Libraries Closed Friday, 4/18 and Sunday, 4/20

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Greenwich Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will be closed on Friday, April 18 for Good Friday and on Sunday, April 20 for Easter Sunday.

Materials may be returned to our book drops while we are closed. Remember, you can access our website 24/7 to download eBooks and audiobooks, stream music, research, place holds, find your next read and so much more at www.greenwichlibrary.org


The Peterson Business Services Center at Greenwich Library has a great line-up of programs planned for April. This month, visiting experts will give workshops on the importance of board member involvement in fundraising, intellectual property and market math for young investors. Greenwich Library Business Librarians are available to help you navigate the Library's extensive databases, directories, investor information and nonprofit resources via email or in person. 

Tuesday, April 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mobilize Your Board to Raise Funds 
Nonprofit board members no longer have the option of saying, "I don't raise funds." This workshop provides tools to both incentivize board members and to help them become more comfortable with the grant-seeking process. Presented by Judith Margolin, Principal in the consulting firm, Need a Grant. In the Meeting Room, register online through the Greenwich Library calendar. For more information contact Yang Wang at ywang@greenwichlibrary.org or call (203) 622-7924. 

Wednesday, April 16 from 6-8:00 p.m., Intellectual Property Workshop - SCORE 
Intellectual Property is the foundation of many successful businesses and it is important to develop a strategy early on. Proper protection of IP can increase valuation when searching for investors and can protect your position in the market. This SCORE sponsored workshop will provide an introduction to trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. In the Meeting Room, register through the Greenwich Library calendar. Check-in starts at 5:30, program at 6:00 p.m. For more information contact Yang Wang at ywang@greenwichlibrary.org or call (203) 622-7924. 

Monday, April 21 from 7-8:45 p.m., Market Math for Young Investors 
Author Julie Jason will discuss the intricacies of investing. Although the program is aimed at younger investors, experienced investors will also benefit. Julie Jason is chief investment officer of Jackson, Grant Investment Advisers, Inc. A proponent of investor protection and financial literacy, she writes and lectures about financial security. Her award-winning weekly investor-education column, which launched in 1998 in the Stamford Advocate/Greenwich Time, is syndicated by King Features. Julie has written a number of investment books, sharing her view that there is always something you can do to improve your situation. In the Meeting Room, no registration required. For more information contact Mary Cuff at mcuff@greenwichlibrary.org or call (203) 625-6560. 

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Patrons can sign up to use the Bloomberg Professional Service computer at the Main Reference Desk or sign up in advance by calling (203) 622-7910. 

The Peterson Business Wing is located on the Main Level of the Greenwich Library. Funds for construction of this wing and its endowment were the generous gift of Clementine Lockwood Peterson, whose bequest funded the Business Library in memory of her husband, J. Whitney Peterson. Business materials and databases are paid for by funds from the Town of Greenwich and the Peterson Foundation. 

For more information about business resources and events, email Mary Cuff at mcuff@greenwichlibrary.org or Yang Wang at ywang@greenwichlibrary.org, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/business and sign-up for the Library's Business eNewsletter.

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Poetry in the Evening with Greenwich Pen Women

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On Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room, Greenwich Pen Women will present poetry readings and art from their newest publication of original works, the result of a nation-wide poetry contest, Women's Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences That Shape Women

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Women from Maine to Hawaii who belong to the National League of American Pen Women submitted hundreds of poems for consideration. Each poem went through several rounds of blind judging for cash awards and the honor of publication in this brilliant silk-bound book. 

The collection is both delightful and unexpected. Women often write about universal emotions and experiences, yet this volume contains some outspoken surprises. There are a large number of political poems which challenge the reader by being decidedly politically incorrect.

Poems by Greenwich Pen Women feature heavily in this volume. In addition, art members of the branch donated charming line drawings for selected poems. Leigh Grant, who grew up in Greenwich on the Tomes-Higgins property and attended Greenwich Academy, won first prize. Her poem, "The Place That You Found," won the hearts of the judges. 

Refreshments will be served. 

The NLAPW, founded in Washington D.C.in 1897, is the oldest organization for creative women in the United States. Members included Eleanor Roosevelt, Anya Seton, Florence Harding, Barbara Bush and Erma Bombeck. The Greenwich Branch of the NLAPW, or Greenwich Pen Women, is 59 years old. 

