November 2012 Archives

Greenwich Library has been named a five-star library for the fourth time by Library Journal. The rating is based on 2010 data reported by local libraries to their state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This is the fifth time Greenwich Library has been recognized as an outstanding library during this prestigious rating's five-year existence. 

"We are thrilled that Greenwich Library has again been selected as one of the nation's top libraries," said Nancy Better, President of the Board of Trustees. "This award is quite timely, given the tremendous effort by our staff in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We are honored to be recognized for exceptional service to our community." 

The Library Journal index of public library service is determined equally by four related per capita output indicators: visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. The top libraries in each category, organized by ranges of operating expenditures, are assigned five, four, or three stars. 

Greenwich Library was ranked seventh in the nation among public libraries with budgets between $5 million and $10 million. Two other Connecticut libraries received ratings: Norfolk Library (five stars in the $200,000 to $399,900 budget category) and Darien Library (five stars in the $1 million to $5 million budget category). 

This has been an exciting year for Greenwich Library. A new Strategic Plan charting the institution's future course was launched in June and several initiatives have already been implemented. The Library continues to serve as a safe haven for the community during states of emergency, most recently hosting over 6,000 patrons in a single day across all three branches after Hurricane Sandy. 

For further information on Greenwich Library's five-star rating, see the November 8, 2012 print edition of Library Journal and or go online to www.libraryjournal.com.

Designing Duo, Cortney and Bob Novogratz, Podcast

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Popular designing duo and HGTV stars, Cortney and Bob Novogratz, visited Greenwich Library on November 30 as part of the AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary series to discuss their new book, Home by Novogratz. The couple shared desiging secrets and tips to an audience that spanned several generations. 

Click below to listen to the podcast and view photos from the evening.

Music Critic and Author Matthew Guerrieri Podcast

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AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary was pleased to welcome Boston Globe music critic and author Matthew Guerrieri on November 27 to discuss his new book, The First Four Notes. The book looks back in time to examine what might have influenced Beethoven in writing his Fifth Symphony, and forward into our time to describe the way it has, in turn, asserted its influence.

Click below to listen to the podcast and view photos from that evening. 

Sandy Relief Book Drive- Now through Friday

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Greenwich Library is partnering with Literacy in Motion to collect new and lightly used books. The materials will be used in temporary pop-up libraries in NYC disaster zones to improve the quality of life of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Additional materials may be used to replenish school library collections that were damaged by the storm. Books will be distributed primarily to the Rockaways, Staten Island, and Coney Island. 

Items will be accepted through Friday, November 30 at the Main Library Lending Desk between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. 

Acceptable items include
New and lightly used children's books 
New and lightly used books for adults 
New children's coloring or activity books 

Unacceptable items include
Material that would be inappropriate for public display 
Material in poor condition 
Magazines 
Textbooks 

For more information, please visit www.literacynyc.org

Cézanne Biographer Alex Danchev Podcast

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Alex Danchev, author of Cezanne, visited Greenwich Library on November 13 as part of the AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary series. Click below to listen to the podcast and view photos from the event.

Madeline Miller and Karen Engelmann Podcast

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Historical fiction authors Madeline Miller and Karen Engelmann braved the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy to visit Greenwich Library on November 1 as part of the AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary series. Click below to listen to the podcast and view photos from the event.


FEMA Hurricane Assistance

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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Hurricane Assistance: Greenwich residents can apply for disaster assistance from FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov. In-person assistance is available at the Disaster Recovery Center located in the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Rd., room 203, Monday-Saturday 8 AM- 8PM, and Sunday 10 AM -5PM 

What Can You Do on DisasterAssistance.gov? 
  • Find disaster assistance that meets your personal needs 
  • Locate over 70 forms of assistance from 17 Federal agencies 
  • Apply for disaster assistance 
  • Check the progress of your applications

AuthorsLive: Cezanne biographer Alex Danchev

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Greenwich Library partners with the Bruce Museum to co-sponsor a talk by Alex Danchev on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium, as part of the AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary series. 

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Danchev will discuss Cézanne, a major biography of the brilliant work and restless life of Paul Cezanne, delivering not only the artist's fascinating years of struggle but also his ongoing and vivid life as one of the most influential painters of the 20th century. Danchev, with brisk intellect, rich documentation from primary sources, tells the story of an artist who was never accepted in to the Salon National de Artists Français; he was considered a revolutionary at best, and a barbarian who left paintings unfinished at worst. 

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Danchev was educated at Oxford, Cambridge and London. He is the author of a number of highly acclaimed biographies, including George Braque: A Life. Most recent books are a collection of essays, On Art and War and Terror and 100 Artists' Manifestos. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and the Times Higher Education. Danchev is Professor of International Relations at the University of Nottingham. Cézanne is Danchev's first book to be published in the United States. 

