Monday, February 25, 2019

Upcoming Event: Habits of a Champion, with Author and Coach Dana Cavalea

Upcoming Event: Habits of a Champion, with Author and Coach Dana Cavalea

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019, at 7:30 PM 

Just in time for opening day, Perrot welcomes you to a talk with Dana Cavalea, former Director of Performance for the New York Yankees. In his new book, HABITS OF A CHAMPION, Cavalea offers 15 life lessons on achieving the next level of personal development. Cavalea has worked with some of the highest-level athletes, including Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera, and counseled coaches, CEOs, and executives.

Upcoming Event: Book Discussion on World Without Mind, by Franklin Foer

Perrot Memorial Library and the Greenwich Pen Women present a Book Discussion on WORLD WITHOUT MIND: THE EXISTENTIAL THREAT OF BIG TECH, by Franklin Foer

Facilitated by Sarah Darer Littman, President of Greenwich Pen Women

Monday, March 25th, 2019 at 7 PM

Tracing the intellectual history of computer science, Franklin Foer puts the DNA of the very idea of "tech" under the microscope. Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, he argues, are breaking laws intended to protect intellectual property and privacy. He writes, "As these companies have expanded, marketing themselves as champions of individuality and pluralism, their algorithms have pressed us into conformity and laid waste to privacy. They have produced an unstable and narrow culture of misinformation, and put us on a path to a world without private contemplation, autonomous thought, or solitary introspection--a world without mind."

In light of the revelations of interference in the 2016 election through social media, Foer's timely book provides a stepping stone to discuss our willingness to sacrifice privacy for convenience, and if it's time to reexamine the notion that technology will provide the solution.

Copies of the book are available for checkout from the Adult Circulation Desk. Please note that seating for this event is limited!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Upcoming Event: Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Digital Age

Upcoming Event: Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Digital Age

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, at 7:30 PM 

Cheryl Davis, General Counsel of the Authors Guild in New York, will provide insights and sage advice on the basic requirements to protect your original work and ensure its lines of provenance. She will also provide a rundown on what is happening in the publishing industry today. Join us for a very engaging and interesting evening. Event is co-sponsored by the Greenwich Pen Women.

Upcoming Event: Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits- Author Talk with James Herbert Smith and Sarah Darer Littman

Upcoming Event: Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits- Author Talk with James Herbert Smith and Sarah Darer Littman

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, at 7:30 PM

Join us for an author talk with longtime Connecticut journalist James Herbert Smith and Sarah Darer Littman, president of Greenwich Pen Women, and a columnist in Smith's latest book, Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits. The book features columns by 63 women journalists published in Connecticut newspapers from the 1950s to the present day. The columns cover a spectrum of topics: art, fashion, nature, open government, politics, health care, sports, and high society events. Each is a singular voice. Collectively, the stories glimmer with facets of recent history, revealed with clarity, honesty, humor, and vision. 

Upcoming Event: Talk on Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease with Dr. Peter H.R. Green

Upcoming Event: Talk on Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease with Dr. Peter H.R. Green

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, at 7:30 PM

Perrot invites you to an informative talk with Dr. Peter H.R. Green about the facts and fiction regarding gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. Dr. Green is the Phyllis and Ivan Seidenberg Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, and the Director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, a leader in the treatment and research of celiac disease. An internationally recognized gastroenterologist, Dr. Green has published more than 500 research papers on celiac disease and lectures widely on the topic.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Upcoming Event: Saturday Afternoon Movie at Perrot- Little Women

Saturday Afternoon Movie at Perrot

Rated PG, 115 minutes

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
2 PM 

Cozy up on a winter Saturday afternoon at the library and enjoy a movie in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the book Little Women.Tea and scones will be served. You can also enter a trivia contest for a chance to win an anniversary edition of the book supplied by Diane's Books!

About the Movie:
Winona Ryder (in an Oscar-nominated role) and Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon star in this family favorite. With her husband off at war, Marmee (Sarandon) is left alone to raise their four daughters, her Little Women. There is the spirited Jo (Ryder); conservative Meg (Trini Alvarado); fragile Beth (Claire Danes); and romantic Amy (played at different ages by Kristen Dunst and Samantha Mathis). As the years pass, the sisters share some of the most cherished and painful memories of self-discovery, as Marmee and Aunt March (Mary Wickes) guide them through issues of independence, romance and virtue. Gabriel Byrne, Eric Stoltz, and Christian Bale co-star in this "handcrafted valentine" (Newsweek) of a film.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Upcoming Event: Book Discussion on Behold the Dreamers, with the Greenwich Pen Women

