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Greenwich Library is conducting a 2015 Community Survey to examine the community's views about Library services and priorities. This anonymous survey is a continuation of Greenwich Library's five-year strategic plan - My Library: Connecting our Community -- launched in 2012. The survey is currently available via the Library's website,

 "Our goal in conducting this survey is to learn more about the community's preferences in programming and resources," said Haley Elmlinger, President of Greenwich Library's Board of Trustees. "Completing the survey takes only a few minutes, but its impact as the voice of our community will resonate for years to come." 

The survey will be available Monday, September 21 through Monday, October 12 in English, Spanish and Japanese. Although participants are encouraged to complete the survey online, paper copies will be available at all three library locations. Current users and non-users, as well as individuals of all ages, are encouraged to complete the survey. Each member of the family can participate, and the survey is easily accessed on mobile devices. Students in grade six to twelve and their parents are highly encouraged to participate, as the Library is considering a number of initiatives to further engage this age group. 

The survey was designed by a committee of Library staff and trustees in consultation with Berk Associates, a Seattle-based consulting firm. It focuses on current use, programming preferences, digital collections, technology support, possible use of space, and "what ifs" regarding potential future services. 

The Library also collaborated with Berk Associates on the 2011 Community Survey with the Library's Board of Trustees providing funding for the project. 

The 2011 Community Survey results had a direct effect on Library strategic decisions. Since 2012, Greenwich Library has introduced a number of new service initiatives: 

• Self-service pickup of materials on hold, along with new self-checkout machines. 
• A comprehensive collection evaluation to identify best uses of Library funds and space. 
• An increase in new and emerging media such as downloadable magazines, digital local photographs, eBooks, and streaming music and movies. 
• The launch of Greenwich Reads Together, an annual community-wide reading initiative that strengthens and connects our community of readers through programs and discussion groups. 
• The expansion of community partnerships with groups such as Greenwich Public Schools, Greenwich International Film Festival, Commission on Aging, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Curiosity Concerts for Children and others. 
• The launch of a comprehensive master plan study with an architect and space planner in collaboration with Library staff and trustees to reimagine public spaces at the Main Library to reflect changes in technology and how people use the Library. 
• The formation of a staff programming committee to evaluate and select programs that promote and extend the collections, services and mission of Greenwich Library. 

Greenwich Library Director Barbara Ormerod-Glynn said the staff will use the survey results to inform critical choices about collections, programs and services. "We've made tremendous progress in implementing the Strategic Plan thus far," she said. "The results of this survey will help us to continue to meet the changing needs and interests of Greenwich residents with an emphasis on partnerships, building community and access to technology." 

For more information about Greenwich Library's Strategic Plan, and to complete the survey, please visit
After nearly 28 years of dedicated service to Greenwich Library, head of Children's Services Alice Sherwood has retired. 

Alice began her career at the Library in 1987 as a part-time cataloger in Technical Services classifying adult books. In May of 1989 she was hired as a Librarian in Information Services and in July of 2000 was promoted to the head of Children's Services, where she remained and flourished for 14 years. 

In those 14 years Alice introduced many new programs, including Baby Lapsit, the Bookworms Book Club for 2nd & 3rd grade students, and the Junior Book Club for grades 4-6. She also spearheaded the organization of picture books by concept, such as seasons, dinosaurs, and trucks and introduced the ever-popular Ready for Reading Kits to help ease children into reading with topical books, CDs, puzzles, stamps and stickers. 

Greenwich Library administration and trustees congratulate Alice on her successful career and thank her for her boundless dedication to Children's Services. 

Deirdre Sullivan has been appointed as the new head of Children's Services. She has worked closely with Alice Sherwood in the Children's Room for the past seven years and is intimately familiar with both operations and patron needs. Deirdre started with Greenwich Library in 2001 working in Business Services. In 2008 she became Children's Librarian and assistant to Alice Sherwood, running weekly storytimes, co-chairing book club discussions and conducting school visits. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from Long Island University and a bachelor's degree from American University. 

For more information, email Public Relations Officer Kate Petrov or call (203) 625-6550. For more information about Children's Services at Greenwich Library visit

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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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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 or by going directly to

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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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, email, 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.

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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. 

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 Opportunities are available for community organizations and volunteers. Those interested should contact Kate Petrov at
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
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