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 on: April 02, 2018, 10:35:38 AM 
Started by LibraryPrograms - Last post by LibraryPrograms
To register for any programs at the Fairfax Community Library call 802-849-2420 or email Nicole at libraryprograms@fwsu.org

Tuesday, April 3, 9:30-10:30am: Preschool Story Hour: Music Special w/ Caitlin
Join us for themed stories, songs, and activities for ages 0-6. No registration necessary for Story Hour.

Tuesday, April 3 and 10, 3-4:30pm: Sewing Club: Zippered Pouch
Youth age 8+ will create a pouch with a zipper closure. Students will meet in the library then go to room #457 to work. Must register.

Thursday, April 5, 6-7pm: PJ Story Hour
Kids age 0-6 listen to themed stories, followed by a craft and snack. Thanks to Building Bright Futures for this wonderful program.

Saturday, April 7, 10-11am: DIY Zen Gardens
Learn how to de-stress and improve your focus with karesansui, or Zen gardening. Participants will create one of these meditation gardens with sand and smooth stones and fashion a special wooden ball which, when rolled, produces patterns in the sand. See photo below. Ages 14+. Registration required. Cost is $10 for materials.

Monday, April 9, 3-4pm: Crafternoon: Slime!
Kids ages 6+ will learn create colorful, glittery slime. Must register.

Tuesday, April 10, 6-7pm: Sourdough Baking
Learn from local baker, Sarah Barnes, how to make amazing sourdough breads and other treats. In this hands-on workshop, participants will create a no-knead bread recipe to take home and bake. Plus, each participant will get to go home with some extra starter to experiment with. Must register.

Saturday, April 14, 10-11:30am: Chickens 101
Join Andrew Judge from Seeds for Growth in this introductory seminar about raising chickens, both for meat and for eggs. Andrew will cover all the basics of breeds, diet, housing, and daily care. He will also discuss a recent project involving raising meat birds with neighbors to share with local aid organizations. Please register.

 on: March 30, 2018, 12:20:22 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
Representative Taylor, of Colchester shared a baseball story for devotion Tuesday which offered the reminder that it is critical in judging the truth of a statement to know the perspective of the one making it. As we spent over six more hours debating the merits of S. 55 and another slew of amendments before a final roll call vote of 89 yeas and 54 nays to send it to the Senate, it was helpful to remember the differences of perspective we each hold. Other actions taken by the House during the week give law enforcement authority in establishing extreme risk protection orders, S. 221 and provide assistance to correct the erroneous GPS information in the 911 system for two thirds of Vermont schools. 
The Capital bill passed last year was designed as a two year budget so the bill presented this year is an adjustment to the plan. Capital construction and State bonding budget adjustment, H.923 includes among its expenditures the appropriation of five million dollars to support the school safety and security grant program, provides funding to water quality programs, mental health needs and adult career and technical education programs.
Several announcements on the House floor Friday highlighted young Vermonters. The devotion was offered by the Speaker and directed at the outgoing class of pages. One of the many services they performed was to connect us to our constituents through the numerous messages received by the Sergeant at Arms office. HCR 295 a resolution congratulating the Vermont teams for participating in the 2017-18 FIRST & FFL robotics competitions was read and included the team from Fairfax. Several of the teams set up and demonstrated their projects in Room 11 for visitors who included Governor Scott.  Lastly, four exchange students from Turkey, Pakistan and Germany, who are staying with Vermont families and visiting the State House to see our government in action, were introduced and recognized by the House.

 on: March 29, 2018, 07:38:43 PM 
Started by Fairfax Librarian - Last post by Fairfax Librarian
New-to-Us DVDs 3/27/18
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Abyss
Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special
American Beauty
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Big Fish
Blood Work
Cast Away
Catch Me If You Can
Cold Mountain
The Count of Monte Cristo
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Emperor’s Club
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Family Man
The French Connection
Full Metal Jacket
The Full Monty
Ghosts of Mars
Grand Canyon
The Grifters
Hollow Man
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
The Hunt for Red October
Intolerable Cruelty
Iron Monkey
Johnny English
Kill Bill
A Knight’s Tale
The Ladykillers
Last Samurai
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Little Britain
Man on Fire
Meet the Fockers
Men of Honor
Minority Report
The Missing
Mrs. Harris
Mr. 3000
The Mummy
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
The Natural
Nutty but Nice
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Open Range
The Others
The Patriot
The Princess Bride
Rat Race
Resident Evil
Reign of Fire
Secret Window
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Slap Shot
Something’s Gotta Give
Sweet Home Alabama
Tears of the Sun
The Terminal
Thelma & Louise
Tin Cup
Under The Tuscan Sun
Waking Ned Devine
X2: X-Men United

Beauty and the Beast
Cats & Dogs
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Road to El Dorado
Monsters, Inc.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
The Secret of N∙I∙M∙H
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

 on: March 27, 2018, 09:04:59 PM 
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 on: March 27, 2018, 07:41:46 AM 
Started by Rev. Elizabeth - Last post by Rev. Elizabeth
Fairfax Community Library
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
March 22, 2018

The meeting was called to order by Liz Griffin at 6:32 pm. Also present were Eric Foreman, El-len Holmes-Henry, Chris Fearon, and Debbie Landauer, library director.

Chris made a motion to approve the minutes, and the minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report

Eric gave the Treasurer’s Report. There are no outstanding checks. He reported that there is $578.18 in the checking account, and $1,835.61in savings. Debbie requested a check for $186.90 for the baby books; that amount is not reflected in the checking account balance.  Eric will find out the balance of the CD for the next meeting.


There was no correspondence.

Election of Trustee Officers

We proceeded to the election of officers. All voted in favor of current officeholders continuing in their posts.

Welcome New Trustee

Liz asked board members to share their thoughts on the role of a trustee for the benefit of El-len, who was attending her first meeting in that capacity. Eric spoke about working as an ad-vocate for the library, and particularly for young children, since he has two young children who are regular users. Chris also mentioned advocacy and attending Long Range Facility Planning Committee meetings. Other responsibilities mentioned were financial oversight and long range planning.

Debbie reported that Lara Keenan from the Vermont State Library is available for trustee train-ings—she can speak on topics of interest to trustees and respond to questions. The first of a series of regional meetings Lara is offering will be on Monday, April 30, at Ilsley Library in Mid-dlebury. Ellen is planning to go and offered to carpool if anyone is interested in going.


Debbie reported that there were approximately 80-90 people at the Saturday Town Meeting, many of those people were library patrons. And, many materials set out on a table outside of the gym on voting day, were picked up on that Tuesday.

Devin, the student assistant, will be returning to work again this summer.

Nicole reported on library highlights later in the meeting.  STEAM is a big focus. Debbie men-tioned that she and Nicole made 4 STEAM kits. There is also a really nice telescope. Joy is working with a 4th grade teacher to develop some STEAM kits. They had a STEAM night. Lab Girls is continuing. Next month is owl month and they will have someone speak about barred owl rescue. There will be a live chess game (people are the chess pieces with identifying hats!) next Thursday from 3-4:30; if anyone is available to participate, that would be great. There was a Winter Beach Party planned during the February school break, which was well attended with a wait list. “Libraries Rock” is the theme of the summer reading program and Nicole is working on concerts as part of the Summer Reading Program line-up. Chris said she had access to some African instruments that could be used for kids’ programs, and will be in touch with Ni-cole.

Debbie said they have started to do program evaluations and received good feedback.

New Business

The new town manager has been hired. His name is Brad Docheff and he and his family are library users.

Steve Cormier is the library liaison on the Select Board. He had helped facilitate things with the library budget. It was suggested that we could also invite him sometime to a meeting.

Chris said she would be willing to follow the School Board agendas and minutes in case any-thing germane to the library comes up.

Dates for the upcoming board meetings were set. They are May 10, June 21,
August 23, and October 4.

Discussion re: Community Survey to be undertaken by board. Chris said she could chair, and Eric agreed to co-chair. Chris said she’d have time in June and summer to delve into more, and then with Eric, could present info to the rest of the board for everyone’s input and review. Eric is interested in the online component. Chris and Eric will meet at some point to discuss further. Debbie mentioned that Brownell Library and Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg also did a community survey. Debbie had sent the board information on community surveys to read and review. For more examples, Debbie suggested Googling Library Strategic Plans as well as Library surveys.

