Town of Fairfield News
1/10/2019 - Library Kicks Off One Book One Town—Fairfield Reads Together 2019!
OBOT is back! After a one year hiatus, the Fairfield Public Library and its community partners — Pequot Library, Fairfield University and the Fairfield University Bookstore — are pleased to announce two selections for One Book One Town (OBOT) for 2019. The selections are Harbor Me, and to include our youngest readers, the picture book The Day You Begin, both by award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. This is the eleventh time Fairfield has celebrated a town wide read.
Harbor Me is the story of six kids that meet for a weekly chat with no adults around in the ARTT Room, short for “A Room to Talk”. Their personal stories also mirror larger issues taking place in society. From the beginning of the selection process, Harbor Me spoke to the committee as a perfect choice for the return of One Book One Town as a book that can be embraced and shared by the entire community. It is timely story, heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful, told exquisitely and lyrically by Woodson.
The Day You Begin is a charming picture book written by Woodson and illustrated by Rafael López about feeling different. It is also about realizing that when you are willing to share what makes you different, life opens up to you. This book was inspired by a poem in Woodson’s bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming.
The signature event of One Book One Town is always the much anticipated Meet the Author event. Jacqueline Woodson will visit on Monday, March 18 at 7:00 pm at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. We are thrilled to bring Woodson to Fairfield. She has written more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children. She received the 2014 National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming, which also won the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Another Brooklyn, which was a 2016 National Book Award Finalist and Woodson’s first adult novel in twenty years. In 2015, Woodson was named Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Most recently, she was named the 2018 Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.
In addition to the special Meet the Author event, there will be book discussions and programs for all ages. There is a Writing Contest inspired by the book on the topic of “feeling harbored” or “helping to harbor another person”. The contest is open to three age groups – middle grade (grades 6-8), high school and adult. For details on One Book One Town events and the Writing Contest, visit the Library’s website at www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or pick up a One Book One Town brochure when you are in the Library.
The generous sponsorship of the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library has made One Book One Town possible each year. This year they are joined by another community partner, the Junior Women’s Club (JWC) of Fairfield. The JWC selected The Friends as their charitable partner for the 2018-2019 year. Money raised throughout the year by the JWC, funded primarily through the annual “A Visit to Santa’s House”, will be used by The Friends to support One Book One Town in 2019.
First Selectman Mike Tetreau said, “OBOT is the perfect example of Fairfield’s community spirit. I want to thank our Fairfield Public Library for collaborating with Pequot Library and Fairfield University in selecting this book and coming up with great programs and activities that promote literacy and reading. I also want to recognize the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library, the Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield and individual supporters for their generous backing of the popular, town-wide OBOT.”
All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information, visit us online at: www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter @fairfieldpublib and Facebook @fairfieldlibrary.
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The photo, taken at the downtown Fairfield University Bookstore, shows Head Librarian Dr. Helene Murtha, Fairfield Public Library's fantastic staff, and OBOT Committee Chairs Mary Coe and Claudia Silk along with Fairfield Chamber of Commerce President Bev Balaz.
Photo Credit: Kendra Wingate
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Hazardous Waste Collection Day: Saturday, August 28, 2021
9am - 2pm at Veteran's Park - 909 Reef Road
The Town of Fairfield hosts its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on a Saturday in late August at Veteran's Park to provide you with the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no charge. Just load up your car and your car will be emptied for you. There's no need to get out of your vehicle. See more details below.
For information on disposing of hazardous waste all other times of the year, please visit our Hazardous Waste webpage.
What is Collected
Please click here to view a list of what household materials are accepted and which ones are not.
If you have only antifreeze, motor oil or automotive batteries, you can take them directly to the Transfer Station.
There is a specific traffic pattern for the Collection Day. There will be signage posted. Police and volunteers will also be on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
To access the site proceed as follows:
- From Old Post Road or Oldfield Road turn onto Rowland Road
- At the third stop sign turn right onto Edward Street
- Proceed to drop off site at Veterans Park
- Signage is posted and police and volunteers are on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
A few tips for transporting your hazardous waste to the collection site:
- Don't mix hazardous wastes. Keep waste in their original containers if possible.
- Keep hazardous waste away from children and animals.
- Don't smoke in the vehicle.
- For safety reasons, there will be no walk-in drop-offs on Collection Day.
Chemicals from around the home, workshop or garden shed may contain substances which are difficult to dispose of safely. Your effort will help protect our Town's environment and our region's water supply.
The Town needs volunteers from 8:30 - 11:30 or 11:00 - 2:00 on Collection Day. Volunteers will not be handling any hazardous waste. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.
For more information on Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.