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The Flinn Gallery presents Two Interactive Sound Performances with Artist Akinori Matsumoto.
Opening Reception and Performance, Thursday, September 17 from 6-8 pm
Matsumoto will be accompanied by Michael Pestel, a sound musician/artist from Middletown CT. Adding a musical component enriches the experience by involving a second sense and encouraging the viewer to become even more deeply connected to the artist's airy and subtle works.
Artist Performance/Demonstration, Saturday, September 19 at 2 pm
The artist performs with his works, delighting audiences of all ages.
*The work of artist Akinori Matsumoto will be on view in the Flinn Gallery until October 23 in this solo sculptural show that includes sibilant whistles and tantalizing tones.
There's no longer-lived or better-known program associated with Greenwich Library than the Friends Friday Film Series, now 68 years old. For the 2015-2016 season the Friends Friday Film Series will once again roll out a slate of award-winning new releases, classics and international films with wide-ranging appeal.
From award-winners like Boyhood and Still Alice to Hollywood classics like Pajama Game and 3 Godfathers, to Good Hair, the Chris Rock documentary selected as one of the Greenwich Reads Together programs centering around the book Americanah, there will be films to interest every point of view.
The season kicks off on Friday, September 11 with The One Hundred Foot Journey and will run through June 24 with Letter from an Unknown Woman.
New this year, Friends Friday Films and the Flinn Gallery have teamed-up to offer an art 'Double Feature'. Gallery hours will be extended until 8 p.m. prior to four Friday films related to the concurrent gallery exhibit. Grab an early dinner on the Avenue then stop by the Gallery between 6 and 8 p.m. to tour the current show before the film screening.
Friday, November 13: Woman in Gold (2015); Flinn Exhibit: "Beyond Boundaries"
Friday, December 18: 3 Godfathers (1948); Flinn Exhibit: "Great American Landscapes"
Friday, March 4: Inside Out (2015); Flinn Exhibit: "More, More, More"
Friday, April 8: Wild (2014); Flinn Exhibit: "Field to Studio: Wildlife Art"
Friends Friday Films are screened in the Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium and admission is open to all at no charge. This series is made possible by contributions to the Friends of Greenwich Library. Show time is 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:40 p.m.
CLICK HERE to view film titles for the entire season.
The New Yorker Discussion Group is a six-week series of lively discussions about the articles, covers, poems and cartoons in current issues of The New Yorker. The series will be held in the Library Meeting Room beginning Friday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Required registration begins on Saturday, August 1.
The scope of discussions will include politics, finance, medicine, the law, contemporary culture, profiles, food, travel, fiction and humor. Readers will also enjoy the unexpected, such as a humorous Talk of the Town piece, an exploration of the Cronut or a provocative spot illustration.
Patrons will discuss essays and commentary by leading authors and bestselling writers such as Malcolm Gladwell, Evan Osnos, George Packer, David Sedaris, Jill Lepore, Rachel Aviv, Michael Pollan and David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker. Stories by award-winning fiction authors such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Toni Morrison, Jonathan Franzen, Denis Johnson and Alice Munro are also an important part of the mix in each week's selection.
At the end of each two-hour discussion session, a new issue of The New Yorker will be distributed and participants will vote for the articles they wish to discuss at the next meeting.
Diana B. Loevy is an author, speaker, publishing consultant and authority on discussion groups of all types. She is the author of The Book Club Companion, a selection of the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club. Loevy was co-founder of Readers and Writers Productions Inc. and Vice President, Editorial Director of United Feature Syndicate where she recruited and edited authors, artists and columnists. She lives in Westport, CT. For more information visit www.dianaloevy.com.
Please use the Library's online calendar to register beginning Saturday, August 1. Space is limited to 20 participants. Click here to email Laura Matthews for more information or to register, or call 203-622-7914.
Memoir-writing is a special form of art, and this fall Greenwich Library will help would-be memoirists get started. Previous sessions of Crafting Life Stories, led by former New York Times editor Joan Motyka, have proven popular so with patrons that the Library is offering this workshop for a fourth time.
The group will meet from 1-3 p.m. for five consecutive Wednesdays beginning September 30 in the Library Meeting Room. Required registration begins on Wednesday, September 9 at 9 a.m.
The program is designed to help people discover and tell the stories only they can tell -- and to do so in a supportive environment that encourages even beginning writers. With a background in journalism and fiction, instructor Joan Motyka will offer journalistic tools and literary techniques to help people explore the significance of people, places and events in their lives. Using readings, prompts and writing assignments, she helps students draw stories from memory, organize them into a narrative and polish them through revision.
The class will consist of a series of distinct two-hour sessions in which students will read and discuss passages from books of memoir and occasionally from poetry or fiction that illustrate that week's topic. Topics include how to look at yourself as a narrator of stories, how to capture the richness of place, how to plumb your intersection with history, and how to understand the role of other people in your stories. There will also be a discussion of dialogue as well as tips on research, interviewing, and revision.
Joan Motyka is a former longtime New York Times editor and writing coach, and currently an editor at The Westchester Review, a literary journal now in its fifth year. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe and other publications. She has been leading memoir writing workshops in Westchester and New York City since 2007.
Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9. Please call Michele Martin at 203-625-6533 to register with your Greenwich or Perrot Library card number, or CLICK HERE for email links, more information or to register online. Preference is given to Greenwich residents and first-time enrollees.
Crafting Life Stories is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors.
This month in the Technology Training Center patrons can learn about the nuances of social media privacy settings and take a MOOC on European History and Literature. Job hunters can both delve into the latest job search strategies with Noelle Gross, then widen their opportunities by learning PowerPoint through the American Job Center, (formerly Southwestern CTWorks).
All year long, Greenwich Library training staff is available to help patrons explore new technologies and develop the skills they need to make online life more productive and enjoyable. Classes are offered in a comfortable environment for all participants, regardless of level. Programs are one hour long, held in the Training Center and are open to the public at no charge unless otherwise indicated.
Wednesday, September 9 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Career Coach: Microsoft PowerPoint
Sponsored by the American Job Center (formerly Southwestern CTWorks), the Career Coach mobile classroom is offering two, 2-hour Microsoft PowerPoint training sessions. Level 1 training is at 10 am and level 2 at 1 pm. The Career Coach bus is equipped with 10 PC work stations and Internet access and is parked at the Library's West Putnam Avenue entrance. Arrive early to sign-up.
Seven Wednesdays beginning September 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., MOOC: The Modern and the Post Modern
This MOOC Class (Massive Open Online Course), with Professor Michael S. Roth of Wesleyan University, covers the first half of a full semester course on European history, literature and philosophy. The class is divided into 7 modules, each with about four video lectures. The first class will cover registration, syllabus and course logistics. Register now using our online calendar.
Tuesdays beginning September 15, 6-8:30 p.m., SCORE: Simple Steps for Starting your Business
This step-by-step guide to starting a business is conducted by a team of professionals from the SCORE Norwalk Chapter and will be held in the Meeting Room. Topics include: Business Planning, Marketing Strategy and Online Marketing, Financial Planning and Funding Sources. Five-week series. The final class will be held on Thursday, 10/15. Please register using our online calendar. Sponsored by Peterson Business programs.
Monday, September 21 at 2 p.m., Privacy and Settings in Social Media Accounts
Learn how to control your privacy settings and the information you share on some of the more popular social networking sites.
Saturday, September 26 at 11 a.m., Best Health Apps
Learn about health and wellness apps using the technology you already have. Trending Monthly is a series that explores what's hot in technology. (This program takes the place of the regular 11 a.m. lab.) Instructor: Lance Pendleton.
Monday, September 28 at 2 p.m., Tackle Your Job Search Like a Pro
Learn a proven, verifiable and replicable job search system that will make you feel more confident in your search techniques and strategy. Discover unique hiring insights and apply a 'hiring manager perspective' to your hunt. Presented by Noelle Gross.
Regular Technology Training Center Programming and Other Programs of Interest
• 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 September 1 through 29 (no lab on 9/5 and 9/26). Get hands-on assistance with everything. NEW! Bilingual assistance in Spanish is available. Use your own device or practice with ours.
• Greenwich Library Teen Services presents an introductory Python programming series on six Saturdays from 1-2:30 p.m., beginning August 29 (no class 9/5). For students in grades 6-8. Required registration begins 8/17.
• Introduction to Geocaching (including Apps and web resources) is offered on Monday, September 14 from 3-4:30pm.
For more information email Training Center staff, call (203) 625-6508, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/TechnologyTrainingCenter.aspx.
This month, students can learn which standardized test is best for their skills in a presentation on the difference between the ACT and SAT. Those into tech can learn to program in Python in an introductory, 6-week class or chill out at Gaming Day. The Library's regularly scheduled teen programs, including Student Leaders, Friday Night Chess and Middle School Book Club meet monthly and are open to all without reservation or charge unless otherwise indicated.
Saturdays, beginning August 29 from 1-2:30 p.m., Introduction to Python
A six-week introductory course to the Python programming language for students in grades 6-8. Required registration begins 8/17. (No class 9/5.) Register using our online calendar.
Thursday, September 10 at 7 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.
Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m., SAT vs. ACT
Adam Ratner from C2 Education will discuss which test (SAT or ACT) should be taken and the changes in these tests.
