Friday, October 21, 2016

Upcoming Event: Talk and Book Signing with Diane B. Saxton

Talk & Book Signing with Diane B. Saxton,
author of Peregrine Island
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, at 7:30 PM

In her debut novel, PEREGRINE ISLAND, former Fairfield County resident Diane B. Saxton explores the mysteries behind three generations of women, one valuable painting, the artist who created it, and those who would do anything to possess it-- even kill. In this engrossing work, that brings Long Island Sound to vibrant life, not even a painting can be taken at face value. "For what you see, or think you see, on Peregrine Island, is seldom what it seems..."

Upcoming Event: Family Storytelling Concert featuring Bil Lepp

Perrot Memorial Library is proud to present an afternoon of storytelling in memory of our beloved Children's Librarians, Kate McClelland ("Mrs. Mac") and Kathy Krasniewicz ("Mrs. K"). Those who knew Kate and Kathy know how much storytelling was a part of their lives and how they used it to enchant and educate the youth of our community.

We are delighted that storyteller Bil Lepp will be joining us for this special annual family event, which will be held in Perrot's Children's Wing on Sunday, November 6th, 2016, at 2 PM.

Growing up in a family where the truth was fluid, nationally renowned storyteller (and five-time winner of the West Virginia State Liars' Contest) Bil Lepp became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age. Bil's outrageous, humorous tall tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life.

This free family event is recommended for ages 5 and up. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more info on Bil Lepp, please visit his on Facebook:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Come Join Perrot's New Teen Critics Club!

Are you a high school student that loves to read for fun? Enjoy talking about literature with your friends? Then come join the new Teen Critics Club and Advisory Board (TCC) at Perrot Library! You will have the opportunity to read and critique new and popular novels with a great group of fellow high-schoolers once every month! If you were in the Young Critics Club in middle school, then you definitely want to join TCC! 

Fall Meeting Times & Dates: 
Fridays from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM on:

September 23rd
October 21st
November 4th
December 9th 

Meetings will be held in the Youth Services Program Room

For more information, email

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Upcoming Event: From Broadway to Wall Street, with Author Heather K. Terry

From Broadway to Wall Street

with Author Heather K. Terry
Wednesday, September 28th, at 7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

Come join us for an evening with local author and entrepreneur Heather K. Terry, as she discusses her journey from struggling Broadway actress to CEO of a successful chocolate company, NibMor Chocolate. Heather will share her secrets to following her passion, taking risks, and the story of the rise of her booming business. Her book, From Broadway to Wall Street, is a collection of cautionary tales and a must read for any budding entrepreneur.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Fall 2016 Programs- Spaces still available!

Registration cards for our Fall 2016 children's programs were mailed back today! If you don't receive your card in the next few days, please call us.

We still have spaces available in the following programs:
-2s and 3s Together (for 2- and 3- year olds- all times except Thursdays at 10 AM)
-Fun for 4s and 5s (for 4- and 5-year olds- pre-kindergarten)
-Stuff & Nonsense (for Kindergarten and 1st-graders)
-Spotlight (for 2nd- and 3rd-graders)

View our program schedule for dates and times:

Please call us for further details on signing up (203-637-8802).

Upcoming Event: Late to the Ball, Book Discussion with Gerald Marzorati

Book Discussion with Author Gerald Marzorati
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, at 7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

Learning to play tennis in your fifties is no small feat, but becoming a serious, competitive tennis player at the sage of sixty is a whole other matter. Gerald Marzorati, a former New York Times Magazine editor and award-winning author, shares the inspiring and entertaining account of his pursuit to become a nationally competitive tennis player-- at the age of 60. In his book, Late to the Ball, Marzorati takes on his quest with complete vigor and absolute determination to see it through, providing a rich, vicarious experience for the reader, involving the science of aging, his existential battle with time, and the beautiful, mysterious game of tennis.

Upcoming Event: Greenwich Reads Together Book Discussion of STATION ELEVEN at Perrot

The Perrot Memorial Library will host a discussion of the Greenwich Reads Together 2016 book selection, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, at 7:30 PM. The discussion will be led by a member of the Greenwich Pen Women.

Station Eleven is an audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse. Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we knew it came to an end. Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band's existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. The goal of Greenwich Reads Together is to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion and to build community connections. The Steering Committee leading this effort includes Greenwich Library, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Pen Women and the Greenwich Public and Independent Schools.Visit to find book, film and music suggestions for further exploration, as well as discussion guides, links to interviews with the author and much more.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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

What We're Reading at Perrot: Book Recommendations from our Reference Desk
August 2016
Click on each book cover image to see the item in our catalog and place a hold

Nine Women, One DressNine Women, One Dress
by Jane L. Rosen
Come and read about the perfect little black dress and how it touches and changes the lives of the many people who come into contact with it. The action takes place mostly in Bloomingdale’s New York. This is truly a six degrees of  separation kind of story, from the first model who promenades the runway, to the unrequited love story of an assistant and her boss and everyone in between.  These are sweet scenarios, and Rosen definitely set this up as a chick lit story. It’s a fast-paced book and you will love it!

