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Holiday Events & Performances

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Starting today, bring the whole family to a variety of holiday programs and events at LSC-CyFair

Nov. 29 - Lighting of the Lake, 4:00-6:30pm, Amphitheatre

Dec. 3 - Holiday Concert, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Center for the Arts-Main Stage Theatre (ticket info)

Dec. 6 - String Power, 7:30pm, Center for the Arts-Main Stage Theatre (ticket info)

Dec. 8 - Project Jazz, 7:30pm, Center for the Arts-Main Stage Theatre (ticket info)

This Week at the Library: November 29 - December 3, 2010

calendar pictureLots of great programs and activities this week.  Here are a few highlights...

Time to Fall Back

clock on the word Fall

Ah, the end of Daylight Savings Time.  Well lit mornings, dark evenings.  For me this always marks the beginning of the holiday season.  I'm going to give it 72 hours before someone has holiday lights up on their house. 

Now, we officially change back to Standard Time on Sunday, November 7, at 2:00am, but I wouldn't rush to set the alarm clock or anything.  Just set your clocks back one hour Saturday evening, so everything is correct the next morning.  For example, if your clock says 10:00pm, you change it to 9:00pm.  Remember, many electronic devices may reset themselves, so check the time before changing it.

Enjoy your extra hour of sleep!

 

Election Day - Get Out and Vote!

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It's Election Day!  Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Find your voting location and ID requirements here.

"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
 

Rick Steves at LSC-CyFair

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Join us Thursday, November 4, at 7:00pm, to welcome travel author Rick Steves.  Steves will discuss his book, "Travel as a Political Act", followed by a book signing.  Mr Steves' visit is sponsored by the Lone Star College-CyFair, Friends of the Library.

Hear his insights as a travel writer, public television host, and Seattle businessman when when he visits the campus to discuss the importance of travel in gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for different cultures. Join us in the Main Stage Theatre, Center for the Arts at: 
 

Keeping Up with Recalls.gov

recall product box

Not a very exciting topic I realize, but product recalls are often based on tragic circumstances that can hopefully be avoided for others.  I've read about several recalls related to children's products recently, so I thought now was a good time to spotlight Recalls.gov.  Recall.gov collects information about recalls in consumer products including, food, cosmetics, cars, electronics, toys, and more from six different government agencies.

You can sign up for email elerts with the various agencies and there is even a phone app for those with an Android smartphone.

Say It Out Loud - Talking Dictionaries

megaphone picHave you ever come across a word while reading a book, newspaper, etc., that you simply were not sure how to pronounce?  Did you look it up in the dictionary only to find the pronunciation designated by a bunch of strange lines, squiggles and other symbols?  Sure, we all learned how to decipher the symbols back in junior high, but does anyone really remember it all?  I think not!  Ok, now all you English teachers out there take a deep breath and calm down, but sometimes we just need some extra help.  Well, just in time, I give you "Talking Dictionaries".  These great online dictionaries provide an actual audio playback of the word.  There are several websites that offer this service, but the two I like the best are Merriam-Webster.com and

This Week at the Library - October 18-24, 2010

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Lots of great programs and activities this week.  Here are a few highlights...

  • Kids: Arabic Storytime, Game Night, and smART Art Kids Camp
  • Adults: Clase de Computadora en Espanol, Explore Women of the World Book Club, Wii Bowling, Business Seminar, and Computer Workshops 

For a complete list of activities, dates, and times, visit the Library website.

Guatemala Sinkhole

photo of sinkholeI know what you're thinking, "this can't be real".  The first time I saw the images I thought they were photoshopped, but I was wrong.  The Guatamala Sinkhole in downtown Guatemala City is about 60 feet wide and about 300 feet deep.  Scientist believe that Tropical Storm Agatha played a part in the sinkhole formation.  Guatemala City is built on a "pumice fill", ash and rock debris from ancient volcanic eruptions. Water saturated the ash filled soil and when it bacame too heavy it collapsed.  A three-story building is said to have fallen into the hole.

CyFest & Fire Fest for All

cyfest posterWhat is Cy-Fest?  Cy-Fest is LSC-CyFair College's gift to the community; all activities are free and open to the public.  The festival objectives include promoting community awareness, support of local businesses, and sharing informational, cultural and educational programing.  

What is Fire Fest?  Fire Fest, hosted by the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, allows the community a glimpse into the life of a fire fighter by providing demonstrations on vehicle fires, vehicle extrications, landing the Life Flight helicopters, and even canine search and rescue.  

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