Fairfield

31 Wortz Drive

Fairfield, PA 17320

717-642-6009

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gardening in Small Spaces



Gardening in Small Spaces

Welcome Spring!  It is VERY nice to see the flowers starting to bloom after the seemingly endless winter season.  The warmer days of the past couple of weeks have me itching to dig in the dirt and visit the flower nursery.  I must learn to control my inner gardener though, and remember to wait until after Mother’s Day to plant my annuals.  I learned that lesson the hard way!
For those of you who have a green thumb but are “space challenged”, recent gardening books have been written with you in mind.  New additions to our collection include books such as Fine Gardening pocket gardens : design ideas for small-space gardening from the editors of Fine Gardening magazine.  This book contains popular design ideas and easy planting solutions for creating gardens with less dirt and less square footage.  Another book you may want to check out is Teeny tiny gardening: 35 step-by-step projects and inspirational ideas for gardening in tiny spaces.  This is a beautifully illustrated book with lots of ideas for using recycled and salvaged containers, from old bathtubs to eggshells, to make unique gardens in your small space.  For those who want to be extra adventurous, Mel Bartholomew has written a new book about his vertical gardening technique called All new square foot gardening : the revolutionary way to grow more in less space.  To find more books on gardening, visit your local library branch or check out our on-line catalog at www.adamslibrary.org.
Preschool story time at the Fairfield Library will continue through the spring and summer on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m.  Join us for stories, songs, and crafts with Miss Crystal.  Bring your toddler and enjoy a morning at the library!
              The Fairfield Library is located at 31 Wortz Drive.  Our phone number is 642-6009.  Hours of operation are:  Monday and Thursday 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Hope to see you soon!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Winter Olympics



Winter Olympics

Attention all winter sports enthusiasts!  The upcoming 22nd Winter Olympics will be held from February 7 – 23, 2014.  The host city will be Sochi, Russia.  For those of you who have never heard of Sochi, Russia, it is a city located in the western part of Russia on the eastern shore of the Black Sea.  To give you some perspective, the western shore of the Black Sea borders the countries of Bulgaria and Romania and bordering the southern shore is the country of Turkey.
There will actually be two locations for the events.  The Coastal Cluster events will be held at the Olympic Park in Sochi.  This location will be the site for the opening and closing ceremonies, and the skating, ice hockey, and curling competitions.  The main Olympic village is also in Sochi.  The Mountain Cluster events will be held 30 minutes inland at the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort.  This is where the skiing, snowboarding, bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events will take place.
I really enjoy watching both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.  My favorite Winter Olympic sport has to be downhill skiing.  I think it’s amazing that these athletes can ski down the mountains at incredible speeds and end up finishing within hundredths of a second of each other!  Go Team USA!!
For more information on the Olympic Games, visit your local library branch.  You can also check out our on-line catalog at www.adamslibrary.org.  We have fiction and non-fiction books about the Olympics for both children and adults.
Preschool story time at the Fairfield Library will continue through the winter on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m.  Join us for stories, songs, and crafts with Miss Crystal.  Bring your toddler and enjoy a morning at the library!
The Fairfield Library is located at 31 Wortz Drive.  Our phone number is 642-6009.  Hours of operation are:  Monday and Thursday 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thoughts of Fall



Thoughts of Fall
Ahhh, Fall.  When I think of this time of year, I think about fall colors, cooler weather, and apples.  The boys in my household only have two things on their mind, the NFL Sunday Ticket and NHL hockey!  I must admit, I really enjoyed watching the Penn State Football games last season, and the team is off to a terrific start this year as well.  Go State!
I think hockey is my favorite sport though.  I grew up in Johnstown, PA and started going to games with my Dad when I was about four years old.  I remember watching the Johnstown Jets, Red Wings, and the Chiefs at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.  This Arena was the setting for the movie Slap Shot with Paul Newman.  Some of my friends went to the set hoping for the chance to be an extra in the movie.  I don’t think they ever got in, but it was worth a shot.
My son really enjoys hockey too.  He attends Penn State University in State College.  This year is especially exciting for Penn State Hockey because they have a brand new arena.  The 6,000 seat Pegula Ice Arena officially opens next month.  This beautiful building was made possible by an $88 million dollar donation from Terry and Kim Pegula (also owners of the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL).  It was the largest single donation in the University’s history. 
If you are interested in finding out more about hockey, the Adams County Library System owns such books as:  Legends of hockey – the Official Book of the Hockey Hall of Fame by Bobby Hull, Ice Hockey Made Simple – a spectator’s guide by P.J. Harari and Dave Ominsky, and All About Hockey by George Sullivan.  We also own the hockey themed DVD’s titled Miracle, which tells the story of the historic victory of the U.S. hockey team at the 1980 Olympic Games, and the Mighty Ducks.

And now for the local news…Don’t forget the Pippinfest that will be held in Fairfield the weekend of September 28th and 29th this year.  The Pippinfest is two days of fun, food, crafts and entertainment and has been a Fairfield tradition for the last 33 years! Saturday will be a Community Yard Sale.  Sunday’s events will include professional artists and craft exhibitors, food, music, a car show, antique tractors, a quilt show, and more.  For a complete schedule of events, visit www.pippinfest.com.
Preschool story time at the Fairfield Library will continue through the fall and winter on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m.  Join us for stories, songs, and crafts with Miss Crystal.  Bring your toddler and enjoy a morning at the library!
The Fairfield Library is located at 31 Wortz Drive.  Our phone number is 642-6009.  Hours of operation are:  Monday and Thursday 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Birds of Spring



Birds of Spring
           The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and everyone is sneezing!  Yes, boys and girls, I do believe that spring has finally arrived!  It is nice to see the robins and bluebirds back from their winter hiatus.  These two types of birds eat mostly fruits, berries, seeds, and insects.  The lack of these food sources in our region during the cold winter months is the main reason that they migrate south to the warmer temperatures. 
           If you are interested in finding out more about birds, we have a lot of great books available to you in our library system.  Roger Tory Peterson has published several field guides to the birds of North America.  These are great reference books that contain physical descriptions, range maps of where they live and travel, and illustrations of each type of bird to be found in North America. 
           The library system also has some wonderful children’s books about birds.  One of my favorites is an Eye Wonder book published by Dorling Kindersley (DK) titled Birds by Samantha Gray.   This book has beautiful full-color photographs of many different types of birds and information about different phases of their life cycles.  Check out all that we have to offer at www.adamslibrary.org, or visit a library branch near you!
At the Fairfield branch, we will be having a children’s movie night on Monday, May 13th at 6:00.  This family film is about Dracula's lavish five-stake resort hotel, where some of the world's most famous monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. Everything is going fine for Drac until one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to his teenage daughter, Mavis.  Drinks and popcorn will be provided.  Bring a pillow to sit on!
The Fairfield Library’s book club will be meeting on Thursday, May 16th at 7 p.m. May’s book selection is titled The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.  This book is about a white servant girl who violates the order of plantation society and unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.  If you’ve been interested in attending a book club, please consider joining us for some good company and conversation.
The Fairfield Area Library is located at 31 Wortz Drive.  Our phone number is 642-6009.  Hours of operation are:  Monday and Thursday 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Hope to see you soon!



Thursday, January 3, 2013

Gluten-Free Dieting



Gluten-Free Dieting
           Many of us know someone who is on a gluten-free diet.  Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye.  This type of diet is used to treat celiac disease.  Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive condition that causes inflammation and damage in the small intestines when gluten is consumed.  It also interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food.  Medical experts estimate that more than two million Americans have celiac disease.  There are also an additional 18 million Americans that have non-celiac gluten sensitivity.   People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity experience similar symptoms to those with celiac disease, but don’t have the degree of intestinal damage that occurs with celiac disease.
“No big deal,” you say, “eliminate the gluten, and eliminate the problems.”  This is easier said than done.  Gluten is found in a LOT of foods like breads, cakes, cookies, cereal, french fries, gravy, pastas, snack foods, salad dressings, sauces, etc.
           So, what’s left to eat?  These foods are okay for people with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity:  beans, seeds, and nuts in their natural, unprocessed form; fresh eggs; fresh meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated); fruits and vegetables; and most dairy products.  Gluten-free products are available in stores, but they are typically more expensive to purchase.  Large brand name companies, like General Mills, are getting into the market and are labeling their products accordingly.  Sales are expected to exceed more than $5 billion by 2015.
           If you or someone you know is in need of gluten-free recipes, we have a lot of great cookbooks at the library.  "Gluten-free made simple: easy everyday meals that everyone can enjoy," "Allergy-friendly food for families," and "125 gluten-free vegetarian recipes" are just a few of the titles available to check out.  To get a complete list, visit our website at www.adamslibrary.org.
           Now, it’s time for the local news.  The Fairfield Library’s book club will be meeting on Thursday, January 17th at 7 p.m. This month’s book is titled “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty.  If you’ve been interested in attending a book club, please consider joining us for some good company and conversation.
We will be having a children’s movie night on Monday, January 21st at 6:00.  In this family film, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus.  Drinks and popcorn will be provided.  Bring a pillow to sit on!
After all of your holiday on-line shopping, you might want to consider attending our next free computer class.  This class will be “Cleaning Your PC for Better Performance”.  It will be offered at our branch on Thursday, January 24th at 6:30 p.m.  Class size is limited to 8, so registration is required.
The Fairfield Library is located at 31 Wortz Drive.  Our phone number is 642-6009.  Hours of operation are:  Monday and Thursday 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Hope to see you soon!

Sherrie DeMartino
Fairfield Library