Thursday, December 20, 2012

Storytime Survey

We're trying to figure out the best time for our Pre-K storytimes and we need your help! With children so young it can be difficult to know when you will have the time to get to the library, and we want to make it easier for you to get here. In order to do this, we need to know what days and times work best for you. 

Photo via flickr user slightly everything

You have a couple of options in terms of getting this information to us: you can stop in and let us know, comment here or on our facebook page, or fill out the online survey we created. 

Your feedback is so valuable to us, and we appreciate you taking the time to share it. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Library Mystery

What was once a sad, empty computer nook has been looking a lot less sad and empty lately! 

You see, the nook now houses a (very important!) top secret mission. Any children feeling inventive and brave are invited to come unravel the mystery, but be sure to get here before the end of the month!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Teen Game Day at the Library

School break is quickly approaching, you could sit around home trying to pass the hours...or you could welcome winter break by playing video games with your friends at the library. 

photo via flickr @JDHancock

We'll have it all: Wii games, snacks, board games, large unwieldy televisions! So coerce your friends, siblings, or reluctant teen-aged children into heading to the library this Friday, December 21 at 3:30. 

Special Storytime Guests

Last week we were lucky enough to have a visitor for a very special musical storytime: a pianist! 
We sang! We danced! We made our very own musical instruments! 

It was a fact, we had so much fun that we want to do it again! Mister Joey will be returning for another storytime next month. Children aged 3-5 are invited to attend on Thursday, January 10 at 6:30. 

If you can't make it until January, you're in luck; we will be welcoming a lovely ballerina to the library this Wednesday. I know! Amazing! Join us for a lively interpretation of the Nutcracker and even learn a step or two. Jeté on over to the library December 19 at 10:30, we can't wait to see you!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Today is the last day for our Toys-for-Tots drive. This last month the generous people of Fairfield have come by the dozens to donate new toys for good boys and girls.

Tonight, the toys will be picked up by local Marines, then shipped off to Santa in the North Pole. He has a list of good boys and girls that will get these toys. Funny things have happened in the Fairfield Library while the toys have been here.

Yoga Teacher Barbie has been catching up on some new yoga moves.
"Namaste. Ommmmm...."Yoga Barbie connecting to her chakras.

And we have also had a few couples form...they are quite heart broken to separate.
The Elf on the Shelf and a Patch Doll have spent countless hours reading through the World Encyclopedia on amazing places they would love to visit.

"Elf, where do you want to go?" asked Sprout. "Sprout, let's go to South Africa and see penguins!" squealed Elf.        (his voice is quite small and elfish, don't laugh)

That's Amore

Bunny the Reader and Holiday Barbie have spent some sweet time reading Shakepeare's plays. Her favorite is Romeo and Juliet, of course.

"Bunny Darling'" cooed Sparkle Barbie, "Do me the pleasure of reading Juliet's farewell speech." Bunny began reading,
"Sweet, so would I,
Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing.
Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow."

So while our toys say their final goodbyes, feel free to purchase a toy and bring it by the library before we close at 5PM tonight.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Elf on our Shelf

This morning, the librarians walked in not knowing that Santa was told they had been bad. One librarian had eaten all the cookies she was taking home for her family, the other had been snippy (Santa doesn't like snippy librarians) and the last librarian had bought too many high fashion glasses...but who told on them?

This Guy

Meet Elf. He lives on the shelves of the library.

Elf loves books!

He was sent by Santa to patrol all the good boys and girls.

Elf moves from shelf to shelf.

Sometimes Elf stops for tea in the Children's dollhouse. He feels like a giant there!

On sunny days he tans under the UV lights in the Children's Library.

Getting a tan

Elf watches all day to see what the librarians and patrons do. At night he skips over the stars to the North Pole and lets Santa know how Fairfielders are doing. So be good, you never know if Elf is watching you!


Friday, December 7, 2012

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

Our Christmas Tree Decorating Party was a merry merry hit last night! My tree was looking terribly lonesome and whistling a little tune, "I'll have a blue Christmas without you...."  All the way in the North Pole Santa heard but couldn't spare the hands of any elves to come decorate my tree. The Elves are very busy these days getting gifts ready for all the good boys and girls of Fairfiled. Santa, being of the jolly sort, thought for a minute and sent a message twinkling through the snow to Fairfield.

Bunny the Reader heard the message from Santa, "Hustle down to the Library and decorate that tree!"
The Families of Fairfield heard, formed a team and over 100 people descended into the library harking and heralding with the cheer of Christmas spirit. They got to merry work making five ornaments each.

Making a beaded candy cane

Old Christmas cards make great ornaments. Recycling creatively!

"I used to be a Christmas card!" said the little bear on the bike.

Team Fairfield making garland.

Go team go!

We have one strong decorating team. Check out this Gingerbread sumo wrestler.

 Moms worked with little ones, Dad's busied themselves hanging the ornaments on the tallest of branches and the older kids helped out jumping up to the tallest branches too. Then one by one they hung their decorations on the tree.

This little angel was making sure all the bottom branches were covered. Santa, take note: extra toys for this good boy!
Before you could say "Bibbidy Bobbidy Boo" the tree was decorated, lights lit and whistling a new tune, "Oh there's no place like home for the holidays!"

Oh there's no place like home for the Holidays!

Thank you, Team Fairfield, for decorating our tree and making this a truly special Christmas!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Firefighter Storytime

Last Thursday our red jolly Santa hanging out in the Children's Library had some red competition waiting for him.

We are on fire for Fire Safety Storytime!

The bright red firetruck of Fairfield rolled up in the parking lot.

The Fire Chief, a jolly man himself, and a real fireman hopped out of the truck. They unloaded a pair of axes, helmets, smoke masks and made their way into the library.

Now that is a heavy workload!

The librarians cringed looking at the axes resting against the Picture Books in the Children's Library: firefighters work gear is certainly more intimidating than that of librarians!

At 10:30 sharp the little ones of Fairfield came in wide eyed and curious to meet real firemen and hear stories about fire safety.

Bunny the Reader loves Firefighter stories.
 The children sat very quietly like good boys and girls and listened to the librarian read them stories.

They love storytime!

Then, our good fireman got to talk to the kiddies on how to be safe around fires.

His air tank helps him breathe in rooms filled with toxic smoke.
The lessons they learned were these (take notes for your home):

1. Have a working smoke detector in the house
2. Do not play with lighters or matches
3. Do not go back in a burning house to save anyone (even your dog)
4. Firemen in uniform are not monsters, they are nice guys that save people from fires
Pop quiz: Is he a monster? True or False? False! Good job!

The last point was well received by the boys, they got it that the fireman was a nice guy who got to wear a really cool mask. Some of the little girls though instantly decided that Mr. Fireman wearing his gas mask was a monster and quickly burst into frightened sobs.

After the sobs were soothed away by the mothers in the group, the children were able to go into the parking lot and see the firetruck where Mr. Fire Chief showed off his awesome truck with all of its very neat compartments.

Many thanks to the Firemen of Fairfield for keeping our town safe and teaching our little Fairfielders firesafety.