September 25, 2017
by Lisa Thornell

Banned Books Week 2017

Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read. It supports our Constitutional right, given by the first amendment,  guaranteeing freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

Banned Books Week takes place 9/24-9/30 this year and the DiMenna-Nyselius Library is raising awareness through a display of "Forbidden" books on the main level and engaging the Fairfield campus in conversation.  Librarians are meeting with several  English classes this week to teach with the banned books. Students are given time to read a banned book and share their thoughts on why they think it was banned or challenged. Larger discussions about the effect of banning books on society are considered. Staff and faculty are also invited to be part of a lunch time discussion on Wednesday, 9/27.







According to the American Library Association 323 book challenges were recorded in 2015-2016, although 82-97% go unreported.   ALA states that "A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice." View the top ten challenged books of 2016 here.

Follow the arrows on the library floor to the Banned Books display and check out a book, or take a few minutes to sit down and read/browse in a comfortable chair. By reading a banned book you will be exercising your right to read and denounce censorship!


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September 17, 2017
by Lisa Thornell

Constitution Day Event Draws 186 Students

On September 17, 1787, the most influential document in American history was signed by the Founding Fathers: the United States Constitution. The document established our governments framework and the rights and freedoms that “We the People” enjoy today. In 2004 Senator Robert Byrd lobbied for a bill designating September 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing.  In the bill a clause mandates the teaching of the Constitution in schools that receive federal funds, as well as federal agencies.

On Friday the 15th, to honor Constitution Day, 186 students showed up to the library to watch a film about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Free Constitution pocket-sized books were given out and students were encouraged to pick an amendment or article that resonated with them and copy it on a large scroll of paper. Some added their thoughts and comments to the scroll, which is now hanging in the lobby of the library.









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September 15, 2017
by Jackie

HUMAN LIBRARY: Volunteer to be a “BOOK”

Consider becoming a Book for our upcoming Human Library event! The Human Library will be held at DiMenna-Nyselius Library on Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017. The event will run from 1-4:30pm and 6-8:30pm

What is the Human Library?

A Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Students, faculty or staff volunteer as human ‘books’. Participants in the event can ‘read’ the book- meaning they would have a one on one conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience. ‘Books’ are students, faculty or staff from all walks of life who have been stereotyped based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the Fairfield community to share and understand the experiences of others in our community.

To learn more about the event, watch this short video:

To apply to be a "Book", visit

For more information on this event visit our website: or contact Jackie Kremer ( or Barbara Ghilardi (


September 1, 2017
by Lisa Thornell
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Welcome New International Students!

New international students have arrived on campus this week for their orientation. Part of their welcome to Fairfield University includes a Library tour and information session. 45 students visited on Friday, September 1st and learned about research services, circulating materials, interlibrary loan, study rooms, ITS services, how to obtain course textbooks, and much more. Dr. Beth Boquet, English Professor and Head of the Writing Center, spoke to each tour group about the writing support available to students and walked them through how to set up an account to book appointments with Writing Center tutors.

Library and Writing Center staff had a great time meeting everyone and are looking forward to seeing the new students again soon!









August 28, 2017
by Lisa Thornell
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Welcome new Graduate Students!

The Library joined other departments at Grad Stag Day on Saturday, August 26th, to welcome over 100 new graduate students, and their family members. Many attended the two Library Info and Research Sessions in the Barone Campus Center. Students also stopped by the Library's table at the Resources Fair to talk to Matt Bernstein, Reference & Instruction Librarian, and pick up a library-branded coffee mug, bookmarks and buttons. Matt also made an appearance at the School of Nursing's recently renovated and state-of-the-art building to speak with a group of 47 nursing students about library resources.


If you are a new graduate student who missed the library info sessions at Grad Stag Day and would like to talk about library resources available to you, please contact Lisa Thornell, Student Engagement & Outreach Librarian