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National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, a time for increasing awareness of the growing disease.  To get involved, and for information on living with diabetes, as well as food and fitness resources, including holiday recipes, visit the American Diabetes Association website.  For more information on diabetes and healthy cooking, visit the Fairbanks Library or access our electronic resources from home.  At our library, you will find the magazines Cooking Light, Prevention, and Yo Con Diabetes, as well as numerous resources on our shelves at 616.462 and at 641.563.  Access Diabetes in the News, Better Nutrition, and Prevention through MasterFILE Premier. The

New Helpful Resource for Home Improvement Projects

The Home Improvement Reference Center allows access from home to more than 120 reference books and 45 magazines covering the areas of decorating, electrical, maintenance, outdoor, plumbing, remodeling, and woodworking.  Quickly access how-to videos, conversion charts, and a glossary.  Features also include a spotlighted project, valuable information on working with contractors, and a helpful homeowner's journal that can be printed or downloaded and then filled in with your details.  For additional books, magazines, and videos on your area of interest, search the online catalog,  or visit the library to browse our shelves or for assistance in finding the right resource.

Help Prevent Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, which spotlights the growing issue in order to increase awareness and put an end to this epidemic.  View our new anti-bullying display in the library, featuring a selection of helpful materials.  Find more resources in our catalog, and visit StompOutBullying.org for more ways to get involved.

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New Resources For Your Favorite Hobbies and Crafts

Our new easy-to-use database Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center features over 1,500 magazines and books on numerous topics in the areas of arts & crafts, collecting, home & garden, indoor recreation, kids’ crafts, model building, needlecrafts & textiles, outdoor recreation, performing arts, science & technology, and scrapbooking & paper crafts.  Browse books, access articles, read recipes, and view instructional videos all from your computer or mobile device.  Get started now for helpful ideas for Halloween costumes, crafts, and more.  For more fun seasonal activities, stop by the library and browse our new display “Home & Hearth”.

Are You Safe on the Internet?

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the perfect time find new ways to be safe online.  Join us tomorrow at 3:30 pm in our meeting room, for our computer class “Are You Safe on the Internet?"  For more ways to keep your children, your computer and mobile devices, and yourself safe on the internet, visit StaySafeOnline.org.  To find helpful materials in our collection, search the catalog for subjects with the keywords Internet Safety, and for magazines and journals, including PC World, Macworld, and Maximum PC, visit the computer section of our database

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out books from our Banned Books display.  Discover what you might be missing, numerous titles that have been challenged and/or removed from library collections over the years.  Find more information at BannedBooksWeek.org, including lists of currently and previously challenged books.  Banned Books Week runs from Sunday September 22 through Saturday September 28.

Fall Volunteers Needed

With the end of summer vacation and the start of back to school, the library is looking for new volunteers.  If you love reading and need volunteer hours for school, or would just like to help your community, we would love to have you.  Library volunteers help with shelving, book sales, and other projects as needed.  You can download an application or pick one up at the front desk.  Both teens and adults are welcome.  New volunteer orientations are given Mondays at noon.  For more information on volunteering click here.

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Create Your Own Wearable Art

All teens and tweens are invited to join us at the library for Sharpie Tie-Dye on Thursday July 25 from 2:00-3:30 in the meeting room.  Learn the fun and easy way to tie-dye your own unique designs.  White bandanas will be provided, however participants may bring their own white T-shirt.  Space is limited, so please register at the library, or by calling 713-466-4438.  You can also still register for the Summer Reading Program; logging five books or 600 minutes of reading will earn teens a Have Book—Will Travel glow-in-the-dark water bottle, while supplies last.

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Computer Classes for July

There is still space available in our upcoming computer classes in July.  You may register in person or by phone for any or all of these free classes.  If you can’t make it, check out some of our other available resources, including books and DVDs for computer literacy, or for more topics search our catalog or browse our shelves from 004-006.  Visit our Learning Express Library for

Summer Volunteers Needed

The summer is a great time to volunteer at your library.  Library volunteers help with shelving, book sales, and other projects as needed.  You can download an application or pick one up at the front desk.  Both teens and adults are welcome.  For more information on volunteering click here.

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