The Norwalk Public Library is inviting current and former residents to share personal stories about life in the city by participating in the Historic Fortnight Memories Project.
The project has been inspired by the East Norwalk Association Library's "Encouragement Program -- Memories," a record of recollections and accounts of memorable moments in locals' lives.
The library encourages people to their Norwalk stories about themselves, their families or others who are particularly memorable. Under an extended deadline, submissions will be accepted through Oct. 31. People of all ages are eligible to submit entries.
The submissions should be a nonfiction essay describing a personal experience, reminiscence, description of an event from a family's history, or something that reflects on life in Norwalk. Subject matter may vary, but the events described must be factual, not fictitious or embellished, according to library officials. Copies of photographs may accompany the essay.
All participants will receive a set of postcards with images of the Works Progress Administration murals in Norwalk. They are more than 40 murals and easel paintings painted more than 60 years ago by artists paid by the WPA during the Great Depression.
All submissions in the Historic Fortnight Memories Project will be published in a commemorative book. On the first page of each submission, include the author's name, address, e-mail and telephone number.
Entries may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to Cynde Bloom Lahey, programming specialist, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850.
For more information, call 203-899-2780, ext. 15133.