Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de MayoIn case you haven’t heard, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day.  In order to explain Cinco de Mayo, I have to give you a short lesson in Mexican history.  Late in 1861, Napoleon III of France sent a fleet to Veracruz, on the coast of Mexico.  The French army stormed Veracruz and then started moving towards Mexico City.  At Puebla, the well-trained, well-equipped, 8,000-man French army attacked the Mexican army of 4,000.  Some of the Mexican soldiers were well-trained and well-equipped, but legend says many of them were just peasants with farming tools.  On May 5, 1862 [exactly 150 years ago!], the Mexicans decisively crushed the French army, which was considered the best in the world at the time.

May the 4th Be With You!

I bet some people are asking what do I mean by "May the 4th Be With You!"  If you are a fan of the "Star Wars" books and movies, then you probably already know that it is a fun re-phrasing of "May the force be with you" from the movies.  In celebration of "Star Wars" and all those who enjoy space adventure stories, there is a display of "Star Wars" books here at the Fairbanks Branch Library.  Stop by.  Take a look.  Check out some books.  It's what any good Jedi Knight would do! !

Looking for a job?

 Texas Workforce is hosting free programs at the Fairbanks Library. The following programs are taking place next month from 2-4 p.m:

Monday, May 7, 2012: Using the Internet/Networking/Using Social Media - Many jobseekers spend time on the internet. Is there really an employer on the other side of the screen? Learn how to use the internet effectively in your job search and research labor market information to identify occupations that are growing and have openings.

Networking is not limited to who you know, it’s learning how to find out about jobs that are not advertised and how to get your foot in the door. Learn to develop a list of contacts that can help you and create a marketing profile to promote your skills and abilities.

Upcoming FREE Computer Classes

All classes are in the library's meeting room.

How to Use Facebook-Part 1     Wednesday 5/2 3:00
Beginner Word     Saturday 5/5 11:00
Intermediate Word     Saturday 5/5 2:30
How to Use Facebook-Part 2     Wednesday 5/9 3:00
Beginner Internet     Thursday 5/10 11:00
Computer Basics     Monday 5/14 2:30
Computer Basics Practice     Thursday 5/17 2:30
Beginner Excel     Saturday 5/19 11:00
Intermediate Excel     Saturday 5/19 2:30
Beginner Email-Part 1     Wednesday 5/23 2:30
Beginner Email-Part 2     Wednesday 5/30 2:30
Computer Basics     Thursday 5/31 11:00

Celebrating Asian-Pacific Heritage @ Preschool Story Time

One way that the Fairbanks Branch Library will celebrate Asian-Pacific Heritage Month is during the regularly scheduled Preschool Story Time for Tuesday, May 01.  We will be sharing some favorite stories from Asian folklore as well as some of our favorite songs and a craft activity.  Please join us and Happy Reading!