Greenwich Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 and remain closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for Thanksgiving.  The Libraries will reopen on Saturday, November 29 at 9 a.m. 

Materials may be returned to our book drops while we are closed. Remember, you can access our website 24/7 to download eBooks, audiobooks and magazines, stream music, research, place holds, find your next read and so much more at www.greenwichlibrary.org.
This month, students can get valuable volunteer hours at the Library by joining the Student Leadership Council, (now meeting twice each month), and challenge our resident Grand Master to a chess game or two. The Library's regularly scheduled student programs, including Middle School Book Club, meet monthly and are open to all without charge unless otherwise indicated. 

Thursday, December 4 at 7 p.m., Student Leadership Council Meeting 
Students in grades 7-12 gather at Teen Central on the second floor to brainstorm about using library resources to initiate and execute projects relevant to their peer group in exchange for community service hours. Refreshments are served.

Friday, December 5 at 7 p.m., Friday Night Chess 
National Master Rich Jackson will provide instruction, supervise play and challenge students to an occasional match. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring a love of the game or a desire to learn. No registration required.

Saturday, December 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Leadership Council Debate Program 
Greenwich Library's Student Leaders will give middle school students and underclassmen in high school the opportunity to learn about debate. We will provide a lesson for the first half hour on a skill used in one or both of the two kinds of debate that high school Connecticut debaters participate in. For the rest of the time, we will either break off into teams or will stage a debate with the students, depending on the size of the group. This opportunity will give future varsity-level debaters the skill-set, confidence, and understanding necessary for success. For local students in grades 8-12

Thursday, December 18 at 4:30 p.m., Middle School Book Club 
Middle School Book Club is for literature fans in grades 6-8. This month's title is "One for the Murphys" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. This story follows the experiences of foster kid Carley, who uses humor and street smarts to cope with her unpredictable life until the loving, bustling Murphy family offers her more stability and a greater sense of belonging than she ever thought possible. Register for the program and pick up a copy of the book at the 2nd floor reference desk. 

Other Library programs of interest to students: 
Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m., AuthorsLive goes hipster with Amanda Petrusich, music and culture writer for Spin, Buzzfeed and The New York Times

For more information about Greenwich Library programs for students in grades 6-12, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/teens, call (203) 622-7918 or email the Teen/YA Librarians.
 
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The technology training staff at Greenwich Library has a great line-up of classes planned for December. This month, job hunters can enjoy Microsoft Word training, plus a 90 minute workshop on mastering LinkedIn. Technology buffs can learn what's trending in the world of digital dictation and Apple TV. 

All year long, Greenwich Library training staff is available to help you explore new technologies and develop the skills to make your online life more productive and enjoyable. Classes are offered in a comfortable environment for all participants, regardless of level, and are open to the public at no charge. All classes are 55 minutes with no registration unless otherwise noted. 

Monday, December 8 at 2 p.m., Apple TV 
Apple TV is the next big thing combining the Internet with on demand TV for movies, educational videos, photos and more. Instructor: Gary Krause, Computer Training, LLC. 

Wednesday, December 10 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly - Apple Dictation
Why type when you can talk? This session will discuss how to use dictation on all your Apple devices. Trending Monthly is a new program to introduce, discuss and demonstrate what's hot and trending in Technology - ranging from productivity, personal and family use, safety and security. All designed to improve the quality of life through technology. Instructor, Lance Pendleton, Director of Education, MacInspires. 

Monday, December 15 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Mastering LinkedIn for Career Success 
LinkedIn is one of the few platforms that ranks in equal importance to the resume when it comes to your career. It has become the essential social media platform for anyone looking to land a job, network or share industry expertise. Learning how to use and master this platform is a critical strategy for anyone looking to proactively manage their career. Instructor: Noelle Gross, Noelle Gross Career Strategy.

Friday, December 19 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach: Microsoft Word Training 
Sponsored by Southwestern CTWorks, the Career Coach is offering two, 2-hour Microsoft Word training sessions. Level 1 training is at 10 am and level 2 at 1 pm. The Coach bus is fully equipped with 10 PC work stations and Internet access and is parked outside the Library's West Putnam Avenue entrance. Arrive early to sign-up. 

Regular Library Technology Training Center Programming 
The Library's regular Drop-in Computer Lab is offered three times each week: on Saturdays and Tuesdays at 11 a.m., and Thursdays at 3 p.m., from December 2-20. (No drop-in labs from December 23 through January 3.) Get hands-on assistance with new gadgets, downloading eBooks and audiobooks using OverDrive, Library databases, Microsoft Office, Internet search, email, online forms, social media, job search, basic computing and more with Library staff. Use your own device or practice with ours. 

For more information email the Training Center, call 203-625-6508, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/TechnologyTrainingCenter.aspx.

