Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Thanks Fairfield Boy Scouts Troop #7!

The Fairfield Library has a charming little patio that sat frozen under the ice and snow of winter for the last six months. The little patio dreamed of spring, flowers and sunshine. Finally that warm day arrived with birds chirping a melodious tune which surely would have inspired the greatest composer to compose some famous piece. However, the patio was empty and needed a hand.
Help me!

Faifield Boy Scouts from Troop #7 chivalrously offered to give a helping hand. They came armed with rakes, spades and tons of energy and set about tidying up our little patio and making her pretty again. They spent several days pulling and yanking weeds, mulching, planting bulbs and now our patio looks as cute as a button!

 Feel free to come by and relax in this gorgeous weather with a book or magazine.

Thank you, Troop #7! 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Quiet Time

Life gets us harried with daily schedules, demands, noise from every angle. Some moments of quiet: no ringing phone, food to cook, clothes to clean, places to drive give us a mental break. The library is a perfect place to come get away for a few moments to get that quiet time you need for your mind. You don't have to check out a book. You are invited and welcome to simply come to the library to unwind for a few moments out of your day.

We put out a puzzle table to see if people would come unwind with that. It's been about four weeks since we put out our first puzzle. And guess what?

The one missing piece was brought back by a very cute and adorably pennant four year old. 

Yeah, it worked! As a result, we will be putting out other "quiet time" activities to give our patrons a mental spa. A chance to wind down and rest your mind from its daily rigors.

So the next time you need a break, come to the library.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Happy Zeppola Day!

Did you know that in Italy the day of St. Giuseppe (Joseph) is Fathers Day? It sure is! And it is celebrated with yummy zeppole di San Giuseppe.

 Here in sweet Fairfield,  Italian traditions run strong. One of them is celebrating March 19th, the Feast of St. Joseph, by eating delectable zeppole di San Giuseppe. We have many tempting pastry shops in town and even if you don't go to one, chances are your friends or neighbors will be offering you a treat.

But where do zeppole come from? They date back to Naples, Italy in the 17th century when Neapolitans would celebrate the end of winter, the beginning of spring and thus the beginning of their fertile period for the land known as Campania Felix or "Happy Fertile Land".

The volcanic region of Naples was one of the most fertile in Italy due to the volcanic mix in the soil and thus grew what we all love: grapes for wine, tomatoes, lemons for limoncello and of course pasture for mozzarella producing cows.
"A taste of Campania: Let yourself crave the food from our lands."

 Neapolitans couldn't wait to start planting their tomatos, eggplant and zucchini and spending lovely days in the sun. So naturally, the beginning of spring was cause for a big celebration! And what better way to celebrate than by eating fried cream-filled doughnuts and making dad happy?

 This celebration of spring beginning came alongside of the feast for Father's Day (St. Giuseppe) honoring the men who gave them life like the land would give life with the first harvests.

 Most of Italy fasted in various ways during lent but the feast of St. Giuseppe was a welcome break. The people would purify the new era of spring by having big bonfires and frying hundreds of these doughnuts. Traditionally, children would also give their fathers a tool made of wood representing St. Giuseppe who was a carpenter.

The tradition of zeppole quickly became popular in the other regions of Italy. Each region made a variation of the zeppole depending on the local ingredients they had available.

In Fairfield, we are lucky enough to have the traditional Neapolitan zeppole made in our pastry shops: it is fried, filled with custard and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

We librarians hope you enjoy this Italian tradition today and be sure to pick up some Zeppole for the dad or special man in your life! To all Fairfield Fathers, "Auguri a tutti i papa!"

Monday, March 2, 2015

Puzzle Table!

Winter is still among us though it is thinking of fading away. The little animals of the forest have woken up from their hibernation, tip-toed out of the bushes and are scampering about the snow near the library, so spring must come soon!
Isn't Mr. Rabbit cute? We would love to have him attend story time. 

However, it is still cold, the streets are still icy and sore throats still abound so we are still in winter. Make your day pass a little faster and lighter by coming to the library anytime we are open to work on our puzzle.
This one has 4 different views depending on which side you view it.

It is in pieces and needs your help to be put together!

We set up a puzzle table two weeks ago and everyone loved it.

 Puzzles are relaxing and coming to the library to work on a puzzle is better than working on one at home. Why? Well, you can't have a puzzle at home if you have a dog or cat, the pieces are just too tempting for them to eat or destroy. If you have little ones around, then the puzzle pieces could disappear. By contrast, if you come to the library you can work on our puzzle for however long you like then check out a movie, magazine, CD, maybe decide to learn a foreign language (arrivederci!) and check out a foreign language series, and naturally check out a book. Books are the best reason to be a library, after all.

