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July 1, 2018 - July 31, 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 July

Sunday, July 1, 2018

 July 2018 

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The Norwalk Public Library & The South Norwalk Branch 

will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

The Summer Game has begun!

Every year NPL's circulation goes up 20% in July and August. Norwalkers of all ages have always taken the time to enjoy reading in the summer. Keep that tradition alive!

Preschoolers and Norwalk students can register to Read, Rest, Repeat and win prizes all summer long. Adults can Read to the Rhythm for prize drawings through September 4.

Homework HELP continues every Tuesday at the South Norwalk Branch Library, as well as Legoland and Play-Doh Palooza on Saturdays.

On the First Friday in July, the main library will screen Loving Vincent,  a "hypnotic and beguiling" film that brings to life some of Vincent van Gogh's most inspirational paintings to tell his story.

In July main library patrons will have to take a ticket to enter our new parking lot, and then have it validated at the front desk because parking is free for library patrons!


Library Exhibit

Fitch House Miniature Club Exhibition 

Mini Dollhouses on Display 

The Norwalk Public Library will be hosting an exhibit of dollhouse miniatures, a project of the Fitch House Miniature Club, during the month of July. The exhibit is located in the display cases in the library's entryway.

The Fitch House Miniature Club is a member of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME), whose mission is to promote miniatures through education, collecting, and building friendships and skills through the sharing of experience and ideas. The Fitch House Miniature Club exhibits projects in various scales created by club members.

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

July Programs & Events events

American Job Center Career Coach

CTworks career coach

Career Coach Schedule

Free Job Search Assistance

Monday, July 2

10:00 - 12:00

1:00 - 3:00

Curb in front of library

American Job Center Southwest

Free Performance of Felicitas at NPL

Actress Libby Skala Returns In One-Woman Show

Tuesday, July 10

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


The Norwalk Public Library is delighted to welcome back Lily Skala in a free performance of her one-woman show, "Felicitas," featuring music by Steve May.

"Felicitas" is the true story of a spunky, tough-love Austrian infant nurse who escapes the Third Reich to nurture order in American society one baby at a time. Libby Skala performs the story of her great-aunt in this celebration of love, discipline and the nobility of a life in service. The play features original mandolin music performed by Steven May.

Libby Skala has charmed audiences internationally with critically-acclaimed solo plays: Lilia!, about her Oscar-nominated actress grandmother Lilia Skala, A Time to Dance, about her great aunt Elizabeth Polk, an award-winning dance therapy pioneer, and now Felicitas, about Lizi, the youngest of the three sisters, a tough-love baby nurse. Her newest play Irena Sendler: Rescuing the Rescuer premiered at the London Fringe Film Festival. Libby is a graduate of Oberlin College and is an award recipient of the Pandella Cultural Fund in Switzerland. Visit for more information.

Please register for this program by contacting Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or

Indie Author Workshop at NPL 

Self-Publish Your Book Using Free Library Resources 

Wednesday, July 18

6:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


The Norwalk Public Library will host a webinar for authors who are interested in self-publishing their work. The webinar, presented by Bibliolabs, will introduce Biblioboard Pressbooks Public and Self-E publishing resources. 

Pressbooks Public is open source online publishing software that creates professional-quality print and digital books without requiring any designers or publishing services, giving indie authors control of the appearance and formats of their works.

Self-e partners with Library Journal to build authors' library readership. After submitting their work to Self-e, authors' ebooks can be shared with patrons of participating libraries across Connecticut. If your book is selected by Library Journal, it will also be available alongside other great indie reads in participating libraries across the U.S. and Canada.

For additional 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

Please join Romona 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. 

Victoria, Princess Royal 

Vicky's marriage to Frederick William of Prussia proves to be a love match but does not allow her any role in shaping the future of her adopted country.

Friday, July 27 / Register

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Princess Alice - August 31, 2018 / Register

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, 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.

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, July 28

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium


Craft Connection for Adults Basic Crochet with Jean Smith of Jean's Closet. For anyone who desires to learn the art of crocheting, this class is designed to provide students with the fundamentals required to succeed in the crochet craft.

August Craft Connection:

August 11Decorative Summer Tea Lights Lanterns with Laurie Iffland. This summer you can light up your porch with these beach themed mini lanterns. Bring the beach right to your home! Register

August 25 - 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. Register

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

AuthorSpeak AuthorSpeak

AuthorSpeak Series - Food for Thought

Just Cook It!

Justin Chapple

Thursday, July 19

7:00 - 8:15 pm

Main Library Auditorium


Delicious, fun, and easy recipes and tips for everyday cooking from Justin Chapple, Food & Wine's test kitchen whiz and Today show regular.

Justin Chapple may have trained at the French Culinary Institute, but he knows how people really cook at home. He grew up with a large family, first learning kitchen tricks from his grandmother who made do with whatever they had, and she made the food delicious.

Now Justin is the host of Food & Wine's award-nominated Mad Genius Tips video cooking series, and appears regularly on Today and other television shows as their resident kitchen hack expert. In his job as the Culinary Director of the test kitchen, he's often asked to take recipes from superstar chefs (think David Chang and Thomas Keller) and simplify them for home cooks. 

Now he is putting all of his expertise to good use in Just Cook It!, a collection of 125 mouthwatering recipes like Avocado Pizza with Dukka and Stovetop Mac-n-Cheese with Bacon Breadcrumbs, with Justin's signature time-saving tips and hacks throughout. 

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

Darkness Lane (A Geneva Chase Mystery)

Thomas Kies

Monday, July 23

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


A pair of complex cases confounds a dogged crime reporter and unsettles the small Connecticut town where she lives.