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AuthorsLive@Greenwich Library will present a reading and listening event with music writer Amanda Petrusich on Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Brooklyn-based Petrusich will discuss her latest book, Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records

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Says Rob Sheffield, author of Love Is a Mix Tape, "This is American history as the tale of an American obsession - the record collectors, be they scholars, scroungers, hoarders, or heroes. In this brilliant book, Petrusich hits the road with these junk-shop blues Ahabs around the country - she makes you feel the frenzy of the chase, on a crazed, loving quest to rescue lost music from oblivion." 

Amanda Petrusich is a contributing writer for Pitchfork and a contributing editor at The Oxford American, and her music and culture writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Spin, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. Her other books include, It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music, and Pink Moon. Petrusich has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and presently teaches writing and criticism at NYU's Gallatin School. 

This program is open to all at no charge. For more information click here, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.

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Join Greenwich Library for a Winterfest celebration on Saturday, December 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Start the Winterfest fun with Sing, Move and Play with Marta at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Room. Ages 2-5 will enjoy festive singing, music and movement. The program is limited to 20 children and their caregivers. Come early to sign-in at the Children's Desk. 

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Then drop-in to the Children's Room anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for Family Winterfest Crafts and create something special for the holidays with a selection of winter-themed crafts suitable for all ages. 

Join us for a Frozen Sing Along from 1-3 p.m. and experience this delightful movie like never before in an all-new, full-length sing-along edition. Join Anna as she sets off on an epic journey, teaming up with mountain-man cutie Kristoff and summer-loving snowman Olaf, to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Relive the magic of this heartwarming story as you sing along to your favorite, super-catchy Frozen songs. Refreshments will be served after the film. 

Winterfest programs are open to all at no charge. For more information, email the Children's Room, call (203) 622-7940 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/children.

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Events for Teens in November

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This month, students can get valuable advice on how to interview for college and how to complete the FAFSA. Teens unsure about which college assessment test is best can learn how to succeed on both the ACT and the SAT. Student gamers can help celebrate at a special 5th anniversary International Games Day. The Library also offers a slew of regularly scheduled student programs including the Student Leadership Council, Friday Night Chess and Middle School Book Club, all of which meet monthly. All events are open to all at no charge unless otherwise noted. 

Saturday, November 1 at 11 a.m., College Interview Workshop 
College Interview Counselors (CIC) will help students learn how to have an impressive interview with college admissions representatives. This interactive workshop includes interviewing tips, mock interviews, audience critique and a discussion of revealing interviewer comments about actual candidates. No registration required. This program is open to high school students and their parents at no charge.   

Monday, November 3 and Wednesday, November 12 at 7 p.m., FAFSA 101 
Start planning for college costs now. This program will cover why everyone should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), what documents are required, key dates and how to improve your chance of getting aid. Open to parents and students in grades 8-12. The program on each date is identical. No registration required. Presented by Daniel Patti, CFP of Janney Montgomery Scott. 

Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m., Student Leadership Council Meeting 
Students in grades 7-12 gather at Teen Central on the second floor to brainstorm about using library resources to initiate and execute projects relevant to their peer group in exchange for community service hours. Refreshments are served. 

Friday, November 7 at 7 p.m., Friday Night Chess 
National Master Rich Jackson will provide instruction, supervise play and challenge students to an occasional match. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring a love of the game or a desire to learn. No registration required. 
 
Saturday, November 8 from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m., Success on the ACT and SAT 
Dr. Mark Yin of the Greenwich Tutor Center and former high-school English teacher Ms. Anna Warm will present an information session on these standard college entrance exams, including how to prepare and how to get the best scores possible. No registration required. 

Saturday, November 15 from 1:30-4:30 p.m., International Games Day 
Celebrate our 5th annual International Games Day with a Candy Crush competition. Come show off your skills for a chance to win a prize and enter our raffle for another chance to win. There will be video games, board games and LEGOS available for the entire family. Snacks and refreshments will be served. 
 
Thursday, November 20 at 4:30 p.m., Middle School Book Club 
Middle School Book Club is for literature fans in grades 6-8. This month's book is Insignia by S.J. Kincaid. In this story, Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet. Register for the program and pick up a copy of the book at the 2nd floor reference desk. 

Other Library sponsored programs of interest to high school students
On Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m., Cult Films screens spaghetti western, Fistful of Dollars. 

For more information about Greenwich Library programs for students in grades 6-12, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/teens, call (203) 622-7918 or email the Teen/YA Librarians.
 
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Health Programs at Greenwich Library in November

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Greenwich Library staff have planned some special health events for November. This month the Library is sponsoring weekly blood pressure screenings and is helping smokers kick the habit on the Great American Smokeout, in conjunction with Greenwich Hospital. 

The Greenwich Library Health Information Center (opened in 2003) provides privacy and access to resources and information on a variety of health related topics. The Center houses more than 100 reference books, 40 periodicals, four medical databases, a health-focused bulletin board and two dedicated printer-enabled workstations. A full-time Health Librarian is available to help patrons utilize Library resources. 

