Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with hoopla!
Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized from September 15 - October 15 in the United States. Patrons can find titles to help them celebrate or learn more about Hispanic culture and artists with our collections of audiobooks, eBooks, music, comics, and videos.

International Peace Day Meditation 
on Zoom with Shubhada Dantale

Monday, September 21 @ 7:00 pm

Please register for this program by sending an email to Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at clahey@norwalkpl.org.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other's enemies. Rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security and very way of life. COVID-19 has thrown the world into turmoil and forcibly reminded us that what happens in one part of the planet can impact people everywhere.

Fittingly, the theme for 2020 is "Shaping Peace Together." Celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic. Stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred.

As we struggle to defeat COVID-19, your voice is more important than ever. In these difficult times of physical distancing, this International Day of Peace will be dedicated to fostering dialogue and collecting ideas. The world will be invited to unite and share thoughts on how to weather this storm, heal our planet and change it for the better. Even though we may not be able to stand next to each other, we can still dream together.

Organization & Time Management Series on Zoom September 23 & 30, from 11 a.m. - 12 noon

 Reserve Your Spot Today!
Registration is required for each workshop.

Please contact Caryn Friedman, cfriedman@norwalkpl.org
to receive Zoom access to the workshops.

Norwalk Public Library is pleased to welcome professional organizer Ronni Eisenberg, who will present parts three and four of her Organization and Time Management series.

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

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?'

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, www.blog.ronnieisenberg.com. 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, clahey@norwalkpl.org.

 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 clahey@norwalkpl.org,
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 www.ArtScapades.com 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:

Attracting Songbirds
to Your Garden and Yard!

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 snacker@norwalkpl.org 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 sviolino@norwalkpl.org 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 dream...an 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.

 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

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

As we move through the month of September, the Norwalk History Room has continued to dive into pandemic history in Connecticut and beyond! In part II of this month's pandemic series, the first historical resource on this topic comes from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the CDC's pandemic history overview, curious researchers can find an overview of the 1918 influenza complete with a historical photo gallery featuring several American cities, a timeline of the pandemic and an infographic of "pandemic milestones" from 1917 through 2009. Learn more here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-commemoration/1918-pandemic-history.htm 

Now for a resource with a focus closer to home... 
Interested in researching how the 1918 pandemic impacted Connecticut specifically? 

In Connecticut, the 1918 pandemic created ripple effects throughout the state and made history worldwide as it overlapped in occurrence with World War I. ConnecticutHistory.org is a resource that captures various statistics from that time, while providing additional links to learn about Connecticut history. Discover more here: https://connecticuthistory.org/eighty-five-hundred-souls-the-1918-1919-flu-epidemic-in-connecticut/

Also, the State Department of Health's bulletin from April of 1919 (Connecticut Health Bulletin, vol. 33, no. 4) provides more statistical insights where Norwalk is specifically cited. View the bulletin here: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Departments-and-Agencies/DPH/dph/infectious_diseases/flu/pdf/Connecticut-Health-Bulletin-April-1919.pdf

We hope these resources on the 1918 influenza pandemic are helpful for your research endeavors! If you wish to find out more about the Norwalk History Room, please go to our webpage on the NPL website: http://www.norwalkpl.org/162/Norwalk-History-Room
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Free at home workout videos different difficulty levels

YouTube Videos of the Virtual Verbier Festival

Helping Library Patrons Find Job Stability

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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How can I get in touch with the library if I need help downloading an item or have a reference question?
Please email us at information@norwalkpl.org or call the reference telephone numbers (203)899-2780, ext 15109 and 15133. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Can I borrow an item when the library is closed?
Borrowing items from Norwalk Public Library as well as through Inter-Library loan is suspended.  Fortunately, we have an incredible collection of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines, music, learning opportunities and much more available to download or stream with your library card.  Click here for a complete list. 
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,   www.norwalkpl.org. 
¿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 information@norwalkpl.org  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.