Category Archives: Events

PEEPS! Winning Dioramas Revealed!

Cute…or creepy?

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!

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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!

Getting Ready for College!


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:

Up Next!:


How to Pay for College

Wednesday, April 26 at 7 PM in the Rotary Room

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.

Completed Events:

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



Due to snow day cancellations (that’s what we get for making an arctic-themed game!) we have new sessions for teens and families! Spaces are limited, so register quickly for the third installment of our popular ‘locked room mystery’ game! We’ve broken out of the attic and found the pirate treasure. We’ve found the last hidden horcrux in Malfoy Manor. Now…

Can you foil the plans of a mad scientist and save the world from disaster? Work in a team to solve the complex puzzles and riddles before time runs out. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to think on your feet.

Registration is strictly limited and organized by age group, so you must register your each separate person in your party individually or we may not be able to accommodate everyone. Follow the links below to sign up for a session. If you are planning on attending with a group, make sure to plan ahead and register together!


For Teens:

Saturday, March 18 at 3:15 PM

Sunday, March 19 at 3:15 PM

For Families (Please register each family member separately):

Saturday, March 18 at 10:00 AM

Saturday, March 18 at 12:30 PM

Trust vs. Truthiness


Flummoxed by fake news? Teens and adults can shore up their media literacy skills at ‘Trust vs. Truthiness: Navigating the News’ next Monday, January 23rd. In a post-truth world flooded with information where you can choose your news, how can you find out the truth?

Join Matthew Bernstein from the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University, and Nicole Scherer. Head of Teen Services at the Fairfield Public Library  for a fast-paced conversation about the dangers of fake news, and learn ways to cut through jargon and gibberish to get to real information.

Register here for either the afternoon session for teens, or the evening session for all:

For Teens: Monday, 1/23 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the Main Library – Rotary Room

For Teens & Adults: Monday, 1/23 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Main Library – Rotary Room


Getting Ready for College Returns!

It’s that time of year! Back to school and the return of the Getting Ready for College series for parents, teens and anyone else interested in the admissions process. We are really excited about our lineup of speakers this Fall…

All programs will be held in the Rotary Room, on the second floor of the Main Library, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Registration is now open – follow the links below for each separate session.


Wednesday, September 7: Finding Your College with Mary Spiegel

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Monday, September 12: Demystifying Test Preparation with Lynn Carnegie

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Tuesday, October 4: How to Pay for College…with Sean Flynn


 Monday, November 14: Why Choose a Community College with Bernard J. Shea

This Week at the Library – 8/9 – 8/13

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The Challenge!

The Teen Summer Challenge is over! Everyone did a fantastic job (with more details to come…!)

Players should check their inboxes for invitations for the finale party (and instructions on what to do if you can’t make said party!)

We are giving away prizes all summer long, including gift cards to 16 Handles, Fuji Instax Cameras, Vinyl Record Players, Google Cardboard, 3D Pens and more! Check them out here.

For details, check out our FAQ!


Book Into Movie Club: 6:30-8:45 pm – Main Library, Rotary Room

The Martian (book by Andy Weir)

It’s a l-o-n-g movie…come early or on time!

**You must register here!




Service Wednesday: 12 – 3 pm – Main Library Teen Room

No registration: Drop in hours – don’t forget your music – stay for as long as you’d like!




FLASHBACK: Challenge Finale Party 3-4:30 pm – downUNDER Teen Center – Woods Branch

BY INVITATION ONLY: This party is for those who have earned points in the Summer Challenge – check your inbox for an official invitation! Prizes will be awarded! (If you can’t make the party, you aren’t out of the running for prizes: There are instructions for you on your email invitation!)



Fandom Foundation Films: 3-5:30 pm – Main Library, Rotary Room

The Prestige (Foundation Idea: Unreliable Narrators & Fictionalized History)

No registration required – just turn up!

And cookies…


Escape from Malfoy Manor!

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Escape Rooms at the Fairfield Public Library are back! If you aren’t familiar with these games (also known as locked rooms, puzzle rooms, mystery rooms, and more), basically you and a team of people have to ‘detect’ your way though a series of interlocking clues in less than an hour to win the game. They are a lot of fun, and in honor of the impending release of the new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, we are staging our second iteration of this un-missable program.

“Is there really a horcrux hidden in Malfoy Manor? Work together to solve the challenging puzzles and riddles before time runs out in this game based on the popular ‘locked room’ phenomenon sweeping the country! Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to think on your feet!”

So gather your friends and prepare to play a game that will test your wits and your stamina…there are several options to play, but space is strictly limited so register early and save the date! Click each date to check availability and sign up:

For Tweens (ages 9-12):

Wednesday, 7/27 at 4 PM

Thursday, 7/28 at 4 PM

Friday, 7/29 at 3:30 PM

For Teens (ages 12-18):

Wednesday, 7/27 at 6:45 PM

Thursday, 7/28 at 6:45 PM

Friday, 7/29 at 5:30 PM

Saturday, 7/30 at 4 PM

For Adults (ages 18 and up):

Wednesday, 7/27 at 9 PM

Thursday, 7/28 at 9 PM

For Families (parents and kids together):

Saturday, 7/30 at 11 AM

Saturday, 7/30 at 1:30 PM