January 2013 Archives

Friday Night Chess Club On February 1st

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FamilyChessNightSept.pngFriday Night Chess Club returns this week!  National Master Rich Jackson will provide instruction, supervise play and challenge you to a game or two. All ages and skill levels are welcome. You don't have to bring anything except your love of the game or your desire to learn. No registration required.

The Chess Club will meet this Friday, February 1st, at Greenwich Library in the second floor Meeting Room at 7:00 pm.  For further details, call (203) 622-7915 or (203) 625-6507. 

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It's Awards Time!

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ItsAwardsTime!.pngIt's awards time for Young Adult authors!  Greenwich Library's Teens Page has links to the 2013 Alex Award Winners, the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Awards (congrats to Tamora Pierce!) and the 2013 Michael L. Printz Awards

YA Librarian Margaret Walsh has set up a display in the second floor's Teen Central area spotlighting these winning novels, as well as as other ones like this year's Odyssey Award winner The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Stop by the second floor if you get a chance and check out the display AND the books! 

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ExtendedHours0113.pngStarting next week, Greenwich Library will offer extended hours to accommodate high school students needing a place to study and compare notes during midterm exam weeks.

The Main Branch (but not the Cos Cob & Byram branches) will remain open until 10 pm from Tuesday, January 22 through Thursday, January 24 to coincide with the private school schedule, and on Monday, January 28 and Tuesday, January 29 for the public school schedule.

The Library will also be open on Sunday, January 27, 1 pm-9 pm.  Saturday January 26, we'll be open regular hours, 9 am-5 pm.

During the extended hours, the Library CafĂ© will remain open until 8:00 pm so students can take study breaks and hang out.  (And get snacks, too.) 

Find out more about the library's extended hours on the library's blog here

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This Just In - for YA

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coffeebreak.pngLooking for something to read?  Try this Young Adult list posted on the library's newest blog - This Just In, where Stephen features 12 new titles in our Young Adult collection.  Explore the blog for other formats and genres, and for more selections from the YA collection, check the links on our Read This page!

SupermanEarthOne2.pngThe sequel to 2010's Superman Earth One is finally here.  (Click here to reserve a copy from us.) Was it worth the wait? 

As recounted in this review of the first installment, writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis have "rebooted" the Man of Steel for the 21st century.  Volume Two takes place some time after the previous book, with reporter Clark (Superman) Kent trying to please his boss, Daily Planet editor Perry White, getting an apartment, making new friends (including a potential romantic interest) and discovering that colleague Lois Lane has been secretly checking out his background.

Meanwhile, the Second Army Advanced Technology Division, a secret US military unit, is trying to convince the government to find and possibly destroy Superman. The corrupt military dictator of a tropical island nation called Borada (uh-huh) refuses to let Superman assist his people during a tsunami.  Oh, and a criminal named Jenson, finding himself transformed into The Parasite, a creature who can suck the life force out of anyone he touches, goes on the rampage.   

Toss in some very mature themes not usually found in a Superman story (drugs; sex; online pornography) and a surprise appearance by another familar, also rebooted, character (hint: he's now got hair), and you've got one exciting adventure that starts slow, then builds to an exciting and compelling climax.  Straczynski manages to deliver sharply etched characters (Clark's neighbor Eddie will break your heart) and action in a solid script, which Shane Davis' art aptly complements.

Check out Superman Earth Two: Volume Two.  It was worth the wait.   

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"Batman Earth One" by Geoff Johns & Gary Frank

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Batman Earth One.pngFrom time to time we'll review new and not-so-new graphic novels on this blog.  First up is Batman Earth One,  writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank's new take on the Caped Crusader, following on the heels of 2010's Superman Earth One (previously reviewed here).  As with the earlier work, Batman EO offers a rebooted version of the hero's origin, motivation and supporting cast.  (Click here to reserve our copy.)

Similar in tone and feel to Christopher Nolan's recent Batman films, we once again relive the tale of how Bruce Wayne as a young boy witnessed the shocking muder of his parents and his vow to avenge them.  Devoting his life training himself in body and mind, the adult Bruce becomes the dreaded, Gotham City-based vigilante known as The Batman.  So far so good.

But Johns and Frank revise a lot of things.  Everybody in Gotham is on the take.  Bruce as a boy is a spolled brat.  Alfred Pennyworth, previously the loyal Wayne family butler, is now an ex-mercenary pal (with a mysterious past) of Bruce's father who becomes Bruce's guardian.  James Gordon is a defeated, harassed detective.  And wait till you see who the corrupt mayor of Gotham City is! 

Toss in a pedophile serial killer, Gordon's daughter Barbara, gloryhound detective Harvey Bullock, and Batman's first bumbling, nearly fatal outings, and you've got an exciting, suspenseful and dark tale, with terrific scripting and art, that'll keep you glued from beginning to end.  Like me, you'll want to read the next installment sooner than later!  Check out Batman Earth One!

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ChessClub010213.pngJust like last year, the first Friday of every month is Chess Night! National Master Rich Jackson will provide instruction, supervise play and challenge you to a game or two. All ages and skill levels are welcome. You don't have to bring anything except your love of the game or your desire to learn. No registration required.

The Chess Club will meet this Friday, January 4th, at Greenwich Library in the second floor Meeting Room at 7:00 pm.  For further details, call (203) 622-7915 or (203) 625-6507. 

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