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Fairfield Woods Branch Library Celebrates 45 Years

Master gardener Eric Frisk teaches one of the popular seed-to-plate classes Photo Credit: Contributed
Members of the Purls of Knitting group: Nancy Coriaty, Dee Skott, Linda Cappieo, Liz McLaughlin, Gloria Roach, Sandy Boor, Olga Voros, Susan Callahan, Sylvia Askinazi, Madeleine Frank, Loretta Fingeleski, Carol Kratzman and Sue Siano. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield Woods Branch Library is celebrating 45 years of serving the people of Connecticut.

On Feb. 11, 1969, the Fairfield Woods Branch Library opened to the public. Forty-five years later, it continues to be the busiest branch library of the now 75 branch libraries in Connecticut.

The branch library is a place where community-building connections are happening every day.

Seniors visit daily to keep up with current events read newspapers and magazines, chat with neighbors and participate in programs that promote learning such as lectures on history, book clubs and crafts. The weekly Purls of Wisdom knitting group is one example.

Adults tend to be heavy technology users: computers, wireless, databases such as Consumers Reports and digital collections. They also stream and download music as well as use the music collection of latest CDs and the very popular monthly DIY Craft Salon.

Teens use the newest department at the library. Established in 2008, the downUNDER is a safe, welcoming space. The professional teen services librarian helps students transition from children's to adult services. Teens receive homework support and participate in after-school activities that encourage creativity and community building.

The children's department helps to support and emphasize the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills for today’s students. Science STARS and Lego architect programs introduce these topics and allow exploration in a fun and educational way.

For families, the Seed to Seed Library is one of the most popular community services, as are the classes on gardening with occasional hands-on instruction at the community garden. Active for four years, this seed-lending library has garnered national and international attention and has been featured in articles from American Libraries, the French magazine Kaizene, the University of Alaska’s Agroborealis, Modern Farmer and Connecticut Gardener.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free.

For more information and to register for this event call 255-7308, or visit . Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter at and Facebook at .

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