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20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

August 2019

Teens Behind the Lens: 7th Annual Teen Photography Contest

Thu, August 1 - Fri, October 18
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

2019 Theme: “Dot-Dot-Dot.” This is the Library’s logo and, additionally, in writing, when you end a sentence with an ellipsis (3 periods) , you leave the reader wondering & wanting more… Submit photographs that leave us with questions & make us want more. Open to: Fairfield County residents in grades 6-12. To Enter: Fill out the submission form and submit jpgs online. Email westportteenphoto@gmail.com if you have any difficulties with the form, or have any questions. Photos should be titled with "first…

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Pages Through the Ages Discussion: "American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell"

Mon, August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

To compliment the Westport Historical Society’s exhibit about George Hand Wright, discuss American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon. George Hand Wright was an illustrator who moved to Westport in 1907 during the Golden Age of Illustration. he was not a part of the Famous Artist School (that's in the 1940s), but he was definitely central to the artist community that was growing at the turn of the century. He worked in pastel and watercolors as well as…

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September 2019

Adult Summer Reading Party

Wed, September 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Let’s revel in the success of our third annual Summer Reading Challenge! Come to the library for some fun, food and a chance to win some awesome prizes. Bring your favorite summer book(s) to swap with your fellow challengers!

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October 2019

Your Stories Matter: The Art of Storytelling 101

Sun, October 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sun, October 27

Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

This workshop is a hands-on experience with the workshop leaders, so the workshop is limited to 25 participants. Ideally participants can attend all three sessions (Sundays, October 13, 20 & 27 from 2-4 pm). For ages teen & up. Registration is required. Stories are the foundation of all our communication. They spark emotion and help us find the commonalities in our shared human experiences and to connect more meaningfully to one another. We all have them. And, whether big or…

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Foundation Center Workshop: How to Find Grants

Fri, October 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Do you need an introduction to American philanthropy? Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian at Foundation Center, will help you discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including: Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations. What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interest…

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Teens Behind the Lens: 7th Annual Teen Photography Exhibit

Tue, October 29 - Thu, November 21
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

See the winning entries for the 2019 contest. Professional Westport photographer Pamela Einarsen was the judge. Opening reception for exhibit: Tuesday, October 29, 5-6 pm, Brooks Place Gallery 2019 Theme: “Dot-Dot-Dot.” This is the Library’s logo and, additionally, in writing, when you end a sentence with an ellipsis (3 periods) , you leave the reader wondering & wanting more… Submit photographs that leave us with questions & make us want more. Image: 2018 Best of Show winner--by Jolie Jeffrey-Craft

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November 2019

Anyone Can... Cut the Cord to Cable

Tue, November 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

The Westport Library Tech Team offers the "Anyone Can Use..." series, which are weekly classes on how to use computer programs such as Microsoft Word 2013 and Microsoft Excel 2013, and will include introductions to important social media tools such as Twitter. Are you tired of paying astronomical cable bills? Take this one hour class and learn how you can cut the cord, but still get all the shows you love with different streaming media services. Learn about your options…

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Protecting Your Retirement

Wed, November 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

If you’re 40 or older, long-term care insurance approved by the State’s Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care should be considered as a part of your retirement plan. They are affordable and provide asset protection, protect against inflation, and give you peace of mind through your retirement years. Check out our guide for retirement. Aldo Pantano, from the CT Partnership for Long-Term Care, with the State Office of Policy and Management, will share how the State’s Partnership for Long-Term Care can…

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Youth Artists Collective Workshop: Haiku-Writing with Poet Laureate Diane Lowman

Fri, November 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm EST
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Westport artists Katherine and Rebecca Ross will lead this monthly series of teen art workshops for grades 6-12 in Westport and surrounding communities. YAC is an inclusive group of young artists that meet to make art, talk about art, offer support and find opportunities to share their art. All workshop materials will be supplied. Sponsor: The Drew Friedman Community Art Center

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Youth Artists Collective Workshop: Haiku Illustration

Fri, November 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Westport artists Katherine and Rebecca Ross will lead this monthly series of teen art workshops for grades 6-12 in Westport and surrounding communities. YAC is an inclusive group of young artists that meet to make art, talk about art, offer support and find opportunities to share their art. All workshop materials will be supplied. Sponsor: The Drew Friedman Community Art Center

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Books & Bites

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

Enjoy conversation while discovering great new books in this series that celebrates Westport authors across a variety of genres. Support Westport authors Sharmishtha Chowdhury and Herbert Appleman when they discuss their books with bloggers Gabi Coatsworth and Suzanne Leopold. The First World War, Anticolonialism and Imperial Authority in British India by Sharmishtha Chowdhury focuses on the years between 1914-1924. Her book presents a multifaceted picture of Indian politics at a time when total war and resurgent anticolonial activism were reshaping…

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December 2019

Smart Strategies for Weight Loss and Wellness

Thu, December 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Maintaining a healthy weight can have significant health benefits including a positive impact on your mobility and musculoskeletal health. In fact, every pound of extra weight adds four additional pounds of force to your knee joints, so losing extra weight can help to alleviate stress on your joints. Join us as we hear from our weight management and weight loss specialist to discover why it can be so difficult to lose weight and explore effective strategies for healthy weight loss. …

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Youth Artists Collective Workshop: Paper Mosaics

Fri, December 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Westport artists Katherine and Rebecca Ross will lead this monthly series of teen art workshops for grades 6-12 in Westport and surrounding communities. YAC is an inclusive group of young artists that meet to make art, talk about art, offer support and find opportunities to share their art. All workshop materials will be supplied. Sponsor: The Drew Friedman Community Art Center

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January 2020

Youth Arts Collective & Countdown to College: Art Student Panel Discussion

Fri, January 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Considering a career in the arts? Thinking of going to art school? In collaboration with Katherine and Rebecca Ross and the Youth Arts Collective, join a friendly panel discussion and Q&A with current college students and young professional artists working in animation/game arts, fashion, graphic design, illustration, fine art, and more. Sponsor: The Drew Friedman Community Art Center The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to…

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WestportWRITES Presents Author Tara Sullivan

Sun, January 12 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

This workshop will cover how to summarize your story and why that matters. Nothing reveals the strengths and weaknesses of a novel more than its synopsis—but how on earth do you boil down a novel-length work into a few hundred words? In this hands-on workshop you'll learn how to create a killer synopsis for your book, one step at a time. We’ll also discuss how a synopsis can clue you in to a revision plan and how to incorporate it…

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February 2020

MissManagement: What You Don't Know About Women in the Startup World

Mon, February 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Kelly Helmuth, the presenter, has been part of the Fairfield County business and startup scene for years, most recently as COO of startup consultancy, The Ledgemore Group. Now CEO of Bestest, a voting app for consumers and businesses, Kelly is walking the talk as she drives product development, marketing, and fundraising for this fast-growing platform.  Along the way she has overcome a wide variety of challenges from corporate growing pains around mission and roles, to minimizing the impact of life…

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Youth Artists Collective Workshop: Outreach Valentines

Fri, February 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Create handmade valentines for those in nee with this outreach to the Senior Center, Homes for the Brave and more. Westport artists Katherine and Rebecca Ross lead this monthly series of teen art workshops for grades 6-12 in Westport and surrounding communities. YAC is an inclusive group of young artists that meet to make art, talk about art, offer support and find opportunities to share their art. All workshop materials will be supplied. Sponsor: The Drew Friedman Community Art Center

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WestportWRITES: Sharpen Your Writing Skills with Robin Chung

Sun, February 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

WestportWRITES welcomes journalist Robin Chung for a workshop focused on sharpening your writing and journalism skills. Using her background in lyric writing for musical theatre, Robin Chung uses elements of the craft to help participants expand their skills as a writer. Using elements of lyric writing like hook, word choice and finding an angle, Robin will guide participants through a two-hour workshop with hands-on components that will bring fresh insight to your work." Robin Moyer Chung is a professional lyricist,…

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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 EST
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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CANCELLED: The Conversation Of "Do Or Die"

Sun, March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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In this Bring-Your-Own-Lunch version of Beechwood’s popular BFD series, we come together as a diverse community to discuss the many aspects of a “Do Or Die” journey. Through private reflection on our diverse personal experiences, we identify common elements that make the Do Or Die journey work and explore ideas on how one might navigate the journey but also reflect on how the arts and others can help them be realized. Expert Facilitator Jeanine Esposito leads a single conversation, with…

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POSTPONED: WestportWRITES: Story Writing Workshop Inspired by Ray Bradbury

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

Note to Patrons: With the news from Governor Lamont related to the Coronavirus and meetings or gatherings, the Westport Library has decided to postpone or cancel its in-person programming for the month of March. We are currently in conversation with several of the speakers scheduled for this month to see if it is possible to provide some programs via live streaming on our website. Please check the website regularly for updates on rescheduling of in-person events or for dates and times of livestreamed events. 2020 marks Ray Bradbury’s…

