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SoNo Library Screens Education Films, Hosts Talks

The South Norwalk Branch Library is screening "Waiting for Superman" on Saturday, the first in a series of films about education, to be followed by a discussion with community leaders. The screening/discussion takes place from 1 to 5 p.m.

Children's librarian Sherelle Harris says education is a "hot topic" these days. "I hope this film and the panel will encourage an honest dialogue about education in Norwalk from many segments of the community, in particular the underserved communities," she says.

Panelists will include Susan Marks, superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools; Emiley Aguilar, parent advocate; Lauriston Avery, Five Mile River Nursery School director; Lauren Rosato, Norwalk Education Foundation president; and Anita Schmidt, Norwalk Branch NAACP president. Greg Burnett, a former Norwalk school board member, will moderate the discussion.

"Waiting for Superman" is an award-winning 2010 documentary that shows the plight of the American public education by following students who are desperately hoping to be selected by lottery for charter schools.

Mark your calendars for upcoming screenings/discussions:

• “Race to Nowhere,” on Saturday, May 21, 1 to 5 p.m.

• “Two Million Minutes ,” on Saturday, June 11, 1 to 5 p.m.

The South Norwalk Branch Library is located at 10 Washington St., Norwalk. The screening takes place in the community room on the top level of the library. The library’s events are free and open to the public. Arrive early to allow time to park. Registration is necessary. Call 203 899-2790 Ext. 2 for more information or to register. Do not register via voicemail.

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