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
[Fiction]
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
[Non-Fiction]
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
[Fiction]
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
[Mystery]
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
[Fiction]
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
[Non-Fiction]
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
[Fiction]
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.




UsUs
by David Nicholls
[Fiction]
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

WANTED: LEGO®!!



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 IMDb.com)

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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

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.)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Children's Summer Program Openings

We still have spaces available in our story-and-craft programs for school-age kids, Stuff & Nonsense and Spotlight.

Stuff & Nonsense is for kids entering Kindergarten and Grade 1, and will meet Mondays at 4 PM on July 11th, July 18th, July 25th, and August 1st.

Spotlight (on Go for the Gold!) is for kids entering Grades 2, 3, and 4, and will meet Wednesdays at 4 PM on July 6th, July 13th, July 20th, and July 27th.

Please call us (203-637-8802) if you would like to sign up your child for either of these programs.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Upcoming Event: Reading as a Family Affair, An Evening with Diane Garrett of Diane's Books



Perrot Library invites you to an evening with Greenwich's Own Diane Garrett of Diane's Books, to celebrate her 25 years in business. Diane will speak on the topic of "Reading as a Family Affair," and will give her top picks for summer reads for children, adults, and families. Books will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Radcliffe Children's Wing
Perrot Memorial Library

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Healthyville: Traveling Exhibit from Stepping Stones Museum in Youth Services

Perrot's Youth Services Department is excited to host a traveling exhibit from The Stepping Stones Museum for Children. The interactive exhibit is called "Healthyville®—a Place for Every Body" and is home to residents of all ages who try every day to live active, healthy lifestyles. This exhibit provides children and adults with hands-on opportunities to explore nutrition and fitness in ways that help them understand their bodies, understand the importance of making healthy choices, and apply these concepts in everyday situations.

Stop by Youth Services to take a look-- the exhibit will be at will be at Perrot through June 14th.


School Visit Books-- Get some great recommendations!

During the month of May 2016, our Youth Services librarian, Mrs. Jarombek, visited 4th- and 5th-grade classes at local elementary schools to talk about new and exciting books and to promote our summer reading program and book clubs for kids.

Check out the full list for some great book recommendations!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Register Now for Summer Programs in Youth Services

Registration for Youth Services' Summer 2016 Program Session is going on now through Sunday, June 12th. [View the summer program schedule]


  • Our preschool programs are drop-in during the summer, but registration is still required for our Stuff & Nonsense (for kids entering 1st grade), and Spotlight (for kids entering 2nd/3rd/4th grade) programs
  • 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 of your choice from the Youth Services Circulation 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 (49¢)
  • Drop off your card at the Youth Services Desk by June 12th
  • Registration cards will be mailed back to you a few days after the close of registration with your registration status

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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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

Learning to Look: Family Art Program on American Impressionism
Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, 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 American Impressionism, particularly artists Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent. After the presentation, children will have the opportunity to create their own Impressionist garden on paper. This program is recommended for families with children ages 5 and up. This event is a wonderful introduction or follow-up to the New York Botanical Garden's exhibit, Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas, on view from May 14th through September 11th. More info: http://www.nybg.org/impressionism/ 

Learning to Look, an art history and appreciation program for students from kindergarten through high school, was created buy 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.

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.