Book Discussion on Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue
Facilitated by Diane Tunick Morello of Greenwich Pen Women
Monday, January 28th, 2019, at 7:00 PM in the Rand Room at Perrot
[Snow Date: Monday, February 4th, 2019]

Jende and Neni Jonga arrive in America from Cameroon to make a home with their son, Liomi. After a series of low-skilled jobs, Jende is hired in late 2007 as a chauffeur for a Lehman Brothers executive. Jende and Neni use their improved income to make a home in Harlem, enroll Neni in pharmacy school, and hire an immigration lawyer to help Jende qualify for political asylum and thus remain in the United States.

The American Dream is sweet for them-- until a cascade of events weakens their foundation. Jende and Neni get pummeled by immigration bureaucracy, financial losses, unemployment, and growing resentment from the exectutive and his wealthy family. Jende, ever disillusioned and angry, views America as a land of no opportunity. Neni sees America as her future and fears what will become of her if she follows Jende's path.

Behold the Dreamers is a masterful take on the American Dream, so alluring from afar and so mystifying up close. Fortunately, Imbolo Mbue never lets readers forget that human hearts beat at the center of the story, and we feel both joy and heartache as the Jongas navigate the highs and lows of America. Behold the Dreamers will remain with readers long after the last page, compelling them to ask whether the American Dream is possible for all or only for those born into it.

Borrow a copy of the book from the Adult Circulation Desk today! Please note that seating for the book discussion is limited.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Children's Program Registration Is Going on Now!

Registration for Youth Services' Winter/Spring 2019 Program Session is going on now through Sunday, January 6th, 2019. [View the Winter/Spring 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 (50¢)
  • Drop off your card at the Youth Services Desk by January 6th
  • 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, November 27, 2018

Winners of the Semi-Annual Y2C2 Jeopardy Tournament

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

The winning team, The Bookworms (L-R): Kaki, Noah, Sophie, Esha, Marley, and Abby

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!)

Support Perrot on Giving Tuesday

Join Perrot- Your Neighborhood Library Depends on You!

Perrot is an independent institution. Although we share some resources with Greenwich Library, we depend on your membership donations:
  • All of Perrot's fabulous programs for children and adults are free and supported entirely by membership contributions 
  • Having a library card allows you to borrow materials, but you join as a member of the Perrot Memorial Library Association by making a donation in any amount to the library
  • 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:

Online payments will be processed via PayPal (a PayPal account is not required to donate).

Thank you for your support!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Part-time Job Opening at Perrot

Library Technical Assistant-Part-Time (15hrs/wk.) Perrot Library
Salary: $19.00 Hourly
Job Type: Part Time Non Represented
Closing: 11/30/2018 4:00 PM Eastern


General Statement of Duties

    Performs responsible technical work assisting librarians to acquire, prepare and organize materials in all formats and support librarians in helping users to obtain and locate information from a variety of sources as well as assisting with computer equipment and software procedures on the various library computers and computer systems.
    Work requires flexibility and may be performed in one division or in many divisions as part of a cooperative team. May supervise clerical subordinates as assigned.
    Works under the general supervision of a librarian.

    This position will be approximately 15 hours per week.  Must be able to work some evenings and weekends.


    Two years of college level courses in library science, computer science plus at least 2 years of full-time experience as a Library Clerk in a library with heavy computer utilization (or a Bachelor's Degree plus 1 year of related experience); or high school graduation plus 4 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Job Description

    Assists in the acquisition, preparation and organization of materials; uses various computers and software programs to place orders for library materials and electronic information services and locates the information necessary to catalog them; assists in or oversees receipt of orders; maintains invoices and fund accounting for orders; catalogs and prepares library materials in all formats for loan. Creates written reports, technical materials and informative guidelines as needed.
    Supports various reference services; assists librarian at reference desk; helps patrons to find information and materials in a variety of formats; indexes local newspapers and magazines; prepares bulletin board and other displays; finds books on selected topics for book displays; may conduct story hours.
    Supervises and assists in the circulation of all types of materials; interprets rules and procedures for circulation to the clerical staff and the public; may assist in maintenance of book, periodical or media collection; may train and/or supervise part-time staff; may prepare schedules for full-time and part-time staff.
    Contributes to the goals and processes of the assigned team. May be responsible for a specific area of the collection: evaluates, orders and culls titles; interfaces with vendors; receives orders and may manage supply budget. Keeps abreast of subject area; may supervise part time employees in completing specific projects.
    Processes interlibrary loan requests from anywhere in the United States using several computer databases; may prepare loans for lending and return the materials to their home library.
    Performs general upkeep and troubleshooting of computers and peripherals; compiles statistics for this function. Assists with a variety of computer operations and may oversee data-entry and work with specific software programs.
    Assists the public in a willing and cooperative manner; selects and takes books to patrons in nursing homes; drives the book van to the nursing homes.
    Performs related duties as required.
    Considerable knowledge of library computer databases, equipment and library programs; knowledge of library clerical and statistical routines.
    Working knowledge of library principles, methods and techniques and the ability to make decisions based on established policies and procedures.
    Working knowledge of books and other media or specific area of service including library reference materials, music, video, etc.
    Ability to operate and troubleshoot a wide variety of computer equipment, audio-visual equipment and office equipment related to library functions; knowledge of and experience in the operation of library computer databases and equipment.
    Ability to communicate effectively and to supervise subordinates; ability to work with other staff and the public in a team environment.
    Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with library patrons and harmoniously with other staff members in a team environment.
    Ability to perform the physical duties of the job, including pushing and pulling loads weighing up to 300 lbs, lifting and carrying loads of books and (occasionally) small children and ability to climb stools, ladders, etc. in the performance of the work.
    Ability to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Connecticut.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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.

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

Grapefruit: $24/case, $12/½ case, $47 for 2 cases
Juice Oranges: $24/case, $12/½ case, $47 for 2 cases

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Upcoming Event: Author Fiona Davis

Upcoming Event: Author Fiona Davis will speak about her novel, The Masterpiece
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, at 7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

Perrot welcomes bestselling author Fiona Davis (The Dollhouse, The Address) for a discussion of her new novel, The Masterpiece, which is centered on the glamorous lost art school in Grand Central Terminal, which was co-founded by John Singer Sargent in 1924. Here, two very different women-- one, an artist living during the Great Depression, the other, an information booth clerk, who, 50 years later becomes obsessed with finding out more about a mysterious watercolor discovered in the station-- strike to make their mark on a world set against them.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Chris Nizolek

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Chris Nizolek, one of our longtime Adult Circulation staff members. Our thoughts and love go out to Chris's family at this difficult time.

Christine Mary Nizolek (1943 - 2018)

Christine Mary Nizolek passed away October 20, 2018 at Colombia Presbyterian Hospital, NYC, surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 10, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Jean and Frank Nizolek, who after WWII settled in Stamford, CT.

As a young adult Christine was very active with the "Young Dems" here in town and was elected by District 2 to serve as its City Representative. Chris worked for Paper Novelty, CBS Laboratories, GTE (Legal Dept.) and, until her passing, at the front desk of the Perrot Public Library in Old Greenwich. She was a true bibliophile.

She is survived by her three sisters; Mary Ann Greene (Fred), Diane Nizolek, and Barbara Corniello and her nieces and nephews; Fred Greene IV, Christopher Greene (Julie), Nicole Vitti, Mark Vitti (Jessica), Matthew Vitti (Megan) and Lauren Love (Rich). Chris cherished in recent years the birth of her two great-nieces; Caroline Grace Greene and Nora Margaret Love.

In addition to her family Christine loved and cared for many cats, nature's creatures and had a deep devotion to St. Francis of Assisi and St. Therese of Lisieux.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Clement R.C. Church, 535 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford, CT. The interment will follow mass at St. John Cemetery in Darien, CT and will be private.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in Christine's name may be made to PitterPatter Feline Rescue, 23 Mead St., Stamford, CT 06907, Friends of Felines @ Just Cats, 1029 E. Main St., Stamford, CT 06902 or Trinity Catholic H.S., 926 Newfield Ave., Stamford, CT 06905.

The family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Bosak Funeral Home, 453 Shippan Avenue, in Stamford. If you would like to leave a message of condolence for the family, visit the guestbook on

-Obituary published in the Greenwich Time, October 29, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Upcoming Event: Family Storytelling Concert featuring Antonio Rocha

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 mime Antonio Rocha will be joining us for this special annual family event, which will be held in Perrot's Children's Wing on Sunday, November 4th, 2018, at 2 PM.

Antonio Rocha is an award-winning storyteller whose unique fusion of mime and spoken word has made him a featured teller in the nation's premier storytelling events. With his tenor voice, realistic sound effects, and mesmerizing moves, Antonio is sure to tickle your funny bone and delight your soul.

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 Antonio Rocha, please visit his website: