Thursday, April 09, 2015

Upcoming Family Event: Nappy's Puppets presents Father Goose's Tales


Nappy's Puppets Presents: Father Goose's Tales
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015, at 2 PM
For families with children ages 2 and up
FREE TICKETS REQUIRED- SIGN UP NOW AT THE YOUTH SERVICES DESK!

Mother Goose has taken the day off and Father Goose must do all her chores, including the storytelling! Try as he might, Father Goose just can't get the stories right. Father Goose's Tales is a modern retelling of nursery rhymes, stories and children's songs, featuring the ancient art of shadow puppets, that will entertain the whole family.

Jim Napolitano, or "Uncle Nappy" to his fans, is a native of Milford, Connecticut, and a graduate of the University of Connecticut's Puppet Arts Program. After completion of his degree, Jim worked with Bits 'N' Pieces Puppet Theatre of Tampa Bay, Florida, performing around the country and around the world.


Jim's puppetry work can be seen on the PBS show Between The Lions. Other television credits include: The Book Of Pooh, The Weinerville Chanukah Special, A Show of Hands, and Stick Stickly. Jim has also worked on programs for Scholastic Home Video and HBO Pictures.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Upcoming Event: Perrot Poetry Slam

Upcoming Event: Perrot Library Poetry Slam
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radcliffe Children's Wing

Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month at the Perrot Library Poetry Slam! Bring a poem of your own, or a favorite written by someone else, to read at our open mike. All ages welcome.

Upcoming Event: The European Painting Curator's Profession: An Inside View, with Maryan W. Ainsworth


Upcoming Event: The European Painting Curator's Profession: 
An Inside View, with Maryan W. Ainsworth
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
7:30 PM
Radcliffe Children's Wing

From acquisitions, to exhibitions, to special projects-- such as serving on the expert's committee for the restoration of Van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece-- come along and "shadow" Maryan Ainsworth as she discusses what is in a day's work in her role as Curator of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For more about Ms. Ainsworth, an Old Greenwich resident, take a look at this 2011 interview from the Greenwich Time: The curator: Old Greenwich resident Maryan Ainsworth sure knows how to put on a show

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Upcoming Event: Stacy Finz, Author of the Nugget Romance Series

Upcoming Event: Stacy Finz, Author of the Nugget Romance Series
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
7:30 PM
Radcliffe Children's Wing

After more than seventeen years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars, and weird Western towns for the San Francisco Chronicle, award-winning journalist Stacy Finz figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. In 2012, Finz won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. Her first book, GOING HOME, was published in 2014, and is part of her Nugget Romance series about a small mountain town that has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over-- and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love. The second book in the series, FINDING HOPE, was released earlier this year.

Monday, February 23, 2015

New Book Recommendations from the Reference Desk

What We're Reading at Perrot

NOT MY FATHER'S SON: A MEMOIR, BY ALAN CUMMING

[Non-Fiction] In 2010, Broadway, television, and film star Alan Cumming was approached by the producers of the British-- now also American-- celebrity television show Who Do You Think You Are? and asked to be the subject of an upcoming program. He agreed, allowing full access to family papers and information, because he was anxious to solve a longstanding family mystery: What ever happened to his maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, who disappeared in the Far East after World War II? Cumming wanted to do this for his mother, who was only eight years old the last time she saw her father. We accompany Alan on this journey of discovery as he prepares for the broadcast and learns the fascinating truth about his grandfather. But the journey takes an unexpected turn when Alex Cumming, Alan’s father, reveals his own secret shortly before the show airs. With all the suspense and tension of a good thriller-- or an episode of Cumming’s hit series, The Good Wife--Alan’s family’s secrets are revealed. The audiobook version of Not My Father’s Son is particularly recommended, since the story is told by Cumming himself, a bonus for the listener given the actor’s natural gift for narration and his lilting Scottish accent.

See the rest of our latest list of recommendations!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Upcoming Event: Laura Heiss and Jill Smyth, authors of the book, THE MERRITT PARKWAY: THE ROAD THAT SHAPED A REGION

Upcoming Event: Laurie Heiss and Jill Smyth, authors of the book, THE MERRITT PARKWAY: THE ROAD THAT SHAPED A REGION
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
7:30 PM
Radcliffe Children's Wing

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Merritt Parkway, Laurie Heiss and Jill Smyth, authors of the book, THE MERRITT PARKWAY: THE ROAD THAT SHAPED A REGION, will relate the history of the Parkway's conception and design, the politics and activists involved, and ultimately the transformation of Fairfield County from a land of farms and country estates to one of the wealthiest counties in the nation.

Upcoming Event: Sundays at Perrot with Jane Austen- Two Movie Screenings



Cozy up on a cold, winter Sunday afternoon at the library, and enjoy a movie based on novels by Jane Austen. Tea and scones will be served.

EMMA (1996)
Rated PG, 121 minutes
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, at 2 PM
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, Greta Scacchi, Alan Cumming, and Denys Hawthorne
This delightfully fun and lighthearted comedy is based on Jane Austen's classic novel. Gwyneth Paltrow shines as Emma, a mischievous young beauty who sets up her single friends. Funny thing is. . . she's not very good at it! So when Emma tries to find a man for Harriet, she makes a hilariously tangled mess of everyone's lives. You'll enjoy all the coming confusion. . . until Emma herself falls in love, finally freeing everyone from her outrageously misguided attempts at matchmaking.

