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Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience that engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. The community is invited to join any of the programs, which are free and open to the public, except where noted. This year's book, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, currently #2 on the New York Times Combined Print and E-book Best Seller List.
Throughout the month of October, the Greenwich community will have multiple opportunities to engage in activities centered around the book. The lineup covers a wide variety of material including a visit from author Brown. Additional programs feature an examination of politics and the Olympics, rowing demonstrations, a storytelling event, films, as well as a panel discussion on the development of rowing in our area. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions will be held across Greenwich.
Click here for a complete list of over 22 Greenwich Reads Together special events.
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The technology training staff at Greenwich Library has a great line-up of classes planned for October. This month, job hunters can enjoy Excel training, plus resume and interview tips and tricks. In a special three-week workshop, compulsive picture-takers will learn how to organize and edit their photos using Picasa. 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 with no registration unless otherwise noted.
Wednesdays & Fridays, October 22-November 7 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Organizing and Editing Your Photos
Don't know what to do with all those great vacation pictures? During this three-week (6 session) workshop you will learn how to organize and edit your photos using Picasa, a free software application offered by Google. Registration required beginning 9/29. Instructor: Charlie Stone, Director, Greenwich Senior Center for Computer Learning.
Monday, October 6 at 2 p.m. (90 minutes), The Art of the Resume
Are you new to the workforce, or maybe you just want to polish up a current resume? Find out what makes a good resume or bring in your existing resume for a review and critique. Instructor: Jeff Metzger, Owner, Your Resume Consultant.
Wednesday, October 8 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach: Excel Training
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 Ave Entrance. Arrive early to sign-up.
Wednesday, October 8 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly - TV
What's coming up with television? Is it the end of cable? Join the discussion and see demonstrations of current hot new items currently trending in Technology - ranging from productivity, personal and family use, safety and security. All designed to improve the quality of life through technology. Instructor, Lance Pendleton, Director of Education, MacInspires.
Wednesday, October 15 at 11 a.m., Intro to MOOCs
What are MOOCs? MOOC stands for Massively Open Online Course, free courses that are delivered electronically to massive audiences. Learn about the offerings of Coursera, an education platform that partners with top universities to offer free online courses. Instructor: Jasmine Posey, Training Librarian.
Monday, October 20 at 2 p.m. (90 minutes), Art of the Job Interview
This interactive session on the job interview will appeal to job seekers and interviewers alike. The presenter will discuss interview concepts and strategies, how to prepare for an interview and how to give successful answers. Interviewers will learn how to craft meaningful questions. Instructor: Jeff Metzger, Owner, Your Resume Consultant.
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 October 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 email@example.com, call 203-625-6508, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/TechnologyTrainingCenter.aspx.
Celebrate Halloween at Greenwich Library with pumpkin decorating and spooky fun for children and teens. Be sure to come in costume to the Spooky Silly Sing-Along on October 29.
Saturday, October 11 from 2-3 p.m., Pumpkin Painting!Children are invited to paint a pumpkin which will then be displayed at event co-sponsor Greenwich Whole Foods who will also provide refreshment. Ages five and up. Registration begins Monday, September 22. Space is limited. Register in person in the Children's Room or call (203) 622-7940.
Saturday, October 25 from 3-5 p.m., Carve a Pumpkin
Students in grades six and up are invited to a pumpkin carving party in the Meeting Room. Carve a classic jack-o-lantern or create your own design. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Required online registration begins Monday, October 13. For more information, contact Librarian Margaret Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 622-7915.
Wednesday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m., Spooky Silly Sing-Along with Nappy's Puppets
Nappy (Jim Napolitano) returns to Greenwich with his rollicking Halloween sing-along for ages two and up. Wear a costume and join the fun. No reservations or tickets needed but space is limited. For more information call (203) 622-7940.
This month, families looking for college funding advice can attend a workshop on finding financial aid and scholarships. Parents of teens can learn how to spot depression and help their kids through treatment. Student gamers will enjoy a massive League of Legends Tournament Viewing Party and movie buffs can scream along to the slasher classic You're Next. The Library also offers a slew of regularly scheduled student programs including the Student Leadership Council, Friday Night Chess and Middle School Book Club, all of which meet monthly. All events are open to all at no charge unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, October 2 at 7 p.m., Finding Financial Support for Your College Education
Securing financial aid for undergraduate or graduate studies is a daunting task for most students and their parents. This basic introduction to the process focuses on private sources of scholarship funding, including foundations and associations. Participants of all ages learn the facts about various scholarship providers, how to assess their own financial needs, make a case for support and apply. Presented by Judith Margolin. Please register via our online calendar at www.greenwichlibrary.org. Contact Yang Wang at email@example.com for more information.
Monday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m., Understanding Teen Depression
Local psychotherapist Glenn Wolff, LCSW will lead an interactive workshop for parents and guardians of teens. Topics covered include the signs and symptoms of teen depression, how to talk to a depressed teen and how to support them through treatment. Wolff specializes in the treatment of children, teens and families. He maintains a private practice in Stamford, CT. Space is limited to 20 participants. Registration is required via our online calendar at www.greenwichlibrary.org. Email Margaret Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thursday, October 9 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, October 10 at 7 p.m., Friday Night Chess
National Master Rich Jackson will provide 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.
Sunday, October 19 from 1:30 - 5 p.m., League of Legends Championship Tournament Viewing Party
Greenwich Library Student Leaders will host a viewing party for the League of Legends World Championship Finals on October 19. Come root for your favorite team as they either become the Season Four World Champion or fall just short of the glorious title! There will be a large projection of the broadcast. Feel free to bring your own laptop, but it isn't necessary. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Ed Morrissey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Everett Perdue at email@example.com.
