Library Highlights 12/4
"All Aboard!" 
Virtual Event  
Off the Rails: Connecticut's Transportation Future Post-COVID
Wednesday, December 9
7:00 pm.

Long-time commuter advocate and newspaper commentator Jim Cameron offers a lively presentation and Q&A on Connecticut's transportation crisis:
* Will riders ever return to commuter rail?
* Who will pay to keep the trains running?
* Where will money be found for our highways?
* How will new residential / workplace trends affect CT's economy?

Jim Cameron is a longtime commuter advocate and commentator on transportation issues in the state. Born and raised in Toronto, Jim attended Lehigh University and then worked in broadcasting and journalism in Hartford, Boston and New York City. He is the recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award for his work at NBC News.

In 1993 he joined the CT Metro-North Rail Commuter Council where he served 11 years as Vice Chairman and four years as Chairman. Since 2003 he has authored a weekly newspaper column and blog, Getting There, which appears each Monday in the six Hearst daily newspapers across Connecticut. He is also author of a new book,
Off The Record: Confessions of a Media Consultant.

A Zoom link will be provided on the day of the event.


Virtual Event  
Monday Mudras Meditation Sessions with Jesse Rovero
Every Monday at 7:30 p.m. 

Join in by Zoom for a virtual Mudras meditation class by Jesse Rovero. Mudras are hand gestures used during meditation that channel your body's energy flow.

Please sign up with your email address and you will get the Zoom link to join the meeting. If you have any questions please email Mary Coe at
Register here.     
Virtual Event  
Keeping Your Student on Track in an  
eLearning Environment
Monday, December 7 
7:00 p.m.  

In a 30-minute highly dynamic, action-specific, and interactive seminar, parents of middle and high school students are invited to learn best-practice, tools and strategies to support their student with at-home learning.

What you will learn:
* What are the 8 things you can do to optimize your student's eLearning practice
* How you can keep your student on track and on task
* How you can establish and maintain accountability
* Should your student study with a friend
* How to minimize distractions
* How to reduce your student's stress and anxiety

**Registrants will receive information on how to access the webinar within 24 hours of event start time.

About the presenter-  Nine years and 7,100 students ago, Michelle Sagalyn created Successful Study Skills for Students (S4) by observing her sons' lack of study skills as they entered 6th and 9th grades. The S4 evidence-based study skills system teaches time management, organization, note taking, test prep, and executive functioning so students can become independent learners. Michelle received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Empowering Women in Retirement Financial Workshop
Tuesday, December 8
6:00 p.m.  
Previous program last month had technical difficulties.
We are running this program again for anyone who missed it.
The "Empowering Women In Retirement" workshop looks into scenarios that can or may have arisen in ones life that could alter their retirement plans. Divorce, widowed, separated or outliving one's partner are all addressed.
  • Agenda
    • Longevity of women
    • Taxes and the effect on retirement
    • Addressing the biggest concern "will I run out of money"
Presenter: Michael Alimo, President, USA Financial and Tax Resources. Having started his financial career on Wall Street in the early 1980's Mr. Alimo has given hundreds of presentations throughout the communities at your local continuing educational programs, libraries and many universities as well. Mr. Alimo's office is located in Wilton, CT.

Women & Money Roundtable
Wednesday, December 9
1:00 p.m.   

Women often wish they were more informed about finances as they relate to their family and themselves. This monthly discussion group, started in the spring of 2016, offers an opportunity to learn more in a comfortable setting with other women.
This month's topic: How to make sense of today's financial markets.

**You will receive a confirmation and a link for the meeting from the New Canaan Library.

Virtual Webinar Event    
Instagram Shops and Other Ways to Sell Online in 2021
Thursday, December 10
12:00 p.m.  
Ecommerce has undergone huge changes since the first online stores were setup in the 1990s. With the recent focus on omnichannel selling, personalization and digital marketing, new opportunities are constantly appearing for the digital marketer.

We'll explore how to better manage or build your own online store on Instagram and a variety of other platforms, including short- and long-term strategies and tips and tricks of the trade.


Virtual Webinar Event   
Tech Help: Creativebug  
Thursday, December 10
11:00 a.m.  
This week we explore Creativebug which offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques.

Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more.
Just in time for the holidays!

Join us weekly as we explore another digital service offered free to Fairfield residents. You will leave knowing how to borrow or access one of our digital resources.

Please register so we can send you the link the day before the program.


Virtual Event  
Teen Library Council Meeting
December 10 
4:30 p.m.  

Fairfield Public Library is looking for teens age 12 and up who are passionate about and dedicated to making sure the library is meeting the needs and wants of teens in the community.  Council members are highly reliable and committed to being actively involved with the library. Active members also earn volunteer hours for participation.  Members have the opportunity to get involved in any or all of the following areas:
  • Plan, promote, and run special events for teens 
  • Help out at Youth Services events
  • Help develop and prepare passive activities for the Teen room
  • Suggest items to add to the library's teen collection (such as books, comics, movies, etc.)
  • Help develop content for the library website and social media
  • Help with other areas as decided by the Teen Librarian
*Please note in-person volunteer opportunities are not currently available.

Registration is required. 
Prior to meeting, please fill out the volunteer application.
December Virtual Book Discussions
A Different Kind of Book Club
Gene Highlight: Holiday Mystery and Romance 
Monday, December 7 
6:30 p.m. 
For December, we will focus on our favorite cozy mysteries and romance novels with a holiday focus. Then we do a round robin inviting participants to share their favorite books from the genre.  
We will also be unveiling our 2021 genre choices and please share your current favorite books and media with the group. You're guaranteed to leave with a list of new books for your nightstand.
If you're new to the genre, just sit back and enjoy. Please join us.  
You're guaranteed to leave with a list of new books for your nightstand or e-reader.  

Senior Literary Society
Wednesday, December 16
11:00 a.m.  

We will be discussing December's selection A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
Please join us for a virtual session of the Senior Literary Society book club that usually meets in-person at the Bigelow Center.
Please sign up with your email address and you will get the Zoom link to join the meeting.  
This book is available to be downloaded on Libby/Overdrive and Hoopla.  
If you have any questions please email Mary Coe at  Hope to 'see' you there!
Gone in August
Monday, December 28
Book Discussion of Snow in August with Michael Bielawa and reflections on Pete Hamill's life. 
7:00 p.m.
Celebrated journalist, novelist, essayist and editor Pete Hamill passed in August of this year.  His career as a writer spanned decades.
He covered politics, sports, and arts in several New York City newspapers and wrote novels, short stories, screenplays, biographies, and memoirs.  
Included among his works is the national best-selling novel  
Snow in August. We will briefly revisit Pete Hamill's life and career, followed by a discussion of the book facilitated by baseball historian and author Michael Bielawa.  

Exciting news coming next week!



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