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POSTPONED: Debut Author Maisy Card

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

Note to Patrons: With the news from Governor Lamont related to the Coronavirus and meetings or gatherings, the Westport Library has decided to postpone or cancel its in-person programming for the month of March. We are currently in conversation with several of the speakers scheduled for this month to see if it is possible to provide some programs via live streaming on our website. Please check the website regularly for updates on rescheduling of in-person events or for dates and times of livestreamed events. Join Maisy Card when…

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

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

Note to Patrons: With the news from Governor Lamont related to the Coronavirus and meetings or gatherings, the Westport Library has decided to postpone or cancel its in-person programming for the month of March. We are currently in conversation with several of the speakers scheduled for this month to see if it is possible to provide some programs via live streaming on our website. Please check the website regularly for updates on rescheduling of in-person events or for dates and times of livestreamed events. Lillian Wald is best…

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POSTPONED: WestportWRITES: Pain as Metaphor: Writing on Disability and Illness

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

Note to Patrons: With the news from Governor Lamont related to the Coronavirus and meetings or gatherings, the Westport Library has decided to postpone or cancel its in-person programming for the month of March. We are currently in conversation with several of the speakers scheduled for this month to see if it is possible to provide some programs via live streaming on our website. Please check the website regularly for updates on rescheduling of in-person events or for dates and…

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April 2022

Teen Book Club Meeting

Wed, April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Join us to talk about Legend by Marie Lu. The Teen Book Club is open to all high school students interested in talking about books.  Please feel free to join the meeting even if you do not finish or did not read the book.  It is a great way to connect with other people who love books!

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August 2022

Summer Learning Clubs for Students Entering Grades 1 - 3

Mon, August 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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Mondays will center around a blend of inquiry, design, research, writing and the arts. The Tuesday class will carry over the deep work from Monday, and be focused on math, science and revision, testing and technology, with students creating a physical representation of their learning.

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Summer Learning Clubs for Students Entering Grades 4 & 5

Mon, August 8 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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Mondays will center around a blend of inquiry, design, research, writing and the arts. The Tuesday class will carry over the deep work from Monday, and be focused on math, science and revision, testing and technology, with students creating a physical representation of their learning.

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Middle School Summer Learning Clubs

Mon, August 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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Mondays will center around a blend of inquiry, design, research, writing and the arts. The Tuesday class will carry over the deep work from Monday, and be focused on math, science and revision, testing and technology, with students creating a physical representation of their learning.

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Summer Learning Clubs for Students Entering Grades 1 - 3

Tue, August 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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Mondays will center around a blend of inquiry, design, research, writing and the arts. The Tuesday class will carry over the deep work from Monday, and be focused on math, science and revision, testing and technology, with students creating a physical representation of their learning.

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Summer Learning Clubs for Students Entering Grades 4 & 5

Tue, August 9 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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Mondays will center around a blend of inquiry, design, research, writing and the arts. The Tuesday class will carry over the deep work from Monday, and be focused on math, science and revision, testing and technology, with students creating a physical representation of their learning.

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Middle School Summer Learning Clubs

Tue, August 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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Mondays will center around a blend of inquiry, design, research, writing and the arts. The Tuesday class will carry over the deep work from Monday, and be focused on math, science and revision, testing and technology, with students creating a physical representation of their learning.

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Teen Book Club Meeting- RESCHEDULED

Wed, August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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Cover art of Shatter Me and Trail of Lightning

This meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, September 7th.

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September 2022

WestportWRITES: The Writer's Law School

Mon, September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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Learn the legal basics of copyrights, trademarks and key provisions of contracts to understand the small print of publishing from attorney Jodé Millman. The differences between Copyright, Trademarks, Patents and Service Marks. The Copyright Registration Process and the CASE law. What is the Public Domain? What is the Fair Use Doctrine? Which Business Entity is best for my writing career? What are the Right of Privacy, Libel and Slander? The Anatomy of a Publishing Deal-Contract Basics. Resources to help you…

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Suicide Prevention Training with Positive Directions

Fri, September 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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    People you know are struggling with their mental health. Do you know how to reach out to help someone in distress? In support of Suicide Awareness Month, Positive Directions - The Center for Prevention and Counseling through the Westport Prevention Coalition, is providing a Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training and encouraging Town of Westport town employees and residents to attend. QPR is an evidence-based, certificate training.   A light lunch will be provided. To register, please click here.…

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