Winter Storytime

Join Miss Debbie for stories, crafts, songs, and shenanigans during our Winter Storytime at the Simon Fairfield Public Library. Winter Storytime starts on January 7 and lasts until March 6.

Monday storytime is at 1pm and geared for ages 3 to 5.

Tuesday storytime is at 6pm and is geared for ages 4 to 7.

Wednesday storytime is at 10am and is geared to ages 18 months to 3.

Please call the library at 508-476-2695 or email to register or ask further questions. Sign-ups are necessary to ensure adequate supplies of snacks, crafts, energy drinks, and free puppies for the children.

Note: If school (in Douglas) is cancelled, there is no storytime. If they are delayed, there is no morning storytime. If they are released early, there is no afternoon storytime.

Starting Off the School Year Well

For the mom who is sending her child off to school for the first time or the dad who is hoping for a year of easier transitions and joyful experiences, Peaceful Life coach Janet Gonzalez will be offering a free workshop at the library on August 23 from 7-8pm. Some topics she will touch on are getting out the door in the mornings, welcoming your child home in the afternoon, and homework & bedtime in the evening.

Every Thursday is Mahjong Thursday

A new weekly event is popping up at the library. A group of seasoned mahjong playing patrons will be meeting to play at the library every Thursday from 12:30 to 4pm and are inviting new players. If you already know how to play, come play with some delightful people! If you don’t, come anyway and they will teach you.

Local Author Party

On June 5th, we welcomed 4 local authors and 26 guests to a literary party at the Library. The Friends of the Library put out quite the spread:

Paula Sullivan, Rachel Odell howe, Jane Willan, and Michael Stinger not only sold and signed books, but talked extensively about their writing and publishing processes:

Paula Sullivan is the author of Simply Being Happy, and Rachel Odell How is the author of Ripple:

Michael Stinger is the author of Runner’s Dawn, and Paula Sullivan is the author of The Shadow of Death:

The event drew a nice crowd, and we all enjoyed discussing books until well after the library “closed:”

This little one proved that you are never too young to start thinking about writing your own book:

A Walk in the Woods

On May 23, around a dozen library staff and patrons gathered at Cedar Swamp in the Douglas State Forest for a nature hike. Led by Mary Sughrue-Yacino, we heard many bird calls and learned a lot about local flora.

We saw the tiniest lady slipper in the world:

And a very purple bog onion (or jack-in-the-pulpit for you Northern folk):

Cinnamon ferns:

And these things:

The kids got really excited when we started finding a trail of fake money:

And then the adults even got a little excited:

Finally, we gazed upon the remains of a fire started by Matthew Mcconaughey during the filming of Sea of Trees. Unfortunately, the scene was deleted:

Mary tried calling in an owl, but it just hooted at us from afar. I believe a good time was had by all, though, regardless of the standoffish night  fowl.

Music and Movement Themes for March-June

If you haven’t already brought your preschooler to one of our Music and Movement Storytimes with Deb Hudgins, you really should. They are every Tuesday at 1, and every week is a different theme. Here are the themes for the upcoming months:

March 6 “At the Circus”
March 13 “Wearing of the Green!”
March 20 “Welcome, Spring!”
March 27 “Sillytime Songs”

April 3 “My Five Senses”
April 10 “What Is The Weather?”
April 17 “Earth Day Celebration”
April 24 “Nursery Rhyme Time”

May 1 “Opposites”
May 8 “All Shapes and Sizes”
May 15 “Dinosaurs”
May 22 “I Like Me”
May 29 “Going Camping”

June 5 “Under the Sea”
June 12 “Exercise Is Fun!”
June 19 “Hooray for Summer!”
June 26 “Beautiful Birds”

Simple Beginnings: From Scarves to Hats

The Library is offering a knitting class, beginning on January 30 at 6 pm!
Wish you could create something else from your knitting? Need a few winter accessories for your family? Go from simple scarf knitting to knitting in the round and create a winter hat for yourself or someone in your family. This is an 8 week class designed to take you from scarves to hats. A basic knowledge of knitting is required.
The class is limited to 6 participants and registration is required. Call Betsy at 508-476-2065 or email for questions and registration.
You will also need:
  • A skein of worsted weight wool (yes, wool). Suggested places to purchase are Peace Fleece, Bartlett Yarns, or Lamb's Pride.
  • A pair of size 6/7 circular needles to knit.
  • A set of double-pointed needles to finish.