Organization & Time Management Series on Zoom Begins September 9, from 11 a.m. - 12 noon

 Reserve Your Spot Today!

Norwalk Public Library is pleased to welcome professional organizer Ronni Eisenberg, who will present a four-part series on Organization and Time Management, beginning with Had it with Being Disorganized? How to Get Organized & Stay that Way, on Wednesday, September 9, , on Zoom. Future workshops will meet on Wednesdays, September 16, 23 and 30, all from 11 a.m. - 12 noon. 

Are you finding yourself with more and more tasks to do, yet there's never enough time to get everything done? Are you stumped about how to accommodate kids, spouse and yourself, learning and working virtually from home at the same time, or in limited space? Are you planning to downsize, but have no clue on how to begin the process of getting rid of stuff you haven't touched or needed for the past 20+ years? Have you become an expert juggler, but there's that little voice of dissatisfaction and guilt in your ear, chiding you about not doing your best at anything? If you recognize yourself in any of these scenarios, Ronni's series on Organization and Time Management is for you! With patience, self-deprecating humor and understanding, Ronni will step you through practical solutions, that will motivate you and leave you thinking, 'now, why didn't I think of that?'

Registration is required for each workshop.

Please contact Caryn Friedman,
to receive Zoom access to the workshops.

Organization & Time Management Series

September 9, 11 - 12 noon
Had it with Being Disorganized? How to Get Organized & Stay that Way!

September 16, 11 - 12 noon
How to Get Things Done the Easy Way with Simple Time Management

September 23, 11 - 12 noon
Practical Ways to Set Up a Home Office Even if You Don't Have the Space

September 30, 11 - 12 noon
Why Do We Love to Talk About Clutter? Learning to Clear the Clutter in Your Life!

Ronni Eisenberg is a pioneer in the field of organization, and author of 10 books on getting organized, including Organize Yourself, which has sold more than 1 million copies. For over 40 years, she's helped millions of people with some of life's most overwhelming tasks, from how to find balance in their lives and manage the daily stressors that consume their time, to teaching them how to make the important choices that will add quality and well-being to their lives.

Ronni's focus now is to share her knowledge with others through her blog, The Organizing Confessions, She hopes that her experience can provide important insights and teach people lifelong organizational skills and solutions.

For additional information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services at,

A Virtual Evening in Paris
Wednesday, September 9 at 7 pm. on Zoom

A Lively Conversation with Scott Dominic Carpenter Author of French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris

Please contact program host Susannah Violino at to register, and for information about joining this live program.

The Norwalk Public Library is pleased to present Connecticut travel writer Marcia DeSanctis, author of 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go, for a discussion of expat life in Paris with Scott Dominic Carpenter, author of, the recently published, French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris. French Like Moi is available now to Norwalk library cardholders on Hoopla and in print. 

When Scott Carpenter moves from Minnesota to Paris, little does he suspect the dramas that will unfold: scheming neighbors, police denunciations, surly demonstrators, cooking disasters, medical mishaps-not to mention all those lectures about cheese! Nothing in the City of Light can be taken for granted, where even trips to the grocery store lead to adventure.
In the company of a cast of recurring characters, he leads us through the labyrinth of the Parisian every day, one hilarious faux pas after another. Everything is grist for his mill: neighbors who plot to murder one another, hiccups in transportation, bizarre store policies, operatic dramas in the condo association, healthcare à la française, underground tunnels, and even terrorism.
Through it all, Carpenter keeps his eye on the central mystery of what makes the French French (and Midwesterners Midwestern).

