Monday, July 14, 2014

Upcoming Event: Author Talk with Emma Straub

Author Emma Straub will discuss her latest novel, THE VACATIONERS, at Perrot on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 7:30 PM, in the Radcliffe Children's Wing (Doors Open at 7 PM). 

Emma Straub brings a vivid, contemporary setting to life in this irresistible, deftly observed novel about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of a family's two-week stay in Mallorca, Spain. Written with Straub's signature dry humor and tremendous heart, THE VACATIONERS is the richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of change, of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Children's Summer Program Openings

We still have spaces available in our Stuff & Nonsense and Spotlight programs during the summer!

Stuff & Nonsense is for kids entering Grade 1, and will meet Mondays at 4 PM on July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.

Spotlight (on The Mysterious) is for kids entering Grades 2, 3, and 4, and will meet Wednesdays at 4 PM on July 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

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

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 23rd, through August 1st.Our Summer Reading theme this year is GET A CLUE... READ! 

To sign up for our summer reading club, simply go to 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, just 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 Vested Interest in K-9s, an organization group that purchases protective vests for police dogs.

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, one of our stuffed animal book characters (Olivia, Arthur, Angelina, etc.) will be hiding IN DISGUISE! You will have to find the hidden character in the library and write down their name on a guess slip. We will have a random drawing from all our correct guess slips each week. We have 4 great tote bags full of prizes to give away, each which contains books as well as mystery and detective-themed prizes!

Be sure to join us at Perrot this summer!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Movies in the Park 2014

Perrot is pleased to present our eighth annual series of Movies in the Park in Binney Park. This year we are featuring The Red Balloon, Rear Window, and The Sound of Music. Bring your picnic, your chairs, and enjoy!



THE RED BALLOON (1956, Not Rated, 34 minutes)
Saturday, June 28th, 2014, 9:00 PM
[Rain Date: Sunday, June 29th]

In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world's harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, this Academy Award winning movie has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations.

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REAR WINDOW (1954, Rated PG, 112 minutes)
RESCHEDULED
Saturday, August 9th, 2014, 8:30 PM

Directed by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window is an edge-of-your-seat classic starring two of Hollywood’s most popular stars. When a professional photographer (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. When he suspects his neighbor of murdering his nagging wife, he enlists his socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to help investigate the suspicious chain of events, leading to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in all of film history.

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965, Rated G, 174 minutes)
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, 8:30 PM
NO RAIN DATE

When Julie Andrews sang "The hills are alive with the sound of music" from an Austrian mountaintop in 1965, the most beloved movie musical was born. Audiences fell in love with the struggling novice Maria (Andrews), the dashing Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), and, yes, the cute kids, all based on a real-life World War II Austrian family. Such songs as "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," "Climb Every Mountain," and the title tune became part of the 20th century Zeitgeist.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Greenwich Reads Together 2014: The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown

Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown, has been chosen as the 2014 selection.

Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.

Visit Greenwich Library's website for more information.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Register Now for Summer Programs in Youth Services

Registration for Youth Services' Summer 2014 Program Session is going on now through Saturday, June 21st. [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 21st
  • 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, or comment on this post.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Upcoming Event: Pat Wright- The Dog Listener of the East


Pat Wright: The Dog Listener of the East
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library Children's Wing

Pat Wright has been working with dogs for more than twenty years and seen just about every type of dog behavior there is. Wright will discuss why our dogs do what they do, and discuss how we can communicate with them in their language to let them come to peace in the human world. Some of the many topics to be discussed are: pulling on the leash, jumping up, aggression, separation anxiety, and excessive barking. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the talk.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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 23rd to August 1st, 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 203-637-3535.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Upcoming Event: Panel Discussion on Greenwich Community Gardens and Green Spaces

Panel Discussion on Greenwich Community Gardens and Green Spaces
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library Children's Wing



Perrot Memorial Library and the Greenwich League of Women Voters will present a panel discussion on Greenwich Community Gardens and Green Spaces, focusing on how the town utilizes, maintains, and beautifies its open spaces, and what we as citizens can do to help. 

