Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Register Now for Summer Programs in Youth Services

Registration for Youth Services' Summer 2018 Program Session is going on NOW through Sunday, June 17th. [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 
  • Drop off your card at the Youth Services Desk by June 17th
  • 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 16, 2018

Come enjoy our StoryWalk® in Binney Park!

StoryWalk®: An Outdoor Story Book Installation
Book: Lucky Ducklings, by Eva Moore, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter 
Location:  Binney Park 
Now through July 15th, 2018

Come experience StoryWalk®, an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to read a story and to take a walk at the same time. Our StoryWalk® is located in Binney Park, beginning at the corner of Sound Beach Avenue and Wesskum Wood Road. Enjoy the beautiful views as you walk and discover each page in the story. At the end of the StoryWalk®, please stop in and visit us at Perrot!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Monday, May 07, 2018

"Telling tales: Greenwich librarian honored for her ability to captivate a crowd"- Mrs. J featured in the Greenwich Time

Perrot's Youth Services librarian, Kathy Jarombek, was just honored with a storytelling award and featured in a Greenwich Time article! Check it out here: Telling tales: Greenwich librarian honored for her ability to captivate a crowd

Congrats, Mrs. J!

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Young Young Critics' Club's (Y2C2) Favorite Books of 2017-2018


The Young Young Critics' Club (Y2C2), our 4th- and 5th-grade book club, has just voted on its favorite books of 2017-18. The winner is: INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS, by Dusti Bowling!

Be sure to take a look at the rest of the group's favorites for some fabulous kid-approved book picks!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

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 Green Books
(L-R) Sarah, Ava, Margaux, Brooke, Ellery, and Marley

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!)

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 25th to August 3rd, 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!

What does a volunteer do?
Helps run the Perrot Summer Reading Club for kids.

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 us at 203-637-8802.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Young Critics' Club's Favorite Books of 2017-2018

Breaking News!

The Young Critics' Club, Perrot's book club for 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-graders, has voted on its favorite books of 2017-2018... and the winner is.... WARCROSS by Marie Lu!

 Be sure to check out the entire list for some great middle school book picks.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Upcoming Event: Beauty in the Broken Places- Author Talk with Allison Pataki

Upcoming Event: Beauty in the Broken Places- Author Talk with Allison Pataki
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018, at 7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

Join Perrot Library in welcoming New York Times-bestselling author Allison pataki for a discussion of her newly-published memoir, Beauty in the Broken Places. The book describes the harrowing year after Pataki's husband suffered a debilitating stroke at age 30, and follows his difficult road to recovery. Described as a "manifesto for living," the book is an uplifting story about the power of faith and resilience. Pataki is the author of Sisi, The Traitor's Wife, and The Accidental Empress, and is the daughter of former New York State governor George E. Pataki.

Monday, April 16, 2018


Every year dozens of worthy titles are submitted by Greenwich residents for consideration for Greenwich Reads Together. Annually, the Greenwich Reads Together Selection Committee winnows the field down to roughly four exceptional books. And every year the committee vociferously debates and makes a final decision on which book will become the Greenwich Reads Together title.

But 2018 is special.

This year the Greenwich Reads Together Selection Committee is placing the power with the people and asking our community to make the final decision on what it wants to read and discuss for Greenwich Reads Together, the community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. 

Residents may vote among the ‘final four’ titles via online poll NOW through April 27 by visiting www.greenwichreadstogether.org.  The wining title will be announced in May.

Choosing among the four will be difficult, but there’s no wrong way to decide. A choice could be made based on how well the book meets the official selection criteria or on how much community discussion the book might generate. Some people may simply choose the book they most want to read.

In order to be selected as a ‘final four’ title, the book had to be of literary quality, reflective of universal issues and capable of generating thought-provoking discussions. It had to lend itself to engaging public programs and appeal to a diverse population. It had to be currently in print and available in large quantities and in multiple formats, including ebook, audiobook and large print. In addition, the author had to be alive and available to speak in Greenwich. 

Greenwich Reads Together 2018 will take place in the fall.

The Final Four are as follows. Detailed descriptions and author bios can be found within the survey form and at www.greenwichreadstogether.org.

Exit West, by Mosin Hamid
Janesville: An American Story, by Amy Goldstein
Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Imbue
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II , by Liza Mundy

Town of Greenwich Commission on Aging Survey for Residents Ages 45+

Greenwich Residents Ages 45 and up: The Town of Greenwich Commission on Aging wants you to share your opinion on matters that are important to you and your community. The information collected from our brief survey will be used to asses all aspects of life for 45+ in Greenwich. The results of survey will be used to create an action plan for the Town of Greenwich to become the first Age-Friendly Community in Connecticut.

Our online Survey should be completed by each individual in your household that is 45 years old and above.  Upon its completion, there will be an option to allow another member of your household to participate.  It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete the survey.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/agefriendlygreenwich

Thank you in advance for your participation. We value your opinion!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Upcoming Event: We Were the Lucky Ones- Author Talk with Georgia Hunter

Upcoming Event:
We Were the Lucky Ones, with Author Georgia Hunter
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018, at 7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

Perrot welcomes local author Georgia Hunter as she discusses her acclaimed novel, We Were the Lucky Ones, a New York Times bestseller. When the author was 15 years old, she learned that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors, and the quest to uncover her family's history led her to write this book. Spanning five continents and six years, the novel demonstrates that, in the face of the 20th century's darkest moment, the human spirit can find a way to survive and even triumph. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Upcoming Event: Lionheart Puppet Company

Lionheart Puppet Company presents: Jack Tuesday, Fairy Tale Investigator
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, at 2 PM 
Perrot Memorial Library Children's Wing
Show is for families with children ages 5 and up

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep 
and doesn't know where to find them
But Jack Tuesday's the guy who can figure out why 
someone would try to hide them.

On a chase through the city to the homes of three piggies 
and other popular tales.
He'll track down the thief who has stolen the sheep
and make sure that the thief lands in jail.

A (semi) original story from Lionheart Puppets, Jack Tuesday: Fairy Tale Investigator is a fun-filled mystery starring several favorite storytime characters.

Call us (203-637-8802) or stop by the Youth Services Desk to sign up. We are not handing out tickets for this event, but advance sign-up is required.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Upcoming Event: Book Discussion on A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles

Greenwich Pen Women/Perrot Memorial Library Book Discussion Group
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
Facilitated by Barbara Ehrentreu of Greenwich Pen Women
Monday, May 7th, 2018, at 7 PM 
The Rand Room, Perrot Memorial Library

A Gentleman in Moscow tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced to live in the Metropol, a grand hotel in Moscow, for the rest of his life. It is 1922, and a Bolshevik tribunal decides he has written a poem which will encourage revolt. The Count has been living in the same hotel with an aristocratic lifestyle, but is now moved to a much smaller attic room where he has to assume a simpler way of life.

From within the confines of the hotel, the reader sees how life in Moscow changes over four decades. We witness the destruction of the Russian aristocracy and the rise of Communism.

The story of Count Alexander Rostov will entice you throughout the novel as he manages to survive and find meaning through a series of unusual circumstances. The count perseveres and keeps to his routine until he meets someone who will change his life.

Amor Towles creates characters whose lives are quirky and interesting, and he brings the sights and sounds of Moscow in the 1920's and 1930's alive for the reader. He creates a cinematic experience with his elaborate scenes and descriptions of clothing and decor.

This novel was a bestseller, and when you meet Count Alexander Rostov, you will see why this is true.

Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Adult Circulation Desk beginning on April 7th. Seating for the event is limited!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Upcoming Event: A Symphony Program for the Family

A Symphony Program for the Family
Sunday, March 4th, 2018, at 1 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

Perrot welcomes families to an enchanting afternoon of music and storytelling with Greenwich Symphony's Storytime Quartet. Guest narrator Dr. Janey Choi will delight listeners with "Stories of Royalty" based on famous children's fairy tales, matched with string quartet music from classical composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.