October 3, 2018
by Lilah Heyman
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     Celebrate LGBT History with the DNL! LGBT History Month takes place in October, and commemorates LGBT history and the fight for LGBT rights. One major landmark in LGBT history is the Stonewall Riots that took place in Manhattan in June 1969. When police raided a gay bar, Stonewall Inn, the LGBT community resisted arrests, and held protests for four nights.These riots marked the start of the LGBT rights movement, which has continued to fight for equal rights even today. In honor of this month, here are some quotes from famous LGBT authors.


“When we define ourselves, when I define myself, the place in which I am like you and the place in which I am not like you, I'm not excluding you from the joining - I'm broadening the joining.”

       - Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, 1984


"Full citizenship was, and to a large degree still is, predicated on keeping 'unacceptable' behavior private. This complicated relationship between the public and private is at the heart of LGBT history and life today."

       - Michael Bronski, A Queer History of the United States, 2011


"Two women in love confirms for me that there is a love that can push you beyond what everyone else says is possible.”

       - Daisy Hernandez, A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir, 2014


"Lay your sleeping head, my love,

Human on my faithless arm;

Time and fevers burn away

Individual beauty from

Thoughtful children, and the grave

Proves the child ephemeral:

But in my arms till break of day

Let the living creature lie,

Mortal, guilty, but to me

The entirely beautiful."

       - W. H. Auden, “Lullaby”, 1940


Check out the display on the main level to find these works and more!



September 28, 2018
by Lisa Thornell
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First-Year Students Played to Learn

385 students played the Game of Life: DiMenna-Nyselius Edition during the first two weeks of the fall semester to learn about library spaces and services. This self-guided tour could be played individually or with groups of friends by picking up a game board at the circulation desk and using a smart phone to navigate all three floors of the library.  FYE CONNECT credit was awarded to all players and the following students won prizes:

  • Peter G. (bag of Fairfield University gear)
  • Joe R. (ladder ball set)
  • Corinne C. (salt lamp)
  • Maura M. (decorative string lights)
  • Mark A. (ping pong game)
  • Molly Q. (external charger)
  • Cassidy R. (pop socket)
  • Charlotte K. (pop socket)
  • Madeline D. (mini portable fan)
  • Lauren N.   (beach chair)
  • Madison M. (smart phone photo printer)
  • Tamara P. ($50 StagBucks)

Thank you to the EN11 instructors who encouraged students to play the game and to the Office of Student Engagement for sponsoring the prizes.


September 24, 2018
by Lisa Thornell
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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: http://www.fairfield.edu/humanlibrary

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 10/12. For more information see the Human Library website or contact Barbara Ghilardi bghilardi@fairfield.edu or  Lisa Thornell lthornell@fairfield.edu


September 22, 2018
by Lisa Thornell
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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: https://libraryapps.fairfield.edu/cdn/bannedbooks/

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: