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The author of Books for Living, a 2017 One Book One Town selection, will visit Fairfield for the signature event of our tenth annual celebration of community reading. After the discussion, Mr. Schwalbe will be on hand to sign copies of his book. Registration for this event begins on Wednesday, March 1 at 9:00 am and seats are strictly limited.
Wednesday, March 15, 7:00–9:30 pm Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University
Will Schwalbe is the author of the award-winning book The End of Your Life Book Club, published in 2012. It spent more than four months on The New York Times Bestseller list and has been translated into thirteen languages.
OBOT Programs for All Ages
Novel in a Jar Challenge: Visit the Fairfield Public Library and the Fairfield Woods Branch Library’s Service desks (Reference, Children’s and Circulation) in the month of March to see if you can determine the unknown novel that has been dismantled and displayed in a jar. Correct answers will be placed into a raffle to determine a winner for each unique jar. All winners will be listed on the Library’s OBOT Blog and through the Library’s social media. March 1–31
Talking About Books with Dr. Mark Schenker – Books for Living: Join us for a lively conversation and wonderful exchange of ideas about how Books for Living and other beloved books impact our lives. Presenter: Dr. Mark Schenker is a Senior Associate Dean of Yale College and Dean of Academic Affairs. He has led book discussions in Connecticut for more than 25 years. Thursday, March 2, 7:00 pm – Rotary Room, Main Library
A Child of Books – Readers Theatre Gala: Enter the majestic world of timeless literature as imagined by our OBOT 2017 selection during this unique performance featuring librarians and local readers. You won’t want to miss it! Saturday, March 4, 7:00 pm – Main Library
One Book One Town Seventh Annual Writing Contest: Join us for a wonderful evening as the winner of the One Book One Town writing contest read their works. This year’s them is “A Book That Speaks to Me,” a prominent theme in Books for Living.
Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 pm – Memorial Room, Main Library
OBOT Programs at the Branch
Craft Salon: Ceramic Tile Coasters: Celebrate reading and our OBOT selection by making tile coasters with your favorite book covers and titles. Ages 18 and up. Saturday, March 4, 10:00 am
#iamreading Library Bag: In celebration of OBOT we will be making a charming book bag. Ages 18 and up. Saturday, March 4, 1:00 pm – Platt Walsh Room, Fairfield Woods Branch Library
OBOT Programs for Adults
Fantastic Finds – One Book One Town: On the First Friday of every month precious items from our treasure trove of rare books and manuscripts will be revealed! The materials will be discussed and questions answered. All are welcome.This session is inspired by the One Book One Town selection: Books for Living ,and our librarians will present some materials featured in Schwalbe’s work. Friday, March 3, 11:00 am – Reading Room, Pequot Library
Children’s Books Merit Grown-up Conversation: This program offers adults the opportunity to learn and discuss what picture books have to offer both children and adults. Part 1 covers the dual audience of children’s books, a brief history and an introduction to the language of the field. Part 2 explores specific titles and art styles. Presenter: Kristina Lareau, Fairfield Public Library Children’s Librarian
Part 1: Visual Literacy and The Picture Book -Tuesday, March 7, 7:00–8:00 pm
Part 2: Evaluating Picture Book Art and Text – Thursday, March 9, 7:00–8:00 pm
Children’s Program Room, Main Library
Trivia for Living: Join us for a night of Literary Trivia at a local Fairfield pub! Test your knowledge on a wide range of books and authors. Bring your library card and earn bonus points. Must be over 21 years old. No registration required! Tuesday, March 7, 8:00 pm – Anna Liffey’s, 1494 Post Road, Fairfield
Continue the Conversation Series: Share the books that have marked your life at these informal chats inspired by Books for Living. Bring lunch and join us any time during the session, and stay as long as you’d like. No registration required! Each session has a different theme.
Monday, March 20, 12 pm–2:00 pm: Books about Love
Tuesday, March 21, 12–2:00 pm: Books about Loss
Wednesday, March 22, 12–2:00 pm: Books about Life
Memorial Room, Main Library
Goodreads: Share books you love on Goodreads, the world’s largest social media site for readers and book recommendations! Find new and interesting books, see what your friends are reading, write book reviews, and keep track of what you have read and what you want to read. Participate in the Annual Reading Challenge! Presenters: Claudia Silk, Tech Services and Philip Bahr, Reference Librarian Wednesday, March 22, 12 pm – Rotary Room, Main Library
OBOT Programs for Kids & Families
Families Unplug and Talk About Favorite Books: Come gather and unplug at the Pequot Library to share a book that holds meaning for your family. Engage in an open discussion about your family’s favorite books, and the importance of reading and unplugging as a family. The dialogue will be led by librarian, Christine Catallo, who will share the Pequot staff’s favorites. Tea and cookies will be served. Saturday, March 18, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, Pequot Library
Book Scene Shadow Box Contest for Grades K–5: Recreate a scene from your favorite book! Use a shoe box or a box of similar size as your scene setter. You may use any materials, but emphasis will be placed on creativity. A typed or neatly hand-written copy of the passage should accompany the shadow box along with a short paragraph as to why you chose the book. All entrants must be in grades K–5. Shadow Box entries must be dropped off in the Children’s Department at the Main Library between March 19 and March 25. All Shadow Boxes must be picked up before 5:00 pm on April 1. Please click here for an official entry form and rules.
Book Scene Shadow Box Contest Awards & Reception: Come see all the entries for the Book Scene Shadow Box Contest. Cast your vote for your favorites and see who the judges choose for the winners!
Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm – Memorial Room, Main Library