Thursday, December 20, 2012

DVD Diva: Alfred Hitchcock

With the release of the new Hitchcock movie staring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife, why not take out some classic Hitchcock thrillers? Between Perrot and Greenwich we have them all. I especially like Dial M for Murder starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings and North by Northwest starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason. And of course, the ever famous Psycho starring Anthony Perkins and briefly, Janet Leigh.  

-The DVD Diva

New Book Recommendations from the Reference Desk

What We're Reading at Perrot


[Fiction] Twenty years have passed since 16-year-old Tara Martin disappeared. On Christmas Day, she rings her parent’s doorbell. What happened? If you believe in fairy tales, you will believe her. This is a captivating tale. It is told with great appeal and some delightful humor. Graham Joyce draws you into his story. You are pleased with all the people involved. However, there is that lingering question… what if?

See the rest of our latest list of recommendations!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Newtown Tragedy: How to Talk with your Children + How You Can Help

Our thoughts are with those suffering in the wake of Friday's tragic shooting in Newtown, CT.

Here is a listing of some articles that may be useful in discussing this difficult topic with your children.

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Talking To Your Children About Violence Against Kids
University of Minnesota

Talking to Children About Violence: Information for Parents and Educators
National Association of School Psychologists

Tips for Talking to Children About the Shooting
The New York Times

Talking to Children About the Shooting
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News
Family Communications/Fred Rogers

Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
American Psychological Association

How to Talk to Children about the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary
Bright Horizons Family Solutions

How to Help:
The Newtown Post Office has set up a PO Box especially for condolence letters. Those who wish to send expressions of comfort should mail them to:

Messages of Condolence for Newtown
PO Box 3700
Newtown CT 06470

The United Way of Western Connecticut has created the Sandy Hook School Support Fund that will be able to provide support services to the families and community that has been affected. Checks may be mailed to:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470

Or donate online at:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Winners of the Semi-Annual Y2C2 Jeopardy Challenge!

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

The winning team, The Penguins (L-R): Natalie, Jojo, Charlotte, Fiona, Robert, and Matthew

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!)

Book Discussion of Canada, with Esther Bushell

Esther Bushell, founder of Literary Matters ( and a highly recognized book group facilitator, will lead a discussion on Canada, the critically acclaimed novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Richard Ford., on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013, at 7:30 PM in the Library.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Children's Program Registration Is Going on Now!

Registration for Youth Services' Winter/Spring 2013 Program Session is going on now through Sunday, January 13th, 2013. [View the winter program schedule]

  •     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(s) of your choice from the Youth Services 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 January 13th
  •     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.