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, 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

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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. 

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

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 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

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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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The 2014 Greenwich Reads Together finale event featured bestselling author Daniel James Brown who spoke about The Boys in the Boat to a 'sold out' crowd. Thousands of Greenwich residents read this virally popular GRT non-fiction title and attended special events and discussion groups. Brown, a compassionate and often humorous speaker provided some background flavor as to how he met protagonist Joe Rantz, the depression era hardworking 'boy' who finally learned to trust. While many themes run through the book, he pointed out that the primary theme is humility and that it is only by being somewhat humble that individuals can achieve great things - in sports, politics, work and life. Brown, humble despite his success, clearly lives what he writes.

Click on the link below to listen to, or download, the podcast and view photos from the event. 

Librarian Ed Morrissey's new monthly film series is devoted to bringing patrons classic cult movies from Hollywood, Europe and the rest of the world. Ed will begin and end each screening with a brief discussion of the film's production and its influence over the decades. Both film buffs and ingĂ©nues are welcome. 

On Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m., Cult Films will celebrate the 50th anniversary of director Sergio Leone's breakthrough film that made Clint Eastwood an international movie star, A Fistful of Dollars. A mysterious stranger (Eastwood) rides into a desert town where two families battle each other for control and decides there's money to be made. 

Eastwood stars with Gian Maria Volonte (a.k.a. Johnny Wels) and Marianne Koch. A Fistful of Dollars was the first film to exhibit Leone's famously distinctive style of visual direction. This 100-minute spaghetti western, the first film in Leone's Dollars Trilogy, is in color and rated R. 

In the course of the series, Morrissey will cover a wide sweep of genres, comedies, crime noir, horror, thrillers, musicals, spaghetti westerns, Hitchcock, Fellini and more. It's these so-called fringe or over the top movies that Greenwich Library Cult Films, through the Library's extensive catalog, intends to expose to a much wider and appreciative audience. 

Patrons interested in cult films should visit to read some of Ed's deep dives into the world of cult films in his blog, and for a complete list of upcoming films in this new series. 

Up next: mark your calendars for Repo Man (1984) on Thursday, January 15 at 7 p.m. 

This series is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Meeting Room. For more information email the Teen/YA Librarian or call (203) 622-7918. Don't forget, thousands of film titles are available in the Library's DVD collection, and online through the Library's new hoopla service.
On Saturday, November 8 at 2 p.m., the Friends of Greenwich Library will present a Theatreworks' production of Charlotte's Web, based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. 

Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman -- she will create a miracle. Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place among his endearing animal friends on the farm forever. 

Greenwich Library patrons will enjoy this exploration of bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship, professionally staged by Theatreworks USA.  

This 60-minute musical is appropriate for children in grades K-5, and is open to all at no charge through the support of the Friends of Greenwich Library. Assigned seating tickets are limited to six per person and will be available at noon at the auditorium. Return at 1:50 p.m. when the doors will open for the performance. For more information, contact the Friends Office at (203) 622-7938. 

The mission of Theatreworks USA is to create, produce, and provide access to professional theatre for young audiences nationwide. Visit for more information. 

The Friends of Greenwich Library is a not-for-profit membership corporation which is open to all upon annual contribution. Membership funds support free Library programs. The Friends nominate and elect trustees of the Greenwich Library. Friends volunteers spend countless hours each month working in outreach, assisting Library staff and fundraising. The Byram and Cos Cob branches are both supported by their own Friends volunteer groups. For more information about the Friends, or to join, please call 203-622-7938 or email the Friends Office.

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On Saturday, November 1 at 4 p.m., the Friends Cole Concert Series will present the latest Marlboro touring group in the Cole Auditorium. A Boston reviewer wrote that this recent east coast tour group performed Britten's remarkable String Quartet No. 3 "with passionate yet restrained dignity and angelic beatitude." A beautiful Haydn piano trio and Faure's G Minor Piano Quartet frame this wonderful program. 
Artists include Emilie-Anne Gendron and Danbi Um on violin, Hsin-Yun Huang on viola, Gabriel Cabezas and Angela Park on cello and Ieva Jokubaviciute on piano. 

Now in its 50th season, Musicians from Marlboro offers audiences across North America a sample of the spirited music-making that is characteristic of Marlboro, prompting the Washington Post to describe the group as "a virtual guarantee of musical excellence." And according to the Chicago Sun-Times, "the secret is a sense of joy...apparent from the very first note." 

Musicians from Marlboro, the touring extension of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, offers talented young professional musicians the opportunity to perform together with seasoned artists in varied chamber music programs. Each program is built around an exceptional work performed in a previous summer. The resulting ensembles offer audiences the chance to both discover seldom-heard masterworks and enjoy fresh interpretations of chamber music favorites. More information may be found at

The Friends Cole Concert Series is made possible through the support of the Sylvia and Leonard Marx Foundation and the Friends of Greenwich Library. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. For more information, please email the Friends Office or call (203) 622-7938. 

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Greenwich natives and Brunswick/Harvard/Oxford alums Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss spoke about their illustrious rowing career on October 14 at Greenwich Library as part of Greenwich Reads Together.  Moderated by Greenwich attorney and longtime rower and builder of shells Miles McDonald, the Winklevoss twins shared stories about their Olympic experience and how the sport of rowing has infused, inspired and driven their business and personal lives.

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