Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Painting is taking place this week in the Youth Services vestibule. Please use caution when entering or exiting the children's wing. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Quick Takes on Some Quick Reads

Quick recommendations from the Reference Desk:
  • The Gate House, by Nelson DeMille: Finally, a sequel to Gold Coast
  • Terminal Freeze, by Lincoln Child: Long frozen ancient animal – thawed on TV!
  • True Colors, by Kristin Hannah: Love, betrayal, sisterhood make up this touching tale
  • Summer Affair, by Elin Hilderbrand: All her books take place on Nantucket. Fun at any time
  • The 8th Confession, by James Patterson: This New Women’s Murder Club title takes place on the seamier side of the “street” in San Francisco
  • Lethal Legacy, by Linda Fairstein: Set at the New York Public Library. Lots of mystery and history
  • Fed Up, by Jessica Conant-Park and Susan Conant: This new “Gourmet Girl” mystery mixes romance, murder and a reality TV show about chefs
  • The Associate, by John Grisham: Brilliant Yale Law school grad is blackmailed into accepting a position with an unscrupulous NY City law firm
  • Just Take My Heart, by Mary Higgins Clark: Eerie and suspenseful story about a heart transplant recipient who experiences symptoms of her donor during a trial

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sunday Closings

Just a reminder... Perrot is closed on Sundays during the summer, from this Sunday (June 21st) through Labor Day weekend. Our next Sunday open will be September 13th.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Just Added for Summer- Drop-in Storytime in Chinese!

The non-proft Chinese Language School of Connecticut will host Storytime in Chinese at Perrot on Wednesdays in July (July 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th) at 1 P.M. The program is aimed at children ages 3 to 5 (and their siblings). This is a free program and no registration necessary!

CLSC is a fully-accredited organization, which teaches Chinese as a second language to children ages 6 months and up in their various weekend and weekday Chopstix preschool classes, regular programs for children and adults, and private tutoring programs. Please visit www.ChineseLanguageSchool.org or e-mail info@ChineseLanguageSchool.org for more information.

DVD Diva: Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor- Photo from WikipediaElizabeth Taylor, who turned 77 in February, is one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses. Here are a few of her movies available at Perrot:

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof: This 1958 movie is a story of the deception which is destroying a patriarchal Southern family as its members gather for the imminent demise of their "Big Daddy." Also starring Paul Newman.

Life With Father: In this 1947 film, William Powell plays a Wall Street broker who tries to run his family like a bookkeeper only to realize his wife, played by Irene Dunn, actually rules the roost.

A Place In The Sun: With Montgomery Clift as a poor young man determined to win a place in respectable society and the heart of beautiful socialite. He is ultimately driven to a desperate act of passion that unravels his world forever. Originally released in 1951.

Taylor also starred with her husband, Richard Burton, in these movies:

The Taming of the Shrew: In this play by Shakespeare, Richard Burton plays Petrucio, a fortune-hunting scoundrel from Verona who arrives in Padua hoping to capture a wealthy wife.

Coming soon to Perrot on DVD is Cleopatra– with Richard Burton as Marc Anthony and Rex Harrison as Caesar– who can resist the ultimate love triangle? Also coming soon-- The Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Film Collection on DVD. It includes The Sandpiper, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Comedians.

For more details about this famous actress, her 2002 biography, Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry is available on the 2nd floor.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Things to Do This Weekend

Friends of the Byram Library Book Sale: Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th. At St. Paul's Lutheran Church. A wide selection of goodies, including fiction, over forty categories of non-fiction, and thousands upon thousands of incredible children's books. More info.

Connecticut Trails Day 2009: Whether you’re interested in a long or short hike, a history walk, kayaking, tree identification, horseback-riding, orienteering, letterboxing, trail maintenance, or cycling, Connecticut Trails Day offers a large variety of events for you and your family to enjoy! Saturday, June 6th, statewide. View the list over 190 events. Participate in trail maintenance (9 AM to noon) or go on a moderate hike (10 AM to 2 PM) Saturday at Greenwich and Stamford's Mianus River Park.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

New-- Stamford Museum and Nature Center Pass

NEW MUSEUM PASS TO BORROW! Free admission to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center for 2 adults and 2 children. Borrow the pass from the Youth Services Circulation Desk; it circulates for 1 week.

The Stamford Museum and Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, history, and the natural and agricultural sciences. Its facilities include: Heckscher Farm, a 10-acre working farm with barns, a maple sugar house, organic vegetable garden, and farm animals; the Henri Bendel Mansion Museum building, featuring both a permanent collection and rotating exhibits; an otter pond with two river otters; and Nature's Playground, a playground built with nature themes.

[While the SMNC's Planetarium and Observatory are not included in the pass, admission is just $3 for adults and $2 for children.]

Monday, June 01, 2009

This Just in from YS

Summer Registration is going on NOW through June 20th. Please note that all morning preschool programs for the summer 2009 session will be drop-in (limited to the first 20 children and their caregivers to sign in before each program). Stuff & Nonsense and Spotlight are still by registration only.

Also-- our new Our Picks! list for June is up. The theme is Summer Specials: http://www.perrotlibrary.org/ourpicks-jun09.html We also have a bunch of sports and games book on display. Stop by and visit us, then take a walk at the park-- see you soon!

New Library Event: The State of the Job Market for Today's Graduates

"The State of the Job Market for Today's College Graduates"
Perrot Library
Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Christine Bolzan, who recently appeared on NBC’s Today Show (view a clip of her appearance), will speak at Perrot about ways that the 1.5 million new graduates entering the job market each spring can prepare themselves for the real world. She will lead a free lecture on the very timely topic of recruiting for today's college graduates. With the recent economic downturn, how have hiring projections and starting salaries been affected? Which industries continue to hire? What can college students do to secure employment in this economic environment? These questions and many others will be answered. Current students, recent graduates and parents will find this evening interesting and helpful.

Christine Bolzan brings extensive recruiting, interviewing, training and development experience to her chosen specialty. As a Vice President with JP Morgan, Ms. Bolzan managed global recruitment for the Emerging Markets in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Africa. Ms. Bolzan also oversaw Intern and Analyst recruitment, training, development and internship programs for Sales and Trading. In this capacity, Ms. Bolzan coordinated JP Morgan's annual seminar for college Career Center Directors, training staff from the leading universities on how best to prepare students for the job market.

Subsequently, Ms. Bolzan was a Managing Partner of CPI, an executive recruiting firm specializing in private equity, venture capital and investment banking placements. Her client list of leading firms included The Blackstone Group, KKR, Morgan Stanley, and Warburg Pincus, among others. Most relevant to the founding of her company, GCC, however, was her own initial job hunt: application senior year at Wesleyan University to JP Morgan's analyst training program, a job for which she felt wholly unqualified, yet still managed to land.

Visit Christine Bolzan's website at: http://www.graduatecareercoaching.com