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Christmas events planned

A young boy smiles as he tells Santa Claus his Christmas wishlist during the Fairfield Library's first Christmas at the Library event in 2017.
Photo by April Walker

We would be out of order if we didn’t mention the library has been having a logo contest, which ends Tuesday, Dec. 4, for a Fairfield Library logo. Previously announced on the library’s Facebook page, a $50 Amazon card will be given to the creator of the design judged most appropriate by the library. That logo will be used on library information, including letterheads, business cards, and more. Just like everywhere else in town, the library staff is planning lots of activities to celebrate the Christmas season. Beginning on Monday, Dec. 3, the staff and any interested volunteers will decorate campsite number 52 at the Fairfield Lake State Park in conjunction with their Christmas in the Park event. Visitors to the park are invited to enjoy all the Christmas lights from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.


What's happening at Fairfield Library

Pictured is Mary King, Library Director Gary Wiggins, Jimmy Lee, and Jennifer Kilkenny. The FHS Class of 1959 donated $190 to the library in honor of classmate Don Carroll, who recently passed away.
Photo courtesy of Pat Wiggins

By Pat Wiggins

Fairfield High School Class of 1959 recently donated $190 to Fairfield Library in memoriam of classmate Don Carroll who recently passed away. Representing the class was Jimmy Lee, owner of L&M Trophies, who presented the check to Library Director Gary Wiggins.


Commissioners face budget

Commissioners continue to work on their budget, facing tough decisions such as department raises, travel allowances, and the upcoming capital murder trial. A public hearing was held on the tax rate at the Aug. 8 meeting. The court has budgeted $700,000 for the capital murder trial and it seems the trial may run upwards of $1 million.

Commissioners have proposed a two cent tax increase of 0.35947 cents per $100 valuation; the current tax rate is 0.339. Commissioners voted on the tax rate at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.


Library's Summer Reading Program wraps up

The Fairfield Library officially wrapped up the Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock” on Wednesday, Aug. 1, with an awards program celebrating reading for all – 469 children and accompanying adults – and special efforts by three exceptional young readers.  The Libraries Rock Program began with every participating child setting a goal for their own summer reading.  In turn, during the award ceremony each child who participated in the program received a certificate and every child who completed their individual reading goal got a second certificate. There were three categories based loosely on age and reading level: Family Reading Group for younger children not yet reading on their own; Independent Reader Group for children able to read by themselves; and Independent Reader Advanced for those whose reading ability allowed for longer books (think ‘chapter divisions’).


Miss Texas entertains during Fairfield visit

Miss Texas Madison Fuller entertained a group of kids during a second Story Time last week. Fuller sang, read a book, and joined in a photo session.
Photo by April Walker

Princes and princesses alike enjoyed a program by Miss Texas Madison Fuller Friday at the Fairfield Library. The library held a second Story Time for Fuller to read Beverly Billingsly Takes a Bow by Alexander Stadler before performing a skit with her puppets.

Children also enjoyed making their own puppets and a photo op with Fuller. The homegrown queen performed her ventriloquist act with 5-year-old Leo the Lion and 3-year-old Frisco the Frog, singing “I’ve Been Everywhere” and “Great Balls of Fire.”


New people at library

Jennifer Kilkenny

As our summer “Libraries Rock” Story Time program winds down, we want to take a chance to introduce you to our new staff member, Jennifer Kilkenny. Kilkenny is the smiling redhead who began greeting everyone who came to the library on Tuesday, June 12. She not only greets you as you enter the main library, but also helps get patrons signed into a computer, checks books in and out, and does whatever she can to make your trip to the library both enjoyable and productive. Kilkenny and her husband, Lance, have three children, Jeremy (14), Ben (11), Ashley (married to an Army man currently stationed in Afghanistan), and one grandson, Troy. She is also a member of the Civil Air Patrol in Corsicana with Lance and Jeremy making it a family affair. She and Lance are both 2nd Lieutenants, and Jeremy has recently passed the tests and qualifications to be an officer.


Summer Reading Program begins

Fairfield Library is full of excitement this summer, especially on Wednesday mornings for the annual Story Time event led by Mary King. The library's Summer Reading Program – which continues through July – kicked off at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, with Kayla Lupo as the guest reader.

During Freestone County Fair week the program's guest readers will be:

  •  Miss Texas Morgana Wood – Tuesday, June 12
  •  Fairfield Fire Department – Wednesday, June 20
  •  County Judge Linda Grant – Wednesday, June 27

“We are looking forward to a great time of reading, crafts, and meeting new friends,” said library representatives.



Authors welcomed at Fairfield Library

Fairfield students recently penned books as a special project, which are now displayed at the Fairfield Library. Library patrons can scan the QR code on any book to hear the story read in the author's voice or watch a movie based on the book and created by the author. Last week, students brought their parents to the library on a special Book Mobile bus, which shuttled 1st through 5th grades over from their campuses. Pictured is Library Director Gary Wiggins enjoying a book with author Anna Allen.

Photo by April Walker


Successful Family Game Night at Fairfield Library

Stop by the Fairfield Library for one of the many events.

Courtesy photo

The Fairfield Library is celebrating the success of the second Family Game Night on Friday, April 20. Open to all in the community, a Friday evening will be scheduled quarterly – typically on a third Friday – for families to come and play together, bringing their own games from home or playing with those at the library. The Xbox in the teen area is available, as well as the Lego table, checkers and chest in the main area, and tables set up for small group play in the Community Room. We were excited to see two new families being introduced to the library. We may need to formally appoint 6-year-old Harper Nevill, daughter of Sara and Joni Nevill, as our official greeter/hostess because her winning smile and friendly contact definitely won some hearts!



Area students awarded by DAR

Fairfield senior Brittani Oglesbee (center) was awarded 2nd place in the DAR Good Citizens contest. She is pictured with chapter member Pat Wiggins (left) and Registrar Billie Bournias (right).
Courtesy photo

The Jonathan Hardin Chapter of the DAR had a full agenda at the April 14 meeting. In addition to the regular meeting, program, and Good Citizen and Scholarship awards, Diana Pagett McDonald presented winners of the annual DAR American History Essay contest.

The Jonathan Hardin Chapter encourages students from 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in Limestone and Freestone counties to participate in the American History Essay contest. Students in a public, private, and parochial school, or those who are home schooled are eligible. The title of the 2018 essay is “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars.”

The students were given the following information with which to write their essay:


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