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AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary presents distinguished writer Richard Ford on Wednesday, January 28 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. Ford's acclaimed new book, Let Me Be Frank With You, is his fourth work of fiction chronicling the life of Frank Bascombe, hero of the novels The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land

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In Let Me Be Frank With You, Ford returns to the territory that sealed his reputation as a master in a collection of four linked stories. Now sixty-eight, Frank lives with his second wife Sally, enjoying the next level of life - retirement. Unfolding over several days before Christmas, we follow Bascombe as he navigates life in the aftermath of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. 

Maureen Corrigan on National Public Radio says "...a brilliant collection which Ford is indeed 'being Frank' Bascombe with us once again, as well as being 'frank' about all sorts of touchy topics in America, such as race, politics, the economy, old age and the oblivion that awaits us all." Corrigan goes on to say that Ford's "...poetic awareness, particularly of aging and mortality, is profound and hilarious. 'Why am I more worried about [falling] than whether there's an afterlife?'" 

Whether you've been a fan of the wry, profane and often inappropriate Bascombe since The Sportswriter or are encountering Ford's unforgettable inventions for the first time, Let Me Be Frank With You is an extremely funny odyssey, showcasing the maturity and brilliance of a great writer working at the top of his talents. 

Born in Mississippi, Ford received a B.A. from Michigan State University and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine. He briefly studied law, then became a sports writer and dabbled in academia before returning to write full time. Independence Day was the first book to earn both a Pulitzer Prize and a Pen/Faulkner Award. Ford's last novel, Canada, is a Carnegie Medal winner and a favorite of critics and Greenwich Library staff. Ford and his wife live in Maine. 

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

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Greenwich Library will once again offer extended hours to accommodate the study needs of high school students during midterm exams in January. Dozens of students use the Library as a quiet study space during exams, both as individuals and as an ideal location for group study. As always, Library staff will be available to assist with reference questions. 

The Main Library will remain open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 15 (no extended hours on Friday & Saturday that week; regular schedule applies), and from Tuesday, January 20 through Thursday, January 22 for public and private school exam weeks. In addition, the Library will remain open on Sunday, January 18 from 1 to 9 p.m. Note that the Library is closed on Monday, January 19 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

The Library Café will extend its hours until 7 p.m. on exam weekdays for students to purchase study break snacks, but will not be open on Sunday, January 18. 

"We are pleased that Greenwich students view the Library as their preferred study space and we make sure that they feel welcome," said Barbara Ormerod-Glynn, Greenwich Library Director. "Offering extended hours during these critical weeks gives students much-needed additional time to prepare for their tests." 

The Library will be open late primarily for students, but anyone can use the facility during these extended hours. Ormerod-Glynn also advised that as students like to study in groups, the noise level in the Library may be a little higher than usual, both during extended hours and regular Library hours on exam days.  

For more information, email the Teen Services Librarian or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/teens to learn more about student volunteer opportunities and programs at Greenwich Library.

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This month, students looking to fund college can learn how to complete the FAFSA and gamers can enjoy special gaming iPads and the new Xbox One. Teens can stay later and study longer for exams during midterms week at the Library and also get valuable volunteer hours by joining the Student Leadership Council, now meeting twice each month. The Library's regularly scheduled student programs, including Friday Night Chess and Middle School Book Club meet monthly and are open to all without reservation or charge unless otherwise indicated. 

CANCELLED: Friday, January 2 at 7 p.m., Friday Night Chess 
Please note, the January 2nd Chess Night has been cancelled.
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, January 8 at 7 p.m., FAFSA 101 
Whether your student is in 8th or 12th grade, it's never too early or too late to start planning for college costs. Daniel Patti, CFP will discuss why everyone should complete the FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which documents are required and important deadlines. 

Thursdays, January 8 and 22 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. The group now meets twice each month. Refreshments will be served. 

Wednesday, January 14 to Thursday January 22, Extended Hours for Midterm Exam Week 
The Main Library will remain open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 15 (no extended hours on Friday & Saturday that week; regular schedule applies), and from Tuesday, January 20 through Thursday, January 22 for public and private school exam weeks. In addition, the Library will remain open on Sunday, January 18 from 1 to 9 p.m. Note that the Library is closed on Monday, January 19 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Library Café will extend its hours until 7 p.m. on exam weekdays for students to purchase study break snacks, but will not be open on Sunday, January 18. As always, Library staff will be available to assist with reference questions.

