February 2013 Archives

Greenwich Library announces Zinio, a new service allows patrons to read and explore the largest selection of digital magazines using just their Greenwich Library card. The service is available now on the Library's website. 

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Zinio provides a quick and easy way for Library patrons to read digital copies of their favorite magazines. Using their Mac or PC, reading fans can access the Library's catalog of selected digital magazines. Zinio's unique digital platform recreates a magazine page-for-page, including highly visual full-color pictures, while taking the reading experience even further through intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive rich media elements such as audio and video. Consumer Reports, Car & Driver, Good Housekeeping, The Economist, ESPN Magazine and Esquire are just a few of the popular titles available. 

Magazine issues are not checked out to individual patrons, so they're always available any time. Read online or download issues to your computer or mobile device to read offline. You must have a current Greenwich Library or Perrot Library card to use this collection. Greenwich Library subscribes to nearly 150 titles. To get started, click here

This service is part of Greenwich Library's Strategic Plan initiative to embrace and integrate emerging media into our collections. 


For more information, please contact the Reference Desk at (203) 622-7910. You can follow Greenwich Library on Twitter @GWLibrary or find us on Facebook by searching Greenwich Library.

This Saturday is Read Across America Day

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Grab your hat and read with the cat! Join us on Saturday, March 2 at 11 am for Dr. Seuss's birthday and a celebration of Read Across America Day. Enjoy stories and crafts in the Children's Room. No registration necessary. For more information, call the Children's Room (203) 622-7940.

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College Prep Series Continues this March

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Greenwich Library's College Prep series continues this month with 12 More Things You Need to Know to Succeed on the SAT Math I Subject Test on Saturday, March 2 at 12 p.m. in the Meeting Room. 

While a 680 on the math section of your SAT puts you in good company in the 91st percentile, the same score on the Math I subject test is barely adequate at the 77th percentile. This workshop will review the algebraic, geometric and trigonometric expressions and identities that will help students to perform at their best. Learn the tools, tricks, and techniques to get the competitive edge on the Math I. 

Students can test their techniques during an SAT Practice Test on Monday, March 4 at 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Advance registration is required. To secure a place, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/teens. For more information, call Ed Morrissey at (203) 622-7918. 

The series continues on Saturday, March 23 at 12 p.m. with What You Need to Know to Ace the ACT Math and Science in the Cole Auditorium. This seminar includes the tricks, tools and techniques that are specific to ACT Math. The session will review the general techniques that make the difference when answering multiple choice questions. Then dissect the ACT Science section by demonstrating how to take advantage of the three types of science passages. 

Both workshops will be presented by Craig Lanzoni of Linear Learning Co. Free, but online registration on the Library's calendar is required. For more information, please contact Teen Services Librarian Margaret Walsh at (203) 622-7915.

Students- Discover Careers in the Music Industry

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Todd Rose, Manager of Music Properties at MTV, will speak to middle and high school students on Monday, March 11 at 7 pm in the Meeting Room. Rose will talk about working at MTV, how he got into the business and share his advice on careers in the music industry. Todd Rose.jpg Todd Rose handles music programming for Clubland, MTV's new EDM (electronic dance music) based show, as well as manages all music video acquisitions across MTV, MTV2, MTVU, MTV Hits and VH1. After graduating from Drexel University's Digital Media program in 2005, Todd moved to NYC to join the MTV Music & Talent department after a 6 month internship that helped to open many doors and lead to a career in the Music Industry. 

Free and open to students, registration is not required. For more information, please contact Ed Morrissey at (203) 622-7918.

AuthorsLive: Bestselling Author David Stockman

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AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary presents David Stockman, author of The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America, on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. Stockman's book focuses on a point made increasingly by critics of American politics and capitalism--that politics and special interests are undermining the foundations of our democracy and making fools of us all. 

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Stockman analyzes how Wall Street, speculators, and government have joined forces to take the economy hostage, punishing savers, inflating Main Street's living costs, and fueling financial bubbles. He takes to task both major political parties. Stockman does not mince words and he names names, identifying a surprising catalog of corrupters and defenders. Stockman will discuss where he believes capitalism went wrong in this country and how it might be restored. 

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David Stockman was elected as a Michigan congressman in 1976 and joined the Reagan White House in 1981. Serving as budget director, he was one of the key architects of the Reagan Revolution plan to reduce taxes, cut spending, and shrink the role of government. He joined Salomon Brothers in 1985 and later became one of the early partners of the Blackstone Group. During nearly two decades at Blackstone and at a firm he founded, Heartland Industrial Partners, Stockman was a private equity investor. Born in Fort Hood, Texas, Stockman attended Michigan State University and Harvard Divinity School and then went to Washington as a congressional aide in 1970. 

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.
Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? Can genetics explain a crazy cat lady's love for felines? How did radium nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? How does DNA lead to people with no fingerprints, or humans born with tails? 

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Sam Kean, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Violinist's Thumb and The Disappearing Spoon has the answers and will welcome your questions on Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. He will speak to students at Central Middle School earlier in the day. 

Both books were named Amazon top five science books of the year. In addition, Sam and his work have been featured on NPR's Radiolab, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air. After his Greenwich visit, Sam will head for SXSW 2013 in Austin, TX. 

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The Violinist's Thumb explores our genes and DNA: Did the human race almost go extinct? How did the right combination of genes create the exceptionally flexible thumbs and fingers of a truly singular violinist? Unraveling the genetic code hasn't always been easy--from its earliest days, genetics has been rife with infighting, backstabbing, and controversial theories--but scientists can now finally read the astounding stories buried in our DNA. 

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The Disappearing Spoon delves into every single element on the table and explains each one's role in science, money, mythology, war, the arts, medicine, alchemy, and other areas of human history, from the Big Bang through the end of time. Sam Kean's stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, Smithsonian Air & Space, and The New Scientist. He was the national runner-up in the National Association of Science Writer's award for best young science writer.

AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is free and open to all through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books are for purchase and signing at each event through Diane's Books. Seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. 

For more information, please contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933 or Wayne Campbell at (203) 622-7922 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

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Thinking about starting your own business or having trouble getting it off the ground? Join us for Simple Steps for Starting Your Business, a five-session series starting Wednesday, February 13 at 6 pm. The series, co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE and Greenwich Library's Peterson Business series, is designed to help you avoid start-up pitfalls and put you on the road to success. 

This workshop will help participants define and evaluate ideas, develop a marketing strategy, identify the best ways to fund the startup. Participants will also learn to turn ideas into action with tools and templates, get useful and helpful mentoring sessions as well as connect with other entrepreneurs. The first session will cover what starting a small business is all about - the challenges, the opportunities, the requirements and the choices. Sessions two through five lead participants through steps to build a business plan while minimizing mistakes and maximizing growth and profit potential. 

All presentations are given by senior SCORE mentors with proven track records of success. SCORE mentors will be available for one-on-one counseling. Advance registration is required. Visit www.scorenorwalk.org, click workshops, then select the Simple Steps for Starting Your Business program. For more information, please contact Fairfield County SCORE at score.fairfieldcounty@gmail.com or (203) 831-0065. 

About SCORE 
SCORE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), it has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years through a combination of private, one-on-one counseling, workshops, seminars, and - more recently - online learning. Nationally, SCORE provides free and confidential mentoring from a business base of 13,000 SCORE volunteers representing 364 chapters and over 500 skills. Locally, in Fairfield County, the SCORE Norwalk chapter with more than 100 volunteers, provides business assistance in Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Weston, Wilton, and Westport through one-on-one counseling, workshops, seminars, and online. Please visit www.scorenorwalk.org for more information, including how to request services.
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