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July 2014
From the Town Librarian                

Happy Happy Sweet Summer to Everyone!

July is a month chock full of sunshine, long lazy days and great reads. It is a month when many of us spend quality time with family and friends. Did you know it is National Hot Dog Month, National Ice Cream Month, and National Grilling Month? If you need inspiration to make your barbeques or ice cream making that much more special check out a book from our impressive and extremely popular cooking collection. Don't leave summer reading just to your youngest library lovers  and participate in Adult Summer Reading. Take part in our quiz and learn about the Library while becoming eligible to win great books. Every week from June 30 through August 4, the library will post two new contest questions on our website and social media sites. The first person to come (in person) to the circulation desk at the Fairfield Main Library and the Fairfield Woods Branch Library and answer both questions correctly will win a reusable bag filled with great, donated books. Every bag is guaranteed to have at least one book signed by its author!   Happy July 4th to All.                        Karen          

Children's Events

June 30 brings the start of Summer Reading Activities, Programs, and Challenges. And, don't forget... there's still time to sign up for Summer Reading and win prizes! 

June 30-August 8 

Challenges for the Summer Reading Program - Come to either the Main Library or the Branch to "Roll the Dice," walk "The Boardwalk," find "The Missing Gamepiece" or try a Bonus Challenge. Accomplish any of these challenges to move ahead on your Raffle Gameboard that you received when you registered for our Summer Reading Program "Read. Game. Win!"


Summer Classes
June 30-August 8
Classes for children entering Grades K-5 in the Fall of 2014. New this summer... Unless otherwise noted, you can guarantee your spot by signing up the day of the class! Online registration begins for each individual class opens the day of the class at 8:00 am. Phone registration begins at 9:00 am.

Piece It To gether

Wednesdays, July 2-16, 2:00 pm
Use those old game pieces to create a fun and creative craft. Stories and activities follow. For children entering Grades K-2.

Giggles & Games

Tuesdays, July 1-August 5, 3:30 pm
Giggle your way through a funny story and then play a fun game! For children entering Grades K-2.

Theatre Games

Wednesdays, July 23-August 2, 2:00 pm
Do you have an acting streak? Learn some tips for the big stage and have some fun! Maybe you'll read the story! For children entering Grades 1-3.

Shuffle It!

Mondays, June 30-August 4, 3:30 pm
Interested in a variety of subjects? Every week a new theme is presented... from science to art from geography to video games, we're covering it all! For children entering Grades 3-5.

Bringing Apps to Life

Thursdays, July 3-July 17, 3:30 pm
Create and play your favorite apps using real materials! For children entering Grades 3-5.


Thursdays, July 24 & July 31, 3:30 pm
Love coding? Learn how to use this online tool to create your own computer game. For children entering Grades 3-5. Space is limited. Advance registration is required.

Teen Book into Movie Club

Read the book and then watch the movie adaptation. Did they get it right? On Tuesday evenings July 1 through August 5, a different movie based on a book will be shown in the Rotary Room at the Main Library from 6:45-8:45 pm. Pizza and snacks will be provided. All movies are rated PG-13. The Book into Movie Club is for teens entering grades 6 and up. Registration is requested.

Here is the line-up:         

July 1, Stardust  ; July 8, I am Number Four, ; July 15, Romeo and Juliet ; July 22, Ender's Game ; July 29, The Book Thief ;August 5, Cirque du Freak 
Come to some or come to them all!
Earn points toward your READ and DO badges when you attend a Book into Movie Club meeting.


More Children's FUN
Daily Dealings! 
June 30-August 7
Drop-in from 10:00-4:00 every day to find a new activity in the Children's Room, Main & Woods (except for Movie Mondays - Main Library only)

Movie Mondays

Monday, June 30 - August 4

Beginning at 10:00 am, a feature film will begin every 2 hours. Each moviegoer receives one bag of popcorn! *Movie Mondays at Main Library only.

Larger Than Life Tuesdays

Tuesday, July 1 - Aug 5

Your favorite games have come to life! Check in at the Children's Desk to play!

Wordy Wednesdays

Wednesday, July 2 - Aug 6

Can you crossword puzzle, unscramble with the best of them or fill in the blanks like a pro? Word puzzles fill the Children's Room!

Themed Thursdays

Thursday, July 3 - Aug 7

Dress up, talk and play themed games to participate in this all day party!

July 3: Rock Star Day; July 10: Winter in July! ;

July 17: Under the Sea; July 24: In the Garden; July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday Party! ; August 7: Time Travel

I Spy Fridays

Friday, July 11- Aug 8

Scavenger Hunters and treasure seekers - this day is for you!


Children's Program @ Woods

Story Times @ the Branch.

