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Date:
October 1, 2018 - November 1, 2018
Time:
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Location:
Norwalk Public Library and South Norwalk Branch Library
Address:
Norwalk, CT 06851-5125
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Library Events for the Month of October

Monday, October 1, 2018



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The Norwalk Public Library & South Norwalk Branch will be closed
 on Sunday, Oct. 7 & Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 in observance of Columbus Day

Greetings!
This month the Norwalk Public Library's Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the launch of the library's first strategic planning effort of the twenty first century.

Be the first to respond to our six minute survey and let us know how you would reimagine NPL.....and have a chance to win a mini iPad by completing the survey.  Chris

American Job Center Career Coach 

CTworks career coach

Microsoft Excel for Beginners 

Monday, October 1

Part 1 from 10:00 -12:00 p.m. &

Part 2 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Learn the Basics of Microsoft Excel in a two-part class.  Participants must be able to attend both sessions.       Career Coach Schedule

Excel

American Job Center Southwest

Register for Excel Class                               

                                                

Art-Inspired Writing Course with

Room with a view by Edward Hopper

Kim Kovach

Mondays,  October 1, 15, 22, 29 & Nov. 5

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Carnegie Room

Register   

( Limited to 15 participants - if registration is closed please

contact Cynde Lahey at 203-899-2780 ext 15133 or 

clahey@norwalpl.org to be added to the wait-list.)                                 

Ever wonder about the characters in famous paintings? In this six-week program we will write stories inspired by some of America's famous artists including Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and John Singer Sargent. Bring your imagination and prepare to be inspired! 

This program is led by author and fiction writing teacher, Kim Kovach. 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. Please visit her website at www.kimkovachwrites.com.

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

Poets in Conversation Series

Join us this fall for Poets in Conversation at the Norwalk Public Library. Each evening features two poets, who will read from their work and discuss the writing life with the audience. We have an amazing line-up this fall and hope you can join us for all four events! Questions? Contact Laurel Peterson at laurelpeterson@att.net. Hope to see you there.

 

Thursday, October 4

7:00 - 8:15 pm

Main Library Reading Room

Amy Nawrocki is the author of five poetry collections, most
recently Reconnaissance, published by Homebound Publications. Her
work has appeared in such venues as The Connecticut River Review,
New Millennium Writings, Phi Kappa Phi Forum, The Poet's
Billow, and Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poets on Art. She is
also the co-author, with her husband Eric D. Lehman, of three
Connecticut history books, including Literary Connecticut. Amy's latest
book The Comet's Tail: A Memoir of No Memory is available from
Little Bound Books. She is an associate professor of English at the
University of Bridgeport and lives in Hamden, CT

Brian Clements is author or editor of over a dozen print and digital
collections of poetry, most recently the anthology Bullets into Bells:
Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence (Beacon Press) and a book
of prose poems, A Book of Common Rituals (Quale Press). He is
Professor of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process at Western
Connecticut State University

                   Click for complete Poets in Conversation Schedule

Love & Bananas:
An Elephant Story

Friday, October 5

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

This heartwarming documentary film aims to ignite a sense of hope and a new way of thinking about this species, while exposing the plight of Asian elephants and the people who work tirelessly to save them.


Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story Trailer


Contact Chris Bradley, Director of Norwalk Public Library, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15126, or cbradley@norwalkpl.org 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 two Saturdays, in October, the 6th and the 20th 10am in the Carnegie Room of the Norwalk Public Library on Belden Avenue.

Depending on the response, there might be additional dates or changes. Please email ViniVittiDici@ gmail.com by the Friday before each session to confirm your attendance and that the group will meet.

This is not a class for beginners! Participants must be able to carry on a conversation around a timely topic.

For more info: ViniVittiDici@gmail.com or PatTinto1@gmail.com.President & Founder.