Saturday, January 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 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! Refreshments will be served. 

Thursday, January 22 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 The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. As magic fades from the world, Jennifer Strange is having trouble keeping her magician employment agency business afloat, until she begins having visions that foretell the death of the last dragon and the coming of Big Magic. Register for the program and pick up a copy of the book at the 2nd floor reference desk. 

Saturday, January 31 - March 7 at 2 p.m., Learning Java Series (Registration begins January 15) 
This is an introductory Java design course held in six one-hour weekly installments for students in grades 7-12 interested in coding. By the end of the course students will be able to create basic graphic designs by applying their knowledge of code to access the Java application programming interface. Classes begin January 31 and end on March 7. Presented by the Greenwich Library Student Leadership Council. Class size is limited. Required registration for the six session course begins January 15 at 9 a.m. through the Library's online calendar.

Other Library programs of interest to students & parents: 
On Thursday, January 15 at 7 p.m., Cult Films presents the subculture slacker classic, Repo Man (1984, rated R) with Emilio Estevez. 
On Thursday, January 22 at 7 p.m., a special panel will discuss the topic "Maximizing Your Child's Athletic Potential: Expert Advice on Training Smarter and Preventing Injuries" for preteens/teens and their parents. 

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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Greenwich Library staff have planned two special health events for January. This month the Library is offering a health technology for seniors program on January 7. Then on January 22, in partnership with The Junior League of Greenwich, an expert panel will discuss preventing sports injuries in children. 

The Greenwich Library Health Information Center provides privacy and access to resources and information on a variety of health related topics. The Center houses more than 100 reference books, 40 periodicals, four medical databases, a health-focused bulletin board and two dedicated printer-enabled workstations. A full-time Health Librarian is available to help patrons utilize Library resources. 

Wednesday, January 7 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Trending Monthly: Health for Seniors 
Come to the Technology Training Center to learn about health and wellness tools for seniors using the technology you already have. No registration required. Trending Monthly is a new program designed to improve quality of life by introducing and demonstrating what's hot and trending in technology. Presented by Lance Pendleton, Director of Education, MacInspires. For more information contact Training Librarian Michele Martin at mmartin@greenwichlibrary.org. 

Thursday, January 22 from 7-9 p.m., Maximizing Your Child's Athletic Potential: Training Smarter 
Do you wonder if your kids in sports are a stride, a catch, or jump away from an injury? Spend an evening with a panel of experts who work with professional athletes to learn how to help your preteen/teenager train smarter and avoid injuries. Panel members include: Andy Barr, Director of Performance and Rehab, NY Knicks; Mubarak Malik, Head of Strength and Conditioning, NY Knicks; Dr. Demetris Delos, Orthopedic Surgeon, ONS (Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists) and formerly of the NY Giants. Event co-sponsor: The Junior League of Greenwich. 

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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Greenwich Library has two exciting financial and business programs planned for January. On Thursday, January 8 at 7 p.m., Teen Services is sponsoring a workshop on how to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Then on Monday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m., the Library's Technology Training Center and Peterson Business Series have teamed up to introduce budding entrepreneurs and nonprofits to email marketing. Both programs will be held in the Greenwich Library Meeting Room. 

Knowledgeable Greenwich Library staff members are available to help you navigate the Library's extensive databases, directories, investor information and nonprofit resources via email or in person. 

Thursday, January 8 at 7 p.m., College Financial Planning: FAFSA 101 
Whether your student is in 8th or 12th grade, it's never too early or too late to start planning for college costs. Daniel Patti, CFP will discuss why everyone should complete the FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which documents are required and important deadlines. For more information email Margaret Walsh at mwalsh@greenwichlibrary.org. 

Monday, January 26 from 6:30-8 p.m., Introduction to Email Marketing 
In this introductory workshop, attendees will gain enough information and confidence to begin sending campaigns and announcements by email. The workshop will introduce strategies for using email campaigns in conjunction with social media for maximum effectiveness. This TTC program is co-sponsored with the Peterson Business Series and is presented by Robert Clark of LucidPointe, LLC. 

Bloomberg Terminal - Daily 
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. For more information email Business Librarian Mary Cuff, all (203) 622-6560, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/business.

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The Technology Training Center staff at Greenwich Library has a great line-up of classes planned for January. Library patrons can kick off the New Year by exploring health related technologies for seniors, learning about Apple TV, brushing up on basic computing skills and discovering email marketing. 

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. 

Monday, January 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., All-day eBooks 
New eReader for the holidays? Never fear, our all-day walk-in eBook marathon help session will teach you how to load Library audio and eBooks onto your eReader or tablet. What to bring: your eReading device (all devices including laptops); USB cords; all user names and passwords for your Amazon Kindle and App/Google Play Store accounts. Also, don't forget your Library card and four digit PIN (personal identification number). 

Wednesday, January 7 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly: Health for Seniors
Explore health and wellness for seniors using the technology you already have. 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. 

Monday, January 12 at 2 p.m., Apple TV for Education & Entertainment 
Apple TV is the next big thing combining the Internet with on demand TV for movies, educational videos, photos and more. Instructor: Gary Krause, Computer Training, LLC. 

Wednesday, January 14 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach: Microsoft 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 Avenue entrance. Arrive early to sign-up. 

Friday, January 16 at 2 p.m., Basic Computing 
These classes will assess the needs of attendees then review basic computer and Internet use, including search, email, creating documents and file management. Newbies are welcome. 

Wednesday, January 21 from 11-12:30 p.m., Introduction to iPhone/iPad 
Beginner's tips and tricks to simplifying your life with your iPhone/iPad. We'll look at little used applications that will help you save time and get organized. Instructor, Lance Pendleton, Director of Education, MacInspires. 

Monday, January 26 from 6:30-8 p.m., Introduction to Email Marketing 
In this introductory workshop, attendees will gain enough information and confidence to begin sending campaigns and announcements by email. The workshop will introduce strategies for using email campaigns in conjunction with social media for maximum effectiveness. This TTC program is co-sponsored with the Peterson Business Programs and is presented by Robert Clark of LucidPointe, LLC. 

Saturday, January 31 - March 7 at 2 p.m., Learning Java Series (Registration begins January 15) 
This is an introductory Java design course held in six one-hour weekly installments for students in grades 7-12 interested in coding. By the end of the course students will be able to create basic graphic designs by applying their knowledge of code to access the Java application programming interface. Classes begin January 31 and end on March 7. Presented by the Greenwich Library Student Leadership Council. Class size is limited. Required registration for the six session course begins January 15 at 9 a.m. through the Library's online calendar.

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 January 6-31. (No drop-in lab on January 3.) 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, all (203) 625-6508, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/TechnologyTrainingCenter.aspx.

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To celebrate Black History Month, Greenwich Library will present a weekend of events in the Cole Auditorium in cooperation with BackCountry Jazz featuring the music of jazz great Duke Ellington. The weekend kicks off with a Friends Friday Film screening of Paris Blues on Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:40 p.m. Then, on Saturday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m., enjoy a concert and panel discussion with a stellar group of jazz musicians organized by BackCountry Jazz.

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Directed by tenor saxophone master Bennie Wallace, the group will feature pianist Donald Vega, guitarist Bobby Broom, bassist George Mraz, percussionist Luisito Quintero and drummer Billy Drummond. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. Following the concert, Wallace will lead a panel discussion on Ellington's music and influence. 

Duke Ellington remains one of the most significant members of the jazz pantheon. The Duke's elegant and sophisticated compositions, along with those by the celebrated Billy Strayhorn, were performed by the legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra and smaller ensembles throughout Ellington's career, which spanned the decades from the 20's into the 70's. Compositions from the Ellington/Strayhorn songbook continue to provide fertile material for the interpretive efforts of the latest generations of jazz musicians. 

