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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 clicking here

 

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.


Greenwich Reads Together 2015 will take place this Fall. For more information about Greenwich Reads Together, please click here


Book Suggestions

Click for availability and more information Mayflower A Story of Courage, Community, and War, by Nathaniel Philbrick
 
From Amazon: "A fresh and extraordinarily vivid account of our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony." Critically acclaimed; appropriate for adults and students.
-Judy Sgammato


Click for availability and more information All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
 
A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
-Judy Sgammato



Click for availability and more information The Room, by Jonas Karlsson
 
Karlsson sets up a brilliant clash between genius and the pressures of social conformity. At what point do we decide to put the brakes on a person's productivity in order to suit the psychological comfort level of those around them? How much quirkiness are we willing to tolerate in those responsible for advancing our society as a whole? I found this story humorous, at times dark, and very thought-provoking.
-Will


Click for availability and more information All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
 
Amazon: "Does the world need yet another novel about WWII? It does when the novel is as inventive and beautiful as this one by Anthony Doerr. In fact, All the Light We Cannot See--while set mostly in Germany and France before and during the war--is not really a ?war novel?. Yes, there is fear and fighting and disappearance and death, but the author?s focus is on the interior lives of his two characters. Marie Laure is a blind 14-year-old French girl who flees to the countryside when her father disappears from Nazi-occupied Paris. Werner is a gadget-obsessed German orphan whose skills admit him to a brutal branch of Hitler Youth. Never mind that their paths don?t cross until very late in the novel, this is not a book you read for plot (although there is a wonderful, mysterious subplot about a stolen gem). This is a book you read for the beauty of Doerr?s writing-- ?Abyss in her gut, desert in her throat, Marie-Laure takes one of the cans of food??--and for the way he understands and cherishes the magical obsessions of childhood. Marie Laure and Werner are never quaint or twee. Instead they are powerful examples of the way average people in trying times must decide daily between morality and survival.
-Caroline Dunn



Click for availability and more information The Devil and Miss Prym, by Paulo Coelho
 
A community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear. A man persecuted by the ghosts of his painful past. A young woman searching for happiness. In one eventful week, each will face questions of life, death, and power, and each will choose a path. Will they choose good or evil?
-Zoe Hedstrom


Click for availability and more information The Orphan Master's Son, by Adam Johnson
 
Present day North Korea. The brilliantly written story that takes the reader from the country to the capital.


-Nicole Smith


Click for availability and more information Fahrenheit 451 , by Ray Bradbury
 
It is a classic book about how important it is to read.



-Charlotte


Click for availability and more information Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
 
While this is a children's novel, it can also appeal to adults. Everyone has their own "favorites", and Where the Red Fern Grows usually pops up on that list. The plot and the message behind the book is universal.
-Annie


Click for availability and more information Americanah, by Chimamandah Ngozi Adichie
 

very interesting, timely and incredible read. opened my eyes...


-Sherrill Kellam



Click for availability and more information The Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africa, by Maggie Messitt
 
The Rainy Season tells the stories of three generations in the Rainbow Nation one decade after its first democratic elections. This multi-threaded narrative follows Regina, a tapestry weaver in her sixties, standing at the crossroads where her Catholic faith and the AIDS pandemic crash; Thoko, a middle-aged sangoma (traditional healer) taking steps to turn her shebeen (a backdoor illegal pub) into a fully licensed tavern; and Dankie, a young man taking his matriculation exams, coming of age as one of Mandela's Children, the first academic class educated entirely under democratic governance. The Rainy Season introduces readers to the remote bushveld community of Rooiboklaagte, near the international tourist destination of Kruger National Park and Africa's most expensive safari destinations and opens a window into the beautifully complicated reality of daily life in South Africa. While this is authentically a story about a particular time and place, this is also a story with universal themes of hope and fear, love and loss, a reflection of the past and questions about the future. Adam Hochschild, award-winning author of King Leopold's Ghost, Bury the Chains, and To End All Wars, describes Messitt's debut book of narrative nonfiction as follows: "Whether safari travelogues or tributes to the legacy of Nelson Mandela, what most Americans read about South Africa is far more superficial than Maggie Messitt's gritty vision of the country. In the tradition of writers like James Agee and Katherine Boo, she has immersed herself deeply in the everyday lives of people struggling with AIDS, early death, corruption, false promises, grinding rural poverty, and the daily struggle to make ends meet in a society that tourists and most foreign correspondents never see. This is a profoundly compassionate book that truly takes you inside the lives of those in it."