When Betsy Caviness douses her dead-drunk husband, Jim, in gasoline and sets him on fire, recovering alcoholic Geneva Chase, who edits Sheffield's newspaper, feels more pity for the abused perp than the victim, who'd recently been arrested for trafficking minors for sex. Betsy's million-dollar bail is posted by a group called FOL, which stands for "Friends of Lydia," whose members freely acknowledge their secrecy, piquing Geneva's interest even more. Meanwhile, she's disturbed by the disappearance of Bobbi Jarvis, a high school sophomore who's the best friend of her ward, Caroline. Caroline's father, Kevin, who died tragically, was Geneva's lover (Random Road, 2017). What makes Bobbi's disappearance even more puzzling is that she'd recently been cast in a production with New York aspirations. At a local gas station, police discover closed-circuit video that shows Bobbi getting into a car owned by Jacob Addison, the school's drama club coach. Bobbi's parents are estranged, and the gambling addiction of her bisexual dad, Adam, has recently created serious financial problems. When Geneva tracks him down at his apartment, she makes a gruesome discovery. Could these two crimes possibly be connected? Multiple murders and shocking twists are key components in Geneva's ultimate uncovering of the truth.

The flawed but dedicated heroine anchors Kies' second mystery with a compassion that compels readers to root for both justice and redemption. --Kirkus Review

For further 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

Introduction to Patents

Wednesday, July 11

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

Main Library Auditorium

Register Now

This workshop is designed as an introduction to basic information about patents and patent searching. Useful resources will be discussed to help a person get started.

  • What is a patent and types of patents
  • What is a patent and what can be patented
  • Parts of a patent
  • Patent lifetime
  • Cost of a patent
  • Searching for a patent

Presenter: Harvey Hoffman:

Dr. Hoffman teaches entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial business methods at Fairfield University. In industry, his positions have ranged from research  and development engineer, to group, project and general manager. He worked on the space shuttle and the Titan rocket and holds a patent for a Digital Scan Converter Employing an Accelerated Scan.  He is the author of project books and more than twenty technical papers and presentations.

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

Technology Workshops Technology

I've Got Amazon Prime, Now What?

Thursday, July 5

6:30-7:30 pm


I've Got Google,Now What?

Saturday, July 14
2:00-3:00 pm


Book Discussionbd

Readers' Choice Book Group

Lilac Girls

Martha Hall Kelly

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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 Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939-and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents-from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland-as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

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

Red Blood, Yellow Skin

Linda L.T. Baer

Thursday, July 26

12:00 -1:00 pm

Carnegie Room

Bring your lunch and join Reference Librarian Susannah Violino for a lively discussion of Red Blood, Yellow Skin by Linda L.T. Baer.

Red Blood, Yellow Skin is the story of a young girl's survival in war-torn Vietnam during the First Indochina War between France and Vietnam, the civil war between North and South Vietnam, and the later American involvement in the Vietnam War. Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in the village of Tao Xa, Thai Binh Province, in North Vietnam in 1947. When she was four years old, the Viet Minh attacked her village and killed her father, leaving Loan and her mother to fend for themselves. Seeking escape from impoverishment, her mother married a rich and dominating widower who was cruel to his free-spirited and mischievous stepdaughter. Loan found solace in the company of animals and insects and escaped into the branches of trees.

In 1954, her family chose to relocate to South Vietnam, rather than live under the yoke of communist North Vietnam. When Loan was thirteen, she ran away to Saigon to flee the cruelty of her stepfather and worked at menial jobs to help her family. At seventeen, she was introduced to bars, nightclubs, and Saigon Tea. At eighteen, she dated and lived with a young American airman.Two months after their baby was born, the airman returned to America, and Loan never heard from him again. She raised their son by herself. However, time healed her heart, and she eventually found true love in a young air force officer, whom she married and accompanied to America in 1971.

Red Blood, Yellow Skin is a story of romance, culture, traditions, and family. It describes the pain, struggle, despair, and violence as Loan lived it. The story is hers, but it is also an account of Vietnam of those who were uprooted, displaced, brutalized, and left homeless. It is about this struggle to survive and her extraordinary triumph over adversity that Baer writes.

Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in a small village in North Vietnam. Her family relocated to South Vietnam in 1954. She spent most of her youth in Saigon, where she met her husband. She followed him to America in 1971 and became an American citizen in 1973. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina, where she is a successful businesswoman.

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

Caffe' e Conversazione with members of Vini, Vitti, Dici!

Will meet only once in July, on Saturday July 7th at 10 am.

We will be taking a break for the summer and resuming regular conversation sessions in September.

The next Libro e Aperitivo will be in mid October.
The library has ordered our reading selection: The Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini

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

President & Founder.




News from the Norwalk History Room

Very few people know the real story of our American Revolutionary War. In essence, it was a civil war between the Loyalists and the Patriots. Families were often split as to which side they would support. A few months ago, the History Room was contacted by the University of New Brunswick, Canada. It seems there were a fair number of citizens from Norwalk, who believed in the Crown. These Loyalists as they were known (or Tories) were persecuted by the Patriots, often losing their land and sometimes their lives. 

The History Room has assisted the UNB by providing documentation on some of the families who fled to Canada. If you would like to learn more about the UNB project, click on these two links: The Loyalist Collection and The Atlantic Loyalist Connections.

For a look at the struggle locally between both sides, visit the new "Culper Spy Ring: The Spies of George Washington" exhibit at the Fairfield Museum and History Center. In next month's newsletter, we will provide a few stories about our Loyalist citizens in  Norwalk.

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

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