Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Perrot Will be Closed Labor Day Weekend

The library will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, September 5th, 6th, and 7th, for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Our Sunday hours will resume on Sunday, September 13th, 2015.

In the meantime, get inspired by these books about the American labor movement:

There is Power in a Union, by Philip Dray
331.8809 DRAY

There Is Power in A Union : the Epic Story of Labor in America

331.8809 EARLY

Civil Wars in U.S. Labor

331.8809 HILLS

Workers Unite!

Upcoming Event: Greenwich Reads Together Book Discussion

Greenwich Reads TogetherThe Perrot Memorial Library will host a discussion of the Greenwich Reads Together 2015 book, Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Wednesday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. 

The discussion will be led by Marcia Hamilton and Joyce French of Greenwich Pen Women. 

Learn about the book and read interviews with the author on Greenwich Library's Greenwich Reads Together page, here.

For more information, please call (203) 637-1066. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Upcoming Event: Our Old Stones: A Talk with Andrew Pighills

Our Old Stones: Walls, Buildings, and Tombstones in Eastern Greenwich: A Talk with Andrew Pighills
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015, at 7:30 PM
First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT

Back by popular demand, Andrew Pighills, an accomplished stone artisan, gardener, and horticulturalist, will give a talk on old stone walls, accompanied by photographs of walls in and around Eastern Greenwich. He will draw comparisons of building styles and techniques, and follow the evolution of stone walls and structures from colonial times to the present day. 

Mr. Pighills received his formal horticulture training with The Royal Horticultural Society. He has spent over 30 years creating gardens and building dry stone walls in his native England, in and around the spectacular Yorkshire Dales and the English Lake District.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Scheduled Circulation Update, Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Due to a scheduled software update, our online circulation system will be down tomorrow, August 27th, 2015.

The library will be open during its regular Thursday hours, from 9 am to 8 pm, but minimal circulation services will be available. We expect normal service to return on Friday, August 28th.

Patrons will be able to return and check out books (with a valid library card only, not a driver's license), but cannot renew items, create library cards, or pay fines. Please call us with any questions.

We appreciate your patience!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Youth Services Fall Program Registration Is Going on Now!

Registration for Fall 2015 programs is going on now through Friday, September 4th, 2015. View the Fall 2015 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, 2015
  • 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 (49¢)
  • Drop the registration card(s) off at the Youth Services desk by 6 PM on Friday, September 4th, 2015
  • Registration cards received after September 4th 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? Comment here or give us a call at 203-637-8802.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back to the Future in Binney Park--this Saturday!

Movies in the Park--this Saturday!  Bring your blankets, a picnic, and lawn chairs and enjoy the show!

BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985, Rated PG, 117 minutes)
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, 8:30 PM
[Rain Date: Sunday, August 23rd, 2015, 8:30 PM

In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the 1950s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he'll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

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 2015 ONLY. Children attend independently, but parents and caregivers should remain in the Library.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 1 PM

Sign up now at the Youth Services Desk!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What We're Reading at Perrot: Book Recommendations from our Reference Desk

What We're Reading at Perrot:

Little Black Lies[Fiction] This haunting novel is told by three people: Catrin, Callum and Rachel.  Young children are going missing from a little village located on one of the Falkland Islands. Catrin lost her two young sons in a freak car accident three years ago. The accident took place when Catrin’s best friend, Rachel, left them alone while she ran into her house for just something quick. The car went over the cliff and into the sea in the blink of an eye. Catrin becomes insular. She shuts Rachel out of her life. Ben, her husband, left her and remarried. Callum, a PTSD sufferer as a result of the carnage caused during the Falkland War, still loves her and tries to bring her back to life. In the search for the latest two missing boys, all of their lives change. I thought I had this figured out, but the last paragraph in the book changed everything!  Great book!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Comic Mime Robert Rivest--July 30th at Perrot!

See Innovative Performer Robert Rivest

"Reading is Out of This World!"

Thursday, July 30th 
3:30 pm
On the Green in the Youth Services Department

Comic Mime Robert Rivest leads family audiences on a fun, upbeat journey through the joys of reading. Everyone gets to move, play and laugh in this exciting participatory program.

For families with children ages 5 and up

Stop by the Youth Services Desk now
for your FREE TICKETS!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Movies in the Park 2015

Perrot is pleased to present our ninth annual series of Movies in the Park in Binney Park! This year we are featuring Ice Age and Back to the Future. Bring your picnic, your chairs, and enjoy the show!

