September 22, 2018
by Lisa Thornell

Banned Books are in the Building

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2018 from 9/23-9/29. Follow the arrows on the library floor to the Banned Books display and take a few minutes to sit down and read/browse in a comfortable chair. English classes will be congregating around it this week to have conversations about censorship and our freedom and right to read.  Be sure to grab a sticker or button before they run out! There is also a small selection of films based on banned books near the main staircase.

Take a look at the list of banned books that we have compiled which are available for browsing or to check out and bring home:

Here is a list of the top ten challenged books of 2017, which will also be on the display:

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Started in 1982 due to an uptick in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries that some considered offensive in some way. BBW it highlights the value of free and open access to information and brings together librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and READERS in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.







For more information see:






September 6, 2018
by Lisa Thornell

Share your Story at the Human Library on 11/8

Do you have a story to share that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue? Sign-up to be a BOOK in the Human Library here:

This will be Fairfield's third year hosting the Human Library, an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals volunteer as human ‘books’ and 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, staff, and alumni who have volunteered to share their experiences centered around discrimination and/or want to break down barriers based on race, religion, sexual orientation, class, gender identity, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the Fairfield University community to share and understand the experiences of others.

The Human Library will take place on Thursday, November 8th from 1-4:30pm and 6-8:30pm. The Fairfield University campus community is invited to drop-by anytime to check out a 'human book' at the event. Last year over 400 stags attended. There will once again be FYE Thrive credit for first-year students.

Students, staff, faculty and alumni can sign-up to be a book by 10/15. For more information see the Human Library website or contact Barbara Ghilardi or  Lisa Thornell


August 26, 2018
by Lisa Thornell
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Welcome new Graduate Students!

Library staff eagerly welcomed new graduate students on Saturday, August 25th, at an info fair held in the Barone Campus Center. The Library's new discovery platform was showcased and students learned about the Research Guides, Citation Guides, how to reserve group study rooms, and get research help from librarians.

The orientations continue on August 31st and September 1st when the new international and exchange students arrive to campus and tour the Library.



July 12, 2018
by Mat Blaine
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Summer Reads

Whether you prefer basking in the sun with a thriller or curling up next to the a/c with an exposé of the grim realities of our existence, grab something from our Popular Reading Collection to help pass the remaining Summer days. Below are a selection of this year's top releases, which can be found on display by the grand staircase, but be sure to check out all of our other great selections from our Popular Reading Collection.

Happiness is a Choice You Make

An extraordinary look at what it means to grow old and a heartening guide to well-being, Happiness Is a Choice You Make weaves together the stories and wisdom of six New Yorkers who number among the “oldest old”? those eighty-five and up





What Truth Sounds Like

What Truth Sounds Like exists at the tense intersection of the conflict between politics and prophecy – of whether we embrace political resolution or moral redemption to fix our fractured racial landscape. The future of race and democracy hang in the balance.





The Boy Crisis

A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policymakers can do to help our sons become happier, healthier men, and fathers and leaders worthy of our respect.






War on Peace

Drawing on newly unearthed documents, and richly informed by rare interviews with warlords, whistle-blowers, and policymakers?including every living former secretary of state from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson?War on Peace makes a powerful case for an endangered profession. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice?but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war.



The Poisoned City

In the first full account of this American tragedy, The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision making. Places like Flint are set up to fail?and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences can be fatal.





Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. A stunning debut from a rising literary star, Asymmetry is an urgent, important, and truly original work that will captivate any reader while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself.




Speak No Evil

In the tradition of Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, Speak No Evil explores what it means to be different in a fundamentally conformist society and how that difference plays out in our inner and outer struggles. It is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people. As heart-wrenching and timely as his breakout debut, Beasts of No Nation, Uzodinma Iweala’s second novel cuts to the core of our humanity and leaves us reeling in its wake.





A waitress at the Betsy Ross Diner, Elsie hopes her nickel-and-dime tips will add up to a new life. Then she meets Bashkim, who is at once both worldly and naïve, a married man who left Albania to chase his dreams—and wound up working as a line cook in Waterbury, Connecticut. Back when the brass mills were still open, this bustling factory town drew one wave of immigrants after another. Now it’s the place they can’t seem to leave. Told in equally gripping parallel narratives with biting wit and grace, Brass announces a fearless new voice with a timely, tender, and quintessentially American story.




The Bad Daughter

New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding has written a gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller of family intrigue and dark secrets. The Bad Daughter explores the deadly differences between the lies we want to believe and the truths we wish not to know.







From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.





They Come in All Colors

Malcolm Hansen arrives on the scene as a bold new literary voice with his stunning debut novel. Alternating between the Deep South and New York City during the 1960s and early '70s, They Come in All Colors follows a biracial teenage boy who finds his new life in the big city disrupted by childhood memories of the summer when racial tensions in his hometown reached a tipping point.





Shelter in Place

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tending to customers. Then the shooters arrived. From Nora Roberts comes the #1 New York Times bestseller Shelter in Place?a powerful tale of heart, heroism, and propulsive suspense.





Look for Me

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner's latest twisty thrill ride, Detective D. D. Warren and Find Her's Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to either save a young girl's life...or bring her to justice.