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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.

New ESL Class!

Exciting news! Beginning October 24, the Fairbanks Library will have a new class for adults who want to learn English. The class will be every Saturday morning from 10:00am-12:00 pm. Please stop by or call the library at (713) 466-4438 to register.
¡Noticias muy buenas!  Empezando el 24 de octubre, 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.

Pain? Fatigue?

If you are always tired, you feel like you wake up 100 times during the night, and you have aches and pains all over your body, you MAY have fibromyalgia. On Monday, October 19, at 6:30 pm, Dr. Sammy Tao will conduct a workshop at the Fairbanks Library about the symptoms of fibromyalgia and various ways to treat them. It’s free, so why not come? Call the library at (713) 466-4438 to let us know if you plan to come.

People Who Need "People"

Everybody knows libraries have books, but did you know that we also have newspapers and magazines? Fairbanks Library has about 80 newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Newspapers include the Houston Chronicle, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Investors’ Business Daily, Barron’s, and the Houston Business Journal. There are many different magazines for adults. They range from People and House Beautiful to Scientific American and Consumer Reports. And we didn’t forget the kids! We have magazines for them, too.

Want to be green?

Are you looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly? Your neighborhood library can help. If you feel clueless, you could start with The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Living or 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth. If you want to take it further, you could move up to

What's going on?

On this web page, there is a photo of our building.  To the right of the photo are our hours, and under the hours, our phone number, the Branch Librarian's name and two inconspicuous little words, "Branch Calendar."  I'm mentioning this because those two words are so inconspicuous, but so important.  Clicking the words "Branch Calendar" will bring up an online calendar that shows you everything that's going on at our branch this month.  From there, you can click "Next" or the abbreviations for other months.  This is a great way to see both regular programs and special events that are going on at your neighborhood library.

READY FOR ANOTHER HURRICANE?

Disaster preparation experts from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will offer a free hurricane preparedness workshop at the Fairbanks Library on Saturday, September 19, at 2:00 pm. They will show you what items should be included in your disaster emergency kit and how to set up your supply checklist. They will also explain what steps you should take if you are ordered to evacuate, show you your evacuation routes, and give you helpful phone numbers that you will need in case of a hurricane. In addition, they will teach you how to make a disaster plan for your family and how you can best protect your family and home. They will also answer questions from the audience. These workshops are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.

READING PAYS - LITERALLY

Summer Reading Programs are for adults, too. While Lisa Sprenger’s child was participating in a library activity, Lisa had some time on her hands and used it to sign up for the adult Summer Reading Program, ReaderNation. She never expected to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card for participating. All she had to do was sign up online and list at least 4 books that she read over the summer. As a result, she was entered in a random drawing for the gift card. She is definitely going to participate again next year, because she considers reading to be relaxing and enjoyable.  And with ReaderNation, it can be even more rewarding.

New Laws May Affect YOU

The Fairbanks Library takes seriously our responsibility to keep you informed. That’s why the librarian has a bulletin board in the lobby for posting news items that may affect you. One of the items on the bulletin board right now is a list of new state laws that go into effect on September 1. Some of these are:

Lobby Books

Have you ever wondered why those books are in the front hallway of the library?  Kind, generous people have donated them to the Friends of the Fairbanks Library.  They are the main source of income for the Friends of the Library.  So, please, stop and browse the shelves.  There is a great selection.  If you find books, magazines, or videos that you want, donate some money (in the box attached to the top of one of the shelves) and take them home with you.  Your donations pay for library programs and materials.  Also, please keep the Friends in mind when you're cleaning off your shelves at home.  They are always looking for books, CDs, DVDs, etc., that are in good condition so that they can raise money for more library programs and materials.

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