Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Graphic Novel Pick in Youth Services

***************STAFF PICK**************************

GhostopolisGhostopolis, by Doug TenNapel [click here to place a hold]
[Ages 10+] Imagine Garth Hale's surprise when he's accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-up ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don't have, and he's stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth's newfound abilities to rule the ghostly kingdom. When Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather's ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth back home, and nearly lose hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake.

Entertaining, hilarious, full of wacky creatures and characters (the ghost of Benedict Arnold, a skeleton ghost-horse named Skinny, a werewolf, and giant bugs, to name a few), chock-full of adventure (but also plenty of heart), Ghostopolis is not to be missed!

Holiday Closings

Perrot will be closed for Christmas on Friday, December 24th; Saturday, December 25th; and Sunday, December 26th.

We will be closed for New Year's on Friday, December 31st; Saturday, January 1st; and Sunday, January 2nd.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Treat Truck at Just Books

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Just Books
28 Arcadia Road
Old Greenwich, CT

Free and Open to the Public

Join Just Books as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Holiday Treat Truck comes to Just Books on Saturday, December 18th. Get a free silly wrist band shaped like Greg Heffley's head, while supplies last. One wrist band limit per person. Enter to win a signed copy of THE UGLY TRUTH and the new BOX OF BOOKS collection. Give the gift of Wimpy Kid this holiday season during this special event.

Please note: Jeff Kinney will not be make an appearance at this event and will not be signing books.

This is a free event, no sign-up is necessary.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Paper-Doll-Making Workshop at Greenwich Historical Society

Here Come the Brides: Greenwich Historical Society and Perrot Library to Hold Intergenerational Family Paper-Doll-Making Workshop

Create and learn about the notable gowns and suits that have graced Greenwich weddings through generations. During two sessions on Sunday, January 9th, 2011 (2:00 pm and 3:00 pm), families can work together to explore the past and create wedding attire for the future in this "hands on, minds on" workshop complete with paper, scissors and lace. A special mini runway will be built for participants to show off their works, and they will also take an exclusive tour of the Greenwich Historical Society’s exhibition From This Day Forward: Looking Back at Greenwich Weddings.

The workshop is sponsored by the Perrot Memorial Library and held in conjunction with the Historical Society’s current show on the history of Greenwich weddings. It will be conducted by Timothy D. Bellavia, an award winning children's author, illustrator and educator. Mr. Bellavia recently presented his doll-making curriculum on the International Day of Tolerance at the United Nations on behalf of the "We Are Family Foundation" and currently works with the New York City Department of Education to develop curricula that teach cultural diversity through integration of the arts.

Ages four and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Reservations required.

Free by advance reservation but space is limited. Call 203-869-6899 for reservations.

The workshops will take place at the Greenwich Historical Society’s Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT. For more info, visit www.greenwichhistory.org.

Children's Program Registration Is Going on Now!

Registration for Youth Services' Winter/Spring 2011 Program Session is going on now through Sunday, January 9th, 2011. [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 of your choice from the Youth Services Circulation 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 (44¢)
  • Drop off your card at the Youth Services Desk by January 9th
  • 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, or comment on this post.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Golden Y Award Winners, Winter 2010

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Semi-Annual Young Young Critics' Club (Y2C2) Jeopardy Tournament! 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 Club 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!)
Golden Y Award Winners
The winning team, The Crushers (L-R): Madelyn, Gigi, Kate, Lydia, Anna, and Shani

Monday, December 06, 2010

Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz Memorial Scholarship to the ALA Annual Conference

Random House Children's Books continues to honor the memories of Perrot's beloved librarians, Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz, with a special scholarship for a new or student librarian to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference.

From Random House's Website:
ALA Members: In 500 words or less, tell us about a new librarian or library student who has never attended an ALA Annual Conference, and in whom you see great devotion to the library community and promise in the field. Tell us how he/she would benefit from attending the ALA Annual Conference. The new librarian/library student could win a trip to attend the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

More information, as well as the application, are available at this website: http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/librarians/KateandKathyScholarship.html

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Book Recommendations from the Reference Desk

What We're Reading at Perrot

[Non-Fiction] Laura Hillenbrand has done it again! Her first book, Seabiscuit, was a big winner. From all the reviews and reports, Unbroken will follow suit. Ms. Hillenbrand met the central character of this book while working on Seabiscuit. Louis Zamperini, a runner in the 1936 Olympics, had a fascinating story to tell. The Germans invaded Poland shortly after those Olympics in Berlin, followed not long after by Pearl Harbor. Zamperini was drafted into the Army Air Corps and subsequently was captured by the Japanese. Zamperini's exeperiences were horrifying; no one could have imagined that man’s inhumanity to man could go so far. Broken and beaten, Zamperini had to make his way back into society and find his inner peace. This will be a big best-seller.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Youth Services Winter/Spring '11 Program Schedule Now Available

The Youth Services Winter/Spring 2011 Program Schedule is now available.

Our program registration is by lottery. Pick up a registration postcard for the program of your choice from the Youth Services Circulation Desk, beginning on Monday, December 13th, 2010. Don't forget to bring a stamp!

Complete registration instructions are available on our website, as our descriptions of all our program offerings.

If you have other questions, please comment on this post!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Annual Lions Club Grapefruit Sale

The Old Greenwich Lions Club is selling grapefruits and oranges, as part of its annual fund-raising effort to flight blindness worldwide.

Fruits are available for purchase at Perrot (ask at the Adult Circulation Desk). Grapefruits are $18 per carton, $8 for a half-carton, or $35 for two cartons. Navel oranges are also available for $19 per carton, $10 for a half-carton, or $38 for two cartons.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tellabration! 2010

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 United Church of Rowayton on Saturday, November 20th, 2010, at 8 PM, will be Eshu and Motoko, both of whom have appeared at Perrot Library. Also telling are Marianne McShane, Judy Petersen, Connie Rockman. Tickets are $10 in advance ($8 for groups of 6 or more)/$12 at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, please contact Barbara Jeffries, 203-966-9394, barbarajeffries@optonline.net.

Check out all Connecticut Tellabration 2010 events here.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Dedication of "Kathy's Corner" on the Storymobile

Please join us for the dedication of
"Kathy's Corner"

given in memory of Kathy Krasniewicz

at the Storymobile

(Parked at Perrot Library)

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010, at 3:30 P.M.

Children's book give-away


Storytime aboard the Storymobile

Presented by the Greenwich Alliance for Education

Shakespeare Colloquy: The Winter's Tale

Anne Gilhuly will give a talk on William Shakespeare’s The Winter's Tale on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the Library. Actors Florence Phillips and Dick Leonard will read scenes from the play.

Anne Gilhuly, a Classics teacher at Greenwich Continuing Education, leads the continuing series of Shakespeare talks at Perrot, which have included Henry V, Othello, The Tempest, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night, among others. This is the twelfth year that Perrot has sponsored these programs about Shakespeare's plays.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Terrible Tales from... NIGHTMARES

Excerpts from our evening of fear, on October 27th, 2010. . .

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Youth Services' Holiday Gift-Buying Guide 2010

It's here! Each year our Youth Services Librarian and young readers put together a list of recommended books to buy for holiday gifts. Our list features picture books, books for beginning readers, books for middle graders, and books for ages 12 and up.

View our list online here. The Gift-Buying Guide is also available at the Youth Services Desk as a paper brochure.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Book Recommendation: Private Gardens of CT

Garden lovers will certainly enjoy the new book, Private Gardens of Connecticut, by Jane Garmey; with photographs by John M. Hall. The many towns depicted show a real variety of garden types. These are private, as the name suggests, yet several are part of the Garden Conservancy’s popular Open Days program and accept visitors a few times per year. While we await an invitation to visit at these homes, we can just enjoy this book and look at the terrific photographs.

-The Reference Librarians

Mrs. Kennedy on The Daily Stamford

Mrs. Kennedy, of Stuff & Nonsense, Spotlight, and PJs at Perrot fame, was just featured on the website The Daily Stamford, holding a Halloween-themed storytime and crafts extravaganza at Ferguson Library in Stamford. Take a look!


P.S. You may remember Mrs. Kennedy's previous brush with fame when she was featured in USA Today in 2008!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Byram Library Book Sale This Weekend, Oct 15-17

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 55 Willam St West
Friday, October 15, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (Preview Sale)
Saturday, October 16, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday, October 17, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

This sale includes a guesstimated 12,000 books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and audiobooks, including loads of brand new items, as well as many antiques. You will find a wide selection of goodies, including fiction, thirty-something categories of nonfiction, and TONS of incredible children's books.

If you're a true bibliophile, come to a special preview sale on Friday, October 15 from 5:30-8:30 pm. For $15, you can attend the preview and get the best selection - it's well worth the entrance fee! On Saturday, October 16 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm the sale is open to all. On Sunday, October 17 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm will be the bargain hunter's delight "bag and box" sale ($3/bag or $5/box).

All proceeds from the sale benefit the branch library's programs and events. For specific questions, please contact the Byram Shubert Library at (203) 531-0426.

Monday, October 04, 2010

New Magazines in Youth Services

Youth Services has started subscriptions to several new magazines! They join our current subscriptions to American Girl, Babybug, Ladybug, Sports Illustrated Kids, and National Geographic Kids. Our magazines are located near the Youth Services Circulation Desk (next to the graphic novels). You can check them out for three weeks, and you can even check out the current issue!

Ranger Rick
(Ages 7-14) Filled with amazing photography, fascinating stories, fun activities and more-- kids actively learn about animals and nature as they read.

Boys' Life
(Ages 6-10) If it's in a boy's life, it's in Boys' Life: games, movies, TV, sports, outdoors, hobbies, computers, cars, gadgets, toys and more.

Girls' Life
(Ages 10-15) Each issue of Girls' Life is packed with the stuff girls crave-- from fun stuff like celebrity gossip and fashion, to serious sitches like boy problems and real life dramas.

(Ages 6-12) Each issue of Zoobooks focuses on one animal, helping kids explore the animal's habitat, social habit, and more! Full of amazing photos and illustrations, the magazine has won many awards through the years for its kid-friendly writing and art.

(Ages 8-12) Kiki is a magazine for girls who love life, appreciate creativity, and recognize good ideas. A Kiki reader thinks for herself, has her own look, and is on her way to being a confident, strong, and smart young woman! Seven different departments blend style and artistry with intelligence and creativity.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Banned Books Week, September 25−October 2

Banned Books Week 2010 is the twenty-ninth annual celebration of the freedom to read. This freedom, not only to choose what we read, but also to select from a full array of possibilities, is firmly rooted in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Although we enjoy an increasing quantity and availability of information and reading material, we must remain vigilant to ensure that access to this material is preserved; would-be censors who continue to threaten the freedom to read come from all quarters and all political persuasions. Even if well intentioned, censors try to limit the freedom of others to choose what they read, see, or hear. ---The American Library Association

Perrot Memorial Library joins other libraries in the country supporting the freedom to read. Please see our display in the Adult Fiction room of books that have been challenged at one time in history.

New Book Recommendations from the Reference Desk

What We're Reading at Perrot

[Non-Fiction] This is a beautiful book, filled with wonderful pictures of the flora and fauna of the Galápagos. The text provokes the imagination of any naturalist. This cluster of volcanic islands near the Equator always makes one think of Edens lost. Is this where prehistory still exists? Who can ever forget the ancient mariner with the albatross around his neck? Is this an albatross from those seemingly barren islands? Naturalist or not, one can’t help but feast on this book. It is a treat for the eyes and a treat for the mind.

Read the rest of our list of recommendations!

Author Talk With Jennfier Jordan, Tomorrow 9/28

Author Talk With Jennifer Jordan
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010, at 7:30 PM
Radcliffe Wing, Perrot Memorial Library

Perrot is pleased to feature Jennifer Jordan, who will be speaking about her latest book, The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2. This will be Jennifer’s second visit to Perrot; she previously shared with us her 2005 book, Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World’s Most Feared Mountain.

Monday, September 20, 2010

New Database: Consumer Reports

Perrot's patrons now have access to Consumer Reports' full website, including:
  • 1,000+ Ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, and product video clips
  • Proven product reliability data
  • Complete product specifications
  • Frequently updated information
  • Quick recommendations
  • A ShopOnline feature
  • 100% unbiased... because Consumer Reports takes no outside advertising

Follow the link on this page to access Consumer Reports: http://www.perrotlibrary.org/librarydatabases.html

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Children's Author Tad Hills to Visit Perrot!

Tad Hills, author and illustrator of Duck and Goose, will be visiting Perrot to share his latest book, How Rocket Learned to Read, and to give drawing demonstrations!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010, at 4 P.M. in Perrot's children's wing

You can sign your child up for a complimentary ticket at the Youth Services Desk!

Children must be in grades Kindergarten and up to attend.

About the Author:
Tad Hills grew up in Norwell, Massachusetts, with a love of wildlife and nature. Surrounding his childhood home were many acres of fields and forests where he and his brother and sister would explore, build forts out of sticks and hay, and pick blueberries and grapes. His mother taught 4th-grade science for the Audubon society and often brought home animals. "All of the grown-ups in his life encouraged Tad’s creativity. He spent a lot of time with his grandmother, who was also an artist. They made books, drew and painted pictures, visited galleries and museums, and sat in her garden. As an adult Tad still makes many of the same things he made as a kid. Alongside his kids, Elinor and Charlie, he’s made marionettes, jewelry, a tree house and Halloween costumes. Tad’s interest in art drew him to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he studied painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, creative writing, and poetry, but his greatest education came with the arrival of his children. “Spending time with my kids helps me remember what it's like to be a child. I try to capture that innocence and enthusiastic vision of the world in my books. I want kids to see themselves in my characters."

Children's Fall Registration Cards/Program Openings

Registration cards for fall children's programs were mailed back today! Expect to receive your card in the next day or two. Due to the calendar this year, we unfortunately had a very short gap in between the end of registration and the start of programs. If you need to know your child's registration status right away, please don't hesitate to call (203-637-8802) and we can check the rosters for you.

Also, we still have room in our Fun for 4s and 5s and Spotlight (for 2nd & 3rd graders) programs. Fun for 4s and 5s meets Mondays at 1 PM, September 13th-November 15th, and Spotlight meets on September 29th, October 6th/13th/20th, with a special program on the evening of October 27th. Please give us a call if you would like to sign up your child for either of these programs.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Discount Passes for the CT Science Center in Hartford

Perrot has a limited number of admission discount certificates to the Connecticut Science Center available for its patrons. The certificates offer 20% off general admission for up to 4 people. These certificates are for one-time use (they do not need to be returned to the Library), so get them while they last! Ask for a certificate at the Youth Services Desk.

More about the Connecticut Science Center:

With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center, located in Hartford, CT, offers endless exploration for children, teens and adults. Every part of science will be at a visitor's fingertips, from Physics to Forensics, Geology to Astronomy.


The Wheels on the Bus...

    It's time for school! For some children, it may be their first experience with riding the school bus. Here are a few friendly picture books to help out:

    • Axle Annie, by Robin Pulver (E PULVE): Axle Annie is the best school bus driver in Burskyville-- especially when it comes to driving her bus up snow-covered Tiger Hill, the toughest slope in town. Because of Annie, the superintendent never has to declare a snow day. And that's just why grouchy bus driver Shifty Rhodes hatches a plot to stop Axle Annie in her tracks!

    • The Bus Stop, by Janet Morgan Stoeke (E STOEK): Several kindergartners from the neighborhood gather at the bus stop and mount the steps for their important ride. They might be a little scared at first, but soon all turns to joy as the big yellow bus rumbles them off to school.

    • I'm Your Bus, by Marilyn Singer (E SINGE): Welcome to a day in the life of a school bus and his road-hugging buddies. Morning, noon, and nighttime, too, that golden four-wheeled friend is at your service.

    • The Little School Bus, by Carol Roth (E ROTH): Here comes the school bus, beep, beep, beep! Step right up and take a seat with a sleepy sheep, a squirmy worm, a hairy bear, a quick, quick chick, a fox with socks, a pig in a wig, and a goat in his coat, and ride the bus to school!

    • Molly Rides the School Bus, by Julie Brillhart (E BRILL): It's the first day of kindergarten, and Molly is worried. She's never been on a school bus, and she's afraid she won't know what to do.

    • School Bus, by Donald Crews (E CREWS): What is large (or small), bright yellow, and filled with students? School Bus!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

What's for Lunch?

Time to pack the lunches! If your brown bag offerings seem just a little dull, why not visit our cookery collections for a new idea or two? Think outside the sandwich box! A little protein can go a long way in helping a young student remain alert in the afternoon hours, and a hydrated child is a happy child!

Here are just a few titles – check ‘em out!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September Is Library Card Sign-up Month- Stop by the Youth Services Desk for a Special Treat

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and Perrot wants to make sure that all children have the smartest card of all– a library card. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

Sign up for a library card (or just use your library card) at the Youth Services Desk during September and you will receive a sweet treat!

Friday, August 27, 2010

"25 of the very best things money can't buy"

From "25 of the very best things money can't buy" featured on Yahoo!'s Shine blog:

#3. A library card. Hardbacks break the bank, and you're always "accidentally" dropping $20 a month on iTunes. That's why I remind you, my friend, of the library. Check out every single volume in the Millennium Trilogy, borrow When Harry Met Sally for the fortieth time, and have access to all the Charles Mingus albums in the world, all for free.

First Day Jitters?

Early childhood experts agree that being prepared for a new experience and knowing what to expect are keys to relieving anxiety. At this time of year, patrons of Perrot’s Youth Services Department often come looking for books that will help them to help their little ones make a successful transition to a “school” situation, whether that means day care, playgroup, preschool, pre-K, or the big leap into (gulp!) kindergarten.

We have two lists of books about starting school: Starting School and Ready, Set, Go! to School. Plus, starting school is so important that it even has its own subject heading! Just do a subject search for "First Day of School" in our catalog, or follow this link to see Perrot's books on the subject: http://tinyurl.com/2bhstmp

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Express DVDs Now Available-- 3 day loan

Perrot’s Express DVDs are now available for checkout! They are displayed on the shelves in the main reception area (by the adult circulation desk). These are the most requested new releases. They can be checked out for 3 days, cannot be reserved or renewed, and carry a $1 per day late fee. Here are some of the available titles:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
When in Rome
The Bounty Hunter
Did You Hear About the Morgans>
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Dear John

The Book of Eli

To see the complete list of Express DVDs available at Perrot, search our catalog-- choose a "call number" search, and then type in "express DVD."

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Youth Services Fall Program Schedule Now Available

The Youth Services Fall 2010 Program Schedule (.PDF) is now available.

Our program registration is by lottery. Pick up a registration postcard for the program of your choice from the Youth Services Circulation Desk, beginning on Monday, August 9th, 2010. For complete registration instructions, click here.

If you have any questions, please comment on this post!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Summer Reading Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone who participated in Youth Services's 2010 summer reading program and summer contest!

Over 250 kids signed up for our summer reading program and read almost 900 books in total! WOW, that is pretty impressive!

If you were one of our very special signer-uppers, you can still keep track of the books you read, even though our "official" program has ended! You can either take your reading record home with you, or leave it here in the library. We will also continue to give out prizes for books read (while supplies last, so HURRY!).

You might also want to take a look at the four winners of our weekly summer contest for 2010. We hope they are happily licking ice cream cones right now, courtesy of their ice cream gift certificates!

August Movie in the Park: Born Free

Perrot will be presenting its second Movie in the Park for this year, Born Free, on August 14th! Bring your picnic, your chairs, and enjoy an evening of entertainment at Binney Park!

Born Free (Rated PG)
Saturday August 14th, 2010, at 8:30 PM
[Rain date: Sunday, August 15th]

The heartwarming story of a British couple who teach their pet lioness how to survive in the wilds of the African jungles. Joy and George Adamson involuntarily domesticate several lions while living in Kenya. They keep one, named Elsa, until she is fully grown, and rather than turn her over to a zoo, they decide to train her to live like a wild animal so that they can release her into her natural habitat. The film, based on Joy Adamson's book, is poignant and emotional without ever becoming banal or overly sentimental. -Synopsis from Fandango

Friday, July 30, 2010

Perrot in the News

Perrot is featured in two articles appearing in the Greenwich Time today!

"Librarians' Legacy: Two teens receive memorial scholarships"
Eighteen-year-old Jane Wynne remembers Kathleen Krasniewicz for her creativity as a librarian, while 17-year-old Diana Pelliccia recalls her as a warm and helpful boss at the Perrot Memorial Library. The two college-bound teenagers are the winners of the first memorial scholarships given in memory of Krasniewicz. Read the rest of the article...

"Storyteller Brings Tales of Africa Alive at Perrot Library"
The number 398.2 holds special meaning for storyteller Eshu Bumpus, as its the Dewey Decimal location in the library where folktales, fairytales and fables are kept. It was some of those stories Bumpus, 58, and Motoko Dworkin, 46, brought to the Perrot Library for around 40 children and parents Thursday afternoon. Read the rest of the article...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Author Talk with Jennifer Jordan

Author Jennifer JordanAuthor Talk with Jennifer Jordan,
author of The Last Man on the Mountain
Tues., September 28th, 2010, at 7:30 PM
Radcliffe Wing, Perrot Memorial Library

Perrot Memorial Library is pleased to feature Jennifer Jordan, who will be speaking about her latest book, The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2. This will be Jennifer’s second visit to Perrot; she previously shared with us her 2005 book, Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World’s Most Feared Mountain.

About the Book:
The Last Man on the Mountain is the untold story of Dudley Wolfe and America’s ill-fated 1939 expedition to the roof of the world. In 1939, the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth, yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest. Although close to middle age and inexperienced at high altitude, Wolfe, with the team leader, made it higher than any other member of the expedition, but he couldn’t get back down. Suffering from altitude sickness and severe dehydration, he was abandoned at nearly 25,000 feet; it would be another sixty-three years before Jennifer Jordan discovered his remains. In a story where The Great Gatsby meets Into Thin Air, readers follow Wolfe from the salons of Europe to the most forbidding landscape on earth. Wolfe went to K2 to find his own strength, only to encounter his teammates’ lethal weaknesses in a place called the Death Zone.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Author Talk with Jennifer Vanderbes

Author Jennifer VanderbesAuthor Talk with Jennifer Vanderbes,
author of Strangers at the Feast
Weds., September 1st, 2010, at 7:30 PM
Radcliffe Wing, Perrot Memorial Library

Perrot Memorial Library is pleased to present Jennifer Vanderbes, who will be talking about her stunning new novel, Strangers at the Feast.

Extra copies of the book will be available for check out at the library and will also be available at Just Books, on Arcadia Road in Old Greenwich. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase at the event.

About the Book:
It's Thanksgiving Day, 2007, and three generations of the Olson family have gathered to celebrate. While the white, middle-class Olsons are busy cooking and silently nursing various long-standing resentments, Kijo and Spider, two black teenagers from the city's housing projects, are breaking into Douglas Olson's lavish home nearby. But this is not a random burglary—a complex personal history with Douglas has driven Kijo into that house. "You can push me and shove me and sweep me out of sight, but one day you come home and realize, I'm still here," Kijo thinks to himself. The ensuing confrontation turns shockingly violent; even more disturbing is the way this novel contorts our preconceptions about "criminals" and "victims" and forces us to ask ourselves: How far would you go to defend your family? How far is too far? Family conflict, fascinating social commentary, and a riveting plot converge in Jennifer Vanderbes' stunning novel, a thriller that also raises large and haunting questions about the meaning of guilt, innocence, and justice.

New Drop-in Storytime for Summer/Fall: Storytime in Spanish

New at Perrot-- Storytime in Spanish for kids! This drop-in program will be offered by Greenwich Spanish School. It will features songs and stories, and both native speakers and beginners are welcome to attend. The program will be aimed at ages 3-7, and children should attend with a caregiver.

Storytime in Spanish will meet a few times in August to start: 11 A.M. on August 5th, August 12th, and August 19th (Thursdays). For our fall program session, Storytime in Spanish will meet on alternate Fridays at 4 P.M.: September 17th, October 1st, October 15th, October 29th, and November 12th.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 23, 2010

New Book Recommendations from the Reference Desk

What We're Reading at Perrot


[Fiction] This deftly told story takes us to Cape Cod and Boston just as the seeds of Revolution are taking hold. Jane has defied her father in his choice of a husband for her. As a result, he banishes her to Boston to the home of an ailing maiden aunt. Boston is churning with unrest. Locals are taunting the "Lobster-backs." Loyalists are debating with rebels. The streets are not safe. We are re-introduced to characters from Gunning’s other novels that have led us up to this point. Jane is a spunky, intelligent young woman. Her integrity and strength of character shine forth. The twists and turns that this book takes are fascinating, plus we get to meet John Adams, who plays a major role in this story. This novel is very well done and a delight to read.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Eshu the Storyteller-- sign up for tickets today!

Eshu the StorytellerEshu Bumpus is a renowned storyteller, an accomplished jazz vocalist, and a master at physical characterization. He captivates his audience by telling a variety of African, African-American and World folktales leavened with music, humor and mystery!

Eshu will be presenting a family show for ages 5 and up at Perrot on Thursday, July 29th, 2010, at 4 P.M. Do you have your tickets? Sign up now for FREE at the Youth Services Desk!

More information about Eshu at his website: http://eshu.folktales.net/index.htm

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Kathy Krasniewicz Memorial Scholarship Winners

Perrot Library Announces First Recipients of the Annual Kathy Krasniewicz Memorial Scholarships

The Perrot Memorial Library Board of Directors is pleased to announce the winners of the first Kathy Krasniewicz Memorial Scholarships, given in memory of Perrot’s beloved Children’s Services Librarian. The annual awards, which include a cash prize of $2500 each, recognize two high school seniors who have actively participated as either a member of the Young Critics Club or as a Library Employee. Jane Wynne, a senior at Trinity Catholic High School, received the award for the Young Critics Club category. She will attend Fordham University in the fall. Greenwich High School Senior Diana Pelliccia received the Library Employee award and will attend Bucknell University. Library Director Kevin McCarthy said, “These scholarships commend the achievements of these accomplished students who have contributed much to our library community and also honor Kathy and all she gave to Perrot.”

Jane Wynne
Scholarship Recipient Jane Wynne

Diana Pelliccia
Scholarship Recipient Diana Pelliccia

Friday, July 16, 2010

Coming Soon to Perrot-- Express DVDs


Thursday, July 01, 2010

Safe Cycling Sunday, July 25th

Safe Cycling Sunday-- a bike safety event for chilren aged 7-12. It will feature several different stations, including Simon Says Signaling, Tasty Treats, and the Obstacle Course Challenge. Dave's Cycles will also be present to teach kids about bike maintenance.

When: Sunday, July 25th, 2010, 9 AM-12 PM, rain or shine
Where: Greenwich High School parking lot
What to bring: A bike, a helmet, and a smile (bikes are optional)

This is a first-come-first-served event! Pick up a sign-up sheet at Perrot (you can return the slips to Perrot, too.) Slips must be turned in by July 16th, 2010.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Perrot's Summer Reading Club and Contest for Kids

We have a new program this summer at Perrot-- a summer reading club for children entering grades 1 and up! You can participate in our summer reading club (and win prizes for reading!) from from June 30th through July 30th.