ICE AGE (2002, Rated PG, 81 minutes)
Saturday, July 25th, 2015, 8:30 PM
[No Rain Date]

Twenty-thousand years ago, Earth is a wondrous, prehistoric world filled with great danger, not the least of which is the beginning of the Ice Age. To avoid a really bad frostbite, the planet's majestic creatures-- and a few small, slothful ones-- begin migrating south. This animated tale follows a woolly mammoth, a saber-toothed tiger, a sloth, and a prehistoric combination of a squirrel and rat, as they unite to return a human baby to his tribe.


BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985, Rated PG, 117 minutes)
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, 8:30 PM
[Rain Date: Sunday, August 23rd, 2015, 8:30 PM

In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the 1950s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he'll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.

Monday, June 22, 2015

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 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th.

Spotlight (on One World, Many Stories) is for kids entering Grades 2, 3, and 4, and will meet Wednesdays at 4 PM on July 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.

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 22nd, through July 31st. Our Summer Reading theme this year is READING IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!

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, 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 American Museum of Natural History, to help fund free museum and planetarium visits for NYC school 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 which author wrote the book our bears are reading! Each week, we will post a photo at the desk of our bears reading a book. Pick the name of the author of the book and fill out 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 outer-space themed prizes!

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Barbara McSpadden

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Barbara McSpadden, former Perrot Reference Librarian and former member of the Perrot Board of Directors. Our thoughts and love are with Barbara's family at this difficult time.

On May 25, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Barbara Dodds McSpadden passed away with grace and courage after battling cancer.

She is missed terribly by those whose lives she touched, especially by her husband Peter, sons Douglas, David, Peter C. and grandchildren Kevin, Sean, Liam, and Rhea.

Barbara Dodds McSpadden was born on November 15, 1931 in Oak Park, Illinois and with her family moved to California. During her early years, the Dodds family moved to Garden City, NY where she grew up. Barbara attended Smith College graduating in 1953. She went to work at the National Broadcasting Company as an associate to the Fashion Editor on the "Home Show", then the daytime part of the "Today-Home-Tonight" NBC television programming package. Later, she moved on to become Director of Female Personnel at the America Fore Insurance Group.

In 1956, while working and living in New York, Barbara met Peter McSpadden After a brief romance, they married in June of that year and, like many young couples, lived happily in New York City. Two years later, the couple moved to Riverside, Connecticut their home for the next 57 years. They had many very close Riverside/Old Greenwich friends and they participated actively at the Riverside Yacht Club.

Barbara always loved books and was a voracious reader. She followed her dream and obtained an MBA degree In Library Sciences in 1976, She then worked as Head Librarian at Greenwich Country Day School and as Reference Librarian at Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich, CT.
Barbara was an outgoing, sparkling, bright person who always reached out to help others. She developed a very special relationship with a Stamford 7th grader who she mentored through High School and into Iona College. That lady now has a successful finance career and they remain close friends. She also encouraged and supported a young summer visitor who now has a family and has remained a friend for many years.

Community volunteer work was always a priority. She was an early Co-Director/Founder of Community Answers, Trustee/Chair of Greenwich Stamford Literacy Volunteers where she tutored many individuals helping with language and social adjustment issues. She also worked with Call for Action, was President of the MarvelWood School Parents Association, co-Chaired the Eastern Middle School PTA, and was Vice President of the Greenwich Junior League.

One of Barbara's favorite places was her second home in Rockport, Maine where life is different and quieter. She golfed with many friends at the Megunticook Golf Club, boated around Penobscot Bay and enjoyed looking East to early sunrises. Many close friends were made in her 34 years on the shore of Penobscot Bay. A favorite place became the Farnsworth Art Museum where she connected as a member and supporter of the Education Committee.

She didn't waste time with her travel back and forth from Maine to Connecticut. Along the way she visited the interesting small businesses that in earlier days dotted her route. These visits became the source of her fun to read book titled "Bargain Hunting Along the Coast of Maine

All in all, a wonderful and varied life. As she said before leaving, "I've been so blessed". So have we just for her being with us.

Barbara was an Elder of The First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich and a Memorial Service will be held there at 2:00pm on June 13, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Stamford/Greenwich Literacy Volunteers of America, 66 Palmer Hill Rd. Stamford, CT 06902 or to the Farnsworth Art Museum.

-Published in the Greenwich Time, May 27th, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

School Visit Books-- Get some great recommendations!

During the month of May 2015, 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!

Register Now for Summer Programs in Youth Services

Registration for Youth Services' Summer 2015 Program Session is going on now through Saturday, June 20th. [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, as well as our special Code a Story program (for kids entering 4th/5th/6th grade).
  • 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 20th
  • 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.