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UC Berkeley professor Dr. Maggie Sokolik will lead this exciting MOOC book discussion class on Dubliners by Joyce, through the BerkeleyX Book Club. The class, which includes video lectures and discussion, will be held in the Technology Training Center on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m., on July 7, 14, 21 and 28. 

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MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) are free, high quality classes delivered electronically to a wide audience. Through this edX.org sponsored course, patrons will examine James Joyce's Dubliners, a collection of fifteen short stories published in 1914.

Library participants auditing this course will read, discuss, and write about the text and its influence. As in most book clubs, the focus will be on lively discussion. Course materials will include background information for understanding the text, as well as vocabulary and language support. Assessment will include quizzes and short writing assignments. Time commitment is approximately three hours per week. 

Seating in the Technology Training Center is limited and registration required. Please register using the Library's online calendar. 

About UC BerkeleyX: In September 2012, to mark The University of California Berkeley's commitment to innovation in teaching and learning, the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE) was formed. The Center coordinates the University's online education initiatives, ranging from credit and non-credit courses, to online degree programs and MOOC projects, including the MOOCLab initiative. Many Berkeley MOOCs courses can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee. Visit www.edx.org/school/uc-berkeleyx

For more information email Training Center staff, call (203) 625-6508, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/TechnologyTrainingCenter.aspx.

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Art Journaling Workshop on July 8

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Join Artist Kathy Coe in the Library Meeting Room on Wednesday, July 8 from 12 to 2 p.m. for a unique Art Journaling Workshop.

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This talented artist will teach patrons how to create their own personalized handmade journal and demonstrate how to use mixed media to explore the Art Journaling process. Patrons will work with watercolors, pencils, images, pastels, ribbons, postcards and more. This adult oriented workshop is all about expression, creativity, moving forward, remembering and reflecting. There are no rules in Art Journaling...just come, start journaling and let go creatively. 

Space is limited to 25 participants. Please register using the Library's online calendar

Kathy Coe studied at DuCret School of Art in New Jersey, Pratt Institute and The National Academy of Fine Art and Design in New York with Dr. Furman Finck, Ronald Sherr, Harvey Dinnerstein and Marybeth Mckenzie. She has won numerous awards for her work including: The Elizabeth Green Shields Grant, The National Academy Lorraine Grace award, The Edward Mooney Traveling Scholarship, The National Academy Annual Helen M. Loggi award, The James Sudan Bronze medal and The Salmugundi Silver Medal for drawing. 

Click here for more information or call Matthew Sgritta at 203-622-7972.

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This month the Technology Training Center will help patrons identify the best health apps and provide an introduction to the popular GoPro video camera. Apple fans can learn all about the iPhone 6 and how to organize and edit their digital photos in the new Apple Photos program. Job hunters and career changers can hone their skills and widen their opportunities with Excel and Social Media training sessions sponsored by the American Job Center, (formerly Southwestern CTWorks). 

All year long, Greenwich Library training staff is available to help patrons explore new technologies and develop the skills they need to make online life more productive and enjoyable. 

Classes are offered in a comfortable environment for all participants, regardless of level. Programs are one hour long, held in the Training Center and are open to the public at no charge unless otherwise indicated. 

Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 from 2-4 p.m., MOOC Book Club, Dubliners by Joyce 
UC Berkeley professor Dr. Maggie Sokolik will lead this exciting online MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) book discussion on Dubliners, through the BerkeleyX Book Club. The class, which includes video lectures and discussion, will be held in the Technology Training Center. Please register using the Library's online calendar. 

Wednesday, July 8 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach: Microsoft Excel 
Sponsored by the American Job Center (formerly Southwestern CTWorks), the Career Coach mobile classroom is offering two, 2-hour Microsoft Excel training sessions. Level 1 training is at 10 am and level 2 at 1 pm. The Career Coach bus is equipped with 10 PC work stations and Internet access and is parked at the Library's West Putnam Avenue entrance. Arrive early to sign-up. 

