Posted in News on July 9, 2014

The Library Board had alot to discuss today.  We did not have a June meeting due to illness, so no old business was reviewed.  The new mission statement was approved and is as follows:  “The mission of the Fairfield Public Library is to become a center of resources to nurture imagination, inspire learning, empower individuals, and enrich the community.”  Three additional policies were approved, Advocacy, Confidentiality of patron records, and Emergency & safety.  Triple F Days is August 16th so the annual pancake feed for the library was planned out.  Pancakes, country ham, eggs, coffee, or tang will be served 8am-10am at the city auditorium.  There will be a drawing for kids, teens, and adults to sign up for for a $25 gift certificate to the Prairie Books & gifts store towards a book of their choice.  The Library is 100 years old this year and we will have movies at the library 1pm-5pm in celebration.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.  There will be cupcakes and sidewalk chalk for the kids to draw on the walks to help celebrate.  Glow in the dark bracelets will be given out to all the kids.  The front entry way is need of repairs, the library received 1 bid for the project and will be asking the city if they wish to have more bids.  The library plaque to honor the librarians of Fairfield has been tabled for the next meeting.  We are having a hard time finding anyone locally to do the plaque.  Our new bookdrop is up and will be receiving a new faceplate soon.  We have a wonderful volunteer who wants to help the library by cleaning it once a week, we are very grateful for her service to the library!  The library will be offering laminating services for 81/2 x 11 sheets for $1.50 and business size cards for $.75 per sheet.  The library will be purchasing a new emergency kit this month.  The library voted to join the local community club to show its support of their activities in our community.  Budget time is here so we will be planning the next year’s budget during July.  The kid and teen sections of the library has been painted and now on to the adult side….blue is the popular choice!  The library is working on a brochure that will detail its services.  The next meeting will be August 8th.

Posted in News on November 1, 2013

Hi everyone! We received a question about Obituary Lookups.  Unfortunately we don’t have any other than what has been donated to the museum downstairs.  We did get in contact with the Clay County News in Sutton and asked them how a person would be able to find obituaries thru them.  The paper said to come to their office at 207 N. Saunders Avenue in Sutton and anyone can look thru all their old papers in the basement.  The hours are Monday – Friday 8am-5pm.  This paper would be a great starting place for anyone looking up family history.

Posted in News on June 7, 2013

Fairfield Public Library Board Meeting    June 7, 2013

 Members present: Angie Ridgway, Beth Shipman, Nancy Bischoff, Susan Short, Thelma Soucie, and Stephanie Haack.

The Board reviewed old business.  Note for next year Alumni Banquet, the Alumni group would like to volunteer to have the Alumni Room open for a few hours.

The Board discussed the library’s cut of hours.  Due to lack of funds in the City budget, the City suggested 12hrs per week to be opened to the public.  The Board approved and set the hours to Monday & Wednesday 1:30pm -5:30pm and Saturday 8am-12pm.  The Board will present the approval and hour change to the City at the City Council meeting.  The Board will ask the City to submit an article to the Clay county news, explaining the reasons for the changes and the hours.  The Board will ask for the changes to begin July 1, 2013.

The library had damages from the storms, the roof leaked in two places and the basement leaked in two rooms.  The Board will ask that the gutters be placed on the library as soon as the City can get the contractor here to do it.

The Summer Reading program is planned and requests for donations have been posted around town.  Susan Short donated $100 to help with the expenses of the program. 

Statistics for the month of May were up except for materials because of weeding. 

Total materials in catalog           7575

Total yearly circulations             1052

Total monthly circulations           243

Total visits                                      307

Total computer use                      174

Total reference questions            1116

The Board discussed Triple F Days in August. The pancake feed will occur this year and plans will be made in future meetings.

Posted in News on July 3, 2012

It has been busy at the library!  We are getting the new Atriuum catalog system and we are currently cataloging all of our materials in the catalog.  Summer reading program is going and is doing well.  Sarah, Kylie, and Kaytlynn are our volunteers this year.  We have 3 more weeks for the program.  If your children want to come we are having it on Monday evenings 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. July 9th, 16th, and 23rd.  Our volunteers had detasseling start very early so we had to change the times.  Everyone is welcome to come.  The Reading Program party will be on July 23rd and we may get messy!  Thank you to all our patrons for their generous donations and help with the program.  Everyone is asking about the tree out front, and yes it was taken down last week due to the massive damage it has taken from the storms.  It will be missed.  Everyone is welcome to come in out of the heat and use the computers or read a book.  We have Large print loans and books on cds in also.  All donations are welcomed, especially DVD’s, young adult books, etc.  Thank you to our patrons who have donated books and movies, we appreciate it!  Everyone have a safe July 4th celebration and we look forward to seeing you here!

Posted in News on January 6, 2012

First, let me apologize for taking so long to update this page. I apparently lost my log-in info and had to track it down.  Now for the important news.

Beginning Monday January 16 there will be new hours at the library.  We will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1:30 – 5:30 p. m. and on Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Secondly when you check out books, please pay attention the Date Due slip in the front.  We are having many overdue books and will be cracking down with fines!! Thank you!

Posted in News on November 24, 2010

We are proud to present you with our newest published Clay County author, Marcia Davis.  Please take some time getting to know Marcia and her books at:  You can buy her book Impossible Love, a romantic/thriller, at or at

Posted in News on October 5, 2010

We Couldn’t Have Done it Without You!

Fairfield Public Library has been selected as one of the 140 libraries to be a recipient of the Nebraska Library Commission’s Broadband Technology Grant funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.  In addition to the $2,416,403 awarded to the Nebraska Library Commission from the US Department of Commerce, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $1,251,786 in matching funds, bringing the total project budget to $3,668,189 for the next 3 years.

Fairfield Public Library will be receiving the following items: desktop & laptop computers, a printer (possibly color), a scanner, a computer projector, a WiFi router, a network switch, an ADA compliant workstation and computer with assistive technology, computer chairs, anti-virus software, Windows 7, and Microsoft Office software.

Thank you to everyone who wrote letters of support for our library!  With this opportunity we will be better equipped to meet the needs of our community.

Posted in News on August 25, 2010

Thank you everyone for your help with time or donations as we’ve been preparing for our largest Fairfield Days events to date.  Your continued support is what helps us be so successful.  Start your day off with our Old-Fashioned Pancake Feed from 8am – 10 am in the Auditorium.  Shop the different vendors and our large book sale in the Auditorium from 8am – 4pm.  And don’t forget to stop by our Open House at the library during your day out and about to see all our changes.