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The Fairfax Community Library Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Fairfax Room at the library. Remote access to the meeting is available via Zoom. Please send an email to fairfaxlibrarian@gmail.com for the Zoom link. All are welcome!

Agenda:
Call to Order
Approval of Minutes (March 18, 2021, May 20, 2021, and July 15,2021)
Treasurer's Report
Correspondence

Updates:
Library Highlights since our last meeting- Emily
Library Schedule
Early Literacy Project

New Business:
Staffing/Substitutes
Review &Updating Unattended Children Policy
Agenda for October Joint Board Meeting
Other

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Library Announcements / Part-time Library Assistant sought for FCL
« on: August 27, 2021, 11:56:03 AM »
Part-time Library Assistant - Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax, VT
Salary: $13.00 Hourly
Location:75 Hunt St., Fairfax, VT

The Fairfax Community Library in Fairfax, Vermont, is seeking a part-time library assistant. General purpose would be serving public patrons by phone and in person at the main desk at the Fairfax Community Library. The job includes assisting patrons in locating materials, using the library catalog, answering questions about technology and other services offered at the library such as interlibrary loan requests. Duties also include assisting other staff in general operation of the library, shelving materials, assisting with programs for children and adults, and other general library and clerical duties. Flexibility for filling in as a substitute during additional hours preferred.
 
Please send a letter of interest and a resume to fairfaxlibrarian@gmail.com.

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The Fairfax Community Library building is open with limited hours on weekdays from August 25th to September 10, 2021, in a coordinated effort with the BFA-Fairfax school to keep our community safe.
During these couple of weeks, the library hours will be:
3:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday

Please wear a face mask in the library. To help meet the needs of all library users, Curbside Pickup Services will be provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. upon request.
The library will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 6. For more information, please call the library at 802-849-2420

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Join us for a visit with R. J. Batchelor on Tuesday, August 10th at 6 pm.
Learn about the writing and publication process from R. J. (Becky) Batchelor, a writer and historian with a focus on WWI and WWII. She started writing after 14 years teaching at colleges and universities. Her first book, The Lost King of England, is newly published and her next, The Last Tsar of Russia, is in the works.

If you've ever thought about writing or publishing your own work, be sure to drop in for advice on how to get started and get your story out into the world!
If you want, feel free to bring a copy of The Lost King of England for Becky to sign.
The visit will be hosted at the library on August 10th - no registration necessary!

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Come visit the wonderful Story Walk offered by the Fairfax Parks & Recreation Department and the Fairfax Community Library! This spring's story is "Max and the Tag Along Moon" by Floyd Cooper. Start at the pavilion/nature trail entrance and follow along with the pages!

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Library Announcements / Fairfax Community Library programs in May
« on: April 27, 2021, 03:10:44 PM »
The Fairfax Community Library will be offering the following programs in May:

Youth Events

Thursday and Friday, May 6 & 7, 4 pm: Mother's Day Photo Holder
Mother's Day is just around the corner! Learn how to make a cute, simple photo holder to display all of your happy memories. Pick up your materials at the library on Thursday between 3 and 7, and watch the Facebook livestream on Friday at 4. The video will remain available afterwards, so don't worry if you miss it! Ages 6+ Please register!

Thursday and Friday, May 20 & 21, 4 pm: Grassy Fairy Houses
Make a cute little house with real grass growing on it! Pick up your materials at the library on Thursday between 3 and 7, and watch the Facebook livestream on Friday at 4. The video will remain available afterwards, so don't worry if you miss it! Ages 6+ Please register!

Thursday and Friday, May, 27 & 28, 4 pm: Galaxy in a Bottle
Make your own galaxy in a bottle! Pick up your materials at the library on Thursday between 3 and 7, and watch the Facebook livestream on Friday at 4. The video will remain available afterwards, so don't worry if you miss it! Ages 6+ Please register!

