Fairfield participates in National Library Week

The Fairfield Public Library will host daily guest lectures Sunday through April 14 as part of National Library Week.

The week kicks off with an open house from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Patrons are invited to enjoy live music and cookies while they discover what the library has to offer.

Monday through Friday, patrons are asked to bring a sack lunch to enjoy a series of speakers who will present from noon to 1 p.m. The library will provide a beverage, and there is no charge to attend.


Lunchtime series

Monday?s event will be a panel of members of the media including The Fairfield Ledger?s Andy Hallman. Cathy Cranston of the University of Iowa will explain how to evaluate the veracity of claims one encounters online. Cranston is an undergraduate engagement librarian at the university, working with students and faculty to foster information literacy. Members of the media will then participate in a panel discussion on the subject.

Tuesday will see representatives E.J. Philby of Des Moies and Blake Christiansen of Omaha, both of Landmark Luggage, present information on smart packing techniques, security, travel technology, helpful tips and more.

Wednesday?s talk is on ?unsolved mysteries in astronomy? and features Brent Student, a professor of astronomy at Kirkwood Community College. He will discuss what the universe is made of, whether we are likely to find more planets in the outer solar system and whether we can find life beyond Earth.

Lonnie Gamble, professor in the sustainable living program at Maharishi University of Management, is Thursday?s guest lecturer. Gamble will explore ways in which a new economic theory redefines our relationship to other humans and ?to the rest of the living earth of which we are embedded.?

The series concludes April 13 with a talk about the Underground Railroad courtesy of local author Rory Goff, who will talk about his recently published book. Goff will discuss what he learned about Fairfield?s involvement in helping slaves find freedom in the north.


Book-to-film series

Next week is also the premier of a book-to-film series at the library. Every Tuesday for a month, a different novel and its accompanying film version will be examined. A local teacher will make brief remarks about the book before a viewing of the film adaptation, followed by analysis and discussion.

April 10: ?To Kill a Mockingbird,? presented by Tena Edlin

April 17: ?Sense and Sensibility? presented by Fred Hucke

April 24: ?The Book Thief? presented by Karen Price

May 1: ?Persepolis? presented by Nynke Passi.