Ultimately, this is a book about three unique people and a country with whom you'll connect on many levels. I think it's a great pick for both high school students and adults across Greenwich, inciting conversations around community, poverty, gender, government assistance, indigenous cultures, religion, entrepreneurship, and the challenges and successes faced by everyday people inside newly democratized nations. Messitt, an emerging voice in literary journalism, was recently named a Kenyon Review Peter Taylor Fellow by Kenyon College, awarded a Carnegie Scholar and Writer-in-Residence at Elizabethtown College (PA), and recognized by Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies for her work on The Rainy Season. Also, the author has a local connection and I'm confident we would be able to secure her to visit the library, book clubs, schools, and possibly even lead workshops throughout the year.
-Joe De Muyt


Click for availability and more information We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves , by Karen Joy Fowler
 

It's well written and the topic is one that has not been addressed previously in GRT.

-Pat Nelson



Click for availability and more information Dubliners, by James Joyce
 
"Dubliners," a book of short stories, relates to numerous contemporary issues: family relationships, addictions, religious beliefs, marriage, honesty and interpersonal considerations. The book is accessible to average readers and is pertinent to age groups ranging from pre-teens to seniors. The book contains "The Dead," widely considered as one of the greatest short stories ever written. "Dubliners" easily ties-in with a host of events: films have been made of several of the stories; live performances may encompass a trove of music represented in the book; dining representations are apparent in the work; lecture possibilities include views of Joyce's work, the impact of his career and other issues encompassing a range of subjects from -- for example -- immigration practices to aspects of English Literature. Testifying to its continued universal appeal, "Dubliners" -- 204 pages covering 15 short stories -- was published roughly 100 years ago, it has never been out-of-print.
-Jesse Meyers


Click for availability and more information The World According to Garp, by John Irving
 
This modern classic was written in 1978, but deals with very relevant issues of today - finding one's true self, gay and womens' rights -it's touching, heartbreaking, hilarious AND it would be amazing to get John Irving to come to the Greenwich Library!
-R.T.


Click for availability and more information Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey, by Alexandra Bogdanovic
 
Written by Byram resident Alexandra Bogdanovic, this gripping memoir has received recognition as a finalist in the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards competition's LGBT Non-Fiction Category; and as winner in the 2013 New England Book Festival's Gay Literature Category. In it, Bogdanovic recounts in vivid detail how she met, fell in love with and married the man of her dreams, how she learned that he self-identified as and planned to "become" a woman, and what happened after she learned the truth. At a time when transgender issues garner national media attention, the author, an award-winning journalist who grew up in Greenwich, felt it was critical to share another side of the story. "I am not a celebrity. I am just an ordinary woman who was forced to confront and cope with extraordinary circumstances," Bogdanovic says. "Just because I am not Kris Jenner does not make my story less important." Hailed as a compelling read, "Truth" is sure to generate timely and meaningful conversation.
-Alexandra Bogdanovic


Click for availability and more information In the Garden of Beasts : Love, Terror, and An American Family in Hitler's Berlin, by Erik Larsen

Brings a terrifying time in history vividly to life. 

