June 2014 Archives
The theme of this year's Summer Reading Program at Greenwich Library is "FIZZ, BOOM, READ!" Get your lab coat and safety glasses because this summer is all about science, music and more.
Greenwich Library invites you to join the fun of summer reading and keep children reading during summer vacation so that valuable reading skills won't be lost. "Studies have shown that children who continue to read during the summer months perform significantly better than those who do not," said Children's Librarian Alice Sherwood. "Children who are already reading increase their reading fluency and comprehension; those who are just starting to read do not lose the early achievements they have made during the school year."
All children who are reading independently are welcome to join the Summer Reading Program, while babies, toddlers and preschool children may participate in the Read-to-Me Club. Using "Summer Reader" online, children can track reading progress, find out about special events happening at the Libraries, and be alerted to reading milestone prizes. This online feature makes it easy to keep up with summer reading wherever you are.
Registration for the Summer Reading Program for all three Library locations begins Monday, June 16 and continues through August 1, either in person or online at www.greenwichlibrary.org/children.
This year's kickoff events at the Main Library, Cos Cob and Byram branches offer a variety of Summer Reading themed educational entertainment for all ages.
Summer Reading Kickoff at the Main Library
On Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m., family entertainer Bryan Flint of Showtime Productions will magically motivate young people to read after experiencing "The Magic of Reading" program. Highlights of the show are the floating of an audience member and a re-creation of Houdini's most famous illusion, "Metamorphosis." Attend the show and register for Summer Reading Club. Door prizes and refreshments will follow the performance. For more information call (203) 622-7940.
Summer Reading Kickoff at Byram Shubert Library
Register for Summer Reading on Wednesday, June 18 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy the New Lebanon School band fanfare at 2:45 p.m., then stay for Casey Carle's amazing BubbleMania Show at 3:30 p.m. There will be prizes for each child that registers. For more information call the Byram Shubert Library at (203) 531-0426.
Summer Reading Kickoff at Cos Cob Library
Join us for our Summer Reading Kickoff on Thursday, June 19 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Learn about fire and ice as Science Tellers tell a tale of Dragons and Dreams using experiments of flash paper, exploding bottles, "Cool" dry ice, and much more. We invite all elementary school aged children, pre-teens, and teens to sign up for summer reading, as well as preschoolers who may participate with an adult or older child as guide. There will be fun activities all summer and a cool gift for all who register. For more information, call the Cos Cob Library at (203) 622-6883.
For a complete list of Summer Reading Program events, visit the Greenwich Library website at www.greenwichlibrary.org. For Main Library information, please email a Children's Librarian or call (203) 622-7940.
The technology training staff at Greenwich Library has a great line-up of classes planned for June. This month, staff will introduce patrons to the new Library catalog and all its features, and offer training in Microsoft Word. Greenwich Library training staff is available to help you explore new technologies and develop the 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.
The new Greenwich Library catalog - chock full of new functionality - launched on April 23 and was an instant hit. To help patrons become familiar with new features, the Technology Training Center is offering this hands-on training session on Wednesday, June 4 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 11 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 workstations and internet access. This month's featured training is in Microsoft 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.
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 June 3-21. Note that there are no Drop-in Labs this month from June 24-28. 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 email the Technology Training Center staff or call (203) 625-6508.
This month, students looking to ace their final exams can study harder during extended Library hours, while gamers can experiment with gaming iPads and the new XBOX ONE. For student movie buffs, Cult Films is featuring Roman Polanski's debut film thriller, Knife in the Water. The Library also offers a wide variety of student programs and events including the Student Leadership Council, Friday Night Chess and Middle School Book Club, all of which meet monthly. All programs are open to all at no charge unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m., Student Leadership Council Meeting
Students in grades 7-12 gather 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, June 6 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. No registration required. For more information email the Teen/YA Librarian.
Thursday, June 12 at 7 p.m., Cult Films at Greenwich Library Presents Knife in the Water
Student film buffs and filmmakers will enjoy this month's presentation of Roman Polanski's directorial debut, Knife in the Water. This 1962 thriller focuses on a married couple who meets a strange young man and invites him to go sailing with them. The husband and the stranger soon begin competing for the wife's attention and some unresolved personal issues bubble to the proverbial surface with possible fatal results. This first effort by Polanski is powerful, well photographed, and absolutely riveting. Librarian Ed Morrissey will give a pre and post screening talk, and discuss Polanski's cult film legacy in general. Email the Teen/YA Librarian for more information or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/CultFilms.aspx.
Saturday, June 14, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Gaming Day
Join us for Gaming Day at Greenwich Library. There will be video games, board games and Legos available for all ages. Also, check out the gaming iPads and the new XBOX ONE! Some of the video games available will be Minecraft, FIFA 14, Angry Birds, Blur and many more! Snacks and refreshments will be served. For more information email Nicole Allen or Everett Perdue at Lending Services.
Monday, June 16 - Wednesday June 18, Hours Extended to 10 p.m. for Exam Week
Greenwich Library will once again offer extended hours to accommodate the study needs of high school students during final exams in June and Library staff will be available to assist with reference questions. The Main Library will remain open until 10 p.m. on Monday, June 16, Tuesday, June 17 and Wednesday, June 18. In addition, the Library Café will extend its hours until 7 p.m. so students can purchase study break snacks. Note that noise levels at the Library might be a tad bit higher than normal during peak study times. For more information email the Teen/YA Librarian.
Thursday, June 19 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 Mindblind by Jennifer Rozines Roy. This is the story of 14 year-old Nathaniel, a profoundly gifted Asperger's student. He thinks of himself as "mindblind:" he cannot always guess what other people are thinking. 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.
On Thursday, June 12 at 7 p.m., Cult Films will screen Knife in the Water, (Nóż w Wodzie), the directorial debut of Roman Polanski (Rosemary's Baby; Chinatown). This 1962 thriller focuses on a married couple that meets a strange young man and invites him to go sailing with them. The husband and the stranger soon begin competing for the wife's attention and some unresolved personal issues begin to manifest - with possible fatal results. This powerful and well photographed first effort by Polanski is riveting. This black and white film is 94 minutes long, in Polish with English subtitles, 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 Quadrophenia (1979), adapted from The Who's 1973 rock opera LP, on Thursday, July 17 at 6 p.m.
This series 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.
Greenwich Library will offer extended hours to accommodate high school students during exam weeks. The Main Library will remain open until 10 p.m. from Monday, June 16 through Thursday, June 18 for the public school schedule. The Library will be open primarily for the students, but anyone can use the facility during these extended hours.
The Library Café will extend its hours until 7 p.m. for study break snacks and Library staff will be available to assist with reference questions.
"We hope that students will once again take advantage of the additional time to prepare for their tests," said Barbara Ormerod-Glynn, Greenwich Library Director. Ormerod-Glynn also advised that as students like to study in groups, the noise level in the Library may be a little higher than usual.
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In partnership with the Greenwich United Way Youth Services Council, Greenwich Library presents How to Get a Grant and What to Do Next on Friday, June 6 from 9-4:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.
Led by funding expert Judith Margolin, this full-day workshop for nonprofit executives, volunteers and board members will teach the basics of foundation and corporate funding, and what to do after your organization receives a grant.
Topics will include prospecting; proposal writing and customization; mobilizing board members to fundraise; communication with prospects; and critical follow-up steps post-grant.
Refreshments will be served from 8:30-9 a.m. and space permitting, walk-in participants can register during that time. To secure your spot, register by May 29 by mailing your $50 fee payable to "Greenwich United Way Youth Services Council" to Jenny Byxbee, 1 Lafayette Court, Greenwich, CT 06830. For more information email Jenny Byxbee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judith Margolin is an independent consultant and workshop leader on foundations and grants. She served for several years as Vice President for Planning and Evaluation at the Foundation Center, the nation's leading authority on philanthropy. The Stamford resident is the author of The Individual's Guide to Grants and has served as editor of multiple editions of the Foundation Center's how-to books, including Foundation Fundamentals, Guide to Proposal Writing, Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals, and After the Grant. Visit www.needagrant.org for more information.