Debbie had a meeting with John Tague and Geri-Lyn Witalec. An activity bus has been funded and Debbie inquired if the library could have access to the bus. It sounded like it would not work, though Chris and Eric suggested that there might be a possibility during school vaca-tions. Eric said the cost of driver/gas could be built into a library program budget.

Debbie also wanted to let the trustees know about a noise issue with the Flexible Pathways class meeting in the room adjacent to the circulation desk. Sometimes there is no teacher there, and the students get noisy and use inappropriate language. The library staff sometimes will knock on the door and ask the kids to quiet down; this happens several times a week. Joy has brought it up with John Tague several times.

Debbie asked if the trustees are willing to pay half of the cost for the T-shirts for the summer reading program. Also, she asked if people had suggestions for additional support. Previously, the After School enrichment fund had contributed, but Tom Walsh said he would prefer to have that money spent on the school this year. Discussion ensued about other possibilities. Mylan declined, and the few local businesses are regularly called on for their support and may be tapped out. Ellen suggested Runamok Maple, which is located in the old Scrabble plant, might be willing to donate as a newer local business. She will try to find out more.

The Joint Board Meeting for the school and library is April 12.  The agenda for the meeting was discussed. Debbie spoke with by John and Geri-Lyn about security after the lockdown. Luckily, the lockdown happened 10 minutes after story time, so there weren’t any families, classes, or public patrons in the library.  Not surprisingly, the police/sheriff noted the security issue with the library, which is not going to go away. This will be discussed at the Joint Board Meeting. In conversation with Debbie, John mentioned a couple of ways this could be addressed. Debbie expressed her concern that public patrons are swept up in the issue of school violence. Debbie said the writing is on the wall and that we need to do something; she brought up the idea of a separate town library. Someone asked if public patrons have to stay during a lockdown and they should.

Ellen asked about safety guidelines for the library, and Debbie responded that the school li-brarians have a checklist and the library follows school policy. Debbie also mentioned that Bill
McSalis will be speaking at an upcoming conference for librarians on school security. The school had previously spent money to upgrade security—the door for entering the library and the lock on door to Harold’s room. Someone asked about whether there is a ratio of kids to adults requirement in the library. Debbie said there used to be 3 library staff, but now there is two. Ellen commented on the strict security at the Baird School.

We went into go into Executive Session 8:04 pm, and came out at  8:30 pm, at which point the meeting ended.

Respectfully submitted,
Christina Fearon 
Fairfax Community Library Trustee

 on: March 24, 2018, 09:45:44 AM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
This has been a busy week with the money bills introduced on the floor by the committees on Education, Transportation, Ways and Means, and Appropriations. A small but significant component of H 922, a bill from Ways and Means making numerous revenue changes, allows for the Fairfax Fire Department’s Calcutta to be exempt from Rooms and Meals tax. The committee was open to the intent of H 586 but was concerned that as worded it made the exemption too broad. The following language was agreed to by the committee and passed the House; “if the organization or association is a fire department, as defined in 24 V.S.A. § 1951, or provides emergency medical services or first responder services, as defined under 24 V.S.A. § 2651, it is not necessary that the meal be served on the premises of the organization to qualify as an exclusion from “taxable meal” under this subdivision;” and will be in place for next year’s Calcutta if the Senate and Governor support it. Thank you to Dave Yergeau for bringing the issue forward.