Scott Dominic Carpenter

Minnesota-born and Midwest-bred, Scott Dominic Carpenter is the author of Theory of Remainders: A Novel and of This Jealous Earth: Stories. Winner of a Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize for humor (2018), recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and a semi-finalist for the Many Voices Project Prize, he has published work in a wide variety of venues, including The Rumpus, Silk Road, Catapult, South Dakota Review, and various anthologies. When not tearing his hair out over life in France, Carpenter teaches French literature and creative writing at Carleton College (MN). His website is

Marcia DeSanctis

Marcia DeSanctis is a former television news producer who worked for Barbara Walters and Peter Jennings at ABC News, and at CBS News 60 Minutes and NBC News. She is the New York Times bestselling author of 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go and contributes to Vogue, Town & Country, Departures, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications. She is the recipient of five Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism. She lived and worked for several years in Paris and travels as much as possible to France. Visit her at

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

Focus on Fiction Writing Series via Zoom
Begins September 14 - November 30
Mondays, 10:30 am - 12 noon

Reserve Your Spot Today for this Popular Writing Program!

Please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services,, to receive Zoom access to the workshops.

Focus on Fiction: Adult Writing Program via Zoom!, led by Kim Kovach, beginning on Monday, September 14, and running for 10 weeks through November 30. Sessions will meet on Mondays, September 14, 21; October 5, 19, 26; and November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 10:30 a. m. - 12 noon, on Zoom. Registration is required. 

Where do you get ideas to write fiction stories? New and experienced writers are invited to explore new ways of generating story ideas and creative possibilities, including the OuLiPo method to banish writer's block! Author and writing teacher, Kim Kovach, shares how to create unique characters and interesting stories in this 10-week adult writing program.

Author and fiction writing teacher Kim Kovach, keeps classes creative and fun! The author of six fiction books, Kim teaches fiction and nonfiction writing classes for adults in Fairfield and Westchester. Kim writes a weekly newspaper column for Halston Media and articles for magazines. Please visit her website at 

Nonfiction Chat Live on Zoom
Wednesday, September 16 at 3 pm

Register Now to Find Your Next Great Read!

To attend, please email,
 and she'll send you an invitation to join.

Each month, Susannah and Tina will introduce you to some great nonfiction titles they've enjoyed, and keep you in the know about similar titles to look for. Since this isn't a book group, you're not expected to have read in advance the books that Susannah and Tina will be presenting, but attendees are an important part of Nonfiction Chat, and we look forward to your sharing with us what you're reading now, great past reads, and your areas of interest.

At the September 16 program, Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun, and
will be featured.

Both books are available from the library through Hoopla and in print. Other nonfiction titles of a similar topic will be mentioned, as well.

All are invited to participate in Nonfiction Chat, even those die-hard fiction lovers. Who knows, we may whet your appetite for something new. We look forward to having you join in the conversation! 

For the books featured in previous chats, click over to our NonFiction Chat Page.

 ArtScapades Lecture Hosted by Norwalk PL on Zoom
Japanese Footbridge
The Great Wave
Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

East Meets West: 
From Japonism to Impressionism

Please register for this program by emailing Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at, and she will send you the Zoom link to join the program.

ArtScapades will look at the influence of Japanese art and culture on French and American Impressionism. This lecture begins with a look at two of Japan's master printmakers, Hokusai and Hiroshige, and will then move on to discuss their influence on well known names of the Impressionist movement, including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase and Childe Hassam.

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

The Norwalk Public Library & Norwalk River Watershed Association-
as part of their Nature-friendly Gardening Webinar Series-
are pleased to present:

Songbirds of the Northeast!

September 24, noon-1:30
Free & Live on Zoom!

Songbirds of the Northeast!
Please join us as John Root presents-
through recordings and gorgeous photographs -our region's songbirds.
He will discuss the role of song in these birds' lives
as well as their diet, social behavior,
and other adaptations for survival.
Learn how to provide attractive habitat for songbirds!

John Root: In addition to his work as a landscaper, John leads edible wild plant walks, and lectures on a variety of landscape and nature topics. He also promotes pollinator habitat through his participation in the Western Massachusetts Pollinator Network, and is active in establishing community orchards for local food resilience as a member of Grow Food Amherst and Help Yourself Northampton. John is a member of the Ecological Landscapers Association and is an accredited Organic Landscape Professional through the Northeast Organic Farming Association.

