February 2014 Archives

Authors Claire Messud and Jenny Offill eloquently and repeatedly explore a woman's concept of self with piercing insight. The two authors will discuss their latest novels at Greenwich Library as part of the AuthorsLive series on Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m. 

Claire Messud is the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children and a celebrated fiction writer and journalist. A seasoned speaker, she lectures on gender and literature as well as the origins of storytelling. Her masterly new novel, The Woman Upstairs, is a riveting tale of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own. 

In The Woman Upstairs, school teacher Nora Eldridge long ago compromised her dream to be a successful artist, mother and lover. She has instead become the "woman upstairs," a reliable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her life arrives the glamorous and cosmopolitan Shahids, and Nora is drawn into their exciting and complex world. Told with passion, this novel explores the thrill--and the devastating cost--of embracing an authentic life. 

Says the Los Angeles Times, "Thrums with fury . . . Startling: a psychological and intellectual thriller." 

 Jenny Offill's new novel, Dept. of Speculation, available on January 28 from Knopf, offers a glimpse into the intimacies of marriage, faith, and the universal shipwreck of emotion that unites us all. 

Offill's heroine, referred to as simply "the wife," once exchanged love letters with her husband postmarked Dept. of Speculation, their code name for life's uncertainties. As they confront an array of common catastrophes--a colicky baby, a faltering marriage, stalled ambitions--the wife analyzes her predicament, invoking everything from Keats and Kafka. She muses on the consuming nature of maternal love as she confronts the friction between domestic life and the demands of art. 

In language that shimmers with rage and wit, Jenny Offill has crafted an exquisitely suspenseful love story that can be devoured in a single sitting. 

According to a Publishers Weekly starred review, "Offill has equal parts cleverness and erudition, but it's her language and eye for detail that make this a must-read." 

About the Authors 

Claire Messud was educated at Yale and Cambridge. After a career in journalism for the London Guardian, she returned to the US to teach at Amherst and Kenyon College. Her first book, The Emperor's Children, was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post Best Book of the Year. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her family. 

Jenny Offill is the author of the novel Last Things, which was chosen as a notable book of the year by The New York Times and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Book Award. She teaches in the writing programs at Queens University, Brooklyn College, and Columbia University. 

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, contact Diane's Books at (203) 869-1515.

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African Americans in CT Book Talk, February 15

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In African American Connecticut Explored, over 50 essays document the long arc of the African American experience in Connecticut, from 1630 through the 20th century. On Saturday, February 15 at 2 p.m., contributing editor Elizabeth J. Normen will discuss this breakthrough work of scholarship in the Greenwich Library Meeting Room. 

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The voice of Connecticut's African Americans rings clear through fascinating stories featuring nationally prominent black abolitionists, the African American community's response to the Amistad trial, and the Civil Rights work of baseball great Jackie Robinson (a twenty-year resident of Stamford), to name a few. 

Historian and contributor to the book, William Frank Mitchell, will also be present to discuss his involvement as curator of the current exhibition Freedom! and the collection of 6,000 works of art, artifacts and archives and documents from more than 300 years of the Black experience in America at the Amistad Center of Art and Culture in Hartford. 

Published by Wesleyan University Press, this book represents the collaborative effort of Connecticut Explored and the Amistad Center for Art & Culture, with the support from the State Historic Preservation Office and Connecticut's Freedom Trail. 

This program is open to all at no charge through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions from generous donors. No registration required. For more information, please call Michele Martin at (203) 625-6533.

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Holiday Closing- Presidents Day

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Greenwich Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will be closed on Monday, February 17 for Presidents Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, February 18 at 9 a.m.


Materials may be returned to our book drops while we are closed. Remember, you can access our website 24/7 to download eBooks and audiobooks, stream music, research, place holds, find your next read and so much more.

The Baltimore Consort to perform on February 16

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Greenwich Library is pleased to welcome the acclaimed masters of early music styles and instruments, The Baltimore Consort, on Sunday, February 16 at 3:30 pm as part of the Peterson Concert Series. This 90 minute concert will be held in the Library's Cole Auditorium. 


The Baltimore Consort has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and their music has earned a place on the Billboard Magazine Top-Ten list. The Consort's arrangements of early music from Europe speak to the heart as well as the mind. Their love for English and Scottish heritage has led them to delve deeply into the rich trove of traditional balladry and dance tunes preserved in the Appalachian Mountains and Nova Scotia. More recently, the group has explored the extraordinary repertory from the Iberian Peninsula. 

The Baltimore Consort is in its 33rd season as one of America's favorite early music ensembles. The Consort has made fourteen recordings on the Dorian label and has toured widely in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Vocalists for the 2014 season will be two young superstars, the phenomenal countertenor Jose Lemos and the brilliant soprano Danielle Svonavec. 

For more information, visit www.baltcons.com. The Peterson Concert Series is free and open to all through the support of the Peterson Foundation. Doors to the Cole Auditorium will open at 3 pm, seating is limited and available on first come, first served basis. For more information, please email the Music Librarian or call (203) 622-7917.

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Podcast: Bestselling Author Sue Monk Kidd

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Sue Monk Kidd, author of bestselling novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair spoke on January 7, 2013 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. Her new novel, The Invention of Wings, was released on the same day and has been selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0.  Kidd, a compelling and expressive speaker, described her inspiration for writing about growing up female (slave and free) in antebellum Charleston.  According to Kidd, "There are a lot of cracks in history, and you'll find a lot of women in them."  The Grimke sisters and Hetty "Handful" Grimke were stuck in one of those cracks until Sue Monk Kidd discovered them, and discovered in herself the courage to yank them out.  Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.

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Greenwich Library Changes Directors

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Carol Mahoney, who has served as the Director of Greenwich Library for five years, has announced that she will resign the position next month to pursue other opportunities back home in Massachusetts.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working in Greenwich and being a part of the community. The Greenwich Library is truly an amazing resource that touches the lives of people every day," said Mahoney. "The Trustees, staff, Friends, as well as the patrons and volunteers, have all contributed greatly to the Library's success. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve the Greenwich community."

The Board of Trustees has named Deputy Director Barbara Ormerod-Glynn as Mahoney's successor. Ms. Ormerod-Glynn, who has served Greenwich Library for 11 years, will assume her new job on March 1, 2014. Prior to Greenwich Library, she held librarian positions at Columbia and Fordham universities, as well as at Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, and the Yonkers Public Library.

"Barbara has been a true colleague and she is a highly effective, hands-on administrator who is totally dedicated to her profession," said Ms. Mahoney. "I am so pleased that she will have the opportunity to lead Greenwich Library into the future."

Nancy Better, president of the Library's Board of Trustees, said the board accepted Ms. Mahoney's decision reluctantly, but understood her reasons for departing. "Carol came to us with 43 years of public library service in Massachusetts, and we knew that other opportunities closer to home would become available to her. She has been an exceptional leader who has taken Greenwich Library to new heights and we expect the momentum will continue under Barbara's stewardship," said Ms. Better.

During Ms. Mahoney's tenure, Greenwich Library was named a five-star library five times by Library Journal. Ms. Mahoney led the Library's strategic planning process, worked with the staff to initiate new services and programs, and implemented Greenwich Reads Together with community organizations. Ms. Mahoney came to Greenwich after serving as the Neighborhood Services Manager at the Boston Public Library where she had oversight of 26 full service branches. Prior to Boston, she served as director of libraries in Lexington, Lynnfield and Medway, MA.  

Ms. Better noted that that board will miss Ms. Mahoney, but will continue many of her innovative ideas. "Throughout her tenure, Carol has looked for new ways to engage the community in the library's core mission:  to provide exceptional resources, programs and services that promote the joy of lifelong learning and discovery, and to offer a welcoming place for people to gather and share experiences."

Greenwich Library announces hoopla digital, a new service that offers patrons access to thousands of movies, television shows and music albums using just their Greenwich Library card. The service, now available on the Library's website, is part of Greenwich Library's Strategic Plan initiative to embrace and integrate emerging media into our collections. 

mosaic hoopla-01.pngClick here to get started. Greenwich Library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles - from major Hollywood studios, and record companies- available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. 

hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it's easy to access the listening and viewing experience. There's also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows or albums. The automatic return feature eliminates late fees.
With the recent changes in insurance requirements, what steps can you take to protect your family, safeguard your lifestyle and guard what matters most? 

