Friday, January 29, 2010

Thanks to the Riverside Garden Club

Thanks to the Riverside Garden Club the adult circulation desk will once again be adorned each week with a beautiful flower arrangement like the one pictured below.

Flowers from Riverside Garden Club

Bargain magazines

Beginning Monday, 2/1, we will be discarding our 2008 magazines. They will be available for sale at 25 cents each (please pay at the Adult Circulation Desk) at Perrot's For Sale shelf, located to the right of the bulletin board in the main building. We also have discarded books available for 25 cents; all other items are $1.00.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Two Sparkly Ones

Kate McClelland Kathy Krasniewicz

Before I even reach the top of the library stairs, I know the stylish, carefree woman, who runs the Children’s Room, will be waiting for me. Not a hair out of place, not a wrinkle in her dress, Mrs. Mac runs over, her bright eyes dancing as she straightens the scarf tied loosely around her neck. Beaming, she holds up the book she has just read and gives me a quick, friendly wink. Unfortunately, no matter how much I enjoy Mrs. Mac’s company, I cannot keep her to myself. All the children want to talk to her as well. But if Mrs. Mac is tired or annoyed, she never lets it show. Even the rudest person cannot extract an unkind word from her. Nevertheless, this calm, collected woman has a fun-loving childlike side. When she spots a new book, her eyes light up like those of a child in a toy store. Her forehead is never creased with worry, and her constant smile never fades. Wherever she goes, Mrs. Mac creates an aura of happiness which brightens the world.
-SC, age 12

Kathy was like a sparkling ray of sunshine everyday. She would drop everything she was doing to answer a question or have a chat- she had a unique ability to make everyone she spoke to feel like they were the center of her attention. And talk about a perfectionist- everything she touched turned to gold! I spoke to someone today who only knew Kathy by sight; he said something about how pretty she was and I told him that her physical beauty was a mere fraction of her inner beauty. -Laurie

It is a measure of Kate’s and Kathy’s charisma that so many of us feel this loss so deeply and personally. Their passion, energy and dedication: so rich and full and generous. They are two sparkly ones who left a trail of glitter wherever they went. I am so sad they are gone, so grateful they were here in the first place. -Children's Author Sharon Creech

Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz

Mrs. Mac and Mrs. K

We miss you today and always

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tax Time

At last, we have tax forms at the library! We have recently received Connecticut state tax booklets and forms: there are only two now: CT 1040 and CT 1040 Non-Resident. They have done away with CT 1040 EZ. See for more information.

For federal forms, we have the 1040 series and some of the supplemental forms. We also have a book of reproducible forms. In addition, you can always check the Internet at for forms and publications.

Please inquire at the Reference Desk for tax forms.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Upcoming Event: An Evening with Pemba Gyalje Sherpa

Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, image from
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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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2010 Children's Literary Award Winners

The winners of the 201o major literary awards for children were just announced at the American Library Association's Midwinter Conference in Boston.

[Click on each title to view in the catalog and to place a hold.]

The Lion and the MouseCaldecott Medal Winner:
The Lion and the Mouse, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.

When You Reach MeNewbery Medal Winner:
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner:
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Bass Reeves seemed bigger than life. As a deputy U.S. Marshal-- and former slave who escaped to freedom in the Indian Territories-- Bass was cunning and fearless. This title reveals the story of a remarkable African-American hero of the Old West.

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner:
My People, illustrated by Charles R. Smith, Jr. (written by Langston Hughes)
Langston Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribue to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.

Geisel Award Winner (for best beginning reader):
Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!, written and illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes
Brother and sister mice Benny and Penny track down a mysterious new kid who may have climbed over the fence into their yard and stolen Benny's pail (a no-no). But when they meet the culprit (a mole in a polka-dot dress, green flippers and goggles), they re-evaluate the situation.

Sibert Award Winner (for non-fiction):
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream, written by Tanya Lee Stone
When NASA was launched in 1958, 13 women proved they had as much of the right stuff as men to be astronauts, but their way to space was blocked by prejudice, insecurity, and a scrawled note written by one of Washington's most powerful men.

For the complete list of this year's award winners and honor books, take a look at the ALA website.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Book Review: Nanny Returns

Nanny Returns: Click here to request this book Nanny Returns
by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

This is the sequel to The Nanny Diaries, which enjoyed commercial success as both a book and a movie. Here, we revisit Nan, twelve years later, as she returns to her old stomping grounds of the Upper East Side where she was once a nanny. She’s traveled the world with her husband, and has now purchased a house and started her own consulting business. Often, sequels are great in pulling you back into the original world they described, but I thought this was a bit of a rehash, and harder to get into. Try it out and see for yourself!

What was your favorite book sequel? Comment on this post!

-The Reference Librarians

Spaces Still Available in Spotlight, for 2nd/3rd graders

There are a limited number of spaces still available for the winter session of Spotlight, our after-school program for kids in Grades 2 and 3. The theme this session is the Winter Olympics. Spotlight will meet from 4 PM to 5 PM on the following Wednesday afternoons: January 27th, February 3rd, February 10th, February 24th, and March 3rd, 2010.

Please call the Library (203-637-8802) or stop by to register your child!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

The Latest in Children's Literature News

A few interesting tidbits from Publisher's Weekly:

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Loved Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

If you loved Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Youth Services has a new brochure featuring other books you might enjoy! Click here to see.

Or, take a look at all of our book brochures.

Do you have ideas for other book brochure topics? Please comment on this post with your suggestions!