Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Greenwich Reads Together 2017: News of the World, by Paulette Jiles

News of the World, by Paulette Jiles, has been chosen as the Greenwich Reads Together selection for 2017. Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book, culminating in a month-long series of special events and programs in the fall.

About the book:
In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember-- strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become-- in the eyes of the law-- a kidnapper himself.

About the author:
Paulette Jiles was born in Salem, Missouri, in the Missouri Ozarks. Raised in small towns in both south and central Missouri, she attended three different high schools, an exhausting process of social dislocation and fashion wobbles, and with relief graduated from the University of Missouri (KC) with a degree in Romance Languages. After graduation, she worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto and in the far north of Ontario and in the Quebec Arctic, helping to set up village one-watt FM radio stations in the native language, Anishinabe and Inuktitut. Jiles taught at David Thompson University in Nelson, BC and grew to love the British Columbian ecosystems and general zaniness. She spent one year as a writer-in-residence at Philips Andover in Massachusetts and then returned to the United States permanently when she married Jim Johnson, a Texan, and has lived in Texas since 1995.

Companion Selections for Children:
For middle grade readers: The Ransom of Mercy Carter, by Caroline B. Cooney
For younger readers: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, by Paul Goble

Visit Greenwich Library's website for more information on Greenwich Reads Together.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Upcoming Event: What a Fish Knows, with Biologist and Author Jonathan Balcombe

Upcoming Event:
What a Fish Knows, with Biologist and Author Jonathan Balcombe
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, at 7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

Do fishes think? Do they really have three-second memories? And can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water? Find out the answers to these questions when Perrot welcomes biologist Jonathan Balcome for a discussion of his best-selling and award-winning book, What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins. The Director of Animal Sentience at the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy in Washington, D.C., Balcombe will take us under the sea, through streams and estuaries, and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal the surprising capabilities of fishes.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Teens: Looking for a summer volunteer opportunity?

. . .Perrot needs you! Perrot is looking for teen volunteers for its Youth Services department to help run the summer reading program for kids.

Who can be a Perrot Library Summer Teen Volunteer?
Anyone who is going into Grades 7 and up, and who can volunteer at least 5 hours during the summer.

When do volunteers work?
From June 21st to July 28th, whenever the library is open. You can set your own schedule and sign up for shifts during mornings, afternoons, or evenings.

Why volunteer?
• To help others
• To learn job skills
• To earn community service hours
• To meet other teens and have fun!

How do I become a Summer Teen Volunteer?
Easy! Just pick up an application at the Youth Services Desk (or download one here- PDF), have a parent or guardian sign it, and drop it off.

How do I learn what to do?
All volunteers must attend a 30-minute training session in June where we’ll teach you everything you need to know. (Even if you volunteered last summer, you must attend this year's training session.)

Have more questions?
Please call us at 203-637-8802.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Upcoming Event: Whassup? James Joyce Got Culture- with Joyce Scholar Jesse Meyers

Upcoming Event:
Whassup? James Joyce Got Culture- with Joyce Collector and Scholar Jesse Meyers Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

Join us as James Joyce collector and scholar Jesse Meyers leads an examination of Joyce's global impact on literature, music, art, theater, tattoos, and more. Mr. Meyers has been teaching and lecturing on Joyce in the U.S. and Ireland, France, Italy, and Switzerland since 2003. His most memorable teaching moments took place at a retirement community-- 11 students, ages 65-92, attended an introductory class on ULYSSES. Happily, Meyers reports, "several fell asleep, but no one died."

Young Critics' Club's Favorite Books of the Year

Breaking News! YCC, Perrot's book club for 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-graders, has voted on its favorite books of 2016-2017... and the winner is.... KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS by Hannah West! Be sure to check out the entire list for some great middle school book picks.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Y2C2's Favorite Books of the Year!

This just in! Y2C2, Perrot's book club for 4th- and 5th-graders, has voted on its favorite books of 2016-2017... and the winner is.... FRAMED! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti! Be sure to check out the entire list for some great book picks.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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 Whatchamacallit Whales
(L-R) Maggie, Amrutha, Ellie B., Cindy, Charlotte, and Rohan

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.')

