Just some updates on programs I'm working on here at the library:
I'm helping out with the library's Student Leadership Council (Student Leaders) teen advisory group. Their next meeting is on Thursday night, April 3rd, at 7:00 pm. Details here. If you or someone you know is a student in grades 7-12 who's looking to improve library services for your peers and/or you also want community service credit, stop by. More details here.
(BTW The Next Chapter Book Club is also looking for student volunteers. Click here if you're interested.)
More updates to come.
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First, my thanks to everybody that came to see last night's Cult Films showing of 1966's Django! We had a great turnout that bodes well for the future of the library's Cult Films program.
...have limited but very special appeal. Cult films are usually strange, quirky, offbeat, eccentric, oddball, or surreal, with outrageous, weird, unique and cartoony characters or plots, and garish sets. They are often considered controversial because they step outside standard narrative and technical conventions. They can be very stylized, and they are often flawed or unusual in some striking way.
More importantly, these films have the ability to touch their intended following, influencing anyone even remotely interested in film production. It's these so-called fringe or over the top movies that Greenwich Library Cult Films, through our extensive catalog, intends to expose to a much wider and appreciative audience.
We'll kick off the series with a showing of the classic 1966 spaghetti western Django, starring Franco Nero and directed by Sergio Corbucci on Thursday March 20th in the Meeting Room. Details here. This grim, violent and powerful thriller about the title character (played by Nero) playing two vicious gangs against each other while plotting revenge AND stealing a ton of gold packs a powerful impact.
Though barely seen within the United States at the time of it's release, Django proved amazingly popular with audiences around the world. Several so-called "sequels" were produced to cash in on the film's success. (We even have one of them listed here in our catalog.)
Over the decades, it's influence was seen in the works of various directors,including Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood (whose 1973 film High Plains Drifter "borrows" some elements from the Corbucci film). More recently,Quentin Tarantino's 2012 hit Django Unchained was (besides being an exciting and compelling anti-slavery western) an acknowledged homage to the works of Corbucci, Sergio Leone, and other artists who produced these spaghetti westerns in the 60s and 70s.
(What is a spaghetti western, you ask? Click here.)
Forthcoming films in the series will include Tim Burton's underrated 1994 work Ed Wood and Roman Polanski's 1962 Knife in the Water. Some material may, as the saying goes, be too mature for younger audiences. Check out our new Cult Films webpage here.
Watch for updates on the program at this blog, as well as on Twitter.
After a series of cancellations due to the weather & transportation delays, the Next Chapter Book Club will finally have its first meeting in a few months this Wednesday, March 5th at 5:30 upstairs in the library's Teen Central area on the second floor. Details here.
The NCBC offers people with developmental disabilities (DD) to read and learn together, talk about books, and make friends in a relaxed, community setting. The club meets in local bookstores, cafés, and similar gathering places to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month between 5:30-6:30 pm.
If you know someone who'd be interested in joining, contact us here at "leave a comment".
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The ADA Coalition of Connecticut, located in Hartford, is the state affiliate of the New England ADA & Accessible Information Technology Center. The ADACC promotes compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act through their website and workshops.
These workshops are, for a fee, set up to train towns, school systems, private businesses, and others on what the ADA entails, For mor info, check out the ADACC's website here.
Last year Titan Books published The Simon & Kurby Library: Science Fiction, a fantastic collection of comics by the writer/artist team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.
Watch this space for a forthcoming announcement regarding the library's showing of the classic 1966 western Django in March. I'll be reviewing and discussing cult films like Django on the blog in connection with said event and it's future installments.
Meanwhile, here's something to keep you in suspense (well, kinda):
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