Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Sunday Afternoon Movie at Perrot: Anna Karenina (2012)

Sunday Afternoon Movie at Perrot

Cozy up on a winter Sunday afternoon at the library and enjoy a movie! 
Russian snacks will be served.

Rated R, 130 minutes
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
2 PM

The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Children's Winter/Spring Program Lottery/Program Openings

Registration cards for our Winter/Spring 2016 children's programs were mailed back today! If you don't receive your card in the next few days, please call us (203-637-8802)

Also, we still have room in our Stuff & Nonsense (for Kindergarten and 1st-graders) and Spotlight programs (for 2nd- and 3rd-graders). Please call us if you are interested in signing your child up for one of these programs.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Upcoming Event: Writer and Conservationist Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: How Animals Think and Feel

Upcoming Event: Writer and Conservationist Carl Safina,
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
7:30 PM
Radcliffe Children's Wing

About the Talk
Carl Safina worked with researchers who’ve spent decades studying particular families of wild elephants, wolves, and killer whales. He got to know these free-living creatures as individuals, along with their children and grandchildren. In this talk he tells us of amazing strategies and judgment calls these actual wild creatures have made to ensure their families’ survival in times of crisis.

Safina will explore similarities in our consciousness, self-awareness, empathy, non-verbal communication, imitation, teaching, and a surprisingly capacity for grief widespread among elephants, wolves, whales, and even certain birds.

The main thing that Safina will show is that animals think and feel a lot like people do—because after all, people are animals. He’ll show that their lives and their minds aren’t really too different from ours. They know who their friends are. They know who their enemies are. They have ambitions for status, and their lives follow the arc of a career. Relationships define them, as relationships define us.

About Carl Safina
Carl Safina explores how the ocean is changing, and what those changes mean for wildlife and for people. His writing conveys the scientific dimensions as well as moral and social implications of our relationship with nature.

His earlier work focused on seabird ecology, then on policy. In the 1990s, he helped lead campaigns to ban high-seas driftnets, re-write U. S. federal fisheries law, work toward international conservation of tunas, sharks, and other fishes, and achieve passage of a United Nations global fisheries treaty. Carl founded Blue Ocean Institute in 2003. The conservation non-profit recently changed its name to The Safina Center at Stony Brook University.

Carl, whose PhD in ecology is from Rutgers University, is author of six books, and more than a hundred scientific and popular publications on ecology and oceans, including featured work in National Geographic and The New York Times, and a new Foreword to Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us.

His first book, Song for the Blue Ocean, was chosen a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction selection, and a Library Journal Best Science Book selection; it won him the Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction.

His second book, Eye of the Albatross, won the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing and was chosen by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine as the year’s best book for communicating science.  Carl is also author of Voyage of the Turtle, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, Nina Delmar: The Great Whale Rescue, a children’s chapter book, and The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, also a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Released in 2011 was Safina’s latest book, A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout. And in 2013, his PBS television series, Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina, was broadcast to over 90 million households.

He has been profiled on Nightline and twice in the New York Times; named among “100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century” by Audubon Magazine; and featured on the Bill Moyers PBS special Earth on Edge. Safina has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize.
Carl has honorary doctorates from Long Island University and the State University of New York. He is the inaugural holder of the Carl Safina Endowed Research Professorship for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University ‘s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Carl co-chairs and teaches in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at SBU.

Carl is a MacArthur Fellow, has been an elected member of The Explorers Club and a World Wildlife Fund Senior Fellow, is a recipient of the Pew Scholar’s Award in Conservation and the Environment, and a recipient of Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo’s Rabb Medal, among other honors.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

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 Tap Dancing Santas 
(L-R) Henry, Leo, Amrutha, Ellie, Benjamin, and Jacob

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!)

Monday, December 07, 2015

Children's Program Registration Is Going on Now!

Registration for Youth Services' Winter/Spring 2016 Program Session is going on now through Sunday, January 10th, 2016. [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 10th
  • 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 01, 2015

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 5th, 2015
4:00 PM
Perrot Library Children's Wing

Monday, November 30, 2015

Youth Services 2015 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 2015 -- or pick up a paper copy in Youth Services.

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: 

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

Thank you for your support!

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: $20 per case,  $10 per ½ case
Oranges: $20 per case,  $10 per ½ case
Case of ½ grapefruit and ½ oranges: $20

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tellabration! 2015: 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 6th, 2015, at 7 PM, will be local storytellers Lauren Mendoza and Bill Wright. For more information, contact Wendy Silver 203-622-6883, wsilver@greenwichlibrary.org.

Check out the rest of the local Tellabration events.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Upcoming Event: Family Storytelling Concert featuring Willy Claflin

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 Willy Claflin will be joining us for this special annual family event, which will be held in Perrot's Children's Wing.

Sunday, November 1st, 2015, at 2 PM in the Children's Wing

Willy Claflin is a one-man festival! He spins humorous stories of childhood misadventures, as well as folktales from around the world, accompanied by his guitar and a menagerie of puppet characters, including his famous sidekick, Maynard Moose.

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 Willy Claflin, please visit his website: http://www.willyclaflin.com/

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Come to NIGHTMARES...If You Dare!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, at 7:00 PM
The Youth Services wing is tranformed into a cavern of horrors for this yearly event, featuring terrifying tales from unpleasant local ghouls! 

For brave kids in grades 2 and up ONLY. No grownups allowed. 

Free tickets available NOW at the Youth Services Desk!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Energy Conservation Exhibit in Youth Services

The Youth Services Department is excited to host a traveling exhibit from The Stepping Stones Museum for Children. The interactive exhibit is called "Conservation Quest" and features quick, hands-on activities to teach families about energy use and the best ways to conserve energy.

For more information, stop by the exhibit (it will be at Perrot through September 29th!) or check out the museum's Traveling Exhibit webpage.

We also have a limited number of passes for FREE ADMISSION to Stepping Stones. Get them while they last!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Perrot Will be Closed Labor Day Weekend

The library will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, September 5th, 6th, and 7th, for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Our Sunday hours will resume on Sunday, September 13th, 2015.

In the meantime, get inspired by these books about the American labor movement:

There is Power in a Union, by Philip Dray
331.8809 DRAY

There Is Power in A Union : the Epic Story of Labor in America

331.8809 EARLY

Civil Wars in U.S. Labor

331.8809 HILLS

Workers Unite!

Upcoming Event: Greenwich Reads Together Book Discussion

Greenwich Reads TogetherThe Perrot Memorial Library will host a discussion of the Greenwich Reads Together 2015 book, Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Wednesday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. 

The discussion will be led by Marcia Hamilton and Joyce French of Greenwich Pen Women. 

Learn about the book and read interviews with the author on Greenwich Library's Greenwich Reads Together page, here.

For more information, please call (203) 637-1066.