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On Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m., Greenwich Library's Ashforth Children's Concert Series and Curiosity Concerts will present the chamber ensemble Decoda. This special classical music event for children, called "101 Ways to Transform a Tune", will be held in the Cole Auditorium. 
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During an engaging one hour concert, this dynamic chamber ensemble will explore musical transformations through Johannes Brahms masterpiece Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115. Decoda is all about interactivity, so come prepared to move, sing and step into the composer's shoes on this musical journey. 

The concert is suitable for adults and children of any age who are able to enjoy an hour of music. Tickets are required and can be reserved at no charge at www.curiosityconcerts.org. Please reserve only if you are certain to attend as the concerts are often oversubscribed. 

Decoda is a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. Based in New York City, the group creates innovative performances and engaging projects with partners around the world. The artists first collaborated with one another in the renowned Ensemble ACJW fellowship program, created by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, and they now extend that relationship as an Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Visit www.decodamusic.org for more information. 

The Ashforth Concert Series is designed to introduce children to classical music performance. The concert is open to the public at no charge through the support of Georgie and Henry A. Ashforth. Curiosity Concerts, a project of the Greenwich Arts Council, is a new series of classical music concerts for families with children. The concerts are performed by professional national and local musicians. For more information visit www.curiosityconcerts.org or contact the Greenwich Library Public Relations Office at (203) 622-7965.


This month the Technology Training Center will present two programs on internet privacy and several social media workshops. The Center will also offer an opportunity for patrons to have a professional photo taken for use in social media profiles. Once again, Greenwich High School Senior interns are back to assist TTC staff and patrons with technology from May 18 through June 19. 

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, and are open to the public at no charge unless otherwise indicated. 

Monday, May 4 at 2 p.m., Privacy in Social Media Accounts 
Social media sites are popular places for people to find and misuse information. Learn how to control your privacy settings and the information that can be publicly accessed on some of the more popular social networking sites. 

Wednesday, May 6 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly: Internet Privacy 
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. 

Friday, May 8 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! 

Monday, May 11 from 2-3:30 p.m., LinkedIn for Entrepreneurs 
LinkedIn is a powerful platform and database, boasting over 250 million members. For entrepreneurs, this is a database of potential clients or contacts. This presentation is for those with an existing profile interested in generating additional visibility and sales. Presented by Noelle Gross. 

Wednesday, May 13 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach: Microsoft Access 
Sponsored by Southwestern CTWorks, the Career Coach is offering two, 2-hour Microsoft Access Database 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. 

Wednesday, May 13 from 6-8:00 p.m., SCORE Search Engine Optimization for Small Businesses
This workshop will take a critical look at Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for small business owners - how to be found and improve your position in search engine listings, and how to optimize websites and social media for organic (unpaid) and local search. We will discuss web and social media best practices and how to use analytics to measure and improve rankings. Sponsored by Peterson Business Programs and presented by David Hoffman, Founder of Search Smart Marketing. Monday, 

May 18 - Friday, June 19 from 9-3 p.m., GHS Technology Center Interns 
A group of seniors from Greenwich High School will assist Technology Training Center staff with their public programs. Interns will help with introductory and advanced computer skills, internet searching and library resources. Interns are also available for one-on-one tech help by appointment. 

Monday, May 18 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and from 6-8:00 p.m., Professional Profile Photo Shoot
This is an opportunity to have a quality head shot taken by professional photographer for your online profile. Come prepared to have your picture taken. Up to 3 digital files will be delivered by email to each attendee at no charge. Preference given to registered attendees. Walk-ins will be accepted, time permitting. Register using our online calendar. 

Wednesday, May 20 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly: Best Health Apps 
Explore the latest health and wellness apps 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 - ranging from productivity, personal and family use, safety and security. Instructor: Lance Pendleton. 

Regular Library Technology Training Center Programming 
• From Monday, May 18 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. 
• Every Saturday in May 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 May 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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Health Programs in May

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Greenwich Library staff have two special health events planned for May. This month the Library is offering a complimentary workshop on detecting the signs of Alzheimer's and a technology program on the most current health and wellness apps. In addition, this month's Health Information Center Book Display, highlighting Library resources and curated by the Library's Health Librarian, focuses on Mental Health Awareness

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. 

Monday, May 18 from 6-7:30 p.m., Early Detection of Alzheimer's 
As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease and that figure is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. This program will provide attendees with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer's and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease. Cosponsored with the Connecticut Alzheimer's Association and led by Tania Paparazzo, MSW, Southwestern Regional Director. No registration is required, open to all at no charge. Cole Auditorium. 

Wednesday, May 20 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly: Best Health Apps 
Explore the latest health and wellness apps 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 - ranging from productivity, personal and family use, safety and security. Instructor: Lance Pendleton. This TTC sponsored program will be held in the Technology Training Center. 

Regular Health Programming 
Every Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., free blood pressure screenings are conducted by a registered nurse from Greenwich Hospital in the Health Information Center on the first floor. No appointment necessary.

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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Leave your worries behind and join Christine Lavin and Don White on Sunday, May 17 at 3:30 pm as they present an afternoon of music and comedy unlike any other. Their new show, "The Funny Side of the Street: An Afternoon of Brighter Laughter", proves that comedy can be smart and funny without being vulgar or pejorative. The concert is appropriate for all ages and will be held in the Cole Auditorium. 

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Since 2008 these veteran performers have brought their unique brand of clean and hilarious musical comedy to audiences across the US. Since emerging from the NYC singer/songwriter scene in the late 1980s, (along with Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, John Gorka, etc), Lavin quickly established herself as an entertaining tour de force. 

Quick on her feet, witty, insightful, engaging, she remains one of the most popular and respected performers in the genre. Christine has also been at the forefront of finding and promoting extraordinary new talent. She founded a songwriter's retreat on Martha's Vineyard, the On a Winter's (and Summer's) Night tours), The Four Bitchin' Babes, Laugh tracks among many other projects, in the process releasing more than 10 compilations CDs, as well as more than 20 of her own. 

Her co-conspirator, Don White, is the latest artist that Christine has championed. "He's such an original; I call him sometimes a 'blue collar intellectual,'" Lavin says. "Don has extremely high standards when it comes to what he does onstage. And he hits a grand slam every time. The first time we worked together he opened for me and it's the only time in my entire career that I opened with a ballad because he was so funny, the audience was so laughed out." 

A product of the rich Boston Arts Scene of the 90s Don developed his songwriter/performer chops in the same Club Passim/Olde Vienna Kaffehaus scene that produced Dar Williams, Martin Sexton, Lori McKenna and Vance Gilbert. He was also a regular comedian at the legendary Catch a Rising Star in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass honing his comedic skills alongside Jimmy Tingle, David Cross, Wendy Leibman and a host of other cutting edge comics of the time. These experiences along with his immersion in the Boston spoken word scene that produced the National Poetry Slam Championship Team in 1992 all combined to make him one of the few performers to bring both a comic's wit and a poet's heart to his songs and stories. 

"It doesn't sound like a folk concert, it sounds like a comedy concert," says White of his laughter-inducing co-bills with Lavin. "We rehearse and we rehearse and then inevitably, she'll throw something at me that I have no idea about, with a mischievous grin that lets me know she's been thinking about it all afternoon. Just to see what will happen. And she's taught me to do the same." 

Greenwich Library patrons who are looking for something fun, fresh, smart and intriguing as well as thoughtful will find it in "On the Funny Side of the Street".

This Peterson Concert is open to all at no charge through the support of the trustees of Greenwich Library. Doors open at 3 pm. For more information, please email Music Librarian David Waringcall (203) 622-7917 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/music.

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Teen Programs in May

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This month, students preparing college applications can get some writing insights from expert essay advisor Alan Gelb. Gamers can enjoy a League of Legends Championship Viewing Party and attend the Library's popular Gaming Day. Those looking to launch creative programs for their peers can brainstorm together at a Student Leadership Council meeting. 

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. 

Friday, May 1 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. 

Monday, May 4 from 6-8 p.m., College Essay Workshop with Alan Gelb 
College essay coach Alan Gelb shows students how to write an effective and memorable narrative when applying to college. 

Sunday, May 10 from 1:30-4:30 p.m., League of Legends Semifinals Viewing Party 
Come root for your favorite team as they either earn a spot in the Season 4 World Championship or fall just short of the glorious title! A prerecorded feed of the tournament will be shown and refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Student Leadership Council. 

Thursday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m., Student Leadership Council Meeting 
Students in grades 8-12 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. 

Saturday, May 16 from 1:30-4:30 p.m., Gaming Day 
Join us for Gaming Day at Greenwich Library. There will be video games, board games and LEGOs available for all ages. Also check out the Gaming iPads which are loaded with apps and play Minecraft on the new XBOX ONE! Refreshments will be served.  

