Monday, December 11, 2017

Children's Program Registration Is Going on Now!

Registration for Youth Services' Winter/Spring 2018 Program Session is going on now through Sunday, January 7th, 2018. [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 7th
  • 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!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Building Maintenance Alert

The project to replace the 90-year-old slate roof on the Adult Wing of the library is scheduled to begin this Wednesday, December 6th. A scaffolding company will enclose the exterior completely around the building with protected openings for our public entrances and book drop. Several parking spaces will be cordoned off, and the bicycle rack will be temporarily relocated to the grass area near the mailbox. Please use caution around work areas. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience!

Upcoming Event: A Connecticut Christmas, with Photographer Caryn B. Davis

A Connecticut Christmas: 
Celebrating the Holiday in Classic New England Style 
with Photographer Caryn B. Davis
Sunday, December 10th, 2017
2:00 PM
The Rand Room- Perrot Library

Perrot Library invites you to celebrate the season with acclaimed photographer Caryn B. Davis. Her book, A Connecticut Christmas, recently featured in The New York Times and on NPR, is a photographic journey celebrating the classic New England traditions, beauty, spirit, and community surrounding the holiday. From light displays to decorated churches and inns, spectacular private homes, festivals, carolers, town greens, and picturesque villages, this beautiful book takes readers on a magical holiday tour through the Nutmeg State. Greenwich's own McArdle's Florists and Garden Center is featured. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Winners of the Semi-Annual Y2C2 Jeopardy Tournament

Winners of the Semi-Annual Y2C2 Jeopardy Tournament
Golden Y Award Winners, Fall 2017

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

The winning team, The Golden Lobsters (L-R):  Ashley, Brooke, Leighton, and Susie (back row)
Sophia and Margaux (front row)

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!)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Annual Lions Club Grapefruit Sale

The Old Greenwich Lions Club is running its annual sale of grapefruits and oranges, as part of its fund-raising efforts to fight blindness worldwide.

The fruit is fresh off the truck from Texas and available for purchase at Perrot!

Pricing for grapefruit and oranges is the same this year:
$24 per carton, $12 for ½ carton, $47 for two cartons

Inquire at the Adult Circulation Desk

Monday, October 30, 2017

Make It! @ Perrot in November

Join us in November for Make It! @ Perrot, our drop-in art & craft program. 

Make It! is a drop-in program for kids in Grades 1-5. 
It is limited to the first 20 kids to sign in before each program. 

Make It! will be held on the following Wednesdays at 4 PM:

November 1st
November 8th
November 15th

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Upcoming Event: The Classical American House

Upcoming Event: 
The Classical American House
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

Author Phillip James Dodd will speak about his new book, The Classical American House, and the influence of classically inspired design in residential architecture across the United States today. He will be joined by architect Charles (Chuck) Hilton. Chuck’s firm, Charles Hilton Architects, is featured in the book and he will discuss his firm’s approach using classical design principles to create new classic homes today.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Perrot Library Community Survey: Please help!

We need your help! Perrot Memorial Library is in the process of developing a new Long Range Plan to ensure that the Library is able to continue to provide the services, programs, and collections that inspire and strengthen our community. Your thoughts and ideas are invaluable as we plan for the future. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey: Perrot Memorial Library Community Survey

Your opinion matters.  Thank you!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Upcoming Event: Family Storytelling Concert featuring Bill Harley

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 and musician Bill Harley will be joining us for this special annual family event, which will be held in Perrot's Children's Wing on Sunday, November 5th, 2017, at 2 PM.

A two-time Grammy award-winning artist, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RI Council for the Humanities and an NPR commentator, Bill’s songs and stories paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Bill’s work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity, and challenges us to be our best selves.

This free family event is recommended for families with children ages 5 and up. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more info on Bill Harley, please visit his website:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Upcoming Event: Sargent's Women, with Author Donna M. Lucey

Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas, with Author Donna M. Lucey
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Radcliffe Children's Wing

Join us for an enchanting evening of art and history with author Donna M. Lucey, as she discusses her newest book, Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas. In this rich and multi-layered biography, based on original letters and diaries, Lucey illuminates four extraordinary women painted by the iconic high-society portraitist John Singer Sargent. Learn about Elsie Palmer, Sally Fairchild, Elizabeth Chanler, and the iron-willed Isabella Stewart Gardner, who scandalized Boston society and became Sargent's greatest patron. All four women challenged society's restrictions, risking public shame and ostracism.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Upcoming Event: The Woodland Indians of Connecticut: A Family Program

The Woodland Indians of Connecticut: A Program for School-Age Children and Their Caregivers
A Greenwich Reads Together 2017 Community Event
Sunday, October 29th, 2017
Two identical sessions: 2 PM-2:45 PM and 3:15 PM-4 PM
Advance registration is required; space is limited to 25 participants in each session
Sign up today at the Adult Circulation Desk

News of the World, The Ransom of Mercy Carter, and The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, the three Greenwich Reads Together 2017 book selections, all explore aspects of Native American culture. Please join us for this presentation by the Bruce Museum, which will shed light on the shelter, transportation, food, games, and ceremonies of the Native Americans of Southwestern Connecticut, including those who lived in the area now known as Greenwich. This is a hands-on program-- through an examination of replica artifacts, participants will be able to characterize the relationship between the Woodland Indians and their surrounding environment.  

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Youth Services Fall Program Registration Is Going on Now!

Registration for Fall 2017 programs in Youth Services is going on now through Friday, September 1st, 2017. View the Fall 2017 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, 2017
  • 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 (47¢)
  • Drop the registration card(s) off at the Youth Services desk by 6 PM on Friday, September 1st
  • Registration cards received after September 1st 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? Give us a call at 203-637-8802.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Summer Reading Wrap-up

Thanks to everyone who participated in Youth Services's 2017 summer reading program and weekly contests! This year's theme was "BUILD A BETTER WORLD."

Please take a look at the four happy winners of our weekly contests! They had to guess how many candies were in the jar each week.

It was a great year for summer reading-- 351 kids signed up and read 1,144 books in total!

This year, Perrot will make a donation based on each book read by our summer readers to Habitat for Humanity of Lower Fairfield County. Habitat's work in Fairfield County includes more than just building homes for families-- they are a construction company with a green focus, a family services agency, a non-profit financial institution, an affordable housing advocate and a community service project provider for thousands of people each year. They also operate a ReStore in Stratford, CT-- a nonprofit home improvement and donation center that sells quality new and used furniture, appliances, home accessories and building materials to the public at low cost.

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 62 volunteers, who together worked 585 hours staffing our summer reading table. Thanks, guys!

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

Countdown to Kindergarten Storytime

It's that time of year again... time for our annual Countdown to Kindergarten Storytime-- featuring 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 2017 ONLY. Children attend independently, but parents and caregivers should remain in the Library.

Parents! While your child participates in the storytime, please join us for a Q&A with retired Greenwich Public Schools psychologist, Dr. Linnea Stenberg, who will discuss how you can help your child with this important transition. 

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 1 PM in the Children's Program Room

Sign up now at the Youth Services Desk

Friday, July 28, 2017

Upcoming Event: Book Discussion on The Hare with Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal

Greenwich Pen Women/Perrot Memorial Library Book Discussion Group


Theme: Art, Emotion, and Memory
Facilitated by Sarah Darer Littman of Greenwich Pen Women
Monday, September 11th, 2017, at 7 PM
The Rand Room, Perrot Memorial Library

For nearly a century, the Ephrussi family controlled a business empire in Europe, massing wealth and objets d'art. A Parisian Ephrussi, Charles, who was a patron of the Impressionists, and inspiration for Marcel Proust's Charles Swann, purchased a collection of 264 tiny Japanese carvings called netsuke, including a hare with amber eyes.

In 1899, Charles sent the collection as a wedding present to his cousin, Viktor Ephrussi, in Vienna.

When the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938, they confiscated the Ephrussi's business interests, and their extensive art collection. The netsuke escaped their clutches, hidden in the mattress of a loyal maid, Anna, for the duration of the war.

Edmund de Waal, a noted ceramicist, inherited the netsuke from his uncle Ignace, who had left for America before the war and served in U.S. Army Intelligence. The collection provides a thread weaving together this fascinating memoir of art, history, and family.