-Larry Wentz



Click for availability and more information The Sea, by John Banville
 
Beautifully woven tapestry of language, deeply atmospheric, a gradual exposure of the protagonist's authentic self. I listened to this book on audiobook upon finishing the hard copy, just for the pleasure of listening to the language, and picked up various clues and revelations of fact that I had previously missed. A good book for discussion and disection, life situations with which most people would identify or sympathize or empathize with. Magnificent.
-Margot Meehan


Click for availability and more information My Promised Land : the Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, by Ari Shavit
 
My recommendation, although the subject is political in nature, is a superb book, "My Promised Land" by Avi Shavit. The author is unusually empathetic to all sides, including those who are antithetically opposed to his personal point of view.
-George Ubogy


Click for availability and more information Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder
 
Terrific book about Paul Farmer, who is a doctor, and so much more, giving to the community in Haiti and Boston, and developing novel ways to deliver health care to those in need. Excellent, clear writing by Kidder.
-Chuck


Click for availability and more information The Color of Water A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, by James McBride
 
Although this book was published in 1996, it is very relevant for today, covering issues of race, religion and identity. James McBride won the National Book Award for his "The Good Lord Bird" in 2013.
-R.T.


Click for availability and more information The Martian, by Andy Weir
 
The book was originally published as a serial on the author's website. After becoming a very popular kindle download it was picked up by a publisher. So it's an interesting way to write a book which could tie into the schools, where students at different levels could try their hand at writing short serials of a story they develop. There could be a tie-in with the Bowman Observatory in town to bring people to a little-used resource that could teach about astronomy. Survival skills courses at Camp Seton Boy Scout Reservation? Math and science teachers would love it-they could develop all sorts of lessons from the book. Garden Education Center and garden clubs on the botany aspects of the book. I can see a lot of interesting organizations that one would not necessarily think of coming together to be involved in this. An overnight for groups "stranded" on Captain's Island? Each group with set tasks and supplies. That's just a start, I'm sure there's lots more in there.
-Beth Boyar


Click for availability and more information All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
 
Inspiring and unforgettable situations and characters. The radiance and grace of the human soul. The utter stupidity and waste of war.

-Barbara Stephens


Click for availability and more information Mary Coin, by Marisa Silver
 
See the New York Times review here. Much to discuss - history/photography/the passage of time/multi-generations. It's beautifully written and there is a lot of extra-curricular material - both visual and written.
-Rosanna Nissen


Click for availability and more information Unbroken : A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand
 
A real (non-fiction) page-turner that tells an unforgettable story of a man's journey into extremity, and it is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.
-Sheila Carstensen



Click for availability and more information Dead Wake The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larsen
 

-Robin Lescott




Click for availability and more information Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
 
An excellent choice is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This was recommended by AITE in Stamford, the entire staff and school read it, and so did many parents, who all seemed to agree it was timely and so well-done. I am a former high school English teacher and think this book was one of the most fabulous ones I'd read in a while, especially in terms of connecting generations. It is very different from the ones GRT usually does, but I think it would be a big hit among Greenwich readers, both young and old.
-Lisa Johnson



Click for availability and more information To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
 
We read it in New Canaan when I grew up (eons ago), and we still discuss how much it was a positive experience for our lives.
-Dr Susan Santry



Click for availability and more information Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
 
My suggestion is Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End. I'm now reading it for the fourth time. It fills all the criteria you've set but one (possibly two). The first is the idea of appealing to a diverse population. Being SciFi many people will immediately discount it for that reason alone no matter how good the book may be. Second I don't know if it's available in large print. It is available in every other format.
-Bill Buschel



Click for availability and more information The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin
 

-Robert Sheridan




Click for availability and more information All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
 
Although very popular at the moment, I think it has the universal appeal to be a Greenwich Reads choice. First of all, it is beautifully written literary fiction. It explores experiences and relationships for two young people, in France and Germany, during WW II. The plot is highly original as well as historical and will prompt discussion for several generations.
-Martha Zoubek



Click for availability and more information All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
 
It is a window into our history, a story told beautifully, with engaging characters. It lends itself to discussion on many levels, and it is most enjoyable to read. It is my favorite book of the last many months.
-Denny Elliot



Click for availability and more information All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
 
It's a great read. It makes relatively recent history tactile. It specifically demonstrates how people can become trained not to feel, something that is happening in politics now in this country.
-C F Byers



Click for availability and more information Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
 