Contact Sally at with any questions

Not Your Usual Book Club

The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Sept. 24 @ 3:00 pm Live on Zoom

Please contact Susannah at to register, 
and for information about joining this live program.

Susan Orlean's bestseller and New York Times Notable Book is a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution and an investigation into one of its greatest mysteries. On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library-and if so, who?

"A book lover's ambitiously researched, elegantly written book that serves as a portal into a place of history, drama, culture, and stories" (Star Tribune, Minneapolis), Susan Orlean's thrilling journey through the stacks reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books-and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country.

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation. She lives with her family and her animals in upstate New York.

The book is available to Norwalk library cardholders in print, and in ebook and eaudiobook versions on Overdrive.

Excerpts of letters between Robert Browning & Elizabeth Barrett

When Robert Met Elizabeth

Resources for Historical Research from the Norwalk History Room! 
Compiled by Candi Sterling, Librarian

"Epidemic is on a slight increase" The Norwalk Hour, Sept. 26, 1918

"Epidemic has 114 New Cases today" The Norwalk Hour, October 15, 1918
The Journal of Infectious Diseases , Mar., 1920, Vol. 26, No. 3

The Norwalk Pubic Library's Seed Library is Growing!

Fitness Blender collection of free workout videos
Free at home workout videos different difficulty levels

YouTube Videos of the Virtual Verbier Festival

Helping Library Patrons Find Job Stability

fight job loss

Ancestry Remote Access
Ancestry Remote Access through your NPL Account

Tech This Out!

We are open for tech help!  With everybody jumping on the video conferencing bandwagon, let us help troubleshoot your tech problems via Zoom! Need help with the basics? We've got answers.  Looking to set up your device to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies and TV?  We've got that covered! Want to store your photos in the cloud, create a chart from data, start streaming on Netflix? Check, check, and check.  Fill out this form to schedule a 1-on-1 Zoom tutorial.

¡Estamos abiertos para ayuda técnica! Con todos ahora usando videoconferencia, ¡les ayúdamos a resolver sus problemas tecnológicos a través de Zoom! Necesito ayuda con lo básico, tenemos respuestas. ¿Desea configurar su dispositivo para tomar prestados libros electrónicos, audiolibros, música, películas y TV? ¡Tenemos eso cubierto! Desea almacenar sus fotos en la nube, crear un gráfico a partir de datos, comenzar a transmitir en Netflix. Llene este formulario para programar un tutorial de Zoom 1 a 1. (Programa en inglés).


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Preguntas Frecuentas

¿Cómo mantenerme al dia con los anuncios de la biblioteca?
La biblioteca tiene cuentas en varios redes sociales, las cuales se actualiza con frecuencia. Tenemos Instagram (norwalklibct), Facebook (Norwalk Public Library) y Twitter (@NorwalkLibCT). Siguenos en tu medio preferido, ahíofrecemos anúncios, actualizaciones de información, y más contenido de alta calidad. También tenemos un canal de YouTube (Norwalk Public Library). De sumamente importancia es nuestro sitio web, 
¿Cómo comunicame con la bibioteca si preciso ayuda en bajar materiales digitales o si tengo otras preguntas sobre su colección y/o sus serví
Nos puedes mandar un email  o llamarnos a (203)899-2780, y marcando o extensión 15109 o extensió
n 15133. Te responderemos lo antes posible.
¿Puedo tomar a préstamo materials aun cuando esté cerrada la biblioteca?
Está sospendido todo prestar de materiales fisicos, incluso el de pedir materiales de otras bibliotecas. Por suerte, contamos con una colección increible de materiales digitales, incluso libros electrónicos, audiolibros, películas, revistas, música, oportunidades de aprendizaje, y mucho mas, todo listo por bajar o secuenciar, y todo disponible nada mas usando su tarjeta de la biblioteca. Para ver una lista completa de lo que ofrecemos, haga clic en el enlace  Click here.