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This month, students looking to launch programs for their peers can attend a Student Leadership Council meeting and aspiring filmmakers can attend the Junior League of Greenwich Youth Film Festival. In celebration of National Library Week, Student Leaders sponsor Teen Movie Night featuring The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

The Library's regularly scheduled teen programs, including Friday Night Chess and Middle School Book Club meet monthly and are open to all without reservation or charge unless otherwise indicated. 

Thursday, April 2 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 will be served. 

Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m., Friday Night Chess 
National Master Rich Jackson will provide instruction, supervise play and challenge students to an occasional match. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring a love of the game or a desire to learn. 

Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m., Teen Movie Night: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 
To celebrate National Library Week, Student Leaders will be screening The Hunger Games: Mockingjay based on one of the most popular young adult book series in the publishing world. Starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. 

Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m., Preparing Students for the Newly Revised SAT 
Dr. Mark Yin, a math tutor from Yin Academy and his associate Ms. Anna Warm, a verbal tutor will advise on preparation and strategies for succeeding on the newly revised SAT and PSAT tests. They will also explore characteristics of AP testing in Math and English. 

Thursday, April 23 at 4:30 p.m., Middle School Book Club 
Middle School Book Club is for literature fans in grades 6-8. This month's title is See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles. Fern feels invisible in her family, where Sarah is working at the family restaurant, Holden is struggling with bullies, and Charlie is the center of attention. When tragedy strikes, the bond holding the family together is stretched almost to the breaking point. Register for the program and pick up a copy of the book at the 2nd floor reference desk. 

Other Library programs of interest to students and parents:
• On Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. Cult Films presents the offbeat original film Donnie Darko (2001). 
• On Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. GHS graduate Stefanie O'Connell, financial & millennial budget guru, shares the secrets of her online and social media success. 
 • On Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m., the Junior League of Greenwich will screen the winning films at the 4th Annual Greenwich Youth Film Festival. 
• On Saturdays in April from 1-1:30 p.m., Student Tech Support Orientation/Training is available for students wanting to volunteer at Greenwich Library.

For more information about Greenwich Library programs for students in grades 6-12, email Teen Services Librarian Ed Morrissey, call (203) 622-7918, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/teens.

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The Technology Training Center presents a wide variety of programs this April including workshops on Excel, LinkedIn for Beginners, and iDevices. TTC will also present Greenwich native Stefanie O'Connell, author of The Broke and Beautiful Life who will talk about her success online and budgeting for millennials. All year long, Greenwich Library training staff is available to help you explore new technologies and develop the skills you need 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. 

Wednesday, April 8 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach: Microsoft Excel
Sponsored by Southwestern CTWorks, the Career Coach is offering two, 2-hour Microsoft Excel training sessions. Level 1 training is at 10 am 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 Avenue entrance. Arrive early to sign-up.

Monday, April 13 from 6:30-8 p.m., LinkedIn for Beginners
This hands-on workshop explores the bare basics of setting up an account and using the basic functionality and settings. This class is for the person who struggles with technology basics and needs step-by-step support. Presented by Noelle Gross. Part 2 will be held on April 27.

Monday, April 13 from 6:30-8 p.m., Introduction to Social Media for Small Business 
We'll review the primary social media channels used by small business for their online marketing efforts, and cover the attributes of each one and how to decide if it is right for you. This program is co-sponsored with the Peterson Business Programs and presented by Robert Clark, LucidPointe.com in the Meeting Room. *Rescheduled from March 5. 

Wednesday, April 15 at 11 a.m., Apple Devices: iTunes
Learn how to navigate iTunes for movies, music, audiobooks, etc. We will also cover how to access Library digital collections for your Apple devices. Presented by Lance Pendleton. 

Friday, April 17 at 2 p.m., Basic Computing 
In this class we will first assess the needs of attendees, then review basic computer and Internet use including search, email, creating documents and file management. Newbies welcome! 

Wednesday, April 22 from 6:00-8:30 p.m., SCORE Content Marketing 
The profusion of digital channels has turned Content Marketing into a valuable business in of itself. This workshop will focus on how to evaluate your existing content, how to craft & publish new content and how to ensure your content marketing will produce results for your business. Presenter, Deirdre Silberstein; Moderator, Jeff Seaver. A Peterson Business Program. 

Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m., Author Talk: Millennial Budget Guru Stefanie O'Connell 
Greenwich High School grad Stefanie O'Connell, author of The Broke and Beautiful Life: Small Town Budget Big City Dreams, offers millennials accessible financial advice, budgeting and frugality tips. O'Connell will also share the secrets of her online and social media success. This author talk is part of the Money Smart Week initiative and will be held in the Library Meeting Room. This event is especially recommended for Greenwich parents and their boomerangs. 

Monday, April 27 from 2-3:30 p.m., LinkedIn for Beginners: Part 2 
In part 2 we'll continue to explore this critical professional platform and expand on the basic functionality as well as maneuvering within the site. Workshop attendees should already have a LinkedIn profile set up (though all are welcome, even without a profile). This workshop will be less hands-on than part 1 and more visual. Presented by Noelle Gross. 

Wednesday, April 29 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly TV: How to Cut the Cable Cord 
Learn how streaming and subscription services and even a TV antenna could help you cut the cord, or at least reduce your bill. Trending Monthly is a new program designed to improve quality of life by introducing and demonstrating what's hot and trending in technology - ranging from productivity, personal and family use, safety and security. Instructor, Lance Pendleton, Director of Education, MacInspires.

Regular Library Technology Training Center Programming 
Every Saturday in April from 1 to 1:30 p.m., students can attend Volunteer Orientation for Tech Support positions. 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 April 7-27 (no lab April 2 and 4). 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 email Training Center staff, 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. On Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m., Cult Films will screen the chillingly supernatural Donnie Darko from 2001. Both film buffs and ingénues are welcome. 

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In this offbeat but exciting debut feature film by writer/director Richard Kelly, Donnie, a troubled teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal) is plagued by visions of a large, creepy bunny rabbit that manipulates him into committing a series of crimes after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. Gyllenhaal does 'alienated teen' like no other. 

Donnie, a violent schizophrenic who recently went off his meds, is being influenced by beings from another universe as they attempt to correct distorted 'time loop' that will cause the world to end. The filming is has a surreal quality and many déjà vu moments for the audience to puzzle over, such as the multiple scenes of Gretchen waving to Rose. 

Donnie Darko was filmed in 28 days on a budget of $4.5 million. It almost went straight to home video but was publicly released by Drew Barrymore's production company. While the film had a successful first screening at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, it enjoyed a less than successful debut in US theatres shortly after the September 11 terror attacks. The film grossed just under $7.7 million worldwide but has since received favorable reviews from critics and developed something of a cult following, resulting in the release of a director's cut special edition DVD in 2004. 

Donnie Darko kept gaining momentum. During the time of the film's DVD release, the Pioneer Theatre in New York City's East Village began midnight screenings that continued for 28 consecutive months. Darko is a classic example of a commercial film failure resuscitated by audience demand, not the dictates of the market, hence its cult status. 

Up next: mark your calendars for another James Bond classic, Thunderball (1965) on Thursday, May 14. 

In the course of this 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 This series is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Meeting Room. Don't forget, thousands of film titles are available in the Library's DVD collection, and online through the Library's new hoopla service.

For more information email Ed Morrissey, call (203) 622-7918 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/CultFilms.aspx to read some of Ed's deep dives into the world of cult films in his blog. 

SCORE: Content Marketing Workshop on 4/22

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On Wednesday, April 22 from 6-8 pm, SCORE of Fairfield County will host a workshop on Content Marketing in the Greenwich Library Meeting Room.

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The technique of Content Marketing has emerged out of the transition from traditional media to the digital marketing world. More than just creating content on the internet to promote a product or service, businesses are discovering there is value in the content itself. This content can go out via a website, in email marketing, online articles and documents, downloadable white papers, posts and articles on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest and video channels like YouTube, as well as games, pictures, music, sounds and software. 

This workshop will focus on how to evaluate your existing content, how to craft new content (including powerful business writing), and how to ensure your content marketing will produce results for your business. Registration starts at 5:30 pm, program at 6 pm.

Presenter: Deirdre Silberstein, President, Silberstein & Associates LLC, a business writing and publishing consulting firm.
Moderator: Jeff Seaver, owner, Seaver Interactive, a website design and internet marketing firm. 

Contact SCORE Fairfield County for more information or to register.

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Greenwich Library will celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22 from 4-5 p.m. Children and their families are invited to learn all about container gardening and composting in a class presented by Eco-Farm on Wheels. Eco-Farm explores the concepts of sustainable farming and promotes ecological farming through education. The class will be held at the back of the Children's Room. 

