Friday, February 29, 2008

Great New Graphic Novels from Minx

Check out some of the graphic novels YS has just gotten in from DC Comics' new line, Minx:

Re-Gifters Good as Lily
ClubbingConfessions of a Blabbermouth

Re-Gifters, written by Mike Carey, art by Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel
Jen, a.k.a. Dixie, is the best in her class at hapkido. The national hapkido martial arts tournament is right at home in L.A. this year, so Dixie's father gives her $100 for the entrance fee. In the meantime, Dixie falls hard for Adam-- one of her classmates and a fellow hapkido enthusiast-- and gets invited to his birthday party. She finds a gift she thinks he'll love. . . but in order to buy it she spends the hapkido tournament money from her father. Now she has to win one of four free spots in the tournament in a street sweeps contest before her dad finds out! Dixie is a tough, spunky heroine, and this graphic novel features a colorful cast of characters-- Dixie's funny younger twin brothers, her stern Korean father, her best friend Avril, and the school tough guy, Dillinger (who's maybe not so tough after all).

Good as Lily, written by Derek Kirk Kim, art by Jesse Ham
After a strange incident on her 18th birthday, Grace Kwon ends up saddled with three versions of herself-- Grace 6-year-old, Grace the 29-year-old, and Grace the senior citizen. Grace has to hide all three of them from her parents, while keeping little Grace from beating up her childhood tormentor, 29-year-old Grace from flirting with her drama teacher, and 70-year-old Grace from smoking in the house-- and all the while work on keeping the school play from being cancelled!

Clubbing, written by Andi Watson, art by Josh Howard
After under-age Lottie gets caught with a fake ID, she must spend the summer with her grandparents on their golf course in the English countryside. But strange things start to happen... and then a body is discovered on the golf course! This graphic novel is tinged with the supernatural, and it's also a great chance to learn some English slang (there's a glossary in the back).

Confessions of a Blabbermouth, written by Mike and Louise Carey, art by Aaron Alexovich
Most of what happens in Tasha's life ends up on her blog-- she lives with her mom, a single parent, who runs her own lingerie business. She's brought home a new boyfriend, Jed, a romance novelist who Tasha is none too fond of. Worst of all, the Jed' daughter, Chloe, starts going to Tasha's school, begins writing for the school paper, and publishing insulting things about Tasha. After all of them take a vacation to the U.S. together (this is another one set in England), Tasha begins to think there's something fishy going on between Tasha and Chloe... This GN was co-written by Mike Carey, author of Re-Gifters, and his fifteen-year-old daughter, Louise.

Look for these in our New Book Bin, or click on each title to view it in the catalog and place a hold.

How Dangerous Is the Internet for Children?

. . .New York Times columnist David Pogue addresses that question in a recent article. (In his opinion, the threats to kids are overblown.) Pogue also discusses the recent Frontline special on the topic, called "Growing Up Online." You can watch the entire episode of Frontline in its entirety here.

Parents, what do you think? Do you agree with David Pogue's assessment below? Leave a comment on this post with your thoughts.

Sure, there are dangers. But they’re hugely overhyped by the media. The
tales of pedophiles luring children out of their homes are like plane crashes:
they happen extremely rarely, but when they do, they make headlines everywhere.
The Internet is just another facet of socialization for the new generation; as
always, common sense and a level head are the best safeguards.

Tax Time

Perrot has copies of both federal and state income tax forms available (ask at the Reference Desk).

Or, you can get tax forms online here:

Tax help and information:

For live tax help from the IRS, call 1-800-829-1040, Monday through Friday, between 7 A.M. and 10 P.M.

The closest IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center is located at 24 Belden Avenue in Norwalk. They provide these services. You must schedule an appointment in advance. Their telephone number is 203-840-4195.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

William F. Buckley, 1925-2008

William F. Buckley, noted author and editor of National Review magazine, has died at age 82.

The noted conservative speaker, in addition to his political commentaries on television, had many books, among them:

He also wrote some fiction:

  • Getting it Right: A sweeping tale that takes readers from the Hungarian uprising of 1956, Cold War espionage, and tempestuous romance, to political skullduggery in 1960's America
  • Last Call for Blackford Oakes: Against the backdrop of sinister Cold War intrigue, Blackford Oakes crosses paths-- and swords-- with Kim Philby, perhaps the highest-ranking in the parade of defectors to the Soviet Union
  • Nuremberg: The Reckoning: A fictionalized account of the Nuremberg Trial
    The Rake: This 2007 novel tells the story of a candidate on the rise, and the dark shadows cast behind him

A resident of Stamford, Buckley also contributed to Stamford: 350 years, 1641-1991. Some of his books will be on display in Perrot's Rand Room.

DVD Diva: Non-Fiction DVDs

Have you taken some time to browse our Non-Fiction DVD collection? You may be surprised at the varied assortment Perrot Library possesses. Our collection includes topics from art to the Earth, from rock music to wars, from cooking to exercise, from gardening to household repair.

Some of our titles include. . .

