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. 


Payment will be processed via PayPal. A PayPal account is not required to donate.

Thank you for your support!

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.