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2014 Greenwich Youth Film Festival

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The Junior League of Greenwich and Greenwich Library invite you to the third annual Greenwich Youth Film Festival (GYFF) on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium.

The top five submissions in each of the five GYFF categories: Music Video, Animation, Documentary, PSA, and Creative will be screened, and winners selected. Additionally, one of the final top five will be chosen as the overall winner of the Greenwich Youth Film Festival. 

Over $4500 in cash prizes will be awarded. New this year is a $500 grant from the Greenwich Preservation Trust on a documentary highlighting the theme "This Place Matters" and a 'text to vote' audience award.

The Greenwich Youth Film Festival encourages high school students to express themselves through the art of film. This exciting annual film and video competition is co-sponsored by the Junior League of Greenwich and Greenwich Library and is open to all high school students in Westchester and Fairfield Counties.

The public is invited to attend. Tickets are available at no charge and can be reserved in advance from the JLG website. The remaining tickets will be available at the Library on a first come, first served basis. For more information please visit www.jlggreenwich.com, email greenwichyouthfilmfestival@gmail.com, or call 203-869-1979.

Please visit the Junior League website for information about the panel of judges.

The Greenwich Youth Film Festival (GYFF) is co-sponsored by the Junior League of Greenwich (JLG) and the Greenwich Library.


Greenwich Library Changes Directors

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Carol Mahoney, who has served as the Director of Greenwich Library for five years, has announced that she will resign the position next month to pursue other opportunities back home in Massachusetts.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working in Greenwich and being a part of the community. The Greenwich Library is truly an amazing resource that touches the lives of people every day," said Mahoney. "The Trustees, staff, Friends, as well as the patrons and volunteers, have all contributed greatly to the Library's success. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve the Greenwich community."

The Board of Trustees has named Deputy Director Barbara Ormerod-Glynn as Mahoney's successor. Ms. Ormerod-Glynn, who has served Greenwich Library for 11 years, will assume her new job on March 1, 2014. Prior to Greenwich Library, she held librarian positions at Columbia and Fordham universities, as well as at Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, and the Yonkers Public Library.

"Barbara has been a true colleague and she is a highly effective, hands-on administrator who is totally dedicated to her profession," said Ms. Mahoney. "I am so pleased that she will have the opportunity to lead Greenwich Library into the future."

Nancy Better, president of the Library's Board of Trustees, said the board accepted Ms. Mahoney's decision reluctantly, but understood her reasons for departing. "Carol came to us with 43 years of public library service in Massachusetts, and we knew that other opportunities closer to home would become available to her. She has been an exceptional leader who has taken Greenwich Library to new heights and we expect the momentum will continue under Barbara's stewardship," said Ms. Better.

During Ms. Mahoney's tenure, Greenwich Library was named a five-star library five times by Library Journal. Ms. Mahoney led the Library's strategic planning process, worked with the staff to initiate new services and programs, and implemented Greenwich Reads Together with community organizations. Ms. Mahoney came to Greenwich after serving as the Neighborhood Services Manager at the Boston Public Library where she had oversight of 26 full service branches. Prior to Boston, she served as director of libraries in Lexington, Lynnfield and Medway, MA.  

Ms. Better noted that that board will miss Ms. Mahoney, but will continue many of her innovative ideas. "Throughout her tenure, Carol has looked for new ways to engage the community in the library's core mission:  to provide exceptional resources, programs and services that promote the joy of lifelong learning and discovery, and to offer a welcoming place for people to gather and share experiences."

This week we featured a selection of Training Librarian Jasmine Posey's favorite audiobooks in our Greenwich Time column "Checking Out Books." Audio options include discs and/or digital download. Below is her complete list. 

Favorite Readers
Jim Dale, best known for reading the Harry Potter books. 
Barbara Rosenblat [400 + titles to date] reads many books by Kathy Reichs and Linda Fairstein 
George Guidall [900+ titles to date] 
Lorelei King, primarily known for the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich Also books by Patricia Briggs and Kathy Reichs 
Nancy Wu reads books by MaryJanice Davidson 
Davina Porter reads the Isabel Dalhousie series by Alexander McCall Smith 
Lisette Lecat reads the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith 

YA and Children's Books 
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer 
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare including City of Bones and City of Ashes 
The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare including Clockwork Princess 
The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney including Curse of the Bane 
Maximum Ride series by James Patterson including School's Out Forever 
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer including Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception 

Science Fiction 
The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher including Side Jobs 
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton including Hit List 
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card 

Greenwich Library won a national Best of Show award and an honorable mention at the American Library Association's (ALA) Best of Show PR Xchange competition. The annual contest, sponsored by the Library Leadership and Management Association, division of ALA, recognizes the very best public relations materials produced by libraries around the country in the past year. Entries are evaluated based on content, originality, and design by a team of experts in public relations, graphic design, communications, and marketing who select the winner(s) in each category. 

