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Early Years Are Learning Years

Week of Young Child

April 6-12th is The Week of the Young Child, a celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association.  This event was created to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood development.  The years from birth through age 8 are a critical time to build a strong foundation for learning that will serve a child throughout life – and your Fairfield Public Library can… Read More

Parenting Easy Button

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Do you sometimes wish parenting came with a big red “easy” button? Well, help is here! The Pathways to Parenting series at Main Library is set to address a hot-button issue of parenting: discipline. On Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 pm, parenting consultant, Ellen Swan, Director of Parenting in Action, LLC, will discuss “Does “No” Mean “No” or Does “No” Mean “Maybe?” and deliver strategies that really work to build parenting skills and decrease power struggles and… Read More

Motivate for Math!

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By now we’ve all heard of the acronym STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) and we know the Common Core standards are calling for a lot more NON- FICTION reading.  So make sure you check out all the amazing new resources the library has in these areas.  Yes, math can be fun and young readers will really enjoy the wide range of materials in our collection… Bedtime Math started out as a math education website and has… Read More

Spring into Spring!

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March 20th is the first day of Spring! After this long winter, we are all ready to get out there and enjoy the outdoors.  Below are 5 books that I call “oldies but goodies” to get you in the mood for Spring.  The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss—Snow is falling. All the animals are fast asleep in their animal homes. They awake. They open their eyes. They sniff. They run. What will they find?  1950 Caldecott Honor… Read More

In Like A Lion Out Like A Lamb

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“March Comes in Like a Lion and Goes Out Like a Lamb” As folklore goes, this phrase, passed down from generation to generation, may be traced back to ancient times and those who watched the stars. March begins as the Constellation Leo is crossing toward the meridian. Leo is the Lion. Towards the end of the month, the Constellation Aries begins to rise. Aries is the ram. Scholars have also traced the phrase back to the… Read More

Yee-Haw!

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Last Friday night, the Children’s Room hosted our semi-annual Family Dance Party… the theme this year: Go Texan Day! We had ourselves a real good time. With refreshments, crafts, and plenty of dancing, our Family Dance Parties are the perfect way to spend a cold winter night or a hot summer evening. Thanks for dancing, y’all! ~Ms. Mary     

Got Pancakes?

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Did you know it takes 40 gallons of sap from a sugar maple tree to make just 1 gallon of maple syrup?   Connecticut’s maple sugaring season is finally underway, and there are dozens of maple sugar shacks across the state ready to show families how the sap is tapped, collected, boiled and turned into tasty maple syrup. View a complete list of CT sugarhouses here and get ready for a sweet road trip! If you bring home some local CT maple syrup, try… Read More

The Year of the Horse

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Chinese New Year technically may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn a bit more about it! Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese festivals. It is a time of family reunion. Families thoroughly clean their house in order to sweep away any ill fortune and to make way for good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with delicate red paper cutouts and poems. People wear red clothes and give… Read More

Congratulations, Hazel!

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Fairfield Public Library’s “Bookworm” & “Mysterious Society” member , Hazel Foley, has just learned that she won the PTA Reflections contest and her work is now headed to the statewide contest… The name of her poem? No surprise here… it’s simply her passion.       Books by Hazel Foley If you’re sad or feeling blue Settle down with a book or two Read some fantasy, fiction is swell Read about Sleeping Beauty under a spell… Read More

Groundhog Day is Coming: Will he see his shadow?

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Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog resident of Punxsutawney  Pennsylvania, emerges from his dwelling in Gobblersknob on February 2. Residents celebrate the beloved groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. The folklore has been around since the 1800’s. If “Phil” sees no shadow, it means there will be an early Spring, but if he sees his shadow it means there will be six more weeks of Winter on the way. Brrr-let’s hope he sees his shadow!… Read More