The Norwalk Public Library will be closed on
Sunday, May 28 & Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day
Starting this month, both the main library on Belden and the SoNo branch on Washington will be open Sundays year round, from 1:00 to 5:00 (with some exceptions for holidays).
But we know that sometimes you just can't get to the library to use the free WiFi, so starting in May, we are bringing WiFi to you, wherever you are by offering patrons the opportunity to borrow mobile Hotspots. This library lending program, Internet-to-Go, provides access to unlimited high-speed Internet, wherever you are. It's perfect for those who have no Internet access at home, are going on vacation, or taking their business on the road. The NPL Hotspot - called MiFi - is an easy-to-use Verizon mobile Hotspot that keeps your tablet, laptop, smartphone, and other Wi-Fi enabled devices connected to the Internet. You can connect up to 15 devices to the 4G LTE network, and also charge external devices. Best of all, it's FREE, with your Norwalk Public Library card in good standing!
Now, wherever you are, you can connect to our Digital Library to stream or download books and movies from Hoopla and Overdrive, read magazines from Zinio, check your investments on Value Line, get online Homework Help from subject specialist tutors, learn a language with Rosetta Stone, or take a Universal Class online. No excuses!
All the best,
NPL Friends' Spring Book Sale
Don't miss these Spring Book Sale
May 1 & May 2
Monday, May 1
9:00 - 6:00
$4.00 a bag
Tuesday, May 2
(In Library Lobby)
9:00 - 12:00
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.
Barbara Paul Photography Exhibit
"Theyyam Ritual Dance - India"
May 20 - June 24
Artist Reception with Barbara Paul
Sunday, May 21
Main Library Reading area
The Norwalk Public Library is pleased to present "Theyyam Ritual Dance - India," a photography exhibit by Barbara Paul, from May 20 - June 24, in the foyer and Main Reading area, located at 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk. An artist reception for Ms. Paul will be held on Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. All are welcome to stop in to speak with the artist and enjoy light refreshments.
Barbara Paul's longtime interest has been to seek out and photograph traditionally costumed people at tribal festivals around the world. Theyyam dances were among the most exceptional experiences she had ever encountered. This ancient Hindu form of ritual dance is a spectacular display of religious devotion , which has long been practiced in the Kerala region of Southern India. Elaborately costumed dancers have their faces intricately painted and wear enormous headdresses and wide, brightly colored skirts. They take on the forms of revered Gods and Goddesses as they dance to the accompaniment of frenzied drumming in the sandy courtyards of village temples. These dancers are lovingly observed by villagers, who line-up at the end of the dance to ask for blessings. At night, Theyyam dancers jump through huge fires, lending even more excitement to the ritual.
A Westport resident for many years, Barbara Paul, photographs people living in remote regions of Asia, Africa and other parts of the world, where few travelers visit. She photographs their ethnic dress, tribal and religious customs, festivals and daily way of life, capturing the spirit of the moment in each photograph. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the NYU School of Business Administration, and a member of the Fairfield Arts Council, the Westport Arts Center, and the Stamford Art Association. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications, and she has exhibited her work at libraries, art centers and museums in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester, NY. "Theyyam Ritual Dance - India," is her fourth exhibit at the Norwalk Public Library.
For additional information about this exhibit and reception, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or email@example.com.
May Programs & Events
American Job Center Career Coach
Career Coach Schedule
Free Job Search Assistance
Monday, May 1
10:00 - 12:00
1:00 - 3:00
Curb in front of library
American Job Center Southwest
Retirement Planning Workshops
Tax Free in Retirement
Thursday, May 4 @ 6:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium
New Social Security Regulations Could Change Your Retirement
Wednesday, May 10 @ 6:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium
Tax Free Retirement:
Many American's assume that their taxes in retirement will stay the same or go down. Unfortunately for most, this may not be the case. Upon retirement, Social Security may be taxable at rates as high as 85%, while required minimum distributions from retirement accounts may also create substantial taxable income. Join us on May 4 to learn strategies that can help you get closer to a tax free retirement.
New Social Security Regulations Could Change Your Retirement:
Retirement is one of the most important life events many of us will ever experience. When to collect Social Security may be the single most important decision you make with regard to retirement planning. Join us on May 10 to learn key concepts you need to know before applying for Social Security. Depending on your age, Social Security filing strategies may boost lifetime benefits and increase retirement income by tens of thousands of dollars.
Your questions will be addressed by financial service speakers Michael Alimo (CRPC; CLU; CHFEBC, Investment Advisor Representative) and David Weyner (Senior Planning & Wealth Preservation, LTC Partnership certification, CT & NY).
Michael Alimo, who began his career 30 years ago working for Wall Street brokerage houses, has spent the last 15 years as a financial service advisor have been devoted to serving clientele throughout CT and New England at his USA Financial & Tax Services, LLC, with a focus on: retirement planning and risk management; investment and portfolio management; wealth preservation; transfer strategies; estate tax planning and education funding. In gratitude for many years of business and support from customers around the state, he remains committed to giving back to the community by way of informational presentations and educational workshops. He has hosted many seminars, speaking to groups about a broad array of financial, investment and retirement topics.
David Weyner worked for 20 years as a senior corporate executive. Since 2007, he has served insurance and benefits clients in the NY tri-state area. As a Senior Associate with USA Financial & Tax Services, he has spoken at many seminars, with the objective of helping community members to better understand their planning and program options.
These seminars are free and open to the public.
For additional information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norwalk Writer's Guild
Thursdays, May 4 & May 18
5:30 - 7:00
Fairfield County writers are invited to join the new Norwalk Writers Guild. The group will meet twice a month, the first and third Thursday of the month, 5:30-7:00 pm, at the Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Avenue, in Norwalk. One session per month will be class discussion regarding the writing process. Writers can then elect to post their work online for critiquing, prior to the second monthly meeting. Throughout the year, the Guild will offer special programs and panel discussions featuring regional authors, editors and agents. The Guild will also host an annual conference beginning in 2017. The Norwalk Writers Guild is sponsored by the Norwalk Public Library; meetings will be facilitated by author and editor Leslie Kerr, Norwalk Library's Author-in-Residence.
For additional information or to register, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or email@example.com
SHAKESPEARE ON THE SOUND
SOS Players present Macbeth in 30 Minutes
Thursday, May 25
4:30 - 5:00 pm
Main Library Reading Room
Refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public.
Macbeth in 30 Minutes is an original play created for a young audience by Shakespeare on the Sound's SOS Players Acting Troupe. The engaging play condenses William Shakespeare story of Macbeth and his bloody quest for power. Interactive, thrilling, fun, and unique Macbeth in 30 Minutes will delight children, and adults, of all ages.
Shakespeare on the Sound is committed to producing affordable, professional open-air productions of the plays of William Shakespeare and related authors in Fairfield County. Working in collaboration with area civic, business and educational institutions, Shakespeare on the Sound presents an annual theatre festival, which brings great dramatic works to a broad audience, creating a forum for learning, appreciation and celebration. Our Educational programming goal is to build community through the arts, giving the works of Shakespeare a vibrant life beyond the summer festival with a variety of school, library, adult education, and art programs as a means to reach a diverse cross-section of people of all ages and economic backgrounds.
For additional information please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Kietzman Every Other Wednesday
Thursday, May 4
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium
A light lunch will be served.
Called an "insightful novel," Every Other Wednesday raises a major dramatic question: How do women who have spent the last twenty-five years of their lives focused on their families transition to a more self-reflective, personal existence? Kietzman shows how three women, each facing an empty nest, come together to cheer and challenge one another. Over the course of an eventful year, Ellie, Alice, and Joan meet every other Wednesday to talk, plan - and find the freedom, and the courage to redefine themselves.
Susan Kietzman is the author of the novels A Changing Marriage, The Good Life and The Summer Cottage. The Connecticut native has a bachelor's degree in English from Connecticut College and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University. She has worked in magazine and newspaper publishing, as well as for several public relations firms. She has taught at two community colleges and written grants for the Mystic Seaport Museum. She lives in Mystic, CT.
Books will be available for purchase and signing at the end of this program.
To register online for this program, or for additional information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or email@example.com.
Learn to Store Photos Online for Free
Saturday, May 6
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Main Library Computer Lab
Register Online (Limited to 10 participants)
With our mobile devices always close at hand, we're communicating more each day through photos. Snapping a few photos to document our daily events, both mundane and special, has become a habit, which can lead quickly to running out of storage space on your device. Learn how to free-up space on your device by uploading and storing all your photos online - in the Cloud - at no cost to you! Not only will you have free space on your device, but all your photos will be available to you wherever there is an Internet connection. It's a quick, easy, free, and secure way to manage your photo collection, and ensure you have enough space on your device to run other applications.
Reference Librarian Laurie Iffland will present the workshop, and help you with your device, if you bring it with you.
For additional information, or to register online, contact Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (203) 899-2780 ext. 15114.
Workshop space is limited - to register please call the
Reference Desk 203-899-2780 ext. 15109
Introduction to Basic Computers
Saturday, May 13
10:00 - 11:30 am
Introduction to the Internet
Saturday, May 27
10:00 - 11:30 am
Introducción al Internet
sábado, mayo 6
10:00 - 11:30 am
Introducción al programa Microsoft Word 2007, procesador de textos.
sábado, mayo 27
Computer Tutor Sessions:
30 minute sessions available - Call 203-899-2780 ext. 15109 or visit the Reference Desk.
For more resources visit our Technology webpage.
Readers' Choice Book Group
Red Blood, Yellow Skin
Linda L.T. Baer
Wednesday, May 10
Norwalk Senior Center
11 Allen Rd. Norwalk, Ct
Norwalk Library's Director of Library Information Services, Cynde Bloom Lahey, will lead a discussion on Red Blood, Yellow Skin by Linda L.T. Baer.
Red Blood, Yellow Skin is the story of a young girl's survival in war-torn Vietnam during the First Indochina War between France and Vietnam, the civil war between North and South Vietnam, and the later American involvement in the Vietnam War. Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in the village of Tao Xa, Thai Binh Province, in North Vietnam in 1947. When she was four years old, the Viet Minh attacked her village and killed her father, leaving Loan and her mother to fend for themselves. Seeking escape from impoverishment, her mother married a rich and dominating widower who was cruel to his free-spirited and mischievous stepdaughter. Loan found solace in the company of animals and insects and escaped into the branches of trees.
In 1954, her family chose to relocate to South Vietnam, rather than live under the yoke of communist North Vietnam. When Loan was thirteen, she ran away to Saigon to flee the cruelty of her stepfather and worked at menial jobs to help her family. At seventeen, she was introduced to bars, nightclubs, and Saigon Tea. At eighteen, she dated and lived with a young American airman.Two months after their baby was born, the airman returned to America, and Loan never heard from him again. She raised their son by herself. However, time healed her heart, and she eventually found true love in a young air force officer, whom she married and accompanied to America in 1971.
Red Blood, Yellow Skin is a story of romance, culture, traditions, and family. It describes the pain, struggle, despair, and violence as Loan lived it. The story is hers, but it is also an account of Vietnam of those who were uprooted, displaced, brutalized, and left homeless. It is about this struggle to survive and her extraordinary triumph over adversity that Baer writes.
Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in a small village in North Vietnam. Her family relocated to South Vietnam in 1954. She spent most of her youth in Saigon, where she met her husband. She followed him to America in 1971 and became an American citizen in 1973. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina, where she is a successful businesswoman
For more information for this program, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or email@example.com.
Books Sandwiched In
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
Thursday, May 25
12:00 -1:00 pm
Bring your lunch and join Reference Librarian Susannah Violino for a lively discussion of
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
by Phaedra Patrick.
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.
Zumba with Karen
No Zumba on May 1
Children & Parents - Mondays - 5:00 - 5:45 pm
Adults & Teens - Mondays 6:00 - 7:00 pm
SecondAct Fitness, Walk Aerobics
May 4th Walk Aerobics will take place in the Lower Level Teen Room
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 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.
Vini, Vitti, dici! Caffe' e Conversazione
Saturdays, May 13 & May 20
10:00 am - 12:00 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 three Saturdays in April: 8, 22 & 29 at 10am in the Carnegie room.
This is not a class for beginners! Participants must be able to carry on a conversation around a timely topic.
Our partner book club:
Libro e Aperitivo Book Club
Wednesday, May 3
7:00 - 8:30 pm
We will discuss the book Oratory, by our own member Vance Alexander. Prior to the book discussion, the author will present a slide show and talk on the Italian sculptor Giacomo Serpotta and his works in Palermo, Sicily.
Oratory is a historical novel of the brilliant sculptor Giacomo Serpotta. Long regulated to the shadows of the art world, this evocative tale is about a man of fantastic genius. From his youth starting with an abusive father to his old age, he experienced many negative situations, including murder, plague, rape, and suicide. Many loving and positive circumstances also filled his life in 17th and 18th century in Palermo, Sicily.
For more information on our activities and salon, contact Pat Tinto at ViniVIttiDici@gmail.com; or PatTinto1@gmail.com
Go to our Teen Page Calendar for May programs!
Register for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten here to read and win prizes!
For all of the children's programs happening in May check out our
Children's webpage calendar.
LIBRARY ADDS TO MEALS ON WHEELS!
A SIDE ORDER...
Library staff and volunteers will select and pack books, audio books, Dvd's 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 , firstname.lastname@example.org or ask for a sign-up form at the Norwalk Public Library or the Norwalk Senior Center.
Borrow, grow organically and return seeds all at the new Seed Library at Norwalk Public Library.
To encourage the tradition of seed saving, nurture locally-adapted plant varieties, and foster a community culture of sharing, the Norwalk Library will be hosting a seed library. It is a free program committed to increasing our ability to feed ourselves wholesome food by offering seeds and education. Through the time-honored tradition of seed saving we celebrate biodiversity, nurture locally adapted plant varieties, and foster community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing. The Seed Library will focus on establishing, growing, and curating a depository of seeds to all card holders at no cost.
For additional information contact Laurie at email@example.com, or call (203) 899-2780 ext. 15114.
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