Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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 Sabertooth Readers
(L-R) Gregory, Ellie, Amrutha, Cindy, Aeden, and Charlotte


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!)

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Upcoming Event: Book Talk with Wendy Walker, Author of ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN

UPCOMING EVENT AT PERROT
Wendy Walker, Author of All Is Not Forgotten
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, at 7:30 PM

Perrot welcomes local author Wendy Walker for a discussion about her new book, All Is Not Forgotten. The book, which is set in a fictional Fairfield County town, is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Wendy will discuss her experience writing the book as well as the book's hot topic of memory manipulation around PTSD.

About the Book
It begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where everything seems picture perfect. Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, struggles to pretend this horrific event did not touch her carefully constructed world. As Tom and Charlotte seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town-- or perhaps lives among them-- drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

2016 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.

Pricing:
Grapefruit: $20 per case,  $10 per ½ case
Oranges: $21 per case,  $11 per ½ case
Case of ½ grapefruit and ½ oranges: $21

Youth Services 2016 Gift Buying Guide


Each year our Youth Services Librarian puts together a list of books that make great holiday gifts!

The list features books for the youngest, for beginning readers, for middle graders, and for grades 6 and up.

See our brochure online-- Youth Services Holiday Gift Buying Guide for 2016 -- or pick up a paper copy in Youth Services.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Make It! @ Perrot



Join us next month for Make It! @ Perrot, our new art & craft program. 

Make It! is a drop-in program for kids in grades 2 and up. 
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 2nd

November 9th
November 16th



Upcoming Event: Tasting Rome, with Author Katie Parla

TASTING ROME, WITH AUTHOR KATIE PARLA
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9th, 2016
7:30 PM

In Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City, Rome-based food journalist and historian Katie Parla captures the city's unique character and evolved food culture- a culmination of 2,000 years of history. Part cookbook, part travel memoir, the book transports all the flavors of Rome into your home kitchen. Parla has written and edited more than 20 books, and her food criticism and travel writing have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Bon App├ętit. Join us in welcoming Katie Parla for a mouthwatering tour of the Eternal City.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Upcoming Event: Talk and Book Signing with Diane B. Saxton

UPCOMING EVENT
Talk & Book Signing with Diane B. Saxton,
author of Peregrine Island
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, at 7:30 PM


In her debut novel, PEREGRINE ISLAND, former Fairfield County resident Diane B. Saxton explores the mysteries behind three generations of women, one valuable painting, the artist who created it, and those who would do anything to possess it-- even kill. In this engrossing work, that brings Long Island Sound to vibrant life, not even a painting can be taken at face value. "For what you see, or think you see, on Peregrine Island, is seldom what it seems..."

Upcoming Event: Family Storytelling Concert featuring Bil Lepp

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 Bil Lepp will be joining us for this special annual family event, which will be held in Perrot's Children's Wing on Sunday, November 6th, 2016, at 2 PM.

Growing up in a family where the truth was fluid, nationally renowned storyteller (and five-time winner of the West Virginia State Liars' Contest) Bil Lepp became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age. Bil's outrageous, humorous tall tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life.

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

For more info on Bil Lepp, please visit his on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/billeppisfunny/


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Come Join Perrot's New Teen Critics Club!



Are you a high school student that loves to read for fun? Enjoy talking about literature with your friends? Then come join the new Teen Critics Club and Advisory Board (TCC) at Perrot Library! You will have the opportunity to read and critique new and popular novels with a great group of fellow high-schoolers once every month! If you were in the Young Critics Club in middle school, then you definitely want to join TCC! 

Fall Meeting Times & Dates: 
Fridays from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM on:

September 23rd
October 21st
November 4th
December 9th 

Meetings will be held in the Youth Services Program Room

For more information, email teencriticsclub@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Upcoming Event: From Broadway to Wall Street, with Author Heather K. Terry

From Broadway to Wall Street

with Author Heather K. Terry
Wednesday, September 28th, at 7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library


Come join us for an evening with local author and entrepreneur Heather K. Terry, as she discusses her journey from struggling Broadway actress to CEO of a successful chocolate company, NibMor Chocolate. Heather will share her secrets to following her passion, taking risks, and the story of the rise of her booming business. Her book, From Broadway to Wall Street, is a collection of cautionary tales and a must read for any budding entrepreneur.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Fall 2016 Programs- Spaces still available!

Registration cards for our Fall 2016 children's programs were mailed back today! If you don't receive your card in the next few days, please call us.

We still have spaces available in the following programs:
-2s and 3s Together (for 2- and 3- year olds- all times except Thursdays at 10 AM)
-Fun for 4s and 5s (for 4- and 5-year olds- pre-kindergarten)
-Stuff & Nonsense (for Kindergarten and 1st-graders)
-Spotlight (for 2nd- and 3rd-graders)

View our program schedule for dates and times: http://perrotlibrary.org/fall_2016_programs.pdf

Please call us for further details on signing up (203-637-8802).

Upcoming Event: Late to the Ball, Book Discussion with Gerald Marzorati


LATE TO THE BALL
Book Discussion with Author Gerald Marzorati
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, at 7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library



Learning to play tennis in your fifties is no small feat, but becoming a serious, competitive tennis player at the sage of sixty is a whole other matter. Gerald Marzorati, a former New York Times Magazine editor and award-winning author, shares the inspiring and entertaining account of his pursuit to become a nationally competitive tennis player-- at the age of 60. In his book, Late to the Ball, Marzorati takes on his quest with complete vigor and absolute determination to see it through, providing a rich, vicarious experience for the reader, involving the science of aging, his existential battle with time, and the beautiful, mysterious game of tennis.

