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:

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.