January 2014 Archives

Whether your student is in 8th grade, 12th grade or somewhere in between, it's never too early or too late to plan for college costs. Daniel Patti CFP® of DMP Asset Management returns to present "FAFSA 101" on Monday, January 27 at 7 p.m. 

The seminar will cover topics such as, why everyone should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); what documents you will need; key dates not to miss - federal, state and individual school deadlines; and how to improve your chance of getting aid. 

The FAFSA is the 'common' aid application, much like the common application for college. The application process is managed by the office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) which provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school. FSA offers more than $150 billion each year to help millions of students pay for higher education. Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school. 

This program is open to students and their parents at no charge, no registration required and will be held in the Greenwich Library Meeting Room. For more information, email the Teen/YA Librarian or call 203-622-7915. To learn more about FAFSA visit www.fafsa.ed.gov. This program is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors.

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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 Thursday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. 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.

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The technology training staff at Greenwich Library has a great line-up of classes planned for January. Start the New Year off right with eBook training, Excel workshops and a new strategy for those pesky passwords. Come to Greenwich Library to explore new technologies and learn skills that will make your online life more productive and enjoyable. 

Classes are offered in a comfortable environment for all participants, regardless of level, and are open to the public at no charge. 

Tuesday, January 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., All Day eBooks 
Did you give or receive a new eReader over the holidays? Join us for walk-in eBook help and learn how to load Library eBooks from OverDrive onto your eReader. Bring your eReading Device (all devices), your USB Cord (Kindle, Nook, and Sony eReader) and your laptop computer. Please know all passwords for your Amazon (Kindle) and App Store & Google Play Store (Apple and Android Devices) accounts. 

Wednesday, January 8 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach Bus: Excel Levels 1 and 2 
The CTWorks Career Coach bus visits Greenwich Library on the second Wednesday of each month to offer two-hour Microsoft Office Workshops. The bus is fully equipped with ten work stations and internet access. This month's featured training is in Excel. Level 1 is held at 10 a.m. and level 2 at 1 p.m. Seating is limited to 10. Sign-up 30 minutes prior to class at the West Putnam Avenue entrance of the Library. 

Wednesday, January 22 at 11 a.m., Simplifying your Passwords 
One of the biggest technology challenges we face today is remembering all of our usernames and passwords. Lance Pendelton from MacInspires will show you how to simplify this process with things already built into your Mac, iPhone and iPad, as well as simple software like 1Password that will help eliminate your password nightmare. The concepts introduced this workshop can also be applied to PCs and other devices/apps. 

Regular Library Technology Training Center Programming 

The Library's regular weekly Drop-in Computer Lab will continue to be offered on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m. from January 2 through January 30. Get hands-on assistance with new gadgets, downloading eBooks and audiobooks using OverDrive, Library databases, Microsoft Office, Internet search, email, online forms, social media, job search, basic computing and more with Library staff. Use your own device or practice with ours. 

Student Volunteer Orientation, required for all student technology volunteers, is offered on Saturday January 4, 11 and 18 at 1 p.m. Meet at the Welcome Desk. 

For more information, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/TechnologyTrainingCenter.aspx or contact the Technology Training Center at (203) 625-6508.

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On Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m., Diane's Books and Greenwich Library will present the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd, in the Cole Auditorium. Kidd will discuss her newest novel, The Invention of Wings, a masterfully told story of two unforgettable American women. The book, which will go on sale January 7, has recently been selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0.

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Kidd's sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah Grimke's eleventh birthday in Charleston, when she is given ownership of the ten year-old slave Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. 

According to a Kirkus prepublication starred review, "Kidd ... hits her stride and avoids sentimental revisionism with this historical novel about the relationship between a slave and the daughter of slave owners in antebellum Charleston....Kidd's portrait of white slave-owning Southerners is all the more harrowing for showing them as morally complicated while she gives Handful the dignity of being not simply a victim, but a strong, imperfect woman." 

This new novel looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation and empowerment will leave no reader unmoved. 

Sue Monk Kidd is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. She was raised in the tiny town of Sylvester, Georgia, a place that deeply influenced the writing of her first novel. Kidd is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates, written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. She lives in Southwest Florida. For more information visit www.suemonkkidd.com.
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 to 368 and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Diane's Books at 203-869-1515 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.