Bennie Wallace, tenor saxophonist, composer and recording artist for more than three decades is one of the most exciting saxophonists on today's jazz scene. He has released over 20 jazz recordings, won five DownBeat awards, numerous recording awards and has performed and recorded with many jazz greats, among them: Elvin Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Chick Corea. Wallace has also shown his southern roots by playing and recording with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dr. John and other blues artists. Wallace is the composer for the Oscar-nominated films Little Surprises and Redux Riding Hood. Composer credits include Bull Durham, Paul Newman's Blaze, and White Men Can't Jump, among others. 

Bobby Broom is one of the premier guitarists in jazz today earning three DownBeat critics poll awards as one of the world's foremost jazz guitarists. Versed in traditional jazz, Broom draws from funk, soul, R&B and the blues to create one of the few truly recognizable styles. Thirty years into a distinguished, wide-ranging career he has performed and recorded with Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Dr. John, among others. His latest release and eleventh lead album, My Shining Hour, is an exploration of American Songbook classics. According to DownBeat magazine, "Bobby Broom is the full monty: ultra-refined timing and tone, continuous flow of ideas, a touch of grease, a treat for the connoisseur." 

Jazz pianist, composer, music educator, Donald Vega, classically trained in his native Nicaragua, emigrated from Nicaragua to the United States at age 14 and began learning the language of jazz from mentor Billy Higgins at The World Stage. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard, where he studied with piano great, Kenny Barron, his awards include the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and the prestigious Los Angeles Spotlight Award. Vega currently performs internationally as the pianist for world renowned bassist Ron Carter. Vega's debut album, Tomorrows, was released in 2008. His recent release, Spiritual Nature explores the marriage of Jazz, Latin and classical music. With rave reviews by fellow musicians and jazz critics, Vega can go from cool to hot in the blink of an eye and cooks on a low-volume flame like few others can. 

George Mraz is one of the best-known bassists worldwide. A native of the Czech Republic, he attended the Prague Conservatory studying bass violin. With a profound gift for the acoustic bass, Mraz has been a stalwart presence on the modern jazz scene from the moment he first landed on these shores. A who's who of jazz masters have made him their first call bassist including the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Clark Terry, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Roland Hanna, Hank Jones, Jimmy Rowles, Zoot Sims, Pepper Adams, Jim Hall, Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Carmen McRae, and many others. He has graced dozens of groundbreaking albums and with credits on almost 1,000 records and CDs, is at the top of a very short list of bassists whose talent and virtuosity is entirely unquestioned. With legendary status, Mraz has dedicated his career to developing the melodic potential of the bass. 

Billy Drummond began playing at the age of four under the influence of his father, also a drummer. Arriving in New York in 1988, Drummond joined piano master Horace Silver's Sextet and toured with them extensively. A powerful and highly musical drummer, he is sought out by a variety of jazz masters including the great Sonny Rollins. With his crisp, clear sound and ease of articulation, Billy Drummond is a master drummer who makes his set sing. His cult hit Dubai was named No. 1 Best Jazz CD by the New York Times. Drummond is also a highly respected educator. He is Professor of Jazz Drums at the Juilliard School of Music and New York University and gives workshops around the world. 

Luisito Quintero was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he was surrounded by Afro-Venezuelan and Afro-Cuban rhythm and music. As one of the most sought after percussionists in the country, Luisito has toured and recorded with The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Diana Krall, among others. He has earned more than thirteen Grammy awards for his work in numerous recordings for high profile artists. He is the touring percussionist for legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea. 

The Peterson Concert Series is free and open to all through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and generous donors. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please email Peterson Music Librarian David Waring or call (203) 622-7917. For more information about BackCountry Jazz, please visit www.backcountryjazz.org

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About BackCountry Jazz
Artistry is at the core of our concerts, community is the source of our strength, and education the key to our future. Since 2007, BackCountry Jazz has been presenting outstanding concerts with major artists and rising jazz stars and educating and inspiring youth in our mission to celebrate, preserve and expand the rich tradition of Jazz. We work collaboratively with partner organizations to invigorate the community educationally and socially while building future audiences for America's unique cultural heritage - Jazz. Through concerts, educational programs, scholarships, and the summer music camp, BackCountry Jazz uses the transformative power of music to create change in young lives and build stronger communities. Our free programs include the BackCountry Jazz Summer Music Camp for Bridgeport public school children, the After School Bridgeport Program, scholarships, instruments, workshops, master classes, and exciting concerts and events with artists who perform and teach at the highest level of excellence. 
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, January 15 at 7 p.m., Cult Films will screen the universally acclaimed Repo Man. Special guest speaker Everett Perdue will discuss the film's back story and its impact on audiences then and now. Both film buffs and ingénues are welcome. 

