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."
Snapology
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!


***Concerti***

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 รจ 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.


***Workshops***

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: