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!

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.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Perrot Newsletter

The Spring 2014 edition of Perrot's newsletter, Pr├ęcis, is now available! Pick up a copy in the library, or read it online (in PDF format).

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Author Jennifer Vanderbes returns to Perrot on April 9th to discuss her latest novel

Author Jennifer Vanderbes returns to Perrot to discuss her latest novel, 
The Secret of Raven Point
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, at 7:30 PM  
Children's Wing, Perrot Memorial Library

1943: When seventeen-year-old Juliet Dufresne receives a cryptic letter from her enlisted older brother pleading for help, and then finds out he’s been reported missing overseas, she lies about her age and volunteers as an army nurse to find him. Shy and awkward, Juliet is thrust into the bloody chaos of a field hospital, living in a sprawling encampment north of Rome, where she forges new friendships with her fellow nurses and is increasingly consumed by the plight of her patients. One in particular, Christopher Barnaby, a deserter awaiting court martial, may hold the answer to her brother’s fate—but the trauma of war has left him unable to speak. Racing against the clock, Juliet works with an enigmatic young psychiatrist, Henry Willard, to heal Barnaby’s psychic wound before the authorities take him away and any clues as to her brother’s fate are forever lost. Plunged into the horrifying depths of one man’s combat memories, Juliet and Willard are forced to plumb the moral nuances of a so-called just war, and to face the dangers of their own deepening connection. Kirkus Reviews calls the novel "unusual and affecting."

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Upcoming Event: Author Marta McDowell on Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life

Upcoming Event: 
Author Marta McDowell on Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, at 7:30 PM in Perrot's Children's Wing

Marta McDowell, author and past New York Botanical Garden Instructor of the Year, will discuss the origins of Beatrix Potter's love of gardens and plants, and show how this passion was reflected in her work. McDowell's book, Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales, is a biography, a season-by-season tour of Potter's gardens, as well as a traveler's guide. Rich with photographs and Potter's own charming watercolors, the book brings to light a delightfully different side of the celebrated author.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Donald Davis Family Storytelling Concert, Feb. 22nd

Storyteller Donald DavisPerrot Memorial Library will present an afternoon of storytelling in memory of our beloved Children's Librarians, Kate McClelland ("Mrs. Mac") and Kathy Krasniewicz ("Mrs. K"). Those who knew Kate and Kathy know how much storytelling was a part of their lives and how they used it to enchant and educate the youth of our community.

We are delighted that Donald Davis, a nationally-known storyteller and a friend of Mrs. Mac and Mrs. K, will be returning to entertain us with more of his fabulous tales in a special family storytelling event. Please join us at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich at 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014. No tickets are required, but seating is limited.

Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. "I didn't learn stories, I just absorbed them," he says as he recounts tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781. Davis grew up hearing gentle fairytales, simple and silly Jack tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folktales and, most importantly, nourishing true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin.It was Uncle Frank, a man who "talked in stories," who helped Donald capture the real and daily adventures of life... and it was Uncle Frank who gave him the creative courage to tell about them. Davis remembers, "I discovered that in a story I could safely dream any dream, hope any hope, go anywhere I pleased, fight any foe, win or lose, live or die. My stories created a safe experimental learning place.”

For more information about Donald Davis, please visit his website:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Perrot staff in the news

Perrot's Youth Services Director, Kathy Jarombek, was a member of the 2014 Newbery Award Committee. The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery, and is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This year's Newbery winner is Flora & Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo. Four Newbery Honor Books were named this year: Doll Bones, by Holly Black; The Year of Billy Miller, by Kevin Henkes; One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake; and Paperboy, by Vince Vawter. Read an interesting interview with Kate DiCamillo, that includes her experience receiving the call informing her of her Newbery win. And kudos to Mrs. J for all her hard work this year!

Part-time Youth Services Staff Member Annie Merrill has advanced to the finals of the Intel Science Talent Search! She will travel to Washington, D.C., in March to compete for the first-place prize of $100,000. Annie's research focused on the environmental benefits of pairing a form of charcoal known as biochar with worms. Read more about Annie's research in the front page Greenwich Time article, Greenwich High senior reaches Intel finals. Congratulations, Annie!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz Memorial Scholarship to the ALA Annual Conference

Random House Children's Books continues to honor the memories of Perrot's beloved librarians, Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz, with their annual scholarship for a new or student librarian to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference.

ALA Members: In 500 words or less, tell us about a new librarian or library student who has never attended an ALA Annual Conference, and in whom you see great devotion to the library community and promise in the field. Tell us how he/she would benefit from attending the ALA Annual Conference. The new librarian/library student could win a trip to attend the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Visit the Random House Teachers & Librarians website for more information and to make a nomination.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Perrot Closing at 4pm, Tuesday, January 21st

Perrot Library will close early today, Tuesday, January 21 at 4 pm due to the inclement weather. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Children's Winter/Spring Program Lottery/Program Openings

Registration cards for our Winter/Spring 2014 children's programs were mailed back today! If you don't receive your card in the next few days, please don't hesitate to call (203-637-8802) and we can check the rosters for you.

Also, we still have room in our Spotlight program (for 2nd & 3rd graders). The theme for Spotlight this session is Go For the Gold: Super Achievers, and it will meet on 1/29, 2/5, 2/26, and 3/5 (Wednesdays) at 4 PM. Please give us a call if you would like to sign up your child for Spotlight.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Upcoming Event: Observations of the Superintendent

Dr. William McKersie, Greenwich Superintendent of Schools, will be visiting Perrot to discuss Greenwich Public Schools today. This is part of our continuing series of Community Conversations.

Wednesday, January 15th, 2013
7:30 PM in the Children's Wing
Doors will open at 7 PM

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Youth Services 2013 Gift Buying Guide

Each year our Youth Services Librarian puts together a list of books that make great holiday gifts! The list features picture books, books for middle graders, and books for ages 12 and up. Please take a look at our Youth Services Holiday Gift Buying Guide for 2013.The list is also available at the Youth Services Desk as a paper brochure.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Children's Program Registration Is Going on Now!

Registration for Youth Services' Winter/Spring 2014 Program Session is going on now through Sunday, January 12th, 2014. [View the winter program schedule]

  •     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(s) of your choice from the Youth Services 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 (46¢)
  •     Drop off your card at the Youth Services Desk by January 12th
  •     Registration cards will be mailed back to you within a week of the close of registration

Questions? Please give us a call at 203-637-8802, or comment on this post.