Greenwich Pen Women (professional artists, writers, and composers) participate in writers' workshops and artists' critique sessions as well as educational programs during the year. The members offer each other mutual support and encouragement during the creative process. 

For more information visit www.greenwichpenwomen.org or contact Deborah Weir at debweir@verizon.net, or (203) 869-0427.

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The technology training staff at Greenwich Library has a great line-up of classes planned for April. This month, staff will introduce patrons to Mango Languages Premiere and give a workshop on how to use your iDevices to take quality photos. Greenwich Library training staff will help you explore new technologies and learn 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. 

Wednesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach Bus: Excel Levels 1 and 2 
The CTWorks Career Coach bus visits Greenwich Library on the second Wednesday of each month to offer two-hour Microsoft Office Workshops. The bus is fully equipped with ten workstations and internet access. This month's featured training is in Excel. Level 1 is held at 10 a.m. and level 2 at 1 p.m. Seating is limited to 10. Sign-up 30 minutes prior to class at the West Putnam Avenue entrance of the Library. 

Monday, April 14 at 2 p.m., Introduction to Mango Languages Premiere 
Mango Premiere is the first and only language resource to teach language through film in seven different languages. The Library's subscription to Mango Languages allows patrons to learn 60 different languages through a fun, multi-sensory experience, packed with culture-rich content, at no charge - a true polyglot heaven. Mango also provides ESL lessons (English for non-native speakers) in 17 languages. 

Wednesday, April 23 at 11 a.m., Taking Pictures with your iPhone or iPad 
Learn the ins and outs of photography with your iDevices. This class will cover how to use the iPhone or iPad camera, helpful apps, best practices and tips and tricks for maximizing your photography or video with a mobile device. 

Regular Library Technology Training Center Programming 
The Library's regular Drop-in Computer Lab is now offered three times each week: on Saturdays and Tuesdays at 11 a.m., and Thursdays at 3 p.m. from April 1-29. 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, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/TechnologyTrainingCenter.aspx or contact the Technology Training Center at (203)625-6508 or email Michele Martin at mmartin@greenwichlibrary.org.

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Two award-winning authors with newly released novels, Maggie Shipstead and Susanna Kaysen will speak at Greenwich Library as part of AuthorsLive on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium.
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Maggie Shipstead is the author of the widely acclaimed debut novel Seating Arrangements, winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and a New York Times best seller. Her latest novel, Astonish Me is a compelling glimpse into the passionate, political world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations. 

Astonish Me, on sale April 8, takes its inspiration from Mikhail Baryshnikov's 1974 defection from the Soviet Union and his affair with socialite Christina Berlin. This thrilling novel, published at the height of the New York City dance season, raises provocative questions about the nature of talent, the brutality of training, the impossible perfection expected on stage, and the choices we must make in search of fulfillment. 

Bookpage says Astonish Me is "Certain to secure Shipstead's place as a major literary voice . . . Full of insight into the artistic mind and the human condition, this is a story that readers will embrace." 

Susanna Kaysen's best-selling memoir, Girl, Interrupted sold more than a million copies. Kaysen's new novel, Cambridge, is described as a fictional prequel to Girl, Interrupted, as Kaysen once again digs deep into her personal adolescent experiences to deliver a story that illuminates the thinking of her young female protagonist. This new work will appeal to lovers of novels of academic life and readers of literary fiction. 

Susanna, the precocious narrator of Cambridge, would rather be home than in London, Florence or Athens. Uprooted from her beloved Harvard Square by her father's career, she feels lost and excluded in these new, exotic locations. 

According to Publisher's Weekly, Cambridge is "A literary tour-de-force displaying Kaysen's unique talent for creating an engaging ensemble cast that comes uniquely alive under adolescent eyes . . . Affectingly real." 

Written with a sharp eye for the pretensions, and charms, of the intellectual classes, Cambridge captures the mores of an era now past, the ordinary lives of extraordinary people in a singular part of America, and the delights, fears, and longings of childhood. 

Maggie Shipstead is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop (2008) and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her first novel, Seating Arrangements, was a New York Times best seller, a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She graduated from Harvard in 2005. 