Monday, July 13 from 2-3:30 p.m., GoPro Basics 
Instructors will help you set up your camera, demonstrate basic editing and provide some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your GoPro. Presenters: Cory Bixler and Joanne Gaither. 

Wednesday, July 15 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly: How to Cut the Cable Cord 
We'll look at ways to reduce your monthly cable bill or even eliminate it, but still get access to the shows you like to watch on TV. Trending Monthly is a series that explores what's hot in technology. Instructor: Lance Pendleton. 

Wednesday, July 15 from 6-8 p.m., SCORE: Social Media Marketing for Small Business, Part 2 
In part two of this two-workshop presentation on social media marketing, small business owners will learn how to use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and YouTube as key parts of an overall internet marketing strategy. Sponsored by Peterson Business programs and presented by Jeff Seaver and Jon Dupree in the Meeting Room. 

Friday, July 17 at 2 p.m., Basic Computing: Email 
 Would you like to get started with an email account or would you like to learn more about your current email service? Join us and get answers to all of your email questions!

Wednesday, July 29 at 11 a.m., Apple Devices: iPhoto 
Learn the set up, use, and basics of Apple's new Photos program. Apple has replaced iPhoto with a new program called Photos, which offers some amazing new features. This series is designed to help you maximize productivity and usability of your Apple Devices. Presented by Lance Pendleton. 

Wednesday, August 12 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly: Best Health Apps 
Learn about health and wellness apps using the technology you already have. Trending Monthly is a series that explores what's hot in technology. Instructor: Lance Pendleton. 

Wednesday, August 12 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach: Social Media 
Sponsored by the American Job Center (formerly Southwestern CTWorks), the Career Coach mobile classroom is offering two, 2-hour Social Media training sessions. Level 1 training is at 10 am and level 2 at 1 pm. The Career Coach bus is equipped with 10 PC work stations and Internet access and is parked at the Library's West Putnam Avenue entrance. Arrive early to sign-up. 

Friday, August 21 at 2 p.m., Basic Computing: Internet 
Are you new to the Internet or have questions about Internet searching? Join us and learn more about using a web browser, performing effective searches, and keeping track of the pages you discover. 

Wednesday, August 26 at 11 a.m., Apple Devices: iPhone 6 
This series is designed to help you maximize productivity and usability of your Apple Devices. Presented by Lance Pendleton. 

Regular Library Technology Training Center Programming 

• On Saturdays in July and August 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 July 2 through August 29. 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. **NEW! Bilingual assistance in Spanish is available**. 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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The theme of this year's Summer Reading Program at Greenwich Library is "Every Hero Has a Story." Get ready to celebrate mythical heroes, folk heroes, historical heroes (both young and old) and the local hero who lives down the street. Greenwich Library invites you to join the fun during six weeks of special events. 

Click on the link at the bottom of this email for a full list of events.

The summer reading program is designed to help keep children reading during summer vacation so that valuable skills won't be lost. "Studies have shown that children who continue to read during the summer months perform significantly better than those who do not," said Children's Librarian Deirdre Sullivan. "Children who are already reading increase their reading fluency and comprehension; those who are just starting to read maintain their early achievements and skills." 

All children who are reading independently are welcome to join Summer Reading, while babies, toddlers and preschool children may participate in the Read-to-Me Program. Sign up in the Superhero Headquarters of the Children's Room. Children grades K to 6 will receive a Hero Activity book that includes a reading log to track minutes read. Children can also choose to track their reading using the Summer Reader online reading log on the Greenwich Library website. Read all summer, attend super programs and earn prizes and chances to win one of the Grand Prizes. 

Registration for the Summer Reading Program for all three Library locations begins Monday, June 15 and continues through August 3. Register in person or online at www.greenwichlibrary.org/children

The following special events are in addition to regularly scheduled summer programs and are generously supported by the Friends of Greenwich Library. Check the Children's Room calendar for additional summer story times, drop-in programs, book clubs, pre-school music and movement and Stories in the Park (on Wednesdays in the Bruce Park Gazebo).

