Tuesday, September 2, 2014

School and Homework

School is starting this week and that means homework! Do you have a library card? If not come get one now. That means today while you are not sitting in a classroom. It will help you out tremendously during the school year.

Your public library is an excellent place to study, write papers and get sources for citing in projects. Most teachers request various types of reliable sources. And we hate to break it to you, but most teachers will not accept Wikipedia as an authoritative (real) source because it hasn't been professionally managed by experts. Here are a few tips to start your academic year in a way that you give yourself an advantage:

1. As soon as your have your syllabus or syllabi in hand see what major projects you have for the year. Highlight them.

2. Pick a quiet study spot for the year. This will help you focus. By the way, we have many spots at the library. Come pick one! Call it your study office!

3. Manage your projects with a calendar. Buy a calendar and write all that you have due in it at the beginning of the year. Fail to plan, and plan to fail. So let's plan out when your projects are due.  Write when to study or prepare for your projects. Example: 3 page paper on Hippos due Sept. 30.
Isn't she cute? How should we write 3 pages on her? Plan it out!

      a. Sept 6th weekend: check out books on hippos at the library
      b. Sept 13th: write first draft
      c. Sept 20th edit final draft and sources

4. Make sure you have and use your library card and library resources. We at the library can really make your academic year so much easier. We have all the books your teachers need you to cite, databases you can use as tertiary sources, and will be more than happy to help you pick topics if the choice is up to you.

Check this link out for reliable online sources at the Fairfield Library.

And come see us soon! Happy new school year and lots of good grades fairy dust sent your way! Oh, you didn't know there is a Good Grades Fairy? There is...she lives on a book shelf at the library and leaves only on nights when she knows there are big tests the next day. The Good Grades Fairy flies over Fairfield and dusts her magic dust over good students who have prepared well for their exams.
This is not any old dust. It is fairy dust!

 We are sending her over Fairfield today to dust all the children of Fairfield with a generous helping of fairy dust.

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
here: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/index.html

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 www.digitallibrarynj.com  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!