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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 October

Friday, September 1, 2017

 October 2017

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

Sunday, October 8 & Monday, October 9 for the Columbus Day Holiday.

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 The lower level of the main library building at 1 Belden Avenue houses this large array of published and unpublished books and papers, photographs and maps, among other materials, recording over 300 years of Norwalk history.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

"South of the Border and Across the Sea"

Mexico, Vietnam & Cambodia Seen Through the Lens of

 Karen Spencer



Exhibit runs 

September 16 - October 23

The exhibit features new works from colorful Mexico and images from a recent trip to exotic and historic Vietnam and Cambodia. It includes traditionally printed images on paper, as well as those on aluminum, experiments on fabric, and original photos on shower curtains. All images are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to NPL.

Karen Spencer has traveled the world, photographing people, places and things with her artist's eye. During her time abroad, she discovered that the creativity in photography offered a way to chronicle unique moments in time, providing insights into the lives, cultures and histories of people and places.

Spencer, who spends half her time in Mexico, records the polychromatic symphony of color that shows in every aspect of the rich Mexican heritage and its modern culture. "The play of light and shadow in a doorway, the shy smile of a child, the wise eyes of an old woman - these are the images that resonate with me and that I hope to share through the photographs I take," explains Spencer.

Born, raised and schooled in New York City, it was Spencer's study of art that first introduced her to photography and led her to a fellowship at CCNY. Her eye for texture, pattern and composition served her well in her long career as a graphic designer and art director for publishing, advertising and promotion agencies in New York, New Orleans and Connecticut. She has exhibited in Connecticut and Mexico, and her work is in private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

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

October Programs & Events events

American Job Center Career Coach

CTworks career coach

Career Coach Schedule

Free Job Search Assistance

Monday, October 2
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, October 5

7:00 - 8:15 pm

Main Library Reading Area

The Poetry of Marianela Medrano & Norwalk Poet Laureate Laurel Peterson

Join us, once again, this fall for Poets in Conversation at the Norwalk Public Library. Each evening 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.

Marianela Medrano is a Dominican writer, a licensed professional counselor and a certified poetry therapist. Dr. Medrano was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and has lived in Connecticut since 1990. A poet and a writer of non-fiction and fiction, her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines in Latin America, Europe and the United States. Her publications include: Oficio de Vivir; Happy Eyes of Sadness; The Scent of Waiting; One Who Has Seen It All and A Children Story.

Laurel Peterson, Norwalk's current Poet Laureate, is a Professor of English at Norwalk Community College (NCC), where she teaches literature, creative and expository writing, and interdisciplinary courses in the arts and social sciences. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College. She has written a local history column for Gannett Suburban Newspapers, as well as academic conference papers, and served as editor of the literary journal Inkwell. Her work has been published in many small literary journals, and has two chapbooks, That's the Way the Music Sounds and Talking to the Mirror. Her mystery novel, Shadow Notes, was published in 2016, as well as a full length poetry collection, Do You Expect Your Art to Answer?

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

Future programs will feature:

November 2 - Ann Cefola and Robert Masterson

December 7 - Ralph Nazareth and Duane Esposito

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

NPL Presents 

Connecticut Indie Author Book Fair & Publishing Day!

Saturday, October 14

9:00 - 5:30

Main Library

Indie Author Day 2017 is right around the corner! Libraries across the United States, Canada, and even the United Kingdom are planning programs to celebrate their local independent and self-published authors all on the same day: Saturday, October 14.

This is an opportunity for indie authors from Norwalk and other Connecticut towns to come together in the library to help local self-published and independent authors get discovered, and for readers to find new books written by fellow community members.

The Norwalk Public Library will host 40+ authors in one day. Authors will be available to chat, do brief readings and presentations and will have copies of their books for sale and signing .

Librarians will offer demonstrations of PressBooks and Self-e, tools the Norwalk Public Library offers for self-publishing.

PressBooks Public by Biblioboard

Interested in getting your novel, memoir, poetry collection, children's book and more in eBook and print-ready formats? Pressbooks Public is an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to create professional quality versions of your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and more-all through your library.



Welcome, and thanks for choosing to build your library readership through Library Journal's SELF-e program. After submitting to SELF-e, your ebook can be shared with patrons of participating libraries across your state or province. 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.

October 14, Indie Author Day will be a day to celebrate the written word, to celebrate storytellers and to celebrate our Connecticut writers.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

Children's Book Sale
Bring a child and let them choose; or surprise them with a gift of books.


October 26, 2017

3:00 - 7:00

Hardcover $1.00
Softcover $.50
DVD's $2.00

General Book Sale
Sat. & Sun. - Visit the Friends' Cafe - Homemade Goodies

October 28 - 31, 2017

Saturday, October 28

 9:00 - 5:00

Full Price -
$2.00 Hardcover
$1.00 Paperback

Sunday, October 29

1:00 - 4:30

50% Off

Monday, October 30

9:00 - 6:00

$4.00 a bag

Tuesday, October 31

9:00 - 12:00
in Auditorium


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

The Friends of the Norwalk Public Library System is an incorporated 501c3 and our E.I.N. # is 22-2567933.

Print book sale flyer

Business Workshop Business

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Learn to Grow Your Business with LinkedIn

Thursday, October 5

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

Main Library Auditorium

Register Now!

Reach a Quality Audience of Professionals

LinkedIn is the world's largest social media platform for professionals, with over 500 million members. LinkedIn has matured into powerful business-building platform for companies that target professionals. This workshop will help you learn how to find, be found, stay visible, and generate leads with this quality audience.

