Fairfield First – May 23

 Fairfield, Iowa — Chicken Soup Love Fest

Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield were in Fairfield today to receive the Maharishi Prosperity and Progress Award. A huge crowd attended the ceremony at the Sondheim Center hosted by Mayor Ed Malloy. Janet Atwood, author of The Passion Test and Marci Shimof, author of Happy for No Reason, gave personal and emotional tributes to the creators of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. In attendance were some of the 12 Fairfield-based authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books from Fairfield including Shimoff, Cindy Buck, Carol Kline and Jennifer Hawthorne. Deborah Poneman, Mark Victor Hansen described Fairfield as “the light bulb for America." 


Follywood News

Kouider Wins IMPA Award; Second In A Row For MUM


Make it two for two for the young Maharishi University of Management’s young Communications and Media program when it comes to statewide film success. Amine Kouider has become the school’s second straight student to earn the 2008 Award of Excellence from the Iowa Motion Picture Association, winning with a short documentary about Malek Salah, a well-known Algerian artist.



"Malek Salah; majnun layla," by Amine Kouider, is a 13-minute documentary

that details the great Algerian artist Malek Salah. Mr. Salah began the

Transcendental Meditation technique in 1977 and experienced an upwelling of

creativity that has continued unabated for 30 years. He works in four media:

painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography.


"We are Theo," by Geoff Boothby, is a 22-minute mock-herioc epic of a

passionate but indecisive university student pursuing a young woman. Along

the way he receives divine advice, as well as advice from the devil, but

ends up making his own decision.



Randy West and Patrick Bosold wind IMPA Screenwriting Award


This Fairfield Duo received an award for best un-produced screenplay, “Murder Most Foul”.


Wormtooth Nation Releases Episodes 3-5









Truckstop Souvenirs: A Fairfield First Treasure

Fairfield First caught the Truckstop Souvenir, Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter, at Cafe Paradiso last weekend. The opened for the Starlings. From the first song to the last we were completely entertained with their original “whisper rock.” They are acoustic, original and unique. There fan base is growing locally and the local crowds are going to grow. You can check out extended samples (90 seconds) of their music at   www.truckstopsouvenir.com


Dennis and Lauryn each have a radio show on KRUU-LP – Gravel Road and Crooked Sisters, respectively. Check KRUUFM.Com for show times.


We like them so much that we are offering a FREE Truckstop Souvenir CD with each new Fairfield First! membership, through June 15.



Better Yet Coop

Better Yet Co-op, operated by William and Brenda Pollak, has been in existence for 22 years, is open every Thursday from 9 to 5 and 7 to 8. The

address is 1115 East Madison Ave. in the barn in back of the house. (Fairfield Animal Hospital).


Catalogues are available for purchase at 50 cents, or you can just come in and look around. They charge a small mark up (10%) on the prices in the catalogue to cover our costs. There is no work commitment.


Just place your order by Friday noon for pick up the following Thursday. Orders can be emailed to brenda@healthyvet.com or phoned to 472-5155.


A tremendous variety of food is available in bulk, cases, or even single items. Monthly specials are available. They don't carry produce.


How does Fairfield Carnegie Library really rank?

How does the Fairfield Carnegie Library rank?


Was it the first one west of the Mississippi River?

Was it the first one in Iowa?

Was it the first one outside of Pennsylvania?

b. Was it the prototype for 2700 libraries that the Carnegie Foundation funded worldwide?

all of the above


Answer: D. All are true. According to Wikipedia, The first of Carnegie's public libraries opened in his hometown, Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1883. As with most of the others, Carnegie's name did not appear on the building. Rather, he had a motto — "Let there be light" — inscribed over the entrance. His first library in the United States was built in 1889 in Braddock, Pennsylvania, home to one of the Carnegie Steel Company's mills.” A Carnegie Library wasn’t built in Pittsburgh until 1901.


As a young boy, in 1848, Andrew Carnegie immigrated with his family from Dunfermline, Scotland to Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, located just across the Allegheny River from Downtown Pittsburgh. At this time, Pittsburgh and Allegheny City had no public libraries; Andrew and his family were too poor to purchase books. One day, Andrew read, in the local newspaper, that an Allegheny City businessman and iron manufacturer, Colonel James Anderson, was starting to open his 400-volume private library to the public each Saturday afternoon; Colonel Anderson served as the librarian. Andrew was overjoyed and read most books in this library. Colonel Anderson was so gratified by the public response to the opening of his private library to the public, he donated money to begin a public library in Allegheny City. Andrew Carnegie never forgot Colonel Anderson's generosity; when Andrew became wealthy, he decided that he would also donate money to open public libraries.


In 1891, Fairfield had a lending library that didn’t didn’t have a permanent home. It had been in operation since the 1853. Carnegie liked what he heard and wrote a check for $40,000 to help build the library building if the local community would provide for books, materials and operations. The Fairfield Carnegie Library opened in 1893. This model has been replicated 2500-2700, depending on the sources, all over the world including Pittsburgh, PA, in 1901. Fairfield was the first community to build two Carnegie libraries. The second was on the Parsons College campus.


According to Carnegie Libraries Across America by Theodore Jones. "After decades of meditation and a few false starts, the true foundation of Carnegie's public library philanthropy occurred on December 28, 1891, when Senator James Wilson of Iowa boarded a train from Washington, D.C., to New York City; specifically to ask Carnegie for funds to construct a library building in his hometown of Fairfield. Carnegie met with the senator over dinner at his home. The next morning, Wilson wired Fairfield with the news that he had secured Carnegie's promise for $40,000 for a library building … marking the first time Carnegie funded a library in a town where he had no personal ties or investment – no manufacturing plants, no family, no disaster. Wilson's request was a first, too; Carnegie had never been directly asked to provide library building funds."