 About Eco-Farm on Wheels: these very real farmers bring their farm, including an active compost bin with hand lenses, worm bins, organic herbs and vegetables growing in containers (and for selected programs, furry and feathered friends) to entertain and educate about sustainability and organic farming. The programs are certified for STEM and link with the requirements for the Common Core. Eco-Farm on Wheels is based out of Ridgefield, CT at Dancing Dog Farm, a sustainable farm specializing in biodynamic specialty vegetables and flowers. Their produce is served at fine farm to table restaurants, like Back Forty in Greenwich. 

For more information visit www.ecofarmonwheels.com No reservations required. For more information email Deirdre Sullivan, call 203-622-7940, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/Children.

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Shakespearean raconteur Bob Smith will lead his devoted Greenwich Library Shakespeare fans on a wide ranging discussion of Romeo and Juliet beginning Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. For his 26th session at Greenwich Library, Smith selected one of Shakespeare's most loved works.

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Says Smith, "In the ten years we've been exploring these great texts, it's hard to believe that we are only now getting to this wonderful early work. I've directed this divine play three times and can't wait to have a go at it for seven whole weeks with my Greenwich group." 

Smith describes what makes Romeo and Juliet such an exciting play to discuss. "It's 1594. New to London life, Will Shakespeare's been amassing all the creative energy that propels genius. And he scored a direct hit with this young play about young people. The language is extraordinary. For 3,400 lines, passion pushes poetry to where it's never been before, and more than four centuries later, it still WOWS us! Oh that balcony scene...and the Queen Mab speech...the Nurse...the Friar...the culmination in the Tomb. What a play! Please join me." 

"O speak again bright angel, for thou art as glorious to this night, being o'er my head as is a winged messenger of heaven..."  

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 consecutive Wednesdays from April 1 through May 13 (film on May 13) and is open to all at no charge. 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 email Matthew Sgritta or call (203) 622-7972.

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AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary presents Authors M.J. Rose and Alyson Richman on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room. These prolific and talented authors will hold an intimate conversation about their latest books, their craft, and the themes of loss and hope, passion and suspense. 

New York Times bestselling novelist and Greenwich resident M.J. Rose has created a provocative and magical new spellbinder in a gothic novel set in 1890's Paris. First in a new trilogy, The Witch of Painted Sorrows is a LibraryReads Top Ten choice for March 2015 and an Indie Next pick for April. 

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Alyson Richman's latest novel is The Garden of Letters. She is the author of Greenwich Library book group favorite, The Lost Wife, the tale of a husband and wife who are separated in a concentration camp during World War II and reunited 60 years later at their grandchildren's wedding. 

M.J. Rose grew up haunting the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum and the lush gardens of Central Park. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, the founder of AuthorBuzz.com, and lives in Greenwich, CT. 

Alyson Richman graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in art history and is a former Thomas J. Watson fellow. Art features prominently in many of her books. She lives with her family in Long Island, New York. 

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 call Marianne Weill at 203-622-7933 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.

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Greenwich High School grad Stefanie O'Connell, author of The Broke and Beautiful Life: Small Town Budget Big City Dreams, offers millennials accessible financial advice, budgeting and frugality tips. This author talk is part of the Money Smart Week initiative and will be held in the Library Meeting Room on Thursday, April 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. This event is especially recommended for Greenwich parents and their boomerangs. 

As a professional actress turned personal finance pro, Stefanie has established herself as an expert with no formal training or accreditation. Through her unique perspective, engaging content, and ability to inspire others, Stefanie has an emerged as a leading voice in the personal finance world for artists, freelancers, and millennials. 

 In this inspiring talk, Stefanie will share the secrets to her success as a writer, influencer and entrepreneur with those who wish to establish themselves as experts in their fields of interest. You'll learn how to leverage your unique strengths; establish and cultivate your expertise; build confidence in yourself and the value you provide; become known and respected in your field. 

Money Smart Week is a national initiative since 2010 between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to provide financial literacy programming to help members of the community better manage their personal finances. Visit www.moneysmartweek.org for more details. For more information email Librarian Michele Martin or call 203-625-6533.

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Greenwich Library has six exciting business programs planned for April. Nonprofits can learn to develop individual donors and small businesses can learn more about integrating social media into their marketing plans and how to market their content. Later in the month, The World Affairs Forum will present an inside look at the global human trafficking industry as part of its Great Decisions Program in the Cole Auditorium. 

Programs are held in the Library Meeting Room unless otherwise indicated. Experienced librarians are available to help you navigate the Library's extensive databases, directories, investor information and nonprofit resources via email or in person. 

