Magic Words

Fairfield Public Library Children's Blog


In Like A Lion Out Like A Lamb

In like a lion

“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



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?

from maple trees to maple syrup

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

Year of the Horse

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!


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?

punx phil

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

Pro Sports Superstars – a new series!

Patriots football

With Superbowl XLVIII (that’s 48 I think), right around the corner on February 2nd now is the perfect time to catch up on all the details about your favorite Football teams with these great new books. Even reluctant readers will be drawn to this easy-to-read, high interest series of books about football. We have 8 brand new titles including Superstars of the Steelers, Giants, Patriots, Colts, Packers, Broncos, Cowboys, and Bears. The books are bright and… Read More

Go Graphic!

Secret Science Alliance

Go Graphic! by Ms. Beth Check out “Go Graphic!” our reading list of Graphic Novels for grades 4-5! There are lots of great suggestions for graphic novel lovers there. One of my favorites is The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis.   What does a Secret Squirt Watch, a pair of Spring –Loaded Super –Boots, and the incredible Kablovsky Copter have in common? This trio of gadgeteers is hard at work in a secret lab,… Read More



Welcome to Children’s Services’ new blog: Magic Words! You’ll find all sorts of good stuff on this blog: from book reviews to story time songs/rhymes to educational articles and more. Needless to say, Magic Words has something for everyone. As any good blogger knows, keeping the posts current and fresh is important. So, we’ll make sure to have something new almost every day. In the meantime, meet the staff of Children’s Services. Maybe you’ll find out… Read More

Abe Lincoln – The Boy Who Loved Books

Abe Lincoln

The Boy Who Loved Books by Ms. Diane BRRRrrrr!!!!!!! Keeping warm this winter by discovering many treasures at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library to use for winter programs. A special treasure is  Abe Lincoln, The Boy Who Loved Books.   Abe Lincoln by  Kay Winters Grades K-3 Format: Biography, Picture Abraham Lincoln was an amazing person who overcame many hardships and became our 16th president. Readers will enjoy learning about Lincoln as a spirited, wiry youngster who loved to… Read More