July 17, 2014
by Mike Olynick
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4 Ways to Enjoy Summer

As we hit the midway point of summer, here are four tips to get the most out of your break:

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Finally, it’s summer! Time to hit the beach,  party, and—maybe the best part—sleep in! It’s true that summer is the time to enjoy yourself, but don’t let school become a distant memory. Taking care of obligations like tuition, school paperwork, and course registration are vital. The best way to stay on your prepared-student game is to check your school email often. That way, you will be updated on financial aid, registration, and messages from your future professors for fall ’14. Follow the Library news on  social_facebook social_twitter

2. Be Active     
Wherever you live, the weather is probably thePuma_shoes best it will be for the whole year, so enjoy it while it lasts! Get active by taking up a new sport (why not try Starting Yoga : A Practical Foundation Guide for Men and Women ebook), or use a sport you already know as a way to reconnect with old friends. Meanwhile, Fairfield’s campus is as beautiful as ever in the summer, and the perfect place to get some fresh air if you’re in the area. Whether you are tearing up the tennis courts, playing in the pool, or simply taking a walk outside, the summer is the time to get active!

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This is a library blog, after all! Be sure to check out our summer reading lists on the following links: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Adult. Even if reading is not your “thing,” make it a goal to read at least a few books this summer. You’ll be happy you did.

4. Seize the Day
The Latin phrase, “Carpe Diem,” applies especially Carpe-Diemfor college students during the summer. One day, when you graduate and have a job, summer breaks will sadly be a thing of the past. Don’t sweat the future too much, but do try to make the most of each day. Explore James Allen’s book Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success.  Have fun, be open to new things, and learn.

The Library looks forward to seeing you next Fall!


July 14, 2014
by Mike Olynick
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Stop The Beauty Madness Campaign

Body image has become one of the major cultural issues of this generation.

The use of “enhanced” images in popular magazines, which change the proportions of the human body,  is only one example of how “beauty” has become distorted and unattainable for real people. Females are at the center of this issue, with ad campaigns, social groups, and even politicians  fighting against the “idealizing” of the female body. The following is a documentary available through the Library’s Film on Demand database on this important and polemical topic.

Below- Watch Beauty in the Eyes of the Beholder (54:29 min).

Trouble viewing the video above? Try this link.

The library also offers many online e-books on this topic. Click here to see a sample on this topic.

Learn more at #stopthebeautymadness and


2014 Summer Reading List

July 3, 2014 by Mike Olynick | Comments Off

A picture of our summer reading display.Calling all readers!

Check out our summer 2014 reading list, selected by Library staff. There are two displays by the main staircase, featuring a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, and young adult books.  Be sure to take a copy of our list and check out a book– the summer is the ideal time to catch up on reading!

Not in the Library? Here’s our list online! Summer Reading List PDF


July 1, 2014
by jkremer
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Civil Rights Act – 50 year Anniversary

As part of his vision for a Great Society, on July 2, 1964, President Johnson signed into law The Civil Rights Act of 1964, guaranteeing freedoms and rights for all Americans. – See more at:

Below- Watch the documentary with original footage Birth Struggle of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (55:00 min)

Trouble viewing the video above, click here. 

This documentary from the CBS News Archives examines the stormy passage of civil rights bill H.R. 7152 through the House of Representatives. The program, filmed in 1964, begins with a report on the controversial bill’s history, from its introduction by John F. Kennedy to the eve of its debate on the Senate floor. Following that report, Eric Sevareid moderates as Senators Hubert Humphrey and Strom Thurmond engage in a live television debate on the bill’s merits. Footage of John and Robert Kennedy, Justice Department officials Nicholas Katzenbach and Burke Marshall, President Lyndon Johnson, and the racial clashes of the early 1960s captures the tension and drama surrounding the most comprehensive civil rights law since Reconstruction. Produced by CBS NEWS. (55 minutes, b&w)