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Back in April, I mentioned our then-new accessibility services brochure was available in hard copy or off our ADA Page.  Now we've just put out an updated version.  Click here to read it.

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Here's another reminder (the last one was over a year ago) 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

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The next installment of Greenwich Library's Cult Films program will be on Wednesday, September 10th at 6:30 pm in the second floor meeting room.  In celebration of it's fiftieth anniversary, we'll be showing the 1964 James Bond 007 thriller Goldfinger

Starring Sean Connery as Bond, with Honor Blackman, Gert Frobe and Harold Sakata, this was the film that unleashed Bondmania (and the secret agent craze) onto the public during the sixties. 

An overview of this film will be  in a future post. Meanwhile, here's the trailer:



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Greenwich Library Cult Films, our  series of programs devoted to bringing various classic movies from Hollywood, Europe and the rest of the world that have continued to entertain audiences and influence new film makers, returns Thursday night, August 14th at 6:00 PM.  We'll be showing the 1969 James Bond 007 film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", starring George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, and Telly Savalas.  

 

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RoboHand.pngAt last month's MakerBot program at the library, the presenters showed a brief video focusing on how 3D printers can assist persons with Amniotic Band Syndrome, or just have missing digits on their hands due to other causes.  Check out the video below;


More information at MakerBot's site here.


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With Greenwich Library and other libraries celebrating Batman Day this Saturday, July 26th (click here for details), it's time to take a look back at how the Caped Crusader (as he was called in the pre-"Dark Knight" days) first burst out of comics into the public limelight. 

 

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1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service.  It'll be shown on August 14th beginning at 6:00 PM in the library's meeting room.  Details here. I wrote about the film here some time back.

More to follow.

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The Student Leaders and I will be overseeing the MakerBot demo at Greenwich Library on Saturday, July 19th at 2:00pm in the second floor meeting room.  Full details here

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Here's a trailer for the film:


Set in mid-sixties England, Quadrophenia focuses on Jimmy (Phil Daniels), a teenaged Mod still living with his parents and working a dead end job.  Like the protagonist of 1960's  Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and other classic British working class films of the late 50s/early 60s, Jimmy works off his frustration by joining other Mods (including Ace, played by Sting!) in doing drugs, partying, listening to the Who, and getting into rumbles with the rival  Rockers gang. 

But after a confrontation with the Rockers in Brighton, things  start going way out of control for Jimmy. Unable to cope, Jimmy ultimately commits a drastic act that will impact his life forever....

The title was devised by Who guitarist & main songwriter Pete Townshend, who combined the various different personalities of himself and the other band members to form the character of Jimmy.  Jimmy fancies himself as a tough guy (like Who lead singer Roger Daltrey), a romantic (bassist John Entwistle), a "bloody lunatic" (legendary manic drummer Keith Moon), and a "beggar/hypocrite" (Townshend).  With all those personality traits, it's not hard to see Jimmy's dilemma in dealing with life around him.

The film features tracks from the Who's original album (played in the background rather effectively; especially with the "5:15" sequence), terrific supporting performances by a mostly unknown cast, and runs about 2 hours.  Hence the early starting time on Thursday night.  Oh, and it's rated  R for violence, language and some (male and female) nudity.  But don't let that stop you from enjoying this very timeless look at the pains and joys of life from a teen age perspective.

You can reserve the original album from us on CD here.  And see what's coming up from Cult Films next month by going to our webpage here

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The FingerReader,developed by scientists at MIT, who created a prototype using a 3-D printer, can give visually impaired people access to printed words.

As noted in this article:

"The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user's finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office." 

There's still more work to be done on the device before it can go on the market.  For more information, click here.

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