Monday, April 17, 2017

Upcoming Event: Talk with Thomas McQuillan, Director of Sustainability at Baldor Foods

Upcoming Event: Eliminating Food Waste: Changing Culutural Norms to Solve an Age-Old Dilemma, A Talk with Thomas McQuillan, Director of Sustainability at Baldor Foods

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, at 7:30 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

In honor of Earth Day, Perrot presents a talk with Greenwich resident Thomas McQuillan, Director of Sustainability at Baldor Foods, one of the largest produce distributors in the northeast. At Baldor, McQuillan created an initiative called "SparCs" (scraps spelled backwards) to reinvent the way people feel about unused food. McQuillan eliminated food waste from Baldor's facilities, and his revolutionary program has served as a template for other corporations across the country. An influential voice in the sustainability movement, he has presented his work at Harvard, NYU, Stanford, and even the White House. Come hear about McQuillan's transformative work, and learn how you, too, can help eliminate food waste.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Upcoming Event: Book Discussion on AN OWL ON EVERY POST

Perrot Memorial Library and the Greenwich Pen Women present a book discussion on An Owl on Every Post, by Sanora Babb

Facilitated by Joanne Dearcopp of Greenwich Pen Women

Monday, May 8th, 2017, 7-8:30 PM 

Radcliffe Program Room, Perrot Memorial Library


"An unsung masterpiece-- I was completely blown away. It offers an unforgettable picture of life as seen through the eyes of a sensitive, courageous young girl growing up in the drought-ravaged Great Plains. Her ageless story deserves a permanent place in our nation's literature." --Arnold Rampersad

Sanora Babb learned to read from newspapers on the dirt walls of her family's dugout, and went on to write the dust bowl classic, Whose Names Are Unknown, a book many consider a rival to The Grapes of Wrath. During her early years of hardship and survival she wrote and published poems, short stories, and journalism. She was published alongside other young journalists such as Hemingway, Dreiser, and Bradbury. Sanora's hardscrabble years are in sharp contrast to her later life, when she was married to Oscar-winning cinematographer, James Wong Howe. On location, she spent days with film stars such as Paul Newman and Sean Connery, but she continued to pursue her passion for writing for more than 50 years.

This discussion will be led by a close friend of Ms. Babb, who is spearheading the rediscovery of her work.

For more info on the author: http://www.sanorababb.com/

Friday, March 17, 2017

Upcoming Event: Learning to Look- Family Art Program on Landscape Painting

Learning to Look: Family Art Program on Landscape Painting
Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at 2 PM 
Perrot's Children's Wing

Perrot Library is pleased to welcome back Alice Scovell Coleman, a lecturer with the Learning to Look program, for an afternoon of art. This program will help us welcome spring by focusing on landscape painting and the Bruce Museum's current exhibit Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master. Ms. Coleman will bring the Sisley exhibit to life in the context of landscape art. Children will be invited to create their own Sisley-inspired pastel painting after the program.

More info on the Bruce Museum's Sisley exhibit: https://brucemuseum.org/site/exhibitions_detail/alfred-sisley-1839-1899-impressionist-master

Learning to Look, an art history and appreciation program for students from kindergarten through high school, was created by Greenwich residents Diane Darst and Sue Ann Williamson. It has been taught by Learning to Look-trained teachers to over 75,000 students at nearly 100 schools in the tri-state area alone.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Upcoming Event: Overview, with author Benjamin Grant

Upcoming Event: 
Overview, with author Benjamin Grant
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Benjamin Grant started his Daily Overview account on Instagram in December 2013 with the lofty goal to change the way we see our planet. Three years later, the project was turned into a best-selling book, and today his satellite images of Earth are shared with more than half a million people. Join us to get the behind-the-scenes story of how Daily Overview grew from a viral Instagram account into a best-selling book and a multi-faceted business.

Upcoming Event: Masterpiece Dialogues, with art historian Kathryn Calley Galitz

Upcoming Event:
Masterpiece Dialogues, with art historian Kathryn Calley Galitz
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Perrot Library invites you on a grand tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection with art historian Kathryn Calley Galitz. As a scholar, curator, and lecturer with the Met, Galitz is the perfect guide as she discusses her latest book, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings, which explores 500 works of art spanning 5,000 years. This is the first large, general survey to celebrate the greatest and most iconic paintings of one of the largest museums in the world.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Upcoming Event: Gothic Romance Tales by Candlelight

Upcoming Event at Perrot:

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Mysterious stories of love, revenge, death, and betrayal by Emily Bronte, Kate Chopin, and Louisa May Alcott-- performed by Rita Parisi from Waterfall Productions

Monday, February 27, 2017

Make It! @ Perrot in March

Join us in March for Make It! @ Perrot, our drop-in 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:

March 1st
March 15th
March 22nd

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Upcoming Event: No Parent Left Behind: What's Really on the Minds of Middle School Girls?

Junior League of Greenwich will present the panel discussion,
"No Parent Left Behind: What's Really on the Minds of Middle School Girls?"

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Perrot Memorial Library

Experts in the field of counseling and social media held full-day sessions with over 400 girls ages 11 and 12 concerning friendship, self-esteem, morality, decision-making, and social media. Hear what the girls had to say, and learn how you can partner with your middle-schooler as she embarks upon a new, and sometimes challenging, phase in her life. 


Yajaira Gonzalez
Domestic Abuse Services at the YWCA

Sara Rawson
OTR/L, IMC Occupational Therapist

Beth O'Malley

Jenny Byxbee
Greenwich Youth Services Bureau Coordinator

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 more info, visit: