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Thank you for your patience

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Greetings!

PINWe realize many of you experienced difficulty with the launch of our new PIN initiative and some may still encounter problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. Although our catalog system experienced errors due to extraordinarily high traffic, nearly 4,000 patrons have been able to successfully create PINs.

PINs are now required to access your Library account online as we prepare to implement BiblioCommons, the new catalog system which will launch in early 2014. BiblioCommons will offer you intuitive searching, account integration, new tools for discovery, eBook integration, library staff recommendations and the ability to create a community around the library collection.

For a sneak preview of how the new catalog will look and function, please visit New York Public Library and Princeton Public Library.

If you have not done so already, to create your PIN, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org, then click on My Library Account. Enter your name, Library card number and desired PIN, then follow the instructions to confirm your PIN.

If you experience difficulty, please close your browser, wait a few minutes and try again. You may also call our Patron Services desk for assistance at 203-625-6524.

Some patrons have expressed concerns about not being able to store their name and account numbers in their browsers as they have before. We are aware of the situation, and are investigating a solution with our service provider.

Thank you for your patience as we move through the upgrade process.


Sincerely,
Carol A. Mahoney
Greenwich Library Director

Greenwich Library will offer extended hours to accommodate high school students during exam weeks. The Main Library will remain open until 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 through Thursday, May 30 for the private school exam schedule and from Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20 for the public school schedule. The Library will be open primarily for the students, but anyone can use the facility during these extended hours. 

The Library Café will extend its hours until 7 p.m. on most evenings, and students can purchase study break snacks. Library staff will be available to assist with reference questions. 

"We hope that students will once again take advantage of the additional time to prepare for their tests," said Carol Mahoney, Greenwich Library Director. Mahoney also advised that as students like to study in groups, the noise level in the Library may be a little higher than usual.

For more information about Teen Services at Greenwich Library including student volunteer opportunities, please click here.

You can follow Greenwich Library on Twitter @GWLibrary or on Facebook.

Libraries open today

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Greenwich Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will be open today for normal scheduled hours. Please use caution when making your way to the Library.

Tax assistance available at Greenwich Library

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Get free tax assistance from the VITA Volunteers every Monday and Saturday, February 2 to April 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Greenwich Library. 

Those interested should bring last year's tax return, all W2s and 1099s, all wage and salary information, information on interest and dividends received and paid, and taxes on real estate, property and vehicles. Check the calendar on the Greenwich Library website for room location. 

For more information, please call the Reference Desk at (203) 622-7910.

Resources to help Children with Crisis and Grief

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Our thoughts are with those suffering in the wake of the tragic shooting in Newtown. Our Children's Librarians compiled the following list of titles to help children and parents during this difficult time.

What's Heaven? by Maria Shriver 
After her great-grandmother's death, a young girl learns about heaven by asking her mother all kinds of questions 

Coping with death of a family member by a local author 

After his mother explains why his classmate is not returning to school, she teaches Chester Raccoon how to make a memory. 

A family of forest animals learns to cope with the death of a loved one. 

An inspirational journey to a place where earthly hurts are left behind 

This is a book to understand death and remember those who have died. It talks about beginnings and endings and living in between. It tells about plants, animals and people. It tells that dying is as much a part of living as being born. 

A man tells about all the emotions that accompany his sadness over the death of his son, and how he tries to cope 

Relates the things that can frighten children and how these fears may be overcome 

Pictures, dialogs, poems, and stories portray various emotions we all feel: jealousy, sadness, fear, anger, joy, love, and others 

Mentions some of the bad things that happen in the world and presents some positive ways to respond to them 

A look at emotions and behavior 

Presents some of the common objects and situations that cause fear in children and provides advice on different things that they can do themselves to overcome their feelings of being afraid 

Additional titles geared for older children
 
Describes different kinds of losses--losing possessions, competitions, health, trust, and the permanent loss because of death--and discusses how to handle these situations 

A guide discussing worries and fears, understanding their causes and coping mechanisms

In addition, the following local organizations have resources to help:

Here are some helpful articles from the American Psychological Association:

Additional articles:
Advice from National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Talking to Children about the Shooting
Advice from the National Association of School Psychologists: A National Tragedy- Helping Children Cope
US Department of Health and Human Services: Tips to talking to children and youth after traumatic events
Fred Rogers' advice from Family Communications: Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News
Advice from the Anti-Defamation League: Discussing Hate and Violence with your Children

Sandy Relief Book Drive- Now through Friday

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Greenwich Library is partnering with Literacy in Motion to collect new and lightly used books. The materials will be used in temporary pop-up libraries in NYC disaster zones to improve the quality of life of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Additional materials may be used to replenish school library collections that were damaged by the storm. Books will be distributed primarily to the Rockaways, Staten Island, and Coney Island. 

Items will be accepted through Friday, November 30 at the Main Library Lending Desk between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. 

Acceptable items include
New and lightly used children's books 
New and lightly used books for adults 
New children's coloring or activity books 

Unacceptable items include
Material that would be inappropriate for public display 
Material in poor condition 
Magazines 
Textbooks 

For more information, please visit www.literacynyc.org

FEMA Hurricane Assistance

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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Hurricane Assistance: Greenwich residents can apply for disaster assistance from FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov. In-person assistance is available at the Disaster Recovery Center located in the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Rd., room 203, Monday-Saturday 8 AM- 8PM, and Sunday 10 AM -5PM 

What Can You Do on DisasterAssistance.gov? 
  • Find disaster assistance that meets your personal needs 
  • Locate over 70 forms of assistance from 17 Federal agencies 
  • Apply for disaster assistance 
  • Check the progress of your applications

Extended Hours this Weekend

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Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Greenwich Library will offer extended hours on Saturday, November 3 until 9 pm and Sunday, November 4 from 9 am-9 pm.

The Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will offer their normal hours on Saturday.

Greenwich Library is open for business

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Greenwich Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches are open today. Here are a few things we're doing to help the Greenwich community: 

  • Elton's café is open. 
  • Internet access and wireless is available at the main library. Cos Cob Library and Byram Shubert Library also have Internet access and wifi. 
  • Tables have been set up on the second floor for additional workspace and power cords are attached. 
  • In the World language area (on the 2nd floor), we have added additional outlets to all of the tables for patrons to access. 
  • The meeting room is all set up with tables and power cords for access. Games and puzzles are available for families. 
  • NO FINES are to be charged for ANY material that is overdue through Sunday, November 4th. Fines will resume on Monday, November 5th. Consider this a Fine Free week. 
  • Feel free to use available outlets and surge protectors to charge your devices, but please make sure the cords are not a trip hazard. 

Remember, we're all in this together. Please share and be respectful of your fellow community members.

Greenwich Library closed Monday, October 29

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Greenwich Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will be closed on Monday, October 29 due to the forcasted storm. We will post additional updates here, on News12 and WGCH, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

More information about the Town's storm response can be found at http://www.greenwichct.org/.

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