To sign up for our summer reading club, simply go to our volunteer table by the computers in Youth Services. Our friendly teen volunteers will sign you up, tell you the rules and start a reading record for you! You'll also get to put your name up on the bulletin board! We'll keep your reading record here in the library. When you've read a book, just tell a volunteer next time you're in the library and they'll write it in your reading record. After you read your first, third, and fifth books, you will win a prize!

Parents, you can also take home a reading record for your little one. We have special sheets for books you read aloud with your child. Children get a sticker for each book they've read with a grown-up.

We're also having a contest this summer! Each week in July, one of our littlest bears will be HIDING somewhere in the children's room. You'll be able to tell him apart because he will be eating an ice cream cone! When you know where the bear is, come to the desk to fill out a guess slip. (Try not to yell it out so you don't give it away!) We will have a random drawing from all our correct guess slips each week in July. We have 4 great prize bags to give away, which will contain books as well as ice cream-themed prizes!

Be sure to join us at Perrot this summer and SCOOP UP A GOOD BOOK!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Family Ties: Talented Writing Families

We have a new display in the Rand Room of writing families: these are wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, and some children all in a family who have been published. There are John Updike and his son, David; Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill; mystery writers Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter Carol Higgins Clark; P.J. Tracy (a mother and daughter team who write together),Maeve Binchy and her cousin Dan– okay, that one’s a stretch! Many others are also featured. So, make sure to stop and take a look at our Family Writers (and check some out) next time you're in the library!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Byram Book Sale, June 11-13

The Byram Book Sale is this weekend! This sale includes a guesstimated 25,000 books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and audiobooks, including loads of brand new items, as well as many antiques. You will find a wide selection of goodies, including fiction, thirty-something categories of non-fiction, and TONS of incredible children's books. If you're a true bibliophile, come to a special preview sale on Friday, June 11 from 5:30-8:30 pm. For $15, you can attend the preview and get the best selection- it's well worth the entrance fee! On Saturday, June 12th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm the sale is open to all. On Sunday, June 13th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm will be the bargain hunter's delight "bag and box" sale ($3/bag or $5/box). All proceeds from the sale benefit the branch library's programs and events. For specific questions, please contact the Byram Shubert Library at (203) 531-0426.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Movies in the Park 2010

Perrot is pleased to present our fourth annual series of Movies in the Park in Binney Park. This year we are featuring Bend it Like Beckham and Born Free. Bring your picnic, your chairs, and enjoy!

Bend it Like Beckham (Rated PG)
Saturday, July 17th, 2010, at 8:30 PM
[Rain date: Sunday, July 18th]

Jess Bhamra is a teenager with only one real passion in her life: soccer. She daydreams of being a great soccer star and her hero is David Beckham. She soon strikes up a friendship with Juliette Paxton, Jules to her friends, and joins a girls' team coached by the rather handsome Joe. She comes from a traditional, close-knit and loving Sikh family. Her parents only want the best for both of their daughters, but Jess' fascination with sports doesn't fit into their idea of a young woman's future. Jess isn't comfortable sneaking about, and she and Jules have a falling out when they both take an amorous interest in Joe. With her sister's wedding on the same day as the football final, where a U.S. college scout will be present to assess her performance, Jess must decide if she will support her family or her friends. -Synopsis from IMDb

Born Free (Rated PG)
Saturday August 14th, 2010, at 8:30 PM
[Rain date: Sunday, August 15th]

The heartwarming story of a British couple who teach their pet lioness how to survive in the wilds of the African jungles. Joy and George Adamson involuntarily domesticate several lions while living in Kenya. They keep one, named Elsa, until she is fully grown, and rather than turn her over to a zoo, they decide to train her to live like a wild animal so that they can release her into her natural habitat. The film, based on Joy Adamson's book, is poignant and emotional without ever becoming banal or overly sentimental. -Synopsis from Fandango

Connecticut Trails Day 2010

Find Your Happy Place on June 5th and 6th!

Dust off your favorite hiking shoes and grab your water bottle. Connecticut Trails Day 2010 is almost here! This year's celebration will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 5th and 6th, 2010, as part of National Trails Day. The theme is "Find Your Happy Place," which shouldn't be hard to do considering more than 160 Trails Day events are scheduled in 88 towns across Connecticut!

View the extensive list of events here. Take a look now, as some events require pre-registration!

Youth Services Summer Program Registration Starts Mon., June 7th

Registration for Youth Services Summer Programs starts on Monday, June 7th, 2010, and runs through Saturday, June 26th, 2010. [View the summer program schedule]

Please note that during the summer, all of our preschool programs will be DROP-IN, limited to the first 20 children and their caregivers to sign in before each program. Our Stuff & Nonsense and Spotlight programs will still be by registration only. Pick up a registration postcard for the program of your choice from the Youth Services Circulation Desk. For complete registration instructions, click here. Descriptions of our program offerings are also available.

If you have other questions, please comment on this post, or give us a call at 203-637-8802!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Perrot Marched in the Memorial Day Parade!

Perrot marched in Old Greenwich's 2010 Memorial Day Parade!

Perrot's Memorial Day Parade Marchers, 2010
Staff were joined by members of our Young Critics and Young Young Critics Book Clubs.
We promoted our summer reading theme, Scoop Up a Good Book!

Seeking Paperback Donations for Our Beach Box

The Perrot Library beach box has been repaired and installed in its old spot next to the snack bar at the far end of the beach. The library is accepting donations of ‘gently used’ paperbacks for the beach box. Please drop off any book donations at the library. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Borrow our museum passes for free or discounted admission!

Youth Services has a growing collection of museum passes for you to borrow-- our passes get you either free or discounted admission to many popular places! This year, we have the following passes available:

  • AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY, http://www.amnh.org/: FREE general and special admission for two adults and up to four children. Discounts on Space Show, IMAX, and seasonal live animal exhibits for two adults and up to four children. The Natural History Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.
  • BEARDSLEY ZOO, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT, http://www.beardsleyzoo.org/: FREE admission for two adults and up to four children. See more than 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Featuring a South American rainforest with free-flight aviary; a prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas; a New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, and sheep; and a trail featuring bison, pronghorn, deer, and more.
  • CONNECTICUT STATE PARKS AND FORESTS PASS, http://www.nochildleftinside.org/: FREE family admission and parking at ALL Connecticut State Parks and Forests. More than 800 miles of hiking trails, 2,000 miles of rivers and streams, 1,300 campsites in 14 parks, 9 historic sites, and 237 lakes and ponds-- all without leaving Connecticut!
  • EARTHPLACE: THE NATURE DISCOVERY CENTER, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport, CT, http://www.earthplace.org/: FREE admission for a family of four. Offers a 62-acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, an interactive natural history museum with wildlife dioramas, and live wildlife.
  • MARITIME AQUARIUM, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT, http://www.maritimeaquarium.org/: DISCOUNTED admission: Our pass entitles you to $2 off a combination Aquarium/IMAX ticket for up to 6 people. Watch sharks, jellies, sea turtles, and more than 1,000 other marine animals-- and enjoy a film in the IMAX movie theater.
  • MYSTIC AQUARIUM, 55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT, http://www.mysticaquarium.org/: DISCOUNTED admission: $4 off adult and $3 off child admission, good for up to 2 adults and 2 children. Reach in and touch a ray, go beak-to-nose with a penguin and feel the splash of a beluga whale. Watch the California sea lions during a live show, and meet a variety of animals, from African penguins and Steller sea lions to sharks and blue-tongued skinks.
  • NEUBERGER MUSEUM OF ART, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY, http://www.neuberger.org/: FREE family admission. The museum’s collection comprises more than 7,000 works and embraces 20th-century American and European art, traditional and contemporary African art.
  • STAMFORD MUSEUM AND NATURE CENTER, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT, http://www.stamfordmuseum.org/: FREE admission for 2 adults and 2 children. The SMNC includes a 10-acre working farm, a maple sugar house, vegetable garden, and farm animals; a museum featuring both a permanent collection and rotating exhibits; an otter pond; and a playground built with nature themes.
  • STEPPING STONES MUSEUM, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT, http://www.steppingstonesmuseum.org/: BUY ONE TICKET, GET ONE FREE: one free admission with each regular paid admission (maximum of three free admissions per day). Exhibits and educational programs help expand a child's world by engaging them in fun, playful exploration. With four main galleries, a toddlers-only gallery and over 100 hands-on activities, Stepping Stones offers children ages ten and under plenty to explore and discover.
  • WADSWORTH ATHENEUM MUSEUM OF ART, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT, http://www.wadsworthatheneum.org/: FREE admission for 2 adults and 2 children. The Wadsworth Atheneum's permanent collection features a wealth of treasures sure to keep you coming back. The Wadsworth is also America's oldest public art museum!

Please ask for our passes at the Youth Services Desk. We also have information and brochures on these locations available for you to browse. Passes may borrowed for one week. Late fees are $1/day.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Donald Davis at EMS, Friday 5/21


Perrot Memorial Library will present an evening 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 Donald Davis, a nationally-known storyteller and a friend of Mrs. Mac and Mrs. K, will be returning to entertain us with more of his fabulous tales in a special family storytelling event. Please join us at the Eastern Middle School auditorium at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 21st, 2010. No tickets are required, but seating is limited.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Don't Forget-- PJs tonight (Tues.) and Thursday!

The last PJs at Perrot for the winter/spring session are happening this week! Join us tonight and Thursday, 5/18, at 6:30 PM for some stories! Feel free to wear your PJs! For kids ages 3-6 and their families.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Greenwich Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The Town of Greenwich's Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held this Saturday, May 15th, 2010, from 8 A.M. until 1 P.M. in the parking lot of Greenwich High School.

This is an opportunity for all town residents to properly and safely dispose of many toxic products that can’t go into the general waste system (some examples: gasoline, oil-based paints and stains, thinners, spray paints, pesticides/herbicides/fungicides, chemical fertilizers, household cleaners and polishes, mercury thermometers, pool chemicals, fluorescent bulbs).

Please take advantage of this opportunity! Toxic chemicals that are not disposed of properly can leak from hazardous products and eventually find their way into our water sources and soil.

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Book Recommendations From the Reference Desk

What We're Reading at Perrot


[Non-Fiction] What a timely book! We have just followed, in horror, the story of the adoptive mother who put a Russian child on a plane to send him back because she couldn’t cope with him. This is the story of another Russian baby boy born with cerebral palsy. Abandoned by his mother, he was put into a nightmare of an orphanage called Baby House 10. Two women reached out to him and ultimately he was adopted by a single woman in the U.S. This story will warm your heart and counteract the terrible story of the other little boy from Russia.

Friday, May 07, 2010

New This Year!: Beardsley Zoo Pass

Perrot now has a pass for the Beardsley Zoo for our patrons to borrow. Our pass gives FREE admission to 2 adults and up to 4 children! The pass can be borrowed for one week (no renewals, late fee is $1/day) from the Youth Services Desk.

More about the zoo:
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a wonderful place to visit-- alone or with your family. Spend an hour or the whole day, and see more than 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Come learn about our many endangered and threatened species, which include the Amur (Siberian) tiger, Andean condor, Ocelot, Red wolf, Andean (spectacled) bear, Maned wolf, and Golden lion tamarin. Come see our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, then walk through the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas. Visit the New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep and other barnyard critters. Take a walk along the hoofstock trail featuring bison, pronghorn, deer and more. Before you leave grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove and take a ride on our colorful carousel. We can't wait to see you!

website: http://www.beardsleyzoo.org/

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Votes Are In!

The Young Critics' Club (YCC), Perrot's book club for 6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders, has declared that its favorite book of 2009/2010 is....

IT'S A TIE! Between:

INCARCERON, by Catherine Fisher
Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside-- she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.


THE MAZE RUNNER, by James Dashner
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-- a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up-- the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind...

See the rest of YCC's favorites from 2009/2010!

Family Storytelling Concert with Donald Davis

Storyteller Donald DavisPerrot Memorial Library will present an evening 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 Donald Davis, a nationally-known storyteller and a friend of Mrs. Mac and Mrs. K, will be returning to entertain us with more of his fabulous tales in a special family storytelling event. Please join us at the Eastern Middle School auditorium at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 21st, 2010. No tickets are required, but seating is limited.

Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. "I didn't learn stories, I just absorbed them," he says as he recounts tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781. Davis grew up hearing gentle fairytales, simple and silly Jack tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folktales and, most importantly, nourishing true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin.It was Uncle Frank, a man who "talked in stories," who helped Donald capture the real and daily adventures of life... and it was Uncle Frank who gave him the creative courage to tell about them. Davis remembers, "I discovered that in a story I could safely dream any dream, hope any hope, go anywhere I pleased, fight any foe, win or lose, live or die. My stories created a safe experimental learning place.”

For more information about Donald Davis, please visit his website: http://www.ddavisstoryteller.com/

Friday, April 30, 2010

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!

Here is the info:

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

When do volunteers work?
From June 30th to July 30th, whenever the library is open. You can set your own schedule and sign up for shifts any hour that the library is open—mornings, afternoons and 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, have a parent or guardian sign it, and drop it off.

How do I learn what to do?
All volunteers must attend a training session in June where we’ll teach you everything you need to know.

Have more questions? Please call Kathy Jarombek, Director of Youth Services, at 203-637-8802.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Y2C2's Favorite Book of 2009/2010 Is...

The Young Young Critics' Club (Y2C2), Perrot's book club for 4th- and 5th-graders, has declared that its favorite book of 2009/2010 is....

by Grace Lin
In the valley of Fruitless Mountain lives a girl named Minli. In the evenings, her father tells her tales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest.

See the rest of Y2C2's favorite books from 2009/2010!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Don't Forget-- Dreaming of Dior

Library Event, tonight at 7 PM! Dreaming of Dior with author Charlotte Smith. More information: http://perrotlibrary.blogspot.com/2010/03/dreaming-of-diro-author-charlotte-smith.html

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Youth Services Summer Program Preview

The Youth Services Summer Program Schedule is now available.

Please note that for the Summer 2010 session, all our preschool programs will be DROP-IN, limited to the first 20 children and their caregivers to sign in before each program.

Our Stuff & Nonsense and Spotlight programs will still be by registration only. Pick up a registration postcard for the program of your choice from the Youth Services Circulation Desk, beginning on Monday, June 7th, 2010.

For complete registration instructions, click here. Descriptions of our program offerings are available here.

If you have other questions, please comment on this post!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Golden Y Award Winners, Spring 2010

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Semi-Annual Young Young Critics' Club (Y2C2) Jeopardy Tournament! They are the current holders of the coveted Wonderful Golden "Y" Award! (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!).

The winning team, Team We Don't Know Yet (L-R): Kylie, Lydia, Shaela, Amanda, and Harry

Monday, April 12, 2010

This Week is National Library Week

April 11-17 is National Library Week. Please support your library by coming in to borrow books, music, DVDs or magazines!

Please see http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/pio/natlibraryweek/nlw.cfm
for information from the American Library Association.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Greenwich Town Cleanup, April 17th

Saturday, April 17th, 2010 is Greenwich's annual town-wide spring cleanup day. Bring your friends! Bring your kids! Join with your neighbors!

Stop by any Town Firehouse from 8 AM to Noon on the 17th to receive a certificates for community service. Trade collected trash for spring plants. Fill our dumpsters until 4 PM.

To report a dirty site in advance, or to volunteer, please call 203-531-0006 or email grgreenclean@aol.com.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Edge of Your Seat Reads

Filled with thrillers and suspense books, come see our display in the Rand Room, called “Edge of Your Seat Reads.” This has been quite popular and includes authors such as: Steve Berry, Tom Harper, Peter Abrahams, John Burdett and many others. This is a good way to find a “new” book to read or an author you hadn’t tried before.

Friday, March 26, 2010

CT State Parks and Forest Day Pass Now Available

No Child Left Inside

Our 2010 Connecticut State Parks and Forests Day Pass is now available for you to borrow! The pass may be used at all the major state parks with admission or parking fees, including Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, and Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme. The pass also provides free entrance to any museum located at a state park, such as Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Fort Trumbull State Park in New London, and Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam.

The pass may be borrowed from the Youth Services Desk for one week, no renewals (late fees are $1/day). Read more about state recreation opportunties in Connecticut here and here. You can also check out this informative book: A Shared Landscape: A Guide and History of Connecticut's State Parks and Forests.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Kathleen Krasniewicz Scholarship Award

Are you a high school senior and a former member of Young Critics or Young Young Critics (Y2C2) reading clubs at Perrot? If so, you may be eligible for a college grant from the Kathleen Mary Kertland Apuzzo Krasniewicz Scholarship Award. Please contact the Library Director, Kevin McCarthy, at 203-637-3888 or at kevinm@perrotlibrary.org by May 1st, 2010, for further information.

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Graphic Novels in Youth Services

Smile [click here to place a hold on this item ] *****Staff Pick*****
Raina Telgemeier (who adapted The Babysitters Club into graphic novel form) tells her own true life story, from middle school to high school, in this entertaining book. After knocking out her two front teeth in sixth grade, Raina undergoes years of frustrating dental work-- headgear, braces, and even an embarassing retainer with fake teeth attached! On top of all that, there's still more to deal with-- a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, volume 1 [place hold]
When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret. . . Beautifully rendered, this first installment of Twilight: The Graphic Novel (it will be a trilogy) is a must-read for any fan of the original series!

Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean [place hold]
Amelia Earhart developed a love of flying at a very young age. What began as a simple joy became something much deeper-- a commitment to open doors for all women.

Have a graphic novel series you'd like to see at Perrot? Please comment on this post!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dreaming of Dior: Author Charlotte Smith at Perrot

Dreaming of DiorDreaming of Dior: Every Dress Tells a Story
Author Charlotte Smith to speak at Perrot

Monday, April 26th, 2010, 7:00 PM

Perrot Memorial Library, Radcliffe Children’s Wing

Doris Darnell had always loved to dress up and spent a lifetime collecting over 3,000 items of vintage clothes and accessories from three centuries of fashion history. So when fashion curator Charlotte Smith inherited her godmother’s exquisite collection, not only did she uncover a magnificent range of garments, but she was delighted to find a catalogue of notes containing a record of the dresses and the occasions at which they were worn. Revealed in these pages is a chronicle of lives and times as we are given a peek into a glamorous world of which most of us could only dream. Additional to the royal encounters and meetings with the rich and famous, what evolves is a fascinating history of fashion designers and couture throughout the ages. Each story is brought to life by Grant Cowan’s attractive illustrations, giving readers a true sense of the garment in all its beauty. Dreaming of Dior is the ultimate Cinderella story, complete with dazzling gowns, handsome princes and a real-life fairy godmother. This is a gorgeous gift book which will find its market with lovers of fashion and women who have always dreamed of making a grand entrance draped in Chanel or Dior.

[ This review from Australian Bookseller & Publisher magazine (November 2009, Vol 89, No. 4) is reproduced by kind permission of Thorpe-Bowker, a division of R R Bowker LLC. © Copyright 2009, Thorpe-Bowker. ]

The author is bringing some pieces of the Darnell Collection with her, so she will be able to demonstrate the clothing. It should be a lively and fun fashion event!

For a video of the author and the collection, be sure to view:

Friday, March 12, 2010

Please Fan Us on Facebook

Perrot now has a Facebook page! Please become our fan here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Greenwich/Perrot-Memorial-Library/389151177914

We look forward to interacting with our patrons through Facebook, and hope you'll feel free to share your opinions and suggestions about Perrot!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Two Recent Losses

Perrot has sadly suffered the loss of two former employees recently.
Our thoughts and love are with their friends and families.

Jane Van Tassel Crowle
Born September 30, 1928 in Elizabeth , NJ died February 18, 2010. Daughter of the late Leland and Evelyn Van Tassel. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband of 59 years and best friend, Walter R. Crowle. She is survived by daughters, Nancy Hall Curcio and her husband Sam, Lynn Ann O'Gorman and her husband Paul. Sons, W. Richard Crowle, Jr., and Bruce Allan Crowle and his wife Joanne. Grandchildren, Kimberly O'Gorman Menges, and her husband David, Mark O'Gorman and wife Patti, Matthew O'Gorman and wife Erin, Jason Hall and wife Maureen, Kristin Hall, Daniel Hall and wife Megan, Carrie Crowle Nolen and husband Mike, Adam Crowle and Samantha Crowle. Great-Grandchildren, Erin, Sean and Cara Menges, Maggie and Jack O'Gorman, Audrey Hall, Keller Hall and Caitlyn O'Gorman. Also, her brother Lee Van Tassel of Poughkeepsie, NY. Jane worked as an executive administrative assistant at the Perrot Memorial library in Old Greenwich for thirty eight years and volunteered at the First Congressional Church in Old Greenwich. Jane spent many happy summers surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by the pool in her backyard and on annual family vacations in Wellfleet, Cape Cod A Memorial service will be held on Monday February 22 at 11a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich, CT 06870. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the First Congregational Church. Arrangements by the Castiglione Funeral Home, Inc. in Greenwich.