The third reading of the Budget was eclipsed by the debate on the Judiciary committee’s presentation of a strike all version of S.55. Judiciary voted the bill out of committee on a 6-5-0 vote which ensured rigorous debate on the floor. Numerous roll call votes punctuated the discussion of each component of the bill as divided and reordered, including an initial vote as to whether the bill should be postponed which failed on a 61 to 85 roll call vote. Section 1-5 was the language that passed the Senate concerning the disposition of unlawful and abandoned firearms by the Department of Public Safety. This portion of S.55 passed on a 141-2 roll call vote. Section 9, Bump-Fire Stocks: Possession Prohibited passed with the agreement that the effective date would be delayed to give owners the opportunity to comply without becoming immediate criminals on its passage. The roll call vote was 119-25. Section 6, Firearms Transfers: Background Checks, had an amendment that would have added the ability for an individual to request their own background pre-check from a law enforcement agency. The vote went against the motion 57-89. The language for Firearms Transfers: Background Checks, section 6, passed as presented on a 83-61 roll call. This does allow for a broadly defined family member transfer without requiring review. The debate on section 8, Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Devices included a concern that enforcement of this section was challenged by the fact that  no serial number or manufacturing date is on the item to determine prior ownership. The roll call on this section was 79-66. Section 7, Sale of Firearms to Minors Prohibited, elicited a lengthy discussion regarding the question of age of majority and the tradition of youth hunting. The language allows for the sale to occur without an age limit if the buyer has satisfactorily completed the Hunter Safety course. This passed 88-56. Finally after voice votes on changing the effective dates for Section 9, which passed, and Section 6, which failed, S.55 as amended was voted on to be read a third time on a roll call vote of 85-59.

H.924, Making Appropriations For the Support of Government, the Big Bill as it is known, provided for the future financial needs of Vermont as well as the current needs of Vermonters while maintaining an extremely low growth rate.  It passed with technical corrections offered by the Appropriations committee on a Division vote. This method gives a count of the Yeas and Nays but does not give individual members vote.. The tally was 122-10 and the House adjourned just after 9 P.M..

 on: March 22, 2018, 05:32:05 PM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet
Obituary for Harriet Burnham
Harriet Burnham
Harriet (Karr) Burnham, of Westford, died March 19, 2018 at the age of 96. A wonderful woman, a great mother and grandmother she has given all of us great memories that will last forever.

A lifelong Vermonter, Harriet was born on July 20, 1921 in West Burke to Walter and Eva Gould. She had two sisters Lois (Putnam) and Evelyn (Porter) who have pre-deceased her. She was a nurse: graduating from Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Class of 1943. She put those skills to good use throughout her life: Ingalls 4-H Camp, Green Mountain Nursing Home, Converse Home for Women, The Rocking Chair, Westford Elementary School, Westford Town Health Officer, and retiring from Thomas Chittenden Health Center.

Harriet lived most of her life in Westford. She married Quentin S. Karr and for 45 years they made a good life for themselves and their children. Quentin died in 1990. She was fortunate to find love a second time with A. Clayton Burnham and they had 14 happy years together until his death in 2008.

Harriet is survived by her children--Kareen Perry, Linda Karr, Mary Jean Karr (& wife Clair Dunn), Quentin Karr, Jr. (& wife Marlene Karr), and grandchildren—Matthew (& wife Amy), Will, Charlie, Aaron, Lindsay (& husband Todd), Stephanie (& husband Kyle) and 6 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her step-son Eric Burnham (& his wife Barbara). Harriet's much loved son-in-law James Perry died in 2014.

For the last few years Harriet has lived at The Residence at Shelburne Bay. During those years there were numerous staff members who were just wonderful! Thanks to everyone who took such good care of her.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1 pm, at United Church of Fairfax with reception to follow. Inurnment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Vermont Foodbank, 33 Parker Rd, Barre, VT, 05641-9106. The family invites you to share your memories by visiting www.awrfh.com.

 on: March 20, 2018, 06:45:58 PM 
Started by Library Assistant - Last post by Library Assistant
A few more NEW BOOKS just arrived at the Library! These are new March releases as of today, 3/20/18:

*Elmet, by Fiona Mozley
*Red Alert, by James Patterson

*World Class: The Making of the U.S. Women's Cross-Country Ski Team, by Peggy Shinn
*I'll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, by Michelle McNamara

 on: March 20, 2018, 02:27:10 PM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Barbara
Thank you Henry. I appreciate your help as always. You provide a valued service to the Town of Fairfax through this website.

 on: March 20, 2018, 02:16:52 PM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Henry
Barb, this is the best I could do to make it readable.

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