Thursday, October 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 book is the Greenwich Reads Together companion book Outcasts United adapted for young people by Warren St. John. Outcasts United shares the inspirational story of a youth soccer team comprised of refugees from around the world who, under the guidance of a formidable female coach, helped to transform their Georgia community. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 25 at 2 p.m., Pumpkin Carving for Grades 6 and up
Carve a classic jack-o-lantern or create your own design at this fun pumpkin carving in the 2nd floor Meeting Room. Refreshments will be served. Bring your imagination! Required online registration begins Monday, October 13 via our online calendar at www.greenwichlibrary.org. For more information contact Teen Services Librarian Margaret Walsh at email@example.com.
Other Library sponsored programs of interest to high school students:
On Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m., Greenwich Reads Together presents Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss.
On Thursday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m., Cult Films presents slasher-comedy You're Next.
For more information about Greenwich Library programs for students in grades 6-12, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/teens or call (203) 622-7918.
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 and end 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 Thursday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m., Cult Films will screen You're Next (2013). This gory-comedy-thriller meets dysfunctional-family-dramedy is a low budget slasher film from director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett. A couple (Barbara Crampton/Rob Moran) decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary with their four grown children and their significant others at a remote and rundown weekend estate.
All goes bloodily awry when the home comes under siege by a mask-wearing team of crossbow/ax/garrote/machete-wielding assailants. The film is in color, 95 minutes long, and is rated R for violence and language.
In the course of the 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 Clint Eastwood's breakout film Fistful of Dollars (1964) on Wednesday, November 5 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Peterson Business Services Center at Greenwich Library has two exciting programs planned for October. On Thursday, October 2 at 7 p.m., patrons can learn how to fund graduate and undergraduate studies through private sources. Budding entrepreneurs can define and evaluate their business idea by following SCORE's five simple steps to starting a business, beginning Tuesday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. Greenwich Library's two full-time Business Librarians are available to help you navigate the Library's extensive databases, directories, investor information and nonprofit resources via email or in person.
Thursday, October 2 at 7 p.m. , Finding Support for your College Education
Securing financial aid for undergraduate or graduate studies is a daunting task for most students and their parents. This basic introduction to the process focuses on private sources of scholarship funding, including foundations and associations. Participants of all ages learn the facts about various scholarship providers, how to assess their own financial needs and make a case for support, and how to apply for scholarships and fellowships. Presented by Judith Margolin in the Library Meeting Room. Please register through our online calendar at www.greenwichlibrary.org. For more information, contact Business Librarian Yang Wang at email@example.com or call (203) 622-7924.
Tuesdays, October 14 - November 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Simple Steps for Starting a Business
A series of 5 free workshops designed to help budding entrepreneurs define and evaluate their business idea, develop a business plan and identify funding sources. Program starts at 6 p.m. in the Greenwich Library Meeting Room. (No class on November 11.) Contact Diane Winston at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 831-0065 to register.
Bloomberg Terminal 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.
These programs are made available to Library patrons at no charge through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Visit the Library's Business Resources Page. For more information, contact Mary Cuff at email@example.com or (203) 622-6560.
The Friends Cole Concert Series is pleased to welcome back the popular Musicians from Marlboro touring program on Sunday, October 12 at 4 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium.
A Washington Post review of Musicians from Marlboro said, "Impeccable ensemble work, unbridled energy and boatloads of virtuosity produced an electrifying performance," also calling the musicians, "Astoundingly gifted virtuosos...performances that radiate vitality and freshness."
Now celebrating its 49th season, the acclaimed touring program offers not only joyous performances featuring unusual repertoire, but also invaluable experience to emerging artists. The first east coast tour of the fall season offers a program with a wonderful mix of unique chamber works typical of Musicians from Marlboro tours. There's the haunting Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, Beethoven's String Quintet in C and Kurtág's Officium breve in memoriam Andreæ Szervánszky for string quartet around which the program was built after a stunning performance in Vermont.
Artists include David McCarroll on violin, Nikki Chooi on violin, Kim Kashkashian on viola, Wenting Kang on viola, Karen Ouzounian on cello, Marina Piccinini on flute and Sivan Magen on harp. Please visit www.marlboromusic.org for more information.
The Friends Cole Concert Series is made possible through the support of the Sylvia and Leonard Marx Foundation and the Friends of Greenwich Library. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Friends Office at (203) 622-7938.
On Wednesday, October 8 at 4 p.m., former U.S. Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalván and his enthusiastic service dog Tuesday will be the special guests of the Greenwich Library Children's Room. Montalván, a New York Times best selling author, will read his first children's book, Tuesday Tucks Me In - The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog. All are welcome to attend this special event.
Captain Montalván is a highly decorated 17-year veteran of the U.S. Army. In 2010 he completed a Master of Science degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Montalván is a recipient of the Invisible Hero Honors Award for his efforts to educate the public about trauma and the real experiences of veterans and all those living with disabilities. In 2012 his first book, Until Tuesday, won the USA Best Book Award in Autobiography/Memoir and Audiobook Nonfiction categories; it was also a finalist for an APA Audie Award and two International Latino Book Awards. Tuesday, Montalván's intelligent and loving service dog, is the AKC's 2013 recipient of the Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence in the service dog category. For more information visit www.until-tuesday.com.
This program 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. The talk is open to all at no charge, but space in the Children's Room is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please contact Alice Sherwood at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (203) 622-7940.
***Both workshops are now full, please call Michele Martin at (203) 625-6533 to be placed on the waiting list.
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 email@example.com or call (203) 625-6533.
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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.
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