Founded in 1913 by a small group of community-minded East Norwalk women, the East Norwalk library has grown from its beginnings in a local bakery storefront to its present location -- built in 1917 -- at 51 Van Zant St.
Now the East Norwalk Library is expanding its usefulness through a free new program -- Extension Services.
"While continuing to serve users of the library -- book and other media borrowing, adult, teen, and children's public computers, reading space, and a myriad of in-house programs -- the East Norwalk Library will bring many of those services to various locations within the community," said Stan Siegel, Executive Director.
Collections of popular novels and other print materials have been installed in two East Norwalk Library "branches" -- The Marvin (an intergenerational residence) and Maplewood at Strawberry Hill (an assisted living and memory care facility). The library will maintain current stocks of materials, periodically adding to and culling the material. In addition, an East Norwalk Library card has been issued to both places so residents can request books and other catalogued items, which are then delivered and picked up.
A special book cart will be placed at Norwalk Fire Department Engine Company 3 (on Van Zant Street) and stocked with current and popular books and other reading material, including books for the children of the firefighters who can use the material at the station, or bring them home for family and friends to enjoy. Here too, the stock of material will be replenished periodically.
East Norwalk Library Extension Services will too provide off-site programming bringing book clubs, lectures, presentations, entertainment and other events to various locations including The Marvin and Maplewood.
One such program is an extension of the Library's popular "D2R2 -- Dogs to Read to" where specially trained and certified dogs and their owners will visit off-site locations to bring comfort and companionship to its residents. Another program will enable regularly scheduled "book clubs" where a library facilitator will engage residents in regular reading and discussion of popular novels and other books.
"The East Norwalk Library Extension Services program is, in itself, an extension of the East Norwalk Improvement Association (ENIA) which manages the library," said Sarah Mann, ENIA president. "ENIA has, over the years, since its founding in 1910, sought to serve East Norwalk, as the organization's name implies, by improving our community."