May 2014 Archives

Please join Greenwich Library and Maltose Express for a Home Brewing Fundraiser to benefit Greenwich Library programs on Friday, May 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about beer home brewing from start to finish, while the experts from Maltose Express brew a batch of beer right in front of you. Touch and smell the ingredients, including hops, grain and malt, and taste samples of home brewed beer. 

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This entertaining 'how to' program includes information on brewing water, grain, malt extracts, hops and brewing equipment and is great for new brewers or anyone who has questions about the brewing process. If there is a style of beer you would like to make, Maltose Express has a recipe for you to brew a great tasting beer in your own home. 

The cost is $50 per person, pizza and refreshments included. Seating in the Meeting Room is limited and attendees must be 21 or older. All proceeds go to support Greenwich Library programs and services.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets securely online, or call Sarah Falvo, Director of Development at (203) 622-7957. 

Located in Monroe, Maltose Express is Connecticut's largest home brewing and wine making supply center and educational resource in the Northeast. The company stocks everything a home brewer needs to brew their first, or next, batch of beer: home brewing equipment, 60 varieties of grain, 50 varieties of hops in pellets and 15 varieties in flower. They offer home brewing classes and give grain brewing demos throughout the year. They have gathered more that 450 clone and original recipes from around the world starting with two books of clone recipes, "Clone Brews" and "Beer Captured". Between them, these books contain 350 recipes from light Lagers to Barleywines, from Witbiers to the hoppiest of Imperial IPA's. Winemaking supplies, equipment and kits are also available. There are always two beers and wines on tap for visitors to sample. 

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On Monday, May 5, AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary presented Adam Braun, Greenwich native and Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning nonprofit organization that has opened more than 200 schools in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Braun was interviewed by Joan Lunden, journalist, author, and former co-host of ABC's Good Morning America. Seeding the interview were snippets from Braun's newly released debut book, The Promise of a Pencil, How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change, which is based on his experiences launching and running an effective nonprofit in a new media world. Braun spoke openly about his successes, and with humility about his failures. Patrons were inspired by the 'impossible' accomplishments of this Greenwich native at such a young age. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.

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Two award-winning authors with newly released novels, Maggie Shipstead and Susanna Kaysen, spoke at Greenwich Library as part of AuthorsLive on Tuesday, April 29. Maggie Shipstead, author of the acclaimed debut novel Seating Arrangements, has a well received new novel, Astonish Me. Susanna Kaysen, best-selling author of Girl, Interrupted, also has a new novel, Cambridge, which is described as a fictional prequel to Girl, Interrupted. The two authors engaged in an intimate conversation with the audience about writing styles and methods, including their challenges. The authors also divulged their plans for the future: Kaysen says that she will plumb the depths of Cambridge itself until the end of time.  Shipstead will heroically tackle a series of bedeviling short stories that have defied her efforts at ending them.

Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening. 
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Library Programs for Teens in May

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Students with an interest in how the entrepreneurial and nonprofit worlds intersect will enjoy a visit by Greenwich native Adam Braun, Founder of Pencils of Promise. For the youthful film buff, Cult Films is featuring Ed Wood, starring Johnny Depp this month. The Library also offers a wide variety of student programs and events including Middle School Book Club, the Student Leadership Council, and Friday Night Chess, all of which meet monthly. 

Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m., Student Leadership Council Meeting 
Students in grades 7-12 get together at Teen Central on the second floor to brainstorm about using library resources to initiate and execute projects relevant to their peer group in exchange for community service hours. Refreshments are served. For more information email Student Volunteer Program staff

Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m., Friday Night Chess 
The first Friday of every month is Chess Night with National Master Rich Jackson who provides instruction, supervised play and an occasional challenge match. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring a love of the game or a desire to learn. Open to all at no charge, no registration required. For more information email the Teen/YA Librarian

Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m., AuthorsLive: Adam Braun, Founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise 
Adam Braun, a Greenwich native and 2002 graduate of Greenwich High School was a scholar-athlete and captain of the basketball team. He attended Brown University and eventually went to work at Bain Consulting. Sounds like a fairytale Greenwich ending, right? Except that Braun ended up taking 'the road less traveled' after an encounter with a boy from India while on a college trip overseas. Students will be inspired by Braun's story of creating one of the top education nonprofits in America with an entrepreneurial/new media twist. Visit www.pencilsofpromise.org for more information or call Marianne Weill at 203-622-7933. 

