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On Thursday, September 4, at 7 p.m., Danielle Ogden, Senior Manager of Education Programs and School Initiatives at the Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art will give a presentation on the history of this renowned Ridgefield museum and its current exhibits in the Greenwich Library Meeting Room. Communications Director Pam Ruggio will follow-up with a brief description and background on the Connecticut Art Trail.
The original Aldrich Museum was founded by Manhattan fashion designer Larry Aldrich (1906-2001), who began collecting Impressionist and Expressionist paintings in the 1940s. His first purchase was a Renoir. Over time, his interest shifted to contemporary art and he gave away his old collection. Aldrich was a patron of the arts, and donated money to both the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museums. He then funded a museum in Ridgefield in 1964, which was named The Larry Aldrich Museum. In 1967, it was renamed the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Aldrich Museum is one of 17 museums on the Connecticut Art Trail. Communications Director Pam Ruggio will explain how to obtain a pass that allows you to visit all of the historic museums on the trail. Visit www.arttrail.org or www.aldrichart.org for more information.
This program is open to all art and history lovers at no charge, no registration required. For more information contact Local History Librarian Carl White at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 622-7948.
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This month, students looking for advice on writing their college essays can attend a workshop with Alan Gelb and the activist oriented can meet Gloria Steinem. For student movie buffs, Cult Films is featuring the classic OO7 film Goldfinger. The Library also offers a wide variety of student programs including the Student Leadership Council, Friday Night Chess and Middle School Book Club, all of which meet monthly. All programs are open to all at no charge unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m., Student Leadership Council Meeting
Students in grades 7-12 gather at Teen Central on the second floor to brainstorm about using library resources to initiate and execute projects relevant to their peer group in exchange for community service hours. Refreshments are served. For more information contact Ed Morrissey at email@example.com or Everett Purdue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, September 5 at 7 p.m., Friday Night Chess
The first Friday of every month is Chess Night with National Master Rich Jackson who provides instruction, supervised play and an occasional challenge match. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring a love of the game or a desire to learn. No registration required. For more information contact Margaret Walsh at email@example.com.
Saturday, September 6 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Gaming Day
Join us for Gaming Day at Greenwich Library. There will be video games, board games and Legos available for all ages. Also, check out the gaming iPads and the new XBOX ONE! Some of the video games available will be Minecraft, FIFA 14, Angry Birds, Blur and many more! Snacks and refreshments will be served. For more information contact Nicole Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Everett Perdue at email@example.com.
Wednesday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m., Cult Films at Greenwich Library presents Goldfinger
Student film buffs and filmmakers can join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of this classic James Bond thriller. 007 (Sean Connery) pursues a crazed millionaire (Gert Frobe) who plans to raid Fort Knox. Librarian Ed Morrissey will give a pre and post screening talk, and discuss the 007 franchise from a cult film perspective. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/CultFilms.aspx.
Saturday, September 20 at 4 p.m., Ending Sex Trafficking
High school students shouldn't miss this chance to attend a panel discussion featuring the iconic Gloria Steinem with filmmaker Ruchira Gupta on this topic of world wide importance. The event will include a showing of an edited version of the EMMY award winning film The Selling of Innocents, and concludes with a Q&A session. Please note the mature subject matter. For more information email Michele Martin at email@example.com.
Tuesday, September 23 at 7 p.m., Conquering the College Admissions Essay
If the thought of writing a college admissions essay fills you with dread and panic, then come hear Alan Gelb, author and college essay coach, provide tips and strategies for crafting a winning personal statement that expresses your unique personality, strengths and goals. Gelb is the author of Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. No registration required. For more information contact Margaret Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m., Middle School Book Club
Middle School Book Club is for literature fans in grades 6-8. The title of this month's book is The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. This 2014 Nutmeg Award nominee, set in the country of Carthya, tells the story of a devious nobleman who engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war. Register for the program and pick up a copy of the book at the 2nd floor reference desk. For more information contact Margaret Walsh at email@example.com.
For more information about Greenwich Library programs for students in grades 6-12, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/teens or call (203) 622-7918.
The technology training staff at Greenwich Library has a great line-up of classes planned for September. This month, the Career Coach will present Microsoft Access training and Macinspires staff will provide tips for taking great photos with your iDevices. All year long, Greenwich Library training staff is available to help you explore new technologies and develop the skills to make your online life more productive and enjoyable.
Classes are offered in a comfortable environment for all participants, regardless of level, and are open to the public at no charge. All classes are 55 minutes unless noted, no registration required.
