Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Greenwich Reads Together 2016: Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, has been chosen as the Greenwich Reads Together selection for 2016. Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book, culminating in a month-long series of special events and programs in the fall.

One snowy night, a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-- from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-- this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

Companion Selections for Children:
For middle grade readers: The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau
For younger readers: Blackout, by John Rocco

Visit Greenwich Library's website for more information on Greenwich Reads Together.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Young Critics' Club's Favorite Book of 2015/2016 Is...

The Young Critics' Club (YCC), Perrot's book club for 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-graders, has declared that its favorite book of 2015/2016 is...


I AM PRINCESS X, by Cherie Priest

Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons their imaginations could conjure. A few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her. Now May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window. Princess X? When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere-- there's an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby's story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon--- her best friend, Libby, who lives.

See the rest of YCC's favorite books for some great picks!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Teens: Looking for a summer volunteer opportunity?

. . .Perrot needs you! Perrot is looking for teen volunteers for its Youth Services department to help run the summer reading program for kids.

Who can be a Perrot Library Summer Teen Volunteer?
Anyone who is going into Grades 7 and up, and who can volunteer at least 5 hours during the summer.

When do volunteers work?
From June 22nd to July 29th, whenever the library is open. You can set your own schedule and sign up for shifts during mornings, afternoons, or evenings.

Why volunteer?
• To help others
• To learn job skills
• To earn community service hours
• To meet other teens and have fun!

How do I become a Summer Teen Volunteer?
Easy! Just pick up an application at the Youth Services Desk (or download one here- PDF), have a parent or guardian sign it, and drop it off.

How do I learn what to do?
All volunteers must attend a 30-minute training session in June where we’ll teach you everything you need to know. (Even if you volunteered last summer, you must attend this year's training session.)

Have more questions?
Please call Kathy Jarombek, Director of Youth Services, at 203-637-8802.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Upcoming Event: Journalist Will Stolzenburg on his book, HEART OF A LION

Journalist Will Stolzenburg on his new book,
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
7:30 PM
Radcliffe Children's Wing



Late one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. The creature appeared as something out of New England's forgotten past. Beside the road lay a 140-pound mountain lion. Speculations ran wild, the wildest of which figured him a ghostly survivor from a bygone century when lions last roamed the eastern United States. But a more fantastic scenario of facts soon unfolded. The lion was three years old, with a DNA trail embarking from the Black Hills of South Dakota on a cross-country odyssey eventually passing within thirty miles of New York City. It was the farthest land-bound trek ever recorded for a wild animal in America, by a barely weaned teenager venturing solo through hostile terrain.

Stolzenburg retraces the lion's two-year journey-- from his embattled birthplace in the Black Hills, across the Great Plains and the Mississippi River, through Midwest metropolises and remote northern forests, to his tragic finale upon Connecticut's Gold Coast. Along the way, the lion traverses lands with people gunning for his kind, as well as those championing his cause. This is a story of one heroic creature pitting instinct against towering odds, coming home to a society deeply divided over his return. It is a testament to the resilience of nature, and a test of humanity's willingness to live again beside the ultimate symbol of wildness.

Will Stolzenburg has written hundreds of magazine articles about the science and spirit of saving wild creatures. A 2010 Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow, he is the author of the books Where the Wild Things Were and Rat Island. He is also the screenwriter of the documentaries Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators and Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship


PerrotYouthServices- check us out on Bibliocommons!

Follow Perrot's Youth Services Department on Bibliocommons! We have a growing collection of useful booklists, including lists of picture books on various themes, book club picks, and read-alikes.

Some recent additions:



Have an idea for a booklist you'd like to see? Please share your thoughts with us!

Y2C2's Favorite Book of 2015/2016 Is...

The Young Young Critics' Club (Y2C2), Perrot's book club for 4th- and 5th-graders, has declared that its favorite book of 2015/2016 is...

THE BLACKTHORN KEY, by Kevin Sands

Tell no one what I’ve given you. Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex codes and puzzles and creating powerful medicines, potions, and weapons as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn— with maybe an explosion or two along the way. But when a mysterious cult begins to prey on London’s apothecaries, the trail of murders grows closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop. With time running out, Christopher must use every skill he’s learned to discover the key to a terrible secret with the power to tear the world apart.

See the rest of Y2C2's favorite books for some great picks!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Youth Services Summer Program Schedule Now Available

The Youth Services Summer 2016 Program Schedule is now available!

Please note that during our summer program session, all of our preschool programs are DROP-IN, and most are limited to the first 20 children and their caregivers to sign in before each program. Our Stuff & Nonsense and Spotlight programs will be by registration only.

Pick up a registration postcard for the program of your choice from the Youth Services Circulation Desk, beginning on Monday, May 23rd, 2016. Don't forget to bring a stamp! The registration period closes at 5 PM on Sunday, June 12th, 2016. Our programs are selected by lottery. You will receive your card back in the mail a few days after the close of regitration.

If you have questions about our programs or registration process, please call us at 203-637-8802.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Winners of the Semi-Annual Y2C2 Jeopardy Tournament

Winners of the Semi-Annual Y2C2 Jeopardy Tournament
Golden Y Award Winners, Spring 2016

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Semi-Annual Young Young Critics' Club (Y2C2) Jeopardy Tournament!



The winning team, Team Kyle (L-R):  Leo, Elliot, Henry, Amrutha, and Ellie

They are the current holders of the coveted Wonderful Golden "Y" Award! The winners have demonstrated their mastery of trivia questions related to the books that the Young Young Critics' Club (our book club for 4th- and 5th-graders) has read during the past year. (Yes, it looks like a lobster, but trust us, it’s also a wonderful golden ‘Y’-- stop by the Youth Services Department and see for yourself!)

Monday, March 07, 2016

Mobile Printing Is Now Available at Perrot

With our new mobile printing service, you can now send documents to our public printer directly
from your laptop or mobile device!

How to print from a laptop or desktop computer:

  • Visit the following website: http://www.printeron.net/pml/soundbeachavenue
  • Select the printer and enter your email address
  • Browse your computer to find and select the file you wish to print
  • Click the green print icon (you will see the status of your print job and a reference number)
  • Provide your email address at the Reference Desk or Youth Services Desk to identify your print job
  • Pay for your print job (cost is 10¢/page)

Your print job will be printed!


How to print from tablet or smartphone app:


  • Visit your device’s store for apps. Search for and install the (free) PrinterOn App
  • Open the app
  • Click “No printer selected”
  • Click “Search”. Search for “perrot”
  • Click on “PML Sound Beach Avenue- Black and White Printer
  • To Print Documents: when viewing the document, click in the upper right corner and upload the document to the PrinterOn App 
  • To print Photos: open the app, click on “photo” and select a photo to print 
  • Select the printer and click the print icon 
  • Enter an email address and click on the check mark (you will receive a notice that the job started, and shortly after another message stating “Job Success”) 
  • Provide your email address at the Reference Desk or Youth Services Desk to identify your print job 
  • Pay for your print job (cost is 10¢/page)

Your print job will be printed!


How to use email to send something directly to library print system:

  • Email from any device directly to the library’s print system at pml-soundbeachavenue-bw@printspots.com
  • Provide your email address AND the name of the file that you wish to print at the Reference Desk or Youth Services Desk to identify your print job
  • Pay for your print job (cost is 10¢/page)
Your print job will be printed!

What We're Reading at Perrot: Book Recommendations from our Reference Desk

DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY, BY BILL CLEGG

[Fiction] This is a story of extremes: happiness and sadness; marriage and divorce; forgiveness and resentment; youth and middle age. It is the story of a previously loosely connected group of individuals who are dealing with an unimaginable tragedy: a catastrophic accident that kills an entire family. This well-received debut novel, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is the very model of a page-turner, drawing readers in and holding on to them through its completion. Set initially in a small town in northwestern Connecticut, the story expands and concludes in Washington State. We learn the story from the viewpoints of its participants, coming eventually to understand the many different factors that contributed to the tragedy at the heart of the novel. Ultimately a tribute to the human spirit, this is a great read and a perfect choice for book groups.

See the rest of our list of recommendations!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Upcoming Event: No Parent Left Behind: What's Really on the Minds of Middle School Girls?

The Perrot Memorial Library, in collaboration with the Junior League of Greenwich, proudly present the panel discussion: "No Parent Left Behind: What's Really on the Minds of Middle School Girls?"

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

Experts in the field of counseling and social media held full-day sessions with over 200 girls ages 11 and 12 concerning friendship, self-esteem, morality, decision-making, and social media. Hear what the girls had to say, and learn how you can partner with your middle-schooler as she embarks upon a new, and sometimes challenging, phase in her life. 

Featuring:

Meredith Gold
Domestic Abuse Services at the YWCA

Sara W. Rawson
Occupational Therapist

Beth O'Malley
LCSW/Psychotherapist

Jenny Byxbee
Youth Services Coordinator at the United Way



This event is part of the Junior League of Greenwich’s project, "Positively More," which aims to give preteen girls the tools to avoid questionable situations, lessen the consequences of potential conflicts, and identify lessons learned by those challenges.

