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Help With Income Tax Forms

Tax formIt’s time again to fill out those pesky income tax forms. Fortunately, AARP volunteers trained by the IRS will once again be at the Fairbanks Library 3 days per week to help people complete and file their federal income tax forms. There are no age or income requirements for receiving help from the volunteers. They will be here from February 1 through April 13, Mondays from 1 pm - 5 pm, Tuesdays from 1 pm - 5 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm. The volunteers offer assistance only in person (not by telephone) and only on a first come, first served basis. (Appointments are not possible.)

Test Stress?

TestDo you have to take a standardized test sometime soon? Are you having trouble getting your hands on a study guide for the test? Never fear; Learning Express Library is here. Learning Express Library is a database available through the Harris County Public Library web site. It has practice tests for the GED, SAT, ASVAB, THEA, real estate licenses, and many, many other exams. Simply go to the Harris County Public Library databases page and click “Learning Express Library” in the “Education & Libraries” category. If you are outside the library, you will need to enter your library card number at this point.

Thank you, Friends of the Library

“Unsung heroes,” that’s what the Friends of the Library are. In 2009 alone, the Friends of the Library provided a toy box, plants for the flower beds, paint for the window mural, funding for children’s programs, new library signs, two video games, book displayers, bookends, book bags, BOOKS, and lots and lots of refreshments. And all they got for their efforts was this:
Thanks

The Reader's Best Friend

If you’re looking for something to read, Harris County Public Library has a great tool for you. Among our many databases, there is one called NoveList Plus that can help in several ways.

Join Us in the 21st Century!

ihcplAre you baffled when you hear people talking about blogs and texting and YouTube and My Space? Our web site has two training programs to get you up to speed. The links to iHCPL and iHCPL, the Next Generation are in the bottom, left corner of the main HCPL web page. If you click one, you’ll be taken to a blog that will give you background information, web sites to go to for more information or for practice, and exercises to do to make sure you’re catching on. The original iHCPL includes blogging, online photo sharing and photo-editing, RSS feeds, wikis, social networking, YouTube and much more.

Christmas Holidays

Holly bellsAll of us on the staff at the Fairbanks Branch Library wish you and your family safe and happy Christmas holidays.

 

 

 

Even When We're Closed, We're Open

OpenHave you ever desperately needed something and been devastated when you realized the library was closed?  Fear not!  Just because the building is closed doesn't mean you can't get what you need.  Here are a few examples of what's available 24/7 through our web site:
you can renew items by going into "My account,"
you can request items you find in our online catalog,
you can download audio books, music, videos, or electronic books,

Books for Your Holiday Moods

Christmas stickerDo you find yourself in the mood for a Christmas romance these days? How about a holiday mystery? Some seasonal suspense? The Library has you covered. Just ask a staff member or keep an eye out for our Christmas tree stickers. Do you have an urge to bake things lately? We can help you with that, too. Fairbanks Library has nearly 600 cookbooks!

A Sleigh Full of Fiction

Fairbanks Branch has been seeing a flurry of new holiday fiction.

SOUP'S ON!

This is it, the moment Houstonians look forward to all summer; the temperature is below 75!!  My cold weather fantasies involve biting wind on my nose, rosy cheeks and coming home to a crackling fire. Well, it’s not quite that cold yet, but we can at least fake it by turning the thermostat up and making a big batch of soup.  Soup is one of the most versatile and economical foods we can make.  At the Fairbanks branch we have books that address all aspects of soup making and eating. Neil Wertheimer’s, Ultimate Soup Cookbook is a treasury of 1,000 recipes for soups, chowders, chilies & bisques; it’s the ultimate collection of comfort food recipes. If you’re fighting the battle of the post-holiday bulge checkout Judith Barrett’s, <

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