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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, <

Get Your Earth-friendly Bags Here!

Book bagsThe Friends of the Fairbanks Library are selling beautiful book bags made of earth-friendly recycled material.  These lovely bags are an amazing deal at only $2 each, and as gifts they would be both pretty and practical. Your purchase would also benefit the library. (You can also help the Friends of the Library by donating books, videos, etc. for them to sell. Donations are tax deductible!)

November…Good Nutrition Month!!!

You might find it ironic that this food-heavy month is also dedicated to good nutrition. Sure, first tempt us with stuffing, a plump turkey dinner, pie and other food indulgences, THEN tell us it’s Good Nutrition Month.

Escape reality!

HeartsIn these difficult economic times, people are reading more romance novels. Why not spend a little time reading about someone else’s tribulations and triumphs (often in exotic locales)? If you’re already a romance reader, check out your favorite publisher’s web site, such as Avon or Harlequin (which also includes Silhouette). You can buy books, larger print books, audiobooks or ebooks or find titles to check out from the library. You can read books online, read i

Arthritis Pain?

ArthritisDo you suffer from joint pain?  On Monday, November 16, at 6:30, Dr. Tao, from the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, will make a presentation at the Fairbanks Library about natural approaches to preventing and treating arthritis pain.  Please call the library at (713) 466-4438 if you plan to attend.

 

 

Resumes and Job Interviews

InterviewWorkforce Solutions is offering two FREE workshops at the Fairbanks Library for people who are searching for jobs. On Thursday, November 12, from 3:00-5:00, they will show attendees how to develop a professional resume that highlights a person’s skills and experience and helps match them to the skills and experience required for a particular job. On Thursday, November 19, from 3:00-5:00, they will offer advice on effective interviewing techniques, appropriate responses to common interview questions, and negotiating salary and benefits. Please register by calling the library at (713) 466-4438.

Looking for a Job?

Job Search BannerIf you are looking for a job, there a few ways that Harris County Public Library can help.  First of all, and most obviously, we have books.  In particular, we have books about how to write an excellent resume and cover letter and how do well at a job interview.  In addition, our computers have Microsoft Word, which has templates to help you type a professional-looking resume.  Last, but not least, if you click the "Looking for a job?" banner on our home page, you will find an excellent list of job search resources that our web site staff has put together for you.

Election Day - November 3

electionAre you ready to vote in the upcoming election? Election day is November 3. Early voting is October 19 through October 30. There are eleven proposed amendments to the state constitution on the ballot. Depending on where you live, you may also have an opportunity to vote in mayoral, city council, school district, community college district, or utility district elections. Your library has early voting locations, sample ballots, and voter’s guides to help you get ready.

Teach Someone to Speak English or to Read

Harris County Public Library is always looking for good volunteer literacy and ESL tutors.  Literacy tutors teach adults to read in a one-on-one arrangement.  ESL tutors teach English to adults, one-on-one, in small groups, or in a small class.  Tutors go through a brief training program.  The Literacy Coordinator or the branch library staff then matches them with students.  There is a free literacy tutor training program coming up at the Aldine Branch Library, 11331 Airline Drive, on Saturday, October 31, from 9:00-3:30.  If this is a way you would like to serve your community, please contact the Harris County Public Library administrative offices at (713) 749-9000 or your library branch.

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