Saturday, November 30, 2013

Finding Articles on our Website

We know there is a big explorer project coming up, and we thought we'd remind our lovely patrons that the library has resources available to help you out! We have biographies of many explorers that you can pick up here and--even better--wonderful articles you can access from the comfort of your home.

To access articles through our website, you need to follow a few simple steps.

Step Two: Find the link that says "Resources" on the left-hand side of the page.
The page will look like this, you can see "Resources" circled in red on the left.
Step Three: You'll be directed to our Resources page, which contains a list of all our online resources. 

You've made it! Our resources page!
You will find our online encyclopedias under "General Reference." Some databases that might be particularly helpful are located in the unassuming looking "EBSCO Host" link. Click on that and try out SearchasaurusKids Search, and/or Student Research Center. You may also find Encyclopedia Britannica and World Book Online Research Center helpful. 

If you're having trouble or would like to learn more about finding resources, stop by and we'll give you a hand.

Happy hunting and good luck with your papers! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Crafty Kids: Turkeys in Disguise

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

At this month's meeting of Crafty Kids, we read the picture book Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano. In the story, Turkey dons various disguises to avoid becoming Thanksgiving dinner. For our craft, we created foam hand turkeys and added fun disguises of our own. The foam hats--created by Dylan, our most artistic staff member--looked amazing! We had crowns, cowboy (or cowgirl!) hats, mouse ears, and an astronaut helmet. The turkeys turned out looking so wonderful that we just had to share the final results!

Our beautiful turkeys in disguise!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Scary Story Writing Contest Winners

We're so pleased to announce the winners of our Scary Story Writing contest are Josie Duva and Giuliana Spanarelli! These amazing authors will be dining on pizza thanks to gift certificates donated by Puzo's Pizza and Il Panino! Check out the spooky stories they penned below!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

National Book Award Finalists Announced

Finalists for the National Book Award have been announced! Check out the longlist for young people's literature below, or look at all the titles selected here!

2013 Longlist for Young People’s Literature:
Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Kate DiCamillo, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Lisa Graff, A Tangle of Knots
Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince
Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck
David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing
Tom McNeal, Far Far Away
Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone
Anne Ursu, The Real Boy
Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints

More information about these books and their authors here

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween Spooktacular!

We've got some great things happening at the library this Halloween!

Photo taken from Mad Science Website:

  • Join us this Saturday, October 26th at 11:00 am for a performance by Mad Science! They'll be performing their Spooky Spectacular featuring melting witches and bubbling potions. Children ages 5-12 are invited to come in costume! Registration is required, so call today to reserve your spot!

  • Science not your thing? Our Scary Story Writing Contest wraps up this Friday, October 25th at 7:00. We want to see your silliest or scariest stories! Two winners will receive gift cards for pizza!

  • We'll be having a special Halloween storytime for our preschool aged friends on Monday, October 28th at 10:30 am. We'll be sharing (not too) spooky stories and creating a pumpkin craft! No registration is required, just drop in.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Teen Read Week, Seek the Unknown at Your Library

Teen Read Week begins October 13th but we will kick off October 12th. The the librarians at the Fairfield Library are tickled with the events we have in line for you! You may ask yourself, "What is teen read week for? Teens already know how to read..." Yes they do but we make it more fun! The purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. The theme for this year is Seek the Unknown @ Your Library, which encourages teens to explore and learn about the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi and fantasy books.

We love the unknown, mysteries and of course adventure so came up with these fun events to challenge yourself to win some prizes at the library.

1. Goody bag raffle. This is the easiest to enter. Barnes and Noble supplied us with an awesome tote to commemorate the Hobbit. It is stuffed with goodies like a gift card, mug, candy, a best selling book and more! We won't tell you everything it has because it would ruin the suspense. The winner will be notified October 19th. 
Rules for the raffle:
 1. You must be a teen from Fairfield (grades 6-12)
 2. Enter the raffle with your library card number
3. Tell us what type of program would love to have at the library.
4. Cross your fingers and hope to win! 
"I'm full of free goodies."

2. Blind Date with a book (and one golden ticket). We have the Teens' Top Twenty books of the year that have been voted in by teens like you. A golden ticket came into the library and decided to have a nap in one of them. We wrapped all of the books and they can be checked out. You will love them. The winner of the book with the golden ticket will win some awesome prizes.