Our partner book club:

Libro e Aperitivo Book Club will meet on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 pm, The book selection is The Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini, Dick Kitto (Translator RSVP to pattinto1@gmail.com required)

For more information on our activities and salon, contact Pat Tinto at ViniVIttiDici@gmail.com; or PatTinto1@gmail.com

The Norwalk Public Library Celebrates

2nd Annual Indie Author Day

Saturday, October 13

9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Main Library

The Library welcomes experienced and aspiring independent authors, who will have tables set-up in a Book Showcase around the Library and are invited to share their stories with readers and other writers. Books will also be available for purchase and signing. Authors can collaborate to discuss strategies for getting independently published books in libraries and bookstores; marketing; design; and of course, writing.  A reading area will be set-up on the Main Level for brief author presentations and authors and illustrators of children's books will be reading to children throughout the day.

Through the success of our AuthorSpeak series, we learned there is a large pool of emerging and independently published authors in the Norwalk area, all of whom have taken different paths to publishing and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with fellow authors. With this event, the Library seeks to provide a way for writers to connect with each other while also celebrating their work.

Meet this year's authors:

Raffarla Marie Rizzo

About Rafaela Marie Rizzo

James M Chesbro

Anne Marie Sutton

Victoria M Caputo

Susan Granger

For additional information on this event and to register as an Indie Author, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services at clahey@norwalkpl.org or (203) 899-2780, ext. 15133.

The Friends of the Norwalk Public Library

Fall Book Sale at the Main Library

Children's Book Sale

Thursday,

October 25,  2018

3:00 - 7:00

Hardcover $1.00 

Softcover $.50 

DVD's $2.00

General Book Sale

Visit the Friends' Cafe for Homemade Goodies on Saturday & Sunday

Saturday, October 27

 9:00 - 5:00

Full Price - 
$2.00 Hardcover
$1.00 Paperback

Sunday, October 28

1:00 - 4:30

50% Off

Monday, October 29

9:00 - 6:00

$4.00 a bag

Tuesday, October 30

9:00 - 12:00 

in Auditorium

Free

Lots of Choices - Twenty-six Categories - Most books $2.00 or less

Top quality Hardcover & Paperback classics, Contemporary Fiction, Nonfiction: Science, History, Biography, Arts, Travel, Cooking Parenting, Self-Help, Reference, "Specials", Records, DVD's, CD's, Decorative Arts, and Children's Books most books are $2.00 or less. 

Proceeds benefit the Norwalk Public Library System 
For more information or to volunteer please call Jeff Conrad at 203-354-2933

AuthorSpeak AuthorSpeak

The Astronaut's Son

Tom Seigel

Wednesday, October 3

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Register

The AuthorSpeak series is pleased to welcome Tom Seigel in a presentation based on his book The Astronaut's Son. A light lunch will be provided courtesy of the library.

On the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing comes a novel in which a Jewish astronaut must reassess his moral compass when forced to confront NASA's early collaboration with Nazis and the role it may have played in his father's death.

Jonathan Stein thinks only a bad heart can stop him from reaching the moon. But when he discovers his father may have been murdered to protect an appalling NASA secret, he must decide whether his moral compass still points towards the stars. Days before the Apollo 18 launch in 1974, Jonathan's father, an Israeli astronaut at NASA, died of an apparent heart attack. A year before his own launch, in 2005, Jonathan, a typically devout skeptic, becomes captivated by the tale of a mysterious online conspiracy theorist who claims that his father had been killed. Unable to keep long-buried suspicions from resurfacing, he reopens the case, digging into a past that becomes stranger and more compelling the deeper he goes.

To get to the truth he must confront Dale Lunden, his father's best friend and the last man on the moon, and his elusive childhood hero Neil Armstrong. When his relentless pursuit of the truth leads to disturbing revelations about the Nazis who worked for NASA, the hardest questions to answer are the ones he must ask himself.

The Astronaut's Son was inspired by the true story of Nazi scientists and engineers at NASA.

Tom Seigel was born in St. Louis, Missouri, just months before the Apollo 11 lunar landing. He grew up in rural Warren County, Missouri and studied classical piano at the St. Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in English Literature and Spanish, and after college, he attended the University of Michigan Law School.