April 27 - May 7: Arbor Day Celebrations
Stop by the library during curbside pickup and grab an Arbor Day activity packet, filled with fun craft ideas and a scavenger hunt to help you celebrate Arbor Day! There will also be an Arbor Day photo contest! Submit a photo of you and/or your family to gwen.kozlowski@uvm.edu to be entered into a statewide raffle, and to libraryfairfax@gmail.com to be entered into our own local raffle. Further details on the photo contest will be included with the activity packet.
These activity packs are first come, first serve - no sign up required!

Wednesdays and Saturdays from May 5 to June 30, 4 pm and 9 am: Kids Yoga with Jessica Turner
Join Jessica for twice weekly kids yoga classes! Classes start Wednesday, May 5 at 4 pm, and continue until June 30. Sign up for the full course, or pick and choose the classes you want to attend! Starting May 19, Wednesday classes will be hosted outside (weather permitting) with Zoom as a rain day option. To sign up, or for more information, follow the eventbrite link here!

Star Wars Coding Challenge
Learn the basics of programming with Rey and BB-8, and celebrate Star Wars Day with some coding! Try out the game here!

Adult Events
 
Saturday, May 29, 1 pm: Virtual Knitting Club
Relax and chat while working on your latest knitting or crochet project! If you would like some basic knitting materials, let us know and they will be provided at curbside pickup on Thursday from 3 to 7. Join the Zoom meeting on Saturday at 1 pm! Please register with libraryfairfax@gmail.com to receive the zoom link!

Thursday and Friday, May 13 & 14, 7 pm: Make your own seed bombs!
Add some fun to your spring gardening and learn how to make seed bombs! These are great to give as gifts, and to make with kids - with some adult supervision of course. Pick up your materials at the library on Thursday between 3 and 7, and join the Zoom meeting on Friday at 7 pm. Please register to receive the zoom link!

Thursday, May 27th, 6:30-8:00 pm: Virtual Book Club
The Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm. Weather permitting, we will meet outside at the library. Book club book will be announced soon! To request a copy of the book for curbside pickup, please call the library or send an email to fairfaxlibrarian@gmail.com. or call us at 849-2420. All are welcome!

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The Joint Library Board for the Fairfax Community Library will meet remotely on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 6:30 pm. The meeting agenda is below. If you would like to attend via Zoom, please email fairfaxlibrarian@gmail.com for the link information. Thank you!

Fairfax Community Library
BFA Fairfax School Board
Joint Board Meeting
Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:30 PM

Call to Order
Introduction New Members
Public Input
Approval of minutes of October 22, 2020
Correspondence
Highlights of Quarterly Reports – Librarians

Updates:
Early Literacy Project
Library Policies updated (Donation Policy, Strategic Plan, By-laws)

New Business:
Recently created or updated school policies
Library/School partnership to expand in-person visits (summer)

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Library Announcements / Agenda, FCL Trustees meeting, March 18, 2021
« on: March 15, 2021, 08:47:55 AM »
The Fairfax Community Library Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 6:30 pm on Zoom. If you would like to attend the meeting, please contact the library at fairfaxlibrarian@gmail.com for the Zoom link. Thank you!

Agenda:

Call to Order

Introduction of new member

Approval of minutes of January 21, 2021 meeting

Treasurer's Report

Election of Officers

Updates:
Highlights from our library since the last meeting
Early Literacy Project

New Business

Looking ahead:  (summer programs & schedules)

Set dates for the next Trustee meetings (May, July, September, November)

April 15th Joint Board Meeting

Other

Adjourn

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Library Announcements / Fairfax Community Library literacy project
« on: February 25, 2021, 02:17:58 PM »
The Board of Trustees for the Fairfax Community Library is offering resources through a Literacy Outreach project aimed at children ages 3-5 and their families.  Our goal is to support families with preschool aged children by offering literacy materials, activities, and strategies to support learning at home. We have reached out to several Early Childhood Education programs, Preschools and Daycare Centers in Fairfax. If your child is not currently attending a program that has received this information, we want to make sure you are able to participate in this project. For more information, please contact Lisa Griswold at grisvt15@gmail.com. Thank you!