Thursday, May 15 at 6 p.m., Cult Films at Greenwich Library Presents Ed Wood 
Student film buffs and filmmakers will enjoy this month's presentation of Ed Wood. Directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, the film focuses on the real life "worst movie director" and his friendship with fading horror icon Bela Lugosi. This homage to the cross-dressing Grade Z movie-maker ends with a brief written epilogue that describes his fate. "Wood died in 1978," it reads. "Two years later he was voted Worst Director of All Time, bringing him worldwide acclaim." Librarian Ed Morrissey will discuss Wood's films and their cult legacy. Email the Teen/YA Librarian for more information or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/CultFilms.aspx

Thursday, May 22 at 4:30 p.m., Middle School Book Club 
Middle School Book Club is for literature fans in grades 6-8. This month's book is The Raft by S.A. Bodeen, a thrilling tale of survival; when her last-minute cargo flight to the Pacific Islands Midway Atoll is brought down by a catastrophic storm, lone passenger Robie finds herself drifting in the middle of the ocean on a raft with the co-pilot, Max, with whom she struggles to survive without supplies. Register for the program and pick up a copy of the book at the 2nd floor reference desk. For more information email the Teen/YA Librarian

For more information about Greenwich Library programs for students in grades 6-12, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/teens or call (203) 622-7918.

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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. Ed will begin each screening with a brief discussion of the film's production and its influence over the decades. Both film buffs and ingénues are welcome. 

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On Thursday, May 15 at 6 p.m., Cult Films will screen the American comedy-drama biopic Ed Wood, from 1994. Directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, the film focuses on Wood, the real life 'worst movie director' and his friendship with fading horror icon Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau, winner, Best Supporting Actor Oscar). 

This is a warm and funny story of how one man overcame various obstacles and made films his way while touching the hearts of those around him. The movie is 127 minutes long, black & white, and rated R. 

In the course of the series, Morrissey will cover a wide sweep of genres, comedies, crime noir, horror thrillers, musicals, spaghetti westerns, Hitchcock, Fellini and more. 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 visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/CultFilms.aspx to read some of Ed's deep dives into the world of cult films in his blog, and for a complete list of upcoming films in this new series. Up next: mark your calendars for Roman Polanski's 1962 Polish thriller Knife in the Water (Nóż w wodzie) on Thursday, June 12 at 7 p.m. 

This program is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Meeting Room. For more information email the Teen/YA Librarian 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.

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The technology training staff at Greenwich Library has a great line-up of classes planned for May. This month, staff will introduce patrons to the new Library catalog and all its features, hold a workshop on Cloud Computing and offer training in Microsoft Access. Greenwich Library training staff will help you explore new technologies and learn skills to 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. 

Wednesdays, May 7-28 at 2 p.m., Get to Know Your Catalog Workshop 
The new Greenwich Library catalog launched on April 23 and was an instant hit. To help patrons become familiar with new features, Technology Training Center staff is offering hands-on training sessions every Wednesday at 2 p.m. With lots of useful functionality, patrons will quickly grow to love its capabilities. 

Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach Bus: Access 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 workstations and internet access. This month's featured training is in Microsoft Access, the popular database application for Windows. Access allows users to create custom databases that store information in an organized structure. These databases can be used for mail merge in Word and as part of home businesses or clubs, along with many other applications. 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, May 21 at 11 a.m., Introduction to Cloud Computing 
This class will introduce you to the latest cloud applications from some of the key manufacturers in the industry. No matter what type of computer or phone/tablet device you may now own, cloud computing is changing forever the way you work with, maintain and pay for some very useful and productive new "Apps." You will learn about Microsoft Office 365, Google Drive, and Apple iCloud. 

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 May 1-31. 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. 

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 Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m., AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary presents Adam Braun, Greenwich native and Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning nonprofit organization that has opened more than 150 schools across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Braun will be interviewed by Joan Lunden, journalist, author, and former co-host of ABC's Good Morning America. 

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Adam Braun's newly released debut book, The Promise of a Pencil, How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change is based on his experiences launching and running an effective nonprofit in a new media world. Publisher's Weekly calls the book an "exuberant testimony to the power of idealism." 

