Summer vacation is almost here!

School is out next week and the summer reading program is about to begin. Don't forget that you can sign up early on May 31 and start logging your books. And keep an eye on our events calendar for upcoming summer programs!

I don't know about you but I LOVE reading books about vacation. Here are some titles for kids, teens, and adults that we have checked in at Fairbanks:

It's Vacation Time It's Vacation Time by Lerryn Korda

National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Among other things, May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month.  Your library has books and DVDs about fitness in Dewey number 613.7 and books and DVDs about sports in Dewey number 796.  So, you can get in shape with a fat-burning belly dance,
Belly dance

Get Caught Reading Month

Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign that reminds people of all ages how much fun it is to read! The campaign was launched in 1999 and is supported by the Association of American Publishers. The official website,, offers free posters, newsletters, and videos.

Asian & Asian-American Authors

Snow FlowerAs you may know, May is the month in which we celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.  A good way to celebrate is to read Asian/Pacific American literature.  Below are some books that a New York City blogger who calls herself the Literanista lists as some of her favorite books by Asian or Asian-American authors.  You can find these and many more through your neighborhood Harris County Public Library.
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

Thursday is International Nurses Day

I am embarassed to admit that I didn't know that May 12 is International Nurses Day... MY MOM IS A NURSE! This year's theme is "Nurses Trusted to Care." Be sure to let the nurses in your life know how much you appreciate their services.

Read about one of the most famous nurses of all time:

The Clara Barton You Never Knew The Clara Barton You Never Knew by James Lincoln Collier

We also have study materials for the nursing exam: