June 12, 2017
by Riham Majeed
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Staff Summer Reading Picks

Summer is upon us and the library staff have recommended a few summer reads. Ranging from historical fiction to science non-fiction, the staff have selected something for everyone. Come visit the main level of the library, where you’ll see the books on display, and check one out with your StagCard. Here are some highlights:

Sylvia Hurlburt: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is a hilarious depiction of the clash between old money and new money as three super-rich Chinese families enact a storm of drama when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

Mat Blaine : The Collected Works of Billy the Kid  by Michael Ondaatje is a funny yet terrifying depiction of history and myth through the fictional character William Bonney a.k.a. “Billy the Kid,” and his collage of poetry and prose, layering of photos, illustrations and “clippings.”

Nina Peri: The Importance of Living Yutang Lin is a witty antidote to the dizzying pace of the modern world through classic Chinese philosophy that reminds readers to savor life’s simple pleasures.

Christina McGowan: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury tells the story of a magical, timeless summer in ‘28 in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury.

Sharon Sparkman: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben shares the authors deep love of woods and forests. Through the fascinating subject of the science behind the unknown life of trees, readers learn how they communicate like human families.


Here are all the other books hand picked by the staff:

Grace Bissenden: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Curtis Ferree: This One Summer  by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki and SPQR by Mary Beard
Nina Peri: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Matt Bernstein : Northwest Passage by Kenneth Lewis Roberts
Lisa Thornell: We Were Liars by E Lockhart
Mat Blaine: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Robert Hoyt: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn


June 5, 2017
by Riham Majeed
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Films that will Transport you Places!

Are you traveling anywhere this summer? Take a trip with the DiMenna-Nyselius Library’s DVD collection to a destination far away. Visit the library’s film collection and pick out a film from our display featuring some of our best destination movies (popcorn included).

Here are some of our favorites including two streaming films from our library database, Kanopy:


Little Miss Sunshine- Take a road trip to sunny California with the dysfunctional Hoover family. Follow their tumultuous travels as they attempt to realize little Olive’s dream of winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.

Manakamana- A trip that was once a multi-day trip, now just a 10 minute cable car ride away, watch as various travelers and their stories from the village of Manakamana in Nepal reach an ancient mountaintop temple.

Mamma Mia!- In this musical tale, Sophie plans on having a destination wedding on a Greek island, but decides to invite three of her mother’s past lovers in attempt to discover who her real father might be.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert- Two drag queens and a transgender woman leave the safety of Sydney, Australia to travel across the desert to perform at a drag show, but not without an array of crazy and comedic adventures on the way.

The Hitch-hiker- Two middle-class homebodies take a vacation to Mexico for what they thought would be a fishing trip, but endure a tension-packed dance of death as their lives are taken over by a psychopathic serial killer.

2 Days in Paris- In attempt to repair their tattered relationship, Jack and Marion travel to the romantic Paris, home of Marion’s many ex-boyfriends. (Online)

Antarctic Edge 70 Degrees South- Join a group of world-class scientists as they explore the fastest warming place on Earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula. (Online)




June 1, 2017
by Jackie
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75 Anniversary Exhibit at Library and at Fairfield Town Museum

Fairfield U @ 75: Building Our History

Come join us in celebrating Fairfield University's 75th anniversary by visiting the Library's exhibit up now through August 15, 2017. The exhibit itself consists of three micro-exhibits.

One lobby showcases features original architectural renderings of some of our best known buildings on campus, including the Faculty Office Building (now Donnarumma Hall), the Campus Center (now the John A. Barone Campus Center) and the Center for Financial Studies (now the Dolan School of Business).

The other lobby showcase is a celebration of the library itself, featuring figures from the life-size hammered bronze screen by artist Lumen Martin Winter that used to be on display in the original 1968 building.

The third micro-exhibit is called Campus Roads: Putting a Face to the Name, and can be seen in the four lobby glass cases and two glass cases on the library main floor. Each case features an inset map of roads on campus that are named in honor of former staff and faculty, with a photo and explanation of how they contributed to the legacy of Fairfield University.

Then drive on down to the Fairfield Museum and History Center to see the exhibit :  Fairfield University, 1942-2017: A Proud Past, An Amazing Future, running from May 11-June 30. More information is here.

Want to learn EVEN MORE about Fairfield University's history?  Check out our 75th Anniversary Timeline.


May 24, 2017
by Mat Blaine
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Congrats to Our Graduating Student Workers!

Seniors Luis Loor, Sally Ng, and Andre Calixte in front of the Library

Warm congratulations and a sincere thank you to our library student workers who graduated last Sunday. Your dedication to our missions here will certainly be missed, but we wish you all the very best in your bright futures. Keeping with tradition, we added books to our collection that reflect what they have studied during their time here at Fairfield.

Broken Three Times: A Story of Child Abuse in America  (Sally Ng)

#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media (Michael Rodriguez)

Collecting Evolution: The Galápagos Expedition that Vindicated Darwin (Andre Calixte)

Cuba's Revolutionary World (Isabel Gallego)




Andre Calixte '17

Sally Ng '17

Michael Rodriguez '17



May 19, 2017
by Lisa Thornell
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Commencement Day @ the Library

The Library will be open on Commencement Day (5/21) from 8:30am-6:30pm. Undergraduate and Graduate ceremonies will be livestreaming in the multimedia room on the lower level. Stop by with your family and friends to take photos in front of the beautiful library building, on the library grand staircase (think Prom pictures), or at your favorite study space. Don't forget to tag @FairfieldULib on Instagram/Twitter or find and follow us on Facebook to tag your photos (search DiMenna-Nyselius Library)

By the way, as an alumni you are still welcome to visit and use the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. You and the DNL have a lifetime connection! We hope to see you soon. Congratulations! https://www.fairfield.edu/library/services/alumni/