No registration required. Tickets handed out to the first 20 children 30 minutes prior to the start of each drop-in program. Programs run July 1-August 8.

Rhyme Time - Tuesdays, 10:00 am

For ages Birth-24 months with caregiver

Whoo's Two's - Thursdays, 10:00 am

For ages 24-35 months with caregiver

Calling All Woodsies 

Wednesdays, 10:00 am

For ages 3-5. Children attend independently.


For the programs below: Guarantee your spot by signing up online the day of the class. Online registration for each individual class opens the day of the class at 8 am. Phone registration begins at 9 am. Programs run July 1-August 8 unless otherwise specified below.

Crazy 8's - Thursdays, 3:30 pm

For children entering grades K-2 - Bring math to life with crazy hands-on themes and mischief making games like Bouncy Dice Explosion and Toilet Paper Olympics! No program August 7.

Read it! Make it! Play it! - Mondays, 3:30 pm

For children entering grades K-2 - Make fun happen! We'll read great stories that inspire us to create a game and then play it!

Minute to Win it -  Tuesdays, 3:30 pm, July 22, 29 and August 5

For children entering grades 3-5

CD Weaving - Tuesday July 8, 3:30 pm

Learn how to turn a CD in to a beautiful woven decoration to take home or become part of the Fairfield Woods Library Weaving Project.


Beginning Scrapbooking: Tuesday July 15, 3:30 pm 

For children entering grades 3-5. Create a scrapbook page and be on your way towards creating your own memory book. Bring up to 6 photos to mount on an average 8-1/2 x 11 page.


Family Bingo - Wednesday July 23, 6:30 pm 

For children of all ages with parent/caregiver - Match the numbers announced to the ones on your card and maybe you'll be shouting "Bingo!".  Registration is required. 


Friday Flix - Fridays, July 11-August 8, 2:00 pm

Beat the heat and come to the Branch to watch a feature film. Drop-in program, with parent/caregiver. Space is limited to 65.
                July 11 - The Lego Movie (PG)
                July 18 - Frozen (PG)

                July 25 - Curious George (G)

                August 1 - Air Buddies (PG)

                August 8 - To be announced

Adult Summer Reading

Every week from June 30th through August 4th, the library will post two new contest questions on our website and social media sites. The first person to come (in person) to the circulation desk at the Fairfield Main Library and the Fairfield Woods Branch Library and answer both questions correctly will win a reusable bag filled with great, donated books .

Every bag is guaranteed to have at least one book signed by its author! The weekly winner and anyone else who comes to the circulation desk and gives the correct answers to the trivia questions will be entered into a Grand Prize drawing for 2 adult walk-on round trip tickets for the Port Jefferson Ferry. There will be a grand prize drawing at both the Main Library and Fairfield Woods Branch Library.

The answers to the weekly questions can all be found on the library's website. Anyone 18 years old or over is eligible to win, but the answer must be given in person in the library; one winner per family for the duration of the 6 week contest.

Check our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages for the weekly contest questions.

Special Family Events

Family Bunco Night

Wednesday, July 16, 6:30 pm

Main Library
Join us for a night of family night of BUNCO! Never played... that's okay. We will provide you with a set of rules and then we'll review before the game starts. Space is limited.

Registration required. BUNCO is suggested for families with children in 1st Grade or Higher. Light refreshments provided.


Family Game Show Night

Thursday, July 24, 6:30 pm

Main Library
Do you think your family has what it takes to become a Jeopardy champion? Register your family for this trivia tournament beginning on June 30. Light refreshments provided.

Summer Story Times @ Main

Summer Session: July 1-August 8
We are holding a mini-summer session of classes for children, ages 0-5. Story times do not require advance registration. However, due to limited space, tickets will be handed out to the first 20 children. We begin handing out tickets at 9:30 am.

Book Babies: Wednesdays, 10:00 am
Songs, music, books and social play for children ages, 0-18 months and their parent or caregiver.

Toddler Time: Fridays, 10:00 am
Songs, nursery rhymes, books and action for children, ages 18 months-36 months, and their parent or caregiver.

Stories Alive: Tuesdays, 10:00 am
Stories, songs and activities for children, ages 3-5 y ears old. Children attend independently, but parent or caregiver must remain in Children's Department during the program.

Family Fun: Thursdays, 10:00 am
Join us in the Rotary Room for stories, songs, action and fun! Up to 50 children, ages 0-5 years old, can attend this program!



Don't forget to sign up for the Teen Summer Challenge online. In addition to earning points for reading, you earn points every time you participate in a Library program. Earn points toward your READ and DO badges when you attend a Book into Movie Club meeting and other activities!


