Events

Are the Kids Alright? Helping Your Teen in the Age of Anxiety

Thursday, March 5, 2020
7:00 pm
Main Library
Please register

Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic rise in depression and anxiety in teens and young adults. Nearly 1 in 3 teens will be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and 1 in 5 will be diagnosed with depression. Drawing from their experience working with hundreds of students at the counseling center located at Fairfield University, Julia Smith, LCSW and Mark Celeno, PhD, will focus on understanding the origins and symptoms of this mental health epidemic, and how you can help your teen who may be struggling.


One Book One Town Signature Event with Author Christopher McDougall

Monday, March 9, 2020
7:00 pm
Fairfield University
Regina A. Quick Center
1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield
Registration required and will begin on February 1, 2020.

This is the signature event with the author of Fairfield’s One Book One Town 2020 celebration!  Join us for a wonderful evening with the author of Running with ShermanChristopher McDougall.  Chris will be on hand to sign copies of his book after his presentation.


Writer’s Contest Reception and Reading

Thursday, March 12, 2020
6:30 pm
Main Library
Please register.

Everyone is invited to hear the winners of the One Book One Town writing contest read their selections.  This year’s participants wrote about the impact an animal had on their life.  Click here for more details on the Writing Contest. Submissions are due February 21, 2020.


Book Discussions

Join us for the last book discussion session to discuss our One Book, One Town 2020 selection. Drop-in – no registration required.

Books and Banter
Thursday, March 19, 2020
1:00 pm
Fairfield Woods Branch Library


Past Events

Pack Burro Racing

Sunday, February 9, 2020
2:00 pm
Main Library
Please register.

Learn about the exciting sport of Pack Burro Racing, begun in Colorado in the 19th-century as prospectors raced to stake their claims. The sport lives on today as seen in the One Book One Town selection, Running with Sherman as Sherman trains to run the World Championship Pack Burro Race. Janine Jacques will talk about modern day burro racing and share her experiences with these special animals.

Learn more about pack burro racing!


Book Discussions

Woods Book Group
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
2:00 pm
Fairfield Woods Branch Library

“Mainly Books” Group
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
6:30 pm
Main Library

Senior Literary Society
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
11:00 am
Bigelow Center for Senior Activities
100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield


Therapeutic Riding with Pegasus Academy

Thursday, February 20, 2020
6:30 pm
Main Library
Please register.

Learn how equine-assisted activities positively benefit the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs with Lynn Peters, Registered Instructor and Volunteer Director of Pegasus. Therapeutic riding can produce remarkably improved mobility, balance, posture, coordination, language development, behavior control and concentration. Parents or caregivers of individuals with special needs or difficulties will find this program especially informative.


Ray of Light Farm Animal Rescue

Sunday, February 23, 2020
11:00 am
Fairfield University, Barone Campus Center
Please register

Come to Fairfield University to meet a rescue donkey and hear about Ray of Light Farm’s rescue efforts and animal therapy programs. Ray of Light Farm in East Haddam, CT is both an animal rescue and animal therapy farm. Every year thousands of horses and donkeys are abandoned, abused or slaughtered. Ray of Light Farm serves as a safe haven, providing medical care, nutritious food and training. One of their greatest accomplishments has been bringing people and animals together. The farm is open to the public and the animals are available and happy to listen to anyone in need of a friend.


The Equus Effect

Sunday, March 1, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Pequot Library

Registration appreciated at (203) 259-0346 ext. 116

The Equus Effect is a non-profit organization in Sharon, CT that uses experiential learning with horses to help veterans and others in transition rebuild healthy relationships through purposeful engagement with horses. Equines are particularly suited for this task. Learn about the important work of The Equus Effect through this presentation in words and images.
Click here to learn more about The Equus Effect.


Talking About Books with Dr. Mark Schenker

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
7:00 pm
Main Library
Please register

Always a One Book One Town favorite program! Please join us for a lively conversation and wonderful exchange of ideas about this year’s title choice, which is Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougall. Our discussion leader will be Dr. Mark Schenker.

Presenter: Dr. Mark Schenker is a Senior Associate Dean of Yale College and Dean of Academic Affairs. He has led book and film discussions in Connecticut for more than 30 years, and has given numerous lectures on writers and their works.