[ Published in Greenwich Time on February 19, 2010 ]

Barbara Comeau Bojonell
Barbara Comeau Bojonell, 73, of Old Greenwich, passed away on March 4, 2010. Born in Greenwich, on April 25, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Robert A. and Dorothy (Kenney) Comeau. Barbara attended Greenwich Country Day School, Choate Rosemary Hall and Vassar College. After receiving her B.A. degree in English in 1958, she pursued what became a lifelong passion for travel and adventure by touring throughout Europe and the Middle East with a college classmate. During her travels, Barbara worked on a kibbutz in Israel and later had a small part in a Roger Corman film set in Greece. While in Greece, she met her husband, Brian Bojonell, the manager of the Athens office for Pan American World Airways. She ultimately lived in Athens, Greece, for 14 years before returning to Connecticut. Barbara then worked as a librarian at the Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich from 1978 to 1998. Upon retiring, she again traveled extensively around the world, going to such places as China, Russia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Jordan, Turkey, Panama, Poland and Romania. She also returned to her beloved Greece frequently to visit old friends and familiar stomping grounds. Whenever she was there, she made a point of spending time on the island of Hydra, which held a special place in her heart. Barbara will be fondly remembered for her intelligence and intellectual curiosity, youthful spirit, zest for life, kind and generous nature, and sense of fun. When she was not traveling, one might find her at Tod's Point soaking up rays with the "Beach Gang", reading (everything from People magazine to historical biographies), watching the History International channel, doing NY Times crossword puzzles, and dressing up as the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Elmo or Penguin. An avid Yale football fan, she also loved planning and hosting annual tailgate parties for friends and family to see Yale play Harvard or Princeton at the Yale Bowl in New Haven. Above all else, Barbara cherished the time spent with her family, particularly her daughters, Jennifer and Hilaire, whom she adored. More recently, she expertly assumed the role of doting grandmother to her two young granddaughters, Peyton and Brynne. Barbara was an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind woman; she will be sorely missed by everyone who had the good luck to have her in their lives. She is survived by her two daughters, Hilaire Bojonell, and her husband Martin R. Moeller, Jr. of Corvalis, OR, and Jennifer Korzenik, and her husband Peter of Norwalk; her sister, Jane Coony, and her husband Tom of Washington, DC; her brother, Robert Comeau, Jr., and his wife Joan of Lenox, MA; her nephews, Jonathan Coony, Tom Coony, and Robert Comeau; her nieces, Linda Taben and Jeanne Comeau; and her two granddaughters, Peyton Korzenik and Brynne Korzenik. She was predeceased by her husband, Brian. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, March 12, 2010 at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854 at 10 a.m. Contributions in Barbara's memory may be made to Friends of Greenwich Point, PO Box 711, Old Greenwich, CT, 06870; tel. 203-987-6712.

[ Published in Greenwich Time on March 9, 2010 ]

Thursday, March 04, 2010

New Book Recommendations

What We're Reading at Perrot

The PostmistressThe Postmistress, by Sarah Blake
The time is 1940 to 1941, and this novel involves the effects of world events on three very different women. There is Iris, the postmistress of the title, handling her unusual job in a small town on Cape Cod. Emma is the new young wife of the town’s doctor. And Frankie is a news reporter working with Edward R. Murrow in faraway London during and after the blitz. How their lives intersect by accident and fate against a backdrop of war is handled in an intriguing and imaginative way. You will not soon forget these women.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Annual Lions Club Pancake Fry

This year's Old Greenwich Lions Club Pancake Fry will take place on Saturday, March 13th, 2010, 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, 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.

Questions? Please call 203-637-3888.


Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, image from http://www.pemba.com.np
An Evening with Pemba Gyalje Sherpa,
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2008.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010, 7:00 PM
Perrot Memorial Library, Radcliffe Children’s Wing

Sherpas are an ethnic group from the most mountainous region in Nepal who are renowned for their extraordinary mountaineering abilities and knowledge of the local terrain of the Himalayas. They have a long history of assisting inclimbing expeditions to the world's highest peaks.

The Perrot Library is honored to welcome Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, winner of the 2008 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award and the American Alpine Club's prestigious David A. Sowles Memorial Award in 2009. These awards were conferred on Pemba for his heroic rescue of two stranded climbers on the mountain K2 in the summer of 2008, the deadliest climbing season in its history.

In addition to his amazing ascent of K2 without oxygen, and his seven ascents of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, Pemba has had a long and distinguished career as an adventurer in the Himalayas. Pemba embodies the Sherpa ideals of humility, hard work and a positive attitude. Please join us for what is sure to be a memorable discussion on March 3rd!

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Monday, March 01, 2010

Perrot Newsletter for Spring

The Spring 2010 edition of Perrot's newsletter, Précis, is now available!

Watch for your copy in the mail, or read it online (in PDF format).

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Now Is the 'Most Exciting Period to Be a Reader'

Ever feel like print is dying out? No more libraries, books, etc.?! Well, I found this in a newsletter I subscribe to. To the library world this is good news!

Now Is the 'Most Exciting Period to Be a Reader'

Amidst all the doom and gloom (Books are dying! Print is dead! The Kindle will destroy us all! Big Publishers want to kill your pets! ARMAGEDDON IS NIGH!!!), I just want to take a moment to proclaim that this is quite possibly the most exciting period to be a reader in my lifetime. Think about it: when was the last time books and publishing were as much a part of the daily conversation as they are now?... [I]n my thirty years on this planet, I cannot remember a time when so many people were discussing books themselves, the future of books, and what it all means for everyone involved. All in all books have a 'buzz' about them that I can't recall ever feeling. The future of publishing feels like an important discussion well outside the cul-de-sac of the industry itself, and there are more books and book-related discussions than I can remember in a long, long time. --Jason Pinter in the Huffington Post.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Book Recommendation: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks-- click to place a holdThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

When Henrietta Lacks-- a poor, African-American mother of five-- died of cervical cancer in 1951, neither she nor her family knew that cells from her tumor had been taken without her knowledge. Henrietta's aggressive cancer cells were the first to grow, thrive, and replicate in culture. Soon these so-called HeLa cells were offered for sale for use in experiments. HeLa cells were used-- among many other things-- to develop the polio vaccine, and uncover the secrets of cancer and viruses. Henrietta Lacks' family, on the other hand, knew of none of this until more than 20 years after her death. Rebecca Skloot weaves multiple tales together, telling of Henrietta's difficult upbringing, the troubled lives of the children she left behind, the history of HeLa cell research and the ethical dilemmas surrounding informed consent. This book is not a relaxing read-- it will make you think, and it doesn't leave you with any easy answers-- but I found it difficult to put down.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

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