So, come on down during your lunch break or before getting home from work. Unwind in the quiet peace of the library, collect your thoughts and work on our puzzle for a few minutes then take some library materials home with you. It will keep you much more mentally alive than watching the same TV show each week hoping it gets better. There is a lot more drama in books if that is what you like...but that topic is for a separate post. And naturally, librarians are partial to books over TV because books carry the world and the scope of emotions and possibilities.

Have a wonderful day and remember there is a puzzle here for you to come figure out!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Enjoy eBooks, Audiobooks, and Magazines Anytime, Anywhere

Enjoy popular titles for FREE from the comfort of home with your library card.

Fairfield Free Public Library is proud to offer you FREE best-selling and classic eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines available 24/7 from the new PALS Plus eLibrary digital collection, [http://elibrary.palsplus.org]. 

You can browse the collection, borrow with your library card, and enjoy on your computer, tablet, smartphone or eReader device. Most borrowed eBooks can be enjoyed immediately in your web browser with OverDrive Read.

 Or, you can download eBooks into free software, Adobe® Digital Editions, or send to your Kindle® device or app. Downloaded eBooks can be transferred to eReader devices such as NOOK®, Sony® Reader™ and many more.

Audiobooks  can be downloaded into OverDrive® Media Console™ (just MP3 audiobooks for Mac® users). Once downloaded, titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod® and many others. 

Users with smartphones or tablets can install the OverDrive Media Console app to directly download EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks to their device. No matter how you plan to enjoy, titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

Magazines come in the Nook format and do not expire. You can read them forever on your device. They can be downloaded to a Nook or to the free Nook app for Android, IOS or Windows 8.
With thousands of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, this new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. For the first time, we will be offering collections especially for children and young adults. Your whole family can enjoy best-selling novels, picture books, chapter books, Harry Potter stories, the latest recipes, biographies, self-improvement guides, and much more all on your own time, wherever you may be.

Our new site, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card. To get started enjoying eBooks, audiobooks and magazines, visit http://elibrary.palsplus.org. You can find helpful tools and information, as well as a link to contact support.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln: A Primary Source Set Honoring Three Presidents

This blog post is hosted by the Library of Congress.
This post is co-authored by Cheryl Lederle and Danna Bell-Russel.
President’s Day? Presidents Day? Or Presidents’ Day?
Officially, it’s none of the above. By law, February 22 is called George Washington’s Birthday, but many now use the day to honor or commemorate all U.S. presidents. One easy way to help your students explore the legacy of three great presidents is by using a primary source set from the Library of Congress, Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln: Three Great Presidents.
Thomas Jefferson
As most readers know, primary source sets provide access to a collection of primary source items that are easy to download and print. They also include a teacher’s guide with background information and suggestions on ways to help teachers use these resources to encourage engagement and critical thinking and content understanding. This particular primary source set includes items suitable for teaching younger students.
In addition to the “Suggestions for Teachers” included with the primary source set, you could ask students to:
Abraham Lincoln and his Family
  • Use the analysis tool to guide a closer look at one of the portraits. What do they think was the purpose of the portrait? What point of view was the painter trying to portray?
  • Compare images of presidents from the past and present to see how presidents have been depicted in history and how that has changed over time.
  • Create a description of what it means to look like or to be a leader.  Do the images within the collection of portraits or in the primary source set show the presidents looking like a leader? Why or why not?
Looking for other images of presidents? Library experts have assembled a collection of presidential portraits that teachers can use to supplement the images in the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln Primary Source Set.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

E-books for the Holidays

This morning a white-bearded jolly man rapped on the door of the Fairfield Library before we opened. "We open at ten!" Mr. Frank, one of the Librarians called out to him. The old man scowled, pulled out a very long list from his red coat and added a name at the bottom, the list's title was "Naughty". "Let's see if I bring him anything for Christmas" he muttered under his breath into the chilly December air.

Santa couldn't wait till the library opened at 10 AM so he impatiently knocked on the door again. Finally, Mr. Dylan opened the door and asked him if everything was ok. "Yes, everything is ok, Dylan" (How did he know his name?!) "But the Town of Fairfield really needs lots and lots of new e-books! Don't you know that Christmas time is full of cozy days by the fire where you drink hot chocolate, nap and read books?"

