Friday, August 02, 2019

Summer Reading Wrap-up

Thanks to everyone who participated in Youth Services' 2019 summer reading program!

It was a fantastic year for summer reading-- 388 kids signed up and read 1,290 books in total!

This year, Perrot will make a donation based on each book read by our summer readers to the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT. Our donation is enough to pay for transportation for 30 students to visit the Museum!

If you were one of our very special participants, 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 to our teen volunteers, who helped record books for our reading program participants. This year we had 66 volunteers, who together worked over 615 hours staffing our summer reading table. Thanks, guys!

And remember, we still have another month of summer left, so please KEEP READING!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

New Museum Pass- Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Photo by Rebecca Bullene,

NEW museum pass at Perrot- the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Borrow our pass for 3 days to get free museum admission for 2 adults and any accompanying children under age 17. The pass also gives the holder a 10% discount at the Garden Shop and BBG's cafe.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. Learn more at

Monday, June 24, 2019

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!) going on NOW  through August 1st. The Summer Reading theme this year is A UNIVERSE OF STORIES.

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 Discovery Museum in Bridgeport.

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 first 4 weeks in July, we will have a new jar of candy at the desk each week. 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.)

Adult Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Sign up at the Adult Circulation Desk for Perrot's Adult Summer Reading Challenge 2019! For every book you read (or audiobook or e-book), you will be entered for a chance to win a gift card to a local restaurant! Program is going on now through Labor Day.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Greenwich Reads Together 2019: Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, has been chosen as the Greenwich Reads Together selection for 2019. 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.

About the Book:
Sixty years after its original publication, Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 stands as a classic of world literature set in a bleak future. Today, its message has grown more relevant than ever before.

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But when he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

The New York Times called it “brilliant . . . startling and ingenious . . . Mr. Bradbury’s account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating.”

About the Author:
Ray Douglas Bradbury (1920 – 2012) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and poet. Born in Waukegan, Illinois, he later graduated from a Los Angeles high school and began selling newspapers on LA street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter.

His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950, which describes the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars, and the unintended consequences. Next came The Illustrated Man and then, in 1953, Fahrenheit 451, which many consider to be Bradbury’s masterpiece, a story of censorship set in a future world where the written word is forbidden. In an attempt to salvage their history and culture, a group of rebels memorize entire works of literature and philosophy as their books are burned by the totalitarian state.

Ray Bradbury’s work has been included in four Best American Short Story collections. He has been awarded the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. In November 2000, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters was conferred upon Mr. Bradbury at the 2000 National Book Awards Ceremony in New York City.

Companion Selections for Children:
For middle-schoolers: Ban This Book, by Alan Gratz
For elementary-schoolers: Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books, by Susan L. Roth

Visit Greenwich Library's website for more information on Greenwich Reads Together.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Come enjoy our StoryWalk®!

StoryWalk®: An Outdoor Story Book Installation
Book: The Curious Garden, written and illustrated by Peter Brown

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 at Perrot, beginning outside the Youth Services Wing and ending in the Youth Services Garden. 

About the book: 
While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world. This is an enchanting tale with environmental themes and breathtaking illustrations that become more vibrant as the garden blooms. 

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Upcoming Event: Skinny House- Author Talk with Julie L. Seely

Upcoming Event:
Skinny House: Author Talk with Julie L. Seely 
Wednesday, June 26th, 2019, at 7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

Join us for an evening of local history with Julie L. Seely, author of Skinny House: A Memoir of Family, about her grandfather, Nathan Seely, and his famous 10-foot-wide house in Mamaroneck, New York. In 1923, Nathan established a successful construction company that built homes for African-Americans taking part in the Great Migration-- then he lost it all during the Depression. Skinny House is a story of perseverance in the face of ruin, and a glimpse into the past of inventive, remarkable people who gracefully "made it" despite overwhelming societal and financial hurdles. 

Movies in the Park: Apollo 13

Perrot is pleased to present our thirteenth annual series of Movies in the Park in Binney Park. Bring your picnic, your chairs, and enjoy the show!

(1995, Rated PG, 140 minutes)
Saturday, August 17th, 2019, at 8:30 PM
[No Rain Date]

It had been less than a year since man first walked on the Moon, but as far as the American public was concerned, Apollo 13 was just another "routine" space flight-- until these words pierced the immense void of space: "Houston, we have a problem." Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly, flight director Gene Kranz and a heroic ground crew race against time--and the odds--to bring them home.
(Plot summary from

Movies in the Park: Moana

Perrot is pleased to present our thirteenth annual series of Movies in the Park in Binney Park. Bring your picnic, your chairs, and enjoy the show!

(2016, Rated PG, 107 minutes)
Saturday, July 13th, 2019, at 8:30 PM
[No Rain Date]

Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology. (Plot summary from

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

School Visit Books-- Get some great recommendations!

During the month of May, our Youth Services librarian, Mrs. Jarombek, visited 3rd-, 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 list of books she recommended for some great picks!

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

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 18th 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!

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 29, 2019

Young Critics' Club's Favorite Books of 2018-2019


The Young Critics' Club (YCC), our 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade book club, has just voted on its favorite books of 2018-19. Their favorite book of the year is: 24 HOURS IN NOWHERE, by Dusti Bowling!

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Young Young Critics' Club's (Y2C2) Favorite Books of 2018-2019


The Young Young Critics' Club (Y2C2), our 4th- and 5th-grade book club, has just voted on its favorite books of 2018-19. Their favorite book of the year is: WE'RE NOT FROM HERE, by Geoff Rodkey!

Be sure to take a look at the rest of the group's favorites for some fabulous kid-approved picks for 4th- and 5th-graders!

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 is The Bookworms- (L-R) Beliz, Sophie, Hannah, Lorelei, and Anabelle

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!)

Friday, April 12, 2019

Book Discussion on THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST and EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid

Perrot Memorial Library and The Greenwich Pen Women present a Book Discussion on THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST and EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid

Faciliated by Laurie Heiss of Greenwich Pen Women

Monday, May 13th, 2019, at 7:00 PM


This book discussion is themed around East/West encounters, via two intelligent and provocative novels by an award-winning Pakistani author. Each novel is uniquely constructed, and both are relatively quick reads. 

In THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST, we follow the story of Changez, a Pakistani immigrant to the United States whose experiences of discrimination and ignorance cause his alienation. Changez wrestles with infatuation and disenchantment with America. 

In EXIT WEST, the main themes are emigration and the refugee crisis, but instead of borders, there are doors. Hamid connects his readers to the lead characters, Saeed and Nadia, representatives of today's 65 million stateless, unwanted people. 

Seating is limited! Please call to reserve your spot at the discussion: 203-637-1066. 
Copies of the books are available for checkout at the Adult Circulation Desk