Fairfield librarians defeat Darien librarians in Fitbit Challenge

It is official! The Fitbit Challenge has been won by the tired but still energetic Fairfield Librarians who walked to victory. From Monday, March 2, at noon until Friday, March 6, at midnight, 10 librarians from Fairfield Public Library clocked 1,590,000 steps to win over their colleagues at Darien Library who walked 1,383,390.

Library and Town Webmaster Merry Mao led the charge with the most number of steps walked — an astounding 250,001 steps. Mao coached her colleagues to keep on walking throughout the week. Library Director Karen Ronald remarked: “The competitive spirit and sense of fun of our team led us to victory over a very strong team.” Fairfield also took this challenge as an opportunity to walk for a cause.

Patrons cheered the librarians on social media and contributed donations to “Our Woven Community.” The women of “Our Woven Community”, refugees from some of the worst war-torn countries in Africa, are now settled in this area. Under the guidance of the International Institute of Connecticut (ICONN) in Bridgeport they are now enjoying their new lives in the United States. Laura Jones of ICONN and artist Cynthia Davis established a new program where the women could learn to sew and create beautiful purses, scarves and other items to sell. Last month the Library co-hosted a program highlighting the courage of all refugees and especially the women of Our Woven Community. Alliance spoke so honestly and bravely about her horrendous experience in her native Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing most of the audience to tears. The library staff were so moved and pledged to help them in some way.

Thanks to the generous donations of patrons and staff “Our Woven Community” will be able to purchase two sewing machines.

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