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We are in the middle swing of a busy summer here at the Library.  But we are not stopping yet!  Come by and see some of the activities we have planned for late-July!

SAVE THE DATE:  Greenfield Library Celebrates the Fifth Anniversary of the new Library with an Open House on Saturday, August 16

The Library will kick off a year of fun Fifth Anniversary celebration events with an open house on Saturday August 16 from 1:00 -3:00 p.m.  The public is invited to join honored guests for guided tours of the Library and Children’s Garden, storytelling with Mr. Mark, refreshments, prize drawings and more.  We thank you for your support and look forward to many more years of serving the Greenfield community.  Please come! 

Stories with Mr. Mark on Monday, July 28 at 1:30 PM

Noisy, active and interactive stories for children with library storyteller, Mr. Mark.  Plan to have fun at this library program!  This program takes place in the Community Room.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

Historian Jim Gibbons “A World Gone Mad:  World War I” on July 29 at 6:30 PM in the Library Community Room

Historian Jim Gibbons will take listeners through World War I,  nearly 100 years to the day of first fighting.  Mr. Gibbons will highlight significant events that thrust the United States into this unwanted war, including the assassination of the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, which started the war, the sinking of the luxury liner Lusitania, and, due to arrogant missteps after the war, the eventual rise of Adolf Hitler to supreme power leading into World War II.  Learn how new weapons of war were first introduced (the airplane, the submarine, the aircraft carrier, and the tank) and how they were used to achieve absolute victory. The program is free to the public and no registration is required. 

Family Movie Matinee

There will be a free movie shown on Tuesday, July 29, at 2:00 PM.  Join us for a free G- or PG- rated family movie in the cool air-conditioned Community Room. Free popcorn will be provided.  Call the library at 414-321-9595 X104 for information about the movie that will be shown.  

Nail Art and Smoothies on Wednesday, July 30, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM

This program is for ‘tweens and teens (ages 9 and up), learn new and creative ways to decorate your nails.  We will have some nail polish here, but feel free to bring any from home you might want to use.  While we are waiting for the nail polish to dry, we will make smoothies!  This event will be in the Library Community Room.  No registration is required. 

Deep in the Stacks – Crete Earthquake

This week, 1649 years ago, an undersea earthquake in what is believed to be measured at least at a devastating 8.0 on the present-day Richter Scale rattled the Mediterranean region, especially central and southern Greece, northern Libya, Egypt, Cyprus, Sicily, and Crete, the epicenter of this devastating quake.  In Crete, nearly all towns were destroyed.  Though the devastation of the earthquake was impactful in itself, the resulting tsunami or large water waves resulting from the quake did most of the damage, killing and drowning thousands and hurling ships two miles inland.  Five thousand were believed to die in the city of Alexandria in Egypt alone, over 400 miles from Crete and over 45,000 died in surrounding areas.  Though historiography is very rough in this time period, the Crete Earthquake of 365 was mentioned in numerous records from many different groups, thus proving its existence and ferocity.   

Please look at some of our holdings related to earthquakes and tsunamis at GPL. 


Danger! Earthquakes – Seymour Simon     E 551.22 SIM 

Earthquakes – Franklyn Mansfield Branley     J 551.22 BRA 

Earthquakes – Laura Conlon     J 551.22 CON 

Earthquakes – Seymour Simon     J 551.22 SIM 

Earthquakes – Paul Sipiera     E 551.52 SIP 

Earthquakes – Sally Walker     J 551.22 WAL 

Predicting Earthquakes – Gregory Vogt     J 551.22 VOG 

Tsunamis – Jil Fine     J 551.47 FIN 

Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters – Mary Pope Osbourne     J 363.34 OSB 


Earthshaking Science: What We Know (and Don’t Know) About Earthquakes – Susan Elizabeth Hough     551.22 HOU (Ask at Desk) 

Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes – Alexander Gates     551.203 GAT 

Why the Earth Quakes – Matthys Levy     551.21 LEV (Ask at Desk) 


Earthquakes – J DVD 551.22 EAR 

Greece (Crete & the Aegean Islands) – DVD 914.95 GRE 

Tsunamis – J DVD 551.47 TSU 

Tsunami: The Wave That Shook the World – DVD 551.47 TSU


Thank you again for reading our blog and we look forward to seeing you soon at Greenfield Library.

