Thursday, February 16, 2017

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

Junior League of Greenwich will present the panel discussion,
"No Parent Left Behind: What's Really on the Minds of Middle School Girls?"

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

Experts in the field of counseling and social media held full-day sessions with over 400 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. 


Yajaira Gonzalez
Domestic Abuse Services at the YWCA

Sara Rawson
OTR/L, IMC Occupational Therapist

Beth O'Malley

Jenny Byxbee
Greenwich Youth Services Bureau Coordinator

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: 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Upcoming Event: A Symphony Program for the Family

A Symphony Program for the Family 
Sunday, March 5th, 2017, at 2 PM
Perrot Library Children's Wing

Perrot invites families on a world music tour, featuring a string quartet from the Greenwich Symphony and narration by Edward Pleasant. 

Edward Pleasant is a professional singer with national and international credits. Critically acclaimed in both opera, musical theater and recordings, he has distinguished himself as a gifted actor with brilliant comic timing and a luscious baritone voice. A native of Midland, Texas, Pleasant holds a B.Mus and M.A. in Vocal Performance from the Texas Tech School of Music.  

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Upcoming Event: Saturday Afternoon Movie at Perrot- The Young Victoria

Cozy up on a winter Saturday afternoon at the library and enjoy a movie! 
English tea and refreshments will be served. 

Rated PG, 105 minutes
Saturday, February 25th, 2017 
2 PM in the Children's Program Room
Perrot Memorial Library

Dominated by her possessive mother and her bullying consort, Conroy, since childhood, teen-aged Victoria (Emily Blunt) refuses to allow them the power of acting as her regent in the last days of her uncle, William IV's rule. Her German cousin Albert (Rupert Friend) is encouraged to court her for solely political motives but, following her accession at age eighteen, finds he is falling for her and is dismayed at her reliance on Prime Minister Melbourne (Paul Bettany). Victoria is impressed by Albert's philanthropy, which is akin to her own desire to help her subjects. However, her loyalty to Melbourne, perceived as a self-seeker, almost causes a constitutional crisis, and it is Albert who helps restore her self-confidence. She proposes and they marry, Albert proving himself not only a devoted spouse, prepared to take an assassin's bullet for her, but an agent of much-needed reform, finally endorsed by an admiring Melbourne. (Summary from

Friday, February 03, 2017

Upcoming Event: Family Music Event- Joannas 'n Bananas

Join us for musical duo Joannas 'n Bananas in the Children's Wing! Show is for families with kids of all ages- no tickets required!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 
11 AM - 11:45 AM
"On the Green" in the Children's Wing
Perrot Memorial Library

Joannas 'n Bananas (Joanna and Rob "Bobby Bananaz" Levine-Pawlings) are musicians and music educators based in NYC/Westchester.

An active singer-songwriter and musician, Joanna has taught guitar and ukulele lessons and lead children's sing-alongs and music classes throughout Manhattan, Brookyn, Queens, Westchester and Connecticut over the past 6+ years.

Rob (Bananas!) has a Masters in music (MM) in Jazz studies, focus on double bass and studied under Dennis Irwin, Kermit Driscoll, Doug Weiss & Todd Coolman. He plays alongside many nyc musical outfits and teaches bass, guitar and banjo.

The two love to play for young audiences as the duo, Joannas 'n Bananas, and also for adult audiences with their americana and blues-rock band, Pinkwing.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Submit your suggestion for the next Greenwich Reads Together Title!

Greenwich Library is now accepting suggestions for Greenwich Reads Together, the community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book.

In order to be selected, the book should be of literary quality, reflective of universal issues and capable of generating thought-provoking discussions. It should lend itself to engaging public programs and appeal to a diverse population. It must also be currently in print and available in large quantities and in multiple formats, including paperback, ebook, audiobook and large print. In addition, the author must be living and available to speak in Greenwich.

Suggestions will be accepted through February 24. They will be evaluated by a committee that includes Library staff and community members. The chosen book will be announced later this spring. Greenwich Reads Together 2017 will take place in the fall.

Review the selection criteria and submit your suggestion here:

Upcoming Events: Greenwich Pen Women/PML Book Discussion Group

The Greenwich Pen Women/Perrot Memorial Library Book Discussion Group

These discussion groups are open to all patrons of the Perrot Memorial Library.  
Pre-registration is required, as seating is limited to the first 20 registrants.  
Please sign up and get your copy of the book to be discussed at the Adult Circulation Desk.

Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler
Theme: Contemporary Fiction Meets Shakespeare
Facilitated by Greenwich Pen Woman Jean P. Moore
Monday, March 6th, 2017, 7-8:30 PM 
(Snow Date: Monday, March 13th)
The Rand Room, Perrot Memorial Library

Vinegar Girl, by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anne Tyler, is a retelling of Shakespeare’s play, The Taming of the Shrew. The novel, one in a series from the Hogarth Shakespeare project, is described by the project’s editors as “an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.”

About the Book: 
Kate Battista feels stuck. At 29, she is still at home, keeping house for her obsessive scientist father and her pampered younger sister, Bunny. Things can only get worse when her father hatches a plan: Kate should marry his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, who is soon to be deported. Kate furiously rejects the idea—at first—but will her father and her suitor wear down her resistance?

About the Project: 
The Hogarth Shakespeare Project presents the Bard’s works through imaginative retellings by some of the world’s most esteemed novelists. Launched in 2015, books are planned through 2021. Current plans include publication in 20 countries. (See for further details.)