New YorkNew York
by Fabio Mollica
What a wonderful, well-illustrated collection of recipes, activities, places to stay in NYC! Each restaurant featured one of its tastiest dishes, and the book is presented both in English and Italian. The author of this collection is trying to get across the diversity and excitement of the city through beautiful pictures and alluring descriptions on how to prepare and present mouth-watering dishes. In his own words, Fabio says "New York isn’t America. It’s more, it’s magic, it’s exaggeration, it’s madness and desire." Lovely book to enjoy and be tempted by.

Black Rabbit HallBlack Rabbit Hall
by Eve Chase
Picture a well-to-do London family, four children, late 1960’s, escaping to their second home for holiday. Black Rabbit Hall is a sprawling mansion, turrets and all, on a seaside estate in Cornwall. Amber and Toby are twins. They are in their early teens. Kitty and Barney are the "little" guys. Mother is beautiful, fun and much loved by father. Tragedy strikes and lives change. Enter a second story line, 30 years later, Lorna is looking for a wedding venue and is drawn to Black Rabbit Hall. She has a dim memory of visiting when she was very, very young. Now the plot really thickens! Wonderful, happy, sad story that goes back and forth over the 30 years. Worth the read.

The Bones of YouThe Bones of You
by Debbie Howells
At first I thought this book was going to be a clone of Lovely Bones, which I did not like! It is not! Rosie is dying, being murdered in the opening chapter. What follows is a look behind the curtain at emotional and physical abuse, warped personalities, tempered by all too caring, well-meaning friends. This is so well done. The suspense keeps you guessing until almost the end. Rosie sums it up with this thought. "…I know, also, the consequences of what happens if you leave a heart unloved, un-nurtured, unimportant, destined never to reach its potential."

The LightkeepersThe Lightkeepers
by Abby Geni
This is a very different, but mesmerizing novel. At the center of the novel is a young woman, Miranda, who is a nature photographer. She lost her mother while she was still a young girl, and this loss is what drives Miranda to restlessly travel the world, photographing the glories and horrors of nature. This new adventure of hers takes her to the Farallon Islands, a dangerous and isolated archipelago 30 miles off the coast of California. The living space is fairly primitive and is inhabited by a small group of scientists and biologists. A nasty turn of events takes place and the person behind this turn is found dead shortly after. To tell you more would be to reveal too much. Suffice it to say, the descriptions of the sea and bird life are stunning.

Lit upLit Up:  One Reporter, Three Schools, Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives
by David Denby
What a fascinating concept! Get 10th graders to read! Get them off their devices and on to the printed page. Let’s face it, nothing feels quite like a book. Oh what places you’ll go! David Denby worked with three different secondary schools: one in NYC, one in New Haven, and one in Westchester. The reading lists were diverse, Kite Runner, Slaughterhouse Five, Glass Castle, The Scarlet Letter. I did not notice one  Tess of the D’Urbervilles anywhere! Credit goes to the impassioned, dedicated teachers who had a bunch of doubting 15 year olds under their tutelage. Very interesting book– and it includes a complete bibliography.

Hostage TakerHostage Taker
by Stefanie Pintoff
This thriller grabs you at the onset and just keeps going! It’s typical of this genre, since it is fast-paced and the action occurs in one day (for the most part).  The author uses the beloved St. Patrick’s Cathedral as the stage, and it’s during the Christmas holidays-- which is one of the busiest times of the year for that part of New York City. It is supposed to take place on the evening of the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center. You can imagine how valuable St Patrick’s Cathedral is to all the parties concerned: NYPD, FBI and others as they all work together to try to save the hostages and the building.

by David Nicholls
Is divorce a sign of failure or is it a necessary step in some marriages? This is the question raised and haltingly answered in the latest novel from David Nicholls, the bestselling author of One Day. Douglas Petersen, husband and father, is a scientist who approaches life rationally. He is rich in quiet virtues: sincerity, honesty, and a muted but ever-present sense of self-deprecation. Connie, his wife of almost 30 years, is a still-beautiful artist. Initially attracted to Douglas’ steadiness and calm, she has begun to feel restless in their marriage and is considering leaving her husband once their 17 year-old son, Albie, leaves for university. Before anything irreversible happens, however, Douglas arranges a month-long European tour for all three. The plan is to give the family one last time to bond over shared experiences, or, with luck, to save the marriage. As with many of the best-laid plans, things go awry, but throughout the journey Douglas compensates with his powerful optimism. Funny, sad, and at times, achingly true, the cannily titled Us offers its readers a journey worth taking.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Youth Services Fall Program Registration Is Going on Now!

Registration for Fall 2016 programs in Youth Services is going on now through Friday, September 2nd, 2016. View the Fall 2016 Program Schedule.