3. Scavenger Hunt at the Library:  Come to the library and pick up a scavenger hunt worksheet at the circulation desk. Participants are free to hunt the library for answers to a set of questions and clues. One lucky person will win a gift card found in one of the clues. Everyone who participates in the hunt will receive a prize.    

Friday, October 4, 2013

October Crafts!

 We have some amazing crafts lined up for this month and there really is something for everyone!

Crafty Tots, for ages 2-4, will be creating a "thumb-kin" patch. This craft is being held on Friday, October 25 at 11:00 amRegister now!
Crafty Tots, Thumb-kin patch!
We will be designing our own bags for storing all our Halloween candy at this month's Crafty Kids. Crafty Kids is for grades K-3 and will be meeting on Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 pm. Register now!

Stop by for Crafternoon, our afternoon of crafting for grades 4+, on Thursday, October 24 at 4:00 where we will be making skeletal stamps. Register now!

We always make a craft at our Pre-K Storytime, which meets every Monday morning at 10:30 am! No need to register, just drop in!

Adults won't be left out of the mix, either! Join us on October 23 at 1:00 pm to create an ornament for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All the ornaments we create will be donated to the St. Barnabas Breast Cancer Center. Register now!

Adult Craft for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, September 30, 2013

Touch a Truck

Saturday morning was our Touch a Truck program at the Fairfield Free Public Library, and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out! Check out pictures of some of the trucks we saw and a few of the boys and girls that came out to learn about them!

We are so grateful to the Fairfield Fire Department, Fairfield Police Department, and the West Essex First Aid Squad for volunteering their time and making it a beautiful and exciting Saturday! The turn out was wonderful with over 150 people showing up. We will certainly do this again.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Haunted Reading

Halloween is on the horizon and we are eagerly reading spooky books the kind that give you chills and make you jumpy. There are a slew of great mystery, horror and detective novels. However one author stands cheerfully above the rest, calmly drinking her Earl Grey tea and looking as harmless as Mary Poppins. That writer would be the "Queen of Crime" Agatha Christie, the British born best seller of mystery novels.
"Oh dear, this is starting to look like a library."

Mrs. Christie is not only a well known writer but the most read author according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Agatha's stories have a wonderful charm while simultaneously creating a complex labyrinth from her plots. One minute she has you guessing who the killer is, then the next minute that supposed killer is really just a harmless deaf gardener of the little church on a hill. She will keep you guessing throughout the entire novel while doling out clues one piece at a time. As author Amor Towels wrote in Rules of Civility, "I read a lot of Agatha Christies that fall of 1938. Her books are tremendously satisfying. In her universe everyone eventually gets what they deserve. With every character, every room, every murder weapon feeling at once newly crafted and familiar as rote, Mrs. Christie doles out her little surprises at the carefully calibrated pace of a nanny dispensing sweets to the children in her care."

Be sure to pick up one of her books. One favorite, not to be missed, is "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" which follows a husband and wife detective couple as they unravel the mystery of diamonds, children in chimneys and discovering secrets in graves... you can put that book on hold by clicking here.

Other Agatha Christie novels can be found by clicking here on our catalog. Any of these can be placed on hold and then be picked up at the Fairfield Public Library. Happy haunted reading!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Read Something Controversial

 It's Banned Books Week! 

What better time to celebrate your freedom to read? With Pulitzer/Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison's works being challenged and Captain Underpants at risk of being taken off the shelves of libraries across the country, it seems like the perfect time to pick up a controversial book. 
Stop by the library and check out our Banned Books display!

Check out the American Library Association's list of the top ten banned books and find a favorite of your own. 

Miss Lauren is especially fond of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle, a Newberry Award winner that was banned for promoting witchcraft. 
Place a hold on the book or the graphic novel now!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Author Visit: Christina Baker Kline

The amazingly talented Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, Bird in Hand, and The Way Life Should Be will be gracing the library with her presence tomorrow at 7:00 pm. Kline, a local author, will be discussing and signing copies of her New York Times bestselling novel Orphan Train

Photo taken from author's website.

Want more information? 
And our personal favorite: read her NPR interview.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Paracord Bracelet

We'll be spending our Saturday afternoon creating amazing paracord bracelets. Sometimes called survival bracelets, these armbands are fun and easy to make and look great on boys and girls alike. If you're over the age of 10 and you'd like to participate, join us at the Fairfield Public Library tomorrow afternoon.

Saturday, September 21st at 2:00.

Photo via Flickr user GA-Kayaker

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Touch a Truck

September is National Preparedness Month and, to celebrate, we will be welcoming our town's heroes (and their trucks) to the library! 

Come meet the men and women who keep you safe: firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians! You may have seen their trucks speeding around town, now is your chance to see them up close!
Photo via

Town rescue workers will be bringing their rescue vehicles to the library's parking lot on 
Saturday, September 28th at 11:00 am. 
Registration is appreciated but not required.
You can register for this event online.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Snapology at the Library

We are beyond excited to welcome Snapology to the library next Thursday, September 26th at 4:30 pm!

Snapology provides "a fun environment for children to learn math, science, technology, engineering and literacy concepts using Lego® bricks and other similar building tools."
Children ages 6-10 are invited to join us as we build a super-cool model that uses gears, axles, and pulleys! Registration is required, please call 973-227-3575 or drop in to register your child.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Italian Heritage Month!

October is Italian Heritage Month and the Fairfield Public Library is very excited about the events we have planned! We have concerts, Italian language classes, Italian films shown each Friday and workshops. Take a look at our events and mark your calendar. All programs are FREE but registration is requested.

You can register online for all of our programs by clicking here. 

Grazie mille!


October 10th at 6:30 PM: Italian Folk Songs
Come hear traditional Italian ballads from all regions of Italy: from Sicily to Rome and Naples. A great family program!

October 17th at 7:00 PM: Performance on Italian Opera
Do you love the idea of Italian Opera but have no clue how to follow it? If so, join the club, and this is for you! Come learn about the Italian opera. This session will be both taught and performed by Annamaria Stefanelli, lyric soprano. 

October 21st at 7:00 PM: “A Touch of Sinatra”
Enjoy the popular musical show on the life and music of Frank Sinatra. This group is back by popular demand! The last show at the Fairfield Library was packed so call soon to make your  reservation.

***La Bella Lingua Italiana!***

Kids: September 18th—October 23rd
Sign up your child for a 6 week session for Italian lessons for kids. This class is for ages 9 and up. Classes will be on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 PM

Adults: October 7th—November 19th
This six week introductory class will focus on basic Italian speaking skills. This is the perfect class to take if you have little or no knowledge of Italian and would be useful if you ever plan a trip to Italy!  Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

***Venerdi di Film Italiani***
Italian Film Friday

Italian film is noted worldwide for its creative cinematography. We will be showing an Italian Film every Friday of October at 5:00 PM.

October 4th: “Cinema Paradiso” A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the theater.
October 11th: "La vita √® bella" A Jewish man has a wonderful romance with the help of his humor, but must use that same quality to protect his son in a Nazi death camp.

October 18th: "Ladri di biciclette"  A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job to sustain his  family.

October 25th: Ciao, Professore! Marco Sperelli is a teacher, he is divorced and he is sent to work in Corzano, a town near  Naples.


October 16th at 7:00 PM: Italian Cheese!

Bring your appetite to this class where Hannah Howard from Fairway Market will be talking cheese!   Learn some history of the Italian  cheeses and what foods to pair them with.    
Buon appetito!

October 24th at 7:00 PM: Tracing Your Italian Ancestors

The public library is the best place to begin          
researching your Italian ancestry! Presented by Stephen Conte, producer and host of Cable TV’s Family Historian. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Book Club: Spine Crackers

We are pleased to announce that we will be starting a new book club, called Spine Crackers, for grades 4-6. 

We encourage Churchill students to take the next week or two to settle into their new classrooms and then stop by the library to register for our newest book club. The first book we are reading is The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore. It's a mysterious and magical fantasy book about three loners and their search for the Fountain of Youth.

Photo taken from author's website

Space is limited and all participants will receive a free copy of the book, so register soon. 

A bit more about the book: 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Computer Classes for Seniors

The Fairfield Library has been teaching basic internet classes for seniors. The turnout has been great and our students are ready for more classes! So, we are now expanding topics of interest. Please take a look at the calendar and call soon to make a reservation since class size is limited. 

· September 4th: “How the Internet Works”
Are you the curious type? Come learn the basics about how information travels across the Internet to your computer, and explore basic browser functions. For beginning computer users with basic mouse and keyboard skills.

· September 27th: “Connect with Skype”
Skype allows users to communicate by computer using a microphone and webcam. Calls to other users of Skype are free. This class will help participants get comfortable with downloading, installing and running Skype. This will  require people to have an email or feel comfortable with creating accounts.  

· October 25th: “Internet Searching”
The Internet can be overwhelming – too much information! Come to this class and learn how to find the information you are looking for, evaluate websites, and bookmark them for future use. For beginning computer  users with basic mouse and keyboard skills, and with basic understanding of Internet browsers.

· November 8th: “Connect with Skype”
If you couldn't make it to our class in September, come to this one! Or simply come to refresh your memory and practice!

· December 13th: “Computers for Beginners”
Get to know computers. Don’t be afraid! Learn to use a computer, including the mouse and keyboard. No experience needed!

Registration requested. Call to register at: (973) 227-3575

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Summer Reading Carnival

We spent the day slipping and sliding in style!
Last week we had our end of summer reading carnival, where we had a blast celebrating the wonderful work of all the summer reading participants. There was a slip and slide, games, crafts, and a performance by Magic Jim; it was a day full of sun and fun! 

We had a lot to celebrate, together we read well over our goal of 1,000 hours! Every hour spent reading was an hour spent avoiding the "summer slide," so we know your return to school will find you just as bright as the day you left!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

1st Place Winner! I Love LUCY!

Meet Lucy, the winner of Fairfield’s Cutest Pet Contest.

 Lucy sure is adorable, sweet and spunky. 

She loves to play with her family, narrowly escaped danger during Hurricane Irene and even has a love interest! Her sweet nature and puppy dog eyes won her dozens of votes at the library. We sat down with the lovely Lucy, the cutest pet winner,  for an interview to talk about herself and how she got where she is today.

Fairfield Interview- “Hi Miss Lucy, congratulations on winning the Cutest Pet Contest and thank you for joining me in this interview today.”
Lucy-“Thank you so much, I am really honored to be here and thank you for giving me the opportunity to share a bit about myself.”

Fairfield Interviewer-“You’re very welcome, and we as well are honored to hear, so let’s start off with asking how it feels to be the lucky winner of the contest?”
Lucy-“Wow, It feels great to be the winner.”

Fairfield Interviewer-“Many people are interested in hearing what some of your favorite hobbies are?”
Lucy-“Some of the things I like doing are laying on the couch, hanging with Dani, my friend, and napping, lots and lots of napping(laughs).”

Fairfield Interviewer-“(Laughs) that’s great, and what is your favorite toy to play with?”
Lucy-“I like playing with my stuffed sheets.”

Fairfield Interviewer- “If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?”
Lucy-“I would love to meet the “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” cast because they have great bling and cloths.”

Fairfield Interviewer -“If you were stranded on an island what three things would you bring?”
Lucy-“I would have to bring are a bodacious bow, treats and a dress.”

Fairfield Interviewer-“If you could be any other animal what would it be?”
Lucy- “Although I love being a dog, I would have to go with a manatee because they are very laid back.”

Fairfield Interviewer- “What was the longest time you went without a bath.”
Lucy- “(Chuckles) this is embarrassing but the longest time without, had been two weeks.”

Fairfield Interviewer-“(Laughs) wow that’s amazing and many people are curious to hear if you have any love interests blossoming at the moment.”
Lucy-“I do have one, this handsome black lab; I just met at the groomers by my house, he’s very sweet.”

Fairfield Interviewer-“ Oooo sounds like a keeper .Hope all goes well.
Lucy-“(laughs) me too.”

Fairfield Interviewer-“What do you love about being a dog?”
Lucy-“I love how people can’t resist me.”