Pencils of Promise was founded in 2008 with just $25 using what Braun coined as a "For-Purpose" approach to blending nonprofit idealism with for-profit business principles. Braun, a 2002 graduate of Greenwich High School, Scholar-Athlete, and captain of the basketball team, began working at hedge funds at the age of sixteen, and seemed destined for a career on Wall Street. One day while traveling overseas during college he met a young boy begging on the streets of India and asked him what he wanted most in the world. The answer was, "A pencil." 

The impact of this encounter stuck with Braun throughout college. Upon graduation he went to work as a consultant at Bain & Company in order to learn how to run an organization not just with passion, but with the same level of diligence, structure, and commitment to results that are recognized best practices in the for-profit world. When Braun left Bain & Company, he used these skills to launch Pencils of Promise which was awarded "Education Organization of the Year" in 2013 at the Empact 100 Showcase of organizations with a global impact, started by entrepreneurs under age 35. 

Although its headquarters is in New York City, Pencils of Promise has a few other Greenwich ties. Brad Haugen, who graduated from GHS in 2000, is Chairman of the organization's Board of Directors. Tom Casazzone, who graduated from GHS in 1999 and lives in Cos Cob, is the CFO. 

A graduate of Brown University, Braun has been featured on Morning Joe and CBS This Morning. He is one of Forbes's "30 Under 30" and Wired Magazine's "50 People Who Are Changing the World". For more information, visit www.pencilsofpromise.org

Joan Lunden is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, and successful entrepreneur. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics. She speaks regularly around the country about health & wellness, parenting, life balance, and more. Visit www.joanlunden.com for more information.

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, visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive or call Marianne Weill (203) 622-7933.

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For those who would like to know more about genealogical research and the revolutionary generation, the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will sponsor a Genealogy Workshop for Beginners on Sunday, May 18 from 2-3:30 p.m. 

Genealogist and President of the Connecticut SAR Stephen Shaw will discuss how to get started in researching your family history. He'll review the various tools available to today's researcher and provide one-on-one help to those who are just starting out on their genealogical journey. 

With the advent of the internet, even more resources have become accessible to researchers without the need for costly time and travel. The workshop will provide an overview of how genealogy works and offer specific strategies on how to find information from the 18th century. 

According to Ancestry.com, about 60% of the American public has revolutionary-era ancestors in their family tree. Connecticut SAR (www.connecticutSAR.org) collects and documents the names and service records of patriot soldiers and public officials who served from 1775-1783. These records are maintained primarily for the purpose of membership applications, but they can also be used for genealogical research. 

Stephen Shaw is the President of the Connecticut SAR and has been involved in genealogy research for over thirty years, starting with his own family from New England and New York. Through his membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, Society of the Cincinnati, Colonial Wars and more, he's assisted hundreds of people with their own research over the decades. 

This program is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Meeting Room. For more information, email Stephen Shaw at SPShaw76@gmail.com or call (203) 622-7948.

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Mark Doty, renowned author of poetry and prose, will give a reading in the Greenwich Library Meeting Room on Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m. Praised by the New York Times for his "dazzling, tactile grasp of the world," Doty was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2011. 

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The author of eight books of poetry, Mark Doty is the only American poet to have won Great Britain's T. S. Eliot Prize. Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems was published in 2008 and won the National Book Award. The judges for this award wrote that Doty was, "Elegant, plain-spoken, and unflinching." 

The poet and memoirist Patricia Hampl compared Doty to Keats in being "poised on exact perception. When he sees the ocean--the salt spray hits you." Says Doty himself, poetry must "sing me something". 

Doty has also received two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Witter Byner Prize, whose citation noted, "Mark Doty's poems extend the range of the American lyric." 

Mark Doty is Professor/Writer in Residence at Rutgers University and is a frequent guest at Columbia University, Hunter College, and NYU. He is the author of three memoirs: the bestselling Dog Years (2007), Firebird (1999), and Heaven's Coast (1997), as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word and a book-length essay, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon (2001). He is currently at work on a memoir that centers on his poetic relationship with Walt Whitman, entitled What Is the Grass. He is also working on a new volume of poems, Deep Lane. Doty lives in New York City and on the eastern end of Long Island. Visit www.markdoty.org to learn more. 