Service Wednesdays

Beginning July 9,  Noon - 3:00 pm

Main Library  

For teens in grade 6 and up.  Do you need community service hours or just want that good feeling of helping out?  Drop in on Service Wednesdays this summer and get to work helping around the Library. 

Special Outdoor Story Time

Story Time in the Park
Friday,  July 25, 10:00 am
Owen Fish Park, 1442 Stratfield Rd, Fairfield

Join Miss Judy at Owen Fish Park for some outdoor story time fun! For families with children ages 2 and up, with parent and caregiver. No ticket required.

Technology Help

Adult Basic Computer Training - Summer Classes   

flatscreen-computer-room.jpgSign up for our Adult Basic Computer Training series this summer.  On three Saturday mornings from 9:30-10:30 am, the Fairfield Public Library will be offering some hands-on training in our Computer Lab. Registration is required and opens one month before each class begins. Students must have a general understanding of how to use a mouse and general use of a keyboard. 

Saturday, July 19 - Basic Internet and Searching Skills

Saturday, August 2 - Setting up a Gmail account and Basic Email Etiquette

Saturday, August 16 - Managing Documents Online (Google Docs and converting documents to PDF format).

Register online at our website or call (203) 256-3160!   

Computer Assistance Available in our Computer Lab
Volunteers are on-duty in the computer lab at the Main Library every week day. If you need computer assistance, please give us a call at 203-256-3160 to verify that our volunteer has arrived. Mondays  9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Tuesdays 9:30 am - 11:00 am,  Wednesdays 10:00 am - 1:30 pm, Thursdays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Fridays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Be a Part of Fairfield History

The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library are commemorating the Town of Fairfield's 375th Anniversary, and the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Friends organization, by helping to refurbish the Main Library's Memorial Room. The Room will be updated to honor those who have fallen for our country after World War I. 

The Friends are seeking 24 "375th Anniversary" benefactors to contribute towards the Memorial Room's refurbishment, and thus becoming a part of Fairfield's history!  We are currently more than a quarter of the way towards our goal!  Don't miss out on this chance, please consider donating $375 to become a 375th Anniversary benefactor. Your generosity on behalf of the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom will be recognized at the at the official re-opening of the Memorial Room. 

Checks should be made payable to The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library, and sent to 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT, attn: Danielle Sharp.  Any questions, please email us at


Thank you in advance for helping with this wonderful tribute.

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The current show, "Figure and Flora" in the Bruce Kershner Gallery at the Main Library  features the work of two artists. Benjamin Casiano a Stratford resident, was born and raised in New York City.  He has developed his own style and technique, going  from photorealism to cubism, influenced by contemporary art.  He says, "A blank canvas is your doorstep to any place in the universe."

Monroe resident Chandler Davis says, "My inspiration for this series of paintings came from a visit to the Innisfree  Gardens in Pleasant Valley, New York.  The secluded lake at its center was rimmed with a large variety of lily pads and flowers that I had never seen before in such a contemplative setting.  This enabled me to observe the abstract quality within the larger quantity and variety of aquatic life at the water's edge." 
Both artists are exhibiting in galleries in New York and  New England. The show runs from June 21 to August 10. 

More Teen Fun

You won't be able to say there's nothing to do this summer, at least not on Thursday afternoons. Starting Thursday, June 26 through Thursday, July 31 (except for July 3) there are creative classes for teens at the Library on a variety of subjects. Classes alternate between the Main Library and the Fairfield Woods Branch and meet from 2:30-4:00 pm. All classes are for teens entering grade 6 and up. Registration is required.

Classes at the Main Library include ...Dot, Dot, Dot (color theory and pointillism) on July 17; and Build a Baby Robot on July 31.

Classes at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library include The Math of Food (yes, we will cook) on July 10 and String Art on July 24.  




Books & Banter

Thurs., July 17, 1:30 pm

Stella Bain (Shreve)


Movies About Art

If you love our Skype-a-Docent tours or missed them but still love art, this could be for you. Join us for the first showing Views on Vermeer on Wed, July 9 at 10:30 am in the Rotary Room at the Main Library.

The film examines the life and work of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.

The Movies about Art series will feature documentary films highlighting a unique aspect of the art world. These movies will be shown on the second Wednesday of the month in July, August and September.


Text A Librarian

Have a Question?  Text Us!

Given the fast pace of life these days, it may be more convenient for you to text a librarian than to call or come to the Library. Now you can!   Fairfield Public Library now offers a new service, Text a Librarian, that allows patrons to text questions to the Library from their mobile phones.  The service does not display phone numbers and generates an anonymous ID for each patron.

It is easy to use!  The first time that you use our new service, text the word "START" to 203-347-2507.  You will receive a text back from us right away instructing you to text your question. We will get back to you as soon as possible, during Library hours. 

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