Roar On Into Greenfield Library


Summer has made us very busy and we thank you for your support!  Please read about some of the planned activities for the coming week. 

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Stories with Mr. Mark

Story times that will be very active, interactive, and noisy with Library Storyteller, Mr. Mark!

Thursday, July 3 and July 24 at 6:30 PM.   Monday, July 7 and July 28 at 1:30 PM.

These story times take place in the Library Community Room and caregivers stay with the children during the programs.  

Are You Smarter than a Librarian Trivia Game for ‘Tweens and Teens (ages 9 and up)

Face off against Greenfield librarians for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Wednesday, July 2, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM in the Library Community Room. 

Zombie Party at the Library for ‘Tweens and Teens

Come human and leave zombie!  We will be experimenting with zombie make-up, playing zombie games, and eating zombie snacks.  Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty with zombie make-up. 

Wednesday, July 9, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM in the Community Room 

Greenfield Library Book Clubs to Discuss the Roaring Twenties

Get out your dancing shoes and Tommy Guns: it’s time to celebrate the 1920s!  For the month of July both of the Greenfield Library Book Clubs will be discussing topics related to the 1920s and the importance of these years, even now in the twenty-first century. 

The Greenfield Library Adult Book Club will discuss Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927, a retrospective of a year that technologically and culturally impacted the nation and the world.  Mr. Bryson highlights events that occurred in 1927 and how they were relevant then and today.  Such events include Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight, Babe Ruth’s quest for 60 home runs in a season, the rise of Al Capone, the invention of television, and the release first talking film, just to name a few, all of which occurred in the year 1927. 

The Library’s History Book Club will analyze author Daniel Okrent’s Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. This book is an account of one of the more confusing portions of American history.  At the discussion we will observe how Mr. Okrent portrayed individuals and groups who fought for the cause of prohibition such as women’s temperance groups, xenophobic anti-immigrant groups, concerned religious leaders and big government.  Then we will watch how organized crime, bootleggers, and the common everyday drinking man (and woman) fought against these modern-day moral crusaders and brought all of their valiant work crashing down in just 13 years.   

Reserve copies of these books online at or by calling the Greenfield Public Library at 414-321-9595 x104.  You can also reserve the book in person at the Reference Desk.  No registration is required and all are welcome to attend. 

Deep in the Stacks: Nostradamus 

This July 2 marks the 448th anniversary of the death of Michel de Nostredame, better known to you as Nostradamus.  Nostradamus was a French apothecary (pharmacist) and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide.  Nostradamus has attracted a following that credits him with predicting many major world events.  Most academic sources maintain that the associations made between world events and Nostradamus’s quatrains are largely the results of misinterpretations or deliberate mistranslation.  Nevertheless, Nostradamus is still read by some for his opinions and potential predictions in these confusing and trying times. 

I foresee you looking at some of the titles related to Nostradamus available at Greenfield Library that are mentioned below.



The Mask of Nostradamus – James Randi     133.3 NOSTRADAMUS 

Nostradamus: The Final Reckoning – Peter Lemesurier     133.3 LEM 

Nostradamus: The New Revelations – John Hogue     133 HOG 

Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies – John Hogue     133.3 NOSTRADAMUS 

Nostradamus: The End of the Millennium: Prophecies, 1992-2001 – V.J. Hewitt     133.3 HEW 

Prophecies on World Events by Nostradamus – Stewart Robb     133.3 ROB 



The Master of All Desires – Judith Merkle Riley     F RILEY, Judith Merkle 

Nostradamus: A Novel – Knut Boeser     F BOE 

The Nostradamus Prophecies – Mario Reading     F READING, Mario 

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Thank you very much for reading and we look forward to seeing you soon at Greenfield Public Library.

Get Off the School Bus, Get on the Party Bus - Summertime is at Greenfield Library

Greetings Greenfield Library Blog Readers! 

Summer at the Library has officially begun!  Read about some of the activities planned for early June and start planning accordingly to attend! 

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“Dork Diaries” Author Rachel Renee Russell is Bringing Her Party Bus to the Greenfield Library on June 10! 

On Tuesday, June 10, from 4:00 - 7:00 PM, Rachel Renee Russell, author of the popular children’s book series “Dork Diaries” will be at the Greenfield Library with her “Dork Diaries” Party Bus.  The Party Bus includes a D.J., karaoke, temporary tattoo station, and a photo booth. Meet Rachel Renee Russell and have her autograph your book. Bring your books from home or buy a copy at the event. This author event is sponsored by Boswell Book Company.  For more information, call the Greenfield Library at (414) 321-9595 X104. 

Registration Has Begun for Summer Reading Clubs at the Greenfield Library 

Registration for Summer Reading Clubs runs from June 2 through July 31.  Prizes are awarded from June 23 through August 23.  There are Reading Clubs for all ages!  Pick up a reading log at the library and record time spent reading in order to earn fun, incentive prizes to keep you reading, like free passes to museums and parks.  Readers can also enter drawings to win grand prizes like gift cards to Half Price Books and Greenfield News and Hobby for children, an iPod shuffle or iTunes gift card for teens, and a Kindle for adults.  For more information, call the library at (414) 321-9595 X104. 

Summer Library Programming Kicks Off with a Fun, Family Program, “Tabletop Experiments” on Friday, June 13 

It’s finally summer and the Library has planned lots of fun, family programming, beginning with Karl Debelak’s “Tabletop Experiments” on June 13, at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM! 

Karl Debelak is an educator-entertainer with years of experience thrilling and education audiences.  He’ll bring us the very best of his exciting science experiments! 

All summer library programs are FREE and do not require registration.  Takes place in the Library Community Room.  For more information about this program, or any of our summer programs, pick up a brochure at the library, visit the website or call the library at (414) 321-9595 X104. 

History Book Club Takes on a Literary Classic to Remember the World War I Centennial 

The month of June 2014 marks the centennial of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the catalyst that led to the horror of the Great War—World War I.  To remember this anniversary and those that fought in this lengthy and dreadful war, History Book Club will discuss Erich Maria Remarque’s classic novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, heralded as one of the greatest war novels of all-time on June 24 at 7:00pm in the Community Room. 

All Quiet on the Western Front tells the story of Paul Bäumer, a young German who joined the German Army shortly after the start of the war.  Through battles and tribulations, Remarque vividly displays how the war ravaged Paul’s mind and body and affected those around him.  It is a raw and emotional story of not only the battle taking place on the fields of France, but also in the mind of the soldier. 

Reserve your copy online at or by calling the Greenfield Public Library Reference Desk at 414-321-9595 x104.  All are invited to attend, even if you have not read the book but enjoy historical discussion. 

Deep in the Stacks: D-Day 

On June 6, 1944, 70 years ago this past week, the Normandy landings, termed D-Day, occurred.  This was the largest seaborne invasion in history and began the invasion of German-occupied Western Europe by Allied Forces that contributed largely to the Allied victory of the war.  Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day with 875,000 men disembarking into France by the end of June.  Allied casualties on the first day were at least 12,000, with over 4400 confirmed dead.  Despite the high initial death tolls of the invasion, D-Day was a daring necessity for the Allied Powers to infuse a large number of fresh troops into Nazi-dominated Western Europe in order to push to win the war, and it was successful. 

Remember this important day in world history by viewing some of Greenfield Library’s holdings on the invasion. 


The D-Day Companion: Leading Historians Explore History’s Greatest Amphibious Assault – ed. Jane Penrose    940.5421 DDA 

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies – Ben Macintyre    940.54 MAC 

Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day – Stephan Talty    940.5 TAL 

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 – Rick Atkinson    940.54 ATK 

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest – Stephen Ambrose    940.5421 AMB 


D-Day: They Fought to Free Europe from Hitler’s Tyranny – Shelly Tanaka    J 940.5421 TAN 

D-Day – Milton Dank    J 940.5421 DAN 


The Longest Day – DVD LON 

Saving Private Ryan – DVD SAV 

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Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you soon at Greenfield Public Library.

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