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But the Music Lives On

Music CDThis Sunday, August 29, would have been Michael Jackson’s birthday. The occasion can serve as a reminder that the music of Michael Jackson and others lives on in the music collections of libraries. Harris County Public Library has over 9800 album titles. You can find all of them by typing “sound recording music” in the catalog search box on our home page. You can find the music you are interested in by adding the genre, the artist, or a title to the search terms. You can also download music from our Digital Media Catalog! [Clipart ©JupiterImages.]

Kids in School = "Me Time" for Parents

School busNow that the kids are back in school, maybe you can get some reading done. You may want to take a look at the “Books” page on our web site for blog posts and links to bestseller lists, book reviews, genre lists, award lists, author interviews, newsletters, book club sites, other book-related sites, and staff favorites. And remember our fabulous NoveList Plus database, which I wrote about last January.

Deadline Looms!

DeadlineSaturday, August 14, is the last day to enter the books you read between June 4 and August 7 into your Summer Reading log. If you’re an adult, that means it’s the last day to be entered into the drawing for a bookstore gift card. If you’re a child or teenager, it’s also the last day to pick up your free book.

Got fines?

Dollar signIf you have an email address and you have library fines of more than $1.00, you can pay them online with a debit or credit card. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. Just go to the My Account/Renew link on our web site to get started. You will need your library card number and PIN. When you get to the online payments page, enter how much you want to pay and your debit or credit card information. Be sure to PRINT YOUR PAYMENT CONFIRMATION! Note: If you need to pay for a LOST library item, it’s best to do that in person, if possible.

Summer Reading Ends Soon

Gift cardThe Summer Reading Programs officially end on Saturday, August 7. So, hurry up and record all the books you’ve read since June 4. For kids and teens, it could mean a free book and maybe a satin ribbon. For adults, reading and logging 4 books means a chance at a bookstore gift card valued at $50-$200! If you have questions, ask the library staff.

New ESL class

ESL classBeginning August 14, the Fairbanks Library will have a new class for adults who want to learn English. The class will meet every Saturday morning from 10:00am-12:00 pm. Please visit or call the library at (713) 466-4438 to register.
Empezando el 14 de agosto, la biblioteca Fairbanks va a tener una clase nueva para personas que quieren aprender inglés. La clase va a ser cada sábado de las 10:00am-12:00 pm. Favor de visitar o llamar la biblioteca al (713) 466-4438 para registrarse. [Clipart ©Microsoft.]

Reading for School

TimelineJust a reminder - The summer break is halfway over. If you’re required to do summer reading for school, you might want to come in and check out a book now. Lots of people will be checking them out right before school starts, so there will be a shortage then.

What a Woman!

Fall flowersThe Fairbanks Library is so lucky! We have a customer [We’ll call her Mrs. O] who loves plants of all kinds (outdoor, potted, silk) and is happy to share them and some charming knickknacks and other decorative items with the library. She comes in every week or so and waters the plants that need water and swaps out plants and decorations. She makes a very big difference in the appearance of the library. Click “Read more” to see some of her contributions. Gnome

Free Hurricane Tracker CDs

The Harris County Flood Control District has provided the Harris County Public Libraries with FREE 2010 Hurricane Tracker CDs for our customers. Just pop one into the CD drive of your computer and you get:
A LIVE Hurricane tracker with auto updates! (Showing what Alex is doing right now!)
• A printable tracking chart,
The history of recorded storms (back to 1954, plus the 1900 Galveston storm),
• Evacuation routes,
• Hurricane facts and information,
• Hurricane preparedness information,
• Flood facts and information,
• Flood preparedness information,
• Flood insurance information,
• Helpful links and contacts, and
• Information about the Flood Control District.
These CDs are VERY COOL and they’re FREE!!

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