 Dylan saw a "Nice" list poking out of the gentleman's pocket and he instantly knew this was Mr. Santa Claus! "Yes sir, we will definitely buy lots of e-books today for the people of Fairfield!" The white bearded man smiled and told Dylan, "Just make sure you get books for every boy, girl, woman, man, old an young!" He pulled out a book list and handed it to Dylan to make sure they got all the best e-books. Dylan narrowed his eyes and quietly made a deal with Santa, "Listen Santa, we will get all the e-books as long as I make it on the 'Nice' list, capisce?" Santa nodded gravely and responded, "Ho capito. Addesso, fai presto! I got it. Now hurry up!" (Wait, you didn't know Santa is really Italian? Well, he is actually from Naples, Italy). We librarians immediately got to work ordering all of the e-books Santa requested.
Ordering dozens of e-books is a lot of work!

The e-books have been bought and are available to be downloaded at New Jersey Digital Library's website. Log in with your library card number and download all of these free e-books to read during the holiday's at home! Thank you, Santa!

The list is very very long and it is as follows:

1.       The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series, Book 1
Michael Scott
2.       Anatomy of a Misfit
Andrea Portes
3.       The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories
Hilary Mantel
4.       Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures Series, Book 1
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
5.       Because of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo
6.       The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2
Michael Connelly
7.       The Book of Life: All Souls Trilogy, Book 3
Deborah Harkness
8.       Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 6
Jeff Kinney
9.       The City of Ember: Ember Series, Book 1
Jeanne DuPrau
10.   A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire Series, Book 2
George R.R. Martin
11.   The Collector
Nora Roberts
12.   Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace
Nikil Saval
13.   A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire Series, Book 5
George R.R. Martin
14.   The Death Cure: The Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 3
James Dashner
15.   Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 1
Jeff Kinney
16.   Dibs on This Chair
Lincoln Peirce
17.   Dog Days: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 4
Jeff Kinney
18.   Eragon: Inheritance Cycle Series, Book 1
Christopher Paolini
19.   The Escape: John Puller Series, Book 3
David Baldacci
20.   Fifty Shades of Grey: Fifty Shades Trilogy, Book 1
E L James
21.   From the Top
Lincoln Peirce
22.   Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Harry Potter Series, Book 2
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
23.   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Harry Potter Series, Book 7
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
24.   Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry Potter Series, Book 4
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
25.   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Harry Potter Series, Book 6
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
26.   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Harry Potter Series, Book 5
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
27.   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Harry Potter Series, Book 3
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
28.   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Harry Potter Series, Book 1
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
29.   The Heist: O'Hare and Fox Series, Book 1
Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
30.   Holes: Holes Series, Book 1
Louis Sachar
31.   Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
32.   Hope to Die: Alex Cross Series, Book 22
James Patterson
33.   Humans of New York
Brandon Stanton
34.   If I Stay: If I Stay Series, Book 1
Gayle Forman
35.   The Job: O'Hare and Fox Series, Book 3
Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
36.   The Kill Order: The Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 0.5
James Dashner
37.   The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 1
Rick Riordan
38.   The Lost Symbol: Robert Langdon Series, Book 3
Dan Brown
39.   Mary Poppins: Mary Poppins Series, Book 1
P. L. Travers, Mary Shepard
40.   The Maze Runner: The Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1
James Dashner
41.   Messenger: The Giver Quartet, Book 3
Lois Lowry
42.   Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
43.   New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2
Stephenie Meyer
44.   The Newcomer: Thunder Point Series, Book 2
Robyn Carr
45.   Number the Stars
Lois Lowry
46.   The One and Only Ivan: My Story
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
47.   Outlander: Outlander Series, Book 1
Diana Gabaldon
48.   The People of Sparks: Ember Series, Book 2
Jeanne DuPrau
49.   Personal: Jack Reacher Series, Book 19
Lee Child
50.   The Prince's Boy
Paul Bailey
51.   Rodrick Rules: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 2
Jeff Kinney
52.   Rose Harbor in Bloom: Rose Harbor Series, Book 2
Debbie Macomber
53.   Scat
Carl Hiaasen
54.   The Scorch Trials: The Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 2
James Dashner
55.   The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, Book 2
Rick Riordan
56.   The Selection: The Selection Series, Book 1
Kiera Cass
57.   Shadow Spell: Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 2
Nora Roberts
58.   Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel
Debbie Macomber
59.   Top Secret Twenty-One: Stephanie Plum Series, Book 21
Janet Evanovich
60.   Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1
Stephenie Meyer
61.   "W" is for Wasted: Kinsey Millhone Series, Book 23
Sue Grafton
62.   Wallflowers
Eliza Robertson
63.   The Wanderer: Thunder Point Series, Book 1
Robyn Carr
64.   We Were Liars
E. Lockhart
65.   Where the Red Fern Grows
Wilson Rawls
66.   Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2
Ken Follett
67.   Wonder
R. J. Palacio
68.   Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander Series, Book 8
Diana Gabaldon