It's a good read. For the first time when reading about a character that demonstrates no confidence, the author allowed me to enter her experience so I did not need to judge. I could feel it, and could feel her emergence from that state. In this community there are many who are raised with such privilege, often displaying confidence they have no right to.
-Candace Byers


Click for availability and more information The Winthrop Woman, by Anya Seton
 
A wonderful fictionalized history of the founding of New England and Greenwich. Anya Seton, who died in 1990, was a Greenwich resident and the daughter of Ernest Thompson Seton. This would be a good book to read for Greenwich's 375th anniversary.
-Edith Wilson


Click for availability and more information Behind the Beautiful Forevers : Life, Death, and Hope in A Mumbai Undercity , by Katherine Boo
 
It is a beautifully written depiction of stunningly desperate poverty that exists and yet is difficult to imagine. It does a great job of rendering almost tangible our distant and abstract sense of what poverty really is.
-Robert Rout


Click for availability and more information Americanah , by Chimamandah Ngozi Adichie
 
Adichie addresses race/white privilege/SES directly as she chronicles a woman's Nigerian youth, passionate love, and immigrant experience in America. The likable protagonist, Ifemulu writes a blog that attends to important issues in our country.
-Kimberly Steinhorn


Click for availability and more information Deep Down Dark The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in A Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, by Hector Tobar
 
Lots to discuss - survival, human interest, salvation, community/country support, universal themes, beautifully written
-Barbara Arenz


Click for availability and more information The Book of Unknown Americans, by **Cristina Henriquez**
 
Cristina Henriquez is a beautiful writer and this story about new immigrants settling on the eastern coast of the United States is one that is both current in its theme and personal in its approach. Individual stories are told in the first person and are skillfully woven together to highlight a love story between the teenaged children of two of the families, the Toros and the Riveras. As we peek into the lives of these immigrants we sense their isolation along with a desire to belong, their efforts to master the intricacies of English while retaining the beauty of their native language, the need to embrace a new culture while holding on to the traditions they grew up with, and the absolute confusion that often permeates their daily lives. "We are the unknown Americans, the ones nobody even wants to know, because they've been told to be scared of us and because maybe if they did take the time to get to know us, they'd find that we're not that bad, and maybe even find out that we're a lot like them." Ms. Henriquez has won many awards and has received many accolades for this book and her past works. You can find out more about her at cristinahenriquez.com. Disclaimer: I am a friend of both Cristina and her parents.
-Andrea DeBergalis


Click for availability and more information Dead Wake The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larsen
 
I suggest Dead Wake, by Erik Larson, the story of the sinking of the Lusitania. This year is the 100th anniversary of the tragedy. I have read several of Larson's books, including The Devil in the White City, and find his work well researched and eminently readable.
-Penelope Pappas



Click for availability and more information To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
 
I would suggest "To Kill a Mocking Bird". It is a good time for all of us to be aware of racial tension.
-Lilly D'Angelo



Click for availability and more information Until Tuesday A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, by Luis Carlos Montalvan
 
A wonderfully moving book, Until Tuesday is Montalvan's personal story of being seriously injured while serving in the Iraq war and his subsequent recovery. His severe post-traumatic stress left him debilitated and disparate to resume a normal life. Through a chance suggestion by a fellow veteran, he becomes aware of an organization that matches dogs who are specifically trained to aid veterans like Montalvan. Thus Tuesday, a gorgeous golden retriever, enters his life. Their story makes for terrific reading as Tuesday enables Montalvan to regain his life. Montalvan also wrote Tuesday Tucks Me In specifically for children and it would be a perfect companion book for younger readers. Until Tuesday offers many elements for interesting programming for Greenwich Reads.
-Roy Brayton


Click for availability and more information The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro
 
