Thursday, December 11, 2014

E-books for the Holidays

This morning a white-bearded jolly man rapped on the door of the Fairfield Library before we opened. "We open at ten!" Mr. Frank, one of the Librarians called out to him. The old man scowled, pulled out a very long list from his red coat and added a name at the bottom, the list's title was "Naughty". "Let's see if I bring him anything for Christmas" he muttered under his breath into the chilly December air.

Santa couldn't wait till the library opened at 10 AM so he impatiently knocked on the door again. Finally, Mr. Dylan opened the door and asked him if everything was ok. "Yes, everything is ok, Dylan" (How did he know his name?!) "But the Town of Fairfield really needs lots and lots of new e-books! Don't you know that Christmas time is full of cozy days by the fire where you drink hot chocolate, nap and read books?"

 Dylan saw a "Nice" list poking out of the gentleman's pocket and he instantly knew this was Mr. Santa Claus! "Yes sir, we will definitely buy lots of e-books today for the people of Fairfield!" The white bearded man smiled and told Dylan, "Just make sure you get books for every boy, girl, woman, man, old an young!" He pulled out a book list and handed it to Dylan to make sure they got all the best e-books. Dylan narrowed his eyes and quietly made a deal with Santa, "Listen Santa, we will get all the e-books as long as I make it on the 'Nice' list, capisce?" Santa nodded gravely and responded, "Ho capito. Addesso, fai presto! I got it. Now hurry up!" (Wait, you didn't know Santa is really Italian? Well, he is actually from Naples, Italy). We librarians immediately got to work ordering all of the e-books Santa requested.
Ordering dozens of e-books is a lot of work!

The e-books have been bought and are available to be downloaded at New Jersey Digital Library's website. Log in with your library card number and download all of these free e-books to read during the holiday's at home! Thank you, Santa!

The list is very very long and it is as follows:

1.       The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series, Book 1
Michael Scott
2.       Anatomy of a Misfit
Andrea Portes
3.       The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories
Hilary Mantel
4.       Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures Series, Book 1
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
5.       Because of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo
6.       The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2
Michael Connelly
7.       The Book of Life: All Souls Trilogy, Book 3
Deborah Harkness
8.       Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 6
Jeff Kinney
9.       The City of Ember: Ember Series, Book 1
Jeanne DuPrau
10.   A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire Series, Book 2
George R.R. Martin
11.   The Collector
Nora Roberts
12.   Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace
Nikil Saval
13.   A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire Series, Book 5
George R.R. Martin
14.   The Death Cure: The Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 3
James Dashner
15.   Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 1
Jeff Kinney
16.   Dibs on This Chair
Lincoln Peirce
17.   Dog Days: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 4
Jeff Kinney
18.   Eragon: Inheritance Cycle Series, Book 1
Christopher Paolini
19.   The Escape: John Puller Series, Book 3
David Baldacci
20.   Fifty Shades of Grey: Fifty Shades Trilogy, Book 1
E L James
21.   From the Top
Lincoln Peirce
22.   Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Harry Potter Series, Book 2
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
23.   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Harry Potter Series, Book 7
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
24.   Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry Potter Series, Book 4
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
25.   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Harry Potter Series, Book 6
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
26.   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Harry Potter Series, Book 5
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
27.   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Harry Potter Series, Book 3
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
28.   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Harry Potter Series, Book 1
J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré
29.   The Heist: O'Hare and Fox Series, Book 1
Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
30.   Holes: Holes Series, Book 1
Louis Sachar
31.   Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
32.   Hope to Die: Alex Cross Series, Book 22
James Patterson
33.   Humans of New York
Brandon Stanton
34.   If I Stay: If I Stay Series, Book 1
Gayle Forman
35.   The Job: O'Hare and Fox Series, Book 3
Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
36.   The Kill Order: The Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 0.5
James Dashner
37.   The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 1
Rick Riordan
38.   The Lost Symbol: Robert Langdon Series, Book 3
Dan Brown
39.   Mary Poppins: Mary Poppins Series, Book 1
P. L. Travers, Mary Shepard
40.   The Maze Runner: The Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1
James Dashner
41.   Messenger: The Giver Quartet, Book 3
Lois Lowry
42.   Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
43.   New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2
Stephenie Meyer
44.   The Newcomer: Thunder Point Series, Book 2
Robyn Carr
45.   Number the Stars
Lois Lowry
46.   The One and Only Ivan: My Story
Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
47.   Outlander: Outlander Series, Book 1
Diana Gabaldon
48.   The People of Sparks: Ember Series, Book 2
Jeanne DuPrau
49.   Personal: Jack Reacher Series, Book 19
Lee Child
50.   The Prince's Boy
Paul Bailey
51.   Rodrick Rules: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 2
Jeff Kinney
52.   Rose Harbor in Bloom: Rose Harbor Series, Book 2
Debbie Macomber
53.   Scat
Carl Hiaasen
54.   The Scorch Trials: The Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 2
James Dashner
55.   The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, Book 2
Rick Riordan
56.   The Selection: The Selection Series, Book 1
Kiera Cass
57.   Shadow Spell: Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 2
Nora Roberts
58.   Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel
Debbie Macomber
59.   Top Secret Twenty-One: Stephanie Plum Series, Book 21
Janet Evanovich
60.   Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1
Stephenie Meyer
61.   "W" is for Wasted: Kinsey Millhone Series, Book 23
Sue Grafton
62.   Wallflowers
Eliza Robertson
63.   The Wanderer: Thunder Point Series, Book 1
Robyn Carr
64.   We Were Liars
E. Lockhart
65.   Where the Red Fern Grows
Wilson Rawls
66.   Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2
Ken Follett
67.   Wonder
R. J. Palacio
68.   Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander Series, Book 8
Diana Gabaldon

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Fun for Everyone!

We are ringing in the holiday season here at the Fairfield Library! On Saturday, December 6th at 1pm, we will be holding our annual Holiday Party and tree decorating! Your whole family is welcomed to join us for this festive event.

Attendees of all ages can decorate beautiful ornaments to hang on our tree while enjoying yummy treats and the company of our community. But the very best part of this holiday celebration is our very special guest, Santa Claus himself! Yes, Santa is flying all the way from his frosty home to visit Fairfield's kids and read your letters!

This event is simply not to be missed! 
Call or stop in to register for our fun-filled Holiday Party!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pumpkin Science was Oozing with Fun!

On Friday, October 24th the Fairfield Library hosted a Halloween science program - complete with Jack-O-Lanterns! Using some simple household ingredients, we mixed up a special experiment to create an oozing chemical reaction. 


Kids had so much fun making this bubbling brew and learning about reactions! If you missed out, don't worry. In November, we will be creating another experiment - with candy! Check out our newsletter, Facebook page, and website for more information.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thursday is Tweens' & Teens' Night at the Library!

Hey Tweens and Teens!

Starting in November, Thursday night is all yours! The Fairfield Library will offer programs geared towards your interests and abilities. From the hottest new movies to awesome science experiments, you can definitely find a program to attend with your friends. Come  enjoy crafty projects, movie nights, and volunteer opportunities - all for youth like you!

Tween programs are for middle school kids, ages 8 through 12, while teen programs are for kids in junior high and high school, typically ages 13 and up. Many programs will be perfect for both groups.

Watch out for new events on our Facebook page, website, and monthly newsletter!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fireman Joe Storytime

Fall means red colors and one very cool red thing is a firetruck! Bring your young child tomorrow to the library to experience a fun and interactive story time with our very own Fireman Joe. He is so nice he will be wearing his Halloween costume, a fireman outfit, and will tell us all how to prevent fires, and escape safely in the event of a fire.

We can't wait to have him here! Stop by at 10:30 for the story time and be sure to bring a sweater in case it is chilly when we go out to look at the firetruck!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

School and Homework

School is starting this week and that means homework! Do you have a library card? If not come get one now. That means today while you are not sitting in a classroom. It will help you out tremendously during the school year.

Your public library is an excellent place to study, write papers and get sources for citing in projects. Most teachers request various types of reliable sources. And we hate to break it to you, but most teachers will not accept Wikipedia as an authoritative (real) source because it hasn't been professionally managed by experts. Here are a few tips to start your academic year in a way that you give yourself an advantage:

1. As soon as your have your syllabus or syllabi in hand see what major projects you have for the year. Highlight them.

2. Pick a quiet study spot for the year. This will help you focus. By the way, we have many spots at the library. Come pick one! Call it your study office!

3. Manage your projects with a calendar. Buy a calendar and write all that you have due in it at the beginning of the year. Fail to plan, and plan to fail. So let's plan out when your projects are due.  Write when to study or prepare for your projects. Example: 3 page paper on Hippos due Sept. 30.
Isn't she cute? How should we write 3 pages on her? Plan it out!

      a. Sept 6th weekend: check out books on hippos at the library
      b. Sept 13th: write first draft
      c. Sept 20th edit final draft and sources

4. Make sure you have and use your library card and library resources. We at the library can really make your academic year so much easier. We have all the books your teachers need you to cite, databases you can use as tertiary sources, and will be more than happy to help you pick topics if the choice is up to you.

Check this link out for reliable online sources at the Fairfield Library.

And come see us soon! Happy new school year and lots of good grades fairy dust sent your way! Oh, you didn't know there is a Good Grades Fairy? There is...she lives on a book shelf at the library and leaves only on nights when she knows there are big tests the next day. The Good Grades Fairy flies over Fairfield and dusts her magic dust over good students who have prepared well for their exams.
This is not any old dust. It is fairy dust!

 We are sending her over Fairfield today to dust all the children of Fairfield with a generous helping of fairy dust.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Meet Leila: Fairfield's Cutest Pet

Fairfield is no stranger to the name of a pretty little beagle named Leila. 

As a dog-loving town, Fairfielders are known to run behind escaped pups, chase them in cars and call to them at all hours of the night and dawn till the dogs return home. Leila, is one puppy, that caused such commotion. It is of no surprise then that she was voted as Fairfield's cutest pet. Just a few months ago the grassy pastures of Fairfield were covered with feet of snow and Miss Leila was having the time of her life leaping over the snowy mountains with a trail of well-meaning Fairfielders slipping and sliding on the ice trying to catch her. Leila made it home safe and warm. Since then she has kept her family happy as busy. Here are some secrets of Leila:

Favorite Hobbies: Leila is an energetic puppy and loves food, loves treats and especially loves to bite things when her owners are not looking. She studies her subject before carefully digging her canine teeth into it and transforming it into a new sculpture. Her creations are beautiful, but her owners don't think so. They throw each bitten object in the garbage. But this doesn't discourage Leila! She goes back to work determined to bite one more thing in such a way that her owners will be proud and display it on the coffee table!

Favorite Toy: Leila likes to bite, jump and drag around a stuffed cat. It makes a noise, almost like the real thing.

Biggest adventure: Leila is very fond of the outdoors. Her ancestors were beagles and loved following a scent to go hunting or finding a lost shoe. Leila is right there with them and loves a good hike. This summer she has enjoyed many hikes along New Jersey's finest trails with her owner. There are so many great smells for her little nose to breathe!

Favorite person: Leila has one love.  His name is Mr. Patel and to Leila, he is the most interesting man in the world. His shirts never wrinkle. If it rains it is because he is thinking of something sad. If he were to mail a letter without postage, it would still get there. His business card simply says, "I'll call you." She has owners but he is the only one person who holds the key to her heart. He spoils her with treats, talks to her, and then when no one is looking he gives her more treats. He is the most wonderful man in the world for Leila.

What she loves about being a dog: Leila loves running around. It could be in circles, in figure 8, in squares, in triangles, or just strait back and forth. Leila loves a good run.

Favorite book: Any book with dog pictures stops Leila from running and intrigues her. She likes looking intently at the pictures of other dogs and wondering what their names and stories are.

In conclusion, Leila is a lovable, sweet dog with a great family. She brought Fairfielder's out of their house in the middle of winter and has brought a smile to her family's face every day. Congratulation, Leila!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Miss Lauren's Last Week!

It's my last week at the library, and I intend to squeeze as much fun as possible into it! 

Tomorrow we'll be welcoming students entering grades 6+ in for another edition of Workshop Wednesday. Do you remember the Caine's Arcade video that went viral a few years back? Well, it's spawned a movement of fostering learning through play, which fits perfectly with this year's teen summer reading theme: Spark a Reaction! Take a look at the video below, get so so excited, and then pop in tomorrow at noon to make the wildest cardboard creations imaginable.

I know it must be difficult to be too young to come to such an amazing program, but fear not, we have programs for all ages! 
Thursday brings another storytime: come share some stories, make a craft, and watch Miss Lauren get emotional as she bids farewell to her storytime pals. This week's theme is weather! 
Photo vis Flickr user Yves Lebel

Friday is our first session of "NyeDay Friday" for students entering grades 4-6.  

If you haven't signed up yet, it's too late! The first two sessions have filled up! Don't worry, there's still time to sign up for the July 25th and August 1st sessions. We recommend that you hurry, though, they're filling up fast.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Reading Books

Get a head start on your summer reading assignment by downloading an e-book exclusively purchased for Fairfield residents. We purchased many e-books for grades 7-12 that are downloadable on various devices from your phone to your kindle and computer. If you can't make it to the bookstore or the library just download one for free with your library card by clicking here. These books will only be available to Fairfield patrons. They are listed as Advantage books and have an "A" symbol. Get your library card ready and happy summer reading!

Friday, June 20, 2014

New E-Books

What will you be reading with this summer as you sit by the beach / pool / under a shady tree / on a road trip?

Will it be with an actual library book?

That would be nice! It would also be nice to read from your phone or tablet or other techy device and enjoy a free e-book.

We librarians like to think that Fairfielders are going to read in the most comfortable and fun of places. So, in order to make sure you have a great summer we have just purchases dozens of new e-books to keep you busy and entertained. There are the favorite novels (don't rush off just yet) and some great history books, memoirs and motivational books. We really hope you find a relaxing spot this summer whether it is by the pool or even if it is waiting for your flight to board.
Time to pull out the kindle!
In any case, we have you covered. And if you don't see an e-book you would love to read, shoot us an email at the library and we will order it for you, but only if you are a Fairfield, NJ resident.

Get your library card number handy and click here to start downloading free e-books.

Time to fire up the grill and happy Summer, dear Fairfield!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

World Cup Games at the Library

Some librarians love soccer! A healthy lifestyle of exercise and reading is recommended, after all. We will be hosting some viewings of the games live in our multi-purpose room on the big screen. So, soccer lovers, come to the library tomorrow to see the games.  The first game is at 12:00. We will have light refreshments (Kool Aid and Chips). Tomorrows games will be:

Thursday 19 June

Change to local time

The rest of the games we will show here will be on:

July 1st at 12 and 4 PM
and the Semi final on July 9th at 4 PM