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On Thursday, August 27 Greenwich Library is performing a day of Catalog and Account Maintenance. 

  • While the system is down, patrons will not be able to access their accounts online, search the catalog, place holds or renew items. 
  • Staff will be able to check-out any item to a patron with the patron's library card (driver's licenses will not work).
  • All items due on August 27 will been extended one day.
  • All self-checkout machines will be down and any transactions will be completed at the desk. 
We apologize for the inconvenience.
For more information about the Library's Exterior Facade Restoration Project, please click here.


Update: September 2015
Greenwich Library will offer extended hours to accommodate Greenwich High School final exam week in June and Library staff will be available to assist with reference questions. The Main Library will remain open until 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 16. (There are no extended hours on Friday, Saturday or Sunday that week; regular schedule applies.) Hours for the Library Café are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Café is closed on Sundays.
 
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Maintenance complete

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Maintenance complete
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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Greenwich Library will offer extended hours to accommodate high school students during exam weeks. The Main Library will remain open until 10 p.m. from Monday, June 16 through Thursday, June 18 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. for study break snacks and 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 Barbara Ormerod-Glynn, Greenwich Library Director. 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.

Click here for more information about Teen Services at Greenwich Library including student volunteer activities.

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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

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
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