Awarded the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 1989, this novel offers thought provoking ideas for all ages, allowing readers to discover new nuances and angles in the book at different stages in their own lives. Through a mix of flashbacks and ?present time? political and personal events, Ishiguro develops the complex inner world of an aging butler and his sometimes contradictory actions in service of a "great man." Looking at the individual as well as the community, he presents nuanced examinations of dignity, competing definitions of professionalism, sources of self-worth, and the value in human warmth, love, loyalty, and memory. This novel offers much fodder for reflection as a community as it challenges assumptions about what makes a life well lived, and what makes a life well lived *together*.
-Rita Trivedi


Click for availability and more information On Immunity: An Inoculation, by Eula Biss
 
Great book that discusses vaccines, false information, and how parents try to care for their children in the world filled with too much information. Deals with recent events of the measles outbreak as well as the constant issues of where we source our information from. Modern topic that relates to children and adult.
-Jon


Click for availability and more information Toms River A Small Town, A Cancer Cluster, and the Epic Quest to Expose Pollution's Hidden Consequences, by Dan Fagin
 
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Winner of The New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award. "A new classic of science reporting" The New York Times. Current affair that deals with politics, our environment and somewhat local issues. Will be a good source of discussion of CT polluted rivers, save the sound organizations, as well as presidential candidates, NJ, and their role in environmental preservation.
-Dulce Stanton


Click for availability and more information The Monuments Men Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, by Robert M. Edsel
 
The previously untold story of a little-known WWII Allied division whose mission was to track down European art and treasures that had been looted by the Nazis at Hitler's command.
-Barbara


Click for availability and more information Saving Italy The Race to Rescue A Nation's Treasures From the Nazis, by Robert M. Edsel
 
When Hitler's armies occupied Italy in 1943, they also seized control of mankind's greatest cultural treasures. As they had done throughout Europe, the Nazis could now plunder the masterpieces of the Renaissance, the treasures of the Vatican, and the antiquities of the Roman Empire. In May 1944 two unlikely American heroes--artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt--embarked from Naples on the treasure hunt of a lifetime, tracking billions of dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticell.
-Barbara


Click for availability and more information Ghost Boy The Miraculous Escape of A Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body, by Martin Pistorius
 
How this remarkable young man overcame his illness and returned from his illness to lead a normal and productive life.
-Joan Eaton



Click for availability and more information The Tragic Age, by Steve Metcalfe
 
This is a great novel by a new author that I believe many parents and teenagers in Greenwich will be able to relate to in many ways. It is insightful, hard hitting and true to today's lifestyles and values. A great read, it is being called a modern day version of "Catcher in the Rye" and is an ideal candidate for a book to be read together and discussed at length.
-Kevin Coyner


Click for availability and more information I Am Malala: the Story of the Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai
 
This is a story of boundless hope and promise and courage. It provides insight to the workings of the destructive forces of the Taliban and also of the way the US is seen by the people. Outstanding for all ages.
-Pam Sloane


Click for availability and more information Shadow, by Michael Morpurgo
 
This is a amazing book because it talks about a bond between a dog named Shadow and a boy named Aman. This book can bring a lot of questions and thought to your mind.
-Noemy Sigua



Click for availability and more information The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
 
This book has a lot of action and it will keep you reading more and more.
-Noemy Sigua




Click for availability and more information The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, by Walter Isaacson
 
Each chapter of this engaging history focuses on a different digital technology and the collaborators who made it happen The topics include The Computer, Programming, the Transistor, The Microchip, Video Games, The Internet, The PC, Software, Online, and the Web. The innovators are names known and unknown ranging from Babbage to Cerf to Gates and Jobs. Isaacson's easy to read writing style makes the 500 pages speed by. The chapter topics lend themselves to speakers with special expertise or a forum about the future of digital content. The subject matter is different than any addressed by Greenwich Reads Together thus far and underscores the growing interest in STEM ( science, technology, engineering, math). For example, the introduction and final chapter focus on Ada Lovelace (daughter of Lord Byron) who pioneered programming in the 1840's. An equally compelling account of scientific accomplishments spurred on by the collaboration of scientists across many disciplines is The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, a 2012 title cited by Isaacson.
-Greenwich Reader


Click for availability and more information Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
 
