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Robot Training Classes Schedule

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PLEASE NOTE: ROBOT OPEN LAB WILL NOW BE BY-APPOINTMENT ONLY. FOR DETAILS, EMAIL agiannini [at] westportlibrary [dot] org (subject: Robot%20Open%20Lab) (HERE)

The Westport Library's two NAO robots, Vincent and Nancy, have been the talk of the town during their time here. Many of you have seen them in action, and since their arrival date in September, 2014, more than 2,000 of you have been trained to program them!

On December 8, the Westport Library was chosen as one of four sites in the world to host a special Hour of Code event, where we featured a course in Python coding. If you missed the sold-out event, no worries! You can watch the event in its entirety, right here.

Vincent and Nancy have made quite an impact on our community, helping to establish a continued interest in and passion for programming classes and all things robotics.

For upcoming robotics classes and workshops, please see below:

LEGO Robotics Club (Grades K-5) 

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Running a Successful Nonprofit Business

March 19, 2014
Running a Successful Nonprofit Business

Cynthia L. Russell of management consulting firm CrossSector Partners, led a discussion on the key components of operating a successful nonprofit and Nonprofit executives Angela R. Andersen of the International Institute of Connecticut and Kate Morrison of Safe Haven for Youth Ethiopia discussed lessons they learned as they implemented growth plans, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

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Refresh, Reflect and Renew: Cultivate Resilience, Improve Your Health

January 27, 2014

Dr. Paul Epstein, Naturopathic Physician and mind-body medicine stress expert, addressed working with stressors faced in various situations, on January 27, 2014.

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Running a Successful Nonprofit Business

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Cynthia RussellCynthia L. Russell of management consulting firm CrossSector Partners, leads a discussion on the key components of operating a successful nonprofit. Topics will include defining an organization’s mission, the importance of strategic and business planning, working with a Board of Directors and communications and outreach. Nonprofit executives Angela R. Andersen of the International Institute of Connecticut and Kate Morrison of Safe Haven for Youth Ethiopia will discuss lessons they learned as they implementing growth plans. Advance registration with SCORE at is suggested. Sign-in at 5:30 pm; workshop at 6 pm. Co-sponsored with Fairfield County SCORE.

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Michael Doran from Saban Center for Middle East Policy

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Michael DoranMichael Doran is a senior fellow in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, where he specializes in Middle East security issues. He has held several academic positions and has served as a deputy assistant secretary of defense and a senior director at the National Security Council.

Doran has an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University and a
B.A. from Stanford University.  He is fluent in Arabic and Hebrew.

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Long-term unemployed jobseekers

Posted by on Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 - 10:16 AM

If you or someone you know has been out of work for a long time, come to the library to learn about training and educational programs that can help.

Jobseeker Special: Long-Term Unemployed Training and Educational Programs at The WorkPlace

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012 10:00 AM
Westport Library McManus Room

Staff of The WorkPlace, one of five Connecticut Workforce Development Boards, will discuss their Platform to Employment (P2E) program. The WorkPlace won an innovation award for this program, featured on 60 Minutes, which supports the long-term unemployed who have exhausted their unemployment benefits.

Non-profit job search

Posted by on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 - 4:57 PM

Have you considered pursuing a career in a nonprofit organization?  If so, come to the Jobseeker Special on Wednesday, October 17th.

Jobseeker Special: Landing a Job in a Nonprofit

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Westport Library McManus Room

The recession has sent even more people flocking to the nonprofit world. Gone are the days when nonprofit employment was only a fall-back position for many. Meredith Lowe of The Career Co-op, will focus on the specifics of job search in the non-profit sector. Topics will include:

  • How to choose an organization that is right for you
  • The increasingly important role of leadership
  • Metrics and collaborative management in non-profits
  • Repositioning (or positioning) your resume and cover letter, and
  • How to switch from “corporate speak” to “non-profit speak.”

Career Transition Challenges

Posted by on Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 - 9:48 AM

For a different take on job search strategy, come to a workshop at Westport Library on October 3.

