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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.

Create your new Library PIN

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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. 

You can follow Greenwich Library on Twitter @GWLibrary or find us on Facebook.
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.

Greenwich Reads Together Program Lineup Announced

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The Steering Committee for Greenwich Reads Together 2013 has released the program lineup for this year's book, When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka. Throughout the month of April, the Greenwich community will have multiple opportunities to engage in activities centered around the book. The lineup covers a wide variety of material including a visit from author Otsuka. Additional programs feature first-hand accounts of internment, traditional Japanese music and crafts, as well as a panel discussion including renowned names from news and academia. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions will be held across Greenwich. 

Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience that engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. The community is invited to join any of the programs, which are free and open to the public. 

Click here to see the complete list of programs and discussion groups.

Greenwich Reads Together 2013 is supported by Lead Sponsor Wiggin and Dana, LLP as well as Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities, Friends of Greenwich Library, Greenwich Library Board of Trustees, Dr. Laura and Mr. Robert Glanville, Rotary Club of Greenwich and Whole Foods Market Greenwich. 

Visit www.greenwichreadstogether.org to find book, film and music suggestions for further exploration, as well as discussion guides, links to interviews with the author and much more. 

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About the book and author 
On a sunny day in Berkeley, California, in 1942, a woman sees a sign in a post office window, returns to her home, and matter-of-factly begins to pack her family's possessions. Like thousands of other Japanese Americans they have been reclassified, virtually overnight, as enemy aliens and are about to be uprooted from their home and sent to a dusty internment camp in the Utah desert. In this lean and devastatingly evocative novel, Julie Otsuka tells their story from five flawlessly realized points of view and conveys the exact emotional texture of their experience: the thin-walled barracks and barbed-wire fences, the omnipresent fear and loneliness, the unheralded feats of heroism, When the Emperor was Divine is a work of enormous power that makes a shameful episode of our history as immediate as today's headlines. Author Julie Otsuka is a recipient of the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library Association Alex Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and, most recently, she was awarded Frances Femina Foreign Novel prize. Her book The Buddha in the Attic won the PEN/ Faulkner Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. 


About Greenwich Reads Together 
Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. Several community organizations are leading this initiative including Greenwich Library, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Pen Women, Greenwich Public Schools and private schools and Friends of Greenwich Library. Last spring, almost 20 community organizations and more than 3,000 Greenwich residents participated in events. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions were held across Greenwich. Greenwich Reads Together 2013 is supported by Lead Sponsor Wiggin and Dana, LLP as well as Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities, Friends of Greenwich Library, Greenwich Library Board of Trustees, Dr. Laura and Mr. Robert Glanville, Rotary Club of Greenwich and Whole Foods Market Greenwich. For more information, visit www.greenwichreadstogether.org.

GRT 2013 Student Essay Contest

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The Rotary Club of Greenwich will sponsor an essay contest for students attending Greenwich public and independent schools in grades 6-12. Two cash prizes of $250 will be awarded at a Greenwich Reads Together event in two categories (6-8th grades and 9-12th grades). 

The 2013 GRT Essay Question is: How does your reading of When the Emperor was Divine (or Eyes of the Emperor) affect your thinking about prejudice toward immigrants and other minorities in the United States today? In your response, you may want to consider other historical moments of scapegoating. 

Essays will be evaluated for clarity of expression, persuasiveness, and originality. Essays must be double-spaced, 1,000 words or less (exclusive of any citations), and submitted as a Word Document via e-mail on or before Wednesday, April 24 to GRTcontest@gmail.com. For full details, please click here

About Greenwich Reads Together 
Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. Several community organizations are leading this initiative including Greenwich Library, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Pen Women, Greenwich Public Schools and private schools and Friends of Greenwich Library. Last spring, almost 20 community organizations and more than 3,000 Greenwich residents participated in events. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions were held across Greenwich. Greenwich Reads Together 2013 is supported by Lead Sponsor Wiggin and Dana, LLP as well as Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities, Friends of Greenwich Library, Greenwich Library Board of Trustees, Dr. Laura and Mr. Robert Glanville, Rotary Club of Greenwich and Whole Foods Market Greenwich. For more information, visit www.greenwichreadstogether.org
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Greenwich Library announces Zinio, a new service allows patrons to read and explore the largest selection of digital magazines using just their Greenwich Library card. The service is available now on the Library's website. 

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Zinio provides a quick and easy way for Library patrons to read digital copies of their favorite magazines. Using their Mac or PC, reading fans can access the Library's catalog of selected digital magazines. 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. Consumer Reports, Car & Driver, Good Housekeeping, The Economist, ESPN Magazine and Esquire are just a few of the popular titles available. 

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. Greenwich Library subscribes to nearly 150 titles. To get started, click here

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. You can follow Greenwich Library on Twitter @GWLibrary or find us on Facebook by searching Greenwich Library.

This Saturday is Read Across America Day

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Grab your hat and read with the cat! Join us on Saturday, March 2 at 11 am for Dr. Seuss's birthday and a celebration of Read Across America Day. Enjoy stories and crafts in the Children's Room. No registration necessary. For more information, call the Children's Room (203) 622-7940.

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College Prep Series Continues this March

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Greenwich Library's College Prep series continues this month with 12 More Things You Need to Know to Succeed on the SAT Math I Subject Test on Saturday, March 2 at 12 p.m. in the Meeting Room. 

While a 680 on the math section of your SAT puts you in good company in the 91st percentile, the same score on the Math I subject test is barely adequate at the 77th percentile. This workshop will review the algebraic, geometric and trigonometric expressions and identities that will help students to perform at their best. Learn the tools, tricks, and techniques to get the competitive edge on the Math I. 

Students can test their techniques during an SAT Practice Test on Monday, March 4 at 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Advance registration is required. To secure a place, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/teens. For more information, call Ed Morrissey at (203) 622-7918. 

The series continues on Saturday, March 23 at 12 p.m. with What You Need to Know to Ace the ACT Math and Science in the Cole Auditorium. This seminar includes the tricks, tools and techniques that are specific to ACT Math. The session will review the general techniques that make the difference when answering multiple choice questions. Then dissect the ACT Science section by demonstrating how to take advantage of the three types of science passages. 

Both workshops will be presented by Craig Lanzoni of Linear Learning Co. Free, but online registration on the Library's calendar is required. For more information, please contact Teen Services Librarian Margaret Walsh at (203) 622-7915.
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