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On Saturday, January 18 at 2 p.m. the Friends of Greenwich Library will help bring the complexity of the Civil War to life for young audiences through a stirring production by Theatreworks USA. 

The Civil War was a defining moment in American History - the fire of war burned away the scourge of slavery and, in time, melded the separate states into a true nation. In telling the tale of this complex event, Theatreworks focuses on the smaller stories of the soldiers caught up in it, including, Zak, a runaway slave who demands the right to fight his own fight; Will, his former best friend and "master;" Johnny, an Irish immigrant who volunteers to defend his new home; and Jackie, a girl who becomes a drummer boy. 

Written by the playwright behind Theatreworks USA's most successful educational shows, this moving production features traditional songs of the era while sensitively illustrating this complex, tumultuous chapter of American history. The Civil War illuminates the humanity and sacrifices of those who fought, and died, to secure the future of a nation.

This 60-minute theatrical production is appropriate for children in grades 3-9, and is open to all at no charge through the support of the Friends of Greenwich Library. Assigned seating tickets are limited to six per person and will be available at noon at the auditorium. Return at 1:50 pm when the doors will open for the performance. 

For more information, contact the Friends Office at (203) 622-7938. The mission of Theatreworks USA is to create, produce, and provide access to professional theatre for young and family audiences nationwide. Since 1961 they have presented more than 90 million children and their families with opportunities to enjoy theatrical productions in 49 states and Canada.

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On Sunday, January 5 at 2 p.m., Greenwich Library's Ashforth Children's Concert Series will present Francis Poulenc's Story of Babar the Elephant, for piano and narrator, with words by author Jean de Brunhof. The concert is part of the Curiosity Concerts Series for children and will be held in the Cole Auditorium.
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Musical lore has it that one day in 1940, French composer Francis Poulenc was working on his signature atonal music. His young cousin, Sophie, did not appreciate his musical style. She placed her copy of The Story of Babar the Little Elephant upside down on the piano's music stand and said, "Play this." Poulenc improvised an accompaniment to each scene and Sophie was thrilled. 

According to Dr. Daniel Goodman, a pianist who studied physics and music at Princeton and MIT, and is a contributor to PianoSociety.com, Poulenc uses various devices to color scenes from Babar's life. Slow, low piano tones suggest lumbering elephants; high staccato notes, the call of birds. Use of the sustain pedal blurs the scene like a jungle mist. 

Poulenc's approach, says Goodman, uses mostly color (timbre and tone quality), rather than melody to illustrate the story. This is in contrast to Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, in which every animal had a distinctive theme. Goodman encourages us to listen carefully for Poulenc's themes, which are more challenging to identify than Prokofiev's. For example, Babar's joyful opening theme returns sadly when he remembers his mother. And his mother's lullaby reappears loudly when the elephant mothers search for their children. 

Pianist Jeewon Park will present this delightful piece, accompanied by Benjamin Luxon as narrator. Bring your copy of Babar and follow along! 

Praised for her "deeply reflective" playing (Indianapolis Star), Korean-born pianist Jeewon Park came to the U.S. in 2002, after having won all of the major competitions in Korea. She has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Park is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale University, where she was awarded the Dean Horatio Parker Prize. www.jeewonpark.com

Baritone Benjamin Luxon is an esteemed opera, concert and Lieder singer who has appeared with all the major orchestras in the USA. In Europe, he has sung at the Geneva Opera and as Don Giovanni at Berne, as well as being a regular visitor in Munich and Vienna. A distinguished concert artist, his repertoire ranges from the standard literature to folk songs. In 1986 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. 

The Ashforth Concert Series is designed to introduce children to classical music performance. The concert is open to the public at no charge through the support of Georgie and Henry A. Ashforth. Curiosity Concerts is a new series of classical music concerts for families with children ages 5-8 years old and their interested siblings of any age. The concerts are performed by professional national and local musicians and presented at various venues in the Greenwich, CT area. The series is a coalition effort launched in association with the Greenwich Arts Council. For more information, visit www.curiosityconcerts.org, or contact the Greenwich Library Public Relations Office at (203) 622-7965.

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