Friday, July 18, 2014

Meet Leila: Fairfield's Cutest Pet

Fairfield is no stranger to the name of a pretty little beagle named Leila. 

As a dog-loving town, Fairfielders are known to run behind escaped pups, chase them in cars and call to them at all hours of the night and dawn till the dogs return home. Leila, is one puppy, that caused such commotion. It is of no surprise then that she was voted as Fairfield's cutest pet. Just a few months ago the grassy pastures of Fairfield were covered with feet of snow and Miss Leila was having the time of her life leaping over the snowy mountains with a trail of well-meaning Fairfielders slipping and sliding on the ice trying to catch her. Leila made it home safe and warm. Since then she has kept her family happy as busy. Here are some secrets of Leila:

Favorite Hobbies: Leila is an energetic puppy and loves food, loves treats and especially loves to bite things when her owners are not looking. She studies her subject before carefully digging her canine teeth into it and transforming it into a new sculpture. Her creations are beautiful, but her owners don't think so. They throw each bitten object in the garbage. But this doesn't discourage Leila! She goes back to work determined to bite one more thing in such a way that her owners will be proud and display it on the coffee table!

Favorite Toy: Leila likes to bite, jump and drag around a stuffed cat. It makes a noise, almost like the real thing.

Biggest adventure: Leila is very fond of the outdoors. Her ancestors were beagles and loved following a scent to go hunting or finding a lost shoe. Leila is right there with them and loves a good hike. This summer she has enjoyed many hikes along New Jersey's finest trails with her owner. There are so many great smells for her little nose to breathe!

Favorite person: Leila has one love.  His name is Mr. Patel and to Leila, he is the most interesting man in the world. His shirts never wrinkle. If it rains it is because he is thinking of something sad. If he were to mail a letter without postage, it would still get there. His business card simply says, "I'll call you." She has owners but he is the only one person who holds the key to her heart. He spoils her with treats, talks to her, and then when no one is looking he gives her more treats. He is the most wonderful man in the world for Leila.

What she loves about being a dog: Leila loves running around. It could be in circles, in figure 8, in squares, in triangles, or just strait back and forth. Leila loves a good run.

Favorite book: Any book with dog pictures stops Leila from running and intrigues her. She likes looking intently at the pictures of other dogs and wondering what their names and stories are.

In conclusion, Leila is a lovable, sweet dog with a great family. She brought Fairfielder's out of their house in the middle of winter and has brought a smile to her family's face every day. Congratulation, Leila!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Miss Lauren's Last Week!

It's my last week at the library, and I intend to squeeze as much fun as possible into it! 

Tomorrow we'll be welcoming students entering grades 6+ in for another edition of Workshop Wednesday. Do you remember the Caine's Arcade video that went viral a few years back? Well, it's spawned a movement of fostering learning through play, which fits perfectly with this year's teen summer reading theme: Spark a Reaction! Take a look at the video below, get so so excited, and then pop in tomorrow at noon to make the wildest cardboard creations imaginable.

I know it must be difficult to be too young to come to such an amazing program, but fear not, we have programs for all ages! 
Thursday brings another storytime: come share some stories, make a craft, and watch Miss Lauren get emotional as she bids farewell to her storytime pals. This week's theme is weather! 
Photo vis Flickr user Yves Lebel

Friday is our first session of "NyeDay Friday" for students entering grades 4-6.  

If you haven't signed up yet, it's too late! The first two sessions have filled up! Don't worry, there's still time to sign up for the July 25th and August 1st sessions. We recommend that you hurry, though, they're filling up fast.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Reading Books

Get a head start on your summer reading assignment by downloading an e-book exclusively purchased for Fairfield residents. We purchased many e-books for grades 7-12 that are downloadable on various devices from your phone to your kindle and computer. If you can't make it to the bookstore or the library just download one for free with your library card by clicking here. These books will only be available to Fairfield patrons. They are listed as Advantage books and have an "A" symbol. Get your library card ready and happy summer reading!

Friday, June 20, 2014

New E-Books

What will you be reading with this summer as you sit by the beach / pool / under a shady tree / on a road trip?

Will it be with an actual library book?

That would be nice! It would also be nice to read from your phone or tablet or other techy device and enjoy a free e-book.

We librarians like to think that Fairfielders are going to read in the most comfortable and fun of places. So, in order to make sure you have a great summer we have just purchases dozens of new e-books to keep you busy and entertained. There are the favorite novels (don't rush off just yet) and some great history books, memoirs and motivational books. We really hope you find a relaxing spot this summer whether it is by the pool or even if it is waiting for your flight to board.
Time to pull out the kindle!
In any case, we have you covered. And if you don't see an e-book you would love to read, shoot us an email at the library and we will order it for you, but only if you are a Fairfield, NJ resident.

Get your library card number handy and click here to start downloading free e-books.

Time to fire up the grill and happy Summer, dear Fairfield!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

World Cup Games at the Library

Some librarians love soccer! A healthy lifestyle of exercise and reading is recommended, after all. We will be hosting some viewings of the games live in our multi-purpose room on the big screen. So, soccer lovers, come to the library tomorrow to see the games.  The first game is at 12:00. We will have light refreshments (Kool Aid and Chips). Tomorrows games will be:

Thursday 19 June

Change to local time

The rest of the games we will show here will be on:

July 1st at 12 and 4 PM
and the Semi final on July 9th at 4 PM

Monday, May 12, 2014

Exclusive E-Books

How many times have you downloaded an e-book using your library card? Actually, let's start at the very beginning, as Maria Von Trapp would say, a very good place to start.

First of all, did you know that with your amazing library card you can borrow e-books for free? You absolutely can! New Jersey libraries, including beautiful Fairfield Public Library, are all a part of this great site called Digital Library NJ. There you can browse thousands of titles and check e-books out for 2 weeks with your library card. The rules for that go as follows:

1. Get a library card
2. Log on to  with you card number (if you don't have it, call us and we can get the number for you)
3. Pick up to 4 titles to check out
4. Download books

That is all very wonderful and great but what happens when there are really popular books out and you get stuck waiting in an e-book line of 50 readers? Waiting in line is the worst, especially when you are itching to get your hands on a new book.

Here comes the best part: we at the Fairfield Library, personally purchased e-books that are exclusively available to Fairfield Public Library patrons. We won't share these books with any other library. How can you get your copy of "The Fault in Our Stars" and "The Book Thief" right now? Sign on to the Digital Library NJ website as usual and look for the Advantage sign that looks like this:

And of the books with that sign are available only to Fairfield patrons. You can check out up to four books, circulation time is two weeks and is usually not renewable.

Happy reading and happy spring!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pictures for Women's History Month

February is thankfully almost over. All of the cold snowy messy weather has left us librarians feeling a little like a book with a sad ending. However, March and springtime are on their way and our hearts will not be let down so easily!

In March we will be celebrating what makes our hearts warm and happy: the women who have inspired us the most! From the beginning of March till the end we will be displaying pictures of women who have inspired us and we want you to participate.

What you need to do is:

1. Bring in a small framed picture of a woman that inspires you.
2. At the library, write down why she inspires you or what advice she gave you, this will be displayed next to your picture
3. Leave it at the library all month so everyone can see her picture among the pictures of other awesome ladies!

Please don't bring an original picture. 

This photo gallery is going to be powerful, heartfelt and of course, inspirational. We can't wait to see the gallery grow!