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.

Monday, December 15, 2014

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


What We're Reading at Perrot

THE BOSTON GIRL, BY ANITA DIAMONT

[Fiction] The author of this delightful book is known for her previous best sellers-- The Red Tent and Day After Night, among others. Without retelling this story, it begins with an 85-year-old grandmother talking to her 22-year-old granddaughter, answering the question, "How did you become the woman you are today?" The author has such a keen eye for historical detail and an ear for voices, both young and old. This is a great choice for book groups.

See the rest of our list of recommendations!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Winners of the Semi-Annual Y2C2 Jeopardy Tournament

Golden Y Award Winners, Winter 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Semi-Annual Young Young Critics' Club (Y2C2) Jeopardy Tournament!




The winning team, The Books (L-R): Darin, Rina, Ava, Pip, and Nicholas 

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!)

Upcoming Event: Local a cappella group, The Bows

Perrot is pleased to host host a musical performance of holiday tunes by local women's a cappella group, The Bows. 

Sunday, December 21st, 2014
2:00 PM
Perrot Library Children's Wing


Monday, December 08, 2014

Children's Program Registration Is Going on Now!

Registration for Youth Services' Winter/Spring 2015 Program Session is going on now through Sunday, January 11th, 2015. [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 (49¢)
  •     Drop off your card at the Youth Services Desk by January 11th
  •     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.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Elizabeth Owen

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Elizabeth Owen, Perrot's former Interlibrary Loan specialist and Adult Circulation staff member. Elizabeth spent many happy years at Perrot, until her retirement in 2011. Our thoughts and love are with Elizabeth's family at this difficult time.


ELIZABETH ANNE  MACFARLANE OWEN, born June 9th, 1946, died peacefully in Norwalk, CT on November 19th, 2014, surrounded by her loving family after a long and dignified battle with Lewy Body Dementia. The daughter of Charles and Margaret Grindlay and sister of Jenny, she was born in Lennoxtown, Scotland. She attended Oxford University where she and Jerry first met; she then moved to Connecticut with her husband and three children in October, 1986 where she lived for the remainder of her life. She had a life-long passion for language and the nuances and different meanings of words. She worked at Perrot Library in Old Greenwich for many years and she was an active member of several different church communities throughout her life (St. Mary's Church, Maidenhead, England; Greenwich Baptist Church, Greenwich, CT; and Black Rock Congregational Church, Fairfield, CT). Her spirit lives on in her family; her devoted husband, Jerry, her children, Kate, Isobel, and Edward, their spouses, Chris Morin, Jose Miguel Cuevas, and Caryn Owen, her seven beautiful grandchildren, Torie, Alistair, Emilia, Sofia, Lucas, Kai, and Beckett and her nephew, John. She will be dearly missed by her friends in both the US and the UK, with whom she shared many memories and many cups of tea. We will miss her grace, her quick, dry wit, and her kindness. We will also miss her eloquent, handwritten letters which she steadfastly wrote until she could no longer. Calling hours will be held from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sunday November 23rd, 2014 at the home of Jerry Owen on 44 Reichert Circle, Westport, CT, 06880. A Commemoration Service with reception to follow will be held at Greenwich Baptist Church, 10 Indian Rock Lane, Greenwich, Connecticut on Frida,y December 5th, 2014 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the Lewy Body Dementia Association at donate.lbda.org or Norwalk Younglife at norwalk.younglife.org. Our dearest Elizabeth, Mum, Mumma, Lizzie Anne, Lizzie, Auntie Lizzie, Grannie, we love you so much, your spirit will be with us always.

-Published in the Greenwich Time, November 21st, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Annual Lions Club Grapefruit Sale

The Old Greenwich Lions Club is selling grapefruits and oranges, as part of its annual fund-raising effort to flight blindness worldwide.

Fruit is available for purchase at Perrot-- please ask at the Adult Circulation Desk.

Pricing:
Grapefruit: $20 per case,  $10 per ½ case
Oranges: $20 per case,  $10 per ½ case
Case of ½ grapefruit and ½ oranges: $20

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Upcoming Event: Author Nina Darnton on her Latest Novel, The Perfect Mother

Upcoming Event at Perrot: 
Author Nina Darnton will speak about her latest novel, The Perfect Mother
Monday, December 1st, 2014, at 7:30 PM in Perrot's Children's Wing

About the Book:
When an American exchange student is accused of murder, her mother will stop at nothing to save her. A midnight phone call shatters Jennifer Lewis’s carefully orchestrated life. Her daughter, Emma, who’s studying abroad in Spain, has been arrested after the brutal murder of another student. Jennifer rushes to her side, certain the arrest is a terrible mistake, and determined to do whatever is necessary to bring Emma home. But as she begins to investigate the crime, she starts to wonder whether she ever really knew her daughter. The police charge Emma, and the press leaps on the story, exaggerating every sordid detail. One by one, Emma’s defense team, her father, and finally even Jennifer begin to have doubts. A novel of harrowing emotional suspense, The Perfect Mother probes the dark side of parenthood and the complicated bond between mothers and daughters.

About the Author:
A journalist for thirty years, Nina Darnton wrote her first novel, An African Affair, three years ago and never looked back. As a journalist, Nina has written extensively for The New York Times, mostly about the arts. She wrote the “At the Movies” Column, and frequent celebrity profiles for the Arts and Leisure section as well as movie reviews, Sunday book reviews, and longer articles for the Times Sunday magazine. She has also published in Elle, More, Mirabella, Family Circle, House and Garden and Travel and Leisure. She was chief movie writer for the New York Post and a fashion reporter at Newsweek, travelling to London, Paris and Milan twice a year to cover the shows. She was also a contributor to National Public Radio and an essayist for the McNeill-Lehrer News Hour on public television.With her husband, she has lived and worked in Nigeria, Kenya, Poland, Spain and England and used those experiences and some of those settings in each of her novels. Nina has a BA from the University of Wisconsin with a major in Comparative Literature. She also has an MS in Psychology with a specialty in Child Development from the New School of Social Research and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University. Nina is married to the journalist and novelist John Darnton. They have three children and four grandchildren and live in New York City and New Paltz, New York.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Annual Appeal for the Perrot Memorial Library Association


Now is the time to join Perrot- and here are some of the many reasons why:

  • Perrot is your neighborhood library. We share resources with Greenwich Library, but we are an independent institution funded by membership donations.
  • All of Perrot's fabulous programs for children and adults are free and supported entirely by membership contributions. 
  • Perrot's building and grounds are owned by the Perrot Memorial Library Association and are largely maintained with membership funds. 
Where you are renewing your membership or joining for the first time, we appreciate your contribution at any level. We depend on your generosity!

Watch for our Annual Appeal brochure in the mail, or donate online today. 


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Thank you for your support!