October 2008 Archives

FOL Selective Eye Welcomes Author Jin Powell

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Powell.jpgJim Powell, author of Greatest Emancipations, How the West Abolished Slavery, will speak at Greenwich Library as part of the Friends of the Greenwich Library's Selective Eye author series on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 PM. The talk will take place in the library's meeting room on the second floor.

Explore Your Nation's Voting Past

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kelly.jpgKate Kelly, author of Election Day: An American Holiday, an American History, will discuss our nation's voting past on Monday, October 6 at Greenwich Library. In the 19th and early 20th centuries people relished getting together on Election Day. Parades for the candidates could extend for miles, and crowds of 40-50,000 people would come to town for community barbecues and bonfires in celebration of voting day, Kelly says.

"When it came to hearing the results of a presidential election, the news was slow and the process was often quite frustrating," says Kelly. "Bad weather could delay travel, leaving newspaper editors without any news. As communication methods improved and there was hope of hearing news on election night, a new tradition emerged--people gathered together to hear the news."

friends.gifThe Friends of Greenwich Library will launch their annual membership campaign during Friends Membership Week October 14-19. All members will receive the monthly Friends newsletter, Keep Posted. Adult members who contribute $40 or more may receive the signature Friends tote bag.

"Last year, Friends contributions made a wide range of programs possible," said membership chair Haley Elmlinger. "All of our events are free and open to the public including concerts with the esteemed Musicians from Marlboro, retrospective exhibits in the Flinn Gallery by Robert Kaupelis and Barbara Rothenberg, a lecture with Greenwich native Dorothy Hamill and so much more," said Elmlinger.

Adult and children's memberships extend for one year from July 1 to June 30. Children's memberships are available to children ages 12 and under for $20 per child. Children are entitled to receive either the Friends youth tote or a Friends teddy bear. All donations are entitled to a tax deduction for the full amount of the donation.

For more information, or to join, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/joinfriends.asp or call 203-622-7938.

Rebecca_Frezza_and_Big_Truck.jpgMulti-award-winning, New Jersey-based children's recording artist Rebecca Frezza -- seen on Noggin and PBS Kids and heard regularly on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio -- invites your little ghouls and goblins to put on their dancing shoes for an all-ages rock 'n' roll show in Greenwich. Rebecca and her seven-piece band, Big Truck, will sing and dance the afternoon away on Saturday, October 18 at 2:00 PM in the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library.

Beat Photographer Gordon Ball to Speak Oct. 7

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For 28 years, Gordon Ball took informal photographs of poet Allen Ginsberg and other members of the Beat Generation, the literary and cultural phenomenon which has had a world-wide impact since its inception in the mid-l950s. Ball will present photos and read from his books,'66 Frames, Dark Music and Scenes from East Hill Farm on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM in the Greenwich Library meeting room. As well as being exhibited at five conferences on Ginsberg and the Beat Generation, at one-man shows at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and other venues, Ball's photos have appeared in many books, including Dennis McNally's Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America; Rick Fields' How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America; Steven Watson's The Birth of the Beat Generation: Visionaries, Rebels, and Hipsters, l994-l960; and the Rolling Stone Book of the Beats. The presentation is free and open to the public. Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM in the Greenwich Library meeting room, 101 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich. For more information, please call Ed Morrissey at 203-622-7918.
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