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November 1, 2017 - December 9, 2017
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Norwalk Public Library and South Norwalk Branch Library
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Norwalk, CT 06851-5125

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Library Events for the Month of November

Wednesday, November 1, 2017



 November 2017

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The Norwalk Public Library & South Norwalk Branch Library will be closed 

Friday, Nov. 10 for Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 22 & Friday, Nov. 23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

It's November, time to turn the clocks back and hunker down for the long dark, time to honor our veterans and time to be thankful for what we have. It is also time for students to ask for help if they need it (and who doesn't)? Anyone with a Norwalk Library card can get live online tutoring at Homework Help from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm Monday through Sunday.


Elementary students can register for the Homework HELPers program on Saturday mornings at the SoNo branch library. Also for students in SoNo: M in STEM on Monday & Tuesday afternoons; SUPER STEM for grades 1-5 on Wednesday afternoons; Girls Who Code on Saturday mornings; and the Pretty Little Me mentoring program for middle and elementary School girls on Monday afternoons.

For the rest of us who need just a little help with the likes of Google Drive, iPhone/iPads, and learning how to cut the (cable) cord, it's time to sign up for one of the main library's Fall Technology Workshops.

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 these records by keyword or narrow down by using the advanced search feature. The postcards can also be viewed randomly. 

The 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 The lower level of the main library building at 1 Belden Avenue houses this large array of published and unpublished books and papers, photographs and maps, among other materials, recording over 300 years of Norwalk history.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. 

Library Exhibit display

Artist Jo-Ann Thompson-Claybourne's Artwork

 on Display in November

Reception for Artist Jo-Ann Thompson-Claybourne

 

Saturday, Nov. 18

3:00 pm

Main Library Reading Area

Please join us on Saturday, Nov., at 3 p.m., in the Main Reading area of the Norwalk Public Library, for a reception to welcome artist Jo-Ann Thompson-Claybourne, whose work will be displayed in the glass cases in the library's entrance throughout November.

Jo-Ann is drawn to materials and uses feathers, fabric, wood, dried flowers and more, but it is the sheer joy of creating that comes through in her work. The combination of vibrant colors and mixed media lures the viewer into a visual tour; each piece of artwork has a life of its own. She embraces her heritage and explores her creativity in each of her unique pieces, embarking on an imaginative journey of art to be shared with the world.

Currently a Norwalk resident, Jo-Ann was born in Stamford, CT. At age 5, she discovered her passion for making art. She went on to study at The School of Visual Arts in New York and has become well-known as an artist/art instructor in the Fairfield County area. She has created programs for summer art camps at the Weston Field Club and for over nine years has taught, Paint, Draw & More! Art classes throughout Fairfield County. Her work has drawn national attention from newspapers and magazines, and she was featured in Furnishing Magazine's article, "Up Against the Wall." Jo-Ann has also appeared on the television show, Our Lives with Gwen Edwards and on numerous radio broadcasts.

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

November Programs & Events events

Building Your Business as an Artist


with Elizabeth Tardif

Wednesday, Nov. 1

6:30 - 8:15 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Register Online

Learn how to apply basic business concepts to build success in connecting to collectors and buyers. The world of visual art is highly competitive as well as subjective. Knowing how to position and promote your art and your artistic message to the right audience is the key to realizing success as a visual artist. There are many avenues to pursue; understanding which ones are the most compatible with your work and your resources will make all the difference. Developing a plan and a strategy can save you from many unnecessary expenses and make your promotional investment more efficient and rewarding.

As a curator and art business owner for many years, Liz brings a well-rounded perspective of knowledge and experience in the visual arts. She has served as a curator for the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, which hosts 6 - 8 professional art exhibits annually, representing all mediums, including painting, photography, fabric art, sculpture and more.

Also an art consultant, Liz is the founder of Cherry Street Art, a unique resource connecting local, national and international artists with collectors. Cherry Street Art offers a menu of services to help art collectors and buyers navigate the world of galleries and shows to find art they love while providing promotion, marketing and business development services to professional artists. Its mission is to inspire, encourage and increase awareness of the value of visual art, and turning collecting into a rewarding experience for all.

This program is free and open to the public.