Thursday, November 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., The Great American Smokeout 
Registered nurses from Greenwich Hospital will present a Great American Smokeout day at Greenwich Library. Smoking cessation techniques and tips will be discussed to help smokers quit smoking and/or quit using tobacco products for one day, with the hope that they will quit completely. This Library event is co-sponsored with Greenwich Hospital. No registration required. For more information, call Greenwich Hospital at (203) 863-4277. 

Mondays, November 3-24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Weekly Blood Pressure Screenings 
Free blood pressure screenings conducted by a registered nurse from Greenwich Hospital. This event takes place every Monday afternoon in the Health Information Center. No appointment necessary. 

For more information about health programming or resources, email the Health Librarian, call 203-625-6549, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/health

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The Fred Hersch Trio will perform in the Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium as part of the Peterson Concert Series on Sunday, November 16 at 3:30 p.m. Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine as, "the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade," six-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, theatrical conceptualist and collaborator. 

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Hersch was the first artist in the 75-year history of New York's legendary Village Vanguard jazz club to play week-long engagements as a solo artist and his widely praised 2010 trio CD, Whirl, was recognized on many recording-of-the-year lists. 

Hersch has fully lived-up to the approbation of the New York Times Magazine which praised him as "singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz - a jazz for the 21st century." For more information visit www.fredhersch.com

The Peterson Concert Series is open to all at no charge through the support of the Board of Trustees and generous donors. Doors open at 3 p.m., seating is limited. Email Music Librarian David Waring or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/music for more information.

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Technology Training Programs in November

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The technology training staff at Greenwich Library has a great line-up of classes planned for November. This month, job hunters can enjoy Microsoft Access training, plus tips on how to develop an ePortfolio and an online professional profile. All year long, Greenwich Library training staff is available to help you explore new technologies and develop the skills to make your online life more productive and enjoyable. 

Classes are offered in a comfortable environment for all participants, regardless of level, and are open to the public at no charge. All classes are 55 minutes with no registration unless otherwise noted. 

Wednesday, November 12 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach: Microsoft Access Training 
Sponsored by Southwestern CTWorks, the Career Coach is offering two, 2-hour Microsoft Access training sessions. Microsoft Access is a popular database application for Windows and is part of the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Access allows users to create custom databases that store information in an organized structure. These databases can be used for mail merge in Word and as part of home businesses or clubs, along with many other applications. Level 1 training is at 10 a.m. and level 2 at 1 p.m. The Coach bus is fully equipped with 10 PC work stations and Internet access and is parked outside the Library's West Putnam Avenue entrance. Arrive early to sign-up. 

Wednesday, November 12 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly - iOs 8 
Learn the fundamentals of Apple's newest operating system. Trending Monthly is a new program in which Lance Pendleton will demo and discuss hot trends and new technologies - ranging from productivity, personal and family use, safety and security. All designed to improve the quality of life through technology. Instructor, Lance Pendleton, Director of Education, MacInspires. 

Monday, November 17 from 2 to 3:15 p.m., ePortfolios for Professional Development 
Learn how to take control of and positively shape your professional online identities by creating and maintaining e-portfolios. Attendees will receive guidance on planning and executing their e-portfolio, including how to select materials, structure content, and choose a web-based platform. Presenter: Danielle S. Apfelbaum. 

Wednesday, November 19 at 10:30 and 5:30 p.m., A Professional Headshot for Your Profile 
Now that you have created your online presence, finish it off with a good headshot by a professional photographer. Consider how you want to appear and come prepared to have your picture taken. Up to three digital files will be delivered by email to each attendee at no charge. Two sessions: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Click here to register for the morning session. Click here to register for the evening session.

Regular Library Technology Training Center Programming 
The Library's regular Drop-in Computer Lab is offered three times each week: on Saturdays and Tuesdays at 11 a.m., and Thursdays at 3 p.m., from November 1-22. (No drop-in lab on November 11, 25, 27 and 29.) Get hands-on assistance with new gadgets, downloading eBooks and audiobooks using OverDrive, Library databases, Microsoft Office, Internet search, email, online forms, social media, job search, basic computing and more with Library staff. Use your own device or practice with ours. 

For more information email the Training Centercall 203-625-6508, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/TechnologyTrainingCenter.aspx.

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Podcast: NBC Executive Producer Jim Bell, 10/20

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As a veteran of 11 Olympics, Jim Bell is uniquely positioned to discuss how politics affect the Olympic Games. Bell gave Greenwich Library patrons an insider's perspective on propaganda, politics, and how individual Olympic athlete narratives are conceived and created. Accompanied and illustrated by Olympic footage over the years, Bell shared his personal insights on the challenges of covering the Olympics since his first Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. He also shared his thoughts (aka unconfirmed rumors) on where the next Olympic games might be held...but you'll have to listen in for that!

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