This year over 400,000 aspiring writers worldwide have taken on the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in a month. National Novel Writing Month is a non-profit organization who “believe stories matter.”
One of Fairfield Woods Branch Library’s very own library collection page- and now freshman in college- Mary Quinn, has participated in NaNoWriMo for the past several years. And, her first year’s effort, Thorn in My Side, was published this Spring by Melange books-Fire and Ice YA division! You can check out a copy of her fantastic book at the library. And if you feel inspired, head on over to NaNoWriMo.org and find out how you can start to participate.
After another spectacular week of candy-based crafting, and another of voting by Branch library patrons and staff, we have the results of our 9th Annual Peeps Diorama contest! Whether you love (or love to hate) these hyper-colored, slightly sticky marshmallow treats, you ‘ll surely appreciate all the creativity displayed by the teens of the downUNDER Teen Center!
There is always something going on at the downUNDER for teens in grades 6 & up, including weekly craft-stravaganzas each Wednesday. Stop by from 3:00 – 4:45 pm Mondays-Thursdays when school is in session to get in on the action!
We have four fantastic events in our ever-popular Getting Ready for College series coming in the next few weeks. As always, we strive to provide you with the information you need to conquer the (sometimes overwhelming) admissions and preparation process. This season, we are thrilled to welcome back some fantastic presenters and to bring a new session to the college-bound young people of Fairfield and all who support them:
For parents/guardians: With the ever-increasing cost of tuition, can you afford to put your children through college? While there are many different ways to finance higher education, parents often feel like they need to choose between risking their retirement or burying their children in debt. This class will explore efficient ways to save for college, different types of funding and grants, and strategies to find a college that fits your budget. Register here for each individual separately.
Finding Your College: Tuesday, March 21 at 7 PM in the Rotary Room
Popular presenter Mary Spiegel returns to lay out the best practices for getting in to the colleges that best fit your needs. She will cover the college search process and an overview of the steps and strategies to create a plan for success in the coming months and years. High school students and their parents are welcome. Please register here for each individual separately.
Demystifying Test Preparation: Tuesday, March 28 at 7 PM in the Rotary Room
Test prep expert Lynn Carnegie returns for what is sure to be another popular discussion of the ins and outs of standardized testing. She will address the different standardized tests (PSAT, SAT, and ACT), which have all made important changes in 2015-2016. High school students and their parents are welcome. Please register here for each individual separately.
Admissions: Visual and Performing Artists: Wednesday, April 5 at 7 PM in the Rotary Room
Have you invested years developing a talent in art, music or theater arts? Are you interested in pursuing your education in the visual and performing arts in college? Not sure whether to focus on a conservatory or music program within a larger university; an art school or an art degree in a liberal arts college? We will explore the differences between various arts and music courses of study and the unique requirements of each regarding online or in-person auditions and portfolios. Come learn about how to navigate through the additional components that go beyond a traditional college application. Please register here for each individual separately