December 2013 Archives

Podcast: Bestselling Author Thomas Cahill

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Acclaimed historian Thomas Cahill, author of the Hinges of History series, spoke on November 20, 2013 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. The author enlightened patrons with a discussion of history through the lens of two forces, religion and nationalism, as well as an argument for the growing relevance of the western world. Cahill attributed the dominance of western sensibilities, in part, to the Christian enlightenment as contrasted with the much slower pace of 'enlightenment' among the religions of the East, such as Islam. Cahill's sixth book in the Hinges series, Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created our World, has just been published. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.

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Greenwich Doctor Who fans may not have been able to make it across the pond for the BBC's huge three-day long Doctor Who Party, but its not too late to catch the Greenwich Library celebration.  

On Thursday, December 7 at 1 p.m., the Student Leadership Council will present a Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Party. Come celebrate everybody's favorite Time Lord with trivia games, refreshments, prizes, and a group viewing of a classic Doctor Who adventure. Dress as your favorite Doctor, companion or nemesis.
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The Doctor has changed appearance ten distinct times. These are the eleven faces of the Doctor. (Top) L-R: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker (Middle) L-R: Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann (Bottom) L-R: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Open to students in grades 6-12 and their parents at no charge. No registration required. For more information, please email the Teen/YA Librarian or call (203) 622-7918. This program is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors.

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Did you know that admission interviews are offered and encouraged at 95% of the top 75 colleges and at 88% of the top 25 universities? If those statistics give you butterflies, don't miss the College Interview Seminar at Greenwich Library on Tuesday, December 10 at 7 pm. 

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College Interview Counselors (CIC) is based in Greenwich and was formed by two experienced college interviewers, Peggy Marx and Kyrie Stillman, to ensure that students put their best foot forward during interviews. According to CIC, the admissions interview offers the only one-on-one face to face contact individuals can have with the schools to which they have applied. 
 
This interactive seminar will focus on how to have an impressive interview. The founders of CIC will review the key aspects of the interview - the who, what, where and why, and reveal interview tips and secrets. The audience will then be presented with two mock interviews to critique, and have the opportunity to review actual interviewer comments about the candidate. 

This program is open to high school students and their parents at no charge. No registration required. For more information, please email the Teen/YA Librarian. For more information about CIC visit www.collegeinterviewcounselors.com. This program is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors.

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Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary fame will perform a 90 minute concert in the Cole Auditorium on Sunday, December 8 at 3:30 p.m. as part of the Peterson Concert Series. 

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As a member of the renowned musical trio, he has earned many gold and platinum album awards and has been nominated for, and awarded, numerous Grammys. Peter Yarrow's talent as a creative artist - both in a group and as a solo performer - is in using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. 

His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs Peter, Paul & Mary have recorded, including "Puff, the Magic Dragon," "Day is Done," and "Light the Candle." 

In 1999, Yarrow's philosophy, talents and connections culminated in the founding of Operation Respect, an anti-violence and anti-bullying organization that promotes the infusion of character, and social and emotional learning principles into school curricula through transformational music. Toward this end, Operation Respect created the Don't Laugh at Me Program. The centerpiece of the program is the song, "Don't Laugh at Me," sung by Peter, Paul and Mary. 

The Peterson Concert Series is open to all at no charge 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 email the Music Librarian or call (203) 622-7917. For more information about Operation Respect, visit www.operationrespect.org

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