Thursday, May 21 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 Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus. This novel, inspired by the true adventures of a wartime spy, tells the story of Espen, a 14 year-old boy living in Nazi occupied Norway who joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy. 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, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. Cult Films presents the Bond classic, Thunderbird (1965). 
  • On Saturdays in May from 1-1:30 p.m., Student Tech Support Orientation/Training is available for students wanting to volunteer at Greenwich Library.
  • From Monday, May 18 through Friday, June 19, Seniors from Greenwich High School will be interning at Greenwich Library, providing Technical Support for patrons.
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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Jim Paul, Manager of Outreach Programs at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, will speak at Greenwich Library on Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m. on Challenges to the Long Island Sound Ecosystem. 

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Through the centuries, Long Island Sound has played an important part in Connecticut history. It's provided a means of transportation for settlers and naval ships as well as shipping for agricultural goods and textiles. Generations of fishermen have made a living harvesting fish and shellfish from its waters and local factories and mills once depended on tidal rivers for water power. 

Today, many people depend on the Sound for recreation and fishing. Unfortunately, heavy population and industry threatens this beautiful and ecologically diverse water resource. Factories have dumped poisons into streams and rivers which feed the sound. Fertilizer, pesticides and road salt has found its way into the water. Scientists have identified a sizeable dead zone and invasive species have penetrated the ecosystem. 

Public education is critical to the effort to reverse the damage. Jim Paul, a dedicated ecologist and educator, will discuss ways to protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem. Live animal exhibits and a lively Q&A will complete the presentation. The mission of The Maritime Aquarium is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment, the Aquarium achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education. Visit www.maritimeaquarium.org for more information. 

This program is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Meeting Room. Patrons of all ages are invited to participate. For more information email Local History Librarian Carl White, call (203) 622-7948 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org.

AuthorsLive presents William J. Mann, author of several critically praised film biographies on Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room. 

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In Tinseltown: Murder Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood, Mann resolves the murder of William Desmond Taylor, revealing old Hollywood secrets, the impact of Prohibition and film reform. 

Mann draws on a rich host of sources, including recently released FBI files, to unpack the story of the enigmatic Taylor and the diverse cast that surrounded him. Along the way, Mann brings 1920s Los Angeles to vivid life: a sparkling yet schizophrenic town filled with party girls, drug dealers, religious zealots, newly-minted legends and starlets already past their prime--a dangerous place where the powerful could still run afoul of the desperate. 

Mann is a biographer best known for his studies of Hollywood and the American film industry, including Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn, named a New York Times Notable Book; Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand; and Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, for which he won the Lambda Literary Award. 

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 visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive

On Sunday, May 3 at 4 pm, the Friends Cole Concert Series presents the latest Marlboro touring group in the Cole Auditorium. The group will share Beethoven's Sextet in E-flat Major, Op. 81b, String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, as well as Divertimento in D Major, K. 251 by Mozart. 

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Artists include Itamar Zorman and David McCarroll on violin, Hélène Clément on viola, Peter Wiley on cello, Tony Flynt on Double Bass, Mary Lynch on oboe, Wei-Ping Chou and Patrick Pridemore on horn. 

Now in its 50th season, Musicians from Marlboro offers audiences across North America a sample of the spirited music-making that is characteristic of Marlboro, prompting the Washington Post to describe Musicians from Marlboro as "a virtual guarantee of musical excellence." And according to the Chicago Sun-Times, "the secret is a sense of joy...apparent from the very first note."

Musicians from Marlboro, the touring extension of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, offers talented young professional musicians the opportunity to perform together with seasoned artists in varied chamber music programs. Each program is built around an exceptional work performed in a previous summer. The resulting ensembles offer audiences the chance to both discover seldom-heard masterworks and enjoy fresh interpretations of chamber music favorites. 

More information may be found at www.marlboromusic.org

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.

Business Programs in May

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This month at Greenwich Library small business owners can get up to speed on two critical web marketing areas, Search Engine Optimization and using LinkedIn to generate exposure and sales. 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. 

Monday, May 11 from 2-3:30 p.m., LinkedIn for Entrepreneurs 
LinkedIn is a powerful platform and database of contacts, boasting over 250 million members. For entrepreneurs, this is a database of potential clients or contacts. This presentation is for those with an existing profile interested in generating additional visibility and sales. Presented by Noelle Gross. This TTC sponsored program will be held in the Technology Training Center. 

Wednesday, May 13 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., SCORE Search Engine Optimization for Small Businesses 
This workshop will take a critical look at Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for small business owners - how to be found and improve your position in search engine listings, and how to optimize websites and social media for "organic" (unpaid) and local search. We will discuss best practices in website design and social media to raise search engine standings and how to use analytics to measure and improve rankings. Presenter: David Hoffman, Founder of Search Smart Marketing. 

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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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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