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eBook Readers Galore

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Greenwich Library will dedicate the entire month of December to eReaders and eBooks in the Technology Training Center. Programs will be offered twice each week and will focus on how to borrow eBooks from the Library's collection of over 10,000 and growing popular and classic titles onto compatible eReader devices such as the Kindle, Nook and iPad. Bring your own or practice with ours. Each device will have its own session, so please check the calendar for dates and times. One-on-one assistance will also be available at the Drop-in Lab in the Training Center every Thursday between 3-4, to get hands-on help accessing digital collections and more.
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AuthorsLive Presents Amor Towles

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Critically acclaimed debut novelist Amor Towles will speak in the Cole Auditorium on Wednesday, November 15 at 7 p.m., co-sponsored by Diane's Books and AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary.

Amor Towles  (credit David Jacobs).JPGTowles is a principal at a Manhattan investment firm whose first published "unabashedly romantic" novel, Rules of Civility, was a New York Times bestseller. His ability to evoke Manhattan of the 1930s has been compared to James, Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Wharton.

The Musicians from Marlboro will return to the Cole Auditorium on Sunday, November 13 at 4 pm. The touring extension of the renowned Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont will appear as part of the Friends of Greenwich Library's Cole Concert Series. The group offers exceptional young musicians together with seasoned artists in chamber music programs of rarely heard works and masterpieces of varied instrumentation.

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Greenwich Library to present Orion String Quartet

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On Sunday, November 6 at 4 pm, Greenwich Library will present The Orion String Quartet in the Cole Auditorium.

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AuthorsLive Presents the Tale of a Lonesome Wanderer

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DeLuca - Leatherman5x7.jpgLocal author Dan Deluca discusses his research on the Old Leather Man at 2 pm on Saturday, November 5 in the Meeting Room at Greenwich Library.

Residents of many parts of Connecticut and eastern New York have long heard stories of the Old Leather Man. He was a mysterious figure who appeared in 1856--wandering the country roads and sleeping in caves, huts, and lean-to shelters, dressed in an outfit he fashioned from scraps of leather. In about 1883 he began traveling in his famous clockwise circuit--a regular route of 365 miles every 34 days. He continued this pattern until his death in 1889.

The Peterson Concert Series kicks off on Sunday, October 23 with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks at 3:30 pm in the Cole Auditorium.


Nighthawks at Sofia's.jpgVince Giordano and the Nighthawks are renowned for their commitment to preserving and authentically presenting 1920s and '30s jazz and popular music. Early appearances with Leon Redbone and A Prairie Home Companion and lending his talents to Francis Ford Coppola's film The Cotton Club, led to working with Dick Hyman's Orchestra in half a dozen Woody Allen soundtracks, then as a bass player in Sean Penn's band in Woody's Sweet And Lowdown. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks were featured in Gus Van Sant's film Finding Forrester; in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator; Robert DeNiro's film, The Good Shepherd; Tamara Jenkins' film, The Savages, Sam Mendes' films Revolutionary Road and Away We Go along with Michael Mann's film Public Enemies.

Podcast: Bill Bryson

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Bestselling author Bill Bryson spoke to a sold-out crowd at Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium on Friday, October 14 as part of our AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary series.

Mark Twain vs. The Imperialists

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Mark Twain will make a rare public appearance at Greenwich Library to explain why he was regarded as the most important opponent of imperialism at the turn of the 19th Century. On Saturday, October 22 at 2 pm, author Ken MacDermotRoe will narrate, while Greenwich Library staffer Richard Langeloh plays the interviewer and Local History Librarian Carl White reads as Mark Twain. Ken McDermotRoe.JPG

MacDermotRoe is the author of Mark Twain vs. the Imperialists: A Republic, Not an Empire. Twain, best known as the quintessential American satirist, was also a political activist. He was opposed to the Philippine-American War, which broke out in 1899 following the seizure of the Philippines by the U.S. during the Spanish American War.

Free and open to all. For more information, contact Carl White at 203-622-7948.

Greenwich Library wants to hear from you! Greenwich residents are invited to participate in a series of community conversations to share their views and ideas about Greenwich Library's services and priorities and help inform the Library's strategic plan for mapping out the Library's future.

Sessions will be held on Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at Byram Shubert Branch Library; on Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Cos Cob Branch Library and on Tuesday, October 18 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Meeting Room at Greenwich Library. Led by Maureen Sullivan, the Library's Strategic Planning consultant, each session will last 90 minutes and is limited to 40 participants on a first come, first served basis.

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