November 2019
The Main & South Norwalk Libraries will be closed
Sunday, November 10 & Monday, November 11
in observance of Veteran's Day

The Libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
starting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Nov. 29.
We will be open on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.

The library was honored at STAR’s annual meeting on October 28 with the 2019 Partner of the Year award. Library staff and Board President Alex Knopp were on hand to receive the award which acknowledges the many cooperative programs that the library has hosted with STAR, including storytelling, job searching, art workshops, and exercise classes. NPL was praised as being the place that always says YES! We plan to hold onto that reputation.

On October 30 we officially installed in the main library the historic pride bench donated to the library by Billie Gastic Rosado and Dominique Johnson.

November brings the fall Norwalk Reads free children's book distribution to the main and South Norwalk libraries on November 2. The long awaited PopUp Library will be officially opened on Saturday November 23, with our generous book donors Cathy and Don DeCesare cutting the ribbon.

On November 30 and December 1, the main library hosts the first ever Wall Street Holiday Market. There will be novelty items for sale, a gingerbread house contest, and live music. Please come down to help make this debut a smashing success!


The Blue Teapot Café & Bakery

Open Monday - Saturday
serving delicious
coffees, tea, sandwiches, and bakery treats!
November Art Exhibit & Reception

Beautiful Ownership; Libraries, Bookplates, & Personal Prints with Jeffrey Price

Sunday, Nov. 17
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium

Jeff Price is the owner of the Artists Bookplate Museum at Artists’ Market. Artists’ Market has been a family business and a cornerstone of Norwalk’s arts community for almost fifty years. “Part of our longevity is due to the quality of art and picture framing you can find here, but the experience you get when you enter this creative environment is one of the most important things,” says Price.

Artists’ Market is well-known for having a gallery of original prints by the mind-bending Dutch artist M. C. Escher, and an interest in Escher’s small woodcuts let to the creation of the Artists’ Bookplate Museum within his gallery.
A bookplate is a small print which represents a unique collaboration between artists and their patrons or collectors. Albert Einstein had a small print designed to identify books from his library and also to present to his colleagues and friends, as did Charlie Chaplin and J. F. K. Since bookplates were created for and by lovers of books, dozens of beautiful volumes about these prints were created, especially between 1890 – 1930.

This small exhibit, and the larger display at Artists’ Market, gives you a rare chance to see these marvelous prints together with related books and other information.
For additional information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or
November Events
Free Books of Norwalk Children

Saturday, Nov. 2
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Norwalk Public Library &
South Norwalk Branch Library

All Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Exploring Our Natural World
Lecture Series

We Hold the Key to Keeping Our Water Clean:
Protecting Water Quality in the Norwalk River
with Louise Washer

Saturday, Nov. 2
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium

Please join us for this extraordinary and positive PowerPoint presentation and talk by this vibrant speaker about conserving and preserving the waters of our own beautiful Norwalk River. Enjoy the photographs, and story of the river!

Louise Washer is president of the Norwalk River Watershed Association. She serves on the Mayor’s Water Quality Committee in Norwalk, on the Steering Committee of the Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership (H2H), and the Pollinator Pathway project, which she helped found, and has helped to establish in over 75 towns in Connecticut and New York. Louise has lived in the Silvermine area of Norwalk for 18 years.

Light refreshments will be served. Please register for this program by contacting Sally Nacker at , or (203) 899–2780 ext. 15137
American Job Center Career Coach 
Free Job Search Assistance

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

Poetry Workshop with Poet Laureate Bill Hayden

Mondays, November 4 & 18
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Children's Activity Room

Norwalk’s poet laureate Bill Hayden will host poetry workshops at the Norwalk Library.

Each workshop we plan to have informal readings of original poems or works in progress, shared by poets, so come prepared to read something that you wrote, or are working on, and want to try out in a safe space. Please bring extra copies to share for the group to make comments on if you wish. This is simply to receive peer reactions and comments. We'll also allow for verbal feedback time after each person reads.We expect there to be enough time for each person to read one poem.

Participants are also welcome to read a poem written by a favorite poet.The format for future workshops may included have occasional visiting featured poets. I also plan to have a listing of dates and times of other local poetry groups that meet regularly in Fairfield & Westchester counties.

Please let me know if you plan to attend the workshop. I look forward to what I hope will be the first of many poetic adventures together.

Hope to see you on Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m., and bring a friend!

