January 2013 Archives

Tax assistance available at Greenwich Library

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Get free tax assistance from the VITA Volunteers every Monday and Saturday, February 2 to April 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Greenwich Library. 

Those interested should bring last year's tax return, all W2s and 1099s, all wage and salary information, information on interest and dividends received and paid, and taxes on real estate, property and vehicles. Check the calendar on the Greenwich Library website for room location. 

For more information, please call the Reference Desk at (203) 622-7910.

AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is pleased to welcome Becky Aikman, author of Saturday Night Widows, The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives, on Tuesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium.

One night in 2010, Aikman convened the first meeting of what she called the "Saturday Night Widows," a group of six women, she among them, shocked to find themselves widowed in the middle of their lives.



Meet the Saturday Night Widows: ringleader Becky, an unsentimental journalist who lost her husband to cancer; Tara, a polished mother of two, whose husband died in the throes of alcoholism after she filed for divorce; Denise, a widow of just five months, now struggling to get by; Marcia, a hard-driving corporate lawyer; Dawn, an alluring self-made entrepreneur whose husband was killed in a sporting accident, leaving two small children behind; and Lesley, a housewife who returned home one day to find that her husband had committed suicide.

When they first made a pact to spend their Saturday nights together, the women didn't know what to expect. The friendships and adventures that evolved among these women with little in common other than young widowhood are at the heart of Aikman's Saturday Night Widows, The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives.

Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

Aikman will discuss her book, an unsentimental, witty, and totally involving chronicle of moving on - a shared adventure as these young widows learned to navigate a new world. 

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 each event through Diane's Books. This series is free and open to all, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.

Don't forget,  you can follow Greenwich Library on Twitter @GWLibrary or find us on Facebook by searching Greenwich Library.

Greenwich Library will celebrate "Take Your Child to the Library Day" on Saturday, February 2. Special giveaways, activities and crafts will be held at each of the branches to celebrate all the library has to offer children and families. Information about "My First Library Card," the Ready for Reading Kits, downloadable eBooks, library databases for language learning and homework help, and program information about story times and book clubs for children birth to age 12, will be available. 

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One of the highlights of the day will be the Theatreworks performance of Skippyjon Jones at 2 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium, presented by the Friends of Greenwich Library. The performance is approximately one hour and appropriate for grades K-4. Pick up free assigned seating tickets (limit 6 per person) at the auditorium doors at noon. Return at 1:50 p.m. when doors open. 

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The Greenwich Library Children's Room will offer a Mother Goose storytime at 10:30 a.m., and drop-in crafts between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. featuring Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day themes. Children can also enjoy short films in the Constellation Room, and games and puzzles at the Imagination Station. C

Cos Cob Library will host a special magic show at 1 p.m. featuring 13 year-old Greenwich resident Benjamin Zabin. Zabin has been practicing magic since the age of three, and is now a seasoned performer. At 3:45 p.m., Cos Cob Library will host Acoustically Rockin' Your Kids World with Laura Doherty, a family music program. A special story and craft session will take place at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Please call 203-622-6883 for more information. 

At the Byram Shubert Library, children can participate in a special craft session with Allison at 10:30 a.m. 

For more information on Take Your Child to the Library Day, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/Children or contact Deirdre Sullivan at (203) 625-6547. For information on Skippyjon Jones, please contact the Friends Office at (203) 622-7938. These programs are made possible through the support of the Friends of Greenwich Library, the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors.

SAT Practice Test at the Library

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Nervous about the upcoming January 26th SAT? Familiarize yourself with a dry-run test first.

Greenwich Library is offering a practice SAT on Wednesday, January 23rd at 4pm. Registration is required and opens on January 11th. Seating is limited so set your alerts and mark your calendars.


This exam is only for students 16-18 years old, in grades 10, 11 or 12. Identification is mandatory for entry. 

For more information please contact Ed Morrissey at (203) 622-7918. 
The Technology Training Center at Greenwich Library has a myriad of classes and assistance for all of you new iPad, Kindle and tablet owners. 

Need to figure out how to download an eBook or an audio book onto your tablet? Bring your own device or use one of ours to practice on at any Overdrive class on January 8th, 9th, 15th, 26th or 28th. Times vary so click on the date for details.

On Wednesday, January 9th the TTC will run an all-day eBook clinic. Drop in any time for lessons, pointers and tips on downloading audio or eBooks.


Every Thursday at 3 p.m. the TTC hosts a Drop-In Computer Lab. In addition to answering all your eBook tablet questions, the lab provides assistance with Microsoft applications, internet searching and email.

Looking for a career boost? The TTC oversees visits from the Career Coach. On January 9th at 10:00 a.m. learn Excel Level 1 and at 1 p.m. learn Excel Level 2



You can always visit the calendar on our website for more information, or call the Technology Training Center at (203) 625-6533. Michele Martin and Jasmine Posey are the instructors at the TTC
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Jeremy Pelt Quintet to Perform in the Cole

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Jazz ensemble The Jeremy Pelt Quintet will perform at the Cole Auditorium on Sunday, January 13 at 3:30 p.m. as part of the Peterson Concert Series. 

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Horn man Pelt graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1998 and immediately made his way to New York City to immerse himself in the jazz life. His first professional gig was with the acclaimed Mingus Big Band and from there his career continued to climb. 

Pelt has traveled the world and played with many of the luminaries of jazz, including Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Ravi Coltrane, Cliff Barbaro, Nancy Wilson and even the late, great Bobby Short among many others. Pelt, voted "Rising Star on the Trumpet" two years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association, has recorded ten well-received albums as a leader since 2002. The most recent, this year's Soul, is available at Greenwich Library. 

The Jeremy Pelt Quintet comprises Pelt on trumpet, Dwayne Burno on bass, Danny Grissett on piano, plus Lawrence Clark on sax and Jonathan Barber on drums. 

The Peterson Concert Series is free and open to all through the support of the Peterson Foundation. Doors open at 3:00 p.m.; seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please contact David Waring at (203) 622-7917.
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Representatives of community organizations are invited to submit their ideas for Greenwich Reads Together programming at an organizational meeting at Greenwich Library on Thursday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Greenwich Reads Together (GRT) is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. 

When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka has been chosen for Greenwich Reads Together 2013. Two companion books for younger readers were also chosen: Best Friends Forever: a WWII Scrapbook by Beverly Patt and The Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury. 

On a sunny day in Berkeley, California, in 1942, a woman sees a sign in a post office window, returns to her home, and matter-of-factly begins to pack her family's possessions. Like thousands of other Japanese Americans they have been reclassified, virtually overnight, as enemy aliens and are about to be uprooted from their home and sent to a dusty internment camp in the Utah desert. In this lean and devastatingly evocative novel, Julie Otsuka tells their story from five flawlessly realized points of view and conveys the exact emotional texture of their experience: the thin-walled barracks and barbed-wire fences, the omnipresent fear and loneliness, the unheralded feats of heroism. When the Emperor Was Divine is a work of enormous power that makes a shameful episode of our history as immediate as today's headlines. 

"We hope to develop engaging public programs that appeal to a diverse population. Our goal is to open thought provoking discussions and examine the book's themes in many different ways," said Carol Mahoney, Greenwich Library Director. 

The inaugural Greenwich Reads Together selection was Markus Zusak's groundbreaking novel, The Book Thief. The 2012 selection was Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Last spring, almost 20 community organizations participated in Greenwich Reads Together, and more than 3,000 Greenwich residents participated in events, including a live Skype telecast with author Dave Eggers. Additional programs featured celebrated artists from literature, jazz, and photography, as well as renowned names from national news and government. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions were held across Greenwich. 

Greenwich Reads Together will take place between April 22 and May 3. Copies of the book are available to borrow at Greenwich Library and may also be purchased at local bookstores including Diane's Books. 

For more information, or to register for this meeting, please contact Kate Petrov at Greenwich Library at (203) 625-6550.
On Tuesday, December 4, Greenwich Library and Diane's Books presented author Bob Spitz, to speak about his Julia Child biography, Dearie. Click below to listen to the podcast and view photos from the evening.

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