Jobseeker Special: How to Create New Work, a Process for Change and Its Financial Implications for the Jobseeker


Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Westport Library McManus Room

Career consultants Erika Steffen and Rosemary Williams see that the current shifting economic environment demands a new look at work and money. This seminar will be an overview of the process to take in career transition, i.e., how does one create new work? In addition, how does one deal with the financial challenges of career transition? This presentation will give the participant insights regarding job creation and financial decision making. Worksheets provided.

Tips for Jobseekers

Posted by on Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 - 8:41 PM

Spend an evening learning how to move your job search along.

Jobseeker Special: Jump Start Your Job Search

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Are you feeling stuck in your job search? Laura PowersFrustrated that opportunities aren’t surfacing as you had hoped? Disappointed in your results? If so, you won’t want to miss this revealing, content-rich workshop with career coach and assessment specialist Laura Powers of Powers Career Coaching that will help you zero in on what’s working (and what isn't) in your job search and what you can do to improve your results.

What Lawyers and Agents Worry About on Behalf of Writer/Author Clients

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Attorney Alan Neigher, an experienced Communications and Copyright Law, Entertainment, and General Civil Practice attorney, and Coleen O'Shea from the Allen O'Shea Literary Agency, will give an overview of what lawyers and agents worry about.  Attorney Neigher will address the legal aspects for writers and authors, and Ms. O'Shea will cover contract business issues which include making a deal (auctions), advances, royalties, commission, and options, and also exploiting rights across platforms and retained rights. She will also talk about how agencies work to develop proposals, build author platforms and how the agency helps authors and publishers work together successfully to meet (and hopefully exceed or manage) expectations. 

Alan Neigher has been a principal in the Westport firm of Byelas & Neigher since 1980.  He has represented authors and screenwriters throughout his legal career.  A graduate of Colby College and Boston College Law School, he specializes inalan neigher media, entertainment, intellectual property and trade regulation law.  His media clients include daily and weekly newspapers, broadcast facilities, film production companies, publishers, and performing talent.  He defends libel, privacy, copyright and tort claims on behalf of several insurance carriers. He has represented numerous media organizations in access, FOIA and newsroom subpoenas cases.  Mr. Neigher served from 1992-1995 as Vice Chair of the Connecticut Film Commission.  He was President of the Board of Directors of the Fairfield Theatre Company upon its opening in 2004.  He is a member of the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Editorial Board and with his associate, Sheryle Levine, is a contributing writer on art and media law for Venue Magazine.

Coleen O’Shea is an experienced publishing executive and a partner in the Allen OShea Literary Agency which she co-founded with fellow publishinColeen O'Sheag executive Marilyn Allen. Among her clients are  best-selling author Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, (The Fat Flush Plan, plus other titles); many award-winning cookbook authors including John Barricelli (The Seasonal Baker andThe Sono Baking Company Cookbook), Michele Stuart (Perfect Pies), Marina Delio (The Yummy Mummy Kitchen Cookbook), and others; celebrity crafter Stephen Brown of (Handmade Halloween and Handmade Christmas); health and wellness authors including Dr. Jonny Bowden (Living Low Carb, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth), Dr. Stephen Sinatra (with Dr. Jonny Bowden, The Great Cholesterol Myth), Dr. Matthew Edlund (The Power of Rest), Stacey Antine, MS RD of HealthBarn USA (Appetite for Life); lifestyle and special interest experts Marina Marchese and Kim Flottum (Honey) and Sal Gilbertie ((Herb Gardening From the Ground Up);  pop culture authors including Nikki Van Noy (New Kids on the Block, the authorized biography, So Much to Say, with the Dave Matthews Band); and memoirs such as Hong Konged by Paul Hanstedt.

Coleen works with select fiction authors including Bill Evans, Emmy Award-winning ABC-weatherman and New York Times bestselling author of weather disaster novels and nonfiction books for children (Category 7 and It’s Raining Fish and Spiders). Before becoming an agent, Coleen held a variety of editorial publishing jobs at HBJ/Jove, Avon, Dell, and Bantam Books, where she was executive editor. As an editor she acquired romances, mysteries, women’s fiction, health, wellness, cookbooks and lifestyle books. With her partner at her literary agency, Coleen wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Book Proposals and Query Letters. She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives and Women’s Media Group.  

While manuscripts will not be reviewed, attendees may bring a one-page overview of a project with an author profile and platform description.    

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