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What's Hot? (besides the weather)

Sizzling SixteenHere are the adult novels with the longest waiting lists in Harris County Public Library, which means they the hottest novels right now:
1 Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich (which comes out on June 22)
2 Storm Prey by John Sandford

Yay!! Summer Vacation!!

Road tripIt’s that time again. Do you know where you want to go? Do you know what you want to see and do once you get there? As usual, the library can be a great help. There are over 300 travel books just at the Fairbanks branch, and the other branches have hundreds more that can be sent to Fairbanks for your convenience. They are from such famous travel publishers as Fodor’s, Frommer’s, Rick Steves, Mobil, and Moon Handbooks. There are tons about the U.S. and Europe, some on Canada, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and a few on Australia, the Middle East, and Africa. So, no matter where you want to go on vacation (or have to go on business), library books can help you figure out what to see, what to do, where to stay, where to eat, and what to buy while you’re there.

Summer Reading – It’s for Adults, Too

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Lots of people know that libraries have summer reading programs for kids and teens, but did you know we have one for adults, too? Here’s what’s involved: Sign up online, read at least 4 books between June 4 and August 7, and list them in your summer reading log. That’s it! You’re automatically entered into a drawing for bookstore gift cards ranging from $50-$200 in value. Pretty sweet deal, since you love to ready anyway! [Clipart ©JupiterImages.]

Summer Volunteers

VolunteersAre you between the ages of 14 and 94? Do you need volunteer hours for an organization you belong to or for college applications? Or, do you just want to do something to help out in your community? Please consider volunteering at your neighborhood library this summer. There’s a lot to do and the staff would really appreciate your help! [Clipart ©JupiterImages.]

The Japanese Who Came to America

ManzanarIn recognition of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, the Fairbanks Library is hosting a discussion on Monday, May 10, of the book Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War 2. If you’d like to participate in the discussion, please join us in the library meeting room at 6:30 pm.

We Found Them for You

Worldwide webLooking for information on the internet using a search engine can be overwhelming. Do you ever wish you had a list of good web sites to go to for this or that? You’re in luck, because HCPL’s web staff has made lists for you. To get to them, click our Websites tab and look in the “Find” box on the left for the categories. The “Ready Reference” category includes links for dictionaries, directories, conversions, and translations, among other things.

We’re a Little Bit Country and a Little Bit Rock & Roll

MusicWhen you think of the library, I bet you don’t think of music CDs. You should, though, because Harris County Public Library has over 9600 titles. [I found out by typing “sound recording music” in the catalog search box on our home page. You can find the music you’re interested in by adding the genre, the artist, or a title to the search terms.] We have all genres, including rock, pop, country, R & B, classical, Latin, gospel, jazz, and others, plus tons of music for kids. Check it out! It’s a great way to test-drive a CD before you decide whether to buy it.

FREE SAT Practice Test

SAT guideIt could be the most important (and expensive) test of your life! What could be better than taking a practice test for FREE? The Princeton Review is offering a free SAT practice test on Saturday, April 24th, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Fairbanks Library. They will come back two weeks later, on Saturday, May 8th, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm to give students their scores and a detailed analysis of what looks good and what the students can do to improve their scores. Call the library at (713) 466-4438 to register to take advantage of this priceless opportunity. Can't make it to the session? Check out one of our SAT study guides!

Book Sale Coming Soon!

Book saleThe Friends of the Fairbanks Library are planning a book sale for Saturday, May 1, from 10:00-3:00. If you have any books, VHS tapes, DVDs, books on tape, books on CD, or music CDs that you are not using and that are in VERY GOOD condition, please donate them to the Friends of the Library. Your donations are tax deductible.  [Clipart ©JupiterImages.]

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