Thursday, October 30, 2014

Upcoming Event: Family Storytelling Concert featuring Tom Lee

Perrot Memorial Library is proud to 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 storyteller Tom Lee will be joining us for this special family event, which will be held in Perrot's Children's Wing at 2 PM on Saturday, November 15th, 2014. No tickets are required, but seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. This event is recommended for families with children ages 5 and up.

Tom Lee has told stories professionally for twenty years. His interest in traditional stories began while he was working as a cook in a tiny fishing village in Scotland. Tom's first storytelling performances were tales from Grimm, told in the the London pub theater called, appropriately, "The Man in the Moon." In the United States, Tom has worked in classrooms with children of all ages. "When it comes to stories," he says, "children have taught me everything I know." Tom is  roster artist with the Connecticut Commission on Culture and a frequent guest artist at the The Metropolitan Opera Education Conference, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Yale Center for British Art. Tom was a featured teller at the 2014 National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Tom Lee lives in Chester, Connecticut, where he cooks without fear and gardens overambitiously.

For more information about Tom Lee, please visit his website: http://www.tomleestoryteller.com/

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tellabration! 2014: An International Celebration of Story

Throughout the world, the week before Thanksgiving is set aside as a time to celebrate the time-honored art of storytelling and story listening. Join the thousands of people, young and old, around the world who will spend a unique and magical hour rediscovering the laughter, the tears and the power of the story, at this year's TELLABRATION!

Featured at the Cos Cob Library on Friday, November 7th, 2014, at 7 PM, will be Perrot's very own Director of Youth Services, Kathy Jarombek, as well as Lauren Mendoza and student tellers from Cos Cob School. For more information, contact Wendy Silver 203-622-6883, wsilver@greenwichlibrary.org.

Check out the rest of the local Tellabration events here.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Upcoming Event: No Parent Left Behind: Your Child's Digital Reputation

The Perrot Memorial Library, in collaboration with the Junior League of Greenwich, proudly presents Tori Aiello leading “No Parent Left Behind – Your Child’s Digital Reputation,” an interactive session on the pitfalls of social media for your son or daughter. Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Perrot Library. 

Tori Aiello is a Senior Coach and Trainer with The Speech Improvement Company with over 15 years experience developing, leading, and teaching comprehensive communication training sessions nationwide. Her talk will analyze the perception of your child’s chosen words and pictures on (1) text, (2) email, (3) Snapchat, (4) Facebook, etc.

This event is part of the Junior League of Greenwich’s project, "Positively More," which aims to give preteen girls the tools to avoid questionable situations, lessen the consequences of potential conflicts, and identify lessons learned by those challenges.

For questions, please email positivelymorejlg@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Upcoming Event: Greenwich Reads Together Book Discussion on THE BOYS IN THE BOAT

THE BOYS IN THE BOAT: NINE AMERICANS AND THEIR EPIC QUEST FOR THE GOLD AT THE 1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS, by Daniel James Brown, has been selected for our 2014 community-wide-reading experience, Greenwich Reads Together. Perrot is pleased to host a discussion of the book, led by Marcia Clay Hamilton, on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, at 7:30 PM. 

ABOUT THE BOOK
Gordon Adam, Chuck Day, Don Hume, George "Shorty" Hunt, Jim "Stub" McMillin, Bob Moch, Roger Morris, Joe Rantz, John White, Jr.—these were the boys in the boat, the University of Washington's 1936 crew, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans in the depths of the Depression. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic Games in Berlin.

At the emotional heart of the story is Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in one another that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone, quite literally, pulls together—a perfect melding of trust, determination, and optimism.

Drawing on the boys' own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, THE BOYS IN THE BOAT is a portrait of an era, a celebration of a historic achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man's personal quest.

WHAT IS GREENWICH READS TOGETHER?
Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. The goal of Greenwich Reads Together is to deepen engagement in literature through reading and  discussion and to build community connections. The Steering Committee leading this effort includes Greenwich Library, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Pen Women and the Greenwich Public and Independent Schools.Visit our website, http://www.greenwichreadstogether.org, to find book, film and music suggestions for further exploration, as well as discussion guides, links to interviews with the author and much more.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Upcoming Event: James Beard Award-winning Author Paul Greenberg

Award-winning author Paul Greenberg will speak about his latest book, American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood, will speak at Perrot on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, at 7:30 PM. 

In American Catch,: The Fight for Our Local Seafood, bestselling author Paul Greenberg tells the surprising story of why Americans no longer eat from local waters. In 2005, the United States imported twelve billion dollars’ worth of seafood, nearly double what we had imported ten years earlier. During that same period, our seafood exports rose by a third. Greenberg looks to New York oysters, gulf shrimp, and Alaskan salmon to reveal how it came to be that 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat is foreign. Despite the challenges, hope abounds. Mr. Greenberg proposes there is a way to break the current destructive patterns of consumption and return the American catch back to American consumers.

Mr. Greenberg writes regularly for the New York Times on fish, aquaculture, and the future of the ocean. His 2010 book, Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food, was a New York Times bestseller, and the winner of a James Beard Award for Writing and Literature. Mr. Greenberg has been both a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow and a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow. He grew up in Greenwich and currently resides in New York City.


Monday, September 08, 2014

Upcoming Event: Pulitzer-prize Winning Journalist Gretchen Morgenson

Gretchen Morgenson, columnist and Assistant Business and Financial Editor at the New York Times, will speak at Perrot on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, at 7:30 PM. Ms. Morgensen has covered world financial markets for the Times since May 1998, and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for her "trenchant and incisive" coverage of Wall Street.