Fairfield Interviewer-“(Laugh) and that is why you are our winner, what has been the best day of your life?”
Lucy-“The day I met my new family the Williams. Very loving and caring people and I don’t know what I do without them.”

Fairfield Interviewer- “Aww that’s sweet to hear that you have such a great family and are close with them.”
Lucy-“Yes, I’m a very lucky dog.”

Fairfield Interviewer- “What was the worse day of your life?”
Lucy-“I would have to say when I was being rescued by a boat in hurricane Irene, one of the scariest days of my life.”

Fairfield Interviewer-“Wow, yes that must have been a very scary day indeed. What type of personality do you say you hold?”
Lucy-“I’d say I’m the type to be friendly and loving with anyone.”

Fairfield Interviewer-“What is your favorite book to read right now?”
Lucy-“My all-time favorite book to read would be “Frog and Toad Together” by Arnold Lobel.

Fairfield Interviewer- “What encouraged you to enter the ‘Cutest Pet Contest?’ ”
Lucy-“What encouraged me to enter was how everyone tells me I’m so cute and that’s what ultimately influenced me to give it a try.”

Fairfield Interviewer-“What three beauty tips should all pets know?”
Lucy-“To always wear the best accessories, be perfectly groomed and use conditioner, that is a must need for sure.”

Fairfield Interviewer-“For the future competitors of the contest, what would you say to them in what it takes to become the cutest pet?”
Lucy-“I’d say the main things you need is personality and good looks.”

Fairfield Interviewer-“ That’s great helpful advice and  that is all the questions we have for today, thank you so much for joining us Miss Lucy and letting us get to know you better. It was a pleasure.

Lucy-“Oh it was my pleasure, thank you again for the opportunity, I really enjoyed this.  

Cutest Pet 3rd Place: Meet Heidi

 Meet Heidi, her warm red fur captivated the patrons of Fairfield. She loves to go for walks, plays tug-of-war with her rope toy and is a great friend to her owners. Her favorite time of day is the evening where she likes to sit and hear them chat about their day. 

The Pets of Fairfield

This blog is dedicated to Diamond, the 2nd place winner for the Cutest Pet of Fairfield Competition and the only cat that won. 

Sweet fluffy purring Diamond got very sick a few weeks ago. Last week she passed away. Her purrs, her cuddles and her company will be greatly missed by her family.

Fairfield will remember Diamond as the cutest cat of Fairfield.

This last month the Fairfield Library hosted a gallery and competition called, Fairfield’s Cutest Pet.
Et voilà!

 Every submission was heartwarming and adorable. You could see the love radiating from the eyes of each pooch as he “smiled” for the photographer. So many people that never came to the library before came just to see the pet pictures and left with a library card and books in tow. We like to think that they are going to enjoy a good read with their pets at home.

Pets, they are the little unsung heroes of our home.

 They are practical and wonderful friends. Cats get rid of rodents and are the vigilant watchcats of the neighborhood. 
"Nothing escapes me."

Pets cuddle, they usually don’t answer back, they listen when the kids don’t. 

And what is better than coming home after a bad day at work and seeing a dog happy beyond belief to see you? 

That thumping tail means, “You’re the best” and the truth is that your dog really means it with every ounce of his limbs. He isn't just saying it on your birthday, he is saying it every single day.

"My little heart belongs to you. I can show you where my treats are so I can get a snack. Heck, I can show you where your treats are too and I won't tell a soul if you eat all of the ice-cream."

 They are our best friends watching without judgment when we secretly pig out in the kitchen after dinner, they know when we are sick, and offer a paw when we feel down.
"It's going to be ok. You have ME!"

 And thank goodness they can’t talk and tell of the secrets they have overheard while purring under your chair! 
"I got every last  juicy detail."

Sure, keeping them clean and vaccinated takes some effort (and money) but it is little in return for the relaxation and genuine friendship they offer.

The greatest news is this: if you don’t have a pet, you should totally get one! Click here to check out an animal shelter near you. There are so many sweet little pups and cats that would love nothing more than to be your best friend, tell you “You’re seriously awesome!” everyday and give you some of the nicest hugs in the world.

Fairfield, thanks for sharing your pets pictures with the library and with the town. The Pet Gallery has been the highlight for patrons coming in and we can’t wait to do this again next year!