Monday, September 8 at 2 p.m., Introduction to Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 combines the best of the Windows 7 legacy with a new easy to use interface and powerful new enhancements called "Metro". However, it retains the reliable underlying computer technology, file system and networking capability built into previous versions. Instructor: Gary Krause, Computer Training, LLC
Wednesday, September 10 at 10 a.m and 1 p.m., Career Coach: Microsoft Access Training
Sponsored by Southwestern CTWorks, the Career Coach is offering two, 2-hour Microsoft Access database training sessions on Wednesday, September 10. Level 1 training is at 10am and level 2 at 1 pm. The Coach bus is fully equipped with 10 PC work stations and Internet access and is parked outside the Library's West Putnam Ave Entrance.
Wednesday, September 17 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly - Music
What's coming up with music? Where do I get it from and what is the best way to listen to it? Join the discussion and see demonstrations of current hot new items currently trending in Technology. Instructor: Lance Pendleton, Director of Education MacInspires
Monday, September 22 at 2 p.m., Introduction to MOOCs
What are MOOCs? MOOC stands for Massively Open Online Course. MOOCs are free courses that are delivered electronically to massive audiences - often in the tens of thousands of students - via the Internet. We will look at online courses offered through Coursera, an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Instructor: Jasmine Posey, Training Librarian
Wednesday, September 24 at 11 a.m., Taking Great Pictures with Your iPhone/iPad
Learn the ins and outs of photography with your iDevices. This class will cover how to use the iPhone/iPad camera for photography, helpful apps, best practices and tips and tricks for maximizing your photography or video with a mobile device. Instructor: Lance Pendleton, Director of Education, MacInspires
Regular Library Technology Training Center Programming
The Library's regular Drop-in Computer Lab is offered three times each week: on Saturdays and Tuesdays at 11 a.m., and Thursdays at 3 p.m., from September 2-30. Get hands-on assistance with new gadgets, downloading eBooks and audiobooks using OverDrive, Library databases, Microsoft Office, Internet search, email, online forms, social media, job search, basic computing and more with Library staff. Use your own device or practice with ours.
For more information contact Training Center Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 203-625-6508, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/TechnologyTrainingCenter.aspx.
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Librarian Ed Morrissey's new monthly film series is devoted to bringing patrons classic cult movies from Hollywood, Europe and the rest of the world. Ed will begin each screening with a brief discussion of the film's production and its influence over the decades. Both film buffs and ingénues are welcome.
On Wednesday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m., Cult Films will screen Goldfinger (1964). Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of this classic James Bond thriller in which Sean Connery pursues a crazed millionaire (Gert Frobe) who plans to raid Fort Knox. Goldfinger was the first Bond film to win an Academy Award and opened to largely favorable reviews. The film was a financial success and is viewed by some as the series' quintessential film. Starring Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton and Harold Sakata as "Oddjob". The film is in color, 110 minutes long and is unrated but has mature themes and violence.
In the course of the Cult Film Series, Morrissey will cover a wide sweep of genres, comedies, crime noir, horror thrillers, musicals, spaghetti westerns, Hitchcock, Fellini and more. It's these so-called fringe or over the top movies that Greenwich Library Cult Films, through the Library's extensive catalog, intends to expose to a much wider and appreciative audience.
Patrons interested in cult films should visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/CultFilms.aspx to read some of Ed's deep dives into the world of cult films in his blog, and for a complete list of upcoming films in this new series.
Up next: mark your calendars for Your Next (2013), a comedy thriller from director Adam Wingard on Thursday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m.
This series is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Meeting Room. For more information contact Ed Morrissey at email@example.com or call (203) 622-7918. Don't forget, thousands of film titles are available in the Library's DVD collection, and online through the Library's new hoopla service.
Bob Smith will lead his devoted Greenwich Library Shakespeare fans on a wide ranging discussion of Henry V starting Wednesday September 10 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium.
According to Smith, "This is a beloved text, filled with remarkable language and unforgettable characters. Henry V is like a Shakespeare sampler. It's a history, but it's also comedy, tragedy and romance woven together into one magical play. Henry the Fifth has been made into two academy award winning films, a myriad of TV specials, dozens of videos and is constantly being produced. The Kenneth Branagh version of Henry the Fifth is my favorite Shakespeare movie, however, since our group viewed that knock-out film a few years ago, we'll view Laurence Olivier's equally splendid version."
Henry V is believed to have been written in approximately 1599 and is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2. The original audiences would thus have already been familiar with the title character, depicted in the Henry IV plays as a wild, undisciplined lad known as Prince Harry and by Falstaff as Hal.
