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Monday, March 30, 2015

Are you in the mood for a trip down memory lane? Been itching for a throwback craft from your childhood? Come join the Manchaca Night Crafters for Shrink Plastic Pendants! Whether you're making them for the first time or just the first time as an adult, Night Crafters will provide all the materials needed in order to make fun and original shrink plastic jewelry. We will provide several templates for fun projects, but feel free to bring original ideas to trace and draw. Hope to see you there!

WHAT: Night Crafters - Shrink Plastic Pendants
WHERE: Manchaca Road Branch
WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 6-8 PM
WHO: Adults interested in crafting.

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Cover of the book Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! : make stylish shrink plastic jewelry
By by Kathy Sheldon.
Fast, fresh and fun shrink plastic jewellery! Best-selling craft author Kathy Sheldon teaches you to draw, colour, stamp and even print designs and photos onto the plastic, cut or punch it into various shapes and then shrink it in an oven, toaster oven, or with a heat gun. You can add some basic findings, such as jump rings or ear wires, to make your own stylish jewellery. Sixteen leading jewellery designers and crafters present instructions for more than 30 gorgeous and inspiring projects - from fantastic necklaces and bracelets to stylish brooches and rings - so you can take shrink plastic to a whole new level! It comes with bonus doodles from Aimee Ray and 15 pages filled with graphics to trace or print right onto your shrink plastic!
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Cover of the book Upcycled accessories : 25 projects using repurposed plastic
By Tracie Lampe.
Explains the process of fusing plastic to make fabric, and features instructions for twenty-five projects made with fused plastic and add-ins, including a lunch bag, apron, shower slippers, and party hat.
Friday, March 27, 2015

It's Night Crafters time at Central again!  Come join us at 6:00 on the 2nd floor to make your very own teeny, tiny, wine cork succulent planter.  We have tons of wine corks, magnets, potting soil, and beautiful succulents.  It's the perfect time to create something beautiful to put on your refrigerator, your washing machine, your magnet board, your office cubicle, anywhere magnetic!  Feel free to bring your own wine corks, but we have plenty.  There are just a few short steps to get your garden planted.  As usual, feel free to explore our Pins and other items to check out from the Library.  There are some great organizations and shops in town that feature succulents, check them out!  

Night Crafters are held the last Mondy of the month at the Central Branch.  We meet on the 2nd floor in the programming area from 6:00-7:30 pm.  For more information, please call 512-974-7400, option 1.  This is an adults only craft program.  There are lots of family and children programs, check the calendar for when and where.

WHAT: Night Crafters - a monthly craft night
WHERE: John Henry Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street
WHEN: Monday, March 30, 2015, 6:00-7:30 pm
WHO: ADULTS interested in crafting
CRAFT: wine cork succulent planters

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

April 2nd is recognized by the UN as World Autism Awareness Day. According to the Autism Speaks Website, autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. The markers for autism are impaired speech and language development or a loss of words, restricted areas of interest, and impaired social interactions.  Some children also exhibit signs of having a sensory integration disorder.

What is sensory integration and why is it important?

Sensory integration refers to how people use the information provided by all the sensations coming from within the body and from the external environment and then processes that information with a response. For example, a typical response to a loud bang, would be to startle or localize to the sound, but a child with atypical sensory integration may not be able to tolerate normal sounds in the environment. Some children may cover their ears or scream and run away or conversely, may not acknowledge the sounds at all, as if there was a hearing loss. Occupational therapy with a clinician trained in sensory integration disorder is normally the treatment of choice and has been shown to be effective in helping children normalize their sensory systems.

The Austin Public library has numerous resources for parents, clinicians and teachers searching for more information on the special needs child and/or occupational therapy. We also offer a special needs storytime with lots of “sensory” activities on Tuesdays at 11:00am at the Carver branch. This storytime is geared towards children with special needs, but it is an inclusive program, so children of all ages and abilities are welcomes to attend.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


​I am a proud “90s kid.”

And recently, I got a real hankering for the perfect weekend mornings of my childhood. My weekend-only fruity pebbles, my (incredibly chic) Jasmine nightgown, and the best entertainment a kid could ask for: cartoons, color comics in the newspaper, an overstuffed toy box and the only books my parents did not encourage me to read: Goosebumps.

 Are you ready to recreate your own perfect weekend morning? We’ll get you started with this month’s Saturday Morning Fun Pack! Basically, if a toy is in this fun pack, you probably once received one in a 90s birthday party gift bag. Do you know how pumped the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Power Rangers would be to play with these toys again?

Be the first to call 512.974.7400 (option 1) or visit the reference desk at the Faulk Central Library downtown and ask for the Saturday Morning Fun Pack and win everything you see here: old school Silly Putty, bouncy ball, equally bouncy frog, pose-able alien, monster finger puppet, sparkly suction cup, pinball maze, and guitar bubbles.

 We’ve also included classic 90s cartoons, Goosebumps and an Animaniacs DVD from APL’s collection. You’ll need your library card to check them out. (Don’t have a card? Click here: GET A CARD.) And remember, you must pick up the Saturday Morning Fun Pack at the Central Library reference desk. 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

El año pasado se celebró el 70 aniversario del levantamiento del gueto de Varsovia. Este año se celebran 70 años del fin de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.  Cada vez que se celebran ocasiones como estas es inevitable repasar la historia para tratar de entender qué pasó y cómo.

Se estima que el número de víctimas durante esta guerra está entre 55 y 60 millones de personas.  Un porcentaje de estas personas murieron por causa de los bombardeos pero un número bastante alto de ellas fueron los judíos exterminados en campos de concentración.  La lista de otras atrocidades cometidas durante estos años es interminable.  Una vez terminada la guerra, siguieron durísimos años postguerra para la población civil, que no sólo tuvo que superar la muerte de familiares y amigos sino que también tuvo que sobrevivir hambrunas y enfermedades. En algunos casos, como en el de la antigua URSS, duraron hasta 30 años para poder recobrarse de esta guerra.

Un evento de esta magnitud crea sin duda, una marca profunda en la historia de la humanidad.  Historiadores han investigado sus causas y repercusiones y se han escrito innumerables libros sobre el tema.  Muchísimas personas se sienten atraídas por el tema y siempre quieren conocer más.  Aquí les dejamos una lista con algunos de los libros que ofrecemos en nuestras sucursales sobre este tema, también incluímos algunos títulos que puede descargar gratuitamente en su computadora:


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