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E-Resources for Teens

The library has resources that go wherever you do and can be accessed from your smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer, including the computers available for use in the library.

Access OverDrive to download popular books, music, and videos that are perfect for traveling, since you can have 20 items at a time and don’t even have to be in town to check them out. 

Visit the library’s Teens Know webpage to quickly access book recommendations, helpful homework resources, and more.

Read an eBook Week

Have you ever read an eBook?  eBooks are great for traveling or anytime that you can’t make it into the library, and they enable you to bring virtual stacks of books with you wherever you go.  Read an eBook Week starts this Sunday, and it’s the perfect time to try downloading and reading, or listening, to an eBook. 

Learn English as a Second Language at Fairbanks

If you or someone that you know needs to learn English, the Fairbanks library can help.  ESL classes are taught every Monday, at 1:00 PM for beginners, and at 6:00 PM for intermediate students.  If you are unable to attend classes, you can learn English on the internet with courses taught in your native language from “Mango Languages”.  You can also checkout workbooks, videos, and audio, including the “Crossroads

Fairbanks Recommends: Read It Before You See It

Many books that have been popular among Fairbanks staff and patrons have now been adapted into films that are being released this year.  Listed below are 18 books that have inspired new films, along with their scheduled release dates.  Follow the links to the catalog for summaries, reviews, and to place requests, or visit OverDrive to download the eBook.

Getting Ready for Income Tax Time

It’s that time of year again, the time for gathering together everything needed to prepare your income taxes--forms, instructions, and even advice or assistance.  Income tax forms and instructions should be arriving at the library sometime within the next month; however there are many other helpful resources, some of which are already available.  Printable forms, electronic filing information, and more can be found at IRS.GOV.  Free tax preparation will be provided at Fairbanks by the AARP on Saturdays 10 am-2 pm, and Mondays and Thursdays 1 pm-5 pm from February 1 through April 14.  More information, including additional locations and a list of what documents to bring with you, is provided at 

Shop at Kroger & Earn Money for Your Library

If you shop at Kroger, you already know that using the Kroger Plus Card saves you money on groceries, but you may not know that it can also earn money to help your community.  Kroger Community Rewards donates money to an organization of your choice, and when you choose Friends of the Fairbanks Public Library, the library will receive money for new books, programs, and more.  Visit https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards or login to your Kroger Plus account to enroll, and earn money for your library every time you shop.

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.
 

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

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