Susanna Kaysen is the author of the novels Far Afield and Asa, As I Knew Him. Girl, Interrupted, was made into a film starring Winona Ryder. Kaysen was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she attended high school at both the Commonwealth School in Boston and the Cambridge School in Weston. 

AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane's Books. This series is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive or call Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.

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Podcast: Author/Actor Robert Wagner

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Veteran actor Robert Wagner visited Greenwich Library to discuss his recently released book, You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood's Golden Age, an affectionate recollection of early Hollywood on March 13. Wagner thrilled a full house with his insider knowledge of Hollywood and entertaining stories about well known actors and Rat Pack era players. His honeyed voice and genuinely warm reminisces made for a great evening for Greenwich patrons as well as the out-of-state visitors who flew in to hear the venerable actor. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening. 

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Two best selling mystery writers, Chris Pavone and Olen Steinhauer will speak at Greenwich Library as part of AuthorsLive on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. A large turnout is expected given that both of these well-known spy/thriller authors have new novels coming out in March and that mysteries are one of the most circulated genres at the Library. 

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Olen Steinhauer is a prolific writer whose Milo Weaver trilogy has earned high praise from all sides. The first book in the series, The Tourist, (not the Depp/Jolie movie by the same title), is being adapted for film by Columbia Pictures. 

The New York Times describes An American Spy, the final book in the Weaver series, as "Intensely clever.... Not since le Carré has a writer so vividly evoked the multilayered, multifaceted, deeply paranoid world of espionage." 

In his new novel, The Cairo Affair (Minotaur Books, March 18), Steinhauer tells a spellbinding new story of Americans abroad, who let their desire for worldliness open them up to personal deceptions and dangerous relationships. 

According to a Booklist Starred Review, "One of the two best espionage novelists working today, Steinhauer follows his acclaimed Milo Weaver trilogy with a stunning stand-alone that is as emotionally rich as it is layered with intrigue." 

In Budapest, in the midst of the Arab Spring, Sophie Kohl is living her worst nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband, a mid-level American diplomat, that she had an affair while they were stationed in Cairo, he is shot and killed. As the players converge in Cairo, The Cairo Affair slowly unveils a portrait of a marriage, a jigsaw puzzle of loyalty and betrayal, against a dangerous world of political games where allegiances are never clear. 

Chris Pavone, the New York Times best selling author of The Expats, returns with a new thriller, The Accident (Crown, March 11), that fulfills the promise of his earlier book and is a layered masterpiece of suspense. 

As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that the sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of a gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime's worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident

According to Booklist, "Pavone's plot twists tirelessly, shifting focus among a large cast of well-drawn characters. . . . Many readers will read this one through the night." 

Olen Steinhauer grew up in Virginia, and has lived throughout the US and Europe. He spent a year in Romania on a Fulbright grant, an experience that helped inspire his first five books. His first novel, The Bridge of Sighs (2003), began a five-book sequence chronicling Cold War Eastern Europe, one book per decade. It was nominated for five awards. In 2009 he began the wildly popular Milo Weaver series, a trilogy of spy tales focused on international deception in the post 9/11 world. He is presently working on a novel focused on home-grown American terrorism. He lives in Hungary with his wife and daughter. 

Chris Pavone is the author of The Expats, which was an instant New York Times, USA Today, and international bestseller, published in twenty languages on five continents, as well as developed for film, plus winner of the 2013 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Chris grew up in New York City and attended Cornell University. He worked at a number of publishing houses over nearly two decades, most notably as an editor at Clarkson Potter, where he specialized in cookbooks. Chris lives with his wife and children in Greenwich Village.  
AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane's Books. This series is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive or call Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.

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The Friends Cole Concert Series is pleased to welcome back the popular Musicians From Marlboro touring program on Sunday, April 6 at 4 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. 

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Says Alex Ross in The New Yorker, "Marlboro Music [is] a legendary classical-music institution that brings together younger and older players in pursuit of ideal chamber-music performances." 

The Company's 2014 spring tour re-creates a memorable performance of Schubert's great Octet in F Major from a recent Marlboro Music summer concert, along with works by Reger and Dvořák. Artists include Tibi Cziger on clarinet, Natalya Rose Vrbsky on bassoon, Wei-Ping Chou on horn, Lucy Chapman and David McCarroll on violin, Dimitri Murrath on viola, Judith Serkin on cello, and Tony Flynt on bass. 

