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Here’s what’s going on in the downUNDER in December!

December 2017 downUNDER flyer


Challenge Logo

The 2017 Teen Summer Challenge is coming soon! We’re putting the finishing touches on a new game, which will begin on Thursday, June 15th!

That’s the day where you can sign up for the Challenge and our summer events, including our volunteering options.

For now, you can find out more about how it all works, our prizes, and get your questions answered by commenting on this post.

Are you up to the Challenge, Fairfield? (Of course you are!)

On 13 Reasons Why


We’ve been getting a lot of questions from parents and adults, and having some great conversations with teens about the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on the popular YA book by Jay Asher.

Our teen librarian Nicole has watched the show and read the book, and she thinks they are both important works for parents and older teens to be aware of and explore. This story, in both formats, could have great value if the experience of reading or watching is shared and talked about by families, as well as in classrooms.

While she would not recommend it to teens who are, or have been coping with suicidal ideation, bullying, or sexual abuse/assault, she believes it has value for people who have connections to people who have dealt with these challenges.

Anyone who engages with this narrative should consider it carefully, with awareness of support resources on the topics it addresses. Here are some things to help you learn more about the show, the controversies surrounding it, and suggestions on ways to address its content. If you have articles or ideas to share, please add them in the comments below.


From our Rightbook blog: “Asher’s prose is both dark and beautiful as he narrates from both the perspective of Hannah Baker-a high school girl who committed suicide and left behind a box of tapes with the thirteen reasons why she ended her life-and Clay Jensen, who admired Hannah from afar and finds himself on her list. Hannah’s tapes reveal secrets not only about herself, but also secrets about bullying and its dramatic consequences.” – Marissa B., Teen Library Associate (2011)

About the show:

Common Sense Media: 13 Reasons Why

The Mighty: 4 Important Lessons From ’13 Reasons Why’

Vanity Fair: 13 Reasons Why Writer: Why We Didn’t Shy Away from Hannah’s Suicide

USA Today: How ’13 Reasons Why’ gets suicide wrong: Voices

Rolling Stone: Does ’13 Reasons Why’ Glamorize Teen Suicide?

Huffington Post: What ‘13 Reasons Why’ Gets Right And Wrong About Rape


Conversation Starters:

The Mighty: Parents: Read This Before Talking With Your Kids About ’13 Reasons Why’

Common Sense Media: 5 Conversations to Have with Your Teens After “13 Reasons Why”

We are Teachers: 7 Essential Discussion Questions for “13 Reasons Why”

JED: 13 Reasons Why: Tips for Viewing & Discussing New Netflix Series


Helpful Information Sources

For those currently in crisis, please call the Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

National Association of School Psychologists: “13 Reasons Why” Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators

Stop Bullying: How to Talk About Bullying

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide: Suicide Prevention Information for Teens

American Psychological Association: 7 Essential Steps Parents Can Take to Prevent Teen Suicide

American Association of Suicidology

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

As always, you can visit your Branch of the Fairfield Public Library to talk with our librarians if you have questions, are searching for more resources or are looking for support. We are here for you.




Star Wars Trivia Tournament!


Are you getting ready for Rogue One? Come celebrate the latest Star Wars story with a winner-takes-all trivia game at the library on Thursday, December 15th!

Bring your phone or other internet-enabled device to play this fast-paced, fact-filled and fun game. There will be prizes, snacks and a chance to win eternal (library) glory.

We have two games, and you can register for them here:

Teens at 7 PM

Adults at 8 PM

We’ll see you there, and at the movies this weekend!


Teen Volunteering – Fall 2016!


We are excited to let you know that we have added a new option for high school teens looking to complete service hours in the community here at the library!

We are looking for Teen Tech Coaches to volunteer their time and expertise each Tuesday, helping people learn how to use apps and social media. The program begins on October 4th, and you can register here for a two-hour volunteering shift.


Each coaching session, in the area just outside the Teen Room, will be shared by two volunteers, and will coach two adults (one per hour), and will also be supervised by a library staffer who can help out if needed. You can receive a letter of acknowledgment at the end of each session for your record-keeping.

Teen Tech Coaching is a great opportunity for people who are patient and who might be interested in teaching. This is an easy way to score hours doing something you know and helping others who would appreciate your assistance!


And, returning for its gazillion-th season, Service Saturday, our no-registration-required, drop-in volunteering option for teens in grades 6 and up, returns on October 1st. This popular program is offered on the first Saturday of each month (*except January) from 10 am to 4 pm, through the school year. Volunteers shelve stuff, alphabetize shelves, clean things, and generally help out with whatever needs to be done in the moment. It is perfect for people who need to get those hours completed. As always, you don’t need to let us know you are coming, you can turn up at anytime during the session, and stay for as long as you’d like (or need to!) Bring some music to listen to!

If you are a teen seeking volunteer hours outside of these two options, please email Nicole at and we’ll do our very best to arrange something that works you and the library.