Monday, March 25, 2013

Out Like a Lion

March is quickly drawing to a close, but our stellar library programs are not! It's the last week of Turn off the TV and there are a ton of contenders for the limo ride and tons of temptations on the television, so stop in to the library for some much needed distractions!
Mother Goose herself!

This morning we had so much fun cooking breakfast with Mother Goose, and we will be continuing the fun with our monthly Lego Club at 4:30. 
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If this snow stays at bay, we will be meeting for Book Babies at 10:30 tomorrow morning. Don't want to take the tots out in this weather? Not a problem, we have book babies (mostly!) every Tuesday morning.
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Also on the calendar for tomorrow: adults are invited to stop by  at 7:00 and hear Wanda Knapik from My Local Garden talk about rain barrels, drip irrigation, rain gardens and landscape solutions for your home and yard; learn how to keep the water out of the basement and in your garden! This'll be handy knowledge if Spring ever decides to come!

Italian for Kids continues on Wednesday at 4:30, those that missed out on this session are invited to sign up for the next. 
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Thursday at 6:00 we will be holding old school game night at the library, which should prove to be fun for the whole family! Come down and choose from an assortment of classic board games or bring your own personal favorite.

We will be closed for Good Friday. We open again on Saturday.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Teen Crafternoon

Tomorrow at 4:30 PM we will be having a very cool, earth-friendly, recycle friendly book craft! How many things can you make with a recycled book? Well, we at the library put our crafters fingers to work and spun up some book crafts for you to choose from! Check it out:

Once upon a time there was a turtle called Yertle. Dr. Suess loved her so much he wrote a book on her. Little Fairfielder's checked out her book day after day, year after year. Finally Yertle had enough, her pages were falling apart. She slinked off into a corner of the library and turned into a heart from all the love she received during her life as a book:
Yertle the Turtle Love

Do you know why the caged bird sings?

'The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom"

-Maya Angelou
Well, once upon a time, there was a little book on little birds that was bought in 1960-something. It was checked out over and over again. It was checked out so much that the little birds in the book almost flew away. Then their pages got old and gross so no one wanted to check them out anymore. The book sat in the library for over 10 years and not a soul looked at it. The little birds of the book sang of freedom, they fluttered their pages as hard as they could and turned into this:

And lastly there is the story of butterflies. They were the buddies of the bird book. Their little butterfly old book sat on the shelf collecting dust. The butterflies dreamed of bursting out of their cocoon, singing Mariah Careys's Butterfly song. One day they did just that:

Spread your wings and prepare to fly 
For you have become a butterfly 
Fly abandonedly into the sun 

If you should return to me 
We truly were meant to be 
So spread your wings and fly 

A butterfly bookmobile
And there you have it: types of crafts we have lined up for tomorrow. So teens, spread your wings like butterflies, sing of freedom like the caged bird and come on over to the library tomorrow at 4:30 to turn the tune of an old book.

Monday, March 18, 2013

This week at the library

We have some wonderful things happening at the library this week! Our adult book club is meeting at 7:00 tonight to discuss The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian, if you missed out on registering be sure to stop by tomorrow and check out next month's book.

We will be holding a senior craft tomorrow at 2:00 and there's still time to register, call or stop by today to sign up.

Italian for Kids meets again this Wednesday at 4:30; it's too late to sign up for this session, but feel free to stop by and sign up for the next session...or ask us about our brand new Italian language collection!

We are so pleased to be hosting a visit from Parent's Choice Gold Award winner Green Golly on Wednesday at 6:30! They will be presenting Green Golly and her Golden Flute, a modern musical take on the story of Rapunzel. It should be a ton of fun, and there's still a few days left to register!
Find out more about Green Golly here

The older crowd won't be left out, we will be holding our first Crafternoon for teens this Thursday at 4:30. Come re-purpose old books into fabulous new treasures.
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We'll be wrapping up the week with a Friday afternoon movie at the library at 1:00. Registration is appreciated (how else will we know how many snacks to buy?) but not required.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Film Workshop

We're so lucky to have director Kate Sweeney in to teach teens simple DIY tricks for creating their own film. Sweeney is taking a break from various projects to teach the tricks of the trade to any interested high school students tonight at 6:30. 

All West Essex Regional High School students are welcome, even those that aren't fortunate enough to be from Fairfield (this is true of all future events for middle and high school students, so spread the word).

Fairfield Free Public Library
261 Hollywood Avenue
Fairfield, NJ

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Yesterday's Musical Storytime

 As always, we had a blast at our Musical Storytime! Mister Joey came back and shared another story about Pete the Cat, our favorite musical kitten! We added some new songs to our repertoire and we created a new instrument craft. This time, we made guitars out of shoeboxes and rubbber bands!

Mister Joey!
One child's beautiful shoebox guitar!
Keep an eye out for our next musical storytime!

Paws for Reading is back!

This adorable dog paid the library a visit last Saturday. She's a therapy dog named Annie and she is just as charming as she looks! Her owner, Patricia Sheldon, has been kind enough to bring her in for the return of our "Paws for Reading" program. There is plenty of information online about this, our favorite study is from Tufts and can be found here. We'll sum these articles up for those of you without the time to read up on it: therapy dogs provide a non-judgmental audience for children and reading to therapy dogs has been shown to boost literacy. Plus, look at that pup. If that face isn't enough, we've been promised that she will always come in some sort of outfit. If you are thoroughly convinced, the program will be held the first Saturday of the month from 10:30-11:30 in the morning. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Coming Soon! (Per Arrivare)

Ciao tutti! This is your library sharing a little secret. Oh, you didn't know libraries have secrets? Well, we do. Libraries have all sorts of secrets from hidden rooms that stored historically important documents to libraries that have shelves and shelves of rare books.

Your Fairfield Library has a secret or two of its own. Today, I will share one and encourage you to try not to keep it. whispering We are launching our collection of books in Italian.

Books in Italian for Adults and Children
 What?! Yes sir, we certainly are! Our smart librarians pushed up the spectacles on their noses, took the train into NYC and marched to Rizzoli Bookstore (an Italian Publisher with a store in the city). There, the wooden panelled walls reached to the ceiling with books in Italian for adults and children. Ah, it was like being in Dante's Paradiso.

Your lovely librarians chose a great collection of:

Italian classics

Classic Italian literature and best sellers
Contemporary romances

Nicholas Sparks translated in Italian

Yes, Danielle Steel in Italian. Shocking, we know.
Political books

Best Italian Sellers
Italian movies
and of course, books on learning how to speak Italian each with a CD.

The books with CD's are much clearer to understand than this picture.

We are currently cataloging the books and they should be ready to go in about a week.

Cataloging in progress

Dewey Decimal Classification. TOP SECRET librarian language!
So go ahead and tell our secret, share this blog on Facebook, tweet it!

P.S. If you want to know one more secret come peek at the library's's going to be a fantastic place to read this spring and summer. Oh, and wasn't the sunshine glorious today? It was just a little peek to imagine how nice it will be to relax on our patio in a month or two. For now, buona sera!

This Week at the Library

We have some fantastic programs this week...assuming that Storm Saturn doesn't make a mess as it blows through town, that is. Join us tomorrow for another Musical Storytime with Mister Joey. If you snoozed on the first two, now is your chance to make the third. Come enjoy the musical stylings of a room full of 3-5 year olds! We'll be singing songs, reading books, and dancing (if you're pro-Nor'easter, feel free to wear inside out pajamas for this part of the program). That's this Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. (call or stop by to register). We've got another Crafty Kids coming up this Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. and stick around for an Irish Harp Concert at 7:00 (you guessed it, call or stop by to register)! 

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While you're here, stock up on enough books, CDs, and DVDs to weather any storm!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Smash Bros. Tournament and the start of Turn off the TV

Yesterday was our first Super Smash Bros. tournament and we had a ton of fun! After a heated battle, a victor emerged our reigning library Smash Bros. champion.

It was an intense match!
Our Wii tournament served as a timely adieu to television because today is the start of Turn off the TV! 

Once again, children age 3-grade 6 are invited to see how long they can make it without TV. Here's the drill: mark each day you make it without watching television on the calendar (calendars were distributed at Stevenson and Churchill, and we still have plenty of extras at the library if you missed out). Bring the calendar back to Miss Lauren before April 5. Everyone that participates wins a prize, even if they only make it one day without vegging out in front of the television (and I know the children of Fairfield can do so much better than that). The longer you go without television, the bigger the prizes get. Once you return the calendar, you are automatically registered for our ginormous, amazingly fun Turn off the TV wrap-party where prizes will be awarded. 

Here's the best part: thanks to America's Best Limo, five lucky students will win a ride to school in a limousine! 

Here's the catch: in order to win the limo ride, you have to make it the whole month without television. Everyone that makes it the month will be entered into a drawing, and five names will be picked.

I know it sounds difficult to make it an entire month without television, but the library has amped up our programming to distract you from the tedium of television-less-ness. All these events are conveniently listed on our website, blog, and calendar. Need to be more connected? Well, don't forget to check our Facebook page for up to the minute updates on FFPL happenings.