Featuring the following panelists:
Patti Sechi: Founder and President of Greenwich Community Gardens
Terri Browne Kutzen: Chairman of Greenwich Community Gardens
Nancy Caplan: Chairman of the Greenwich Board of Parks and Recreation
Mary Hull: Executive Director of Greenwich Green and Clean, and Board Member of Greenwich Point Conservancy and Greenwich Tree Conservancy
Heidi Smith: Board Member of Greenwich Tree Conservancy

Monday, April 28, 2014

YCC's Favorite Book of 2013/2014 Is...

The Young Critics' Club (YCC), Perrot's book club for 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-graders, has declared that its favorite book of 2013/2014 is....

...It's a tie! The two winners are:


GOLDEN BOY
by Tara Sullivan

Thirteen-year-old Habo has always been different--light eyes, yellow hair and white skin. Not the good brown skin his family has, and not the white skin of tourists. Habo is strange and alone. His father, unable to accept Habo, abandons the family; his mother can scarcely look at him. His brothers are cruel and the other children never invite him to play. Only his sister Asu loves him well. When the family is forced from their small Tanzanian village, Habo knows he is to blame. Seeking refuge in Mwanza, Habo and his family journey across the Serengeti. His aunt is glad to open her home until she sees Habo for the first time, and then she is only afraid. Suddenly, Habo has a new word for himself: Albino. But they hunt Albinos in Mwanza, because Albino body parts are thought to bring good luck. And soon Habo is being hunted by a fearsome man with a machete. To survive, Habo must not only run, but find a way to love and accept himself.

AND

COUNTING BY 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan


Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life-- until now. Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.

See the rest of YCC's favorite books from the last year!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Y2C2's Favorite Book of 2013/2014 Is...

The Young Young Critics' Club (Y2C2), Perrot's book club for 4th- and 5th-graders, has declared that its favorite book of 2013/2014 is...

ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY, by Chris Grabenstein

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high. Readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.

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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Catalog Interface Allows Patrons To Create Reading Lists, Organize Groups, Rate Materials And Contribute Content

The Greenwich Public Libraries have partnered with software company Bibliocommons to completely transform our current online catalog, making it easier to discover the Library’s collections while also giving users the power to create reading lists, rate the latest books, and organize groups. The Greenwich Library system is the first library in Connecticut to offer this service.

Features include:

  •     Greatly improved search engine performance
  •     Personal “shelves” of books and reading lists for users
  •     The ability to contribute reviews, tags and ratings
  •     Shared content with all libraries using Bibliocommons (so, for example, a user can read a review a book from someone in Ottawa or Boston)

The new catalog is also available in a new mobile browser and a Library app, available for Apple and Android devices. To download, search "Greenwich Library" in the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Explore the new, improved catalog today! http://greenwichlibrary.bibliocommons.com/


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Golden Y Award Winners, Spring 2014

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



The winning team, The Bookworms (L-R): Samantha B., Samantha Y., Fiona, Pip, and Davies

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!)

Youth Services Summer Program Schedule Now Available

The Youth Services Summer 2014 Program Schedule is now available!

Please note that during our summer program session, all 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 still be by registration only.

Pick up a registration postcard for the program of your choice from the Youth Services Circulation Desk, beginning on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014. Don't forget to bring a stamp! The registration period closes at 5 PM on Saturday, June 21st, 2014. Our programs are selected by lottery. You may view our complete registration instructions online and see descriptions of our program offerings.

If you have questions about our programs or registration process, please comment on this post, or give us a call at 203-637-8802.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Upcoming Event: Ecologist and Author Tom Wessels on Sustainability

The Foundational Principles of Sustainability 
with Ecologist and Author Tom Wessels
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
7:30 PM
Perrot Library- Children's Wing


For 3.8 billion years, life has not only sustained itself, it has thrived on our planet. Ecologist and author Tom Wessels will discuss how our current path toward progress, based on continual economic expansion and inefficient use of resources, runs contrary to the foundational scientific laws that govern all natural, complex systems. It is a myth, he contends, that progress depends on a growing economy. Mr. Wessels makes scientific theory readily accessible, and will demonstrate how all environmental problems have their source in a disregard for the laws of sustainability based on the myth of progress. 

Tom Wessels is an ecologist and the founding director of the Master's Degree program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. Tom has conducted landscape ecology and sustainability workshops throughout the United States for over 30 years.