The Poet's Voice, now in its 37th season, is supported by the Friends of Greenwich Library and by the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund. This event is open to all at no charge. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the reading. For more information, call Alice Bonvenuto at (203) 622-7919.

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Business Programs in May

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The Peterson Business Services Center at Greenwich Library has two great workshops planned for May. Visiting experts from Fairfield County SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) will give a workshop on developing a business plan, and another on the importance financial management tools. Greenwich Library Business Librarians are available to help you navigate the Library's extensive databases, directories, investor information and nonprofit resources via email or in person. 

Wednesday, May 7 from 6-8 p.m., How to Develop a Business Plan in 6 Easy Steps - SCORE 
A business plan is an essential road map for business success, but few small businesses ever complete a plan due to over-complicated approaches that entail too much theory, writing and detail. This workshop will give you pragmatic, straightforward tools for setting goals, developing action plans, measuring progress, and adjusting accordingly. In the Meeting Room. For more information, contact score.fairfieldcounty@gmail.com or call 203-831-0065. Please register at www.scorenorwalk.org/workshops.html

Wednesday, May 14 from 6-8 p.m., Financial Management Tools for Small Business - SCORE 
SCORE Select will present a workshop examining how business owners can use financial statements to more effectively run their businesses in the Greenwich Library Meeting Room. The following topics will be covered: 1) A review of the profit and loss statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement 2) How the three financial statements work together 3) Common problems in maintaining these statements 4) Financial ratios - how they can be used to optimize business performance 5) Examples of using financial statements For more information, contact score.fairfieldcounty@gmail.com or call 203-831-0065. 

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Patrons can sign up to use the Bloomberg Professional Service computer at the Main Reference Desk or sign up in advance by calling (203) 622-7910. 

The Peterson Business Wing is located on the Main Level of the Greenwich Library. Funds for construction of this wing and its endowment were the generous gift of Clementine Lockwood Peterson, whose bequest funded the Business Library in memory of her husband, J. Whitney Peterson. Business materials and databases are paid for by funds from the Town of Greenwich and the Peterson Foundation. For more information about business resources and events, email a Business Librarian, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/business and sign-up for the Library's Business eNewsletter. 

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) works in affiliation with the SBA and provides mentoring to America's small business owners and operators. The organization also helps those dreaming about starting their own small business or those looking to grow their businesses. For more information visit www.scorenorwalk.org.

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The Friends Cole Concert Series is pleased to welcome back the popular Musicians From Marlboro touring program on Sunday, May 4 at 4 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. Musicians From Marlboro tours are noted not only for their joyous and thoroughly prepared performances, but also for offering valuable touring experience to artists at the beginning of their careers, and for featuring programs of unusual chamber repertoire. 

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Says Alex Ross in The New Yorker, "Marlboro Music [is] a legendary classical-music institution that brings together younger and older players in pursuit of ideal chamber-music performances." 

The program for the final east coast tour of the season is built around the 20th century masterpiece, the Lyric Suite by Berg which received a stunning performance in the summer of 2012, and also includes one of Haydn's brilliant string quartets and Dvořák's Piano Quintet in A Major. Artists include Itamar Zorman and Robin Scott on violin, Samuel Rhodes on viola, Brook Speltz on cello and Cynthia Raim on piano. 

A Washington Post review of Musicians From Marlboro said, "Impeccable ensemble work, unbridled energy and boatloads of virtuosity produced an electrifying performance," also calling the musicians, "Astoundingly gifted virtuosos...performances that radiate vitality and freshness." 

Since 1951, Marlboro Music has played a leadership role in the development of chamber music worldwide, and in enriching the artistry and changing the lives of generations of exceptional musicians. Now celebrating its 49th season, the acclaimed touring program offers not only joyous performances featuring unusual repertoire, but also invaluable experience to emerging young artists. The Musicians from Marlboro touring program was created as an extension of Vermont's Marlboro Music Festival. More information can be found at www.marlboromusic.org

The Friends Cole Concert Series is made possible through the support of the Sylvia and Leonard Marx Foundation and the Friends of Greenwich Library and is open to all at no charge. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Friends Office at (203) 622-7938.

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