Feb 07

Staff Favorites: Movies 2017

We gathered a list of favorite films from your full and part-time staff at Fairfield Public Library for 2017. Pretty sure there’s something on this list for everyone!







Staff Movie Favorites 2017

20th Century Women
A Dog’s Purpose
A Quiet Passion
All Eyez On Me
Atomic Blonde
Baby Driver*
Beauty & the Beast*
Belko Experiment
The Big Sick*
Book of Henry
Collateral Beauty*
Dr. Strange
Eagle Huntress
Fantastic Beasts…
Get Out*
Hacksaw Ridge
Hidden Figures*
I Am Not Your Negro*
John Wick 2
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Kingsman:The Golden Circle
Lady Bird
LEGO Batman Movie
Logan Lucky
The Lost City of Z
Manchester by the Sea*
O.J.: Made in America
Once Upon a Time in Venice
Pitch Perfect 3
Rogue One
The Shack*
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Strong Island
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Why Him?
The Wizard of Lies
Wonder Woman*
Zero Days

*more than one vote

Feb 06

Best Actor Nominees in Earlier Work

Below find the nominated actors for this year’s Academy Awards. I’ve listed previous films they’ve been in as a way to look back over their careers. Some are very young and so the list is short. Others are Meryl Streep and well… Enjoy the recommendations.

2018 Oscar Actor Nominees:
Timothée Chalamet
Daniel Day-Lewis
Sally Hawkins
Daniel Kaluuya
Frances McDormand
Gary Oldman
Margot Robbie
Saoirse Ronan
Meryl Streep
Denzel Washington

Timothée Chalamet:
Love the Coopers

Daniel Day-Lewis:
There Will Be Blood
Gangs of New York
In the Name of the Father
Age of Innocence
Last of the Mohicans

Sally Hawkins:
Made in Dagenham
Vera Drake
An Education
Layer Cake

Daniel Kaluuya:
Kick-Ass 2
Johnny English Reborn

Frances McDormand:
Hail, Caesar!
Olive Kitteridge
Moonrise Kingdom
Burn After Reading
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
North Country
Laurel Canyon
Almost Famous

Gary Oldman:
Child 44
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Harry Potter (Deathly Hallows 2 or Goblet)
Dark Knight/Batman Begins
Airforce One
Fifth Element
Leon the Professional
Prick up Your Ears
Sid and Nancy

Margot Robbie:
Z for Zachariah
Suicide Squad

Saoirse Ronan:
Grand Budapest Hotel
How I Live Now
Lovely Bones

Meryl Streep:
Out of Africa
Devil Wears Prada
August Osage County
Iron Lady
Julie & Julia
Mamma Mia!
Bridges of Madison County
Defending Your Life
Postcards from the Edge
Sophie’s Choice

Denzel Washington:
American Gangster
Antwone Fisher
John Q
Training Day
Remember the Titans
He Got Game
Malcolm X
Mo’ Better Blues
Cry Freedom

Jan 30

Staff Favorites: Television 2017

We gathered favorite television shows from your full and part-time staff at Fairfield Public Library for 2017. The list this year is massive, a nod to the outstanding programming available in this golden age of television. And by television we mean the traditional networks, cable channels, PBS imports, originals from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and more. Our staff watches a diverse batch of series.

Staff Favorite Television 2017
* = more than one vote
L = available on disk at the library
#1 = most popular show for 2017

Alias Grace
American Crime Story: OJ Simpson (L)
American Gods* (L)
American Vandal
Better Call Saul* (L)
Better Things*
The Big Bang Theory (L)
Big Little Lies* (L)
Billions (L)
Black Mirror*
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (L)
The Crown* (L)
The Deuce (L)
Divorce (L)
The Durrells in Corfu (L)
Emerald City
Endeavour (L)
Fargo* (L)
Game of Thrones* (L)
Gilmore Girls (L)
The Good Place (L)
Grace & Frankie* (L)
The Great British Baking Show* (L)
Halt and Catch Fire (L)
The Handmaid’s Tale* (L)
Homeland (L)
The Leftovers (L)
Legends of Tomorrow
Manhunt: Unabomber*
The Mantis
Midsomer Murders (L)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (L)
Mr. Robot (L)
The Night of (L)
Orange is the New Black (L)
Party Down
Peaky Blinders (L)
Prime Suspect: Tennison (L)
Ray Donovan (L)
Riverdale (L)
Schitts Creek*
The Sopranos (L)
Stranger Things* (#1) (L)
Twin Peaks (L)
Victoria (L)
The Walking Dead* (L)
You’re the Worst
The Young Pope (L)



Jan 24

Film Series: Seeing Ourselves in Film: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Seeing Ourselves in Film continues a conversation we began last Fall during the John Sayles’ Independent Director series: “what does it mean to be an American?”