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995)
Rated PG, 131 minutes
Sunday, March 1st, 2015, at 2 PM
Starring Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant
The recipient of seven Oscar nominations, this film version of Jane Austen's classic 1811 novel stars Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood. Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, Sense and Sensibility tells of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor and passionate Marianne (Winslet), whose chances at marriage seem doomed by their family's sudden loss of fortune. Rickman, Grant, and Greg Wise co-star as the well-intentioned suitors who are trapped by the strict rules of society and the conflicting laws of desire.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Free Tax Assistance

Free tax assistance is being offered by the AARP Foundation at both Greenwich Library and Greenwich Town Hall. Everyone is welcome to take advantage of this service, not just AARP eligible members.

Tax assistance from AARP will be offered every Saturday at Greenwich Library, from 9 AM until 4 PM, on the first floor Peterson Wing near the Foundation Center. Please bring a photo ID, along with all income information, any W-2s, and last year’s tax return.

The AARP Foundation will also offer tax assistance on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM in the Hayton Room on the third floor of Greenwich Town Hall.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Upcoming Event: Nina Sankovitch, Author of SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED: CELEBRATING THE JOYS OF LETTER WRITING


Upcoming Event at Perrot: Nina Sankovitch, Author of Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
7:30 PM
Radcliffe Children's Wing


After discovering a trove of one hundred year old, hand-written letters from a college freshman to his mother, just as her own son was leaving home, acclaimed author Nina Sankovitch was inspired to go on a quest through the history of letter writing. Just what qualities make letter-writing so special? Witty, moving, enlightening, and inspiring, her book, Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing, reminds us that letters offer proof and legacy of what is most important in life: love and connection.

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

Learning to Look: Family Art Program on Cubism
Saturday, February 7th, 2015, 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 Cubism, one of the most important art movements of the 20th century. After the presentation, children will have the opportunity to make their own geometric pictures based on what they have learned. This program is recommended for families with children ages 5 and up. This event is a wonderful introduction or follow-up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit, Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection [http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/cubism-leonard-a-lauder-collection], on view until February 16th, 2015.

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.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Children's Winter/Spring Program Lottery/Program Openings

Registration cards for our Winter/Spring 2015 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 Stuff & Nonsense (for Kindergarten and 1st-graders) and Spotlight programs (for 2nd- and 3rd-graders). Please call us if you are interested in signing your child up for one of these programs.

Friday, January 09, 2015

You Wrote a Book, Now What?-- EVENT CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the upcoming Perrot event, You Wrote a Book, Now What?, will NOT be held this coming Wednesday, January 14th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Upcoming Event: Joel Klein, Author of LESSONS OF HOPE: HOW TO FIX OUR SCHOOLS

Upcoming Event at Perrot: Joel Klein, Former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, and author of Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
7:30 PM
Radcliffe Children's Wing

Joel Klein served as chancellor of the New York City Department of Education from 2002 to 2011, and is the author of Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools. He will share the revealing and provocative behind-the-scenes story of the dramatic campaign to turn around public education in New York City, as well as provide a blueprint for national education reform. His critics argued, "You'll never fix education until you fix poverty." Mr. Klein, on the other hand, believes: "We'll never fix poverty until we fix education." This is sure to be an enlightening and informative evening for anyone concerned with improving education in the United States.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Upcoming Event: Learning to Look: Family Art Program on Matisse's Cut-Outs

Learning to Look: Family Art Program on Matisse's Cut-Outs
Saturday, January 10th, 2015, at 2 PM 
Perrot's Children's Wing



Perrot invites families to join Alice Scovell Coleman, a lecturer with the Learning to Look program, for a fun afternoon of art. This program will feature a presentation about artist Henri Matisse and his colorful compositions from cut paper. After the presentation, children will have the opportunity to make their own collages based on what they have learned. This program is recommended for families with children ages 5 and up. This event is a wonderful introduction or follow-up to the Museum of Modern Art's exhibit, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs [http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1469], on view until February 10th, 2015.

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.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Long Awaited Train Bridge Construction on Sound Beach and Tomac Avenues Begins... Now!

After noticing some work developing in the south station parking lot, the Old Greenwich Association reached out to town officials to find out if the long anticipated train bridges construction project was about to begin. In fact, the project has indeed begun.

Information from the Greenwich Department of Parking Services:
The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation has commenced work of "Rehabilitation of Metro-North Railroad Bridge(s)." In addition to to replacing the Sound Beach and Tomac Avenue bridges, CT DOT will make improvements to the Railroad Station and the South Commuter Parking lot at the Stamford Bound in Old Greenwich. The project is a joint effort between the CT DOT and Metro North which will take place over the course of four years.

As promised, a website has been created that will allow residents to check for anticipated delays, construction updates, traffic pattern changes and more. The website will also provide information on the specifics of the project, and give people a way to contact CT DOT directly with questions or concerns.

Go to www.oldgreenwich.org for more details, and click on the Train Bridge Construction banner which as of today will be a permanent feature on the Old Greenwich Association site.