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  • Mary Beth Croft

The POA Library

From the Library

Hello from your POA Library. Welcome to February. When you support the POA library; either by visiting the library or donating books, you support our entire Fairfield Harbour community. Our library collection helps us act as the center of an engaged community of readers and adult learners. We listen to our readers and appreciate your feedback. The library is behind the beauty shop in the second POA building and is open Monday-Friday, from 8 am-8 pm. Refer to the donation list on the bulletin board to the left of the library door. We have a return cart inside the door for you to return borrowed books and a large bin labeled “New Books” next to the table in the library. Feel free to drop off newly donated books in this bin.

We would like to thank our Patrons and acknowledge your generosity so please leave your contact information with your donations.

For Your Consideration

We believe it is beneficial for our donors to better understand what donations (gifts in kind) meet our suitable criteria. Gifts in kind the library collects include fiction, non-fiction, biography, large print, and children’s books. We also collect and carry DVD’s, talking books, and puzzles. This selection could not exist without you, so thank you all so much for your gifts in kind.

Due to space, we do not accept the following donations: coffee table books, self-help books, diy books, cookbooks, books on sailing or boating, and travel books. Please donate these items to other organizations. Also, if you are cleaning out items or moving, look through your books. We do not take damaged books, books with torn pages, water-damaged books, books with stains, or evidence of mold. I know... this seems obvious, and yes, we have actually received items like this. The librarians have to curate and dispose of your old, damaged books (I hate throwing out books -I bet you do too). So be considerate of your volunteer librarians and dispose of your books that meet the unsuitable criteria above.

Thank You for Your Donations/Gifts in Kind

Thank you to Joan Meutsch for your donated books! Your generosity helps the POA library make a positive impact on our entire community. I am certain these books will find their way to many readers in Fairfield Harbour.

FH POA Library off to an Extraordinary Start for 2024

The POA librarians celebrated the new year with a luncheon held at the Pointe Restaurant. We had a great turnout, and everyone had a fun time. Conversations centered around - you guessed it, good books, and authors. Travel plans, both past and future were discussed. Everyone got to meet our new librarians Mary Lang, Pam Andre and Kathie King. as well as catch up with old friends. Because we work independently for a week at a time during the year, we don’t get to see each other as often as we would like. It was wonderful to see everyone and meet new folks.

Beverages, Biscuits & Books

Looking for a good book, or author recommendation? Grab your beverage of choice and a snack and check out Oil and Marble by Stephanie Storey. This review comes to us from Julie Madsen our librarian of the month. The story is set in Florence Italy in the early 1500’s. The main characters are Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti. We follow these two master artists who actually lived in Florence at the same time for about 4 years. This period piece appeals to Julie who loves learning about places in the world. While this is a work of fiction, much of the text is based on the author's research and fact. Check out this book. I did based on Julie’s recommendation. It is a surprising, and wonderful read.

Meet Your Librarian Volunteers

This month I had the pleasure of interviewing one of our genre librarians, Julie Madsen. Julie’s genre of choice is fiction. She has been a resident of Fairfield Harbour for 4 years and has 1 year of volunteering for the POA library under her belt. Julie has many diverse interests including boating the loop and singing in the Fairfield Harbour Choir.

Julie hails from Bay Shore, Long Island. She was a presence in her local public library through volunteer work. Lucky for us, being a part of the local library is important to her. Her genre of choice is fiction and Julie enjoys learning about various places in the world through realistic fiction. Some of Julie’s good read picks include the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries by Patricia Skalka, and books by authors such as J.D. Robb, Janet Evanovich, and Robert B. Parker. She enjoys the Patricia Skalka series because this author gives such in-depth detail of the story settings.

If you see Julie at the POA library or out and about, say hello. Ask what she’s been reading lately. We are lucky to have her in Fairfield Harbour and volunteering in our POA library. Thank you, Julie, for all you do!


If you are interested in becoming a part of the POA Library Committee, contact Mary Hittner at or myself at If you would like to recommend a book, series or author contact me: Mary Beth Croft at

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