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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'.
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.
Or, click here.
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.
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.
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.
Click 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.