May 2013 Archives

What lies beneath the surface, a fantasy world that feels all too real or a literal look at what is under our feet? Explore the deep, dark recesses of your imagination through books, movies, art and magic beginning July 1 during Greenwich Library's Teen Summer Reading Program, Beneath the Surface. 

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In the Teen Summer Reading Program students entering grades 6-12 read for fun and prizes. For each 1000 pages read (up to 3000 pages), students earn a goal level prize and are entered into the grand prize drawing. Students can also earn entries if they attend our summer reading events or by submitting reviews. This year's grand prize is a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. 

The program runs from Monday, July 1 to Saturday, August 10. Click on the link below for a full list of events.

The theme of this year's library sponsored Summer Reading Program is Dig Into Reading. Greenwich Library invites you to read books that will take you into the garden, underground, and on a journey through the world of science and art. Just dig in and read! 

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This year you can register in-person or online beginning Monday, June 17 at the Main Library. Click here for registration information. 

The Summer Reading Program is generously supported by the Friends of Greenwich Library, Gofer Ice Cream, Melissa and Doug, and Smart Kids. It is part of Greenwich Library's commitment to promote the love of reading and encourage children and their families to continue reading during the summer break. Studies show that children who read or are read to during the summer are better prepared for school in the fall. 

Click on the link below for a full list of Dig Into Reading special events.
Beatriz Williams, Greenwich resident and author of A Hundred Summers, spoke on Tuesday, June 4 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. Williams discussed why she chose to use the hurricane of '38 as the pivotal, defining event of the book, nearly a character itself. She also discussed how, in historical fiction, historical elements and facts should infuse rather than dominate the work. Otherwise they become a jarring distraction to the literary experience. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.

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Roz Chast, the legendary New Yorker Cartoonist spoke on Monday evening May 13, 2013 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary.  She entertained a large crowd with her trademark wit and nonstop observational absurdities. Her cartoons have been published in many other magazines, including Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review and Mother Jones. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast and view photos from the evening.

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Greenwich Library and Diane's Books will present Callie Wright, debut author of Love All on Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room at Greenwich Library. 
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When the beloved matriarch of the Obermeyer family, Joanie, dies unexpectedly in her sleep, all three generations of the family are, for the first time, living under one roof and quickly encroaching on one another's fragile orbits. 

Eighty-six-year-old Bob Cole is adrift in his daughter's house without his wife. Anne Obermeyer is increasingly suspicious of her husband, Hugh's, late nights and missed dinners, and Hugh, the principal of the town's preschool, is terrified that a scandal at the school will erupt and devastate his life. Fifteen-year-old tennis hopeful Julia is caught in a love triangle with Sam and Carl, her would-be teammates and two best friends, while her brother, Teddy, the star pitcher of Cooperstown High, will soon catch sight of something that will change the family forever. 

Publisher's Weekly says, "...the prose is effortless, and the characters are accessible and genuine, making this a promising debut." 

Hanging over the family is the specter of a scandalous book from the 1960s called The Sex Cure, a Peyton Place-type potboiler that revealed town secrets and left many marriages broken in its wake. When Anne discovers a battered copy underneath her parents' old mattress, the Obermeyers cannot escape the family secrets that come rushing to the surface.

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Callie Wright is a reporter-researcher at Vanity Fair. She graduated from Yale and earned her MFA at the University of Virginia, where she was a Poe/Faulkner Fellow in Creative Writing and won a Raven Society Fellowship. She is the recipient of a Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers and her short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train and The Southern Review

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 through Diane's Books. This series is free and open to all, but seating in the Meeting Room 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.

Dig into Reading is the theme of this year's Summer Reading Program at Greenwich Library, featuring books that will take you into the garden, underground, and on a journey through the world of science and art. The Summer Reading Program is part of Greenwich Library's commitment to promote the love of reading and encourage children and their families to keep reading over the summer break. 

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 "Studies have shown that children who continue to read during the summer months perform significantly better than those who do not," said Children's Librarian Alice Sherwood. "Children who are already reading increase their reading fluency and comprehension; those who are just starting to read do not lose the early achievements they have made during the school year." 

All children who are reading independently are welcome to join the Summer Reading Program, while babies, toddlers and pre-school children may participate in the Read-to-Me Club. Registration for the Summer Reading Program at the Main Library begins Monday, June 17, in person or online; at Byram Thursday, June 20; and at Cos Cob Friday, June 21. Children may register and join the program at any time during the summer. 

This year's kickoff events at the Main Library, Cos Cob and Byram branches offer a variety of educational entertainment for all ages. 

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On Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. BubbleMania returns to the Cole Auditorium. Casey Carle's BubbleMania is an eye-popping, belly-laughing, fun-filled bubble extravaganza of science and creativity! Refreshments and raffle prizes will follow the performance. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. No tickets required, ages 4 and up. For more information call (203)-622-7940. 

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Come register for Summer Reading on Thursday, June 20 at 4 p.m. Then at 5 p.m. our friends and educators from Animal Embassy will share unusual animals that dig into the earth during an interactive live animal program. For more information call (203) 531-0426. 

Summer Reading Kickoff at Cos Cob 
On Friday, June 21 at 3:45 p.m. watch the Airborne Jugglers perform feats of gravity defying fun. Register for the Summer Reading Club and start earning small prizes and chances for our grand prizes! Beginning May 30 sign-up for the juggling workshop that takes place after the show in the Community room, space is limited. For more information, call (203) 622-6883. 

The Summer Reading Program is generously supported by the Friends of Greenwich Library, Gofer Ice Cream, Melissa and Doug, and Smart Kids. For a complete list of Summer Reading Program events, visit the Greenwich Library website at www.greenwichlibrary.org. For more information, please call the Children's Room at (203)-622-7940.
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On May 1st, a lively panel of experts discussed the topic "Indefinite Detention: How did it happen? Can it happen again?" as part of Greenwich Reads Together 2013. The panel examined both the historical context and potential for indefinite internment in America, as well as the current state of civil liberties in the USA. Moderated by Ernie Fleishman, former Superintendent of Schools. Panelists included: Caroll Bogert of Human Rights Watch; Kevin Buterbaugh, Ph.D., associate professor of international relations and international political economy at Southern Connecticut State University; and journalist Grant Ujifusa.

Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast and view the photos from the evening.

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The Rotary Club of Greenwich sponsored a Greenwich Reads Together essay contest for students attending Greenwich schools in grades 6-12. Two prizes of $250 were awarded and sixty-two original essays were submitted based on the question: How does your reading of When the Emperor Was Divine affect your thinking about prejudice toward immigrants and other minorities in the United States today?  This podcast features excerpts of the two winning essays as read by the authors, Greenwich High School 11th grader Fiona Young and Eastern Middle School 7th grader James Chang. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast and view photos from the evening.

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Due to unprecedented demand, this pilot program is now fully subscribed, and the waiting list is also full. We thank you for your interest in Opera on Screen.

Greenwich Library will partner with Yale Alumni College to offer a new lecture series this fall. The six-week course, Opera on Screen, will be taught by Yale Professor Judith Adelia Malafronte. 

The series will begin on Monday, October 7 at 6 p.m. and is now fully subscribed. Sessions will take place on October 7, 21, 28 and November 4, 18, 25. (A makeup date is scheduled for December 2, should it be needed.)

The series will provide an introduction to opera, focusing on the Metropolitan Opera Company's Live in HD transmissions of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Shostakovich's The Nose, Puccini's Tosca, and Verdi's Falstaff. Course participants will examine librettos and source material, and will be introduced to the social and musical conventions of opera. Professor Malafronte will consider dramaturgy, casting requirements and the concept of vocal Fach, language, artistic collaboration, the rehearsal process, reception and criticism, along with the historical aspects of opera production. 

There will be relevant reading from a wide variety of sources, as well as viewing and listening homework, available on YouTube. Participants are encouraged to attend the Saturday afternoon broadcasts noted above, either at Yale or at a local theater (listings are available here). 

Professor Judith Malafronte is a Lecturer in the Yale School of Music, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and in the Department of Music, has an active career as a mezzo-soprano soloist in opera, oratorio, and recital. She has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Mark Morris Dance Group, and has sung at the Tanglewood Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and the Göttingen Handel Festival. Winner of several top international vocal competitions, Malafronte holds degrees with honors from Vassar College and Stanford University, and studied at the Eastman School of Music, in Paris and Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and with Giulietta Simionato in Milan as a Fulbright scholar. Malafronte has recorded for major labels in a broad range of repertoire, from medieval chant to contemporary music, and she writes regularly for Opera News, Stagebill, Early Music America Magazine, The Classical Review and Parterre Box

Opera on Screen is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. 

This series is now completely subscribed. For registration questions, please contact Barbara Burt (203) 432-1990. For more information, please contact Wynne Delmhorst at (203) 622-7921.

Memorial Day Weekend Closing

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Greenwich Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 24. The libraries will be closed on Saturday, May 25; Sunday, May, 26; and Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day weekend. The libraries will reopen on Tuesday, May 28 at 9 a.m.


AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary presents Beatriz Williams, author of A Hundred Summers, on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. Williams's debut novel Overseas became an international bestseller, turning cynics into romantics. In A Hundred Summers, Williams probes classic themes in a Depression-era tale about love lost and found and the high price paid for guarding secrets. 
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Williams mines a devastating event--the great New England hurricane of 1938--as she recreates the rigid class distinctions and glittering glamour of New York's upper crust, with what Library Journal calls "Smart, delicious writing... (and her) signature touch of historic drama." 

 At the center of her story is New York socialite Lily Dane and her ex-best friend, Budgie Byrne, childhood friends and classmates at Smith College when the crash of '29 changed the world they knew. This emotionally charged story slips back and forth between a romance gone wrong and a natural disaster of epic proportions, the perfect backdrop for a love story that transcends the romance genre and promises to linger in each reader's memory. 

Says Kirkus, A Hundred Summers is "A candidate for this year's big beach read...Elegant, old fashioned delayed-gratification seaside romance with a flavor of Daphne du Maurier." 

A Stanford University honors graduate with an MBA in finance from Columbia, Beatriz Williams lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, with her husband and four children. She is also the author of the international bestseller Overseas.

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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 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

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Greenwich Library will offer extended hours to accommodate high school students during exam weeks. The Main Library will remain open until 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 through Thursday, May 30 for the private school exam schedule and from Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20 for the public school schedule. The Library will be open primarily for the students, but anyone can use the facility during these extended hours. 

The Library CafĂ© will extend its hours until 7 p.m. on most evenings, and students can purchase study break snacks. Library staff will be available to assist with reference questions. 

"We hope that students will once again take advantage of the additional time to prepare for their tests," said Carol Mahoney, Greenwich Library Director. Mahoney also advised that as students like to study in groups, the noise level in the Library may be a little higher than usual.

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