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In our One Book One Town 2021 selection Punching the Air, Amal finds the freedom to express himself in his art and poetry, which brings him solace in unspeakably dark circumstances. What act of self-expression brings you solace in tough times? Is it writing or painting? Dancing or cooking? Or something else? Tell us about it in no more than 750 words or in the artistic medium of your choosing.
Please submit written works in PDF format. Artistic media should be submitted as a jpeg for still images or as a link for video format.
Please one submission per entrant.
This contest is for middle school and high school students and adults.  
Be sure to include the following with your submission:
-Age category (middle school, high school, or adult)
-Email address
-Phone number
Entries can be submitted to Contest winners will be notified before the reception and will be invited to read and display their works.  
The virtual reception will be on Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 pm.
There will be a winner chosen for each age category among the writing submissions and a winner for each category among the artistic submissions.

Black History Month
Celebrate Black History Month in February and all year-round
using authoritative and informative Connecticut resources.
Connecticut Historical Society
Explore displays and programs throughout 2021 on the African-American experience in the Nutmeg state.
Connecticut History
Uncover Black History Resources through statewide websites, places, documents. and books via, a project of  
Connecticut Humanities.
Tour Connecticut's tributes to Black History, attend African American Arts and Culture events, and view presentations and events from, Connecticut Office of Tourism.  

#TogetherWeRead, a digital book club connecting readers to the same ebook & audiobook at the same time with no waitlists or holds.

Begins Feb.10th!

The featured title is Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn.

Borrow the featured title & join the discussion:

Community Puzzle

Join us for our third "Let's Stick Together" community puzzle. 
Great snow day activity or whenever you need some time to unwind.

Upon registration you will receive an email with the link to the puzzle.

Please note these work best on a computer or laptop. 
When using a tablet or smart phone, please open the puzzle in your web browser for best results.

Happy Puzzling!

What's Cooking:
A Conversation with  
Chef Jacques Pépin.
Monday, February 8 
6:30 p.m. 

Join us for a Zoom conversation with our Connecticut neighbor,
Chef Jacques Pépin!

Chef Pépin is world-renowned as a chef, host of his revered and popular cooking programs on public television, a respected instructor, and gifted artist. He has authored over 30 cookbooks.

He was a longtime friend of Julia Child, and their PBS series
Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home won a Daytime Emmy Award.
He has been honored with 24 James Beard Foundation Awards, five honorary doctoral degrees, and lifetime achievement awards from
American Public Television and the Emmys (2019). 

We will be discussing Chef Pépin's five ingredient meals as well as his newest cookbook, Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple. Cookbooks are available for purchase at the Fairfield University Bookstore. He will address how to prepare memorable, yet smaller events during these times. We will find out how he is spending his time cooking during the pandemic, and learn about his comfort foods and go to recipes.

Our moderator for the evening will be local chef and restaurant owner, Matt Storch. Matt won Chopped on The Food Network and owns  
Match and Match Burger Lobster. 

**The Zoom link will be emailed 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  
***A Different Kind of
Book Club-Mysteries
Wednesday, February 10
6:30 p.m.
Join us monthly for  
A Different Kind of Book Club.  
This month we focus on Mysteries. No required book reading.  
Just an interest in learning more and/or sharing your favorite books from the genre.
Librarian Philip Bahr leads the program with occasional guests.
After we cover the genre - history, favorite authors, seminal work -
the group opens up, inviting participants to share their favorite books from the genre. If you're new to the genre, sit back and enjoy.  
You're guaranteed to leave with a great new list of books.    

 ***SNOW DATE from last week.

Tech Help:  Thursday, February 11     
11:00 a.m. 

This week we focus on our two digital resources which focus exclusively on music, Medici for classical music concerts and Freegal for streaming
and downloading popular music.

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 have the device(s) you want to use to access this service with you and any log-in credentials needed.

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

Virtual Event  
Author Janet Skeslien Charles interviewed by Anita Abriel
Thursday, February 11
1:30 p.m.
Please join us as we welcome Janet Skeslien Charles, interviewed by Anita Abriel, to discuss her new book The Paris Library.
Janet Skeslien Charles is the award-winning author of Moonlight in Odessa and
The Paris Library. Her shorter work has appeared in revues such as Slice and Montana Noir. She learned about the history of the American Library in Paris while working there as the programs manager.
Anita Abriel was born in Sydney, Australia. She received a BA in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Bard College. She lives in California with her family and is the author of Lana's War and The Light After the War which was inspired by her mother's story of survival during WWII.
Zoom link will be sent to you the day of the event.  

Virtual Event  
Adult Crafting: Macramé Feather Take & Make
Friday, February 12
11:00 a.m.
Macramé was a large textile surge popular in the 1970s, contraptions for hanging plants, belts, bags, and other accessories favored by bohemians. The origin of macramé actually stretches back to the 13th century at least and is based on a simple structure: the knot. Carried on through the centuries by sailors passing time on long voyages, this type of fiber art is making a steady comeback. Join us virtually to learn to macramé a feather for your wall or your valentine.
Registrants will receive an e-mail with the Zoom meeting id information in the reminder e-mail.
Through curbside pick-up, registered patrons can pick up their Macramé Feather Take & Make kits on Wednesday, February 10, from 12-2pm or 4-5pm at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library.
If the class is full and you do not require any materials, email for registration.

Winter Reading Challenge- We are Half Way There.
Over 65% of our goal minutes have been read!

Week 3 Winners.
Visit the challenge page for more information and book reviews!

It's Game ON
To Help Bring Even More Love to our
Small Businesses this February! 
Introducing our Love Local Bingo Contest for the month of February!  
It's easy to play: Make BINGO on one of two game cards by visiting and making purchases at one of 47 participating Fairfield businesses during the month of February.   
You will also need to upload an image of your dated stamped receipts via the link provided as proof of purchases in order to have a chance to win a $250 shopping spree and other great prizes.   
All entries must be submitted by March 5th.  For a complete list of participating Fairfield businesses, contest rules and to download your game board, go to   
Sponsored by: ExperienceFairfieldCT 


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