18 Ways to Thrive in 2022

As we ring in a new year, Greenwich Library invites our patrons to visit us in 2022 and take advantage of all the Library has to offer throughout the year. We’ve compiled a list of just some of the ways Greenwich Library (and our Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches) can enrich your life, build a sense of community and help you be well in 2022. See you soon at Greenwich Library!

  1. Delight in Art: Stop into the Flinn Gallery on the second floor of the Library to view an art show! Alignments is on display until January 26, and the delightful show Just Shoes will run from February 3 – March 16.
  2. Get Tech Help: Stumped with your phone or tablet? Need help setting up your email? Get one-on-one help and ask any of your tech questions! Register to visit the Learning Lab on Saturdays at 11:00 am for help from Library staff.
  3. Explore Virtual Reality: Try out the zSpace Augmented Reality Desktop in the Library’s Innovation Lab. View virtual models in 3D through lightweight glasses, examine them in detail from all angles, and manipulate them using a stylus pen. Library cardholders can reserve up to one hour per day, seven days in advance.
  4. Find a Great Read: Find adventure, romance, and mystery in 2022 in the pages of a book. Get recommendations from Librarians with our Staff Picks, get personalized recommendations, or browse new releases.
  5. Share a Story: Spanish Storytime, Afternoon Story/Craft, Tales for 2’s and 3’s, Bilingual Storytime, Baby Lapsit: encourage a love of books and early language development at one or all of these storytimes with your little one(s)! Register through the Library’s online calendar.
  6. Press Play: On our YouTube channel, you can find dozens of recorded events, including two author talks from Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart, a performance from the Bill Charlap Trio, and a historical dive into the linguistics of English with podcaster Kevin Stroud. There’s something for everyone!
  7. Grow Your Career Skillset: Improve your prospects in the marketplace by learning in-demand skills from real-world industry experts with LinkedIn Learning (free with your Library card). Plus, find a career workshop at the Library to help you make a career change, optimize your resume, online network, and leverage recruiters.
  8. Build Your Family Tree: Our Local History Librarian Rick Hansen can help you search through an ancestry database, find out when your family settled in Greenwich, and so much more! Send us an email to set up your first appointment.
  9. Turn Up the Music: Skip the fees that come with Spotify and Pandora. Stream and download music from thousands of artists and albums with your Library card on the hoopla app. All your favorite music is available on the app including Top 100 songs, rock, country, broadway hits, and more.
  10. Prioritize Your Health: Amidst a global pandemic, take the time to care for your physical and mental health. In addition to thousands of health-related books, the Library offers many wellness programs like cooking demos, meditation, qi gong, tai chi, and chair yoga, as well as in-person blood pressure screenings.
  11. Get into the Green: Looking to improve your finances in 2022? Join one of the Library’s financial workshops led by experts, including how to manage personal finances, invest your money, and seek grants. Plus, take advantage of the Bloomberg Terminal, an excellent investment tool, available in the Peterson Business Wing.
  12. Learn a Language: With your Library card, access Mango Languages for free, which offers lessons for more than 70 languages. The Library also has an array of books, audiobooks, and more for ESL language learners of all levels.
  13. Help Your Student Find Success: The Library has many resources to help kids thrive in school, from access to books to homework help and resources for teachers. Plus, for older students, check out books on how to ace the SATs & ACTs and find the right college or university.
  14. Ask!: Is there more you want to learn that isn’t on this list? Our staff is here to answer all of your questions and lead you in the right direction, including great reading recommendations. Stop by, send us a message via Live Chat at greenwichlibrary.org, or call 203-622-7900 during opening hours.
  15. Experience History Firsthand: Turn back the clock through interviews with people who have helped to make or witnessed the history of Greenwich, Connecticut, since 1890. The Greenwich Library Oral History Project collection contains more than one thousand interviews and 142 books.
  16. Connect with Friends: Share a night with friends or family over music, films, and more. Join the Friends of Greenwich Library for their ongoing Friends Friday Films Series, with January featuring classics from the Coen brothers. Plus, Musicians from Marlboro visit in January and February.
  17. Share a Love of Books: Each year, all of Greenwich reads and explores the same book in a community-wide reading experience called Greenwich Reads Together. Check out past GRT books at greenwichreadstogether.org, each of which is an excellent winter read. Plus find reviews, author interviews, and discussion questions to expand your experience and tally your list of books to nominate for 2022 later this year!
  18. Find Something for You: Explore, learn, and grow! Enhance your year with your community through the Library’s many virtual and in-person events. You’ll find something for every age and interest from Book Groups to writing workshops to programs for small business owners. Find something for you!

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