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Westport, CT 06880 United States

March 2020

Emotional Intelligence for Job Seekers: What it is; Why it Matters; How to Cultivate it

Wed, March 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

It's a fact: in today’s globally competitive, five-generation workplace, it is no longer the most technically qualified, high-IQ candidate who lands the job. It’s the candidate who is well-qualified and who is the most effective self-marketer, possessing the “soft” skills, aka Emotional Intelligence ('EQ') needed to connect, communicate, and navigate the inevitable ups and downs of job search with confidence, grace and ease.  Emotional intelligence has been defined as the ability to understand, use and manage your own emotions in…

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WestportWRITES: Story Writing Workshop Inspired by Ray Bradbury

Sun, March 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

2020 marks Ray Bradbury’s 100th birthday, and the editors of local small press publisher, Fairfield Scribes, will lead a short story writing workshop in his honor. Use inspiration by the legendary author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, to write your own story. Get one-on-one time with the editors and receive an invitation to submit your stories for this new anthology. Authors published in the anthology will have an opportunity to read excerpts at the annual Saugatuck StoryFest in…

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Debut Author Maisy Card

Tue, March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Join Maisy Card when she discusses her novel with Westporters Bernicestine Bailey and Judith Hamer. “In this fascinating debut, Maisy Card reveals her spectacular range and scope. Part immigrant narrative, part ghost story, part historical fiction, part family drama, These Ghosts Are Family explores and illuminates the complexities of race and lineage in Jamaica and the United States. This is a bold, gripping, compassionate book." —Helen Phillips, author of The Need    In the early 1970s, Abel Paisley leaves Jamaica…

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WestportREADS: Lillian Wald At Home: Rochester, Henry Street, Westport and the World

Wed, March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Lillian Wald is best known as the founder of Henry Street Settlement and the Visiting Nurse Service on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1893.  She was also a nurse and Progressive activist who worked for immigrant and Civil Rights, woman suffrage, public health, and global antimilitarism.  In coordination with the WestportREADS exhibit, history professor Margorie N. Feld will trace the arc of Wald’s career, from her lessons in Rochester, New York to her long and successful public career…

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WestportWRITES: Pain as Metaphor: Writing on Disability and Illness

Sun, March 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

This workshop delves into the generative and restorative power of metaphor, with Sonya Huber as used in her book, Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays From a Nervous System, to portray and explore the experience of chronic pain. Documenting pain with inventive language has the power to break isolation and introduce space into the pain experience itself. Sonya Huber is the author of five books, including the award-winning essay collection on chronic pain, Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other…

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April 2020

Saugatuck Scribes

Wed, April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Discover new books in this series that celebrates Westport authors across a variety of genres. Support Westport authors Heather Frimmer and Barbara Pearson-Rac when they discuss their books with teacher and fellow writer Sheryl Kayne. In Bedside Manners, Joyce Novak’s daughter, Marnie, completes medical school and looks ahead to a surgical internship, her wedding, and a future filled with promise, a breast cancer diagnosis throws Joyce’s own future into doubt. Amid this profound soul-searching, both Joyce and Marnie’s futures change…

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WestportREADS Westport's Neighbors and Crusaders: Finding their Voice through Suffrage

Tue, April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

In conjunction with the current Sheffer Room exhibit, exhibit curator Kathie Bennewitz will talk about names and actions of Westport suffragists, many of whose identities remain forgotten today. These women and men came together through a shared progressive voice and strength of purpose to venture from the parlor and onto the streets to change history for American women. Some had local ancestral ties, others were new to town or summer residents; a number were married to artists, writers & publishers…

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