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

NPL and Norwalk Poet Laureate Presents 

Poets in Conversation Series

Thursday, Nov. 2

7:00 - 8:15 pm

Main Library Reading Area

The Poetry of Ann Cefola and Robert Masterson

 Join us, once again, this fall for Poets in Conversation at the Norwalk Public Library. Each will feature two poets, who will read from their works and discuss the writing life with the audience. All programs, September through December, will take place the first Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m., in the Main Reading area of the library, located at 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk. For the second year, Norwalk's Poet Laureate, Laurel Peterson, has brought together a diverse group of published poets for what promises to be an interesting series.

Ann Cefolais the author of Free Ferry, (Upper Hand Press, 2017); Face Painting in the Dark (Dos Madres Press, 2014), St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped (Kattywompus Press, 2011), Sugaring (Dancing Girl Press, 2007). Ann lives in the New York suburbs with her family.

Robert Masterson, professor of English at CUNY-BMCC in New York City, has authored Artificial Rats & Electric Cats, Trial by Water, and Garnish Trouble. His work appears in numerous publications .Masterson has a whole wall of awards at his office. 

More info from Laurel Peterson: laurelpeterson@att.net


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

Future programs will feature:

December 7 - Ralph Nazareth and Duane Esposito

The Wives of World War I Monarchs: Four-Part Series

"Queen, Kaiserin, Tsarina, Empress"

The Norwalk Public Library is pleased to present a four-part series, "Queen, Kaiserin, Tsarina, Empress," about the women who were the wives of the monarchs who presided over the British, German, Russian, and Austro-Hungarian Empires during World War I, also known as the "Great War," and the "War to End All Wars." Historian and Reference Librarian Mona Garcia will present a fascinating view of this period in history from the unique perspective of these remarkable women. At war's end, only one woman would remain in possession of her throne.

If you love historical fiction, romance and intrigue, you won't want to miss the real stories behind the fiction! Save the dates, and register now for these programs, which will take place on Fridays at 12:00 pm, in the Main Auditorium, located at 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk.

A light lunch will be provided courtesy of the library.

Empress Zita

Friday, November 3 - 12:00 pm

When Zita marries the Archduke Charles in 1911, she knows that she will eventually become Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. That day comes sooner than expected, with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28,1914, and the death of the Emperor Franz Joseph on November 21,1916. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand sets in motion events that trigger the First World War. How will Zita cope as a wartime empress?

To register and for additional information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or clahey@norwalkpubliclibrary.org.

American Job Center Career Coach

CTworks career coach

Career Coach Schedule

Free Job Search Assistance

Monday, Nov. 6
10:00 - 12:00 
1:00 - 3:00 
Curb in front of library

 American Job Center Southwest

Sunday, Nov. 12 @  2:00 pm

Location: Norwalk Historical Society

 Mill Hill Historic Park - The Townhouse

2 East Wall Street Norwalk, CT 06851

Handicapped parking on site only. All others follow signs to overflow parking across the street.

Join historians Dr. Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney for a lively lecture and discussion on local contributions to World War I. From gardening, canning and food conservation to prescribing books for servicemen and veterans, there were many ways for people, old and young, to serve. Learn how Nutmeggers mobilized for the Great War, both at home and abroad, one hundred years ago.

Please consider donating a new or used book to the Society's Books for Veterans Drive for the Vietnam Veterans of America. Members of the American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary Poppy Program will also be accepting donations.

Lecture sponsored by the American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary, the Norwalk Garden Club and the Norwalk Public Library.

About Dr. Allison Horrocks:
Dr. Allison Horrocks is a public historian. Upon graduation from Trinity College, where Allison earned degrees in History and American Studies, she pursued a Ph.D. in History at the University of Connecticut. In addition to teaching at UConn, Allison has been employed at a range of house museums and historic sites, including the Preservation Society of Newport County and Mystic Seaport. Allison now works for Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, a bi-state unit of the National Park Service.

About Mary Mahoney:
Mary Mahoney is a graduate of Trinity College where she earned degrees in History and English. She is currently finishing her dissertation on the history of bibliotherapy at the University of Connecticut. Mary also hosts a podcast called Chapters that tells the stories of readers' lives through the books that have meant the most to them.