If there is a topic you feel we are missing, please speak with Linda White, Head of Reference Services.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Children’s Author Honored with Stamp

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings stampDid you weep when you read Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’s classic story, The Yearling? This touching tale of a boy and his pet deer is a well-loved look at the sometimes-conflicting realities of life, nature, and nurture. Today, Ms. Rawlings is being honored by the United States Postal service with a lovely commemorative stamp depicting the Florida wilds in which her Pulitzer-prize winning novel is set. Stock up! (But remember, the USPS will increase postage rates to 42¢ on May 12, so you may want to pick up a few 1¢ stamps, too!)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Useful Travel Websites

Our community is one that loves traveling. Perrot's Reference librarians would like to share some websites that are useful if you are planning a trip:

The first thing you may want to investigate is whether or not you will need a passport. Go to where you will find out everything you need to know about passports and visas, including the new passport card and more.

There are several currency converter websites out there-- one that’s popular is

You may also want to visit a comprehensive website for travel, such as or These sites get you all kinds of information: hotels, restaurants, what to do, where to go, and how to plan your own itinerary.

Monday, February 11, 2008

This Week in Youth Services

All regular registered programs, plus the following drop-in programs:

Pat-a-Cake (for pre-walking babies): Monday at 10 A.M.
PJs at Perrot (for families with kids aged 3-6): Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 P.M.
Sing With Me! (for families with kids aged 4-8): Thursday at 4 P.M.
Tales for 1s & 2s (for kids from 12-36 mos, with a grownup): Friday at 10 A.M.

Perrot Youth Services loves its patrons ~ stop in on Thursday for a small Valentine's treat with your check-out. What a great day to choose lots of lovely books and audio materials for your vacation!

That means that there will be NO PROGRAMS for children next week. Programs will resume on Monday, February 25th.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Winner of our Latest Youth Services Book Giveaway!

Nadia Z., age 4, won our latest Youth Services book giveaway!
She got a copy of the cool, glittery, glow-in-the-dark book, Return to Fairyopolis.

Nadia, winner of our book giveaway
Staff member Barbara shows Nadia the book-- wow, it plays MUSIC!
Nadia and her friend Jessica
We love pink!- Nadia and her friend, Jessica B.
Watch the Youth Services Desk for chances to win other cool books!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Two Novels, Two Memoirs, A Two-Part Book Discussion Series

Perrot Memorial Library

Two Novels/Two Memoirs
with lecturer and discussion leader
Suzanne Hoover, Ph.D.


Evening 1:
"Sex, Lies, and Colonialism"
Discussions of
A Passage to India
by E.M. Forster
by Isak Dinesen
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008, 7:30 P.M.
Evening 2:
"Confronting Despair"
Discussions of
by Albert Camus
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008, 7:30 P.M.

  • Each program will start promptly at 7:30 P.M. and run until about 9:15 P.M.
  • Programs will take place in the Rand Reading Room at Perrot.
  • You must sign up in advance and commit to read each book. You may sign up for one or both sessions.
  • Register at Perrot's Adult Circulation Desk. Copies of each title are available for $9.00 each at the Desk.
  • Sign up soon, as attendance is limited to 25 people per evening.

Perrot Newsletter

The Winter/Spring 2008 edition of Perrot's newsletter, Précis, is now available!

Watch for your copy in the mail, pick up a copy in the library, or read it online here (in PDF format).

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Tickets Available for Annual Pancake Fry

The 28th Annual Lions Club Pancake Fry will take place on Saturday, March 15th, 2008, from 8 A.M. to 1 P.M, at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center (located at the corner of Forest Avenue and Harding Road).

Enjoy a hearty meal of pancakes and syrup, sausages, coffee, tea, orange juice and milk. Tickets are only $6 per adult and $5 per child (ages 6-11). Kids ages 5 and younger get in free!

Get your advance tickets today at Perrot's Adult Circulation Desk. Tickets will cost $1 extra at the door the day of the event.

DVD Diva: Movies Featuring Best Actor/Actress Nominees

This year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Actor and Actress have appeared in many fine films. Why not check some of them out?:

George Clooney (nominated for his performance in Michael Clayton): The Good German, Good Night, and Good Luck, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Daniel Day-Lewis (nominated for his performance in There Will Be Blood): The Age Of Innocence, Gangs Of New York, My Left Foot

Johnny Depp (nominated for his performance in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street): Don Juan DeMarco, Donnie Brasco, Edward Scissorhands

Tommy Lee Jones (nominated for his performance in In the Valley of Elah): The Package, Broken Vows, Blown Away

Viggo Mortensen (nominated for his performance in Eastern Promises): The Fellowship Of the Ring, A Perfect Murder

Cate Blanchett (nominated for her performance in Elizabeth: The Golden Age): Good German, Notes On A Scandal, Elizabeth

Julie Christie (nominated for her performance in Away From Her): A Decade Under The Influence, Don't Look Now

Marion Cotillard (nominated for her performance in La Vie En Rose): Big Fish

Laura Linney (nominated for her performance in The Savages): Love Actually, Mystic River, The Mothman Prophecies

Ellen Page (nominated for her performance in Juno): X-Men: The Last Stand, Wilby Wonderful

What are some of your other favorite performances by these actors and actresses? Comment on this post!

Also, watch for DVDs of these Oscar-nominated movies-- coming soon to Perrot.

Friday, February 01, 2008

February 1st is National Wear Red Day

Today is National Wear Red Day! This is the day put aside to remind people that Heart Disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. It’s also the start of American Heart Month. At Perrot Library, we have several 2007 and 2008 books about women’s heart health:

Click on each of the titles above to see it in the catalog and place a hold.

See for more information.