Saturday, June 29, 2013

Young Professionals' Book Club

It's the last week of the month and you're down to your last brain cell of sanity. Between work, school, social, and the various day-to-day trials of life, you want a break - or life is peachy and you're fine. No matter what your story is, it's good to have an escape. The Fairfield Free Public Library has just the opportunity:

Every first Friday of the month at 12 noon, we will be hosting a gathering for readers in their 20's and 30's. Lunch will be included, so come for your lunch break. Bring a friend, too!

From classics to new, we'll be opening books, expanding our minds, and, of course, eating great food. Don't miss out on our new and exciting reading club: The Young Professionals' Book Club.

The first book we picked for you to indulge in:

We look forward to seeing you!

Registration is requested.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Storytime Every Week!

Miss Lauren will be attending a library conference for the next few days and will not be around for storytime but do not despair, we will still have storytime! Come by:
Monday at 10:30 fro Pre-K Storytime
Tuesday at 10:30 for Book Babies (little ones up to 2 yrs)

Additionally, nestled in the corner of the children's section are lovely little packages just for you.

Miss Lauren is leaving behind storytime kits. Each kit contains three stories and a craft, and each has a different theme. We have silly stories, sleepy stories, puppy stories and more!

Storytimes will be every week so don't worry about keeping track of the days:
Mondays at 10:30 AM for Pre-K and Tuesdays for the babies.
Just drop in!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Thank You, Fairfield

Dear Fairfield,

July 28, 2012 (last year) was a crazy day. Eighty thousand books, yes 80,000 and change, lined the sidewalk leading to Fairfield Library. Librarians were in sweatpants ready to shelve a marathon of books, bookshelves were empty but dying to be filled. Book by book, shelf by shelf they were filled and we didn't quit till the last book was perfectly on the shelf. Standing back, exhausted, we looked at each other and there was a sparkle in everyone's eye even though we were as beat as Oscar de la Hoya after fighting 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. In literary terms we were as puckered out as Peter Rabbit after escaping Mr. McGregor,  as tired as Anne Shirley after taking care of Mrs. Hammond's three sets of twins, as sore as Jean Passepartout after carrying the luggage of Phileas Fogg around the world for 80 days. We were done but we sparkled and were happy; actually we were thrilled to imagine the people that would use our newly renovated amazing little neighborhood library.

Last Thursday, June 20th, we saw part of that dream unfold. We hosted our Summer Reading Kickoff Party and had about ninety people attend. Twelve kids got library cards and we were delighted. Summer Reading for Kids inspired current librarians as little girls to one day be a librarian. The director loved her Children's Librarian in Olympia, Washington. The Children's Librarian there had the coolest dangling handmade earrings, knew all of the characters in the Wizard of Oz books like personal friends and made that little girl want to grow up one day and be surrounded by the Wizard of Oz books. Mission accomplished. We hope to inspire each patron to find what they love, what they are great at and read about it to reinforce their passions!

Since we reopened our library's doors we have tripled the amount of people coming to library events! More kids are reading, more adults are checking out books at that makes us feel that we are doing something great for this community! Reading is not only recreational and educational but also has great long-term health benefits. Our hearts leap when we have a new patron come for the first time. This library is amazing from hosting events for babies, teens and adults to providing every type of informational resource you need for free. If you can't find it on Google, come to the library and we will find it. This library is yours. We love our patrons. We love seeing the smiles they have when they tell us of an amazing book they just read and absolutely love signing new patrons up for library cards. (Side note: Check out the Orphan Train it is a phenomenal book and the author is coming for a book-signing soon).

So, thank you Fairfield! Thank you for supporting your library and re-opening our doors with a slam and rushing in. We plan to keep going, growing our programs and getting new patrons. Stop by when you get a chance, we would love to see you.


Your Library

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Savvy Social Security Planning

Calling all Baby Boomers age 49 to 66!  It's never too early to start planning your retirement.  Join us on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. for some savvy Social Security planning.  Learn how to choose the right Social Security options for you.  Should you apply early?  What about spousal benefits?  How much can you expect?  This program will be presented by Joe Zingone, an economist and instructor at William Paterson Universiy.  Get the information you need to plan your retirement.  Registration is required.  Please call the library at 973-227-3575 or email us at to register.


Rainy Day Checklist

Grilled cheese, cubed cheese, soft cheese, hard cheese, cheese with fruit, cheese with honey. Oh all the different ways and types of cheese to eat on a rainy  monsoony day! Days like this inspire librarians to go dashing to Calandra's for some freshly baked bread then skip over dancing puddles to Affinage for some of their amazing European cheese then find a quiet spot to eat that bread with cheese while reading a book, or nook, of course. 

Here are five staple items to check out on a torrentially rainy day like today. We have everything at the library, except for the tortilla chips. Those belong to Bunny the Reader and he doesn't share. But we highly recommend purchasing tortilla chips as they go hand-in-hand with rainy day movies. Otherwise please come by and check out your favorites:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Dark

Perennial favorites Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Who Could That be at This Hour?) and Jon Klassen (author and illustrator of the Caldecott winning I Want My Hat Back) are at it again. They've teamed up to create The Dark, a beautifully simple--and just plain beautiful--picture book. 

Lazlo, our pint-sized protagonist, is afraid of the dark. Sound familiar? Your little ones will conquer their fears along with Lazlo as you read this reassuring gem.

Watch a trailer for the book here
Find it in our catalog.

Published by Gardners Books, 2013
Recommended for ages 3-6 by Publishers Weekly

Monday, June 10, 2013

How Kids Live in West Africa Update

Join musician-storyteller Phil Passantino as he recounts his recent adventures in Mali. He'll play an African instrument called the "mbira," share some fun folktales, and show a film he made about how kids live in West Africa!

Photo via kc7fys

Due to inclement weather, this program was moved from June 13 to July 29 at 6:30 pm.
Ages 4 to 11, registration required.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Summer Reading Club

Miss Lauren has been around to all the schools in Fairfield letting all the boys and girls know about all the wonderful things happening at the library this summer. In case word didn't make it all the way back to the lovely parents and guardians of Fairfield, here is a general overview of this year's Summer Reading Club.

The Summer Reading Club begins June 20 and runs until August 9. 

Participants in the Summer Reading Club are encouraged to log their reading in the following ways:

We're so pleased to announce that we will be holding an Early Literacy Program over the summer! This is a Fairfield first and a great opportunity for our youngest library friends to participate in our Summer Reading Club. The library has paper logs containing simple literacy based tasks for children from six months to age three. Mark each completed task and, when the log is full, bring it back to the library to claim your prize!

Students entering Kindergarten to grade three will be recording their reading using the same paper logs as last year. Color one picture for every fifteen minutes spent reading. When all of the pictures are colored, bring the logs back to the library and claim a prize!

Students entering grades four and up will be recording their reading online. We promise this is not as complicated as it sounds! All you need to do is go to our Summer Reading Homepage (a link to this can also be found on our website) and register for an account. If you have logged your reading online before you can use that same login information again this year (and next year and the year after that!).
 Once you register and log in, you will be sent to a page that should look like this:

Select "Add/View Log" and write a few sentences about what you've read. Record every day that you spend at least twenty minutes reading. Ten days of reading earns a prize, just print out your logs and bring them to the library with you!

Summer Events at the Library

If you hate both reading and prizes, we will be having a slew of engaging programs at the library this summer that we're sure you'll love. Each link below contains a list of events separated by age. You do not have to participate in the Summer Reading Club to attend any of these events, but you do have to register. Just call or stop by to get your name on the list!

If you have any problems, feel free to stop by the library for assistance. We're here to help.

Fairfield's Cutest Pet Competition

Did you know that June is "Adopt a Shelter Cat" month? It certainly is! We Fairfield Librarians love animals and especially cats since they are great reading buddies. There are few luxuries in life better than reading an intriguing book on the couch next to a purring cat. In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat month we are hosting a picture competition for Fairfield's most adorable, huggable, lovable pets. 

We know they are spoiled, we know they are funny, we know they make our lives happier. We want you to tell the world! Or simply, just brag about them at the Fairfield Library. 

Go through your favorite pictures of your pet(s) and bring in their best one to the library. Please bring it in a small to medium size frame. The picture of your gorgeous pet will be displayed in our gallery for all to see how cute, funny or intelligent they are. Library patrons will vote through August 1, 2013. So, the sooner you bring in your picture and the more you tell your friends = the higher your chance for your pet to win! 

Now back to the cats. 

If you do not have a cat here are five excellent reasons you should head to your local shelter and adopt one:

1. Cats are good for the heart: besides being heartwarming fur-balls, researchers at the University of Buffalo discovered that people who had recently bought a cat saw a drop in their blood pressure. Cat owners are also 40% less likely to have a heart attack. Have a heart, adopt a cat!

2. Cats keep the doctor away: Did you know that cat owners visit the doctor 12% less than non-pet owners? (Dog owners visit 8% less, so cats win this one)

3. Good for the kids:  University of Oregon studied the emotional links between preschoolers and their pets. They discovered that children with pets develop sharing and cooperation skills when they are involved in caring for a pet. 

4. Cats are well-mannered: Sorry doggy owners, but the cats win again. They are clean, do not bark loudly, do not sniff visitors, and do not need to be walked. Your cat will very rarely embarrass you in front of visitors, and if they do chances are your cat is trying to tell you something about said visitor and is most likely right.

5. They get better with age: scampering little kittens turn to curious friendly cats. They mature into serious sometimes curious talking cats in older age. A life-long cat turns into a sweet friend, great travel buddy, and live-in comedian. 

To find a shelter close to you visit: