Thursday, May 31, 2012

Connecticut Trails Day 2012-- June 2nd and 3rd

Celebrate Connecticut Trails on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd, 2012! This year’s theme is “America’s Largest TRAILgating Party.” Grab a friend and join in the fun. With 193 Connecticut events to choose from, there will be outdoor activities for everyone—including hiking, biking, trail running, horseback riding, trail maintenance, kayaking, educational walks, bird watching, letterboxing, and more. These events are guided by knowledgeable volunteers from local hiking clubs, parks and recreation departments, state agencies, conservation organizations, historic groups, naturalists, educators, and land trusts.

Don't miss out on this fun-filled weekend, which will provide many opportunities to discover new places and experience the outdoors with family, friends, and neighbors.

See an electronic version of the events booklet, or pick up a copy at Perrot (at our bulletin board).

School Visit Books-- Get some great recommendations!

During the month of May, our Youth Services librarian, Mrs. Jarombek, visited our local elementary schools to talk about new and exciting books and to promote our book clubs for kids.

You can see the full list for some great recommendations here:

Friday, May 25, 2012

Children's Program Registration Starts Tuesday, 5/29

Registration for Youth Services' Summer 2012 Program Session starts Tuesday, May 29th, and runs through Saturday, June 16th, 2012. [View the summer program schedule]

Our morning preschool programs are drop-in during the summer, but you still need to register for Stuff & Nonsense (for kids entering 1st grade) and Spotlight (for kids entering 2nd/3rd/4th grade).

  • 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 (45¢)
  • Drop off your card at the Youth Services Desk by June 16th
  • 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.

Monday, May 21, 2012

First Sunday Science: Free educational programs for children at Greenwich Point

The first Sunday of each month this year The Bruce Museum, and other non-profit organizations in the area, will be holding FREE fun and educational programs for children and families at the Seaside Center at Greenwich Point! Check out the list below for the First Sunday Science activities for the next few months. If you would like more information on these programs, please contact Peter Linderoth at 203-413-6742 or by e-mail at

Tag a Horsehoe Crab: Project Limulus, Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
The day will be full of exciting opportunities to participate and learn more about Project Limulus, an ongoing study of the Horseshoe Crab. Don’t miss this opportunity to spot and tag Horseshoe Crabs on the Greenwich Point Beach, discuss the research project with people involved, and hear a presentation on the ecology of this often seen but not well known creature. There is a chance that participants will get wet during some segments of this program, please dress accordingly! We will be meeting at the Innis Arden Cottage, located on Greenwich Point. Presented by the Friends of Greenwich Point, Town of Greenwich, Sacred Heart University, and the Bruce Museum.

Fish Frenzy!, Sunday, July 1st, 2012 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
Join us as we explore the diversity of fish that make the Long Island Sound their home-- whether permanently or just passing through. Activities will include seining for fish in the waters off Greenwich Point; observing fish nose to nose at our large marine tanks; observing fish scales under microscopes; a fun, fishy, and sustainable craft; and more! We will be taking trips to the water as part of this program so please dress accordingly.

Turtles of Long Island Sound, Sunday, August 5th, 2012 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
Be sure to drop in to the Center for this First Sunday Science as we present the sea turtles and the Diamondback Terrapins that can be found in the Sound. Visitors will be able to observe turtle specimens and artifacts, participate in a sustainable art project, view footage of these magnificent reptiles, and much more!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The latest book recommendations from the Reference Desk

What We're Reading at Perrot: New book recommendations from our Reference librarians


[Non-Fiction] Did we ever get over the idea of Atlantis really existing long, long ago? Not I. As a true believer, a trip to Santorini and Akroteri brought it home. Historian Gavin Menzies has taken the lore and lure surrounding this fabled civilization and brought it into more detail. He has gone from Minoans to Mayans, from the Mediterranean to the Great Lakes. Using DNA, metallurgy, navigation techniques, etc., he traces a fascinating path that connects so much of early history. This thoughtful book will stir your imagination. One reviewer says it is "as riveting as an Indiana Jones adventure."

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Shakespeare Colloquy: The Tempest

Anne Gilhuly will give a talk on William Shakespeare’s The Tempest on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012, 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 our continuing series of Shakespeare talks. This is the fourteenth year that Perrot has sponsored these programs.

Y2C2's Favorite Book of 2011/2012 Is...

The Young Young Critics' Club (Y2C2), Perrot's book club for 4th- and 5th-graders, has declared that its favorite book of 2011/2012 is...

PIE, by Sarah Weeks
When Alice's Aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily surly cat Lardo. . .and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice. Suddenly Alice is thrust into the center of a piestorm, with everyone in town trying to be the next pie-contest winner, including Alice's mother and some of Alice's friends. The whole community is going pie-crazy, and it's up to Alice to discover the ingredients that really matter.

Help Stamp Out Hunger, This Saturday, 5/12

Nearly 49 million Americans are facing hunger. You can help! This Saturday, May 12th, 2012, leave out a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox for your mail carrier to deliver to a local food bank! [Please, no glass containers or expired items.] 

Wondering what foods are great to put out for the food drive? Here are the top ten non-perishable foods requested by food banks:

  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meals such as soups and chili
  • 100% juice 
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta sauce
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned protein such as tuna or chicken
  • Beans, canned or dry

The annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive is a nationwide effort that provides food to local food banks and pantries that would otherwise be faced with depleted stocks during the summer months. Food banks across the country continue to experience record demand for emergency food assistance. Stamp Out Hunger is the nation's largest single-day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993. During last year's drive, generous Americans donated over 70 million pounds of food!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Greenwich Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

The Town of Greenwich's Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held this Saturday, May 12th, 2012, from 8 A.M. until 1 P.M. in the parking lot of Greenwich High School.

At the Collection, all Fairfield County residents can properly and safely dispose of many toxic products that can’t go into the general waste system.


Bug spray
Floor care products
Furniture polish
Metal polish in solvent
Lighter fluid
Residential alkaline batteries

Herbicide/weed killer
Rat poison
Swimming pool acid

Automatic transmission fluid
Car wax in solvent
Diesel fuel
Fuel oil
Other oils
Antifreeze and brake fluid

Cutting oil
Glue- solvent based
Paint- oil based
Paint cleaner in solvent
Paint primer, varnish, stripper
Wood preservative
Photographic chemicals

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. For more information, call the Greenwich Department of Health at 203-987-1001.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Golden Y Award Winners, Spring 2012

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Semi-Annual Young Young Critics' Club (Y2C2) Jeopardy Tournament!

The winning team, You'll Like Us, Everybody Does (L-R): Jack, Fiona, and Serelle

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 Young Young Critics' Club (our book club for 4th- and 5th-graders) 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!)

YCC's Favorite Book of 2011/2012 Is...

The Young Critics' Club (YCC), Perrot's book club for 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-graders, has declared that its favorite book of 2011/2012 is....

by Brian Selznick

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room, and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing. Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories-- Ben's told in words, Rose's in pictures-- weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder.

See the rest of YCC's favorite books from 2011/2012!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Youth Services Summer Program Schedule Now Available

The Youth Services Summer 2012 Program Schedule is now available!

Please note that for our summer program session, all our preschool programs will be DROP-IN, and most are 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 Tuesday, May 29th, 2012. Don't forget to bring a stamp! The registration period closes at 5 PM on Saturday, June 16th, 2012. Our programs are selected by lottery. You may view our complete registration instructions online and see descriptions of our program offerings.

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