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Holiday Cooking & Decorating

Are you starting to think about what to cook during the coming holiday season?  If so, then the library has an outstanding selection of cookbooks to use to plan your holiday menus and we have created a display of recommended cookbooks which contain delicious and tasty recipes.  This display features cookbooks with recipes guaranteed to be a success at any time and especially for the holidays. Also, there is a new display of books with many helpful ideas for decorating for the holidays.  So, there is no need to "re-invent any wheels" this holiday season--just visit the library and find books, as well as magazines, that will help make your decorating and cooking a success and enjoyable. 

Rainy Weather and Frogs

Some of the staff here at Fairbanks like to walk in the park after the close of our business day and we enjoy the walking path around the pond.  With the recent rains, the pond is quite full and has overflowed in some areas and created some fairly muddy spots in the path.  I like seeing the ducks as we walk and we have noticed some turtles and frogs.  Well, that got me to thinking about picuture books with frog stories which are always a favorite topic for story times.  So, we created a new display in the children's area of books about frogs and you are encouraged to visit the library and select some frog stories to share.  Thank you--and READIT! 

Meow! Meow!

It's that time of the year when the Great Pumpkin rises from the pumpkin patch and visits the Fairbanks Branch Library to share stories and refreshments.  Don't forget our Great Pumpkin Story Time on Monday, October 26, at 7:00 PM.  And, of course, it also is the time of the year when cats bring their own special qualities to the festivities.  Short cats, long cats, thin cats, fat cats, cats in all their colorations!  To celebrate cats everywhere, the library created a display of picture books featuring our feline friends and we invite you to visit the library and browse the display and find a book for a purrrrfect read! 

The Great Pumpkin Story Time

It's that time of the year when many of us look toward the pumpkin patch in anticipation of the Great Pumpkin bringing spooky stories from some of our favorite b-oooo-ks to share.  In celebration of this auspicious event, the Fairbanks Branch Library will host a Great Pumpkin Story Time at 7:00pm on Monday, October 26.  Ghouls and goblins are invited to wear their favorite costume and join us for some fun stories here at the library.  So 'Save the Date' and see you then!

Fiesta @ Your Library

The Fairbanks Branch Library is proud to host a Fiesta celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday, October 10, from 11:00am to 3:00pm.  We invite you to join us for refreshments, face painting, craft activities, door prizes--and a Pinata!  So plan to include a trip to the library as part of your activities for Saturday, October 10 and share our celebration with us.  See you then!

Bulletin Board Smorgasbord

If you have not seen the latest designs for the bulletin boards in the meeting room here at Fairbanks Branch Library, then please take time to take a look.  The designs cover a wide range of interests, including spiders, ants, popcorn, cats, books, and spaghetti and meatballs falling as rain.  You can see the designs in person or take a look at the branch photos section where I have posted some pictures of these latest bulletin boards.  Cheers!

Talk Like a Pirate @ Your Library

Did you know that September 19 is the offical "Talk Like a Pirate Day"?  Well, now you do and to help all landlubbers to get in the mood, the Fairbanks Branch Library has created a display of fiction and nonfiction books about pirates.  These books can really help you get "hooked" (Arrrgh!) on all matters piratical!  So, if you want to learn more about pirates, please weigh anchor and sail for the library and we can help you find what you need.  Yo Ho Ho!   

Children's Fiction "Gems" Anyone?

One of the fun things I like to do is browse the new children's fiction books that are added to the collection at the library.  It is a pleasure to find a new book that has a richness of characterization as well as a compelling story.  Such books have a sparkle or brightness to them that draw me into the story and just keep me reading--often straight through to the end with no breaks.  These books I like to add it to my list of what I call "gems" of children's fiction.  And, fortunately, there are a lot of good writers who write for young audiences.  So, my question to you is if you have read any children's fiction lately that you would rate as a "gem"?

 

Pajama Storytime @ Your Library

As I noted in an earlier blog entry, Fairbanks Branch Library hosted a  bedtime storytime at 7:00 pm on Monday, August 31, to say "aloha" to the end of summer vacation.  Children were encouraged to wear pajamas and slippers to the storytime and many of the Fairbanks Library staff wore their pajamas and slippers and robes all day to celebrate.  Please look at the branch photos section to view several photos we took of the staff wearing their pjs (check out those bunny slippers!), and of the children (more bunny slippers!!), and myself during storytime.  Guess I need to get some bunny slippers!   

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Okay, gridiron and 'Friday night lights' fans, football season is on the way!  It is that time of year to get out your caps and sweatshirts with the logos for your favorite team(s) and make sure you stock up on your favorite game time snacks when you watch the game in front of the TV or in the stands.  To help you get in the spirit, the Fairbanks Library has a special book display featuring books about how the game is played, the NFL, the SuperBowl, college football, and more.  If we do not have the book you want, ask us to find a copy through our interlibrary loan service.  And for those who like "tailgaiting" before a game, check our cookbook section for ideas for some tasty eats.

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