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Spark a Reaction at Greenfield Library


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.

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