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Your Email Address, Please

EmailIf you have a Harris County Public Library card, we need to notify you if an item you requested has arrived, if the time is about to run out for picking up a requested item, if you have an item that is going to be due soon, or you have an item overdue.  PLEASE let us notify you by email instead of through the postal system.  You will get the news sooner and you will save the county LOTS of tax dollars.  If you think you gave us an email address, but you have not received any emails from us recently, please check and make sure your address is correct and current.  Thank you!

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Primary Elections March 2

Ballot boxDemocratic and Republican primary elections will be held on March 2.  Early voting ends February 26.  Your Harris County libraries have 3 election-related resources for you: the League of Women Voters (nonpartisan) Voters Guide, sample ballots, and early voting locations.  These resources are also available over the internet using the links in the previous sentence.  Voters will cast ballots for all 32 U.S....

Harris County Library History

Archives exhibitThe Harris County Archivist has gone through numerous old photos, newspaper clippings, etc., and put together a display of the history of the Harris County Public Libraries from 1921-1939.  Please stop by and check out the display in the Fairbanks Branch.  It includes a narrative of the history of the library system during that period and many pictures, including some of the Fairbanks Library in 1930 and some amazing old bookmobiles.

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Top 10 Things about the Library

10. Interlibrary Loan. If we don't have it, we can probably get it.
9.   Events
8.   A web site with such wonderful resources, it’s almost magical.
7.   Computers with Internet and Office, and wi-fi for your laptop.
6.   Music, downloadable or on CD.
5.   Audios that help redeem a long commute.
4.   DVDs for entertainment or education....

Stuck indoors?

DancingFebruary is notorious for its bad weather. So, you may be stuck indoors and bored a lot this month. You might want to consider taking up a new indoor hobby. Your Harris County libraries have tons of books to help you get started. Here are some hobbies you might want to consider, along with their Dewey decimal numbers.

 

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Help With Income Tax Forms

Tax formIt’s time again to fill out those pesky income tax forms. Fortunately, AARP volunteers trained by the IRS will once again be at the Fairbanks Library 3 days per week to help people complete and file their federal income tax forms. There are no age or income requirements for receiving help from the volunteers. They will be here from February 1 through April 13, Mondays from 1 pm - 5 pm, Tuesdays from 1 pm - 5 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm. The volunteers offer assistance only in person (not by telephone) and only on a first come, first served basis. (Appointments are not possible.)

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Test Stress?

TestDo you have to take a standardized test sometime soon? Are you having trouble getting your hands on a study guide for the test? Never fear; Learning Express Library is here. Learning Express Library is a database available through the Harris County Public Library web site. It has practice tests for the GED, SAT, ASVAB, THEA, real estate licenses, and many, many other exams. Simply go to the Harris County Public Library databases page and click “Learning Express Library” in the “Education & Libraries” category. If you are outside the library, you will need to enter your library card number at this point....

Thank you, Friends of the Library

“Unsung heroes,” that’s what the Friends of the Library are. In 2009 alone, the Friends of the Library provided a toy box, plants for the flower beds, paint for the window mural, funding for children’s programs, new library signs, two video games, book displayers, bookends, book bags, BOOKS, and lots and lots of refreshments. And all they got for their efforts was this:
Thanks

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The Reader's Best Friend

If you’re looking for something to read, Harris County Public Library has a great tool for you. Among our many databases, there is one called NoveList Plus that can help in several ways.

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Join Us in the 21st Century!

ihcplAre you baffled when you hear people talking about blogs and texting and YouTube and My Space? Our web site has two training programs to get you up to speed. The links to iHCPL and iHCPL, the Next Generation are in the bottom, left corner of the main HCPL web page. If you click one, you’ll be taken to a blog that will give you background information, web sites to go to for more information or for practice, and exercises to do to make sure you’re catching on. The original iHCPL includes blogging, online photo sharing and photo-editing, RSS feeds, wikis, social networking, YouTube and much more....

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