Click on the link below for a complete list of events.
Teens entering grades 6-12 are invited to unmask during this year's summer reading program. What's underneath the mask you wear at home and at school, and even with your friends? What are your talents and your fandoms? Unmask the real you at the special events listed below. 

Manga Drawing Workshop with Author Misako Rocks, Saturday, June 27 at 1 p.m., Children's Room 
Unmask your manga! This exciting manga drawing workshop is for ages 9-18 and will be led by Misako Rocks! Meet this talented graphic novel author who will talk about her books and lead a hands-on drawing workshop. 

Comic Book Swap Day, Saturday, July 11 from 1-3 p.m., Meeting Room 
Unmask your comic book fandom! Teens from grades 6-12 can bring in their favorite comics to swap with each other (no charge) and network with fellow fans. A limited number of free comics will be given out. Refreshments and comics-related videos will be served/shown. 

Make Your Own Comic Book Workshop, Saturday, July 18 from 1-3 p.m., Meeting Room
Unmask your creativity! Teens entering grades 6-12 come to the Library to create their own mini comic books and share them with each other. Former Marvel Comics editor & artist (and current SUNY professor) Carl Potts will provide tips and speak about the art of creating comics and graphic novels. 

Movie: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Saturday, July 25 from 1-3 p.m., Meeting Room 
Unmask your secret super hero! Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America, must stop a wide ranging government conspiracy but only if the winter soldier doesn't stop him first. 

Teen Summer Reading Finale and Grand Prize Drawing, August 8 from 1-3:30 p.m., Meeting Room
Celebrate the finale of Summer Reading 2015 with a movie screening (title TBD by popular vote). Grand prize is a Kindle Fire, second prize a $50 GamePro gift certificate and third prize is a $25 gift certificate from Diane's books. 

Track your reading progress online and register to win prizes. Teen programming, resources and activities are a core part of Greenwich Library's offerings year-round. or 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.

Regular Teen Programming this Summer 

• Chess moves to Monday Nights in July and August. Join National Master Rich Jackson at 7 p.m. on July 13 and August 10 for instruction, supervised play and a game or two. All ages and skill levels welcome. 

• The Student Leadership Council will meet on Thursday July 9 and 23 at 7 p.m. (No meeting in August). Students from grades 8-12 get together at Teen Central on the second floor to brainstorm about programs relevant to their peer group in exchange for community service hours. 

• Middle School Book Club will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 in the Meeting Room. In keeping with the summer reading hero theme, this month's book is Super Human by Michael Carroll.
 
• Of interest to Teens: Introduction to Your GoPro, Monday, July 13th at 2 p.m. in the Training Center. Instructors will help you set up your camera, demonstrate basic editing and provide some GoPro tips and tricks.

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Mindfulness Meditation Class on 7/14

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Greenwich Library will present a series on Mindfulness Meditation beginning Tuesday, June 2 from 2-3 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Instructor Jim Bandler will teach participants how to use the practice of meditation to increase awareness and to live in the present moment without self-judgment. 

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Each class will consist of part lecture, part question/answer period and a period of meditation. Attend just one, or all eight classes. 

Mindfulness was originally taught by the Buddha some 1,700 years ago and was made popular by the author, lecturer and MIT scientist Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1990s with his seminal book Wherever You Go, There You Are. Kabat-Zinn has been practicing mindfulness for 47 years. In 1979 he began teaching mindfulness through meditation to people suffering from chronic pain and illness, a program that is now used in more than 700 hospitals worldwide. 

Since 1967, over 1,500 studies have been conducted by over 250 independent research institutes showing Mindfulness Meditation to be clinically effective for the management of stress, anxiety and panic, chronic pain, depression, obsessive thinking, strong emotional reactivity, and a wide array of medical and mental health related conditions. The most recent studies involve school children and how mindfulness can improve the educational environment and individual performance. 

Greenwich Library instructor Jim Bandler has been practicing meditation for over 25 years and has taught at many hospitals and universities. Sessions begin on June 2nd and will continue on alternate Tuesdays through September 8th. Dates include: 6/2, 6/16, 6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25 and 9/8. Participants may attend one session or all eight. No previous meditation experience is necessary. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information about health programming or resources, email Health Librarian Sandra Chan, call (203) 625-6549, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/health.

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Librarian Ed Morrissey's monthly film series is devoted to bringing patrons classic cult movies both from Hollywood and around the world. On Thursday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m., Cult Films will screen Roald Dahl's interpretation of You Only Live Twice (1967). Both film buffs and ingénues are welcome.

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This very loose but fun adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1964 novel is the fifth official 007 thriller. James Bond (Sean Connery) is in Japan investigating stolen space capsules and uncovers a plot by SPECTRE to start World War III. Super villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, head of SPECTRE, is revealed for the first time in this film. Blofeld's cat loving, scar-faced character was later parodied in the popular Austin Powers series in the form of Dr. Evil. 

The cast of You Only Live Twice includes Mie Hama and Donald Pleasence as Blofeld (Halloween) with a screenplay by Roald Dahl and directed by Lewis Gilbert (Alfie). The film is in color, 117 minutes long and is rated PG. 

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. Greenwich Library Cult Films, through the Library's extensive DVD collection and online hoopla service, hopes to expose these fringe films to a much wider and appreciative audience. 

The Cult Films Series is open to all at no charge and is held in the Meeting Room. 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. 

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This month at Greenwich Library small business owners can get up to speed on two critical web marketing areas, Email Marketing and Social Media. 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. 

Tuesday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Bloomberg Terminal Training
Learn how to make the most out of the Library's subscription to the Bloomberg Professional Service, a vast database of up-to-the-minute market news. No registration required. 

Wednesday, June 10 from 6-8:30 p.m., SCORE: Email Marketing 
This seminar will provide step-by-step demonstrations of how email marketing can be the most cost-effective marketing tool for the small business owner. Presented by David Fischer. 

Monday, June 22 from 2-3:30 p.m., Business Marketing Automation for Entrepreneurs 
Learn how to manage your social media platforms, strategies and campaigns to make social marketing less time consuming. Presented by Noelle Gross. This TTC sponsored program will be held in the Technology Training Center. 

Tuesday, June 30 from 6-8 p.m., SCORE: Social Media Marketing for Small Business, Parts 1 & 2 
In this two-hour presentation on social media marketing, small business owners will learn how to use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and YouTube as key parts of an overall internet marketing strategy. Presented by Jeff Seaver and Jon Dupree. 

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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Technology Programs in June

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This month the Technology Training Center will help seniors identify helpful apps and entrepreneurs to become more efficient through social media marketing automation. Apple fans can learn how to take better photos and videos with their iDevices and patrons in need of some extra tech help can book a one-on-one appointment with a Greenwich High School technology center intern. 

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 one hour long and offered in a comfortable environment for all participants, regardless of level. Programs are held in the Training Center and are open to the public at no charge unless otherwise indicated.

Wednesday, June 3 at 11 a.m., Taking Pictures with your iPhone and iPad 
Learn the ins and outs of photography with your iDevices. This class will cover how to use the iPhone/iPad camera and best practices for maximizing your photography or video with a mobile device. Presented by Lance Pendleton. 

Wednesday, June 10 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach: Microsoft PowerPoint 
Sponsored by Southwestern CTWorks, the Career Coach is offering two, 2-hour Microsoft PowerPoint training sessions. Level 1 training is at 10 am and level 2 at 1 pm. The Coach bus is equipped with 10 PC work stations and Internet access and is parked at the Library's West Putnam Avenue entrance. Arrive early to sign-up. 

Wednesday, June 10 from 6-8:30 p.m., SCORE: Email Marketing 
This seminar will provide step-by-step demonstrations of how email marketing can be the most cost-effective marketing tool for the small business owner. Sponsored by Peterson Business Programs and presented by David Fischer in the Meeting Room. 