Ms. Morgenson began her career in 1976 upon graduation from Saint Olaf College in Minnesota. She joined Vogue magazine as an editorial assistant and began writing the personal finance column for the magazine several years later. In 1981, she became a stockbroker, a job she held for three years. She joined Money magazine as a staff writer in 1984 and moved to Forbes magazine in 1986. In 1995, she became national press secretary to Steve Forbes when he ran for President of the United States. When Mr. Forbes withdrew from the race in 1996, Ms. Morgenson returned to writing and editing at Forbes. She was named assistant managing editor at the magazine in September 1997. She joined the New York Times eight months later.

Ms. Morgenson has been awarded two Gerald Loeb Awards: one in 2002 for excellence in financial commentary, and another in 2009 for her coverage of Wall Street. She has also served on two Pulitzer Prize juries, evaluating investigative reporting entries in 2009 and 2010.

Ms. Morgenson is the author, along with Joshua Rosner, of Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon, a bestseller about the origins of the 2008 financial crisis that was published in 2011 by Times Books.



Monday, August 11, 2014

Youth Services Fall Program Registration Is Going on Now!

Registration for Fall 2014 programs is going on now through Sunday, September 7th, 2014. View the Fall 2014 Program Schedule.


  • Program registration is by lottery
  • 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, 2014
  • 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 5 PM on Sunday, September 7th
  • Registration cards received after September 7th 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 05, 2014

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 2014 ONLY. Children attend independently, but parents and caregivers should remain in the Library
Monday, August 18th, 2014, at 1 PM

Sign up now at the Youth Services Desk!

Summer Reading Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone who participated in Youth Services's 2014 summer reading program and weekly contests! This year's theme was "GET A CLUE- READ!"

368 kids signed up for our summer reading program this year and read 1,369 books in total- both new records at Perrot! Hooray! This year, Perrot made a donation based on each book read to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a non-profit organization that purchases protective vests for dogs working in law enforcement across the U.S.

If you were one of our very special signer-uppers, 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 our teen volunteers, who helped record books for our reading program participants. This year we had 70 volunteers, who worked a combined total of 556 volunteer hours at Perrot. Thanks, guys!

And, please take a look at the happy winners of our weekly contests! They each won a cool prize pack for guessing which of our picture book characters was hiding incognito.

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

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Youth Services Fall Program Schedule Now Available

The Youth Services Fall 2014 Program Schedule [PDF] is now available!

Our program registration is by lottery. Pick up a registration postcard for the program(s) of your choice from the Youth Services Circulation Desk, beginning on Monday, August 11th. Registration ends on Friday, September 7th, so make sure you have returned your card by that day. [See detailed registration instructions]

If you have any questions on our children's programs or registration process, please comment on this post, or give us a call at 203-637-8802.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Upcoming Event: Author Talk with Emma Straub

Author Emma Straub will discuss her latest novel, THE VACATIONERS, at Perrot on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 7:30 PM, in the Radcliffe Children's Wing (Doors Open at 7 PM). 

Emma Straub brings a vivid, contemporary setting to life in this irresistible, deftly observed novel about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of a family's two-week stay in Mallorca, Spain. Written with Straub's signature dry humor and tremendous heart, THE VACATIONERS is the richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of change, of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again.

Monday, June 23, 2014

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 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.

Spotlight (on The Mysterious) is for kids entering Grades 2, 3, and 4, and will meet Wednesdays at 4 PM on July 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

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 23rd, through August 1st.Our Summer Reading theme this year is GET A CLUE... READ! 

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, just 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 Vested Interest in K-9s, an organization group that purchases protective vests for police dogs.

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, one of our stuffed animal book characters (Olivia, Arthur, Angelina, etc.) will be hiding IN DISGUISE! You will have to find the hidden character in the library and write down their name on 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 mystery and detective-themed prizes!

Be sure to join us at Perrot this summer!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Movies in the Park 2014

Perrot is pleased to present our eighth annual series of Movies in the Park in Binney Park. This year we are featuring The Red Balloon, Rear Window, and The Sound of Music. Bring your picnic, your chairs, and enjoy!



THE RED BALLOON (1956, Not Rated, 34 minutes)
Saturday, June 28th, 2014, 9:00 PM
[Rain Date: Sunday, June 29th]

In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world's harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, this Academy Award winning movie has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations.

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REAR WINDOW (1954, Rated PG, 112 minutes)
RESCHEDULED
Saturday, August 9th, 2014, 8:30 PM

Directed by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window is an edge-of-your-seat classic starring two of Hollywood’s most popular stars. When a professional photographer (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. When he suspects his neighbor of murdering his nagging wife, he enlists his socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to help investigate the suspicious chain of events, leading to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in all of film history.

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965, Rated G, 174 minutes)
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, 8:30 PM
NO RAIN DATE

When Julie Andrews sang "The hills are alive with the sound of music" from an Austrian mountaintop in 1965, the most beloved movie musical was born. Audiences fell in love with the struggling novice Maria (Andrews), the dashing Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), and, yes, the cute kids, all based on a real-life World War II Austrian family. Such songs as "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," "Climb Every Mountain," and the title tune became part of the 20th century Zeitgeist.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Greenwich Reads Together 2014: The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown

Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown, has been chosen as the 2014 selection.

Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.

Visit Greenwich Library's website for more information.