The library starts out

In 1904, John Perrot's great-granddaughter, Annie de Camp Porter (you can see a bust of Ms. Porter across from the Adult Reference Desk), decided to set aside a thousand dollars to start a library named after Perrot. Ms. Porter got together some people to work on this project with her. They didn't have enough money to build a library, but in 1905 they found an empty room in Sound Beach school to use. They also found a librarian, named Marian Scofield. Guess how much they paid her a week? One dollar! That wasn't very much money, even then. The picture on the right is a postcard of Greenwich Avenue in 1905. Did you know that there used to be a trolley line running down the street? (You can see it on the left side of the picture.) People also got around in horse-drawn carriages. The picture below is of Greenwich school-kids in 1907.

Greenwich School Kids, 1907

 

This is how Greenwich Avenue looked in 1905!

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How did people find books at Perrot in 1905? Well, they didn't have computers, and the library was so small they didn't even have a card catalog. They could list every single book they had in a tiny little booklet! It was printed in 1905. It says the library is in "Sound Beach, Conn." because this area used to be called Sound Beach, instead of Old Greenwich. I bet you've heard of some of the books on the list, like Alice in Wonderland and The Jungle Book. The library had a lot of books of fairy tales, and books about travel and life in other countries.  

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