September 2011 Archives

AuthorsLive presents bestselling humorist Bill Bryson


Bill Bryson (c) Bath North East Somerset Council.JPGAuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary will present brilliant humorist Bill Bryson on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. In an unusual move, there will be no Friday Film that evening so we may bring you this unprecedented opportunity to meet the author. Bryson will read from his latest book At Home, and from his other bestselling works such as Notes from a Small Island, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and A Walk in the Woods- included on numerous "best nonfiction" lists and one of the most popular books ever at the Library.

Greenwich was chosen as one of only six cities on this rare U.S. book tour.

Lady Bird, Pat & Betty: Tea for Three

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Three former First Ladies will share secrets in the Cole Auditorium on Sunday, October 16 at 2 p.m. when Emmy Award-winning actress Elaine Bromka stars in the one-woman show Lady Bird, Pat & Betty: Tea for Three. Bromka's performance has been hailed as a "subtle feat of brilliant acting."


LadyBirdhires.JPGWhat might three former First Ladies reveal if they could? Tea for Three unveils a gallery of intimate portraits of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford; three remarkable and radically different First Ladies. We discover each at a threshold moment in her life, and learn the personal cost of what Pat Nixon called "the hardest unpaid job in the world."

Bob Smith will lead weekly discussions of Shakespeare's Othello at Greenwich Library starting Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m., in the Cole Auditorium.


Othello is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1603. The work revolves around four central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his wife Desdemona; his lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted ensign Iago. Because of its varied and current themes of racism, love, jealousy and betrayal, Othello is still often performed in professional and community theatres alike and has been the basis for numerous operatic, film, and literary adaptations.


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Suggest a Book for Greenwich Reads Together


Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. Members of the community are encouraged to suggest their favorite books in the comment box below.

In order to be selected, the book should be of high literary quality, reflective of universal issues and capable of generating thought-provoking discussions. It should lend itself to engaging public programs and appeal to a diverse population. It must also be currently in print and available in large quantities and in multiple formats, including paperback, e-book, audiobook and large print.

The suggestions will be evaluated by a Library staff committee and announced later this fall.

(Suggestions are now closed for Greenwich Reads Together 2011-2012.  Watch for the book announcement in early 2012.)

Libraries will be closed Monday, Sept. 26

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Greenwich Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will be closed on Monday, September 26 so that staff may participate in a Strategic Planning session.

This session is part of Greenwich Library's year-long Strategic Planning initiative. 

Greenwich Library eBooks now available for Kindle

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overdrive-KindleGraphic.jpgGreenwich Library is excited to announce that its eBook collection is now compatible with the world's bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon® Kindle. Patrons can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more. The Library's downloadable eBook collection features nearly 8,000 Kindle compatible titles including nonfiction, fiction and children's books. To get started, visit and click on Downloadable Library.

Greenwich Library also offers eBooks and audiobooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as Smartphones, MP3 players and eBook readers like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader.

Need Help After Irene?

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Register for assistance with FEMA. Assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low interest loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster.

See this article from the Greenwich Patch to learn more.

Prep for College this Fall at Greenwich Library

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Greenwich Library's Teen Services will present three programs this September aimed at helping students and their parents prepare for the college admission process.

Dr. Mark Yin and Anna Warm will present The SAT and ACT: What's new on Monday, September 12 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Dr. Mark Yin is a Math SAT & ACT educator and college faculty member and Anna Warm is an English SAT & ACT educator and former New Canaan High School teacher. Their information session will cover these standard college entrance exams, including how to prepare and how to get the best scores possible. Dr. Mark Yin returns to the Meeting Room on Monday, September 19 at 7 p.m. to discuss the Math portion of the SAT and AP Calculus exams. Dr. Yin will provide tips and strategies to help students excel.

This month, the Technology Training Center will offer sessions focused on one of Greenwich Library's most popular and versatile databases, ReferenceUSA.

On Monday, September 12 at 2:30 pm, learn how to Start, Grown and Manage a Business using Reference USA. Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA to research prospects and prospective clients; locate hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally; network with other businesses and develop relationships with business for co-branding opportunities. The webinar will also cover understanding community demographics; surveying locations for expansion; sourcing new employees and investors and much more.

Friends Friday Film series returns this fall

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The Friends of Greenwich Library's Friday Film Series has once again rolled out a slate of award-winning American and international films with wide-ranging appeal.

Screen The King's Speech, winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor, on September 30. An unrecognizable Claire Danes stars in Temple Grandin on November 4. Grandin, an autistic woman, revolutionized how America treats its beef cattle, and also how we understand autism. View Le Notti Bianche, a classic Italian film directed by Luchino Visconti, on December 2. Don't miss cult classic Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? on January 13.

The fall season will run from Friday, September 16 to Friday, January 27 in the Cole Auditorium. The Friends Friday Film Series is free and open to the public through the support of the Friends of Greenwich Library. Doors open at 7:40 p.m., show starts at 8. For more information, please contact Wayne Campbell at 203-622-7922.

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Extended Holiday Weekend Hours

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In response to community needs, Greenwich Library will extend our hours this Friday, September 2 until 9 p.m. and open on Saturday, September 3 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Greenwich Library will be closed on Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.
The Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will close on Friday, September 2 at 5 p.m. and will be closed on Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5.
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