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Library Announcements / Fairfax Community Library programs in March
« on: February 22, 2021, 01:20:57 PM »
Library Programs in March!
Kids Yoga Classes with Jessica Turner
Join Jessica for weekly virtual kids yoga classes! Classes start Wednesday, March 10th at 4 pm. To sign up for any or all of the 8-week session, go to the library Eventbrite page at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-yoga-classes-with-jessica-turner-tickets-141741664133

Youth Events
Thursday and Friday, March 11 & 12, 4 pm: Make Rainbow Paper
Make rainbow paper with a bowl of water, paper and clear nail polish! If you don't have some clear nail polish at home, let us know and we can put a bottle in with your materials! Pick up your materials at the library on Thursday between 3 and 7, and watch the Facebook livestream on Friday at 4. The video will remain available afterwards, so don't worry if you miss it! Ages 6+ Please register!

Thursday and Friday, March 4 & 5, 4 pm: Rainbow Shakers with a Pot O' Gold
Make a St. Patricks day themed rainstick (or rainbowstick), complete with a pot of gold! Pick up your materials at the library on Thursday between 3 and 7, and watch the Facebook livestream on Friday at 4. The video will remain available afterwards, so don't worry if you miss it! Ages 6+ Please register!

Thursday and Friday, March, 18 & 19, 4 pm: Craft Stick Marble Run
Build your own marble course out of popsicle sticks and cardboard! Pick up your materials at the library on Thursday between 3 and 7, and watch the Facebook livestream on Friday at 4. The video will remain available afterwards, so don't worry if you miss it! Ages 6+ Please register!

Celebrate Youth Art Month!
This month, submit your art to the library to be part of a display of local children's art! We will have both a physical display in the library as well as a virtual gallery online, so feel free to bring in your art yourself, or send a picture of it to libraryfairfax@gmail.com. The cutoff for submissions is March 26!

Adult Events
Saturday, March 27, 1 pm: Virtual Knitting Club
Relax and chat while working on your latest knitting or crochet project! If you would like some basic knitting materials, let us know and they will be provided at curbside pickup on Thursday from 3 to 7. Join the Zoom meeting on Saturday at 1 pm! Please register with libraryfairfax@gmail.com to receive the zoom link!

Thursday and Friday, March 25 & 26, 7 pm: Making Terrariums
It's that time of year when we're all longing for something green. Learn how to make a terrariam, and keep a little bit of green with you all year round! Pick up your materials at the library on Thursday between 3 and 7, and join the Zoom meeting on Friday at 7 pm. Please register to receive the zoom link!

Wednesday, March 10th, 6:30-8:00 pm: Virtual Book Club
This month, the book club will discuss the book, The Henna Artist, by Alka Joshi. If you would like to borrow a copy of the book and the Zoom meeting information, please contact the library at fairfaxlibrarian@gmail.com or call us at 849-2420. All are welcome!

**All events are free and you can call or email libraryprograms@fwsu.org unless noted. Pre-registration required.

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Library Announcements / Fairfax Community Library programs in February
« on: January 26, 2021, 06:36:58 PM »
Check out these virtual library programs happening in February!
Youth Events:
Thursday and Friday, February 11 & 12, 4 pm: No-Sew Heart Pillows
Make cute fleece pillows without having to touch a needle and thread! Pick up your materials at the library on Thursday between 3 and 7, and watch the Facebook livestream on Friday at 4. The video will remain available afterwards, so don't worry if you miss it! Ages 8+ (adults are welcome too!) Please register!

Thursday and Friday, February 4 & 5, 4 pm: Heart Suncatchers
Make your own suncatcher! (Heart shaped or otherwise.) Pick up your materials at the library on Thursday between 3 and 7, and watch the Facebook livestream on Friday at 4. The video will remain available afterwards, so don't worry if you miss it! Ages 6+ Please register!

