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 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

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 or call (203) 622-7918.

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This page contains a single entry by Kate published on May 2, 2014 6:05 PM.

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