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 at all events through Diane's Books. Free and open to all, but seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive or contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.
The Friends of Greenwich Library present Theatreworks USA's production of Junie B. Jones, on Saturday, November 17 at 2 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. 

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Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament, and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal." This new musical is based on Barbara Park's Junie B. Jones series of books. 

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Theatreworks USA is America's largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 72 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about four million people annually. Every year, the company tours approximately 16 shows from its ever-growing repertoire of 115 plays and musicals. In addition, Theatreworks USA also has an extensive multi-cultural guest artist roster, including storytellers, puppeteers, poets, and magicians. 

This 60-minute musical is appropriate for children ages four and up, and is free and open to all. Assigned seating tickets are limited to six per person and will be available at noon at the auditorium. Doors open for the performance at 1:50 p.m. For more information, contact the Friends Office at (203) 622-7938. 

This performance is made possible through the support of the Friends of Greenwich Library and contributions by generous donors.

AuthorsLive: Music Critic Matthew Guerrieri

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Matthew Guerrieri, the Boston Globe music critic, will visit Greenwich Library on Tuesday, November 27 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium as part of the AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary series. He will discuss his book The First Four Notes

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In The First Four Notes, Guerrieri reaches back before Beethoven's time to examine what might have influenced him in writing his Fifth Symphony, and forward into our own time to describe the ways in which the Fifth has, in turn, asserted its influence. He uncovers possible sources in the rhythms of ancient Greek poetry and certain pre-Revolutionary French symphonies. He confirms that, contrary to popular belief, Beethoven was not deaf when he wrote the Fifth. He traces the Fifth's influence in China, Russia and the United States and shows us how it was used by both the Allies and the Nazis in World War II. Altogether, the book is a fascinating piece of musical detective work - a treat for music lovers of every stripe. 

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Guerrieri is the creator and writer of the popular classical music blog, Soho the Dog. His articles have also appeared in Vanity Fair, NewMusicBox, Playbill, and Slate

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 at all events through Diane's Books. Free and open to all, but seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive or contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.

AuthorsLive: HGTV stars Robert & Cortney Novogratz

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Robert and Cortney Novogratz, stars of HGTV's popular show, Home by Novogratz, will visit Greenwich Library on Thursday, November 29 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium as part of the AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary series to discuss their eponymous book, Home by Novogratz

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The Novogratzes break down their design process from start to finish in Home by Novogratz, making it easy for anyone to breathe new life into a variety of spaces. The book provides an inside look at 20 of their projects - including the homes of Ree Drummond (the "Pioneer Woman"), Tony Hawk, and Suzanne Vega - complete with tips, tricks, and takeaway ideas and detailed budget breakdowns. From reviving a Brooklyn townhouse to creating a last-minute nursery, from building a family space in a suburban basement to overhauling a beach-side surf shack, each completed job is presented step-by-step. Home by Novogratz demonstrates how they effortlessly mix contemporary furniture with thrift-store finds, and provides all sorts of tricks for creating a stylish home no matter what the obstacles: seven children, small spaces, or a tiny budget. 

Julia Roberts, actress and Novogratz client says of Home by Novogratz, "With this book, everything you could ever need to renew and revive any space is right in your hands." 

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The Novogratzes are known to millions worldwide for their design aesthetic and TV programs. Along with their seven children, the Novogratzes have been called "the coolest family in the world" by The Times of London. Raised in Virginia and Georgia respectively, Robert and Cortney now make their home in New York City. 

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 at all events through Diane's Books. Free and open to all, but seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive or contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.
On Saturday, October 20, Greenwich Library held a dedication ceremony in memory of Diane Darst. Darst was a longtime supporter of the Library, serving as President of the Board of Trustees and President of the Friends of Greenwich Library. 

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(From left) Liz Proctor Darst, David Darst Jr., Charles S. Leykum, Diane Leykum, David Darst Sr., and 

Elizabeth Darst Leykum holding Charles Leykum.


Since Darst was a supporter of the arts for children, funds donated to the Library in her memory were used to create an Imagination Station in the Children's Room. The station features a custom-built table, chairs and a cabinet, which is stocked with games, puzzles and arts and crafts kits. Children are welcome to use the Imagination Station whenever the Library is open. 

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The Imagination Station is stocked with games, puzzles and crafts that children can use any time.

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Family and friends gather for a dedication ceremony in memory of Diane Darst.

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Diane Leykum, with the plaque honoring her grandmother.

For more information, please contact Sarah Falvo at (203) 622-7957.

Extended Hours this Weekend

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Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Greenwich Library will offer extended hours on Saturday, November 3 until 9 pm and Sunday, November 4 from 9 am-9 pm.

The Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will offer their normal hours on Saturday.
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