now has an office on Corporate Drive in Shelton and uses the techniques and applications she is sharing on a daily basis.
Readers' Choice Book Group
In the Midst of Winter
Wednesday, March 13
Norwalk Senior Center
11 Allen Rd. Norwalk, Ct
Norwalk Library's Director of Library Information Services, Cynde Bloom Lahey, will lead a discussion of In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende.
New York Times and worldwide bestselling author Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.
An instant New York Times bestseller, In the Midst of Winter is about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that offers "a timely message about immigration and the meaning of home" (People).
During the biggest Brooklyn snowstorm in living memory, Richard Bowmaster, a lonely university professor in his sixties, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, and what at first seems an inconvenience takes a more serious turn when Evelyn comes to his house, seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant, Lucia Maraz, a fellow academic from Chile, for her advice.
As these three lives intertwine, each will discover truths about how they have been shaped by the tragedies they witnessed, and Richard and Lucia will find unexpected, long overdue love. Allende returns here to themes that have propelled some of her finest work: political injustice, the art of survival, and the essential nature of-and our need for-love.
Norwalk Library's Director of Library Information Services, Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reader's Choice Book Group Brochure - Past Books
Books Sandwiched In
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
Thursday, March 28
Bring your lunch and join Reference Librarian Susannah Violino for a lively discussion of Code Girls by Liza Mundy.
The award-winning New York Times bestseller about the American women who secretly served as code-breakers during World War II--a "prodigiously researched and engrossing" (New York Times) book that "shines a light on a hidden chapter of American history" (Denver Post).
Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as code-breakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.
Books Sandwiched In meets the last Thursday of every month.
For further information, please contact Susannah Violino at (203) 899-2780 ext 15115, or email@example.com
Zumba with Karen
Children & Parents - Mondays
5:00 - 5:45 pm
Adults & Teens - Mondays
6:00 - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is an evidence-based fall prevention program that transforms traditional martial arts movements into a therapeutic regimen aimed at improving postural stability, awareness and mindful control of body positioning in space, functional walking, movement symmetry and coordination, range of motion around the ankle and hip joints, and lower-extremity muscle strength
Low Impact Aerobics with Linda
Tuesdays & Thursdays
1:30 - 2:30 pm
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.
QiGong by Bill Wrenn
5:30 - 6:00 pm
Main Floor Reference Area
For additional information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext 15133 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teen March Calendar
March Teen Technology Workshops
Children's March Activity Calendar
Register here for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to read and win prizes!
Norwalk History Room
Norwalk's Role in the Underground Railroad
Since the founding of Norwalk, in the 17th century, the city has participated in many important historical events. One of these included providing assistance to African Americans escaping captivity through the Underground Railroad. We believe there were at least two homes used hide the refugees on their journey north to Canada. One house is reported (unsubstantiated) to be located on County Street, near Norwalk High School. The other was a house on East Avenue, on the site of the original Thomas Betts Tavern (from an undated "Norwalk Hour" article). Horatio T. Strother in his book The Underground Railroad in Connecticut, tells of how the former slaves were guided to Norwalk, via a "conductor", Mr. Weed, to a "station" (safe house) in Norwalk, possibly owned by David Lambert. From here, the pathway was north on the "Danbury Road" (now Route 7) to William Wakeman in Wilton, who had helped moved sometimes as many as six persons at one time from the 1830s until 1850s. Strother suggests many other refugees may have traveled along Long Island Sound from Norwalk up to New Haven, then found their way to Canada.
Even our sister towns in Ohio where the Firelands existed (land purchased by the Colony of Connecticut, for those who were burned out during the raid by the British) became involved in moving multiple refugees to Canada. A few citizens of Norwalk, remembering their ties to that location traveled to Ohio to assist with the railroad.
To learn more about this incredible journey, read:
The Underground railroad in Connecticut / by Horatio T. Strother.
The slaves of central Fairfield County : the journey from slave to freeman in nineteenth-century Connecticut / Daniel Cruson.
Written by Lynn Hildenbrand, MLIS
If you wish to find out more about the Norwalk History Room, please go to our webpage on the NPL website: http://www.norwalkpl.org/162/Norwalk-History-Room
Come and visit! Learn more about your home town!
Lynn Hildenbrand, Archivist, Norwalk History Room
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.
Burbio.com - 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 Burbio.com 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: www.Burbio.com or download the iPhone App and follow our calendar!
NPL has partnered with drivers-test.org 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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