A Washington Post review of Musicians from Marlboro said, "Impeccable ensemble work, unbridled energy and boatloads of virtuosity produced an electrifying performance," also calling the musicians, "Astoundingly gifted virtuosos...performances that radiate vitality and freshness." 

Since 1951, Marlboro Music has played a leadership role in the development of chamber music worldwide, and in enriching the artistry and changing the lives of generations of exceptional musicians. Now celebrating its 49th season, the acclaimed touring program offers not only joyous performances featuring unusual repertoire, but also invaluable experience to emerging young artists. The Musicians from Marlboro touring program was created as an extension of Vermont's Marlboro Music Festival. More information can be found at www.marlboromusic.org.  

The Friends Cole Concert Series is made possible through the support of the Sylvia and Leonard Marx Foundation and the Friends of Greenwich Library and is open to all at no charge. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Friends Office at (203) 622-7938.

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Bob Smith will lead a six-week discussion of Shakespeare's Pericles at Greenwich Library starting Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m., in the Cole Auditorium.

This spring marks Bob Smith's 20th session for the devoted Shakespeare fans at Greenwich Library. 

Says Smith, "Pericles is an odd little piece that works wonderfully on stage. It's brief and episodic - a kind of Shakespearean travelogue with a couple of fabulous brothel scenes and the best father-daughter reunion outside King Lear. In the 50 years that I've worked on these texts with groups, no play has inspired better conversations than Pericles. Director Mark Lamos at Hartford Stage presented a terrific version setting it in the cockamamie universe of the great Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte. Bowler hats floated against a cerulean blue sky. What a treat. And the critics adored it. I think the fun-loving crowd at Greenwich Library will too. I can't wait!" 

Library Journal called Bob Smith "the teacher we all should have had to introduce us to Shakespeare." The Boston Globe called him "inspired and inspiring." 

T.S. Eliot was so moved by the father-daughter reunification scene in Pericles that he wrote a rhythmic poem called "Marina" as the last piece in his Ariel Series in 1930. 

On May 7, the final week of the series, a film of Shakespeare's Pericles starring Mike Gwilym and Amanda Redman will be shown. (Running Time 177 Minutes). 

The program is open to all at no charge. The Shakespeare series is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Copies of the play will be provided. For more information, please contact Matthew Sgritta at msgritta@greenwichlibrary.org or call (203) 622-7972. You can learn more about Greenwich Library events by subscribing to the Library's email newsletter. 

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On Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m., crime expert Jon Leiberman will discuss his career as a crime reporter, his work as a victim advocate and his new non-fiction thriller, Whitey on Trial: Secrets, Corruption and the Search for Truth. The book, a detailed investigative report on the trial of infamous Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, was co-written with criminal prosecutor Margaret McLean and published by MacMillan in February. 

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The book closely follows the life and trial of Bulger, a ruthless hoodlum and former FBI informant, who spent 16 years on the run from the FBI until he and his girlfriend were finally caught and arrested in Santa Monica, California in 2011. 

In Whitey on Trial, the truth is revealed through trial testimony, interviews with cops, FBI agents, prosecutors and defense attorneys, and members of the jury that ultimately found Bulger guilty on thirty-one counts, including eleven murders. An exclusive letter from Whitey to McLean offers insight into his state of mind immediately following the verdict. 

Jon Leiberman is an award-winning investigative correspondent, radio host, producer and victim advocate. He is currently an investigative reporter for the Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM. Jon hosts "Leiberman Live" on Sirius XM and is a crime contributor for CNN HLN and WildAboutTrial.com and a crime blogger for Huffington Post. Whitey on Trial is his first foray into publishing. 

Leiberman previously reported from Iraq, Cuba, and from the floor of the 2004 presidential political conventions for 62 stations nationwide as Washington Bureau Chief for Sinclair Broadcast Group. His reporting during this time earned him a 2005 Payne Special Citation for Ethics in Journalism. Leiberman has served as a Professor of Journalism for several universities, including the University of Iowa School of Journalism. He sits on the board of the National Domestic Violence Registry and holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. 

AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. This series is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Meeting Room is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive or contact Carl White at cwhite@greenwichlibrary.org or call (203) 622-7948.

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