King Henry IV has died and his son Prince Hal (or Harry) reigns. It's war with France and all England rises up to back the King. At the city of Harfleur, King Hal rallies his forces with the patriotic speech "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more..."
Library Journal called Bob Smith "the teacher we all should have had to introduce us to Shakespeare." The Boston Globe called him "inspired and inspiring."
The class will run for seven Wednesdays from September 10 through October 29 (no class September 24). The program is open to all at no charge, no registration required. The Shakespeare series is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Copies of the play will be provided. For more information, please contact Matthew Sgritta at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 622-7972.
Acclaimed author of over 30 mystery novels, Peter Lovesey has recently been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by critics from The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, The Strand, Time Magazine and NPR. On Monday, September 22 at 7 p.m., this master of mysteries will visit the Library to discuss his latest novel, The Stone Wife in the Library's Meeting Room. Refreshments will be served.
The Stone Wife is an investigative procedural at its finest. When a competitive-bidding war for a rare carved stone is interrupted by three masked men who kill the highest bidder, Bath police superintendent Peter Diamond and his team investigate the carving's mystical origins while Diamond's police colleague Ingeborg goes undercover to learn about the murder weapon.
According to a Booklist starred review, "One of the great things about reading one of Lovesey's police procedurals...is the natural way Diamond's cases take the reader into the history of Bath itself...details on archaeological digs, local museums, auction houses, ancient Roman walls, and, especially, on Chaucer's Wife of Bath."
Peter Lovesey is the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels including the Sergeant Cribb books that launched the long-running PBS series Mystery!. He has been awarded the CWA Gold and Silver Daggers and the Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, as well as many US honors. He lives in Sussex, England.
AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane's Books. This series is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Meeting Room is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.
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On Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m., AuthorsLive@Greenwich Library will present New York Times best selling author and economic policy expert Steve Forbes. Forbes will discuss his new book, Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy - and What We Can Do About It, coauthored with Elizabeth Ames, in the Cole Auditorium. Seating is limited.
Few topics are as misunderstood today as the subject of money. In Money, Forbes and Ames present a compelling--and controversial--argument about why a return to a sound dollar and a new gold standard are vital to a healthy global economy. Forbes outlines several different forms a gold standard could take in today's global economy and shares invaluable suggestions for how to preserve wealth and where to invest money now.
Forbes' talk is a must for Library patrons interested in his opinions on the causes and implications of the current turbulence in worldwide markets and what can be done to bring about a stable and prosperous global economy, reduce unemployment and economic inequality, and increase entrepreneurship.
According to Greta Van Susteren, Host of On the Record on Fox News, "Economic and monetary policies can be difficult to master for even the savviest politicians...Steve Forbes and Elizabeth Ames deliver a gripping read and an intriguing viewpoint on how to get our economy back on track."
Steve Forbes is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Power Ambition Glory and Wall Street Journal bestseller How Capitalism Will Save Us. Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, which publishes Forbes magazine. Under Mr. Forbes' leadership, the company has launched a variety of new publications and businesses, reaching millions of decision makers worldwide, both online and in print.
AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane's Books. This series is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Yang Wang at email@example.com, call (203) 622-7924 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.
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Greenwich Library is thrilled to present the world class pianist Vassily Primakov who will perform selected works from Chopin, including Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23, Ballade No. 3 in A Flat Major, Op. 47 and others as part of the Cole Concert Series. The concert will be held in the Cole Auditorium on Sunday, September 14 at 4 p.m. and is open to all at no charge.
Gramophone wrote that "Primakov's empathy with Chopin's spirit could hardly be more complete," and the American Record Guide raved: "Since Gilels, how many pianists have the right touch? In Chopin, no one currently playing sounds as good as this! This is a great Chopin pianist."
In 1999, as the teenaged prizewinner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Primakov was praised by Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "How many pianists can make a line sing as the Moscow native did on this occasion? Every poignant phrase took ethereal wing. Elsewhere the music soared with all of the turbulence and poetic vibrancy it possesses. We will be hearing much from this remarkable musician."
Primakov's first piano studies were with his mother, Marina Primakova. He entered Moscow's Central Special Music School at the age of eleven as a pupil of Vera Gornostaeva, and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School with the noted pianist, Jerome Lowenthal. Among his many awards and recognitions, Primakov won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions and in 2007 was named the Classical Recording Foundation's "Young Artist of the Year." In 2009, Primakov's Chopin Mazurkas recording was named "Best of the Year" by National Public Radio. In 2011, Primakov, along with his duo partner, Natalia Lavrova established a new record company, LPClassics.net, and in March 2012 he became a Yamaha Artist.
The Friends Cole Concert Series is made possible through the support of the Friends of Greenwich Library. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. For more information call the Friends Office at (203) 622-7938. For a complete list of music programs at Greenwich Library visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/music.
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Memoir-writing is a special form of art, and this fall Greenwich Library will help would-be memoirists get started. Previous sessions of Crafting Life Stories, led by former New York Times editor Joan Motyka, have proven so popular with patrons that the Library is offering both an afternoon and an evening session this October.
The afternoon group will meet at 3 p.m. for six consecutive Wednesdays beginning October 15 and the evening group will meet for five Thursdays at 7 p.m. from October 9 - November 13 in the Library Meeting Room. (No class on 10/16). Required registration begins on September 22 at 9 a.m.
The program is designed to help people discover and tell the stories only they can tell -- and to do so in a supportive environment that encourages even beginning writers. With a background in journalism and fiction, instructor Joan Motyka will offer journalistic tools and literary techniques to help people explore the significance of people, places and events in their lives. Using readings, prompts and writing assignments, she helps students draw stories from memory, organize them into a narrative and polish them through revision.
The class will consist of a series of distinct two-hour sessions in which students will read and discuss passages from books of memoir and occasionally from poetry or fiction that illustrate that week's topic. Topics include how to look at yourself as a narrator of stories, how to capture the richness of place, how to plumb your intersection with history, and how to understand the role of other people in your stories. There will also be a discussion of dialogue as well as tips on research, interviewing, and revision.
Registration for both sessions opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, September 22. Please call Michele Martin at (203) 625-6533 to register with your Greenwich or Perrot Library card number, or by using the Library's online calendar/registration system using the links above.
Joan Motyka is a former longtime New York Times editor and writing coach, and currently an editor at The Westchester Review, a literary journal now in its fifth year. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe and other publications. She has been leading memoir writing workshops in Westchester and New York City since 2007.
Crafting Life Stories is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. For more information, please contact Michele Martin at (203) 625-6533 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org.
On Saturday, September 20 at 4 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library will present an edited version of the EMMY award winning 1996 HBO film The Selling of Innocents followed by a panel discussion with guests Gloria Steinem and filmmaker Ruchira Gupta, moderated by Greenwich resident Ajit Hutheesing. Our distinguished panel will educate, challenge preconceptions and encourage the audience to take action. A question and answer will follow the speakers' prepared remarks.
Sex trafficking is a growing problem in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 45,000-50,000 women and children are trafficked to the US each year. There have been reports of trafficking in at least 20 different states, with most cases occurring in New York, California, Florida. Evidence suggests that state and local law enforcement have only scratched the surface of the problem.
Sex trafficking is even more prevalent internationally. The Selling of Innocents takes us deep into the heart of the largest red-light district in India, in Bombay. The young girls who work inside the brothels are modern-day sex slaves, many of them Nepalese children who are valued for their exotic looks. The film follows the flesh trade from its source in Katmandu to the sex factories of Bombay. In one of the documentary's most shocking and powerful moments, hidden cameras record a Nepalese farmer selling his daughter into prostitution. The crew even joins a vigilante group of brothel raiders as they rescue child prostitutes.
The Selling of Innocents, available in the Greenwich Library DVD collection, is a visually riveting account of young women and girls maintaining hope in spite of their desperate situation and the systemic and cultural odds stacked against them. The film has received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, the Donald Brittain Award for Best Documentary and a Gold Plaque from the Chicago International Television Competition, among others.
Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, organizer and feminist activist. She travels here and abroad in these capacities and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She lives in New York City. For more information, visit www.gloriasteinem.com.
Ruchira Gupta is an Indian sex trafficking abolitionist, journalist and activist. She has worked for over 25 years to end sex trafficking and has been honored for her work by nations, governmental leaders, and organizations on a global scale. In 2002, she established Apne Aap Women Worldwide, a nongovernmental organization, which addresses women's rights and the eradication of human sex trafficking. For more information, visit www.apneaap.org.
Greenwich resident and author Ajit Hutheesing is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Capital Partners Inc. A nephew of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, (and a cousin of Indira Gandhi), Hutheesing is committed to building philanthropic and business bridges between India and the United States.
Ending Sex Trafficking is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and generous donors. This program is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Please note that the program deals with a mature subject matter. For more information, email Michele Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 625-6533.