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Get free tax assistance from the AARP Foundation on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. from February 7 through April 11 at Greenwich Library. 

This year, tax assistance will be held in a new location on the first floor of the Peterson Wing near the Local History Collection. Additional assistance hours are available at Greenwich Town Hall. Please bring a photo I.D. along with all income information, any W-2s and last year's tax return. There will be no tax assistance on April 4, Easter weekend. 

Please be advised that IRS cutbacks will significantly reduce Greenwich Library's allocation of hardcopy tax materials. IRS seasonal staffing has also been cut making access to IRS phone help more limited than in previous years. To print hard copy forms and publications from home from the IRS website, visit www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs

Library staff can help patrons find forms online. For a complete list of documents required for AARP assistance and additional AARP Tax Aide site locations and hours, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide or call the Library Reference Desk at (203) 622-7910 for more information.

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Greenwich Library Business Programs in February

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Greenwich Library has four exciting financial and business programs planned for February. Teen Services presents a workshop on planning for college costs, then Fairfield County SCORE will sponsor two workshops, one on disaster preparedness and another on legal liability, all of which will take place in the Library Meeting Room. Later in the month, The World Affairs Forum will present Manu Bhagavan as part of its Great Decisions Program, speaking on Indian politics in the Cole Auditorium.

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

Wednesday, February 4 at 7 p.m., Financing College Costs: 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. 

Thursday, February 5 from 12 to 2 p.m., SCORE presents Preparing for Business Disruption and Disaster 
Every business is at risk from systems brought down by natural disruptions: a fire next door, downed power lines, a hurricane-like Sandy, and more. Participants will learn how to identify and assess risk, define critical business functions, assure security and availability of data, information, and continuity of supplies; also how to establish insurance needs and strengthen the company's Business Operations Plan. Registration starts at 11:30am. 

Thursday, February 12 from 6 to 8 p.m., SCORE Legal Series presents Managing Legal Liability 
Legal liability issues confront entrepreneurs at all stages of the business life cycle from inception to exit. This workshop offers practical and timely guidelines relevant to business owners, managers, executives and investors on ways to manage legal liability risk. Registration starts at 5:30pm. 

Monday, February 23 at 7 p.m., World Affairs Forum Great Decisions Program - India 
The World Affairs Forum presents Manu Bhagavan, Professor of History at Hunter College who will speak about India and the Promise and Peril of Recent Elections in the World's Largest Democracy. Bhagavan is a specialist on modern India, focusing on the twentieth-century late-colonial and post-colonial periods, with particular interests in human rights, (inter)nationalism, and questions of sovereignty. The program is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Library's Cole Auditorium. 

Monday, February 23 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. Rescheduled from January 26.

Wednesday, February 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., SCORE - Website Design
This Peterson Business Programs sponsored workshop focuses on the centerpiece of internet marketing: the website. The presenter, Jeff Seaver, will provide dozens of examples as he highlights the inner workings of a successful interactive experience. He will lead a discussion of domain naming, WordPress, do-it-yourself sites, mobile, usability, design, and content. Participants will learn what it takes to convert site visitors into leads and loyal customers.

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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Teen Programs in February

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This month, students looking to fund college can learn how to complete the FAFSA and Shakespeare fans can check out their fellow students' oratory skills. The Library's regularly scheduled teen programs, including Student Leadership Council, Friday Night Chess and Middle School Book Club meet monthly and are open to all without reservation or charge unless otherwise indicated. 

Thursday, February 4 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. 

Thursday, February 5 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 will meet only once in February due to winter vacation week. Refreshments will be served. 

Friday, February 6 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. 

Wednesday, February 25 from 3-6 p.m., 31st Annual Student Shakespeare Competition 
Previously selected Connecticut high school students compete in the finals of the 31st Annual Shakespeare Competition in the Cole Auditorium. Each student, chosen through preliminary competitions, will present a 20 line monologue and a sonnet. The public is welcome to attend and listen to these exciting young performers. The competition is sponsored by the Smith College Club of Greenwich-Stamford, the Greenwich Branch of the English Speaking Union and the Friends of Greenwich Library. 

Thursday, February 26 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 Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon. After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret. 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 Saturday, January 31 at 2 p.m., the Learning Java six week series for teens begins. Check the Library calendar for availability and registration information. 
  • On Saturdays in February from 1-1:30 p.m., Student Tech Support Orientation is offered to students wanting to volunteer at Greenwich Library. 
  • On Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m., Cult Films presents the 007 classic From Russia with Love (1963, rated PG) with Sean Connery. 
  • On Saturday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m., student musicians will enjoy an iconic Backcountry Jazz concert as Greenwich Library celebrates Black History Month.

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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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 and David Berger, a noted Ellington expert, will lead a panel discussion on the Duke's life, 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. 

Technology Training Center Programs in February

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The technology training staff at Greenwich Library has a great line-up of classes planned for February. Library patrons can kick off a new job hunt with three ReferenceUSA workshops, learn about cloud computing and get coached in Microsoft Access. 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. 

Wednesday, February 4 at 11 a.m., Trending Monthly: Passwords 
Learn best practices for managing your passwords across multiple devices and accounts. 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, February 9 at 2 p.m., Cloud Computing 
When your PCs, Macs, iPads and Smartphones all speak the same language and can easily store and "freely" share their information such as emails, documents, photos and blockbuster movies with each other or across the Internet...you are cloud computing. Instructor: Gary Krause, Computer Training, LLC. 

Tuesday, February 10 at 3 p.m., ReferenceUSA Historical Business Data 
One of the essential requirements for planning for the future is to understand the past. This workshop will show patrons how to use ReferenceUSA Business and Consumer data which is available in file format for advanced research projects. 

Wednesday, February 11 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 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, February 11 at 3 p.m., Uncovering the Hidden Job Market Using ReferenceUSA 
Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA as part of their career search strategy. This workshop will cover the importance of having accurate information for applications and resumes, how to create engaging cover letters, assemble a network of references and referrers and find key persons at a businesses, and more. Patrons will learn how to use research to prepare for interviews and interactions. We will also explore the new USAReference Jobs & Internship module. 

Wednesday, February 18 from 11-12:30 p.m., Mail Contacts and Calendars on Apple Devices 
Learn how to manage mail, contacts, and calendar across all devices and platforms. Instructor, Lance Pendleton, Director of Education, MacInspires. 

Friday, February 20 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. 

Monday, February 23 at 2 p.m., Getting to Know Your Mobile Device 
Join Library staff for an informal group exchange on tips, tricks and apps for your phone, iPad or tablet. Share ideas, ask questions, and learn how to get the most out of your mobile device. The conversation lasts about an hour. All are welcome! 

Monday, February 23 at 3 p.m., Start, Manage and Grow Your Business using ReferenceUSA 
Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA to find the mission critical information necessary to start, manage and grow a business. 

Monday, February 23 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. Rescheduled from January 26. 

Wednesday, February 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., SCORE - Website Design 
This Peterson Business Programs sponsored workshop focuses on the centerpiece of internet marketing: the website. The presenter, Jeff Seaver, will provide dozens of examples as he highlights the inner workings of a successful interactive experience. He will lead a discussion of domain naming, WordPress, do-it-yourself sites, mobile, usability, design, and content. Participants will learn what it takes to convert site visitors into leads and loyal customers.

Regular Library Technology Training Center Programming 
Every Saturday in February 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 February 3-28. 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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For those who would like to know more about how to use newspapers in family genealogical research, Greenwich Library will sponsor a workshop on Saturday, February 14 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. 

Genealogy researcher and teacher Janeen Bjork will present a survey of the major newspaper websites and an under-the-hood look at optical character recognition, or OCR. OCR is the technology that allows newspapers to be "read" and indexed by computers, making it possible to search newspapers online. She will share case studies drawn from both the distinguished and the notorious members of her family tree. 

 Family history novices will learn how and where to start searching, and best practices for getting the most from both the free and the subscription sites of U.S. newspapers. Even experienced genealogists who have yet to troll online newspapers for family stories will pick up tips for working around the limits of optical character recognition. 

Janeen Bjork is a television researcher by profession who applies the detective, analytic and presentation skills she garnered in a 30-year career to her family tree (and to the trees of friends, students and clients). Her discoveries include thousands of items that range from the mundane to the sensational. She enjoys introducing others to the colorful characters in her family tree as well as to the research methods and strategies that made it possible for her to find and preserve their legacies for posterity. Her engaging and interactive presentation style uses audience participation with actual examples and case studies to prepare audiences to find the family members and stories that have eluded them. 

Bjork is the resident genealogy teacher at the Greenwich Senior Center where she has helped those who wanted to seek out, trace and record their family histories. Her infectious enthusiasm for newspapers as genealogy tools inspire others to search for "the rest of the story." Visit www.janeenslist.com for more information. 

This program is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Meeting Room. For more information, email Local History Librarian Carl Whitecall (203) 622-7948 or visit the Local History page on the Library website.

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Librarian Ed Morrissey's new monthly film series is devoted to bringing patrons classic cult movies from Hollywood, Europe and the rest of the world. On Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m., Cult Films will screen one of the most popular Bond films, From Russia with Love from 1963. Both film buffs and ingénues are welcome. 

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In From Russia with Love, the criminal organization SPECTRE seeks revenge on James Bond 007 (Sean Connery) by luring him into a trap involving a sought-after Russian code machine and a beautiful Soviet defector. A timely and intelligent plot reflects the cold war reality of the era, in which capitalist and communist forces are set against each other. Of course, there are many great archetypical action scenes, explosions and Bond one-liners in this second film in the series which also features Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya and Daniela Bianchi and is directed by Terence Young ('Dr. No'). 

Most of the filming took place in Istanbul, Turkey with locations including the Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, and the Sirkeci Station. Filmed in color, the movie is rated PG and is 115 minutes long. 

In the course of this series, Morrissey will cover a wide sweep of genres, comedies, crime noir, horror, thrillers, musicals, spaghetti westerns, Hitchcock, Fellini and more. It's these so-called fringe or over the top movies that Greenwich Library Cult Films, through the Library's extensive catalog, intends to expose to a much wider and appreciative audience. Patrons interested in cult films should visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/CultFilms.aspx to read some of Ed's deep dives into the world of cult films in his blog. 

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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Take Your Child to the Library Day on February 7

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Greenwich Library will celebrate "Take Your Child to the Library Day" on Saturday, February 7. Children of all ages and their families are invited to visit the Children's Room and enjoy a fun-filled day of activities while learning about Library resources and programs. Whether it's a child's first visit to the library or their 1000th, take your child to the Greenwich Library Children's Room to celebrate literacy, learning, and community.
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Ms. Lauren will begin the day at 10:30 a.m. with Story Time and Songs. Then, during Drop-in Crafts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., children of all ages can make a heart animal for Valentine's Day. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Librarians have challenged young readers to a Fugitive Book Characters Scavenger Hunt (with iPads for older children to use). The popular Make-It-and-Take-It LEGO building table, where children let their imaginations run wild then take their creation home, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Take Your Child to the Library Day is the perfect time to register all your family members for a Library card, offered from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2-3 p.m. 

For more information on Take Your Child to the Library Day activities, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/Children or call 203-622-7940. 

Take Your Child to the Library Day is the brainchild of Nadine Lipman, retired head of children's services at Waterford Public Library in CT. With the help of Caitlin Augusta, from the Stratford Public Library, and the support of many others, the program that Nadine launched in 2012 has grown to become a national initiative of the Connecticut Library Consortium. The annual celebration takes place on the first Saturday in February and promotes literacy and library services for children and families. The movement has ballooned in popularity, with more than 470 libraries in three countries participating. For more information, please visit http://takeyourchildtothelibrary.blogspot.com.

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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 Teen Programs in January

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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 (class now full, waitlist available)
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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