Thursday and Friday, February, 25 & 26, 4 pm: DIY Stethoscope
Make your own stethoscope and learn more about how to take your pulse. Pick up your materials at the library on Thursday between 3 and 7, and watch the Facebook livestream on Friday at 4. The video will remain available afterwards, so don't worry if you miss it! Ages 6+ Please register!

Adult Events:
Saturday, February 27, 1 pm: Virtual Knitting Club
Relax and chat while working on your latest knitting or crochet project! If you would like some basic knitting materials, let us know and they will be provided at curbside pickup on Thursday from 3 to 7. Join the Zoom meeting on Saturday at 1 pm! Please register with libraryfairfax@gmail.com to receive the zoom link! (There is still time to register for the January Virtual Knitting Club on Saturday, the 30th, too! See registration info for Feb.)

Thursday and Friday, February 18 & 19, 7 pm: DIY Storybook Paper Roses
Make beautiful paper roses out of old book pages! Pick up your materials at the library on Thursday between 3 and 7, and join the Zoom meeting on Friday at 7 pm. Please register to receive the zoom link!

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Library Announcements / Fairfax Community Library - New Books in January
« on: January 12, 2021, 05:11:04 PM »
The library has many new books for the new year! On the list of new books, you’ll find a few biographies, such as Where the Light Enters, by future First Lady Jill Biden, and Eleanor, by David Michaelis about the former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. You might also choose to read about Michael J. Fox in his new memoir called, No Time Like the Future, or the historical biography, Tecumseh and the Prophet, by Peter Cozzens.

Here are some of the new fiction books in the library: Black Buck, by Mateo Askaripour; The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, by Marie Benedict; The Archer, by Paulo Coelho; and Perestroika in Paris, by Jane Smiley.

Find more new books listed on the library website at fairfaxvtlibrary.org. You can also contact us at the library at 849-2420 with any questions or to reserve books for curbside pickup! Thank you!

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Library Announcements / New Books in the Library, December 2020
« on: December 15, 2020, 06:06:52 PM »
This year has brought us some amazing books and we have several of them in the library! A book that has been mentioned as one of the top novels of 2020 is The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett. The author, Ernest Cline, who wrote the popular Ready Player One, has a sequel, Ready Player Two. A new mystery, The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osman, follows a group of amateur sleuths in this entertaining read. There are lots of favorite holiday stories in the library this season, including the new one by Susan Mallery called, Happily this Christmas. Fans of well-known writers like Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult will enjoy taking a look at The Return (Sparks) and The Book of Two Ways (Picoult). Also, if you like series such as The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, FBI Thriller, and Jason Bourne, check out their new installments: How to Raise an Elephant, Deadlock, and The Bourne Evolution.

If these books, or any others, sound good to you, contact the Fairfax Community Library to reserve yours for curbside pickup! Thank you!

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The library has two openings on the Board of Trustees in 2021. If you are a Fairfax resident and interested in public service, please consider becoming a Library Trustee.

A Library Trustee serves on a five-member board to provide support for the library’s mission. Responsibilities include advocacy, directing the library’s funds and policies, hiring, evaluating and supporting the library director, participating at Board meetings, and occasionally sharing tasks between meetings.
Trustee meetings are generally once every other month. Because our community and school libraries share the same space and mutual interests, representatives from the Board of Trustees also attend two Joint Committee meetings a year, consisting of school, public library, and town Select Board representatives.

Library Trustees serve for three years. If you wish to be on the ballot on the Fairfax Town Meeting Day 2021 for one of two open positions, obtain a petition at the Fairfax Town Office as soon as possible and submit it to the Town Clerk with the required information in late January, 2021. For more information, contact Lisa Griswold at grisvt15@gmail.com.


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Library Announcements / Fairfax Community Library closed for Thanksgiving
« on: November 20, 2020, 02:18:41 PM »
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Fairfax Community Library will have no Curbside Pickup Service on Thursday, November 26, 2020. Curbside services will resume on Tuesday, December 1st.  Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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