Not bad.  Aside from a weak theme song, the by-now-overused plot of Bond going rogue, and a dragged out ending (that otherwise sets up a sequel), the latest James Bond 007 film Spectre, currently out in theatres, is an exciting, well shot and directed film.  Daniel Craig's fourth outing as 007 features his most relaxed and confident performance to date. He's even cracking jokes! 

I'll have more to say about it when the library gets the DVD, but in the meantime, if you're a 007 fan like me, you'll enjoy watching this film!

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The new James Bond 007 thriller SPECTRE hit theatres in the US today after having been released a week earlier in Europe and looks to be another big international hit.  But where did S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (yes, it's actually an acronym, at least in Ian Fleming's Bond novels) first appear?


Horrors On Hoopla!

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Halloween's almost here and Greenwich Library's  DVD collection of horror films is already bare.  But if you have a PC or iPad (an iPhone would work too, although it's murder on the eyes), you can download some classic and not so classic -but still fun- genre thrillers from our Hoopla page. 


"Cult Films" On Hiatus

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Sorry to have taken so long in confirming this, but yes, Greenwich Library's Cult Films program series is now on hiatus.  No new dates will be announced for upcoming installments for the rest of 2015 because, well....

First of all, yours truly has a lot on his plate with ongoing and forthcoming Young Adult library programs (including one involving "a galaxy far, far away", hopefully in December) coming up in the fall & winter. Secondly Greenwich Library has a whole slew of current & future programs, including the great Greenwich Reads Together, coming up that are designed to appeal to everybody in the local community. Basically, there's just no room right now either on my schedule or the library's schedule for Cult Films. 

That said, never say never.  My thanks to everyone who supported this series.  Hopefully, 2016 will see Cult Films return.  Maybe we'll even show this film.  Cross your fingers. 

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The 2015 Greenwich Library Community Survey

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Greenwich Library needs your help.  We want to know what you think of our services and resources.  Do we need to start offering more stuff?  Less?  And do you still like using the library? 

You can let us know about your feelings on these and other matters by taking part in our 2015 Greenwich Library Community Survey.  Just go online here and answer the questions we ask and send off your responses to us.  This'll help us to know what works and what doesn't.

This anonymous survey is a continuation of the library's five year strategic plan launched in 2012.  The plan's goal is to provide resources and programs that meet your needs.  Your opinions are highly valued in helping us determine how to better serve the community. 

The survey is available online in English, Japanese and Spanish.  If you want a printed copy of the survey, just ask a library staff member.

Thanks a bunch!

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After having read the last attempt to resurrect Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in literary form by another author, I was convinced the secret agent's life in prose was over and done. Happily, Anthony Horowitz's Trigger Mortis (click here to reserve a copy) made me realize there can be an author who "gets" 007 as Fleming portrayed him. 

In fact, Fleming, via an unused outline he worked on for a potential 007 TV series in the late fifties that was used as a starting point for Horowitz, is partly responsible for the way Trigger Mortis (it's a technical term used by NASA that figures into the plot) turned out.  Set in 1957, directly after the events of Fleming's Goldfinger novel, Mortis finds Bond wondering what to do with the previous mission's heroine, Pussy Galore, when his boss M promptly gives him a new assignment.

Lancy Smith, a world famous British race car driver (loosely based on real life racing champ Sterling Moss) has been targeted by SMERSH, the covert Soviet  assassination and terrorist organization, for death.  Bond is assigned to protect Smith while they both compete in the Grand Prix.  But while keeping his eyes and ears open for possible threats, Bond discovers that SMERSH also is in league with  the mysterious Korean-American millionaire businessman Jason Sin. Apparently Sin is targeting America's space program, but what's his plan? 

With the initially reluctant help of a female "writer" named Jeopardy Lane, Bond quickly discovers that more than just the American space program is in danger.  But can he and Jeopardy stop Sin in time?!?

I can't give away anything more.  Trigger Mortis is a nonstop thrill ride from start to finish.  Horowitz captures Fleming's literary voice much better than others (I was always sorry the late but otherwise excellent thriller writer John Gardner was unable to write a really good, exciting Bond novel back in the 80s), as well as giving a good sense of historical perspective. The nasty Sin may invoke some memories of Bond's previous foe, Doctor No, however, and the cultural biases (which include ethnic slurs) that Bond and Fleming had back in those days are still present, which may make present day readers uncomfortable. 

If you can overlook the attitudes that characterized guys like Bond back then (and who'd ever thought the previously homophobic 007 actually had a gay friend, as seen in this new novel), you'll enjoy Trigger Mortis!  Recommended, and here's hoping Horowitz gets to do another Bond installment. 

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The Spy Command is a blog devoted to Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 and "The Other Spies".  It cover new and past spy films, TV shows & books, and it's recent coverage has been on the upcoming Bond film SPECTRE and last August's Man From UNCLE film (which I liked BTW). Check out the SC by clicking here.

Speaking of Bond, I'm working my way through Anthony Horowitz's 007 pastiche, Trigger Mortis, and hope to have a review up next week.  So far, it's much better than the last Bond novel by somebody who's not Ian Fleming.

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"Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015)

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Director/co screenwriter George Miller brings back his Max Rockatansky character (previously played by Mel Gibson in three films between 1979-1985) for another go-around in last summer's  hit film Mad Max: Fury Road, now available on DVD.  (Click here to reserve our copy.)


On July 29th, I was one of the speakers at the Connecticut State Library's "ADA for Libraries and Librarians" program held at the Middletown Library Service Center.  The headlining speaker Elanah Graham talked about what the ADA requires libraries and staff to go about assisting patrons with disabilities.  Maria Bernier spoke briefly on how libraries can apply for LSTA grants to provide assistive technology. 

And yours truly went in some stammering detail about the aforementioned assistive tech, including mention (and demonstration) of such software & devices like the JAWS screen reader, the MAGic screen maginifier, the SARA scanner, and the Ruby Handheld Video Magnifier. (See our ADA Page for more details on those services.)

Anyway, the whole 3 hour workshop was captured for a podcast in two parts which you can find on the CT State Library's Archived Events page here.  Hope you'll find it informative.

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