Program registration is by lottery. Here's how to register:

  • Pick up a registration postcard for the program(s) of your choice at the Youth Services Desk
  • Please fill out ALL of the required information. Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • For preschool-age programs, your child must be the appropriate age for the program by October 1st, 2016
  • Twins may apply on the same registration card. Siblings who do not share a birthday must use separate registration cards, even if they are signing up for the same program
  • Address the reverse of the card to yourself
  • Affix a first-class stamp (47¢)
  • Drop the registration card(s) off at the Youth Services desk by 6 PM on Friday, September 2nd, 2016
  • Registration cards received after September 2nd will automatically be placed on the waiting list
  • Registration postcards will be mailed back to you shortly after the close of registration with your status (enrolled in a program or on the waiting list)
  • Please call us if you do not receive your card back in the mail within a few days of the close of registration

Questions? Give us a call at 203-637-8802.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Countdown to Kindergarten Storytime

Perrot is again offering a special Countdown to Kindergarten Storytime--  with stories, songs, and a craft to help your child get ready for the first day of Kindergarten! This program is for children entering Kindergarten in Fall 2016 ONLY. Children attend independently, but parents and caregivers should remain in the Library.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 1 PM

Sign up now at the Youth Services Desk!

2016 Summer Reading Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone who participated in Youth Services's 2016 summer reading program and weekly contests! This year's theme was "ON YOUR MARK, GET SET... READ!"

305 kids signed up for our summer reading program this year and read 1,085 books in total-- hooray! This year, Perrot made a donation based on each book read to The Greenwich Alliance for Education. The Alliance helps foster educational success in needy Greenwich students. So thanks, readers-- each book you read helped support a great cause!

If you were one of our very special signer-uppers, you can still keep track of the books you read, even though our "official" program has ended! You can either take your reading record home with you, or leave it here in the library. We will also continue to give out prizes for books read (while supplies last, so HURRY!).

We'd also like to give a special mention our teen volunteers, who helped record books for our reading program participants. This year we had 56 volunteers, who worked a combined total of 531 volunteer hours at Perrot. Thanks, guys!

And, please take a look at the happy winners of our summer contest! They had to guess how many candies were in the jar each week at our circulation desk.

And remember, we still have another few weeks of summer left, so please KEEP READING!

Friday, July 29, 2016


Donate your unwanted  LEGO® pieces to Perrot! We are in search of bricks, minifigures, miscellaneous parts and pieces of any persuasion, and, most especially, baseplates. We are  looking to expand our collection for our new LEGO®! building program.

Drop your pieces off in the donation box near the Youth Services Desk whenever the library is open!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Movies in the Park 2016

Perrot is pleased to present our tenth annual series of Movies in the Park in Binney Park. Bring your picnic, your chairs, and enjoy!

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976, Rated PG, 138 minutes)
Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at 8:30 PM
[No Rain Date]

In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused further arouses his suspicions. The editor of the Post is prepared to run with the story and assigns Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) to it. They find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party, and eventually into the White House itself. (Plot summary from


RIO (2011, Rated G, 96 minutes)
Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at 8:30 PM
[No Rain Date]

From the makers of the hit Ice Age series comes Rio, an animated comedy adventure about taking a walk on the wild side. Blu is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly, living a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota. Blu and Linda think he's the last of his kind, but when they learn about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel, Blu's female counterpart.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Upcoming Family Event: Magic by George

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 
at 4 PM
For families with children ages 5 and up
Watch for free tickets at the Youth Services Desk

George's fun-filled shows will keep you on the edge of your seat with exciting magic and lots of audience participation. Marvel at the appearance of live doves, and watch in amazement as a member of the audience actually floats in midair!

George continually travels throughout New England entertaining audiences large and small with his unique blend of award-winning magic. He has appeared on the "CBS Early Show", at Sesame Street's "Fun to be One" celebration, and performs regularly at Universal Studios' City Walk. His reputation has not only earned him some of Magic's highest awards and honors, George has also been voted "Boston's Favorite Family Entertainer" two years in a row by The Boston Parents' Paper!

Perrot's Summer Reading Club and Contest for Kids

Summer is here-- and that means it's time to sign up for Perrot's summer reading club! You can participate (and win prizes for reading!) starting today, June 22nd, through July 29th. Our Summer Reading theme this year is ON YOUR MARK, GET SET... READ!

To sign up for our summer reading club, simply visit our volunteer table by the computers in Youth Services. Our friendly teen volunteers will sign you up, tell you the rules and start a reading record for you. You'll also get to put your name up on our bulletin board! We'll keep your reading record here in the library. When you've read a book, tell a volunteer next time you're in the library and they'll write it in your reading record. After you read your first, third, and fifth books, you get a prize! Also, this year, for each book you read, Perrot will make a donation to the Greenwich Alliance for Education, to help get books in the hands of needy kids.

Parents, you can take home a reading record for children who are not yet reading independently. We have special sheets to record books you have read aloud with your child. Children get a sticker for each book they've read with a grown-up.

We're also having a contest this summer. During the last 4 weeks in July, you will have to guess how many candies are in the jar! Each week, we will have a new jar of candy at the desk. Guess how many candies are in the jar, and fill out a guess slip. Whoever's guess is closest wins the whole jar! (If more than one person guesses correctly, we will draw randomly from among all correct answers.)