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 voilĂ !

 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!