Nothing says "Season's Greetings" more (at least to me) than a newly published, authoritative collection of horror/fantasy writer H.P. Lovecraft's (1890-1937)  classic tales that he wrote in the 20s and 30s for various pulp magazines.  The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, edited by Leslie S. Klinger, was released a few months back just in time for Halloween, but horror fans will still want this for Christmas. (Click here to reserve our copy.)

The collection focuses more or less on the stories and one novel that were set in and around the fictional town of Arkham, Massachusetts and his Cthulhu Mythos. Klinger has included such thrillers as "Dagon", "The Call of Cthulhu", "The Colour Out of Space", "The Silver Key", "The Dunwich Horror", "Herbert West Reanimator", and the fatalistic, science fictional novel At The Mountains of Madness.  All of these stories have annotations in the margins spotlighting Klinger's well-researched historical back stories on the locations (real and made up) of the tales, letters, photos (including actual site in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, magazine covers and movie posters), and citations of deleted passages in the stories when first published. 

There's also an introduction by Alan Moore ( Watchmen), an essay by Klinger  about Lovecraft's life which doesn't sugarcoat over the author's racist misanthropy (to put it mildly), and a fantastic series of equally informative appendixes detailing the chronology of Lovecraft's works, screen and audio adaptations, etc.  For serious fans of the horror genre alone, The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft is required reading!

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"The Simon & Kirby Library: Horror"

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Hot off the heels of their last collection of classic comics by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (reviewed here), Titan Books has released another volume of vintage S&K stories.



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Here's another reminder that Greenwich Library currently offers an email service for patrons who can't come into the building to ask a reference question (or help in general). We set up this service so patrons, especially those with disabilities, as well as working professionals and others "on the run", could get in touch with the library without any hassle.To access this service, click here

And the Technology Training Center downstairs next to the library café has a "Drop In Computer Lab" that's described as follows:

Get hands on assistance with downloading audio books and eBooks using OverDrive, Library databases, Microsoft Office, Internet search, email,online forms and more with library staff every Tuesday and Saturday 11 am-12 pm, and Thursday 3-4 pm.

(NOTE:  The Drop In Lab will be closed between December 23rd 2014-January 3rd 2015 on account of the holidays.)

So be sure to check out these library resources when you get a chance!

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As a follow-up to my previous post on enrolling online for health insurance, writer Mary Agnes Carey at Kaiser Health News lists five tips on what to look for when you enroll.   Whether you're signing up with or state exchanges like our own Access Health CT, you'll want to read Ms. Carey's article first.  The piece includes advice on changing current plans, billing, and finding out if you qualify for financial help.  Click here to read it.

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Open enrollment for 2015 health care insurance coverage began this weekend (November 15th, 2014) and continues until February 15, 2015.  Access Health CT notes that " you can also shop and compare costs, providers and health plan benefits, and select a different plan if that would better meet your needs."  Go to their website by clicking here for more info. 

For coverage to begin January 1, 2015, you must select your health plan by December 15th 2014, if you're new to the Marketplace, not eligible for auto-enrollment, or want to select a different plan than the one you had for 2014.  Access Health CT adds that if " you select a plan after December 15, 2014, your coverage for that plan will not start until a later month. Remember, you will not be able to enroll in the Marketplace after February 15, 2015, unless you qualify for Special Enrollment, for example, you lose your existing health coverage; you relocate to Connecticut; or you experience certain other qualifying life events".

If you need help creating an Access Health CT account or finding an In-Person Assister, Navigator, Certified Application Counselor or broker located near you or that speaks your language, contact the Call Center at 1-855-805-4325.  Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact the Call Center at the TTY line at 1-855-789-2428.

Even more information on picking the right insurance coverage that can meet your needs can be found at by clicking here.  Good luck!

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Greenwich Library Is Open Today, Sunday, November 16th

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We're open 1-5 today.  If any student needs help with a school assignment or anybody else with something they need, I'll be on the first floor reference desk during those hours. 

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The Paralyzed Veterans of America Website

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The stated mission of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVoA) website is "helping veterans and all people with spinal cord injury and disease... enjoy the high quality of life they deserve".  As Veterans Day is tomorrow, friends and families of vets might want to check out the site by clicking here.

PVoA offers paralyzed veterans and their families assistance with long term care and support, social security, legal services and employment, among other areas.  They even detail the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to persons with disabilities here.  So check out this amazing resource if you can!

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now has a website up for persons with disabilities who feel they may be being discriminated against when looking for housing.  Click here to pull it up.

The website offers info not only to persons with disabilities but also to housing providers and building design professionals as well. You can also find a link to the site on our ADA Page by clicking here, then scroll down to "HUD".  

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The latest installment in Greenwich Library's Cult Films series, Sergio Leone's A Fistful Of Dollars, starring Clint Eastwood, will be shown on Wednesday, November 5th, beginning at 6:30 pm.  More details here.  Below is the original trailer:

Dollars, made & released in 1964 in Europe (the US got to see it for the first time in January, 1967), was a thinly disguised remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1961 film Yojimbo, itself influenced by Dashiell Hammett's 1929 novel, Red Harvest. Directed by Sergio Leone, Dollars was an Italian/Spanish/German co-production, shot in Almeria, Spain (exteriors), with indoor sequences (interiors) shot in Italy.  The cast was made up of various Italian, German and Spanish actors, including Marianne Koch and Gian Maria Volante, and it's music was composed by then-unknown Ennio Morricone.

Leone, reportedly given a $200,000 budget, wanted to shake up the western genre, which he felt had gone stagnant. After being rejected by Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson, Leone hired the then popular star of TV's Rawhide, Clint Eastwood for $15,000 to portray the protagonist, a mysterious gunman who rides into a town controlled by two warring families, the Baxters and the Rojos, and seeing a possible monetary profit, decides to pit one faction against the other.

Eastwood's "Man With No Name" (actually he's called "Joe" in the film) is about as far apart as a traditional western hero as you can get. Add various violent gun fight sequences that are quickly and stylishly edited and some witty dialogue, and Dollars became  an international artistic and financial success.  Leone of course went on to do two sequels with Eastwood, eventually even working with both Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson in 1969's Once Upon A Time In The West, as well as other films, before his death in 1989.

(BTW Here's a really good article on Leone's influence.)

The program begins at 6:30 pm in the library's meeting room on the second floor.  The film, dubbed in English, runs about 100 minutes and is in color.  Rated R. 

I usually begin each screening with a brief discussion of the film's production and it's influence over the decades. Both film buffs and ingénues are welcome.  Hope you can join us.  And click here to see what we'll be showing next!

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We've just updated our ADA Page by adding some new links to websites that can assist persons with disabilities.  In the weeks to come, I'll be spotlighting some of those sites at this blog. 

First up is the law firm Swope, Rodante P.A.'s website posting on traumatic brain injury (TBI), which also shows  how brain injured persons can find "various training and employment opportunities"  This post goes into exactly what TBI is, what state and federal resources are available to assist brain injured persons find/keep jobs and/or receive social security and veterans' benefits.  It also lists (with links) where to find these agencies, as well as public and private foundations, charities, and government agencies.  For more information, click here.

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