Friday, June 12 at 2 p.m., Basic Computing 
These classes will go over basic computer and Internet use including search, email, creating documents and file management. Newbies welcome! 

Wednesday, June 17 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly: Best Apps for Seniors 
Explore the latest apps for seniors using technology you already own or have access to. Trending Monthly is a new program designed to improve quality of life by introducing and demonstrating what's hot and trending in technology. Instructor: Lance Pendleton. 

Monday, June 22 from 2-3:30 p.m., Business Marketing Automation for Entrepreneurs 
Learn how to manage your social media platforms, strategies and campaigns to make social marketing less time consuming. Presented by Noelle Gross. 

Tuesday, June 30 from 6-8 p.m., SCORE: Social Media Marketing for Small Business, Parts 1 & 2 
In this two-workshop presentation on social media marketing, small business owners will learn how to use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and YouTube as key parts of an overall internet marketing strategy. Sponsored by Peterson Business programs and presented by Jeff Seaver and Jon Dupree in the Meeting Room. 

Regular Library Technology Training Center Programming 
• Through Friday, June 19, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., a group of seniors from Greenwich High School will be interning at Greenwich Library, assisting and supporting Technology staff and Library patrons. Interns are available for one-on-one tech help by appointment. 
 • On Saturdays in June 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 June 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 email Training Center staff, call (203) 625-6508, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/TechnologyTrainingCenter.aspx.

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The theme of this year's Summer Reading Program at Greenwich Library is "Every Hero has a Story." Get ready to celebrate mythical heros, folk heros, historical heros (both young and old) and the local hero who lives down the street. 

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Greenwich Library invites you to join the fun of summer reading and keep children reading during summer vacation so that valuable reading skills won't be lost. 

"Studies have shown that children who continue to read during the summer months perform significantly better than those who do not," said Children's Librarian Deirdre Sullivan. "Children who are already reading increase their reading fluency and comprehension; those who are just starting to read maintain their early achievements and skills." 

All children who are reading independently are welcome to join the Summer Reading Program, while babies, toddlers and preschool children may participate in the Read-to-Me Club. Using "Summer Reader" online, children can track their reading using the online log, find out about special events, and earn prizes and chances to win one of four Grand Prizes. This online feature makes it easy to keep up with summer reading wherever you are, all summer long. 

Registration for the Summer Reading Program for all three Library locations begins Monday, June 15 and continues through August 8. Register in person or online at www.greenwichlibrary.org/children

This year's kickoff events at the Main Library, Cos Cob and Byram branches offer a variety of Summer Reading themed educational entertainment for all ages. 

Summer Reading Kickoff at the Main Library
On Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m., family entertainer Scott Jameson will magically motivate children to read. This extraordinary magician and juggler will have you laughing out loud and perched at the edge of your Cole Auditorium seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and the audience will travel through time. Don't miss it! Come to the show and register for Summer Reading Club. Raffles and refreshments will follow the performance. No tickets required. All ages welcome. For more information call (203) 622-7940. 

Summer Reading Kickoff at Byram Shubert Library 
On Tuesday, June 16, families arrive at 2:30 p.m. to register for Summer Reading, then at 3:30 p.m. Jason from Green Meadows Farms will present "Every Animal has a Hero". Meet live animals such as Stickers the tree frog & Tickles the hedgehog. Pet some furry, feathered and reptilian friends. For more information call (203) 531-0426. 

Summer Reading Kickoff at Cos Cob Library 
On Thursday, June 18 from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Eric Girardi of Bending Gravity will amaze the audience with yo-yo choreography, spinning glow sticks, juggling balls, and more. Elementary school aged children, pre-teens, and teens are invited to sign up for summer reading, as well as preschoolers who may participate with an adult or older child as guide. There will be a cool puzzle cube and bag for each child who registers and fun activities all summer. For more information, call (203) 622-6883. 

For a complete list of Summer Reading Program events at all locations, visit www.greenwichlibrary.org. For Main Library information, please email Children's Librarian Deirdre Sullivan or call (203) 622-7940.

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