Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Survey About Perrot Picture Book Collection- Please Help

Youth Services is looking into more intuitive, user-friendly methods of organizing our children's picture book collection. One idea is to separate popular subjects into their own special areas, making it easier to find our most-requested material. Please help us by taking a very brief (30-second! :) ) survey-- let us know which subject area you would most like to see featured in its own collection.

Take the survey here:

If you have any additional thoughts, please feel free to comment on this post.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Greenwich Time Article About Craig Austrie

The Greenwich Time featured an article about Craig Austrie's talk at Perrot on Saturday:
Austrie: Young athletes can beat the odds with hard work

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Latest in Movie Adaptation News

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, based on the second book in Jeff Kinney’s bestselling middle-grade series, lands in theaters March 25th. Zachary Gordon reprises his role as Greg Heffley, with Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris returning as Greg’s parents; Devon Bostick is also back as older brother Rodrick.
  • Mars Needs Moms, based on the picture book by author-cartoonist Berkeley Breathed is in theaters now. In this article at the LA Times, the author describes describes how his work grew from a picture book to a Hollywood movie, with lots of worries about how his plot-driven progeny would change.
  • The Atlantic discusses the casting of the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. Finding the right Katniss is a "daunting decision." Young Oscar-nominated actresses Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) are reportedly the current top contenders for the roles.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Latest Lists of Book Recommendations

What We're Reading at Perrot-- the latest book picks from the Reference Desk

Our Picks! for March 2011: Books About Baseball-- selections on a theme from Youth Services Staff

Friday, March 04, 2011

Now Available to Borrow at Perrot: Video Games!

Perrot is pleased to announce its new gaming collection. We will be offering E and T-rated games to borrow for the Wii, PlayStation 3, and XBOX 360. Games are kept in the Waid Room (with the DVDs). They may be checked out for 1 week, and late fees are $1/day. Patrons are limited to 2 video games at a time, per card.

Some of our first titles on offer include:
  • Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (XBOX 360)
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
  • FIFA Soccer '11 (XBOX 360)
  • Forza Motorsports 3 (XBOX 360)
  • Gran Turismo 5 (XBOX 360)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Wii)
  • Harvest Moon (Wii)
  • Infamous (PS3)
  • Just Dance 2 (Wii)
  • Katamari Forever (PS3)
  • Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)
  • The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (XBOX 360)
  • The Legend of Zelda (Wii)
  • Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Wii)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Wii)
  • Little Big Planet 2 (PS3)
  • Madden NFL '11 (XBOX 360 and PS3)
  • NBA 2K11 (XBOX 360)
  • NHL '11 (XBOX 360)
  • Okami (Wii)
  • Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution (PS3)
  • The Sims (XBOX 360)
    Skate 3 (XBOX 360)
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles (XBOX 360)
  • Spider-man (XBOX 360)
  • SpongeBob's Truth or Square (XBOX 360)
  • Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 (Wii)
  • Super Smash Bros. (Wii)
  • Ultimate Alliance 2 (XBOX 360)
  • Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3)
  • Uncharted 2 (PS3)
  • We Ski and Snowboard (Wii)
  • Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
  • Wii Sports (Wii)
  • Wii Sports Resort (Wii)

You may view the full list of titles here and place holds. More games are coming soon.

Anything you'd like to suggest for our collection? Please comment on this post!

Upcoming Events at Perrot

Talk with Former UCONN Basketball Star Craig Austrie
Sunday, March 20th, 2011, at 3 P.M. in the Library
Stamford native and former UCONN basketball star Craig Austrie will speak to kids and parents about his philosophy of succeeding in sports even when they odds may seem to be against you. Based on his own experience, Austrie acknowledges that everyone has some limitations, but with commitment, discipline and dedication, everyone can develop the confidence they need to succeed.

Greenwich Reads Together: Discussion of The Book Thief
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, at 7:30 P.M. in the Library
Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. Perrot Library will be hosting a discussion of Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief led by a facilitator from the American Pen Women. Set during World War II in Germany, Zusak's groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist, books. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Writing Your First Novel: From Page One to Publisher, with Howard Roughan
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011, at 7:30 P.M. in the Library
Author and Riverside native Howard Roughan will lead a unique discussion on writing your first novel. He will also be talking about his solo novels, The Up and Comer and Promise of a Lie, as well as his numerous collaborations with James Patterson. This is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring writers, publishing enthusiasts, and book lovers alike to learn about the process from an expert. Copies of Mr. Roughan's books will be available at the event for purchase and signing.

American Rose: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011, at 7:30 P.M. in the Library
Best-selling author Karen Abbott will discuss her recently released book, American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee. Abbott's book tells the gripping and expansive story of America's coming of age in the Roaring Twenties, through the extraordinary life of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous adult entertainer, and the world she survived and conquered.