Following a stint at a Manhattan law firm, Tom worked for eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn. After twenty years as a litigator, Tom earned an MFA in fiction writing from Fairfield University. The Astronaut's Son is his debut novel.

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

A Lion in Snow

Jamie Chesbro

Saturday, October 6

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Register

The AuthorSpeak series is pleased to welcome Jamie Chesbro in a presentation based on his book A Lion in the Snow. A light lunch will be provided courtesy of the library.

When his wife was pregnant, James M. Chesbro started having daydreams of seeing a lion in his street, padding toward his house through the snowflakes of a New England storm. He felt more like a son, still grieving over the early loss of his own father, rather than a prepared expectant-dad. In these essays, Chesbro finds himself disoriented and bewildered by fatherhood again and again as he explores the maddening moments that provide occasions for new understandings about our children and us.

A Lion in the Snow is a contemporary father's field guide, a husband's compendium, and a wife's glimpse into the turning mind of a spouse in the grounded prose of domestic conflict.

James M. Chesbro's work has appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, America, The Washington Post, Brain, Child Magazine, Essay Daily, and The Huffington Post. Essays from A Lion in the Snow were chosen as notable selections in The Best American Essays series 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018, as well as The Best American Sports Writing 2014. He teaches at Fairfield College Preparatory School.

Reviews:

"James Chesbro writes with equal measure of heart and smarts, patiently braiding together threads of family, loss, memory, and fatherhood until we, the reader, become unraveled. His richly textured, sensory-driven prose reveals the hidden meaning and emotional stakes that shimmer beneath everyday activities as simple as mowing the lawn." --Steven Church, author of six books of nonfiction, most recently the collection of essays, I'm Just Getting to the Disturbing Part: on Work, Fear and Fatherhood, and One with the Tiger: Sublime and Violent Encounters Between Humans and Animals.

"James Chesbro makes the mundane memorable. His clear and resonant voice makes every word feel as if it was written just for you. Smart, witty, and relatable, I'm always waiting for that next word, anxious to read on the page what I've so often felt in my heart." --B.J. Hollars, author of Flock Together, From the Mouths of Dogs, This Is Only a Test, and Sightings

"A Lion in the Snow is a moving, meditative exploration of fatherhood, grief, and masculinity. James Chesbro paints a poignant picture of a young father still finding his way, while grappling with the loss of his own father. In these sharp, lyrical essays, Chesbro illustrates the eternal struggle: how do we follow in the footsteps of our parents without repeating all their mistakes?"--Tom McAllister, author of How to Be Safe

This program is free and open to the public.

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

The Story of Molly and Me

Fran Levin

Author Fran Levin will be presenting at two AuthorSpeak sessions on her book The Story of Molly and Me.

Wednesday, October 17 / Register

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Saturday, October 20 / Register
3:00 - 4:15 pm

Main Library Reading Area

Fran Gruss Levin takes us on a raw and honest emotional journey as she tells her story of first love, longing, and loss. At seventeen, unsure of herself but full of hope and passion, she falls deeply in love with a young man from her hometown and soon finds herself pregnant and terrified. Her parents' response, a reflection of the attitudes of the time, is to forbid contact with the baby's father and send her away to have the baby, who is then given up for adoption.  These events mark the beginning of Fran's long and painful struggle to deal with the guilt, shame, and grief that she carries along with her closely held secret. The pain of her loss and the yearning to find her lost child only grows over time.

The Story of Molly and Me takes the reader through Fran's odyssey from the very beginning through several decades as she learns to draw on her optimism and strong spirit to find what she needs to make her family, and her life, complete.

This program is free and open to the public.

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

Business Workshops business

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

Is Being a Virtual Assistant for You?


Deciding on your next career choice 


Wednesday, October 3

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

Main Library Auditorium

Register

A virtual assistant provides administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients from his/her home. If you're out of the work force and want to get back in, or if you want flexibility, variety and a chance to help people, consider becoming a virtual assistant.

