February 18, 2017
by Jackie

Faculty Books

Please join Dr. Elizabeth Boquet at a reading and book signing of her book:

Nowhere Near the Line: Pain and Possibility in Teaching and Writing

on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Fairfield University Bookstore
1499 Post Road, Fairfield, CT

Did you know that Library has an area on the main level devoted to Fairfield faculty published books? Current students, faculty and staff can check out a print copy of Dr. Boquet's book or access her book online through the Library catalog here.



February 15, 2017
by Lisa Thornell

“What are you reading?” University Staff & Faculty Book Discussion

On Tuesday, February 7th, Fairfield University staff and faculty gathered at the Library for a lunchtime conversation about reading. The discussion began with a few inspiration quotes about the power of reading, and an introduction to "One Book One Town", the Fairfield community's annual shared reading campaign. The concept is that everyone in the town reads the same book and participates in discussions and events through the month of March. Staff from the Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Museum & History Center, Fairfield University Bookstore and Fairfield University serve on the "OBOT" committee, and choose two books for 2017. They are: Books for Living by Will Schwalbe and a children's picture book, A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston.

Both of these titles reflect the transformative power of reading and the pleasure that is found in sharing stories with others. Multiple copies of both books are available at the Library. There is also a special display of the books mentioned within Books for Living and A Child of Books on the main floor of the library, in front of the staircase.

The attendees of the lunchtime conversation each spoke about books they have recently enjoyed, or currently reading.  In case you missed the event, here is the booklist generated, with links to the library catalog so that you can check them out, or to WorldCat, so that you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (library service for Fairfield University staff, faculty and students):

1984 (print)  1984 (ebook)

All the Light We Cannot See

Aragon (juvenile fantasy series)

Being Mortal

Best American Short Stories (series)

The Book of Unknown Americans

Call Me Zelda


In the Country We Love

Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie (juvenile fiction)

The End of Your Life Book Club

Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House

H is for Hawk

Hillbilly Elegy

Going Home

The Immortal Life of Henriettea Lacks

Lesser Beasts

Lincoln in the Bardo

Loving Frank

Maus  (graphic novel)

The Mysterious Benedict Society (juvenile fiction)

The Nick Adams Stories  (read Indian Camp)

Mr. Pemunbra's 24 hr. Bookstore

Persepolis  (graphic novel)

Salt (print)  Salt (ebook)

Thank you for Being Late

The Underground Railroad

We the Animals

When Breath Becomes Air

When You Reach Me

Who's Who Series (juvenile series)

Wildwood (juvenile fantasy)

Wonder (juvenile fiction)

The One Book One Town book selections and the library lunchtime conversation about reading remind us of the connection that often happens when we ask someone the simple question: WHAT ARE YOU READING?




February 13, 2017
by Jackie

Social Justice = Access to Feminine Products

In collaboration with student group Reproductive Rights Talk and Action Group (RRTAG), the Library has created a small display of materials in the Library’s Main Lobby in support of RRTAG's donation drive. All throughout the month of February, RRTAG will be hosting a pads, tampons, and diapers donation drive, where all proceeds will go to Janus House in Bridgeport and Project Return in Westport. Donation sites will be at BCC Info Desk through 2/21 and The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Commons in Donnarumma Hall, and McAuliffe Hall through 3/1.

Books on display include The Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo: Menstruation by Karen Houppert, Our Bodies, Ourselves by the Boston Women’s Health Collective and Judy Norsigian, New Blood: Third-Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation by Chris Bobel and Judith Lober, The Wrong Prescription for Women: How Medicine and Media Create a “Need” for Treatment, Drugs, and Surgery edited by Maureen C. McHugh and Joan C. Chrisler, Out for Blood: Essays on Menstruation and

RRTAG's aim in this drive is to draw attention to the lack of access to feminine hygiene products that women and females at risk through poverty or homelessness face. For more information about RRTAG, email reproductiverights4fairfieldu@gmail.com.




February 8, 2017
by Lisa Thornell

Black History Month on Kanopy: Films about Extraordinary Musicians






To celebrate Black History month, Kanopy (streaming video database courtesy of the Library) has highlighted a selection of independent films to share stories of extraordinary African American musicians whose talent has shaped today's music industry. Kanopy's entire Black History Month collection is available to watch here

Bayou Maharajah This film explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who is described as, "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced." This roller coaster portrait brings to life the unforgettable story of this amazing musician.

You See Me Laughin'  A personal journey into the lives and music of the last of the Mississippi hill country bluesmen - farmers and laborers first, musicians second. Musicians who've labored for the blues tradition despite lives steeped in poverty and violence. The result is a raw, powerful music.

America's Blues Explores the impact that the Blues has had on our society, our culture, and the entertainment industry. The Blues has influenced nearly every form of American Music and sadly, aside from its part in the birth of Rock and Roll, its influence often goes unrecognized. If music were a color, it would be Blue.

The Girls in the Band This award-winning documentary tells the untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their journeys from the late 30s to the present day. The many first-hand accounts of the challenges faced by these talented women provide a glimpse into decades of racism and sexism that have existed in America.

Killing Me Softly: The Roberta Flack Story In the 1970s Roberta Flack became a global sensation. Her style of soulful pop transcended to become the dinner party soundtrack for Middle America. It is a deeply personal story told alongside the wider context of America's civil rights movement, a struggle that was to strike a chord all over the world.

Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man's World A tender, revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century. Her legendary banana belt dance created theatre history; her song "J'ai deux amours" became a classic, and her hymn. Josephine Baker is portrayed as a true superstar, one with grace and humility.

The Spirituals A musical art form, the American Spiritual, was born out of the folk songs of slaves. Melodies of backbreaking work were sung and passed on throughout the Deep South. Sorrow songs were used to console and transmit secret information. The spirituals have survived generations and continue to inspire all over the world.

Thug Immortal: Tupac Shakur This documentary is an intimate look at Tupac Shakur's life told through never-before-seen footage and interviews with his close friends, revealing an artist who grew up a thug, but one who soon tired of that lifestyle and its trappings, revealing a Tupac far different from the one most of America knows.

Sound of Redemption By 15 years old, Frank Morgan was an accomplished saxophonist. As his notoriety grew, so did a steady heroin addiction, landing him in and out of jail for over 30 years. The Sound of Redemption offers a frank look into the ups and downs of Morgan's life and a reflective look at African American culture in 1950s Los Angeles.

T'Aint Nobody's Bizness This film excavates the hidden sexualities of Black female entertainers who reigned over the nascent blues recording industry of the 1920s. Unlike the male-dominated jazz scene, early blues provided a space for women to take the lead and model an autonomy that was remarkable for women.


These films were selected and described by Kanopy


February 3, 2017
by Jackie

Darwin Celebration 2/7

Fairfield Celebrates CHARLES DARWIN

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • Standing exhibit with books by or about Darwin from the Library’s collection, inner lobby DiMenna-Nyselius Library. 
  • 5:00 p.m.: A small ceremony with a big birthday cake! Outer Lobby of DiMenna-Nyselius Library 
  •  7:00 p.m.: Screening of the Film Creation – a biopic of the man who changed the way we think about the world. Library Multi-Media Room, basement level.


Open to Everyone!    Sponsored by R.A.F.T., The Rational Association of Free Thinkers at Fairfield University, and the Department of History. For further information contact Patricia Behre, pbehre@fairfield.edu