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					                                 The Greenwich Library —
2007– 2008
Board of Trustees
Executive Committee
Roberta Denning
Nancy M. Better
                                 Then and Now
First Vice President
Jennifer A. Baldock
Second Vice President            Library Facts –1930                                  Library Facts –2007
John J. Coneys, Jr.
David R. Jarvis                  Town Population:                33,112               Town Population (2006):            62,077
Assistant Treasurer              Total circulation of materials: 12,563               Total circulation of materials: 1,384,239
Jane D. Marsh
Secretary                        NUMBER OF STAFF:                                     NUMBER OF STAFF:
David O. Brownwood                    Full time                          7                 Full time                        66
Member at Large
                                      Part time                          4                 Part time                        86
Betsy Moore
Member at Large
Friends Executive Committee
Trish Stefani
Mary-Jane Brogan
Vice Chairman
Jeanine B. Getz
Linda Lovelace
Board of Trustees
Susan J. Bevan
Holly Peterson Breeden
Anne B. Farrell
Sidney Goodfriend
                                  The Greenwich Library—Then          The Greenwich Library—Now
Mary Jacobson
Claude Johnson
Ronald Lauderdale
Suzanne Peisch
Andrew Pitts
Barbara Richards
Ex-Officio Members
Mario M. González
James A. Lash
First Selectman Town
 of Greenwich

                                            Children’s Room—Then

                                                                                   Children’s Room—Now


  Greenwich Library
 101 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830-5387

         Sarah Velardi
                                  Libray Event—Then
    Development Associate
                                                                   Libray Event—Now
                                              Greenwich Library

FRIENDS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE                                     Newsletter
Fall 2007                                                     T h e Pr e s i d e n t ’s C o r n e r

C      onstruction projects: hard to live
       with them, short-sighted to live
       without them. Over the past
decade, the Greenwich Library has done
its share to contribute to our town’s
                                              meeting room. Library patrons have voted
                                              with their feet: visits to the Cos Cob library
                                              are at an all-time high, with a total of 76,214
                                              in the past year. Robust and varied pro-
                                                                                                The new technology train-
                                                                                                ing room features a state
                                                                                                of the art projection sys-
                                                                                                tem, 18 computers, and wireless internet
                                              grams and active community involvement            access, and has been designed for use by
building boom. In each case, the needs of     are hallmarks of the Cos Cob branch library.      both the general public and library staff.
our patrons have driven the planning and                                                        The array of workshops available to the
construction process, resulting in expan-     Now it is the Byram community’s turn for
                                                                                                public covers topics ranging from the
sions and enhancements that have bene-        an updated, expanded library, and with it,
                                                                                                library’s database resources to general
fited our entire community.                   the agony and ecstasy of construction.
                                                                                                computer and internet skills. This new
                                              Since it was built 30 years ago, the Byram
                                                                                                space is yet another example of construc-
In 1996, the Library began construction on    Shubert Library has been essentially
                                                                                                tion enhancing services in response to the
a 32,000 square-foot, light-filled addition   unchanged. After a two-year planning
                                                                                                Library’s mission to offer our patrons free
to the main branch, to house expanded         process, the Trustees of the Greenwich
                                                                                                and convenient access to information.
business and music collections. The new       Library endorsed the Byram community’s
Peterson Wing, named for benefactor           request for a larger library. The resulting       Of course, these many improvements to
Clementine Lockwood Peterson, was             Byram construction project includes a             the Library’s facilities would not have been
designed by Caesar Pelli & Associates Inc.    renovation of the existing space and the          possible without the continued generosity
Architects and built by O & G Construction.   addition of a new wing of nearly 5,000            of our private donors. Over the years, the
Completed in 1999, the additional space       square feet, roughly doubling the library’s       Greenwich Library has received support for
provided the Library with an opportunity      size. The new building will include an            capital improvements from the Town of
to expand programs and services as well       enlarged community room, 22 computers,            Greenwich, the State of Connecticut, and
as collections. The public’s response was     wireless access, and separate areas for           the federal government, through the
overwhelmingly enthusiastic: patron visits    adults, teens, and children. Peter Gisolfi        Community Development Block Grant pro-
to the main branch increased an astonish-     Associates are the architects for the proj-       gram. However, without private support,
ing 770%, from 77,603 in the 1998-1999 fis-   ect, and the general contractor is Marco          none of the construction projects outlined
cal year to 674,793 in the 2006-2007 fiscal   Martelli Associates, Inc. Construction on         above could have been completed.
year, with circulation rising from 731,490    the Byram Shubert Library is well under-
items to 1,384,230 items in the same peri-                                                      I join my fellow Trustees in thanking you,
                                              way and is slated for completion in
od. Today, the Greenwich Library is the                                                         our donors, for your loyalty and generosity
                                              September 2008.
busiest public library in Connecticut and                                                       over the years to ensure that the Greenwich
second only to the Boston Public Library      This past year, the main branch of the            Library remains the innovative and amaz-
as the most active library in New England.    library was also improved by the creation         ing resource we all enjoy—with or without
                                              of three new spaces: a technology training        continued construction!
In 1999, the Library responded to the         room, a new public relations office, and a
request of the Cos Cob community for a        revamped shipping and receiving area for
separate branch library building. Designed    interlibrary loan materials and branch
by Kaehler/Moore Architects, LLC and built    returns. These spaces, totalling nearly
by A. P. Construction Company, the Cos        2,500 square feet, were designed by archi-
Cob branch includes a children’s area, a      tect Michael Tribe of Peter Gisolfi               ROBERTA DENNING
general reading room, and a community         Associates and built by Regency Builders.         President
                                                   The Friends of the Greenwich Library News
   2008 Peterson
   Business Award
                                                                        I  n May, the Friends of the Greenwich Library appointed Trish Stefani
                                                                           as their new Chairman. Trish has lived in Greenwich for 30 years,
                                                                           with breaks for moves abroad. She has been a volunteer with
                                                                       many organizations, from hospital auxiliaries and symphony boards
                                                                       to an innovative Head Start program in Caracas, Venezuela.
   Dinner                                                                 In addition to her role at the Library, Trish is actively involved with
                                                                       Green Fingers Garden Club and the Garden Education Center. She
                                                                       has served for 10 years on the Friends Board as chair of Volunteers,
                                                                       Outreach, Book Brigade and most recently Vice-Chairman.
   On Thursday,                                      Born in Los Angeles, CA, Trish is a graduate of Pomona College. Trish and her hus-
   March 6, 2008,                                  band Richard have two children and four grandchildren. Trish looks forward to continu-
                                                   ing the excellent work of her predecessors.
   Indra K. Nooyi,
   Chairman and
   Chief Executive
                        Indra K. Nooyi
   Officer of PepsiCo,                                GREENWICH LIBRARY’S
   will be honored as the sixth
   recipient of Greenwich Library’s                   Harry Potter Party
   Peterson Business Award.                           On July 19, 60 children arrived at the
   Richard C. Levin, president of Yale                Greenwich Library via the “Hogwarts
                    University, will                  Express” for a magical afternoon to
                    present the                       celebrate the release of the final book       Librarian Deirdre Sullivan teaching the
                                                      in the Harry Potter series. They were         magicians-in-training
                    award. The bien-
                    nial event, which                 entertained by three “Hogwarts Professors”: Children’s Librarian Alice
                    will be held                      Sherwood, Young Adult Librarian Margaret Walsh and Harry Potter
                                                      Fan/Librarian Deirdre Sullivan.
                    at the Greenwich
   Richard C. Levin                                      A “Sorting Hat” ceremony transformed the children into Slytherins,
                    Hyatt, is the
                                                      Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws. The “students” then attended
   Library’s only major fundraiser.                   Hogwarts “classes.” In Defense Against The Dark Arts class, they made wands
   For more information, contact                      out of phoenix feathers and unicorn tails. In Arithimancy class, they played
   Sarah Velardi, Development                         boisterous games of Magic Bingo, where the winners caught Golden Snitch key
   Associate at (203) 622-7989, or                    chains. In History of Magic class, the students answered trivia questions from                     the first six Harry Potter books…ranging from very easy to so difficult that
                                                      even Hermione Granger would be baffled!