Friday, September 11 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.
Saturday, September 19 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Gaming Day
Join us for Gaming Day at the 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! Snacks and refreshments will be served.
Thursday, September 24 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 Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle. 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:
• Introduction to Geocaching on Monday, September 14 from 3-4 p.m.
Teen programming, resources and activities are a core part of Greenwich Library's offerings year-round. 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.
On Monday, September 14 from 3-4 p.m., Greenwich Library staff will introduce patrons to the wildly popular new pastime, Geocaching. The program is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Technology Training Center.
Geocaching is a worldwide outdoor treasure hunt that allows people of all ages the chance to explore new places using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There are 2,679,335 geocaches around the world.
There are probably geocaches near you right now - at your local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street. All you need to start finding them is a free Geocaching account and the Official Geocaching app or a GPS. This program will provide you with the tools to be a successful geocacher. Find out about useful websites and relevant apps that will enable you to find your own treasure.
In addition to the Introductory Class, the Library is sponsoring an all day Geocaching event on October 3rd. Patrons will sign up at the Main Library and will receive a map and coordinates to find the geocaches.
To email Siobhan Schugmann or for more information, click here, or call 203-625-6536.
This month at Greenwich Library entrepreneurs can learn what it takes to start a business in a five-week SCORE series that covers everything from planning to funding. Programs are held in the Library Meeting Room unless otherwise indicated.
Experienced librarians are available to help you navigate the Library's extensive business databases, directories, investor information and nonprofit resources, via email or in person.
Tuesdays beginning September 15, 6-8:30 p.m., SCORE: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business
This step-by-step guide to starting a business is conducted by a team of professionals from the SCORE Norwalk Chapter and will be held in the Meeting Room. The following topics will be covered during the five-week series: Business Planning, Marketing Strategy and Online Marketing, Financial Planning and Funding Sources. The final class will be held on Thursday, 10/15. Registration is required.
Wednesday, September 30, 7-8:30 p.m., Public Speaking Made Easy
Public Speaking Made Easy is a program for patrons who dread public speaking and for those who feel reasonably comfortable speaking in public, but want to improve. Registration, using the Library's online calendar, is recommended. Click here to contact Matthew Sgritta via email, or for more information.
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.
On Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium, Thomas Mallon opens the Authorslive@GreenwichLibrary season with a reading and discussion of his new novel, FINALE: A Novel of the Reagan Years.
This witty and entertaining work explores the tumultuous administration of the most consequential and enigmatic president of modern times. Major characters include such real-life personalities as writer Christopher Hitchens, English socialite Pamela Harriman, and would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr. along with fictional minor characters and a number of Hollywood stars.
Thomas Mallon is the author of nine novels including Henry and Clara, Dewey Defeats Truman, Fellow Travelers, and Watergate. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic, and in 2011 he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award for prose style. He has been the literary editor of GQ and the deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Mallon often sets his books in Washington, D.C. His nonfiction titles include a book about plagiarism and a book about diaries. He's known for his provocative New York Times Bookends essays debating subjects such as "Is Self-Loathing a Requirement for Writers?" Harper Lee, John Irving, Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley, Ayn Rand and Muriel Spark are among his New Yorker subjects.
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; doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive or call Marianne Weil at 203-622-7933.
Greenwich Library staff have several unique programs planned for September. This month the Library is offering a complimentary seminar on Medicare options and, together with the Greenwich Senior Center, the popular memory workshop series, Super Noggin™.
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.
Thursday, September 24 from 6:30-7:45 p.m., Mystified by Medicare?
Unsure if you're paying too much for Medicare coverage? Or worse, paying too little and receiving less than optimal coverage? Does it make sense to review your existing coverage during Medicare's annual election period? Learn how to evaluate the different choices and plans to find the coverage that meets your needs and budget. Jennifer Lavelli is an AHIP certified Medicare solutions advisor and Long Term Care specialist. A frequent lecturer in the tri-state area, Jennifer helps people understand and plan for Medicare and Long-Term Care. This program is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Library Meeting Room.
Mondays beginning September 28 from 5:30 - 7 p.m., Super Noggin™
This popular brain-health series for ages 55+ will be offered for nine consecutive weeks beginning Monday, September 28 and ending Monday, November 30. The fee is $20 and class size is limited to 15 participants. To register for this program, please contact the Greenwich Senior Center's Program Coordinator, Suzanne Testani at 203-862-6721.
Regular Health Programming
• Every Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., (September 14, 21 and 28) 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.
• September is Yoga Awareness Month! This month's Health Information Center Book Display, (a topical selection of Library resources curated by the Library's Health Librarian), focuses on yoga.