March 2014 Archives

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Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. What do you think we should read next? Suggest a book by commenting on this article below. Greenwich Reads Together 2014 will take place this Fall.

In order to be selected, the book should be of high literary quality, reflective of universal issues and capable of generating thought-provoking discussions. It should lend itself to engaging public programs and appeal to a diverse population. It must also be currently in print and available in large quantities and in multiple formats, including paperback, ebook, audiobook and large print. The suggestions will be evaluated by a committee that includes Library staff and community members. The chosen book will be announced later this spring. 

For more information about Greenwich Reads Together, please click here.

Important note: we are experiencing an issue when patrons attempt to register their name/ email to make a comment, so for now, we will allow comments to be posted anonymously, but feel free to sign your name in the comment field if you wish. 

If you are not able to post your suggestion, please contact the Public Relations Office and we will post it for you.
Librarian Ed Morrissey's new monthly film series is devoted to bringing patrons classic cult movies from Hollywood, Europe and the rest of the world, movies that continue to entertain audiences and influence new film makers. Ed will begin each screening with a brief discussion of the film's production and its influence over the decades. Both film buffs and ingĂ©nues are welcome. 

The program will kick off on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. with Sergio Corbucci's classic 1966 Italian spaghetti western Django, starring Franco Nero, which inspired Quentin Tarantino's 2012 hit Django Unchained and many unofficial sequel-in-name only one-offs. 

In this grim, violent and powerful thriller, the title character plays two vicious gangs against each other while plotting revenge AND stealing a ton of gold. The movie is 90 minutes long and is appropriate for mature audiences only. 

In the course of the series, Ed plans to cover a wide sweep of genres, from comedies, crime noir, horror thrillers, musicals, spaghetti westerns, Hitchcock, Fellini...maybe even a Bond film. It's these so-called fringe or over the top movies that Greenwich Library Cult Films, through the Library's extensive catalog, intends to expose to a much wider and appreciative audience. 

Patrons interested in cult films should follow user account "GreenwichCultFilms" in the Library's catalog for recommended lists and reviews of cult films from the Library's collection and check out Ed's Cult Films Blog, for some deep dives into the world of cult films and the new film series. 

Up next: mark your calendars for the American comedy-drama biopic Ed Wood from 1994, starring Johnny Depp, on Thursday, May 15 at 6 p.m. For a complete list of upcoming Cult Films, visit

This program is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Meeting Room. For more information contact Ed Morrissey at or call (203) 622-7918. Don't forget, thousands of film titles are available in the Library's DVD collection, and online through the Library's new hoopla service. 

Ed Morrissey is the ADA Librarian at Greenwich Library, working with the Library's Next Chapter Book Club and the Student Leadership Council. Besides enjoying science fiction, graphic and mystery novels, his lifelong interest in films and film production was sparked by a screening of Diamonds Are Forever in the 70s. Ed hopes to expose lesser known films to a wider audience through the Cult Films program.

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The technology training staff at Greenwich Library has a great line-up of classes planned for March. From iPad cooking apps to online child safety, Greenwich Library technologists are here to help you 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. 

Monday, March 3 at 2 p.m., Cooking with your iPad 
The iPad makes for a great kitchen companion whether you're looking for just the right recipe, or you want to add variety to what you cook at home. There is no shortage of cooking and recipe apps for the iPad, from apps with prep videos to those that cater specifically to holiday cooking. In this class we'll explore some of the best apps and discuss how to protect your iPad in the kitchen. 

Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m., Protecting Your Kids, Parental Controls 
In today's world of information overload, kids have access to more stuff than they probably should, on multiple devices. Protecting them as well as setting up their technology to be a resource vs. a distraction is important. Learn how to set up parental controls for Mac, iPhone, iPods or iPad. 

Wednesday, March 12 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach Bus: Word 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 Word. 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, March 26 at 2 p.m., Getting Started with Zinio 
Read full digital copies of your favorite magazines on your computer, tablet or mobile device via the Library's new Zinio service. Learn how to create an account to get access to over 190 popular magazine titles from the Greenwich Library website. 

