March 2014 Archives

Upcoming Programs

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Just some updates  on programs I'm working on here at the library:

The Next Chapter Book Club will have it's next meeting on Wednesday, April 2nd at 5:30 pm on the second floor. Details here.  And check out our webpage here

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.)

Greenwich Library Cult Films returns on May 15th with a showing of the 1994 film Ed Wood, starring Johnny Depp. Check out our webpage here.

More updates to come.

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"Django" (1966): A Brief (?) Backstory

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DJANGO2.pngFirst, 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. 


DJANGO2.pngBeginning March 20th, Greenwich Library will begin a new series of programs devoted to cult films.  As,puts it, cult films...

...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



NEXTCHAPTERBOOKCLUBLOGO.pngAfter 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, caf├ęs, 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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