For more info, visit: 
http://www.jlgreenwich.org/

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Sunday Afternoon Movie at Perrot: Anna Karenina (2012)

Sunday Afternoon Movie at Perrot

Cozy up on a winter Sunday afternoon at the library and enjoy a movie! 
Russian snacks will be served.




ANNA KARENINA (2012)
Rated R, 130 minutes
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
2 PM

The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Children's Winter/Spring Program Lottery/Program Openings

Registration cards for our Winter/Spring 2016 children's programs were mailed back today! If you don't receive your card in the next few days, please call us (203-637-8802)

Also, we still have room in our Stuff & Nonsense (for Kindergarten and 1st-graders) and Spotlight programs (for 2nd- and 3rd-graders). Please call us if you are interested in signing your child up for one of these programs.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Upcoming Event: Writer and Conservationist Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: How Animals Think and Feel



Upcoming Event: Writer and Conservationist Carl Safina,
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
7:30 PM
Radcliffe Children's Wing

About the Talk
Carl Safina worked with researchers who’ve spent decades studying particular families of wild elephants, wolves, and killer whales. He got to know these free-living creatures as individuals, along with their children and grandchildren. In this talk he tells us of amazing strategies and judgment calls these actual wild creatures have made to ensure their families’ survival in times of crisis.

Safina will explore similarities in our consciousness, self-awareness, empathy, non-verbal communication, imitation, teaching, and a surprisingly capacity for grief widespread among elephants, wolves, whales, and even certain birds.

The main thing that Safina will show is that animals think and feel a lot like people do—because after all, people are animals. He’ll show that their lives and their minds aren’t really too different from ours. They know who their friends are. They know who their enemies are. They have ambitions for status, and their lives follow the arc of a career. Relationships define them, as relationships define us.



About Carl Safina
Carl Safina explores how the ocean is changing, and what those changes mean for wildlife and for people. His writing conveys the scientific dimensions as well as moral and social implications of our relationship with nature.

His earlier work focused on seabird ecology, then on policy. In the 1990s, he helped lead campaigns to ban high-seas driftnets, re-write U. S. federal fisheries law, work toward international conservation of tunas, sharks, and other fishes, and achieve passage of a United Nations global fisheries treaty. Carl founded Blue Ocean Institute in 2003. The conservation non-profit recently changed its name to The Safina Center at Stony Brook University.

Carl, whose PhD in ecology is from Rutgers University, is author of six books, and more than a hundred scientific and popular publications on ecology and oceans, including featured work in National Geographic and The New York Times, and a new Foreword to Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us.

His first book, Song for the Blue Ocean, was chosen a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction selection, and a Library Journal Best Science Book selection; it won him the Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction.

His second book, Eye of the Albatross, won the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing and was chosen by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine as the year’s best book for communicating science.  Carl is also author of Voyage of the Turtle, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, Nina Delmar: The Great Whale Rescue, a children’s chapter book, and The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, also a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Released in 2011 was Safina’s latest book, A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout. And in 2013, his PBS television series, Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina, was broadcast to over 90 million households.

He has been profiled on Nightline and twice in the New York Times; named among “100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century” by Audubon Magazine; and featured on the Bill Moyers PBS special Earth on Edge. Safina has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize.
Carl has honorary doctorates from Long Island University and the State University of New York. He is the inaugural holder of the Carl Safina Endowed Research Professorship for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University ‘s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Carl co-chairs and teaches in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at SBU.

Carl is a MacArthur Fellow, has been an elected member of The Explorers Club and a World Wildlife Fund Senior Fellow, is a recipient of the Pew Scholar’s Award in Conservation and the Environment, and a recipient of Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo’s Rabb Medal, among other honors.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Winners of the Semi-Annual Y2C2 Jeopardy Tournament


CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Semi-Annual Young Young Critics' Club (Y2C2) Jeopardy Tournament!




The Winning Team, The Tap Dancing Santas 
(L-R) Henry, Leo, Amrutha, Ellie, Benjamin, and Jacob


They are the current holders of the coveted Wonderful Golden "Y" Award! The winners have demonstrated their mastery of trivia questions related to the books that the Young Young Critics' Club (our book club for 4th- and 5th-graders) has read during the past year. (Yes, it looks like a lobster, but trust us, it’s also a wonderful golden ‘Y’-- stop by the Youth Services Department and see for yourself!)