This Winter and Spring we will look at one film from each decade 1940’s – 2010’s. We will ask ourselves:
How does Hollywood depict Americans in this film?
What happened during this decade which helped create this film?
Does Hollywood influence or reflect changes in culture? Or both?

Click on image below to register:

Jan 23

Oscar Season 2018

Oscar season is upon us. We do a fun-filled Oscar program each year at the library, How to Win Your Oscar Pool. Please join us this year as we honor #TimesUp with an all female review panel.

Click here to register.

The nominations were announced today. Who do you think will win Best Picture?

Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk (already in the library’s collection)
Get Out (already in the library’s collection)
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jan 04

Kanopy is here!

Kanopy is here! What does that mean? Fairfield Public Library now offers over 30,000 streaming films to its patrons for free. All you need is a valid Fairfield Public Library card and a device able to download the Kanopy app (IOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, or Chromecast) or watch via a computer browser. Kanopy’s tagline is “thoughtful entertainment.” They specialize in documentaries, classic and international cinema, indie and short film. You won’t find Despicable Me 3 or Girls Trip on Kanopy. But you will find outstanding selections certain to appeal to a diverse group of library users. Currently we are offering user access to 7 films per month.

Click here to access Kanopy with your library card.
Or click here for more information on Kanopy.

Happy Streaming!

Dec 27

Vintage 2017

2017: was it a good year for film?

Certainly television continues to rule the roost with outstanding new series and seasons including those available on DVD through the library:
American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson
Big Little Lies: Season 1
Broadchurch: Season 3
Fargo: Season 2
The Great British Baking Show: Season 1, 2, and 3
Home Fires: Season 1, and 2
Orange is the New Black: Season 5
Prime Suspect Tennison Season 1
Rectify: Season 4

Hollywood, Foreign, Independent and Documentaries continued churning out this year. Browse the list below, all of which are in the catalog:

The Official Top 40 biggest selling DVDs/Blu-rays of 2017 so far
1             Rogue One – A Star Wars Story
2             Beauty And The Beast (2017)
3             Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
4             Bridget Jones’s Baby
5             Moana
6             Trolls
7             Sing
8             Guardians Of The Galaxy – Vol 2
9             Doctor Strange
10           The Girl On The Train
11           Logan
12           La La Land
13           Hacksaw Ridge
14           Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar
15           Fifty Shades Darker
16           The Lego Batman Movie
17           T2 Trainspotting
18           Arrival
19           Inferno
20           Kong – Skull Island
21           The Magnificent Seven
22           Jack Reacher – Never Go Back
23           The Boss Baby
24           Suicide Squad
25           Sully – Miracle On The Hudson
26           Deepwater Horizon
27           Passengers
28           Finding Dory
29           The Secret Life Of Pets
30           John Wick – Chapter 2
31           A Street Cat Named Bob
32           Trainspotting
33           Assassin’s Creed
34           The Great Wall
35           Alien – Covenant
36           John Wick
37           Storks
38           Underworld – Blood Wars
39           Bad Moms
40           The Accountant


Dec 22

Happy Holidays 2017

The library will close on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 5 pm and all day Sunday and Monday as we celebrate Christmas and December holidays with our friends and family. While our physical doors are closed, take some time to discover our digital resources available 24/7 from home or on the road. All you need is your computer, tablet or phone, an Internet connection and a valid Fairfield Public Library card. Discover…

Databases for research (including Consumer Reports online, Morningstar, and Value Line)
Freegal for digital music
hoopla for streaming movies, television shows, music, e-books, comics and e-audiobooks
Overdrive for e-books and e-audiobooks (try Overdrive’s new app, Libby)
RBdigital for e-magazines, ebooks, and audiobooks

look for Kanopy (streaming films) beginning January 2018!

Nov 20

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 5 pm and all day Thursday and Friday as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our friends and family. While our physical doors are closed, take some time to discover our digital resources available 24/7 from home or on the road. All you need is an Internet connection and a valid Fairfield Public Library card. Discover

Overdrive for ebooks and audiobooks (download their new app: Libby)
hoopla for ebooks, audiobooks, comics, streaming movies, television shows, and music.
RB Digital for e-magazines, audiobooks, and ebooks
Freegal for digital music
Databases for research (including Consumer Reports, Morningstar, Valueline, Reference USA, and Mango Languages to name a few)
Lynda.com for how-to technology and business instruction.