So I Finally Got To See The "5th Wave" Movie!

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WAVE2.pngI'm going to assume that if you're reading this blog post, you've already read the Rick Yancey book The 5th Wave and have either seen the film, or haven't gotten to a theatre yet.  Partially due to poor reviews, and the snow storm we had two weekends ago, the film's box office outlook looks dire. Anyway, expect some spoilers.

The film wasn't bad.  The producers had to condense some scenes and eliminate others (like the backstories of the members of Zombie's squad, for example).  But the film pretty much captured the sinister, unsettling tone of Rick Yancey's book. 

The script is credited to three screenwriters, which isn't always a good sign.  The shifts in characters' POVs is a little more jarring than it was in the book.  But director J Blakeson keeps the film's pace  from slackening. (The sluggishness of the scenes at Evan's farm are pretty much similar in tone to the parallel ones in the book, though.)    

The cast, headed by the strong (if slightly one note) Chloe Grace Moretz as main protagonist Cassie Sullivan, is fine.  I especially liked Nick Robinson, who captured well the awkwardness of Zombie/Ben Parish's situation, having  himself suddenly ejected from his high school's BMOC status to one of a nervous (but ultimately resourceful), desperate soldier. 

Maika Monroe was terrific as Ringer, but Alex Roe as Evan was kind of blah. (His bathing scene in the woods, while Cassie secretly watches him, is unintentionally hilarious.)    And Liev Schreiber (Colonel Vosch) and Maria Bello (Sergeant Reznik) both perfectly captured their respective characters' slimy underhandedness. 

The film's climax is exciting (the aliens' army base blows up REAL good!) and sets things up for the hopefully forthcoming sequel.  Despite it's flaws, The 5th Wave is an exciting thriller.  Check it out!

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Our volunteer advisory group, the Student Leadership Council (AKA Student Leaders) consisting of students from grades 8-12, will have their next meeting on Thursday, February 4 at 7:00 PM  on the second floor at Greenwich Library. They'll discuss using library resources to initiate, develop & realize projects relevant to their peer group in exchange for community service hours. For more details, click here.

Snacks & refreshments will be served.  Email us here, or call Ed and/or Everett at (203) 622-7918 or 625-6507 for more info. Hope to see you there!

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Yep, it's still true. Greenwich Library now has a YA volunteer advisory group for students in grades 6-8! 

The Middle School Student Leadership Council will hold it's next meeting on  Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:00 PM  in Greenwich Library's second floor "Teen Central" area. Students in grades 6-8 who want to devise programs and services they think Greenwich Library should be offering for their peers & community are encouraged to attend.  AND you get community service  credit for your contributions too!  Click here  for details.

Snacks & refreshments will be served.  Email us here, or call Ed and/or Everett at (203) 622-7918 or 625-6507 for more info. Hope to see you there!

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Planning to take off for college in the fall?  Lisa A. Goldstein has "17 Essential Life Skills" that incoming new college freshmen, and maybe some high school seniors, might want to pick up.  They range from learning how to sew a button to making a budget. 

Ms. Goldstein has included instructional videos for each of these skills.  Click here to watch them.

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Did Anybody Get To See "The 5th Wave" Film Yet?

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The movie version of Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave came out this weekend, right before Winter Storm Jonas hit.  Not surprisingly, it didn't do too great at the box office.  (I had an excuse; I was trapped in my apartment.) 

Anyway, how many of you were looking forward to seeing the film?  I thought the book was a solid science fictional/action/adventure thriller with a sinister undercurrent of danger.  So far I'm halfway through the second book in the trilogy, The Infinite Sea, and I'm looking forward to the new one, The Last Star, out this May. 

Click here  to reserve copies of the first two books from us if you haven't read them yet (or want to re-read them again).  Hopefully I'll have a review of the film soon. 

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Greenwich Library and it's Byram & Cos Cob branches will be closed this Saturday, January 23. That's due to the weather forecasters predicting LOTS of snow that day. 

We hope to reopen Sunday, January 24 at 1:00 pm and close that evening at six pm.  Listen to WGCH for possible announcements about closings, etc. 

UPDATE (01/24/15):  We're open Sunday the 24th 1 pm-6 pm!

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Extended Hours Update

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OK.  Extended hours at Greenwich Library (9 am-10  pm) will continue tonight (Thursday January 21). On  Friday the 22nd, we're be open at our usual time, 9 am- 5 pm. 

Possible snowstorm this weekend notwithstanding, the library will be open Saturday January 23 at  9 am- 5 pm.  Sunday January 24, we're open 1 pm- 6pm.  The café will be open Friday & Saturday 9-5, but will be closed Sunday.

Monday January 25 will be the last day of extended hours (9 am-10 pm).  The café will be open until 7 pm that night.

Be sure to check online or on TV & the radio for possible closings/delayed openings  this weekend due to the snow.

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Greenwich Library (main branch only) will stay open late during midterm exam weeks this month to accommodate students from Brunswick, Greenwich High and other schools.  We'll be open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm between Tuesday January 19 through Thursday January 21, and on Monday, January 25.  The library will also remain open 1-6 pm on Sunday January 24.  Regular hours will still apply for Friday & Saturday.  More details here.

The Library Café will also extend it's hours until 7 pm on extended hours weekdays so students can purchase snacks.  The Café will be closed on January 24, as it's usually not open on Sundays. 

Oh, and don't forget that the library and it's branches in Byram and Cos Cob will be closed on Monday January 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Originally scheduled for January 7th, the first 2016 meeting of Greenwich Library's Student Leadership Council will now take place on Thursday, January 14, beginning at 7:00 PM.  Details here. The Student Leaders will discuss using library resources to initiate, develop & realize projects relevant to their peer group in exchange for community service hours.

Snacks & refreshments will be served.  Email us here, or call Ed and/or Everett at (203) 622-7918 or 625-6507 for more info. Hope to see you there!

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Yep, it's still true. Greenwich Library now has a YA volunteer advisory group for students in grades 6-8! 

The Middle School Student Leadership Council will hold it's next meeting on Wednesday January 6th at 7:00 PM  in Greenwich Library's second floor "Teen Central" area. Students in grades 6-8 who want to devise programs and services they think Greenwich Library should be offering for their peers & community are encouraged to attend.  AND you get community service  credit for your contributions too!  Click here  for details.

Snacks & refreshments will be served.  Email us here, or call Ed and/or Everett at (203) 622-7918 or 625-6507 for more info. Hope to see you there!

NOTE:  This month's  Student Leadership Council meeting for grades 8-12 will be held next Thursday, January 14, at 7 PM. 

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