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November 1, 2017 - January 6, 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 December

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

 December 2017

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

Sunday, December 24 & Monday, December 25 for tor the Christmas Holiday.

New Year's Holiday Hours: 

Sunday, December 31 we will be open 10 - 2 & closed on Monday, January 1.


Net Neutrality is set for a December vote by the FCC. The American Library Association and other supporters of strong net neutrality protections will continue to let people know how important a free and open internet is to libraries and the communities we serve. Last year Norwalk Public Library users signed on 139,706 times to Library Free Wifi, and logged on to library internet computers for 63,709 sessions!

There is a lot going on at the library (and everywhere

 else in your life) this month. Keep track of it all with the Burbio app which will be the one stop shop for Norwalk residents to keep track of all of the events-sports, culture, politics, the arts, and the library of course!

Speaking of events, be sure to put the Wall Street area's First Fridays on your radar. The main library is jumping in with an afterhours screening of Marge Costa's award winning documentary about illegal adoptions, My Name is Joan. We will have a light supper before the screening and a discussion with the filmmaker afterwards. Friday, January 5 at 6:00!

Chris - 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!

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. 

December Programs & Events events

American Job Center Career Coach

CTworks career coach

Career Coach Schedule

Free Job Search Assistance

Monday, Dec. 4
10:00 - 12:00 
1:00 - 3:00 
Curb in front of library

 American Job Center Southwest

NPL and Norwalk Poet Laureate Presents 

Poets in Conversation Series

Thursday, Dec. 7

7:00 - 8:15 pm

Main Library Reading Area

The Poetry of Ralph Nazareth and Duane Esposito

Our final Poets in Conversation for this fall is coming in two short weeks. It will feature Ralph Nazareth (of Curley's fame) and his partner in crime and writing, Duane Esposito. Both are wonderful poets; they have also collaborated with each other in a number of ways: Ralph has published Duane's work, and they are putting the finishing touches on a joint publication. Join us to hear their wonderful work, and to hear them talk about these various processes. More info on both below. I hope you can join us. As always, the event is free and all are welcome. 

Ralph Nazareth was Professor of English at Nassau Community College on Long Island. For the past ten years he has been a volunteer teacher of creative writing at maximum security prisons in New York State. He is also Managing Editor of Yuganta Press in Stamford and president of Grace Works International, a charitable foundation involved in outreach in the developing world. Nazareth has participated in poetry festivals in India, the Middle East, and in Latin America. His poetry and prose have appeared in books, magazines, and journals in the US and abroad, including most recently in the award-winning collection Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry and Multilingual Anthology: The Americas Poetry Festival of New York 2014. His collection of poems Ferrying Secrets was published in 2005 in Hyderabad, India and Glass: Selected Poems will be released by El Quirófano Ediciones in Ecuador in the fall of 2015.

Duane Esposito, Professor of English at Nassau Community College, has an MA from SUNY Brockport and an MFA from the University of Arizona. Many years ago, his work was selected by Diane Glancy for an Academy of American Poets Award. His poems have appeared in dozens of publications. Declaration For Your Bones (Yuganta Press, 2012) is his third book. Previously, he published two books of poetry: Cadillac Battleship (broken Tribe Press, 2005) & The Book of Bubba (Brown Dog Press, 1998). He lives on Long Island with his wife & children.

More info from Laurel Peterson:

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

AuthorSpeak AuthorSpeak

Gilda Dangot Simpkin

My Baby Chase: Our Roller Coaster Ride 

from Infertility to Parenthood

Friday, Dec. 1

12:00 - 1:30  pm

Main Library Auditorium

A light lunch will be served courtesy of the library


What would you go through to achieve your dream? For Gilda it was having a baby. After failing at what Mother Nature says comes naturally, she and her husband took advantage of everything modern medicine had to offer, again without results. Determined to be parents, they were left with the only remaining path - adoption. Though this seemed a more manageable route, adoption is far from predictable. This time their roller coaster ride faced unpredictable birth mothers, unreliable baby brokers, media competitions, mid-night crank calls, repeatedly changing government regulations and strangling red tape.

This is the heart-wrenching tale of a convoluted 10-year quest to have a family, from the serious, and sometimes hilarious side of fertility treatments, through two harrowing international adoptions. Their journey is filled with so many cliffhangers that it reads more like a suspense tale than reality. As you come along on their wild ride, you will be clutching this book praying they won't get derailed again.

This story of determination and tenacity will give hope to anyone facing a difficult life journey, and serve to motivate you to attain your dreams!

Gilda Dangot Simpkin, the child of Holocaust survivors, is a trainer, mediator and counselor, who has published more than a dozen articles on effective communication and management.

In addition to her writing, she has had a 30 - year career as a speaker and seminar leader, has held positions as Vice President of Training and been on the faculty of several universities. She specializes now in coaching individuals to be steadfast in achieving life goals. Her favorite job is being a mother!

This program is free and open to the public.

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

Les Abend

Paper Wings

Friday, Dec. 8

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium


Readers Need To Fasten Their Seatbelts For Les Abend's Aviation Thriller Paper Wings.

When a boat and its grisly cargo are found adrift off Fort Lauderdale, the investigation leads to more than "just" murder. In fact, the evidence points to a connection with an "accident" that downed Patriot Airlines Flight 63 in Bermuda, with fatal consequences for all on board. The accidents investigation chairman of the pilots' union, Captain Hart Lindy, will find himself reluctantly drawn into the National Transportation Safety Board's inquiry only to discover that someone is going to great lengths that include murder and kidnapping to prevent the facts from being exposed. His task is complicated by his own personal demons, including the horrors of past airline crash investigations, as well as having to walk a diplomatic tightrope with an eccentric FBI special agent who is barely tolerating NTSB protocol, and an ambitious female NTSB investigator with eyes for Hart. 

Les Abend is a 32-year veteran airline pilot with a writing habit. He has been a 15-year contributing editor and monthly columnist for Flying Magazine. Les has also been a contributor to CNN Op-Ed and is an on-camera Aviation Analyst, most notably offering insight regarding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Paper Wings is the first in a proposed series of mystery, suspense, whodunit thrillers, similar to "Cold Case" - only with airplanes.

This program is free and open to the public.

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

Business Workshop

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The Five Keys to Successful Non-Profit Fund Raising

Thursday, Dec. 7

6:00 - 8:30 pm (5:30 sign in)

Main Library Auditorium 


Learn how relationships drive giving to your nonprofit organizations and how to manage them.

  • The importance of developing relationships with prospective donors
  • How to approach/develop a relationship with external partners and donors 
  • How to manage multiple relationships for nonprofits & make the relationships beneficial for your organization and donors.

Raquel Virgo has over a decade of experience in fundraising for nonprofits, raising more than $20 million for various causes. She is the Founder and Managing Consultant of a fundraising consulting firm, Women of Change. She is also a current member of the Fairfield County chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, board member of the PTO Council of Stamford, and a graduate of the competitive start-up accelerator, 2020 Startups in New York City.

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

Technology Workshop tech

Tech Help Appointments

Saturday, Dec. 30

30 minute appoitments

9:00 - 10:00 am / 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Computer Lab

Did you recently get a new device for the holiday? From adding photos to the cloud, to setting up an account to borrow digital content, we are here to help. Even if you are having trouble with a device you already own, we can help with that too! Apple or Android, it does not matter!

Click a time below to schedule a private 30 minute appointment.

Android device - 9:00 am

Android device - 2:00 pm

Apple device - 9:00 am

Apple device - 2:00 pm

Android device - 9:30 am

Android device - 2:30 pm

Apple device - 9:30 am

Apple device - 2:30 pm

Android device - 10:00 am

Android device - 3:00 pm

Apple device - 10:00 am

Apple device - 3:00 pm

If all of the appointments are filled or you cannot attend on this date, please click here request an additional time.

For additional information, please contact Laurie Iffland, Librarian, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15114, or

Book Discussionbd

Readers' Choice Book Group

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

Sam Maggs

Wednesday, Dec. 20

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 Wonder Women by Sam Maggs.

Forgotten women in science, technology, and beyond, from the bestselling author of THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.

You may think you know women's history pretty well. But have you ever heard of. . .

  • Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy-only to have the credit taken by a man? 
  • Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit?
  •  Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China-centuries before the cotton gin?

For more information for this program, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (2T03) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or

Weekly Programs Weekly

Zumba with Karen

Children & Parents - Monday, December 4, 11 & 18

 5:00 - 5:45 pm

Adults & Teens - Monday, December 4, 11 &18

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Low Impact Aerobics with Linda

Tuesdays, Dec. 5. 7 & 12

Thursdays, Dec. 14, 19 & 21

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

 The class will not meet during the holidays, but will resume on Tuesday, January 9.

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

QiGong with Bill Wrenn

Wednesday, November  6, 13, 20 & 27

5:00 - 6:00 pm

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, December: 2 & 9 at 10:00 am in the Carnegie Room. 

This is not a class for beginners! Participants must be able to carry on a conversation in Italian around a timely topic. For more info:  or

President & Founder.

Libro e Aperitivo Book Club will meet on Monday, December 11 at 7:00 pm,  The book selection is The Leopard by Giuseppe Lampedusa. RSVP to required.



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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