Events at the Cos Cob Library
On May 2nd, the Cos Cob Library welcomed comedienne
Jane Condon for an hour of stand-up comedy. Condon, a
Greenwich resident was recently a competitor on the NBC
show “Last Comic Standing.” Nearly 60 people enjoyed her
routine, which included anecdotes about her family and life
in Greenwich.

On May 8th, the Cos Cob Library held a CrimeLab
program run by the Children’s Museum of Connecticut. A
group of children was given a crime scenario involving the
theft of a computer chip from a corporate computer. The
children were given facts about the case and then analyzed                                                               Comedienne
ink and compared fingerprints to narrow down the number                                                                  Jane Condon
of possible suspects. Ultimately, led by the facilitator, they
were able to determine the culprit.
                                                                   Young sleuths solving a crime
Byram Library                                                               SAVE THE DATE IN 2008!
Fundraising Update                                                          The Greenwich Library’s Distinguished
                                                                            Lecture Series Presents

T      o date, the Byram Shubert Library is less than $65,000
       away from our $4.8 million goal! This total includes Town
       funds, a federal Community Development Block Grant, a
grant from the Connecticut State Library and private gifts from
individuals and foundations.
                                                                            DAVID McCULLOUGH
                                                                               The Greenwich Library welcomes David McCullough as
                                                                            the third speaker in the Distinguished Lecture series. Mr
                                                                            McCullough will appear on Sunday, October 5, 2008 in the
   During the construction phase, Library services have been                Cole Auditorium.
temporarily relocated to the community building at St. Paul’s
                                                                               Mr. McCullough’s most recent book,
Church in Byram. The 800 square-foot space includes 3,000 mate-
                                                                            1776, a New York Times bestseller in both
rials for circulation and six computers for patron and staff use.
                                                                            hardcover and paperback, has been called
   We need your help as we approach our fundraising goal. Any
                                                                            “brilliant…powerful,” “a classic,” while
size gift will help to make the dream of an amazing Library for the
                                                                            his previous work, John Adams, remains
Byram community come true!
   For more information, or to make a contribution, please
                                                                            one of the most critically-acclaimed and
contact Sarah Velardi, Development Associate at (203) 622-7989              widely-read American biographies of all
or                                           time. To date more than two million
                                                                            copies have been sold.
                                                                               Mr. McCullough’s other books include The Johnstown
                                                                            Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Mornings
                                                                            on Horseback, Brave Companions, and Truman.
                                                                               In the words of the citation accompanying Mr. McCullough’s
                                                                            honorary degree from Yale: "As an historian, he paints with
                                                                            words, giving us pictures of the American people that live,
                                                                            breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of
                                                                            courage, achievement, and moral character."
                                                                               More information about this event and ticket distribution
Architect's rendering of the renovated Byram branch                         will be available in 2008! Please check the Greenwich Library
                                                                            website for details.

   Mary K. Vinton
       After five years of
                                                      Byram Shubert
   service to the Library,                            Library’s
   Director of Development
   Mary K. Vinton recently                            75th Anniversary
   left to become
   Development Director
   at the King & Lo-
   Heywood Thomas School, in Stamford.
                                                         On May 20, the Byram                 Members of the community at the 75th Anniversary
                                                      Shubert Library held a 75th             celebration of the Byram Shubert Library
   Mary was instrumental in coordinating
                                                      Anniversary celebration, which was
   many Library events and projects, includ-
                                                      well attended by members of the
   ing two Peterson Business Award
                                                      community. Events included a
   Dinners, the Byram Capital Campaign
                                                      scavenger hunt around Byram,
   and numerous donor events. The Board
                                                      with clues that led participants to
   of Trustees has formed a search
                                                      different historically significant
   committee to hire a new Director of
                                                      areas in town. The celebration also
   Development and expects to fill the
                                                      included an ice cream social and
   position shortly. In the meantime,
                                                      entertainment by a stilt walker.
   Development Associate Sarah Velardi
   is staffing the Trustees’ Office.
                                                                                              Children being entertained by a stilt walker

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