Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | January 20, 2010

Being GREEN is soooo in

We’ve launched our Green Film Festival as part of our “Live for Tomorrow” series.  It’s fantastic.  Last week we viewed, all 68 of us, Food Matters.  If you haven’t seen it, you have got to check it out! It’s described as a hard-hitting, fast paced look at our current state of health.  It will really make you think about what you are putting into your mouth and how easy it is to change.  Yes, I know giving up some favorite foods, ie McDonalds Big Macs, seems unthinkable, but just making one or two simple changes, ie drinking water, water, water can be so healthy.  Why is it so hard for us to adjust/change.  Our health is so clearly an important priority for all of us.  Come on blog readers, let’s take a healthy stand!

On January 27 we will be showing King Korn. A documentary about two friends, one acre of corn and the subsidized crop that drives our fast food nation.  You will never look at a package of processed food the same way….corn in some form, in almost everything!

Oh I forgot to mention the “Catch a Healty Habit Cafe” will be serving up some samples again.  Their fruit smoothies are totally delicious.

Hope you can make the movie showing. 

Nancy

Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | December 10, 2009

Purls of Wisdom outdoes itself

Did you ever have one of those days that you just didn’t want to end? This past Friday our library was visited by some of the cutest 3 and 4 year olds you could imagine.  They were a group of children from Daughters of Charity nursery school, in Bridgeport. You may have seen my earlier post on the group; who would have thought these young kids could be so cute, well-behaved, and lovable especially since this was  their first visit to a public library.  They gave us tons of kisses and hugs and loved the hats and scarves and mittens. Check out the article in Fairfield Citizen. Community, community, community. Thank you Purls of Wisdom knitting group.

This year’s One Book, One Town was announced recently.  The title is “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea.  This will be a great book club selection and the “Librarians on Loan”, Karen Ronald (Deputy Director) and myself hope that we will get to visit even more book clubs to lead a lively discussion.  We love visiting our local book clubs.  Every club has a unique story on how they got started, what they love to read, how long they’ve been around.  If you belong to a book club, in Fairfield, I hope you will chose “Into the Beautiful North” as your March book club choice and call soon to book “Librarians on Loan.”

Amie Hall, an awesome Health Counselor, who has done some wonderful programs here at the branch just received a grant, from ACT (Adults and Children together) to do a series for teens.  This is really exciting.  Once a month the group will gather here at the Branch and experience new foods and how to cook them, fun fitness moves, and healthy food conversations.  The teens will have to register for the series and the registration is limited;  check out our events calendar in the next couple of weeks for more information.

Well the year has almost ended. What’s my top ten list of favorite library happenings…….I’ve got to think on that one.  I can tell you the books I’ve read have been filled with plot twists, historical facts, love connections, sadness, humor, war, imaginative spaces….one of my favorites is a teen book called “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins and her second book in the trilogy “Catching Fire.”  If you’ve got some time and are looking for something a little bit different to read pick up “Hunger Games”, I’m pretty sure you won’t be able to put it down. 

I’ve be listening to “The Magician” by Lev Grossman, it’s a modern day fantasy for adults.  Listening to it certainly made my trip into work each day go a little bit quicker. Imagine Narnia, Dungeons and Dragons, and lots of magic it’s all in this fast paced book.

I’m sure you’ve been reading some great books this past year as well.  Let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

Nancy

Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | October 29, 2009

More great programs

We had several great programs this week at the branch.  On Tuesday we had a program call “Simply sneaky, family friendly food for kids.”  Amie Hall, Holistic Health Counselor and Cooking Coach gave another great workshop on healthy eating.  She focused on busy families and ways to “sneak” in healthy foods into our daily menus.  Check out her website http://websites.integrativenutrition.com/AHall/Index.aspx. Amie has been so generous in offering her time and expertise for programs here at the branch.  I’ve learned so much myself.