Upcoming Event: Greenwich Reads Together Book Discussion of STATION ELEVEN at Perrot

The Perrot Memorial Library will host a discussion of the Greenwich Reads Together 2016 book selection, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, at 7:30 PM. The discussion will be led by a member of the Greenwich Pen Women.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Station Eleven is an audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse. Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we knew it came to an end. Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band's existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

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 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, August 25, 2016

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

What We're Reading at Perrot: Book Recommendations from our Reference Desk
August 2016
Click on each book cover image to see the item in our catalog and place a hold



Nine Women, One DressNine Women, One Dress
by Jane L. Rosen
[Fiction]
Come and read about the perfect little black dress and how it touches and changes the lives of the many people who come into contact with it. The action takes place mostly in Bloomingdale’s New York. This is truly a six degrees of  separation kind of story, from the first model who promenades the runway, to the unrequited love story of an assistant and her boss and everyone in between.  These are sweet scenarios, and Rosen definitely set this up as a chick lit story. It’s a fast-paced book and you will love it!





New YorkNew York
by Fabio Mollica
[Non-Fiction]
What a wonderful, well-illustrated collection of recipes, activities, places to stay in NYC! Each restaurant featured one of its tastiest dishes, and the book is presented both in English and Italian. The author of this collection is trying to get across the diversity and excitement of the city through beautiful pictures and alluring descriptions on how to prepare and present mouth-watering dishes. In his own words, Fabio says "New York isn’t America. It’s more, it’s magic, it’s exaggeration, it’s madness and desire." Lovely book to enjoy and be tempted by.




Black Rabbit HallBlack Rabbit Hall
by Eve Chase
[Fiction]
Picture a well-to-do London family, four children, late 1960’s, escaping to their second home for holiday. Black Rabbit Hall is a sprawling mansion, turrets and all, on a seaside estate in Cornwall. Amber and Toby are twins. They are in their early teens. Kitty and Barney are the "little" guys. Mother is beautiful, fun and much loved by father. Tragedy strikes and lives change. Enter a second story line, 30 years later, Lorna is looking for a wedding venue and is drawn to Black Rabbit Hall. She has a dim memory of visiting when she was very, very young. Now the plot really thickens! Wonderful, happy, sad story that goes back and forth over the 30 years. Worth the read.




The Bones of YouThe Bones of You
by Debbie Howells
[Mystery]
At first I thought this book was going to be a clone of Lovely Bones, which I did not like! It is not! Rosie is dying, being murdered in the opening chapter. What follows is a look behind the curtain at emotional and physical abuse, warped personalities, tempered by all too caring, well-meaning friends. This is so well done. The suspense keeps you guessing until almost the end. Rosie sums it up with this thought. "…I know, also, the consequences of what happens if you leave a heart unloved, un-nurtured, unimportant, destined never to reach its potential."




The LightkeepersThe Lightkeepers
by Abby Geni
[Fiction]
This is a very different, but mesmerizing novel. At the center of the novel is a young woman, Miranda, who is a nature photographer. She lost her mother while she was still a young girl, and this loss is what drives Miranda to restlessly travel the world, photographing the glories and horrors of nature. This new adventure of hers takes her to the Farallon Islands, a dangerous and isolated archipelago 30 miles off the coast of California. The living space is fairly primitive and is inhabited by a small group of scientists and biologists. A nasty turn of events takes place and the person behind this turn is found dead shortly after. To tell you more would be to reveal too much. Suffice it to say, the descriptions of the sea and bird life are stunning.




Lit upLit Up:  One Reporter, Three Schools, Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives
by David Denby
[Non-Fiction]
What a fascinating concept! Get 10th graders to read! Get them off their devices and on to the printed page. Let’s face it, nothing feels quite like a book. Oh what places you’ll go! David Denby worked with three different secondary schools: one in NYC, one in New Haven, and one in Westchester. The reading lists were diverse, Kite Runner, Slaughterhouse Five, Glass Castle, The Scarlet Letter. I did not notice one  Tess of the D’Urbervilles anywhere! Credit goes to the impassioned, dedicated teachers who had a bunch of doubting 15 year olds under their tutelage. Very interesting book– and it includes a complete bibliography.




Hostage TakerHostage Taker
by Stefanie Pintoff
[Fiction]
This thriller grabs you at the onset and just keeps going! It’s typical of this genre, since it is fast-paced and the action occurs in one day (for the most part).  The author uses the beloved St. Patrick’s Cathedral as the stage, and it’s during the Christmas holidays-- which is one of the busiest times of the year for that part of New York City. It is supposed to take place on the evening of the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center. You can imagine how valuable St Patrick’s Cathedral is to all the parties concerned: NYPD, FBI and others as they all work together to try to save the hostages and the building.




UsUs
by David Nicholls
[Fiction]
Is divorce a sign of failure or is it a necessary step in some marriages? This is the question raised and haltingly answered in the latest novel from David Nicholls, the bestselling author of One Day. Douglas Petersen, husband and father, is a scientist who approaches life rationally. He is rich in quiet virtues: sincerity, honesty, and a muted but ever-present sense of self-deprecation. Connie, his wife of almost 30 years, is a still-beautiful artist. Initially attracted to Douglas’ steadiness and calm, she has begun to feel restless in their marriage and is considering leaving her husband once their 17 year-old son, Albie, leaves for university. Before anything irreversible happens, however, Douglas arranges a month-long European tour for all three. The plan is to give the family one last time to bond over shared experiences, or, with luck, to save the marriage. As with many of the best-laid plans, things go awry, but throughout the journey Douglas compensates with his powerful optimism. Funny, sad, and at times, achingly true, the cannily titled Us offers its readers a journey worth taking.