This inside look at the Tudor's and King Henry's advisors, Cromwell and More is dense but delicious in how devious, cunning and conniving they were. It will make you stop watching House of Cards on Netflix, it really is better!
-Teresa Ginsberg


Click for availability and more information The Innocents Abroad, by Mark Twain
 
This is one of the most popular travel books ever written. It transformed an obscure Western journalist into a national celebrity. Hilarious blend of comedy,travel guide and stinging satire.
-Mary Cuff


Click for availability and more information Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
 
This is a book that deserves a wider audience. Written by Harvard educated Stevenson who is also a MacArthur grant recipient, it chronicles his own experience advocating for the poor and oppressed in the criminal justice system in Alabama. While a student at Harvard Law School, Stevenson completed an internship at the Atlanta-based Southern Prisoners Defense Committee. His work there motivated him to start the Equal Justice Initiative in 1989. The book describes his experience representing many individuals who had been unjustly accused and imprisoned and tells in detail about Walter McMillan who was wrongfully convicted and served six years on death row. This would be a good discussion starter for community conversations.
-Karen Harris


Click for availability and more information Lunch Money, by Andrew Clements
 
It is a good book because, the book is like a fun/action book for kids to read and for their parents to read. So there is a boy and a girl who have a fight on who could find the easiest ways to make money and both of them win becuase they have really good ideas and they are smart kids.
-Michael J. Marullo

Greenwich Library patrons now have full access to the digital New York Times from any public computer in the Library. This unlimited service offers an easy to use, searchable international news source, including unlimited access to all articles as well as exclusive interactive videos, photos, and thousands of 'Times Topics'. 

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While at the Library, patrons will also have access to archived New York Times articles published between 1851 and 1922 and all content since 1981; archived book reviews; market data and interactive tools; social media sharing capability and "Today's Paper," the previous seven days of news in the traditional print layout. 

To access the online New York Times for the first time, patrons should login to a Library computer; go to www.greenwichlibrary.org, select Downloadable Library followed by New York Times, then register. 


This service (only available while visiting the Library and using a Library computer) is made possible at no charge through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. For more information contact the Reference Desk at 203-622-7910.

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Greenwich Library has added 31 new magazine titles to the popular Zinio digital magazine service, which launched last year. This new service allows patrons to read and explore over 180 titles on their device of choice using their Greenwich Library card to set up a free, online account. 

New titles include venerable fashion and glamour magazines, Vogue and Teen Vogue, Glamour and W. Patrons who enjoy visiting New York City can now access sophisticated humor and reviews from The New Yorker while those who prefer to stay local can download Greenwich Magazine. Other notable additions include foreign language magazines in Japanese, Chinese and Spanish, including Siempre Mujer and Cocina Facile (Spanish), My Garden and Axis (Japanese), and Business Weekly (Chinese). 

The Zinio collection is searchable by title and by 19 different genres including Food and Cooking, Travel, Lifestyle, Health and Fitness, Business, Architecture, Hobbies, Pets and more. To see a full list of available titles, or to get started, visit the Downloadable Library

Zinio's unique digital platform recreates a magazine page-for-page, including highly visual full-color pictures, while taking the reading experience even further through intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive rich media elements such as audio and video. Magazines are flying off the Library's digital shelves with over 1,100 library patrons checking out 22,600 Zinio magazines since July 2013. Titles that have been viewed most frequently include Us Weekly, The Economist, Martha Stewart Living, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek and Newsweek

Unlike eBooks, magazine issues are not checked out to individual patrons, so they're always available any time. Read online or download issues to your computer or mobile device to read offline. You must have a current Greenwich Library or Perrot Library card to use this collection. The Zinio service is part of Greenwich Library's Strategic Plan initiative to embrace and integrate emerging media into our collections. For more information, please contact the Reference Desk at (203) 622-7910.

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Summer is a great time to take advantage of Greenwich Library's park and museum pass program and explore the great Nutmeg State. Passes are available to Library cardholders and provide free admission or discounts to over 19 Connecticut State parks, forests, and beaches as well as select area museums. 

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The passes may be checked out for three days at a time on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations or renewals are permitted and a $1 per day late fee will be charged for overdue passes. Passes are available at the Main Library to both Greenwich Library and Perrot Library cardholders. 

Available passes include: 

  • Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT: Admits two adults and children. 
  • Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT: Admits two adults and two children. 
  • Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, CT: Admits two adults and four children. 
  • Connecticut State Parks: Waives entrance fees for all state parks and forests and is valid for two adults and four children. 
  • Connecticut's Old State House in Hartford, CT: Admits two adults and two children. 
  • Discovery Museum and Planetarium, Bridgeport, CT: Admits 2 adults and 4 children under 18. 
  • Earthplace, Westport, CT: Admits one family of four. 
  • Florence Griswold Museum , Old Lyme, CT: Admits 2 adults and 2 children under 12. 
  • Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT: $2 off combination ticket; good for up to six people. 
  • Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT: $5 off for up to 4 people. 
  • Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY: Admits one family or two adults. 
  • Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT: Admits 2 adults and their children. 
  • Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk, CT: One free admission with each purchase of one admission at the regular price ($14). 
  • Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT: Admits two adults and two children. 
For more information, please visit the Patron Services Desk at Greenwich Library, visit the Library's Park Pass Page or call (203) 625-6524. Click here to view details on all 19 passes in the Library catalog.

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Greenwich Library has launched a complete transformation of its catalog from a basic catalog to a comprehensive online discovery experience. The new service is available by visiting www.greenwichlibrary.org or by going directly to www.greenwichlibrary.bibliocommons.com

Greenwich Library is the first library in Connecticut to offer this service, which is powered by BiblioCommons, a leading Canada-based software developer. The BiblioCommons catalog is currently used by several well-regarded libraries across the country including New York Public Library, Seattle Public Library, and Princeton Public Library. The new catalog meets several initiatives of "Connecting our Community," the Library's 2012-2017 Strategic Plan

The initial planning and implementation of the new catalog was funded by the Library Board of Trustees. 

"Throughout our Strategic Planning process, our patrons urged us to focus on enhanced collections, greater access to technology, and promotion of literacy. BiblioCommons meets all these needs, plus it brings the joy of browsing and discovering new materials to the Library's online experience," said Nancy Better, President of the Library Board of Trustees. "This launch is the result of two years of hard work by the Library staff, and we are thrilled to share this powerful tool with our community." 

Here are some of the new service's features: 

Search: Patrons can move beyond simply requesting books they're already familiar with; the new catalog will encourage online browsing. Spell an author's name wrong? Instead of sending patrons to a dead end, the new catalog will ask "Did you mean...?" and auto-suggest the correct spelling. 

Find: Patrons can narrow a search with options for publication date, age level, genre, language, patron rating and other facets for quick and precise results that can include just titles now available on the shelf. 

Borrow: Patrons can easily manage their Library accounts; with a couple of keystrokes they can place and suspend holds and renew items. 

Explore: Patrons can find lists of recommended reading created by Library staff on a variety of subjects and also discover what members of community are reading and rating. Patrons can also access lists and reviews from other libraries using the BiblioCommons catalog. 

Do more: Patrons can keep track of what they've read or want to read later with digital "bookshelves" that they can create. They can write reviews, create their own lists, rate books, add their own cataloging tags or follow other users with similar reading or listening tastes. 

The new catalog is also available in a new mobile browser and a Library app, available for Apple and Android devices. To download, search "Greenwich Library" in the App Store or the Google Play Store. 

"For help finding your next great read, the Staff Picks page is a must see. From the Explore tab, click Staff Picks to find really creative lists of recommended books, films or music for children and adults in a variety of topics," said Barbara Ormerod-Glynn, Library Director. "You can even follow recommendations from your favorite staff members including 'GreenwichMusic,' 'GreenwichChildren' or 'CosCobLibrary,' among others." 

All Library staff members are familiar with the features of the new catalog and can provide assistance to individuals who need help navigating this new service. The former catalog will remain available for patrons who choose not to immediately begin using the new catalog.
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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.
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.