Watch for more info on these two discussions, coming later in the year:

An Owl on Every Post, by Sanora Babb
Theme: Rediscovery of a Fascinating Writer
Facilitated by Greenwich Pen Woman Joanne Dearcopp
Monday, May 8th, 2017 7-8:30 PM
The Rand Room, Perrot Memorial Library

The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, by Edmund de Waal
Theme: Art, Emotion, and Memory
Facilitated by Greenwich Pen Woman Sarah Darer Littman
Monday, September 11th, 2017, 7-8:30 PM
The Rand Room, Perrot Memorial Library

Monday, January 23, 2017

New Premium Museum Passes

Perrot is now offering three new premium museum passes to our patrons:  the Museum of Modern Art, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, and the Guggenheim Museum. These passes, which circulate for 3 days, offer free admission for the cardholder (and, in some cases, guests) and discounted rates for parking, dining, and gift shop purchases. In order to check out one of these passes, you must be a registered library patron in good standing.  The new passes will circulate from the Adult Circulation Desk. 

While at the Library, be sure to check out our children- and family-friendly museum passes, which circulate from the Youth Services Desk. 

Monday, January 09, 2017

Children's Winter/Spring Program Lottery/Program Openings

Registration cards for our Winter/Spring 2017 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 Fun for 4s and 5s, Stuff & Nonsense (for Kindergarten and 1st-graders) and Spotlight programs (for 2nd- and 3rd-graders). Please call us if you are interested in signing up!

Upcoming Event- Sunday Afternoon Movie at Perrot: Jane Eyre

Sunday Afternoon Movie at Perrot

JANE EYRE (2011)
Rated PG-13, 120 minutes

Sunday, January 29th, 2017
2 PM 

Cozy up on a winter Sunday afternoon at the library and enjoy a movie in celebration of Charlotte Bronte's 200th birthday! English tea and refreshments will be served.

Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender star in the romantic drama based on the classic novel, from acclaimed director Cary Fukunaga. As governess Jane Eyre flees Thornfield House-- where she works for wealthy Edward Rochester-- she reflects upon the people and emotions that have defined her. It is clear that the isolated and imposing residence (and Mr. Rochester's coldness) have sorely tested the young woman's resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. She must now act decisively to secure her own future and come to terms with the past that haunts her-- and the terrible secret that Mr. Rochester is hiding and that she has uncovered.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Upcoming Event: Learning to Look: Family Art Program on Portraiture

Learning to Look: Family Art Program on Portraiture
Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at 2 PM 
Perrot's Children's Wing

Perrot Library is pleased to welcome back Alice Scovell Coleman, a lecturer with the Learning to Look program, for another afternoon of art. This program will focus on portraiture, particularly the art of John Singer Sargent. After the presentation, children will have the opportunity to create their own portrait on paper. This program is recommended for families with children ages 5 and up (but adults, too, are welcome). This event is a wonderful introduction or follow-up to the exhibit, John Singer Sargent's Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children at the Jewish Museum in New York City.

Learning to Look, an art history and appreciation program for students from kindergarten through high school, was created by Greenwich residents Diane Darst and Sue Ann Williamson. It has been taught by Learning to Look-trained teachers to over 75,000 students at nearly 100 schools in the tri-state area alone.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Children's Program Registration Is Going on Now!

Registration for Youth Services' Winter/Spring 2017 Program Session is going on now through Sunday, January 8th, 2017. [View the winter program schedule]

  • Our program registration is by lottery
  • You must have an active library card in good standing to register
  • Obtain a registration postcard for the program(s) of your choice from the Youth Services Desk
  • Fill out ALL of the required information. Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Address the reverse of the card to yourself
  • Affix a first-class stamp (47¢)
  • Drop off your card at the Youth Services Desk by January 8th
  • Registration cards will be mailed back to you within a week of the close of registration

Questions? Please give us a call at 203-637-8802!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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 Sabertooth Readers
(L-R) Gregory, Ellie, Amrutha, Cindy, Aeden, and Charlotte

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!)

Support Perrot on Giving Tuesday

Join Perrot- Your Neighborhood Library Depends on You!

  • Perrot is an independent institution. Although we share some resources with Greenwich Library, we depend on your membership donations
  • All of Perrot's fabulous programs for children and adults are free and supported entirely by membership contributions 
  • Having a library card allows you to borrow materials, but you join as a member of the Perrot Memorial Library Association by making a donation in any amount to the library
  • Perrot's building and grounds are owned by the Perrot Memorial Library Association and are largely maintained with membership funds 

Where you are renewing your membership or joining for the first time, we appreciate your contribution at any level. We depend on your generosity!

Watch for our Annual Appeal brochure in the mail, or donate online today:

Online payments will be processed via PayPal. A PayPal account is not required to donate.

Thank you for your support!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Upcoming Event: Book Talk with Wendy Walker, Author of ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN

Wendy Walker, Author of All Is Not Forgotten
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, at 7:30 PM

Perrot welcomes local author Wendy Walker for a discussion about her new book, All Is Not Forgotten. The book, which is set in a fictional Fairfield County town, is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Wendy will discuss her experience writing the book as well as the book's hot topic of memory manipulation around PTSD.

About the Book
It begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where everything seems picture perfect. Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, struggles to pretend this horrific event did not touch her carefully constructed world. As Tom and Charlotte seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town-- or perhaps lives among them-- drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

2016 Annual Lions Club Grapefruit Sale

The Old Greenwich Lions Club is running its annual sale of grapefruits and oranges, as part of its fund-raising efforts to fight blindness worldwide.

Fruit is available for purchase at Perrot-- please ask at the Adult Circulation Desk.

Grapefruit: $20 per case,  $10 per ½ case
Oranges: $21 per case,  $11 per ½ case
Case of ½ grapefruit and ½ oranges: $21