Today I had a huge surprise when I walked into our Purls of Wisdom knitting group.  We had about 20 knitters!!  Wow, if it grows any more I’m going to have to start looking for a larger space.  We are working on such a wonderful community project.  We are knitting hats and scarves for “Daughters of Charity” preschool.  This preschool is in Bridgeport and services families in the area. There are 20 children, 10 boys and 10 girls, who go to the preschool, while their parents work.  We’ve invited them here to our library for stories, crafts, songs and lunch.  At the end of their visit we will be gifting them each a hat and scarf set and the book “The Mitten” by Jan Brett.  Some of the knitters have also been knitting baby blankets for 6 unwed mothers, who attend learning sessions at Daughter’s of Charity.  Our knitting group is filled with a wonderful group of woman (no men yet), of mixed ages.  It always makes me smile when I see us all gathered together.  We may have never met if it wasn’t for the common threads of the library community and the love of knitting.

Our teen librarian, Jen has been offering a great program called LIbrary Buddies.  Her second one in her series was this afternoon. She has gathered a group of teens, who once a month, offer a program for 1st and 2nd graders.  It’s book based and this series is all about going around the world.  The kids visit 4 different stations and get involved in crafts, stories, songs and games.  Jen has gotten a great group of teens to help her each month.  I think they might love the program more than the elementary age kids!  Oh yeah, we also got pumpkins donated by Trader Joe’s and the teens have been decorating them all week.  They are placed all over the library and they look outstanding.

October is ending and we are gearing up for November.  Can’t wait!

Happy reading,

Nancy

Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | September 24, 2009

Live today for tomorrow…again

Another fantastic program last night.  Who would have thought that a program on soil preparation could bring out 45 people.  And Nick Mancini, the presenter of this workshop, did not disappoint.  He is such an expert on soil and what is right for a vegetable garden.  He shared with us how he’s gone to the shore and gotten buckets of seaweed for his garden (he says to head out at low tide to gather it and wash the seaweed you gather before drying and putting in your garden) and how he has dried banana peels to add to his soil in his garden.  Both highly nutrient for the soil and something that is pretty easy to come by.  I wish I could take a piece of land here at the library and use it as a learning tool.  That way people could come out and see how each step is done – sometimes it all seems so intimidating.  You just need that little bit of observation and reassurance that yes, I can do this.  Please check out Nick’s website  http://organicgardeningsimplified.com/classes.htm, his email address is there as well.  I’m sure he’d be happy to answer your soil questions.  Don’t forget the Fairfield Green Food Guide http://fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com/ it’s another great source of information.

Next up for us: Color Your Diet Healthy.  You’ve grown all the vegetables, now what?  Micki Bello, a nutritional educator, loves to help people of all ages take back control of their health through healthy eating.  She’ll be sharing simple tips and strategies.  Sign up, I’d love to see you there.

Nancy

Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | September 19, 2009

Live Today for Tomorrow

We’ve begun our “Live Today for Tomorrow” series and both programs, so far, have been outstanding.  I was able to attend Amie Hall’s program, Square Foot Gardening, last night.  Amie made planting a garden in a square grid look so easy!  She actually brought the wood in and pictures of the veggies to show how easy it is.  She talked about the gardens she has started at two middle schools, in town, and she also talked about the advantages of having a garden in your yard. We all know this, right.  The advantage of fresh picked veggies and herbs in the summer.  But, some people become intimidated by the prospect of it all.  You can do this.  Check out the book “All new square foot gardening” by Mel Bartholomew.  Or visit his website to find lots of great stuff. 

Amie’s got a website as well www.FromYourInsideOut.com, check it out.

 In this past Friday’s Fairfield Citizen, September19th, there was an article about an upcoming presenter, Wyatt Whiteman; “Reliving simpler times” and another great article from Bill Deusing our first presenter called “How are we going to eat?”.  Being informed helps us all make smart choice in how we live our days.

This week Nick Mancini will be discussing “soil” and how to get it ready now for next year.  Oh, and our sewing program is coming up on Saturday.  If your around stop by, you’ll learn lots of great tips.

Happy reading!

Nancy

Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | August 19, 2009

Live Today for Tomorrow

I love the fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, beans, peas, cabbage and more I’ve been pulling out of my garden, this summer.  They have been so yummy – Eating fresh and eating local is awesome, that’s why I’m so excited about our upcoming programs here at the branch.  If you’ve wanted to start your own garden but don’t think you have enough room in your yard you may be interested in our container garden program.  It’s amazing how little space you need to grow some delicious vegetables or herbs. My husband grew some awesome tomatoes in a pot he had sitting on our hatchway, for the summer, and we really enjoyed picking our own blueberries from the 10 bushes he planted against the back wall of our house.  Who knew it could be so easy!   Aime Hall, our presenter of this workshop, is a Health Counselor and a strong supporter of growing local.   She has helped develop container gardens in a couple of our local schools which is great.  It’s giving local kids an opportunity to grow their own.

You might think it’s to early to start thinking about a garden for next spring but Nick Mancini, a Master Gardener and soil guru assures me it’s not.  There is a ton of stuff you can do now to prepare your soil for next year’s summer garden.  Think fresh, think delicious, think juicy….it’ll motivate you to start working your soil!

How can we have a healthy relationship to the natural world?  What are we doing in Connecticut to preserve our farms and land? I care about this and I hope you do too.  Bill Duesing, Executive Director of Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) will be here to kick off our series on sustainable living.

Sustainable living can also mean recycle and reuse.  I’m really excited about the program the Connecticut Chapter American Sewing Guild is offering.  If you’re like me mending or sewing a button onto something hasn’t actually been a top priority in my life.  But as I’ve begun to rethink how my husband and I live I’m warming up to the idea of learning the right way to mend something.  Some wonderful ladies from the sewing guild are going to show us some easy stitches,(is a slip stitch one?) we can use to mend.  They’ve put together take home kits for us to use that afternoon. This could be a great family program.  I think it’s going to be great fun, I hope I see you there.

We’ve got our ongoing programs, Purls of Wisdom, (you should see my felted bag and socks I’ve made!) and the Garden Coach.  Diana, our Master Gardener, puts together an informative session on topics of interest to the backyard gardener.  In September she’s going to be talking about planting all of those fall bulbs that you can’t wait to pop up in the spring – think tulips and daffodils.  Our knitting group is so much fun – we had a photographer from the Faifield Citizen in the other day taking pictures of our knitters knitting and purling away – it was great – a full color page!  Joan is the leader of the group and she has helped us all with our knitting “issues”.

Dr. Mona Garcia brings history to life with her series this fall “Sovereigns and Siblings: The Children of Christian IX”.  Dr. Garcia has a way of making history come alive.  She presents a cast of historical characters that you begin to know intimately by the end of the session.

Well, I’ve touched on some of our September programming, this of course doesn’t even include our children’s or teen programs and don’t forget about our great bookclubs that will be starting back up.  Check out our website www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org to see everything that’s offered.

Sign up, become part of our Woods commuity.  I’d love to meet you.

Happy gardening,

Nancy

Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | July 15, 2009

Amazing Friday’s and more…

The summer is in full swing and we have been having some amazing programs at Fairfield Woods.  Last Friday was our first Amazing Friday’s program.  About 25 kids (check out the pictures) experienced tons of worms (both real and fake) in tribute to our book “How to eat fried worms”.  They made a worm farm, tried to catapult a gummy worm the farthest, and made goo worms using a “special” worm formula.  When we finished up we enjoyed lunch and the watching of the movie “How to eat fried worms.”  The kids had a great time watching it, (it was funny) but we agreed the book is always better than the movie.  This week the kids will be experiencing the books by Lemony Snicket.  They’ll be trying on disguises, cooking up a recipe, and inventing an escape route.

This is the second week of our chess club. (Check out the pictures) We’ve got 11 kids who are very intent on learning and playing the game together.  The atmosphere is definitely intense!!  Our teacher, Bruce, has been playing chess for years and has tremendous patience with the learners.

We had a great bookclub last week, it’s called Beyond the Book.  This group of parents and kids enjoyed reading and discussing “The doll people”, by Ann Martin.  We took the book discussion one step further by having the families make their own dollhouse room.  All of the creations where unique and beautiful.  It’s amazing what you can do with a shoebox, some cloth, paper, and glue.  There was wallpaper going up and floors going down, pictures being hung…. The discussion was everything about dolls living in their dollhouses, doll state, and who was our favorite doll person.

Adult summer reading is in full swing.  I’ve been reading books for our One Book One Town event in March.  I’ve just finished “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana Rosnay. A beautifully written book with characters that will stay with you.  I’ve just started “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout.  This novel takes place in Maine.  So far all the characters seem dark and struggling with their life.  Again the characters and descriptions are written with precision and depth.  If you get a chance to read them let us know your reaction.

Happy Summer,

Nancy

Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | June 13, 2009

Summer Reading

My garden has been planted and weeds have been pulled, that means it’s time to get serious about SUMMER READING!!! This year, for the first time, the library is offering a summer reading program for adults.  I know, I know, you’re thinking it’s summer, I’m not interested in tracking titles, or pages, or books.  Well, it’s really not that difficult. All you need to do is sign up on line (you can do that via our webpage – www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org) Once you’ve signed up you decide whether you want to keep track of the books you are reading and you can do this online; at home, on vacation….  This is a really cool feature because if you’re like me, you can’t remember what you’ve read in the last 6 months.  Just log in and jot down your books.  That’s it!! Now, if you want to put in a little bit more of an effort, each week the library is raffling off great prizes for adults. Some of the prizes are books signed by authors, museum passes, baseball tickets, restuarant coupons……fun stuff for the summer. What you would need to do is either go to the main library or here at the branch and fill out a slip of paper, with your name and phone #, and put it in “the box” which is at the summer book display area.  Once a week a name is drawn.

Each week we are focusing on different genres (types of books). Our first week was Mystery, this week is Romance, next week is Lifestyles, Memoirs, Travel, Animals…..we’ve bought some of the best new stuff, to fill our tables with, once those are gone we’ve got lots more to take there place.  We decided to showcase a different genre each week, just in case you are looking for something new and different to read this summer.  This does not mean you have to read any of these books, it’s summer after all and a time to sit back, grab a lemonade and READ.

We’ve also got some great author’s coming in to talk about their books.  Richard Wiese, author of “Born to Explore” was here, at the branch last week, he was fantastic!   Kim Bensen, author of  “finally thin!”  will be at the branch this Wednesday, June 17 that 7:00pm (I hear she’s going to be doing something with bagels!) , Andrew Gross, author of “Don’t Look Twice” will be at the main library on June 22nd at noon and Jeff Blumenfeld, author of “You want to go where?” will be at the main library on July 1st at 7:00pm. You’ll find all the info on our website.

Happy Summer and Enjoy a couple of great READS.

Nancy

Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | May 13, 2009

Upcoming programs

June is going to be a great month for programs here at the Branch. Whether you’re a gardener, adventurer, knitter, or thinking about starting that diet….again, we’ve got some great presenters. 

On Thursday, June 4th, from 10:00am-12:00pm, we are beginning a new “PURLS OF WISDOM” group.  I love to knit and we’ve found a really great, long time knitter to lead this group.  If you’ve been itching to join the knitting craze but don’t know where to begin, come.  If you’re a seasoned knitter and are looking for some like minded people to share your passion with, come.  If your curious about knitting, and yarn, and how two needles and two basic stitches can be transformed into something beautiful, come.  If you want to get started right away, bring a pair of size 10 needles and some yarn.  This will be an ongoing drop-in on Thursday mornings.

On June 6th at 2:00 pm we are having explorer extraordinaire Richard Wiese visit and talk about his latest book – “Born to Explore”.  This is going to be a great family program.  In his book, Mr Wiese has included over one hundred excellent projects which show how to have fun with science and nature, how to not always take the most walked path, and how to learn to “read” the natural world.  Doesn’t this book sound totally cool.  The author hosts a nationally syndicated television show, Exploration with Richard Wiese, and he was the youngest president in “The Explorers Club’s” hundred year history.  I think he knows what he’s talking about!! Oh, and he will of course have his books available for sale and to be signed by him.  This program is just in time for that all important summer adventure.

I love to garden, and I’ve grown my vegetable garden to be even bigger than last year.  I planted tons of seeds, for this upcoming summer, down in my basement – It felt like a real greenhouse down there.  If you’re a gardener or a gardener wannabee, like me, you’re going to love joining in on the discussion with our Garden Coach.  Diana Ringelheim, master gardener, will be leading an informal discussion on plants and gardening.  Her first topic, those dreaded WEEDS!, Weeds we love to Hate.  She’s going to be meeting monthly, with the first discussion on June 8th from 10:30am-11:30am.

Are you still thinking about that diet??  Have you been watching “The Biggest Loser” and thinking to yourself, “I want to do that.”  On June 17th at 7:00pm author Kim Bensen will be here talking about her book “finally thin”.  Kim recounts her own success story with weight loss: 212 pounds lost forever, 14 dress sizes, 4 ring sizes and 200 points of cholesterol. Join us to be inspired! Ms. Bensen will have her book available for sale after the program.

I haven’t even touched upon our Adult Summer Reading Event that begins in June.  Each week we will be featuring a different genre.  Mystery, Lifestyles, Memoirs, Romance…….you will not be without that all important summer beach read.  We’ll have some outstanding choices for you to browse through.

One last thing, on Tuesday, May 19th, we will be having a Woods Used Book Sale.  We’ve been accumulating some great titles over the last several months and we’re putting them out for sale.  We’ll be in front of the library so come over and check it out.

Happy reading!

Nancy

Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | April 26, 2009

Fairfield Woods Branch Library Neighborhood

I love our Woods neighborhood.  Awhile ago i went for a walk around the block during my lunch break.  When I do this I always walk by one house that, during the summer sells fresh produce out on their front driveway.  This particular day as I walked by I saw a sign that said fresh eggs.  I thought to myself, i wish I had some money on me so I could by some eggs.  I got back to the library and asked the staff if they knew who lived in that house.  No one did.  Later in the day, one of the moms who comes in to pick up her daugter and son from downUNDER (our teen space) stopped by to say hi to me.  I said to her, “you don’t by chance know who lives in that house on the corner that’s selling eggs?” She smiled at me and said “We do” – “No way” I said.  “Yeah we do.”  “Sooooo you’re selling the fresh eggs?”  – Well within 10 minutes her daughter had gone home, picked up a dozen fresh eggs, and delivered them to me in the library.  The eggs were so beautiful, and so delicious!! But the part I love the most is the neighborhood connection.  Our Woods neighborhood is filled with talented and interesting people.  It seems each week I meet and enjoy someone new.  In a couple of weeks we’re going to be starting another knitting group at the branch.  I’m not going to be running it, one of our Woods neighbors is.  I can’t wait for it to begin.  A master gardner, another Woods neighbor lead a fantastic discussion, this last Friday, on awakening your Spring Garden.  She had a wonderful mix of local neighbors who were all interested in learning about awakening their gardens  They talked about getting together, at the library, on a monthly basis to discuss and learn more.  Our library continues to be a perfect gathering place.  The library staff loves helping everyone and is always trying to make our patrons visit pleasant and memorable.  Stop in if you get a chance, We’d love to meet you.

Nancy

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