Wednesday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Cultivate Your Individual Donor 
For most nonprofits, individual donors are their bread and butter when it comes to raising funds. This workshop will help nonprofits enhance and improve the essential relationship with their donors. Aspects of the donor/recipient bond will be examined relative to prospects, casual donors, major supporters, board members, and lapsed donors. The full range of donor relations will be explored, with highly practical advice and interactive exercises incorporated to reinforce what is learned.
  
Monday, April 13 from 2-3:30 p.m., LinkedIn for Beginners: Part 1 
This hands-on workshop explores the bare basics of setting up an account and using the basic functionality and settings. This class is for the person who struggles with technology basics and needs step-by-step support. Presented by Noelle Gross. Part 2 will be held on April 27. A Technology Training Center program.

Monday, April 13 from 6:30-8 p.m., Introduction to Social Media for Small Business 
This workshop will review the primary social media channels used by small business for their online marketing efforts, and discuss how to decide which are right for you. This program is co-sponsored with the Technology Training Center and presented by Robert Clark, LucidPointe.com in the Meeting Room. *Rescheduled from March 5. 

Wednesday, April 22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., SCORE: Content Marketing 
The profusion of digital channels has turned Content Marketing into a business in of itself. More than just creating content on the internet to promote a product or service, businesses are discovering there is value in the content itself. This workshop will focus on how to evaluate your existing content, how to craft & publish new content and how to ensure your content marketing will produce results for your business. Presenter, Deirdre Silberstein; Moderator, Jeff Seaver. 

Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m., Millennial Budget Guru Stefanie O'Connell
Greenwich High School grad Stefanie O'Connell, author of The Broke and Beautiful Life: Small Town Budget Big City Dreams, offers millennials accessible financial advice, budgeting and frugality tips. O'Connell will also share the secrets of her online and social media success. This author talk is part of the Money Smart Week initiative and will be held in the Library Meeting Room. This event is especially recommended for Greenwich parents and their boomerangs. A Technology Training Center program. 

Monday, April 27 at 2 p.m., LinkedIn for Beginners: Part 2 
In part 2 we'll continue to explore this critical professional platform and expand on the basic functionality as well as maneuvering within the site. Workshop attendees should already have a LinkedIn profile set up (though all are welcome, even without a profile). This workshop will be less hands-on than part 1 and more visual. Presented by Noelle Gross. A Technology Training Center program. 

Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m., World Affairs Forum Great Decisions Program - Human Trafficking 
Migration expert Joseph Chamie will present an inside look at human trafficking, the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, accounting for billions in international trade each year. Joseph Chamie is a former Director of the United Nations Population Division and of the New York Center for Migration Studies and editor of the International Migration Review. The program is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Library's Cole Auditorium. 

Bloomberg Terminal Access Patrons can sign up to use the Bloomberg Professional Service computer at the Main Reference Desk or sign up in advance by calling (203) 622-7910.

Business programs and services are made available to Library patrons at no charge through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. For more information email Business Librarian Mary Cuff, call (203) 622-6560, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/business.

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AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary presents New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Ty Hauck, Gross' fictional head of detectives in Greenwich is back in One Mile Under, which goes on sale on April 7. 

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Gross will discuss his writing career, strokes of fortune and the latest title in his popular detective series. Ty Hauck was first introduced in The Dark Tide as the head of detectives in Greenwich, CT, and then brought back in Don't Look Twice where he investigated some of Greenwich's elite. In the third book, Reckless, Hauck left the Greenwich force for the private sector and uncovered a terrorist plot. 

In One Mile Under, Hauck travels to Aspen to investigate a murder and becomes embroiled in a deadly confrontation between desperate farmers in a drought-ridden Colorado town and a ruthless energy company. 

Says Publishers Weekly, "Engrossing. ... chock full of menacing characters willing to do the dirtiest of work. This David and Goliath story will thrill series fans and newcomers alike." 

Andrew Gross received a degree in English from Middlebury College (where he edited the literary magazine) and a Masters in Business Policy from Columbia University. After working for many years in the apparel business, he left the corporate world to attend the Writer's Program at the University of Iowa. At age 46 he completed his first novel, Hydra, which came to the attention of James Patterson, who felt that Gross was particularly skilled at capturing women's voices. A successful collaboration began. In 2006, Gross wrote his own novel, The Blue Zone and has had a series of bestsellers ever since, including the popular Ty Hauck detective series. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Gross and his wife live in Westchester County, NY. 

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 call Marianne Weill at 203-622-7933 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.

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