Please contact Bill Hayden at , for more information about the group.
Changes in Social Security

Thursday, Nov. 7
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium

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 in context of planning your retirement.

This is a great opportunity 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 & in-crease retirement income by tens of thousands. Always consider Social Security payout as a component of your retirement plan.

We will inform you about:

  • January 1, 2016 Social Security regulation changes impacting the filing timing options available to you.
  • How Social Security benefits are calculated and the advanced planning required to increase them.
  • Why married couples, divorced and widowed individuals can miss out on significant lifetime sums.
  • How Social Security sums may be integrated into a retirement analysis projecting future monthly income.
  • The “three legged stool” approach to retirement planning and how to support your needs in the future.
  • What is your money earmarked for? Income, growth, preservation, legacy?
  • Will I outlive my money in retirement? How can I avoid this?

Please join host Michael Alimo as he helps you navigate crucial retirement decisions.

Michael Alimo (Investment Advisor Representative; ChFEBC). A 30 year industry veteran, for the past 17 years financial service advisor Alimo has served clientele around CT & New England at USA Financial & Tax Services, LLC. Services include comprehensive financial planning; investment and portfolio management; wealth preservation and transfer strategies; business and estate tax planning. Committed to giving back to the community via educational workshops, Mr. Alimo has hosted many seminars for groups at libraries, churches, and social organization about a variety of financial and planning topics.

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


Friday, Nov. 8
6:00 - 8:15 pm
Main Library Auditorium

Panel Discussion
8:15 - 8:45 pm
Marshall is based on an early trial in the career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. It follows the young lawyer (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white socialite employer (Kate Hudson). Muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall partners with a courageous young Jewish lawyer, Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad). Together they mount the defense in an environment of racism and Anti-Semitism. The high profile case and the partnership with Friedman served as a template for Marshall’s creation of the NAACP legal defense fund.

Join Norwalk Public Library and the NAACP for an high impact movie night followed by an
insightful panel discussion.

For more information contact Cynde Lahey, Director of Information Services, (203) 899- 2780 ext. 15133 or .
Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Cats,
from the Experts

Saturday, Nov. 9
12:00 - 4:00 pm
Main Library Auditorium
Please bring a bag lunch.

For cat lovers and pet owners, this is the perfect opportunity to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about your feline buddies, from authors, illustrators, photographers, behavioral experts, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) specialists and volunteering and rescue experts.

An hour-long panel discussion will cover topics ranging from cat behavior to blogging about your cat, writing in your cat’s voice to feral cats and everything in between. A Q&A session will follow with an opportunity to collect handouts, information and giveaways. Books perfect for holiday gifting will be available for purchase and signing, and some adoptable cats will be on-hand, as well. 

Experts in attendance will include: Allia Zobel Nolan author of nine cat books and books for children; cat illustrator/author/photographer and long-time PAWS volunteer Maggie Swanson; TNR and feral cat experts Gilda Casterna and Peggy Barnish; and representatives from rescue organizations, The Alliance In Limiting Strays (TAILS) and
Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

For more information please call Cynde Lahey 203-899-2780 ext. 15133 or email
Gardening Lecture Series

Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper
Life on a Pollinator-Friendly Home, Farm, and Garden
with C. Marin Marchese

Wednesday, Nov. 13
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium

Marina Marchese fell in love with bees after an unexpected tour of a neighbor’s honeybee hives. Her first taste of fresh honey from the beehive would change the course of her life. She quit her job, acquired her own bees, built her own hives, harvested honey, earned a certificate in apitherapy, and studied wine tasting to transfer those skills to honey tasting. Passionate about nature and environmental issues around food, Marchese created her nationally recognized brand, Red Bee Honey. 
More than an inspiring story of one woman’s relationship with honeybees, Honeybee is full of information, including an emphasis on pollination and its importance to sustaining all life. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

C. Marina Marchese is founder and owner of Red Bee Honey. She is certified by the American Apitherapy Society, has trained as a honey judge at the University of Georgia, and is president of the BackYard Beekeepers Association of Connecticut. Marchese has written for Bee Culture magazine and The Journal of the American Apitherapy Society. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, she is also an award-winning illustrator and designer.

Hot tea and honey will be served!

To register for this program, please contact Sally Nacker at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15110, or
Are you an adult looking to further your education?

Let Us Help YOU!