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In Repo Man, an aimless young punk Otto (Emilio Estevez) takes a job with Bud (Harry Dean Stanton) repossessing cars after learning that his hippie parents have given the money for his education to a crooked televangelist. One day Otto, other repo men and government agents race all over Los Angeles to find a certain Chevy Malibu, which may or may not have dead aliens from outer space in the trunk. This wild, almost surreal comedy-thriller by writer-director Alex Cox never lags in its pacing. 

Entertainment Weekly ranked the film seventh on their list of "The Top 50 Cult Films" for its gritty depiction of an LA subculture and its unconventional (hard to define) genre. Is Repo Man sci-fi, punk rock or comedy? This color film is rated R for violence and language, and is 92 minutes long. 

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 the 1963 Bond film From Russia with Love on Thursday, February 19 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 email Ed Morrissey 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.

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The technology training staff at Greenwich Library has a great line-up of classes planned for December. This month, job hunters can enjoy Microsoft Word training, plus a 90 minute workshop on mastering LinkedIn. Technology buffs can learn what's trending in the world of digital dictation and Apple TV. 

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. 

Monday, December 8 at 2 p.m., Apple TV 
Apple TV is the next big thing combining the Internet with on demand TV for movies, educational videos, photos and more. Instructor: Gary Krause, Computer Training, LLC. 

Wednesday, December 10 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly - Apple Dictation
Why type when you can talk? This session will discuss how to use dictation on all your Apple devices. Trending Monthly is a new program to introduce, discuss and demonstrate what's hot and 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. 

Monday, December 15 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Mastering LinkedIn for Career Success 
LinkedIn is one of the few platforms that ranks in equal importance to the resume when it comes to your career. It has become the essential social media platform for anyone looking to land a job, network or share industry expertise. Learning how to use and master this platform is a critical strategy for anyone looking to proactively manage their career. Instructor: Noelle Gross, Noelle Gross Career Strategy.

Friday, December 19 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach: Microsoft Word Training 
Sponsored by Southwestern CTWorks, the Career Coach is offering two, 2-hour Microsoft Word 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. 

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 December 2-20. (No drop-in labs from December 23 through January 3.) 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 the Training Center, call 203-625-6508, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/TechnologyTrainingCenter.aspx.

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Events for Teens in December

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This month, students can get valuable volunteer hours at the Library by joining the Student Leadership Council, (now meeting twice each month), and challenge our resident Grand Master to a chess game or two. The Library's regularly scheduled student programs, including Middle School Book Club, meet monthly and are open to all without charge unless otherwise indicated. 

Thursday, December 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.

Friday, December 5 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. No registration required.

Saturday, December 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Leadership Council Debate Program 
Greenwich Library's Student Leaders will give middle school students and underclassmen in high school the opportunity to learn about debate. We will provide a lesson for the first half hour on a skill used in one or both of the two kinds of debate that high school Connecticut debaters participate in. For the rest of the time, we will either break off into teams or will stage a debate with the students, depending on the size of the group. This opportunity will give future varsity-level debaters the skill-set, confidence, and understanding necessary for success. For local students in grades 8-12

Thursday, December 18 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 "One for the Murphys" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. This story follows the experiences of foster kid Carley, who uses humor and street smarts to cope with her unpredictable life until the loving, bustling Murphy family offers her more stability and a greater sense of belonging than she ever thought possible. 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: 
Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m., AuthorsLive goes hipster with Amanda Petrusich, music and culture writer for Spin, Buzzfeed and The New York Times

For more information about Greenwich Library programs for students in grades 6-12, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/teens, call (203) 622-7918 or email the Teen/YA Librarians.
 
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