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In preparation for our new and improved Library catalog (coming early 2014), all patrons will be required to create a four-digit personal identification number (PIN) to access their Library account online starting Monday, November 4

Please click here to be directed to enter your Library card number and create a unique PIN. 

Library staff will not have access to this PIN, nor will it be stored in your Library record. 

For a sneak peak of the new catalog features, please visit the catalogs of New York Public Library and Princeton Public Library. If you have questions, click here to email the Lending department or call (203) 625-6524.
Greenwich Library has added 43 new magazine titles to the popular Zinio digital magazine service, which launched in January. This new service allows patrons to read and explore over 190 titles on their device of choice using their Greenwich Library card to set up a free, online account. 

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Of the 43 new titles, nine are Food and Cooking magazines such as 30 Minute Dinners, Diabetic Living Holiday Recipes and Anyone Can Cook. There are also eight new Science and Technology titles, 3D World, iPhone Life and Computer Music

Click here for a full list of the 190 available titles in the downloadable library.

Zinio's unique digital platform recreates a magazine page-for-page, including highly visual full-color pictures, while taking the reading experience even further through intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive rich media elements such as audio and video. 

Magazines are flying off the Library's digital shelves with over 671 library patrons checking out 8,543 Zinio magazines since the service launched in January. Titles that have been viewed most frequently include Us Weekly, the Economist, Consumer Reports, HELLO! Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, National Geographic Interactive, Forbes, Newsweek and the Harvard Business Review

Unlike eBooks, magazine issues are not checked out to individual patrons, so they're always available any time. Read online or download issues to your computer or mobile device to read offline. You must have a current Greenwich Library or Perrot Library card to use this collection. 

This service is part of Greenwich Library's Strategic Plan initiative to embrace and integrate emerging media into our collections. For more information, please contact the Reference Desk at (203) 622-7910. 

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Due to unprecedented demand, this pilot program is now fully subscribed, and the waiting list is also full. We thank you for your interest in Opera on Screen.

Greenwich Library will partner with Yale Alumni College to offer a new lecture series this fall. The six-week course, Opera on Screen, will be taught by Yale Professor Judith Adelia Malafronte. 

The series will begin on Monday, October 7 at 6 p.m. and is now fully subscribed. Sessions will take place on October 7, 21, 28 and November 4, 18, 25. (A makeup date is scheduled for December 2, should it be needed.)

The series will provide an introduction to opera, focusing on the Metropolitan Opera Company's Live in HD transmissions of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Shostakovich's The Nose, Puccini's Tosca, and Verdi's Falstaff. Course participants will examine librettos and source material, and will be introduced to the social and musical conventions of opera. Professor Malafronte will consider dramaturgy, casting requirements and the concept of vocal Fach, language, artistic collaboration, the rehearsal process, reception and criticism, along with the historical aspects of opera production. 

There will be relevant reading from a wide variety of sources, as well as viewing and listening homework, available on YouTube. Participants are encouraged to attend the Saturday afternoon broadcasts noted above, either at Yale or at a local theater (listings are available here). 

Professor Judith Malafronte is a Lecturer in the Yale School of Music, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and in the Department of Music, has an active career as a mezzo-soprano soloist in opera, oratorio, and recital. She has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Mark Morris Dance Group, and has sung at the Tanglewood Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and the Göttingen Handel Festival. Winner of several top international vocal competitions, Malafronte holds degrees with honors from Vassar College and Stanford University, and studied at the Eastman School of Music, in Paris and Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and with Giulietta Simionato in Milan as a Fulbright scholar. Malafronte has recorded for major labels in a broad range of repertoire, from medieval chant to contemporary music, and she writes regularly for Opera News, Stagebill, Early Music America Magazine, The Classical Review and Parterre Box

Opera on Screen is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. 

This series is now completely subscribed. For registration questions, please contact Barbara Burt (203) 432-1990. For more information, please contact Wynne Delmhorst at (203) 622-7921.
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