  • Learn the essential steps to a search-optimized LinkedIn presence for you, your staff, and your firm
  • Learn to find and connect with your targets and referral sources with ease
  • Learn how to stay "top of mind" with targets and referrals sources and generate leads

Presenter:Susan Catalano
Susan Catalano is the Managing Partner of JQLaCorte, a full-service LinkedIn consultancy providing comprehensive LinkedIn based marketing, business development, and employee advocacy programs for businesses. Susan consults with companies and professional services firms on the innovative use of LinkedIn to achieve measurable business results such as generating leads, boosting SEO results, improving visibility to clients and prospects, and promoting staff expertise.

Presenter: Robert Clark
Robert Clark is Managing Principal of LucidPointe, a boutique digital agency specializing in online marketing, email marketing, marketing automation strategy and execution. Robert has over 30 years of experience advising businesses from SMB to Fortune 50 companies, nonprofits, associations, and industry groups on marketing, sales, operations, strategy, and information technology.

Free Business Counseling

To get free one-on-one business counseling or learn about other SCORE free workshops, please visit our website.

SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association.

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

Technology Workshops tech

Fall Technology Workshops

iPhone/iPad Tips & Tricks - Saturday, October 7, 10 - 11 a.m.

Learn how to customize features to make your device work for you.


Microsoft Word 2007 for beginners - Saturday, October 14, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Learn the basic features of this 2007 version word processing software to help you enter and edit text, save files and format documents.


Circut -  Thursday, October 19, 7- 8 pm

Whether you're a creative pro or brand-new to DIY, Cricut will help you make personalized, professional-quality projects with ease . This smart cutting machine, will cut and create projects for home decor, parties and events , weddings, apparel, and more.


iPhone Camera College - Thursday, October 26, 6 - 7 p.m.
Learn to capture more than simple snapshots with your iPhone.


Working with Files & Folders in Windows - Saturday, October 28, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Learn to open files, move files into folders, and delete them, too.


En Espanol:

Introducción al Internet
Sábado, Octubre 7, 10 - 11:30 a.m. 


Crear un Documento -Microsoft Word 2007

Sábado, Octubre 21, 10 - 11:30 a.m.


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

Book Discussionsbd

Readers' Choice Book Group

The Turner House

by Angela Flournoy


Wednesday, October 11

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 Turner House by Angela Flournoy.

The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone-and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit's East Side, and the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts-and shapes-their family's future.

Praised by Ayana Mathis as "utterly moving" and "un-putdownable," The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It's a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home.

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

World Events, History & Culture Book Group

The Most Dangerous Enemy: 

A History of the Battle of Britain

By Stephen Bungay

Wednesday, October 11

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

The October book selection for discussion is The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain by Stephen Bungay. 

Unrivalled for its synthesis of all previous historical accounts, for the quality of its strategic analysis and its truly compulsive narrative, this is a book ultimately distinguished by its conclusions - that it was the British in the Battle who displayed all the virtues of efficiency, organisation and even ruthlessness we habitually attribute to the Germans, and they who fell short in their amateurism, ill-preparedness, poor engineering and even in their old-fashioned notions of gallantry.

An engrossing read for the military scholar and the general reader alike, this is a classic of military history that looks beyond the mythology, to explore all the tragedy and comedy; the brutality and compassion of war.

Ken Hecht, facilitator of the group, has been leading book discussions on issues related to world events for more than 12 years, beginning with a Greenwich book group and followed by a group at the New Canaan Library. The Norwalk Public Library is pleased to offer an evening book discussion group for the convenience of those not available during the day.

If you are interested in joining this book discussion group, please register by contacting Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or

Books Sandwiched In

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

by Mark Sullivan


Thursday, October 26

12:00 -1:00 pm

Carnegie Room

Bring your lunch and join Reference Librarian Susannah Violino for a lively discussion of Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan.

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man's incredible courage and resilience during one of history's darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager-obsessed with music, food, and girls-but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier-a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler's left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich's most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.

Weekly Programs Weekly

Zumba with Karen

Children & Parents - Monday, October 2 & 16

 5:00 - 5:45 pm

Adults & Teens - Monday, October 2 & 16

 6:00 - 7:00 pm

QiGong with Bill Wrenn

Wednesday, October 4, 11 & 18

 5:00 - 6:00 pm

SecondAct Fitness, Walk Aerobics


Tuesday, October 3, 10 & 17

 Thursday, October 5, 12 & 19 1

1:00 - 2:00 pm

The easy-to-follow program that brings walking to a new level!  Easy to learn, no matter what your fitness level is.  It combines upper and lower body movements, music increases in speed and intensity for aerobic challenge and is endorsed by the AARP, Dr. Oz, Weight Watchers and NutriSystem.  Leslie Kerr is a former professional dancer and Rockette.  She is a certified fitness trainer, walk aerobics leader and owner of SecondAct Fitness.

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, in October at 10 am in the Carnegie room. Please confirm the meeting is on in advance by contacting: or

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: or

Our partner book club:

Libro e Aperitivo Book Club will meet on Monday, October 30 at 7 pm, 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; or


Children's October Activity Calendar


The Children's Department celebrates "I'm Just Me Month" in October, starting off with our Celebrating Me Kickoff on Sunday, October 1 from 2-4 pm. Come in to celebrate you by creating thumbprint art, hand art, and sketching self-portraits in celebration of everyone's unique beauty.  Then drop in any time this month to make hand art that will be displayed in the Children's Department. The entire month of October focuses on promoting individual development, creating environments that break down stereotypes, and embracing who we really are. By doing so, we also recognize the diversity around us, and we move beyond simple tolerance to celebrate humanity. Our movement starts by giving voice to the things that make us unique and outstanding and recognizing that acceptance helps change the culture.

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


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. or ask for a sign-up form at the Norwalk Public Library or the Norwalk Senior Center.

Upcoming Program upcoming

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 

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