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

Seeds of Change: A look at Seurat, Gauguin, and Van Gogh

A Sunday on La Grande 

Jatte Georges Seurat_ c. 1884-86

Wednesday, Nov. 15

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


ArtScapades returns to the Norwalk Public Library with Seeds of Change which will delve into the lives and works of three Post-Impressionist artists, Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin.

This lecture will focus on how art moved past Impressionism, and how stylistic disagreements and personal animosities eventually brought down the Impressionist movement.

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

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



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

Women in the American Revolution: Putting the 'Her' in Heroics

 

Sunday, Nov. 19

3:00 - 4:15 pm

Main Library Auditorium


Register

 George Washington, Paul Revere, the Marquis de Lafayette are all names we were taught in school as having been heroes of the American War for Independence. Molly Pitcher is a name we see given to a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. But who was Molly Pitcher? Was she one person or a composite of two or even three women who performed similar acts of courage? 

Whether one, two or three, "Molly" was not the only example of women who served the cause of independence between 1775 and 1783.

Have you ever heard of Anna Maria Lane? Or Sally St. Claire? How about Elizabeth Zane? I didn't think so.

Women in the American Revolution: Putting the 'Her' in Heroics will introduce you to some of the women who risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to lift the yoke of British control of the 13 Colonies. Women who are missing from our history books, their stories as soldiers and spies left untold.

There are many tales of courage to be revealed in this power-point illustrated talk about these largely unsung heroines of the American Revolution.

Presentation length: Approx. 45 minutes plus time for questions and discussion.

Presenter: Eric Chandler

Eric is a resident of Norwalk, CT and retired after 30+ years as a land title insurance underwriter of both residential and commercial properties. Eric has been involved in American Revolutionary War Living History since 1974. He has portrayed infantry, light infantry, whale-boat raider and both mounted and dismounted dragoons. His artistic endeavors have included cartooning, working in local theaterand decades as a musician playing saxophones in area Rock & Roll and Blues bands. To his credit, or shame, he has had his likeness used in an issue of MAD Magazine. Eric is enjoying retirement with his wife Catherine, taking classes and giving lectures on historical topics.

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

AuthorSpeak AuthorSpeak

Night Snow

Poet Sally Nacker 

Wednesday, Nov. 29

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium 

A light lunch will be provided courtesy of the library

Register

Poet Sally Nacker, who will read and discuss her new volume of poetry Night Snow.

Nacker has won high praise from her peers.

If Emily Dickinson were to work in a flower shop, you would have Sally Nacker. Her poems are often about nature, small moments; her talent is the quiet observation. - Kim Bridgford, editor of Mezzo Cammin, and author of Doll

In these quiet songlike poems there are moments, miracles, when language seems almost to become what it describes. - Henry Lyman, author of The Land Has Its Say.

Nacker's cover illustrator for Night Snow, Mary Lou Bierman, will join her to discuss how an artist creates a book jacket for a new title. "In my heart of hearts, I have always been an artist" says Connecticut resident, Mary Lou Bierman. She has enjoyed drawing and painting, photography, pottery, interior design, book binding and culinary arts. She prefers pastel painting and is very excited to have one such work appear on Sally Nacker's lovely book of poetry.

Sally Nacker received her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Fairfield University in Connecticut in 2013. Before its acceptance for publication by Kelsay Books in 2015, her poetry collection, Vireo, was selected as a finalist for the Fairfield Book Prize (New Rivers Press), a semifinalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, and received an honorable mention for the Homebound Publications Poetry Prize. Journals in which Sally is published include Mezzo Cammin: An Online Journal of Formalist Poetry by Women (Mezzo Cammin),The Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature, The Fourth River, The Orchards, Grey Sparrow Journal, and The Red Wheelbarrow. Her second collection, Night Snow, was released on October 21, 2017, also published by Kelsay Books. She resides in New England with her husband, and their two cats, and works in flowers. She invites you to visit her website at www.sallynacker.com.

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

Craft Connection craft

Smart Gloves

Saturday, Nov. 18

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Register

With the cold weather moving in, the ability to use your smart phone is as easy as 1-2-3 with these smart gloves sewn with conductive thread.

Seating limited to 20.

Technology Workshops tech

Fall Technology Workshops

Cutting the Cord - Thursday, November 30 @ 7:00

Register

For decades, cable television was the best way to get quality shows geared toward specialized audiences. Today, that's what streaming services do, while cable is more like a lumbering dinosaur, slowly laying waste to both consumers' wallets and their sense of good taste. Cable TV still has some great shows, but you no longer need to pay through the


En Espanol:

Computadora lo Mas Básico-Practica del Raton -   Sabado, Nov. 4 @ 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Register

Como Usar Google Drive/Docs -   Sabado, Nov. 18 @ 10:00 - 11:30 am
Register

For additional information, please contact Luis Ayala, Librarian, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15111, or layala@norwalkpubliclibrary.org.

Book Discussionsbd

Readers' Choice Book Group

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

by Phaedra Patrick

 

Wednesday, Nov. 8

2:00 pm

Norwalk Senior Center

11 Allen Rd. Norwalk, Ct

Norwalk Library's Director of Library Information Services, Cynde Bloom Lahey, will lead a discussion on The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick.

"Phaedra Patrick understands the soul. Eccentric, charming, and wise...The Curious Charms is not just for those who are mourning over love or the past. This book will illuminate your heart." - Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop

Don't miss this curiously charming debut! In this hauntingly beautiful story of love, loneliness and self-discovery, an endearing widower embarks on a life-changing adventure.

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden.

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met-a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a joyous celebration of life's infinite possibilities.

More Praise:
"Tender, insightful, and surprising... [Arthur Pepper] will instantly capture the hearts of readers who loved Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop, and Antoine Laurain's The Red Notebook." - Library Journal, starred review

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

Books Sandwiched In

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

by J. Ryan Stradal

Thursday, Nov. 30

12:00 -1:00 pm

Carnegie Room

Bring your lunch and join Reference Librarian Susannah Violino for a lively discussion of Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a novel about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country's most coveted dinner reservation. It was selected as a best book of the year by Amazon, BookPage, LibraryReads, and NPR.

When Lars Thorvald's wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine-and a dashing sommelier-he's left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He's determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter-starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva's journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that's a testament to her spirit and resilience.

Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal's startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life-its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.

Weekly Programs Weekly

Zumba with Karen

Children & Parents - Monday, November 6, 20 & 27

 5:00 - 5:45 pm

Adults & Teens - Monday, November 6, 20 & 27

6:00 - 7:00 pm

QiGong with Bill Wrenn
 

Wednesday, November  8, 15 & 29

 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Celebrate Italian Heritage Month with Caffe' e Conversazione and members of Vini, Vitti, Dici! -- an Italian community salon dedicated to promoting Italian language and culture in an informal setting;.


Speakers of intermediate to advanced Italian will meet on Saturdays, Nov. 11, & 18 at 10 am in the Carnegie room. Please confirm the meeting is on in advance by contacting: ViniVittidDici@gmail.com or PatTinto1@gmail.com.

This is not a class for beginners! Participants must be able to carry on a conversation in Italian around a timely topic. Readings will be suggested prior to class. For more info: ViniVittiDici@gmail.com or PatTinto1@gmail.com.

Our partner book club:

Libro e Aperitivo Book Club will meet in early December. The book selection is The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani, Translated from the Italian by William Weaver. Available in Norwalk Public Library, Book Discussion section.


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

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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

LIBRARY ADDS TO MEALS ON WHEELS!
A SIDE ORDER...

Library staff and volunteers will select and pack books, audio books, DVDs and music CDs to arrive at your home with your Meals on Wheels Delivery!

Are you or is someone you know a resident of Norwalk who cannot get to the library?
Would you like library books and/or viewing or listening materials delivered to you?
Do you receive a Meals on Wheels Delivery?

Norwalk Public Library has staff and volunteers who will deliver Library items such as books (including large print), audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs and Playaways to your home via Meals on Wheels.

All you have to do is fill out the form with information about your interests and sign-up for a Library card and an assigned staff member or volunteer will select material and deliver it to the Norwalk Senior Center to be included with your Meals on Wheels delivery.

To sign up, or for more information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services at the Norwalk Public Library (203) 899-2780, ext. 15180. clahey@norwalkpubliclibrary.org or ask for a sign-up form at the Norwalk Public Library or the Norwalk Senior Center.

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