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If you believe learning is a life-long must, you don’t have to jump in the deep end and go for your PhD. You could just head to a local library. Maybe just pick up a second language or learn how to cook your favorite Italian dish. Start small and just for the joy of it. These days it’s easier than ever, as local libraries have impressive online learning and in-person discussions. Here are a few options in November to consider — check your local library’s online calendar for more.



Not ready to head out to a class, try an online session. Even if you are comfortable out and about, you might just prefer the convenience of online learning and diversions. Consider some of the options at Greenwich Library: “Bloomberg Training” (11/2) about the basics of equity, fixed income, commodities and more; “Know Herbs and Nourish Your Body” (11/4) about herbs for food and medicine; “Stories and Craft with Lucia & Miguel” (11/6) about making and decorating a royal crown (kit for pick up at library). Check for more at Greenwich Library.



Maybe you speak five languages but wouldn’t mind adding one more. Or maybe you haven’t taken language classes since high school and think perhaps you could give it one more try. Learn to speak in one of the Language Conversation Group gatherings. Try Italian (11/10, 11/17, 11/24), Japanese (11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26), French (11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26), Spanish (11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30), Hebrew (11/15). All levels welcome; in-person. Return on 11/22 for “Let’s Make Dumplings” with Chef Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan. More at Westport Library.



This Zoom presentation, part of the TechXel Stamford Accelerator Series, features Guilia Gambale, founder of She So Social and cofounder of Agents for Branding. She helps small businesses and nonprofits with branding and communications. Register for the “Financial Modeling” program on 11/3; “Term Sheets” on 11/10; and “Valuation Capital Tables” on 11/17. And if you just need to clear your head, check out the “Community Mindfulness Project Meditation” (11/9, 11/16, 11/23) Head to Ferguson Library.



Want to use your education to write a novel? Hear how Martha Hall Kelly, a graduate of Syracuse and Northwestern, turned her career in advertising into her debut novel, Lilac Girls. It even became a New York Times best-seller. Event takes place 11/4. Head to at New Canaan Library. To hear from author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert, head to Darien Library on 11/11. Her book, Under a White Sky, looks at our future. On 11/10, dive deep into Passing, by Nella Larsen, with the Classics Book Club (and ongoing online readers group); details at Rowayton Library.

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