"It was my honor to attend the ceremony and receive the awards on behalf of a very talented staff at the Greenwich Library," said Carol Mahoney, Greenwich Library Director. 

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The 2012-2017 Strategic Plan won a Best in Show honor in the Advocacy (Print) category and the 2010-2011 Annual Report received an honorable mention in the Annual Reports (Electronic) category. The awards were presented at the recent ALA conference in Chicago on June 30. 

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The Strategic Plan was designed by Berk Associates, a Seattle-based consulting firm. The 2010-2011 Annual Report was designed by John Ferris of Kern Design in Stamford, CT. A team of Library staff members worked closely with both firms.
When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka has been chosen for Greenwich Reads Together 2013. The title was announced on Tuesday, December 18 at Greenwich Library in a ceremony attended by over 50 community members. Two thematically related companion books for younger readers were also announced. Greenwich Reads Together (GRT) is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. 

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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, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her book The Buddha in the Attic won the PEN/ Faulkner Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. 

Over 40 suggestions were submitted by the community covering a wide range of titles and genres. A selection committee carefully reviewed all of the titles. In order to be selected, the book had to be of high literary quality, reflective of universal issues and capable of generating thought-provoking discussions. It should also lend itself to engaging public programs and appeal to a diverse population. In addition, the book should be currently in print and available in large quantities and multiple formats. 

The Selection Committee was comprised of Library staff including Roy Brayton, Joan Eaton, Stephen Schmidt, Alice Sherwood, Marianne Weill and Carolyn Zygmont; and community members Amy Fleishman, 2012 GRT co-chair; Karen Ball, Media Specialist at Eastern Middle School; and Sarah Better, a sophomore at Greenwich Academy. 

Two companion books for younger readers were also announced: Best Friends Forever: a WWII Scrapbook by Beverly Patt and The Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury. 

The inaugural Greenwich Reads Together selection was Markus Zusak's groundbreaking novel, The Book Thief. The 2012 selection was Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Last spring, almost 20 community organizations participated in Greenwich Reads Together, and more than 3,000 Greenwich residents participated in events, including a live Skype telecast with author Dave Eggers. Additional programs featured celebrated artists from literature, jazz, and photography, as well as renowned names from national news and government. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions were held across Greenwich. 

"Reading one book together will foster communication and spark ideas," said Carol Mahoney, Greenwich Library Director. "Greenwich Reads Together will bring together thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds to compare views and interpretations; share feelings and personal stories; view exhibitions, movies, and performances; attend classes and panel discussions, as well as workshops--all inspired by a common reading experience," said Mahoney. 

Greenwich Reads Together will take place between April 22 and May 3. Free copies of the 2013 selection were distributed at the announcement ceremony. Copies are also available to borrow at Greenwich Library. They may also be purchased at local bookstores including Diane's Books. 

High visibility sponsorships are available. For more information, please contact Sarah Falvo at (203) 622-7957 or sfalvo@greenwichlibrary.org. Opportunities are available for community organizations and volunteers. Those interested should contact Kate Petrov at kpetrov@greenwichlibrary.org.
Greenwich Library has been named a five-star library for the fourth time by Library Journal. The rating is based on 2010 data reported by local libraries to their state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This is the fifth time Greenwich Library has been recognized as an outstanding library during this prestigious rating's five-year existence. 

"We are thrilled that Greenwich Library has again been selected as one of the nation's top libraries," said Nancy Better, President of the Board of Trustees. "This award is quite timely, given the tremendous effort by our staff in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We are honored to be recognized for exceptional service to our community." 

The Library Journal index of public library service is determined equally by four related per capita output indicators: visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. The top libraries in each category, organized by ranges of operating expenditures, are assigned five, four, or three stars. 

Greenwich Library was ranked seventh in the nation among public libraries with budgets between $5 million and $10 million. Two other Connecticut libraries received ratings: Norfolk Library (five stars in the $200,000 to $399,900 budget category) and Darien Library (five stars in the $1 million to $5 million budget category). 

This has been an exciting year for Greenwich Library. A new Strategic Plan charting the institution's future course was launched in June and several initiatives have already been implemented. The Library continues to serve as a safe haven for the community during states of emergency, most recently hosting over 6,000 patrons in a single day across all three branches after Hurricane Sandy. 

For further information on Greenwich Library's five-star rating, see the November 8, 2012 print edition of Library Journal and or go online to www.libraryjournal.com.
On Saturday, October 20, Greenwich Library held a dedication ceremony in memory of Diane Darst. Darst was a longtime supporter of the Library, serving as President of the Board of Trustees and President of the Friends of Greenwich Library. 

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(From left) Liz Proctor Darst, David Darst Jr., Charles S. Leykum, Diane Leykum, David Darst Sr., and 

Elizabeth Darst Leykum holding Charles Leykum.


Since Darst was a supporter of the arts for children, funds donated to the Library in her memory were used to create an Imagination Station in the Children's Room. The station features a custom-built table, chairs and a cabinet, which is stocked with games, puzzles and arts and crafts kits. Children are welcome to use the Imagination Station whenever the Library is open. 

