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PROGRAM FULL: Fairytale Beginnings, 9/28

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You've heard dozens of fairytale endings, but where do those fairytales begin? The answer is at Greenwich Library on Saturday, September 28, at 11am when Fairytale Beginnings will present a fairytale program for children ages 4 to 10. 
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You are invited to attend the Royal Ball, dressed in royal attire as a prince, princess, or knight. Enjoy stories, games, refreshments and a craft presented by a princess. The world is full of magical moments and this special Library program will capture a tiny bit of that magic and bring it to life for your children. 

PROGRAM FULL: Event attendance is limited to 25 children. Registration is required and begins on September 3rd. Call the Children's Room at (203) 622-7940 to register. Our regular storytimes for children begin the week of September 9. 

For a complete listing of upcoming events and programs, visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/children.

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This class and waiting list are now full. Please email Michele Martin at mmartin@greenwichlibrary.org to express your interest in future writing programs.

Memoir-writing is a special form of art, and this fall Greenwich Library will help would-be memoirists get started. Crafting Life Stories will be led by former New York Times editor Joan Motyka on eight consecutive Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.beginning September 12 in the Meeting Room.


The program is designed to help people discover and tell the stories only they can tell -- and to do so in a supportive environment that encourages even beginning writers. With a background in journalism and fiction, instructor Joan Motyka will offer journalistic tools and literary techniques to help people explore the significance of people, places and events in their lives. Using readings, prompts and writing assignments, she helps students draw stories from memory, organize them into a narrative and polish them through revision. 

The series will consist of eight distinct two-hour sessions. In each class, students will read and discuss passages from books of memoir and occasionally from poetry or fiction that illustrate that week's topic. Topics include how to look at yourself as a narrator of stories, how to capture the richness of place, how to plumb your intersection with history, and how to understand the role of other people in your stories. There will also be a discussion of dialogue as well as tips on research, interviewing, and revision. 

Excerpts or completed projects will be available on the Greenwich Library website with permission from class participants. For more information visit www.greenwichlibrary.org.  Note: this program is now full.

Joan Motyka is a former longtime New York Times editor and writing coach, and currently an editor at The Westchester Review, a literary journal now in its fifth year. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe and other publications. She has been leading memoir writing workshops in Westchester and New York City since 2007. 

Crafting Life Stories is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. For more information, please contact Michele Martin at (203) 625-6533 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org.

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How old is your heart? Chronological age and heart age can be vastly different. Greenwich Library presents a heart healthy workshop and discussion with Dr. Robert Michler on Wednesday, September 18 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room.

Coronary artery disease is responsible for one out of every six deaths and is the leading killer for men and women in the United States. The good news is that for many people coronary artery disease can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle and understanding their risk factors. 

How old is your heart and what does that have to do with how long you will live? Dr. Michler will help individuals determine the age of their heart by taking a short personalized quiz that looks at their risk factors and lifestyle choices. After taking the quiz, Dr. Michler's interactive discussion engages the audience on ways to lower the age of their heart by providing tips on nutrition, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, and living a healthy lifestyle as well as answering any questions about heart health and the science of staying healthy. 

This interactive discussion is appropriate for men and women ages 35+. Seating is limited, please register online.

Robert E. Michler, MD is Surgeon-in-Chief, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Professor and Chairman of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. An internationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Michler pioneered minimally invasive and robotic surgery on heart patients and is an expert in mitral and aortic valve repair surgery. His many honors and awards include recognition as "Person of the Week" by ABC World News for his humanitarian work. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and 30 book chapters in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Michler is also Chairman and Founder of Heart Care International, a not-for-profit that provides life-saving care for children suffering from congenital heart disease in developing countries. 

This program is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. For more information, please contact Sandra Chan at (203) 625-6549 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org

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Art security expert Anthony Amore will discuss his book Stealing Rembrandts, which he co-authored with investigative reporter Tom Mashberg, on Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room. 

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Today, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to museums, galleries, and art collectors annually. And the masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn are some of the most frequently targeted. 

According to the New York Journal of Books, "Stealing Rembrandts at once reads like a crime thriller, a history, and a biography." 

Amore's lecture will include details about the unsolved Gardner museum heist in 1990, when two thieves disguised as policemen stole 13 pieces of artwork, valued at $500 million, from the museum on St. Patrick's Day. The thieves stole a Rembrandt painting called The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, as well as pieces by Vermeer, Degas and Manet. All 13 pieces remain missing to date. In March, the FBI announced they now know the identities of the thieves, but have yet to solve the crime. 

The Wall Street Journal says "Strewn throughout the book...are compelling characters and insights into traits that successful art crimes typically share." 

Anthony Amore is Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Mass., and has been leading efforts to track down the missing artwork since he was hired at the museum in 2005. Prior to joining the museum, Amore was an assistant director with the Transportation Security Administration where he helped to rebuild security at Logan Airport after the tragic events of 9/11. He is also a former special agent with the Federal Aviation Administration, where he was the lead agent responding to the Richard Reid shoe bomber attack. 

This program 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 the event. For more information, please contact Michele Martin at (203) 625-6533 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org.

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M&M Productions Acting Company, Inc. will present a free performance of Time Stands Still on Sunday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. This funny, thoughtful drama from the brilliant mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Donald Margulies, focuses on conflicts ranging from professional to family life to the extremes of global strife. 

