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Keeping Up with Recalls.gov

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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.  

Online WishList

gift boxGrandma still buying you cute, puppy sweaters even though you stopped wearing them a few lifetimes ago?  Well never fear, WishList is here.  Shop the web and save all the items you've been hoping or dreaming about in a convenient online wishlist.  Make multiple wishlists: Birthday, Holidays, Want, Need, If I Win the Lotters (hey, we can all dream).  Make each list private (only you can see it) or public (send friends and family a link to your list).

Business Success Seminars

succuess road signThe Business Success Seminars are back!  Learn everything from the newest web resources to nuts-and-bolts market research in 60 minutes for free.  60 Minutes, 6 Weeks, Success!

  • All sessions are held in the library meeting room 131 at 7:45 - 8:45 a.m.
  • No sign up required.
  • Attendees have a chance to win a door prize at each session.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - Dynamite Sales Presentations
Weddnesday, October 13, 2010 - Getting to Yes!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - Marketing using YouTube
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - Google AdSense and AdWords
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - Blogging for Business
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - When the Banker Says No

Internet Search Mashup with Keyboardr.com

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Keyboardr.com is a hidden gem.  It looks quite plain with the date and a rather large clock in the middle of the page and not much else.  It's the type of website page you would normally skip right over because not much seems to be goiing on, but you would be wrong to dismiss it.  Behind it's simple exterior beats the heart of a mega-mashup internet search engine.  Start typing your search terms and as each letter is typed the search engine automatically starts giving you detailed results divided into sections, including Google, Google Blogs, Google images, Wikipedia, and YouTube. 

Text the Experts!

The newest way to contact a librarian? Text us! Text us at 832-463-0478 with your questions or comments and we'll text you back as soon as possible.  If you are using a smart phone let us know, we can send you hyperlinks to guide you in your research. If we receive your text after hours, we'll get back to you the next business day.

Standard text message rates apply.  Please do not text and drive.

September Displays

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