Robin DuCharme Pastore, a licensed insurance agent, will discuss Healthcare Plan Options and Lifestyle Protection Strategies at Greenwich Library on Tuesday, February 4 at 6 p.m. in the Meeting Room. 

Pastore will provide an overview of how to manage your healthcare policy options, with ample time for audience questions. Topics will include: 
1. Five steps to protecting your family's lifestyle. 
2. Policy options for families, for the unemployed, for those who missed the open enrollment deadline, for those       whose insurance has been cancelled. 
3. What to do if your doctor or hospital of choice stops accepting your insurance. 
4. Planning ahead: what policy changes to consider near and long term. 

Pastore is an agent with Bankers Life & Casualty and is licensed in Connecticut, New York and Texas. She lives in Greenwich and is the author of A Parent's Guide to Greenwich. 

This event is open to all at no charge. For more information, contact schan@greenwichlibrary.org. Please RSVP by February 1 to robin.ducharme@bankers.com or call 203-249-7871.

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***This event was cancelled due to weather conditions on February 5 and rescheduled for February 12.  Please note, Melanie Kupchynsky will be unable to attend.

Authors Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky will discuss Strings Attached, a thoughtful exploration of the value of music education and tough love on Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. Kupchynsky, a violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will provide musical illustrations during the presentation. This AuthorsLive program is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Greenwich Library Meeting Room. 

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Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations is a book about how a single person-a coach, professor, or family friend-can change your life forever by pushing you to dream bigger and reach higher. For Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky that person was public-school music teacher Jerry Kupchynsky, known as Mr. K, a Ukrainian-born taskmaster who yelled and stomped and screamed, and who drove his students harder than anyone had ever driven them before. Through sheer force of will, he made them better than they had any right to be. 

Joanne Lipman is an adviser to news organizations such as CNN and Yahoo. She was founding Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Portfolio magazine and a Deputy Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal. She lives in New York with her husband and two children. 

Melanie Kupchynsky has been a violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years, during which time the symphony has won 21 Grammys. She has performed around the globe under the world's greatest conductors and with the world's most prominent soloists, including Yo Yo Ma. 

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 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, contact Music Librarian David Waring at dwaring@greenwichlibrary.org or (203) 622-7917.

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Greenwich Library will celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, February 1. Children of all ages and their families are invited to visit the Children's Room and enjoy a fun-filled day of activities while learning about our resources and programs. 

A highlight of the day will be the Ashforth Children's Concert featuring Windsync, an energetic wind quintet from Texas, from 2-3 p.m. The concert is part of the Curiosity Concerts series for children and will be held in the Cole Auditorium. The program will cover pieces from Beethoven and Copland as well as Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. **Please note: this show is sold out. However, there are always a certain number of no-shows. Doors will open at 1:45 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome to come to Cole Auditorium; we will attempt to accommodate them.**  
Curiosity Concerts Logo for Windsync take your child release.jpgHailed by the Houston Chronicle as "revolutionary chamber musicians," the group's mission is to inspire audiences through innovative, interactive chamber music concerts and educational programs. The group is a pioneer in unconventional performance practices including the addition of costumes and choreography as well as new projects dedicated to teaching tolerance through music education in schools. This year WindSync was named a winner in the 2012 Victor Elmaleh Concert Artists Guild Competition and was awarded the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize. 

Advance registration is suggested. To reserve your space, visit www.curiosityconcerts.org

In the Greenwich Library Children's Room, the day will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Sing, Play and Move with Marta for ages 2-5 with a parent or caregiver. Then, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., children of all ages can enjoy two drop-in crafts, the Melting Snowman and a Valentine themed project. Children can also get creative with Make-It-and-Take-It LEGO building where they will make a LEGO creation and take it home. Throughout the day children and their parents can play winter themed games, such as Penguin Bowling, Pin the Nose on the Snowman and Snowman Bean Bag Toss. 

For more information on Take Your Child to the Library Day, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/children or email a Children's Librarian or 203-622-7940. 

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 and their interested siblings of any age. The series is a coalition effort spearheaded by the Greenwich Arts Council. For more information and reservations, visit www.curiosityconcerts.org.

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