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Check-out mobile hot-spots and Nook eReaders from the Pflugerville Library starting September 1
Have you been to the library lately? You might be spending money on technology, online services and resources that you can access for free with your library card. Starting Thursday, September 1, library cardholders can check out mobile hot-spots and eReaders. The hotspots will connect computers, Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones and tablets to Mobile Beacon's 4G LTE mobile broadband Internet service. Apply for jobs, study for exams, watch free streaming movies and more, from just about anywhere.
“The way we see it, the natural progression is to offer free access to the Internet from your own home, so, coming soon, we will offer mobile WiFi hotspots for checkout,” said Library Director Jennifer Coffey, “Don’t have Internet access from home? No problem, we’ll lend it. Don’t have a device to read an eBook on? No problem, we’ll lend those too.”
The Pflugerville Public Library already offers print materials, public computers, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and electronic resources. Thousands of eBooks, downloadable and streaming music, movies and eAudiobooks are currently available to library card holders.
In addition to the mobile hot-spots, the library will have Nook tablets for checkout. Patrons can checkout one device and one hotspot per account for a period of two weeks. eBooks can be downloaded from one of the library’s many vendors including Overdrive, Hoopla and Freading. The library also offers eBooks in Vietnamese and Spanish from Axis360 and Spanish only eBooks from Odilo.
The Friends of the Library joined together with TechSoup to provide the 4G mobile hotspots. Learn how to use your computer, tablet or phone to download books, movies and more. Call 512-990-6375 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment with a library staff member.
Pflugerville Recycling: How does your neighborhood stack up?
Each year the city of Pflugerville receives an update on the city’s recycling program from trash and recycling provider Progressive Waste Solutions. Recycled tonnage has increased since the city launched the recycling program in 2010, but there are still areas of town that aren’t participating.
The city of Pflugerville celebrates neighborhoods with the highest recycling participation. Based on statistics provided by Progressive Waste Solutions, the top 10 citywide are Penley Park, Lakeside at Blackhawk, Mountain Creek, Settlers Ridge - North of Settlers Valley, Fairways of Blackhawk, Mountain Creek East, Parkcrest, Springbrook Glen, Cambridge Heights, Saxony and Bohls Place. Keep it up!
Do you recycle at your home? Where is your neighborhood ranked on the list? We want you to participate in recycling and helping our environment.
Tips for recycling:
For tips on how to recycle curbside, what can be recycled or how to start participating in city recycling efforts visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/recycle.
Scrap metal, vehicle batteries, appliances, motor oil, tires (limit of four per household a year), tree limbs, cardboard (corrugated) and paper are recycled at the city's Recycle Center at 15500 Sun Light Near Way.
Let's recycle Pflugerville!
From a Watery Grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle's Shipwreck, La Belle
On Thursday, September 1, come to the Library to learn about the discovery and excavation of LaSalle's ship, La Belle. Author Toni Turner will discuss her work during the restoration of the ship in conjunction with the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Ages 18 and up are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
This event is a preview to the month of September when the entire city is encouraged to read "Treasure Island" and a series of island and pirate activities will take place at the library.
City Council set maximum tax rate - At Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council announced the maximum tax rate that can be set this year which is .5399 per $100 valuation. This decision means the city’s tax rate is going down to at least .5399 from the current rate of .5405. The City Council will continue to discuss the budget over the next several weeks as a final budget and tax rate is due September 30.
Early Voting / La votación adelantada en persona - August 23 -26. Information in English and Spanish. On Saturday, August 6, the city received unofficial voting results for the City Councilmember Place 2 election. Without one candidate receiving more than 50% of the vote, the City Council held a special meeting on August 15 to canvass the votes and called a second election. Early voting will be held from August 22 through September 2. Election Day is Tuesday, September 6.
The City Council ordered a General Election for November 8 for the election of a Mayor and Councilmember Place 1. There were less than 900 votes cast in the last election. Be sure to vote Pflugerville! Election information Información en español: www.pflugervilletx.gov/eleccion.
Pflugerville Police Department Victim Services is in need of volunteers. Training will begin Monday, September 26, 2016. Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. for 8 weeks. Topics will include how to work with victims of family violence, sexual assault, child victims, elderly victims, survivors of suicide and homicide, and victims of other violent crimes. Any interested citizen who resides in Pflugerville or the surrounding area is encouraged to apply. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Contact Judy Allen at 670-5701 or email email@example.com for further information and application or download online atwww.pflugervilletx.gov/victimservices.
Machine Embroidery Demo - Learn machine embroidery from Debra Johnson at the library. On Saturday, September 3 from 6 p.m to 7 p.m. Deborah will teach how to work with fabrics like terry cloth and fur. Anyone 18 and up is welcome. Beginning on September 10, registration will be available for the hands-on portion of this class series. For more upcoming Pfab Lab events visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfablab
Friday, August 26: Early Voting (suite 500)
Saturday, August 27: Northeast Travis County Community Fair (O)
Sunday, August 28: Pfab Lab adult hours- circuit demo (L)
Tuesday, August 30: Pfarmers Market (P&R); Heritage House Museum open (L);
Wednesday, August 31: Walk-in computer help for adults (L)
Thursday, September 1: Presentation: From a watery grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle's shipwreck, La Belle (L)
Friday, September 2: Movie in the Park: Grease (P&R)
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other