November 2013 Archives

Maritime historian Lincoln Paine, author of Down East and The Sea & Civilization, spoke on November 7 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. Paine covered over 50 thousand years of maritime history with dry wit and a self-deprecating sense of humor. Library patrons flocked to the Meeting Room to hear Paine expound upon and occasionally debunk maritime lore. Questions flew from a spirited audience and no matter what the topic, from Kon-Tiki to the Vikings, this brilliant historian was never at a loss for a fact-filled, entertaining response. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.

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On Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m., AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary will present acclaimed historian Thomas Cahill, author of the Hinges of History series, in the Cole Auditorium. Cahill will discuss his newly released book Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created our World. Unlike many history lessons, a Thomas Cahill book or speech is impossible to forget. 

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Heretics and Heroes is volume VI in the ambitious Hinges of History series, the first of which, How the Irish Saved Civilization, spent nearly two years on the New York Times bestseller list and has over 1.25 million copies in print. Cahill's books are now required reading in many colleges and universities. 

In Heretics and Heroes, Cahill draws fresh portrayals of the hallmarks of history and culture: the Black Death, the Borgias, corrupt popes, the Inquisition; and the individuals, the artists, scientists and religious thinkers of the Renaissance and Reformation whose work and ideas remain vitally relevant. 

Says Publishers Weekly, "In this remarkable sixth installment of his Hinges of History series, Cahill writes passionately about the era's transformational art, the unexpected benefits of the Black Plague, and the intellectual struggles over secular and papal power, resulting in an entertaining yet thought-provoking examination of Western civilization." 

Thomas Cahill is best known for taking on a broad scope of complex history and distilling it into a remarkably accessible and entertaining narrative. His lively, engaging writing animates cultures that existed up to five millennia ago, revealing the lives of his principal characters with refreshing insight. He writes history, not in its usual terms of war and atrocity, but by inviting his audience into an ancient world to commune with some of the most influential people who ever lived.  

Thomas Cahill was raised in the Bronx, educated by Jesuits and studied ancient Greek and Latin. He completed both a B.A. in classical literature and philosophy, and a pontifical degree in philosophy at Fordham University then went on to complete his M.F.A. in film and dramatic literature at Columbia. He studied scripture at New York's Union Theological Seminary, and spent two years as a Visiting Scholar at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he studied Hebrew and the Hebrew Bible in preparation for writing The Gifts of the Jews. He also reads French and Italian. Prior to retiring to write full-time, he was Director of Religious Publishing at Doubleday for six years. A mesmerizing speaker, Cahill has addressed the U.S. Congress on the Judeo-Christian roots of moral responsibility in American Politics. He and his wife Susan, also an author, divide their time between New York and Rome. 

Click here to check availability of books by Thomas Cahill, including Heretics and Heros, in the Greenwich Library Catalogue.

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 open to all at no charge, 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 for a complete list of AuthorsLive events.

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PINWe realize many of you experienced difficulty with the launch of our new PIN initiative and some may still encounter problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. Although our catalog system experienced errors due to extraordinarily high traffic, nearly 4,000 patrons have been able to successfully create PINs.

PINs are now required to access your Library account online as we prepare to implement BiblioCommons, the new catalog system which will launch in early 2014. BiblioCommons will offer you intuitive searching, account integration, new tools for discovery, eBook integration, library staff recommendations and the ability to create a community around the library collection.

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In preparation for our new and improved Library catalog (coming early 2014), all patrons will be required to create a four-digit personal identification number (PIN) to access their Library account online starting Monday, November 4

Please click here to be directed to enter your Library card number and create a unique PIN. 

Library staff will not have access to this PIN, nor will it be stored in your Library record. 

For a sneak peak of the new catalog features, please visit the catalogs of New York Public Library and Princeton Public Library. If you have questions, click here to email the Lending department or call (203) 625-6524.
Greenwich Library has been named a five-star library for the fifth time by Library Journal. The rating is based on 2011 data reported by local libraries to their state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This is the sixth time Greenwich Library has been recognized as an outstanding library during this prestigious rating's six-year existence. 

"We are honored to receive a five-star rating once again. This acknowledgement is directly tied to the community's use of the Library and its resources, as well as our Strategic Plan, 'My Library: Connecting Our Community'," said Carol Mahoney, Greenwich Library Director. "This plan is our roadmap to adapt to the changing needs of the Greenwich community and we are very pleased to be recognized for the sixth year." 

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 sixth in the nation among public libraries with budgets between $5 million and $10 million, moving up one spot from the previous year. Two other Connecticut libraries received ratings: Westport Library (five stars in the $5 million to $10 million budget category) and Darien Library (four stars in the $1 million to $5 million budget category). 

This marked the first year of the Library's five-year Strategic Plan. Staff implemented several new initiatives, including embracing emerging digital media into the collections, as well as meeting the needs of residents by making strategic programming choices. The Library continues to build the framework for many more exciting improvements to come. 

For further information on Greenwich Library's five-star rating, see the November 1, 2013 print edition of Library Journal and or go online to
Anita Raghavan, veteran Wall Street Journal reporter and author of The Billionaire's Apprentice spoke on Sunday, October 27 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. The program was moderated with clarity and wit by Greenwich resident, Rob Morris, founder/Managing Partner of the private equity firm, Olympus Partners. Raghavan and Morris provided an enthralled crowd with insight into the world of indicted high-flying financiers (many of whom happen to be from Greenwich).  Raghavan cleverly uses Rajat Gupta's fall from grace to examine the journey of Indian-Americans in the US. The program was presented in conjunction with the India Cultural Center of Greenwich.RaghavanHeadshotBILLIONAIRESAPPREN(1).JPG
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