Regular Library Technology Training Center Programming 

The Library's regular Drop-in Computer Lab is now offered three times each week: on Saturdays and Tuesdays at 11 a.m., and Thursdays at 3 p.m. from March 1-29. 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. 

A special Drop-in Computer Lab will be held at Byram Library on Monday, March 24 at 2 p.m. 

For more information, please visit the Technology Training Center page on the Library's website, or contact the Technology Training Center at (203) 625-6508.

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Podcast: Authors Claire Messud & Jenny Offill

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Two engaging authors, Claire Messud and Jenny Offill discussed their latest novels at Greenwich Library as part of AuthorsLive on Thursday, February 20, 2014. The two novelists spoke about the unhinged narrator, female rage and the suppressive societal 'cage' placed around women writers and artists. Claire Messud is the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children. Her 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. Jenny Offill's new novel, Dept. of Speculation, (with bids from eight publishers), offers a glimpse into the intimacies of marriage, faith, and the universal shipwreck of emotion that unites us all. This is a great talk for those interested in literary gender studies.

Please note: the podcast includes a segment in which a book excerpt containing mature language is read. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast and view the slideshow.

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Memoir-writing is a special form of art, and this spring Greenwich Library will help would-be memoirists get started. Crafting Life Stories will be led by former New York Times editor Joan Motyka on seven consecutive Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning March 27** 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 seven 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. 

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. 

**Registration for the 7-week workshop opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 3. Please call Michele Martin at 203-625-6533 to register with your Greenwich or Perrot Library card number. Space is limited. The series runs from March 27 through May 8 and meets weekly. 

Crafting Life Stories is made possible at no charge to patrons 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

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Veteran actor Robert Wagner will discuss his soon-to-be released book, You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood's Golden Age, an affectionate recollection of early Hollywood on Thursday, March 13 at 7 pm in the Cole Auditorium. This event is co-sponsored by Diane's Books which will provide copies for purchase and signing. 

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With a career spanning more than five decades, few actors are more qualified to recount the glamorous Hollywood era of the late 1940s and early 1950s than Robert Wagner. Wagner revisits the houses, restaurants, and other haunts of Hollywood's elite, offering an intimate view of their lives on and off screen. He fondly recounts mythic figures simply entertaining at home among friends, away from the publicity machine and public eye that morphed into today's paparazzi culture. 

Says Publisher's Weekly, "Although Wagner regales readers with tales of many of his Hollywood friends...he never stoops to kiss-and-tell gossip about the stars nor does he wax nostalgic about a past for which he desperately longs." 

Wagner also discusses the business of Hollywood and its evolution from an industry once dominated by moguls to one run by agents, and examines the career arcs of his peers, carefully considering why some survived and others faded. Engaging and entertaining, You Must Remember This is Wagner's ode to a bygone age of incomparable style and legendary stars. 

Robert Wagner is the star of such films as A Kiss Before Dying, The Longest Day, The Pink Panther, and most recently, the Austin Powers franchise. On television, he starred in It Takes a Thief (with Fred Astaire) and Hart to Hart (with Stefanie Powers). He has recently appeared on Two and a Half Men and NCIS. He is married to actress Jill St. John and lives in Aspen, Colorado. 

AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. This event is co-sponsored by Diane's Book which will provide copies for purchase and signing. 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 pm. For more information, visit or call Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.

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On Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. the Friends of Greenwich Library will present a musical for young audiences based on the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. 
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"Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!" Farmer Brown cries. 

When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declared the farm a "tech-free zone." He confiscates her laptop and puts it in the cold barn along with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets. 

"No way," replies Farmer Brown. "No blankets!" So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets? No milk and eggs! 

Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Greenwich Library patrons will find out in a hilariously "mooooo-ving" new musical about negotiation and compromise, professionally staged by Theatreworks.

This 60-minute musical is appropriate for children in grades K-4, 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.

Check availability for Click Clack Moo in the Greenwich Library Catalogue.

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