Pumpkin Decorating

This year the library is having our first ever Pumpkin Decorating Contest, and we want you to join in.  So, what exactly is pumpkin decorating? Well, it's like making a Jack-O-Lantern, minus the carving, plus as many craft materials as you like, and all the imagination that you have.  If that's seems like too much math, just check out the included examples, and follow this link, for a Parents Magazine article, filled with no-carve pumpkin ideas for all ages.  You'll find even more Halloween crafting inspiration at the library; you can start browsing the collection, right here.


Digging Old Stuff

Next Saturday, October 22, Kleb Woods Nature Center in Tomball will host their annual "Digging Old Stuff" event. I went a few years ago and thought it was a great outing for a fall weekend. They have live music, blacksmiths, spinners & weavers, candle-making, fabric dyeing, woodworkers, and more. Click here for more information. 

Stop Bullying

You can help prevent bullying, by being a part of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Not sure where to get started? The library has a special display with helpful books about bullying, and even more materials on the subject of bullying are available in our online catalog. You can follow the link to StopBullying.gov for instant access to resources for kids, teens, parents, educators, and other members of the community. More ways to get involved can be found at the National Bullying Prevention Center.

Reminders about Good Stuff

I just wanted to make sure you don't forget two wonderful services offered by HCPL and Harris County Precinct 4.
First of all, remember that the Fairbanks Library offers free computer classes, including Computer Basics, Beginner Internet, Beginner Email, Beginner and Intermediate Microsoft Word, and Beginner and Intermediate Microsoft Excel, among others. Click here for the class schedule.
Also, if you're age 50 or better, Harris County Precinct 4 offers an outstanding variety of events and excursions. They have recently updated their web site so that you can register online and you can see which excursions still have space available.
These are great opportunities for learning and for fun!

Banned Books Week

Celebrate Banned Books Week, this weekend, by curling up with a banned book.  You might be surprised to find that many well known classics and bestsellers, and quite possibly, some of your own favorite books, have been banned or challenged in libraries within the United States.  We invite you to defend your right to choose what you read, by visiting the library and checking out a book from our display of banned books.

Teen Advisory October Projects

If you are in grades 6-12, and are interested in taking a leadership role in your library, we need you! We have exciting projects coming up in October, including decorating the library for Halloween, and hosting a mini haunted house in the library meeting room. Apply now, and join us for our next Teen Advisory Group meeting, Friday, October 7, at 4:30 PM. You can enjoy pizza, meet new people, plan exciting programs, and earn volunteer hours. We hope to see you there!

You can download an application, or pick one up at the library.

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Faithful Paws R.E.A.D. @ Your Library

This Saturday, 9/17, the library welcomes Faithful Paws volunteers Karie and Jeanene, and their trained, certified therapy dogs, Cooper and Shiner, for a Reading Education Assistance Dogs program. They will be visiting the library on the 3rd Saturday of each month, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This program is for school age children that would like to practice their reading skills, by reading a story to a furry, non-judgmental audience. You may bring your own book, or choose a library book. Please remember to be kind to our canine volunteers, and we hope that you enjoy this unique reading experience.


Your neighborhood library is filled with stacks of great books, but what do you do when it's raining, or you don't have transportation, or you don't feel like getting out of bed, and you just have to have something awesome to read?  Have you ever tried reading an eBook?  Well, now is the perfect time.  Read an eBook Day is coming! Start the search for your perfect eBook right here.  Just limit the eBook results by subject, or age group, to find your next great eRead.

Library Card Sign-up Month

Adult lib cardSome people come to the library all the time but don't have a library card. They probably don't realize that your first library card is FREE, and it only takes a few minutes to get one. Also, if you're only going to use our digital resources (eBooks, eAudio, databases, streaming movies, TV shows, and music, etc.), you don't even need to come to the library to set up a library card account. You can do it online! September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, so now is a perfect time to get an account set up and start taking advantage of all your library offers!

Math & Physics-Grades 6-12

PhysicsWe are trying something new at the Fairbanks Library. We have two volunteers that will be available to help 6th-12th graders with their math or physics homework on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30. If you're a student in need of help, just stop by our meeting room during that time period.

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