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New Needlecraft Club at Fairbanks

Bring your knitting, crocheting, quilting, or other needlecraft supplies and projects to the Fairbanks meeting room, and share your ideas, questions, and love of needlecrafts with others.  Learn from the experience of advanced members, and advise those who are just beginning.  This brand new club is scheduled to meet the on first and third Wednesday of every month, from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm.  The first meeting will be next week, January 15; you can view future dates by opening our events calendar.  While you’re at the library, ask about books and videos for all knowledge levels, including resources to teach yourself crochet, knitting, quilting, and more, or search the online catalog and request your materials...

What We Read in 2013

Every year Fairbanks readers check out thousands of books, but many of those checkouts are the same titles and even the same exact copies being checked out by new readers.  So what were most of us reading this past year?  Let’s look at the Top 5 fiction titles.
 

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Cozy Up With a Good Book

There’s still time to pick up a good book to enjoy over your winter vacation.  Our adult Seasonal Reading display is fully stocked with seasonal classics and new favorites, ready for you to grab and go on your merry way.  If you can’t make it in, check out our selection of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks, and there’s never a wait for classics like Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol which can be accessed through the “Always Available” section of OverDrive.

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Small Business Resources

December happens to be National Write a Business Plan Month, the perfect time for thinking about starting a small business and for checking out one of the library’s newest databases, the Small Business Reference Center.  This new resource contains hundreds of full-text reference books, periodicals, and videos.  Browse by business area or business type, or go directly to business basics, or start-up kits and business plans.  Quickly access Nolo publications, Barnes Reports, and how-to videos and lectures by Harvard Business School, and browse start-up information by state, all free of charge.  For more resources search or browse the online catalog or stop by the library.  Visit the

National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, a time for increasing awareness of the growing disease.  To get involved, and for information on living with diabetes, as well as food and fitness resources, including holiday recipes, visit the American Diabetes Association website.  For more information on diabetes and healthy cooking, visit the Fairbanks Library or access our electronic resources from home.  At our library, you will find the magazines Cooking Light, Prevention, and Yo Con Diabetes, as well as numerous resources on our shelves at 616.462 and at 641.563.  Access Diabetes in the News, Better Nutrition, and Prevention through MasterFILE Premier. The

New Helpful Resource for Home Improvement Projects

The Home Improvement Reference Center allows access from home to more than 120 reference books and 45 magazines covering the areas of decorating, electrical, maintenance, outdoor, plumbing, remodeling, and woodworking.  Quickly access how-to videos, conversion charts, and a glossary.  Features also include a spotlighted project, valuable information on working with contractors, and a helpful homeowner's journal that can be printed or downloaded and then filled in with your details.  For additional books, magazines, and videos on your area of interest, search the online catalog,  or visit the library to browse our shelves or for assistance in finding the right resource.

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Help Prevent Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, which spotlights the growing issue in order to increase awareness and put an end to this epidemic.  View our new anti-bullying display in the library, featuring a selection of helpful materials.  Find more resources in our catalog, and visit StompOutBullying.org for more ways to get involved.

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New Resources For Your Favorite Hobbies and Crafts

Our new easy-to-use database Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center features over 1,500 magazines and books on numerous topics in the areas of arts & crafts, collecting, home & garden, indoor recreation, kids’ crafts, model building, needlecrafts & textiles, outdoor recreation, performing arts, science & technology, and scrapbooking & paper crafts.  Browse books, access articles, read recipes, and view instructional videos all from your computer or mobile device.  Get started now for helpful ideas for Halloween costumes, crafts, and more.  For more fun seasonal activities, stop by the library and browse our new display “Home & Hearth”.

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Are You Safe on the Internet?

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the perfect time find new ways to be safe online.  Join us tomorrow at 3:30 pm in our meeting room, for our computer class “Are You Safe on the Internet?"  For more ways to keep your children, your computer and mobile devices, and yourself safe on the internet, visit StaySafeOnline.org.  To find helpful materials in our collection, search the catalog for subjects with the keywords Internet Safety, and for magazines and journals, including PC World, Macworld, and Maximum PC, visit the computer section of our database...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out books from our Banned Books display.  Discover what you might be missing, numerous titles that have been challenged and/or removed from library collections over the years.  Find more information at BannedBooksWeek.org, including lists of currently and previously challenged books.  Banned Books Week runs from Sunday September 22 through Saturday September 28.

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