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 Featured in the play are Robin Gorn, Peter Lillo, and Theodora Kimmel making her M&M debut.

Associated Press says, "Smart, stylish, and timely. ...Donald Margulies's play is layered with an intriguing seriousness that inspires discussion long after the curtain comes down." 

Times Stands Still examines the challenges that face two wartime correspondents: Sarah, a photojournalist--recently injured--and her overprotective partner, James, a floundering, freelance writer. He wants to settle down and resume some sense of normalcy while Sarah finds herself torn between the stagnancy of healing, a lingering sense of guilt, and the persistent, emotional needs of James. 

Walking into the middle of this battle are Sarah's photo editor and former lover, Richard, and his new girlfriend, Mandy, 30 years his junior. Mandy, whose shallow, provincial nature stands in stark contrast to Sarah's war-scarred street savvy, finds herself quickly outmatched. Still, she brings a charming, good-heartedness that turns out to be a rarity in Sarah and James's Brooklyn apartment. 

Director Larry Schneider is excited to present this wonderfully charming, comic, and thought-provoking play to libraries throughout the region. The play contains adult themes and language and is not suitable for young audiences. 

Now presenting its 13th season of Library Theatre, M&M Productions is committed to developing quality live theatre and bringing it into intimate settings throughout the Hudson Valley, Southern CT and beyond. With over 75 productions traveling to more than 55 venues since 2002, M&M continues to intrigue, shock and inspire audiences, producing classics, contemporary plays and developing new works. 

This program is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. For more information, please contact Alice Bonvenuto at (203) 622-7919 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org.

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AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary and Diane's Books will present British author Jojo Moyes on Wednesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. Moyes's New York Times bestseller, Me Before You has been translated into 31 languages. This year, Moyes returns with another literary heartbreaker that asks, "Whatever happened to the girl you left behind?" 

Me Before You (December, 2012, paperback reprint, August 2013) to which MGM has just acquired movie rights, struck a chord with readers and critics. Says Liesl Schillinger of the New York Times Book Review, "When I finished this novel, I didn't want to review it: I wanted to reread it." 

The Girl You Left Behind is set in France, 1916, when artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I Edouard's portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer's dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything -- her family, her reputation, and her life-- to see her husband again.
Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is --putting Liv's belief in what is right to the ultimate test. 

 "In a tale that asks: "Is it still a betrayal if you're doing it for the right reasons?" this pleasurably assured writer skillfully balances the quotidian and the comic with the broad and universal, leaving us with the tantalizing possibility of a potential caper to come." --- Daneet Steffens, The Independent 

Author, journalist and editor Jojo Moyes is the author of many bestsellers including, The Last Letter from Your Lover and Me Before You. She is a judge of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction. She lives on a farm in Essex, England with her husband, Guardian journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.

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 (203) 622-7933 or Wayne Campbell (203) 622-7922, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive

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Podcast: Author of Love All, Callie Wright

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Callie Wright, the debut author of Love All spoke on Wednesday, July 17 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. Wright discussed her motivations for the book - a multigenerational coming of age story - and how much of the storyline was autobiographical. (Teenage Wright was a resident of Cooperstown, NY for several years, where the story takes place.)  Wright also discussed the relationship between her novel and the 1960s Cooperstown tell-all, The Sex Cure. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening. 

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Greenwich Library has added 43 new magazine titles to the popular Zinio digital magazine service, which launched in January. This new service allows patrons to read and explore over 190 titles on their device of choice using their Greenwich Library card to set up a free, online account. 

Of the 43 new titles, nine are Food and Cooking magazines such as 30 Minute Dinners, Diabetic Living Holiday Recipes and Anyone Can Cook. There are also eight new Science and Technology titles, 3D World, iPhone Life and Computer Music

Click here for a full list of the 190 available titles in the downloadable library.

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. 

Magazines are flying off the Library's digital shelves with over 671 library patrons checking out 8,543 Zinio magazines since the service launched in January. Titles that have been viewed most frequently include Us Weekly, the Economist, Consumer Reports, HELLO! Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, National Geographic Interactive, Forbes, Newsweek and the Harvard Business Review

Unlike eBooks, 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. 

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. 

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Greenwich Library won a national Best of Show award and an honorable mention at the American Library Association's (ALA) Best of Show PR Xchange competition. The annual contest, sponsored by the Library Leadership and Management Association, division of ALA, recognizes the very best public relations materials produced by libraries around the country in the past year. Entries are evaluated based on content, originality, and design by a team of experts in public relations, graphic design, communications, and marketing who select the winner(s) in each category. 

"It was my honor to attend the ceremony and receive the awards on behalf of a very talented staff at the Greenwich Library," said Carol Mahoney, Greenwich Library Director. 

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The 2012-2017 Strategic Plan won a Best in Show honor in the Advocacy (Print) category and the 2010-2011 Annual Report received an honorable mention in the Annual Reports (Electronic) category. The awards were presented at the recent ALA conference in Chicago on June 30. 

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The Strategic Plan was designed by Berk Associates, a Seattle-based consulting firm. The 2010-2011 Annual Report was designed by John Ferris of Kern Design in Stamford, CT. A team of Library staff members worked closely with both firms.
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