The following programs are offered by the New Canaan Library. All programs are free. Registration is recommended. For more information, visit

Final fall session of ArtScapades

The final session of the ArtScapes lecture program, "Art that Defined America," is Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.

The lecture, "Artists Abroad: From American to Expatriate," will look at Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler -- American artists who, despite their expatriate status, are among America's greatest talents.

Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman, of ArtScapades, began teaching art appreciation in 1998 in the New Canaan Public Schools. They began sharing their knowledge with adults who wanted to further their education and learn more about art in order to make museum trips more fulfilling.

Journalist Scott Pelley to give Salant lecture

Scott Pelley, award-winning broadcast journalist and managing editor of "CBS Evening News," will deliver the library's annual Richard Salant Lecture. Pelley's presentation, "A Reporter's View on News in 2011," will take place on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m.

Pelley, who was chief White House correspondent for CBS from 1997 to 1999, was named anchor and managing editor of "CBS Evening News" in May. He also is a correspondent for "60 Minutes." The lecture will take place in the Adrian Lamb Room.

Lunch Bunch group to discuss `The Lantern'

Join Maria Livoti, head of circulation at the library, will lead November's Lunch Bunch book discussion of "The Lantern" by Deborah Lawrenson. The group will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at noon in the Adrian Lamb Room. Lunch will be provided.

History Book Group to discuss `Triumvirate'

The library's World Events, History and Culture Book Group concludes its fall session with a discussion of "Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White -- Art, Architecture, Scandal and Class in America's Gilded Age." "Triumvirate" is the latest book from New York University professor and architectural historian Mosette Broderick. The group will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Plaut Room. Refreshments will be served.

MSNBC hosts to talk about new book

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, co-hosts of the popular MSNBC weekday morning program "Morning Joe," will talk about the bestselling author Brzezinski's new book, "Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You're Worth," at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the New Canaan Library.

Event co-sponsor Elm Street Books will sell copies of the book, which will be available for signing.

Brzezinski is the author of the New York Times bestseller "All Things at Once." She is the mother of two daughters, Emilie and Carlie, and has been married for 15 years to investigative journalist Jim Hoffer.

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Norma Minkowitz art on view to Nov. 20

The tactile art of Norma Minkowitz will be on view in the Library's H. Pelham Curtis Gallery.

The exhibit, "Drawn to the Edge: Sculpture and Drawings," will be on view through Nov. 20. Minkowitz works with fiber, wire, resin, hog gut and found materials, using the traditional crafts of crochet and weaving and shellac-stiffened and painted fibers to produce works that are ethereal in their beauty, yet dynamic in their presence.

Minkowitz creates exquisite forms that transcend the objects they represent. She has translated her two-dimensional vision into the three-dimensional world.

, as if she were drawing in space with fiber. The stiffened fibers on the surface of the work, beautiful in themselves, compel the viewer to take a closer look to find that the holes between the threads the artist weaves offer a view into the interior realm of her pieces.

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Elm Street Books

First Thursday at Elm Street Books -- Enjoy a drink and meet fishing guide/author Jeff Yates

Elm Street Books continues "First Thursday" at the store Nov. 3, inviting customers to mingle, browse the books and meet fly fisherman Jeff Yates, author of the newly released "Fly Fishing Fairfield County: Secrets of Suburban Streams." He will talk briefly about his book at 6:30 p.m.

With 20 trout streams in Fairfield County, there is no shortage of fly-fishing options for the anglers willing to explore their backyards, according to Yates, who is a fishing associate at Orvis in Darien. A master guide and fly tier, he says locals would be surprised to learn about some of the streams that exist just minutes from their back doors.

His book includes 200 pages of photographs, detailed maps complete with local roads and parking directions and thorough descriptions of every trout stream in the region.

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