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LGBT History Month

In addition to being Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, October is also LGBT History Month.  Visit the official website for more information, including features on 31 icons.  You might be surprised by the notable figures, that you find.  You can also find LGBT themed books, for kids and teens, on display in the library through the end of the month.  Open one, and you will find a friend, a family member, yourself, or a new perspective.  We also still have limited quantities of our anti-bullying buttons, while supplies last.


Pumpkin Decorating

This year the library is having our first ever Pumpkin Decorating Contest, and we want you to join in.  So, what exactly is pumpkin decorating? Well, it's like making a Jack-O-Lantern, minus the carving, plus as many craft materials as you like, and all the imagination that you have.  If that's seems like too much math, just check out the included examples, and follow this link, for a Parents Magazine article, filled with no-carve pumpkin ideas for all ages.  You'll find even more Halloween crafting inspiration at the library; you can start browsing the collection, right here.


Stop Bullying

You can help prevent bullying, by being a part of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Not sure where to get started? The library has a special display with helpful books about bullying, and even more materials on the subject of bullying are available in our online catalog. You can follow the link to StopBullying.gov for instant access to resources for kids, teens, parents, educators, and other members of the community. More ways to get involved can be found at the National Bullying Prevention Center.

Banned Books Week

Celebrate Banned Books Week, this weekend, by curling up with a banned book.  You might be surprised to find that many well known classics and bestsellers, and quite possibly, some of your own favorite books, have been banned or challenged in libraries within the United States.  We invite you to defend your right to choose what you read, by visiting the library and checking out a book from our display of banned books.

Teen Advisory October Projects

If you are in grades 6-12, and are interested in taking a leadership role in your library, we need you! We have exciting projects coming up in October, including decorating the library for Halloween, and hosting a mini haunted house in the library meeting room. Apply now, and join us for our next Teen Advisory Group meeting, Friday, October 7, at 4:30 PM. You can enjoy pizza, meet new people, plan exciting programs, and earn volunteer hours. We hope to see you there!

You can download an application, or pick one up at the library.

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Faithful Paws R.E.A.D. @ Your Library

This Saturday, 9/17, the library welcomes Faithful Paws volunteers Karie and Jeanene, and their trained, certified therapy dogs, Cooper and Shiner, for a Reading Education Assistance Dogs program. They will be visiting the library on the 3rd Saturday of each month, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This program is for school age children that would like to practice their reading skills, by reading a story to a furry, non-judgmental audience. You may bring your own book, or choose a library book. Please remember to be kind to our canine volunteers, and we hope that you enjoy this unique reading experience.


Your neighborhood library is filled with stacks of great books, but what do you do when it's raining, or you don't have transportation, or you don't feel like getting out of bed, and you just have to have something awesome to read?  Have you ever tried reading an eBook?  Well, now is the perfect time.  Read an eBook Day is coming! Start the search for your perfect eBook right here.  Just limit the eBook results by subject, or age group, to find your next great eRead.

Pokémon Club Starts in September!

Beginning September 16, Pokémon Club will meet the 3rd Friday of every month, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. This is a staff supervised program, intended for grades 2-5. Members are encouraged to bring their Pokémon cards and/or DS. Additional Pokémon related activities may be provided by the library. Snacks and drinks will also be provided.

Back to School Stories

Whether you're fired up or bummed out about going back to school, we have some good reads with characters that you can relate to. Just visit the library to grab a book from one of the displays, or click to browse the library's OverDrive eReading Room for kids and teens.

TAG, You’re It!

If you've been enjoying the awesome activities at the library this summer, now is your chance to get involved.  If you will be between grades 6-12 this fall, you can apply to join the Fairbanks Library Teen Advisory Group (TAG).  TAG members help to plan, prepare, and present teen programs.  You’ll earn volunteer hours, meet new people, develop leadership skills, work as a team, and attend fun programs.  Members will need to be available to attend monthly meetings, and when possible, attend programs to help set up and clean up.  The final meeting of the summer is Friday, August 5, at 3:00 PM, in the library meeting room, following the teen movie screening.  Just print the application below, or pick one up at the library, and don't forget to get it signed.  See you there!

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