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The Imagination Station is stocked with games, puzzles and crafts that children can use any time.

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Family and friends gather for a dedication ceremony in memory of Diane Darst.

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Diane Leykum, with the plaque honoring her grandmother.

For more information, please contact Sarah Falvo at (203) 622-7957.

Welcome to the new Keep Posted!

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We've updated the look and feel of this award-winning publication, introducing bold color and vivid images. We've added two full pages so we can feature more of the collections, services and programs you love while inviting the thrill of discovery. Click here to read Keep Posted.

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Starting next month, the @ Your Library column will highlight Library collections, providing patrons with ideas for using them in their daily lives to accomplish goals such as starting a business, understanding jazz or learning to download an eBook. 

Using full color allows the opportunity to feature beautiful images from the Flinn Gallery exhibits, as well as the detail in book cover art. The Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will share a whole page, allowing each library more space to focus on their unique character. This new design is part of the Strategic Plan initiative to further develop the Greenwich Library brand and enhance the community's connection to the Library.

Click here to read Keep Posted. We want to know what you think! Post your thoughts here as a comment or email news@greenwichlibrary.org.
A new Strategic Plan that charts the future course for Greenwich Library was unanimously adopted by the Library's Board of Trustees at its meeting on June 12. 

"While some may argue that libraries are not relevant in the digital age, it is very clear that the Greenwich community loves its library and cares deeply about its future," said Nancy Better, President of the Library Board of Trustees. "The world is changing around us, and we must change with it." 
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The Plan is the culmination of an eighteen month-long process which included a community-wide survey, focus groups, a Trustee survey, a staff survey and retreat, as well as countless hours of analysis and evaluation by the Strategic Plan Steering Committee. Staff and Trustees worked with consultant Maureen Sullivan, now the President of the American Library Association, and Berk Associates, a Seattle-based consulting firm, throughout the process. 

The Strategic Plan builds upon the Library's strengths and identifies five key areas of focus: Collections, Technology, Lifelong Learning and Enrichment, Service and Community Space and Community and Connections. Strategic Initiatives within each of these five topical areas outline short- and medium-term efforts to improve operations. A new mission and vision are identified within the Plan, along with a new set of values. 

"Over the next five years, patrons will see Greenwich Library change in significant ways, maintaining the core aspects that make the Library a cherished Greenwich institution while boldly embracing new approaches, new technologies and new priorities," said Carol Mahoney, Greenwich Library Director. 

Library staff has already begun implementing changes identified throughout the planning process, said Mahoney. When 83% of respondents to the Community Survey indicated they would like to be contacted via email, staff launched a bi-weekly e-newsletter which highlights collections and services, as well as programs. The Library has begun sending all borrowing notices by email, as well. A staff programming committee has been organized to review current programs and make recommendations. The committee's goal is to plan programs that promote and extend the collections, services and mission of Greenwich Library. This spring, the Library will launch a new Self-Service area, which includes self pick-up of holds

Following are ten Strategic Initiatives identified in the Plan
  1. Continue to expand and curate our collections and provide easy access to Library resources. 
  2. Embrace and integrate emerging media into our collections. 
  3. Use appropriate media and targeted messages to raise patron awareness of relevant Library resources. 
  4. Ensure our patrons and staff have access to established and emerging technologies and the opportunity to achieve technological literacy. 
  5. Meet the needs and interests of Greenwich residents by making strategic programming choices. 
  6. Support the academic and life success of Greenwich children by promoting early literacy and a love of reading. 
  7. Strengthen our focus on satisfying the questions, needs and preferences of our patrons. 
  8. Reimagine our public spaces to reflect changes in technology and how people use the Library. 
  9. Strengthen our community of readers by increasing patron connections to one another and to our collections. 
  10. Expand and focus our partnerships for the collective benefit of the Greenwich community. 
Mahoney said the Library will use the Plan to develop services and collections, "We will focus on partnerships, building community and providing access to technology. The Library will be truly integrated into the community. Greenwich Reads Together is a great example of partnership, and we look forward to organizing more initiatives like this," she said.

"We're excited about completing the Plan, not because the document is 'finished' but because our future path is clear and the journey is underway." 

To read the complete Plan, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/strategy

Greenwich Library Trustees Elect New Officers

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The Greenwich Library Board of Trustees elected new officers at their meeting in May. The following were elected: Nancy M. Better, President; Haley Rockwell Elmlinger, First Vice President; Linda G. Ortwein, Second Vice President; Brian C. Pennington, Treasurer; Robert Glanville, Assistant Treasurer; Mary Jacobson, Secretary; Andrew J. Pitts, Member at Large.

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Linda G. Ortwein, Brian C. Pennington, Mary Jacobson, Nancy M. Better, Jane D. Marsh (Chair of Planning Committee), Haley Rockwell Elmlinger and Andrew J. Pitts.
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