Learn what's involved and the steps necessary to move into this growing field.

  • What do I need to get started?
  • Where do I get clients?
  • How much can I earn?
  • What training is required?
  • Can I work part time?
     

Presenter: Belinda Wasser
A business workflow and logistics expert with 25 years of experience, Rocket Girl Solutions Founder Belinda Wasser is hired by small businesses on a contract basis to act as their part-time, "business manager." She has worked with a range of high profile companies, including Digitas, EDS and The Center for Quality of Management.

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

Technology Workshop Technology

Introduccion al Internet/
Introduction to the Internet

Saturday, Oct. 6
10 -11:30 am

Register

Introduction to the Internet

Saturday, Oct. 13
10 -11:30 am

Register

Crear un Documento

 Microsoft Word

Saturday, Oct. 20

10 - 11:30 am

Register

Twitter Basics

Saturday, Oct. 27

10 - 11:30 am

Register

Book Discussionbd

Readers' Choice Book Group

Caroline: Little House Revisited 

Sarah Miller

The October date will be rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict, we will send out a notice with the new date.

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 Caroline: Little House Revisited by Sarah Miller.

USA Today Bestseller!
One of Refinery29's Best Reads of September

In this novel authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before-Caroline Ingalls, "Ma" in Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved Little House books.

In the frigid days of February, 1870, Caroline Ingalls and her family leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and the warm bosom of her family, for a new life in Kansas Indian Territory. Packing what they can carry in their wagon, Caroline, her husband Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise and peril.
The pioneer life is a hard one, especially for a pregnant woman with no friends or kin to turn to for comfort or help. The burden of work must be shouldered alone, sickness tended without the aid of doctors, and babies birthed without the accustomed hands of mothers or sisters. But Caroline's new world is also full of tender joys. In adapting to this strange new place and transforming a rough log house built by Charles' hands into a home, Caroline must draw on untapped wells of strength she does not know she possesses.

For more than eighty years, generations of readers have been enchanted by the adventures of the American frontier's most famous child, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in the Little House books. Now, that familiar story is retold in this captivating tale of family, fidelity, hardship, love, and survival that vividly re-imagines our past.

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

Reader's Choice Book Group Brochure - Upcoming & past books

Books Sandwiched In 

Sing, Unburied Sing

Jesymn Ward

Thursday, October 25

12:00 -1:00 pm

Carnegie Room

Bring your lunch and join Reference Librarian Susannah Violino for a lively discussion of Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesymn Ward.

In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power-and limitations-of family bonds.
Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn't lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won't acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given, who died as a teenager.
His mother, Leonie, is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister's lives. She is an imperfect mother in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is Black and her children's father is White. She wants to be a better mother but can't put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. Simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high, Leonie is embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances.
When the children's father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another thirteen-year-old boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.
Rich with Ward's distinctive, lyrical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an unforgettable family story.

Books Sandwiched In meets the last Thursday of every month.

For further information, please contact Susannah Violino at (203) 899-2780 ext 15115, or sviolino@norwalkpl.org

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 ext 15133 or clahey@norwalkpl.org

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South Norwalk Branch ProgramsSono

Dorothy Canfield Fisher's Stage Play


THE BEDQUILT
"She never knew how her great idea came to her . . . so beautifully difficult a pattern could be only for the angels in heaven to quilt."

Saturday, October 6

2:00 pm

South Norwalk Library Auditorium

The SoNo Branch Library will present Dorothy Canfield Fisher's stage play The Bedquilt, Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.The Bedquilt is a suspenseful tale from 1906 which achingly reveals the elderly and unmarried Aunt Mehetabel's journey to self-respect, after being taken for granted by her New England family. It is not until she conceives a quilt "beyond which no pattern could go that she finds universal admiration, and the realization of her ideal.


The Bedquilt, written in 1906, is introduced by the gleeful account of A Quilting Bee in our Village, written by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, eight years earlier (click here for 1897 Ladies Home Journal article). In Freeman's little town, good food, gossip, and games make a successful bee. Sewing is just the beginning.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879 - 1958), has been called "one of the most popular and engaging American writers of the first half of the twentieth century." She wrote more than forty books, including translations and nonfiction, as well as novels and short-story collections.

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman (1852 - 1930) spent most of her life in Randolph, Massachusetts. The people she knew and the scenes witnessed there form the background for most of her tales of New England rural life.

This program is free to the public. A talk-back follows the 70-minute program.

Join the SoNo DIG Chess Team at the SoNo Branch Library!

The free, after-school chess club for youth ages 6 - 18 will meet weekly on Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Participants will be grouped by ability.
The club is a partnership between the Norwalk Public Library's SoNo Branch and Team DIG USA. Coach Erin Strauts, who has played competitive chess since elementary school in Illinois and won the 2017 Hartford Open U1610 division, is eager to help chess players and budding chess players improve their fundamentals. And Coach Josh Taht, who is rated above 1700 and won the 2018 NY State Open U1610 division, will teach students about the lives of the best chess grandmasters and what we can learn from their games.

 a free program at SoNo Branch Library

Saturdays,

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

An after school club for 6th-12th grade girls to explore coding in a fun & friendly environment.

Daughters of Queen Victoria

A Five Part Series

Part 4

Friday, Nov 2 / 

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 and mothers as well as their royal responsibilities.

Princess Louise

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.

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Princess Alice's letters to her mother, Queen Victoria

Daughters of Queen Victoria by E.F. Benson

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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 clahey@norwalkpl.org.

News from the Norwalk History Room

The 5th Anniversary of the Norwalk History Room at the Norwalk Public Library was held on Sunday, September 23 with a lovely "High Tea" catered by Nijole Potts, The Blue Teapot.

State and City Proclamations congratulated the Library which and was followed by an introduction of members of the Museum Restructuring Committee who had the foresight to re-locate the archival material to the Library and create the Norwalk History Room. History Room Staff and Volunteers were introduced and the new Norwalk Hour Historical Newspaper Archive which was digitized by NewsBank, Inc., and is a permanent asset for the Norwalk community, connecting the past to the future was launched. Authors and researchers of local history recounted their studies that resulted in success in the History Room and attendees were invited to explore and research their ancestors.

Norwalk Historian Ralph Bloom was honored for his service to the Library and entire Norwalk Community.

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More on the Loyalists of Norwalk.

The story continues with one, Jonathan Ketchum, who decided to leave the town of Norwalk for the safety of New Brunswick, Canada of. His saga opened has opened up an ongoing dialogue with Dr. Leah Grandy at the University of New Brunswick, who had contacted us months ago regarding a paper she was writing on the life of Jonathan. Most of the information below is contained in her paper.

Jonathan was the third generation of Ketchums in this country, born in 1722 or 1723 in Norwalk, to one of the founding families of the town. His father was Captain Joseph Ketchum, Jr. who married Elizabeth Raymond. His great-grandfather originally came from England. Jonathan married Hannah Quintard and together they had nine children. According to Dr. Grandy, Jonathan was very active in his community. He owned a tavern, was the Deputy Postmaster and held other civic positions. He was commissioned as an ensign in the Norwalk Militia in 1746. Jonathan was well known to all in his town. According to records cited by Dr. Grandy, Mr. Ketchum was financially well-off.

What served as the motivation for Jonathan to leave behind his wonderful life? This story will continue in next month's newsletter where we will discuss the information discovered explaining his decision to support the crown and leave Norwalk.

(Thanks to Dr. Leah Grandy for her work on Jonathan, for passing on her research to the History Room, and for mentioning the History Room in her citations. Some of the resources used by Dr. Grandy can be found in the reference collection in the History Room)

Come to the Norwalk History Room to see what we have available on a chapter of American History that has a direct connection with our City.

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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