Thursday, Nov. 14
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Computer Lab

  • FAFSA Assistance
  • Admissions Application Fee Waivers
  • Scholarship Search
  • College Admission & Financial Aid Questions

Kindly sponsored by CONNTAC Educational Opportunity Center and the Norwalk public Library.
To register, please call Cynde Lahey at 203-899-2780 ext. 15133z or email
Queen Victoria's Forgotten Granddaughter:
Elisabeth, Grand Duchess of Russia

Presented by Dr. Ramona Garcia

Friday, Nov. 15
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium

"Russia I could not wish for any of you," Queen Victoria once said in reference to her Hessian granddaughters. Elisabeth of Hesse not only defied Queen Victoria by marrying Grand Duke Serge of Russia but also engineered the match of her sister, Alix, to Tsar Nicholas II. Please join us as we explore the life of this forgotten granddaughter who should have heeded her grandmother's warning.
Known throughout Fairfield County for her dynamic history presentations, Ramona Garcia works as a part-time Reference Librarian. She has a PhD in history, and has taught European history at the college level. She has presented conference papers in the United States and Great Britain, and has been published in her field of English history.

For additional information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or
at the Norwalk Public Library
Kick Off the Holiday Season with Us!
Saturday, Nov. 30
9:30 am- 8:00 pm
Sunday, Dec. 1
12:00 - 5:00 pm
Novelty items, toys, art, jewelry, fashion, holiday decor, artisan products & more!
Visit with Santa Claus
Live Music - Holiday Gift Wrapping - Refreshments
Holiday Family Photos with Photographer Hector Pachas
Enter the Gingerbread House Contest
Gingerbread House Contest
3 Categories:

Children 7 - 12
Teens 13 - 20
Adults 21+

Ready to Get Baking?

Wall Street Neighborhood Associaltion
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 Saturdays in November at 10 am. 

Please RSVP to Pat Tinto by the Friday before to confirm your attendance. We will not meet if there are fewer than three participants signed up.

This is not a class for beginners! Participants must be able to carry on a conversation around a timely topic. 

Libro e Aperitivo - .. a book club in English for Italophiles and foodies alike -- will meet next on November 21, 6-8pm in the Carnegie Room to discuss our fall book selection Murder in Matera by Helene Stapinski. Please RSVP to Pat with what "aperitivo o merenda" you will bring to share.

This is in addition to the Author Speaks luncheon at 12 noon on November 13.

Pat Tinto
President & Founder
The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin
Gail Ingis

Friday, Nov. 1
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium

Gail Ingis writes historical romance with a twist of mystery set in the Gilded Age.

Opposites attract in this gilded age historical romance (with a touch of comedy and mystery) when a young American suffragette eschews marriage until a handsome detective is hired to protect her from a dangerous stalker.

It’s not that she doesn’t want to marry…
Allie Baldwin is tired of writing about the latest fashions for the society column of her father’s newspaper, the New York Sentinel. Determined to write about important issues, Allie can’t help but defy danger at every turn. When she narrowly escapes a riot at a suffrage rally, Allie’s beleaguered parents enlist the services of a security agent—a dashing and debonair detective, with a knack for getting under Allie’s skin.

He’s not ready for marriage…
Peter Harrison is too busy running Harrison Detective Agency to bother with courtships and conjugality. He refuses to make the same mistakes his father made—marrying too young and forsaking family for work. But when a newspaper magnate hires him to protect his willful daughter—Peter is torn between his oath to bachelorhood and an alluring attraction to the ravishing redhead with a nose for trouble.

When a mysterious fire sparks her investigative instincts, can Allie stick to reporting the facts and restrain her flowering feelings for the handsome detective? (Amazon)
Her first novel, Indigo Sky, is also available on Amazon and other retailers. (2015 Soul Mate Publishing). The love story behind Albert Bierstadt’s Domes of Yosemite was Gail’s inspiration to write Indigo Sky. The painting, now in St. Johnsbury Atheneum in Vermont once hung in Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk, Connecticut, where she serves as a trustee and curator of art.

Before her debut as an author, she illustrated the book Seeking Paradise by Deborah Galiley (2009, OakTara Publishers).

Gail’s career in interior design and architecture culminated in her founding a school of interior design, Interior Design Institute, now part of Berkeley College. Her professorship extended to colleges across NJ, CT, and NY.

Gail has memberships in several interior design and art organizations, and membership in the Romance Writers of America. She resides in Connecticut with her scientist-writer husband, Tom, who is supportive of her work and her writing.

A light lunch will be provided by the library and books will be available for purchase.

