Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mary Lee Callahan

Perrot is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Mary Lee Callahan, beloved Perrot Library staff member. Mary was a fixture in the Children's Room for many years, and after her retirement, went on to work part-time at the Adult Desk. Our thoughts and love are with Mary's family.

MARY ELIZABETH WHITE CALLAHAN, known as Mary Lee, of Cos Cob passed away at home, of cancer, on May 27, 2011 at age 75, with her daughters by her side. Born in Waltham, Mass., she was the beloved daughter of the late John B. White and the late Veronica D. White. She was married to the late John Nally Callahan for 42 years. A longtime resident of the Greenwich area, she worked for many years at Perrot Memorial Library and volunteered at Hill House. She is survived by her loving daughters, Katherine M. Callahan and her husband Mark Mance of Montana and Meghan Callahan and her husband Charlie Whitaker of London, UK; her brother, John White; sister, Jane Fink, Sister Marita Callahan S.P, Marge Ducharme; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Bruce White and her niece and goddaughter, Mary Kate Ducharme Sawyer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 31 at 11:30 am at St Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside. Calling Hours are Monday, May 30th from 4 to 8 p.m. at Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home, 31 Arch St, Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Greenwich Point, P.O. Box 711, Old Greenwich, CT. 06870 www.friendsofgreenwichpoint.org or to The Perrot Memorial Library, 90 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich, CT 06870 www.perrotlibrary.org.

Published in the Greenwich Time, May 28th, 2011.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Event Reminder- Shakespeare Talk

Anne Gilhuly will give a talk on William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in the Library. Actors Florence Phillips and Dick Leonard will read scenes from the play.

Book Giveaway

Hermione Granger invites you to pick up a free copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, available at the Youth Services Desk!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Youth Services Summer Program Schedule

The Youth Services Summer Program Schedule is now available.

Please note that for the Summer 2011 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. We will also be offering a special cross-stitch program, Pass It On (for kids entering grades 3, 4, and 5), taught by members of the Embroiderers' Guild of America.

Pick up a registration postcard for the program of your choice from the Youth Services Circulation Desk, beginning on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011. Don't forget to bring a stamp! The registration period closes at 5 PM on Saturday, June 18th, 2011. 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!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

NEW Museum Pass-- Discovery Museum and Planetarium

Now available to borrow from the Youth Services Desk-- a museum pass for the Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport. You may borrow the pass for 3 days (reminder: all museum passes now circulate for 3 days), and it entitles you to free admission for up to 2 adults and 4 children.

The Discovery Museum is a hands-on interactive museum for all ages, with over 65 exhibit areas featuring "see, hear and touch" explorations of science, technology and ideas. Join us at Connecticut's premiere science museum and planetarium and rediscover the world around you! More information at: http://www.discoverymuseum.org/

See a list of all Perrot's museum passes.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Greenwich Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

The Town of Greenwich's Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held this Saturday, May 14th, 2011, 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 (some examples: gasoline/oil/fuel, antifreeze, oil-based paints and stains, thinners, spray paints, pesticides/herbicides/fungicides/rat poison, chemical fertilizers, household cleaners and polishes, pool chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, and household batteries).

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.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Shakespeare Colloquy: Much Ado About Nothing

Anne Gilhuly will give a talk on William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011, 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 thirteenth year that Perrot has sponsored these programs about Shakespeare's plays.

Much Ado About Nothing is this year's Shakespeare on the Sound selection! The play will be performed at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, July 5th-10th (except Mondays), following performances at Pinkney Park in Rowayton from June 16th-26th (except Mondays).

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!

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 29th to July 29th, 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 1-hour 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.

Monday, May 02, 2011

YCC's Favorite Book of 2010/2011 Is...

The Young Critics' Club (YCC), Perrot's book club for 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-graders, has declared that its favorite book of 2010/2011 is....

by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango

Born in an Andean village in Ecuador, Virginia lives with her large family in a small, earthen-walled dwelling. In her village, it is not uncommon to work in the fields all day, even as a child, or to be called a longa tonta-- stupid Indian-- by members of the ruling class of mestizos, or Spanish descendants. When seven-year-old Virginia is taken from her village to be a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no idea what the future holds. This poignant novel, based on a true story, will make you laugh and cry, and ultimately, it will fill you with hope.

See the rest of YCC's favorite books from 2010/2011!