For more information contact Cynde Lahey by phone 203-899--2780 ext. 15133 or email .
The Friend
Sigrid Nunez

Sunday, Nov. 3
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Main Library Auditorium

AuthorSpeak is pleased to announce that Sigrid Nunez, winner of the 2018 National Book Award in Fiction, will discuss her novel The Friend . A book signing will follow the talk. The library is co-sponsoring this event with the Barnard Club of Connecticut.

The Friend is a poignant and unforgettable story about loss, grief, writing and the unexpected ways in which we find healing. When a writer unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the enormous Great Dane he has left behind. What unfolds is a universally relatable love story in which the joys and suffering they experience together – the debilitating sadness that isolates her from the world, and the dog’s trauma at the sudden disappearance of its previous owner – help form their loyal, unbreakable bond. (Publisher)
In addition to winning the National Book Award in Fiction, The Friend was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by a myriad of publications. Over the last 20 years, Nunez has published seven novels that have earned her stunning reviews and prestigious awards, including a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship.

Please join us to welcome this acclaimed writer for what promises to be a fascinating literary program.

For more information contact Cynde Lahey by phone 203-899--2780 ext. 15133 or email .
My Beautiful Detour:
An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful
Amy Oestreicher 

Wednesday, Nov.6
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium

In this coming of age story, Amy shares her struggles and discoveries living with both visible and invisible illness, the tremendous gifts to be reaped from trauma, its lessons which have illuminated her path, and how these gifts can be discovered as a unique, yet universal way to navigate any kind of uncertainty.

Interwoven through her remarkable story are insights on navigating any kind of uncertainty, including:

• What is a “detourist”– and why is it important to take those detours?

• The importance of detours for college students

• How to transition from being a “survivor” to a “thriver”

• Amy’s” Four Hardcore Skills” to resilience

• Finding your own uniqueness not through what’s happened to you, but what you choose to do with it

• The power of art to heal

• Our innate ability to be artists, and why creativity is an essential mindset

• How sharing your story becomes imperative to healing

• How humor is a way through

• Turn messes, mistakes and setbacks into creative detours

My Beautiful Detour offers practical strategies for individuals and unexpected tools for the families of trauma survivors, helping communities build new, limitless futures. The book includes numerous “trauma insights,” and is enriched with humor, art, poetry, and useful takeaways for readers. Reading one woman’s heroic adventure through trauma, recovery, and discovery of new directions in healing the body and the mind is an empowering tale of not just getting through, but thriving. (Amazon)
Amy Oestreicher is the author of the memoir, My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful.

An Audie award-nominated playwright, performer, multidisciplinary creator, singer, librettist, and visual artist, she dedicates her work to celebrating untold stories and the detours in life that can spark connection.

Amy overcame a decade of trauma to become a sought-after PTSD specialist, artist, author, writer for T he Huffington Post , international keynote speaker, RAINN representative, and health advocate. She has given three TEDx Talks on transforming trauma through creativity, and has contributed to NBC’s Today, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, The Washington Post , Good Housekeeping, and MSNBC, among others. See more at .

A light lunch will be provided by the library.

For more information contact Cynde Lahey by phone 203-899--2780 ext. 15133 or email .
Murder in Matera
A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness
in Southern Italy

Helene Stapinski

Wednesday, Nov. 13
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium

The Norwalk Public Library is pleased to co-sponsor with the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) an AuthorSpeak program featuring Helene Stapinski in a discussion of Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy. A light lunch will be provided courtesy of the library.

Helene Stapinski will read from and discuss her memoir which unveils a remarkable family saga while capturing the beauty, the grit, and the conditions of women’s lives in Southern Italy during the late 1800s. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Stapinski is the author of two other memoirs, Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair with Music, and the best-selling Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History , which was made into a PBS documentary she helped to write and produce. She writes regularly for The New York Times and has taught journalism and creative writing at Fordham, NYU (her alma mater), and at the pre-college program The School of The New York Times. She has lectured at Columbia University, where she received her MFA in creative writing.

Please register for this library program by contacting Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or .
Good Luck and a Benevolent God
Zeb Appel

Wednesday, Nov. 20
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium

It was her funeral, and she wanted all of them to be there —not just the family but her ex-husband, old boyfriends, and that ‘special’ girlfriend of her niece. But who was that man taking photos of her in her coffin? Mandy Flanagan was an Irish girl from Boston with a zest for life who eloped to New York City in 1924. When both her marriage and hopes for Broadway stardom failed, a chance encounter led to a career in radio and music. Her life was a lively journey, an unconventional drama, rich with lovers and odd characters. As the mourners gather, they swap stories, share secrets and watch her last performance end in a puff a smoke. (Amazon)
Zeb Appel is the pen name of the author as a novelist. She is also an award winning playwright, poet, writing under her initials E.A. Appel. "Good Luck and a Benevolent God is a wide-ranging tale, full of minor characters and digressions, and the reader isn't always sure where things are goind. Even so, Appel manages to hold her web of malcontents (and the novel) together with her easy narration and her larger-than-life protagonist."

A light lunch will be provided by the Library. For additional information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey 203-899-2780 x 15133 or email
Book Discussions
Readers Choice Book Group

Killers of the Flower Moon:
The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
David Grann

Wednesday, Nov. 13
2:00 PM
Norwalk Senior Center
11 Allen Road
Norwalk, CT


Norwalk Library's Director of Library Information Services, Cynde Bloom Lahey, will lead a discussion of Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. 

I n Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

Norwalk Library's Director of Library Information Services, Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or

Books Sandwiched In

Our Towns: a 100,000-mile journey into the heart of America 

James Fallows

Thursday, December 5*
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Carnegie Room

Bring your lunch and join Reference Librarian Susannah Violino for a lively discussion of Our Towns by James Fallows.

A vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coasts.

For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, they have met hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, environmentalists, artists, public servants, librarians, business people, city planners, students, and entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign.

The America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems--from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge--but itis also crafting solutions, with a practical-minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics. At times of dysfunction on a national level, reform possibilities have often arisen from the local level. The Fallowses describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves. Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself, but it also reflects the energy, the generosity and compassion, the dreams, and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better.  Our Towns  is the story of their journey--and an account of a country busy remaking itself.

Books Sandwiched In meets the last Thursday of every month.
(*Please note there is no Books Sandwiched In during November)

For further information, please contact Susannah Violino at (203) 899-2780 ext 15115, or .

Weekly Programs
Zumba with Karen

Children & Parents - Mondays

 5:00 - 5:45 pm

Adults & Teens - Mondays

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Low Impact Aerobics with Linda

Tuesdays & Thursdays

 1:30 - 2:30 pm

 Teen Room
Qi Gong with Bill Wrenn

5:30 - 6:30 pm

1st Floor Reference Area
For additional information on our programs, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext 15133 or
Norwalk History Room
The History Room Photograph Collection

The Norwalk History Room has over 20,000 photographs of Norwalk and its residents, dating back to the 1850s and the early days of photography. It is our ongoing task both to preserve these fragile materials and to make the images available to the public. The digital revolution has been a great help in achieving both these goals. The photographs can be scanned to preserve the image on the negative or print, and then prints can be made from the scan as needed. The scans can also be sent electronically to anyone who wants one, without any further handling of the original.

One way we are making these pictures available to the public is through Throwback Thursdays on Facebook. Every Thursday we post a historical Norwalk photo on Facebook. These photos may be twenty years old or a hundred and twenty. Some scenes will be remembered by many Facebook users, and some will show a Norwalk that lies beyond the memory of any living resident.  

This was one of the most popular posts of recent months, judging by the “Likes” on Facebook: This shows the center of South Norwalk, photographed before the 1895 railroad bridge was built over the intersection of Main and Washington Streets. The horse-drawn trolley is on Washington Street, heading east towards the river. Behind the trolley is the intersection of Washington Street with North and South Main Streets. The large building on the right is where the 50 Washington Street building now stands. The tall building at the left still exists, minus the turret, at the corner of Washington and South Main Streets.
To see more of these historic Norwalk photographs, look for a new photograph each Thursday on the Norwalk Public Library Facebook page.

Another way we are making our photo collection public is through our Online History Room database. Out long-term goal is to put all our resources online, but we have begun with our postcard collection. So far we have hundreds of postcards online, each with a description of the picture. These pictures can be searched by keyword, subject, or by names such as “Calf Pasture Beach”. This collection can be accessed at any time through the Norwalk Public Library webpage, or directly at   
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 

We are now proud to announce that we have partnered to digitize and provide the Hour from 1874-1929. You can now access the full collection of the Hour by coming into the library or thru the library website with your library card. 

We are hopeful to continue to grow this archive thru the 20th century and all feedback would be helpful in support of continue to develop this archive.
Library Extras
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