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Last Teen Art Fusion of the Year!

Clipart: © 2016 Vital Imagery Ltd. Art PalletJoin us for our last teen art fusion for 2016. Explore many areas of art including: coloring, painting, watercolor, drawing, & mixed media. All materials provided. Ages 10-17. Wednesday, December 7, 4 pm - 5 pm. 

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Sunset Sip & Stroll-Thanksgiving Market

Clipart: © 2016 Vital Imagery Ltd. Scarecrow with Farmers Market signJoin La Porte area residents for the Sunset Sip & Stroll Thanksgiving Market on Saturday, November 19, 4 pm – 9 pm at Five Points Plaza, 100 S. Broadway, La Porte. Enjoy a relaxing stroll around Main Street with food, wine, music, and unique art from some of the best vendors in Houston. Buy delicious pies for your Thanksgiving dinner or bring home locally grown produce. A nice event for the whole family!

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Para Los Niños: Inventive Minds Program

Clipart: © 2016 Vital Imagery Ltd. Children from various cultures holding hands.This is a free hands-on workshop for kids and their parents! Sponsored by The Children’s Museum of Houston.  All materials provided; no pre-registration required. For school-age children. Wednesday, November 9, at 3:15 pm. Sorry we cannot accommodate Daycare groups for this program.

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Teen Craft: Moveable Mummies & Tasty Vampires

Clipart: © 2016 Vital Imagery Ltd.  Mummy and vampire. Join us for this Halloween craft. Wednesday, October 26, 4 pm - 5 pm. Ages 10-17. All materials provided. 

Clipart: © 2016 Vital Imagery Ltd. 

Movie: American Pastime

Cover of 'American Pastime' ©Warner Home VideoJoin us Monday, October 17, at 6 pm for a free showing of the movie American Pastime ©Warner Home Video in the library Meeting Room on our new theater projection system. American Pastime is based on a true story about Japanese Americans in an internment camp in Utah during World War II. Though the topic is a tragic part of our nation's history, the movie is uplifting and inspiring. The running time is 1 hour and 45 minutes; the movie is not rated, but a suggested audience is PG-13. Popcorn and refreshments.

This movie will be shown as a part of the Gulf Coast Reads program. The title selected for this year is The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell, which tells the true but little known story about an internment camp in Texas during World War II.

For other book discussions and other programs at Harris County Public Library branches please see the Gulf Coast Reads Events Calendar.

Book Discussion: The Train to Crystal City

Book Jacket for 'The Train to Crystal City' by Jan Jarboe RussellPlease join us on Wednesday, October 12, 10:30-11:30 am for our discussion of 'The Train to Crystal City', the Gulf Coast Reads selection for 2016, by Jan Jarboe Russell. This book describes a little known aspect of Texas history when, during World War II, a unique internment camp was located in Crystal City, Texas. Near the end of our discussion, we will watch a 9-minute film that was put out by the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1945 about the "Alien Enemy Detention Facility". Even if you have not yet read the book, you are welcome to join us to learn more about the topic. In the Meeting Room at La Porte Community Library, 600 S. Broadway, La Porte, TX.

Teen Art Fusion

Clipart: © 2016 Vital Imagery Ltd. Youth chiseling pictureJoin us for our monthly teen art program. Explore many areas of art including: coloring, painting, watercolor, drawing, & mixed media. Wednesday, October 5, 4 pm - 5 pm. All materials provided. Ages 10-17.

Clipart: © 2016 Vital Imagery Ltd. 

Teen Craft: Pokémon Key Chains

Clipart: © 2016 Vital Imagery Ltd. Key chainMake your favorite Pokémon out of fuse beads. Wednesday, September 21, 4 pm - 5 pm, Ages 10-17. All materials provided. 

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Gulf Coast Reads: The Train to Crystal City

Book Jacket for The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe RussellThe selection for Gulf Coast Reads this year is The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II, by Texas author Jan Jarboe Russell. The first non-fiction title chosen for Gulf Coast Reads, this book tells the riveting, poignant story of immigrants to the United States from Japan, Germany and Italy who were held in an internment camp in Crystal City, Texas. Taken from their homes in Cleveland, Los Angeles and other cities across the United States, these immigrants, named “enemy aliens”, were interned along with their American-born children and were held for the purpose of "repatriation" to their countries of origin in exchange for (other) Americans held there.

La Porte Community Library’s Book Discussion of The Train to Crystal City will be held Wednesday, October 12, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, in the Meeting Room of the Library at 600 S. Broadway in La Porte.

The Gulf Coast Reads program for La Porte will be a showing of the movie American Pastime at Monday, October 17, 6 pm - 7:45 pm, in the Library Meeting Room. American Pastime is a film based on a true story of a Japanese-American internment camp in Utah during World War II. The film portrays the prejudice and suspicion that Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans were subjected to during World War II. The movie includes actual footage of the Topaz War Relocation Center in Utah that was filmed using a camera smuggled into the camp.

Gulf Coast Reads is an annual reading initiative in which residents of the upper Texas Gulf Coast read or listen to the same book and then join together with other readers to discuss the book and/or attend programs related to the book’s themes.

The Train to Crystal City is available at Harris County Public library in book format, large print, audio CD, eBook, and eAudio. Please stop by to pick up your copy of the book or download a copy to your computer or mobile device. Then come to the exciting programs and book discussions that will be offered for our readers across Harris County!

Teen Art Fusion: Be the Peace - Be the Hope Project

Photo of canvas being made from Be the Peace – Be the Hope website / Texan-French Alliance for the Arts ©.Start the school year off with fun and creativity! Join us for our monthly teen art program. This month we'll participate in the Be the Peace - Be the Hope Project. Make a canvas that will bring hope to refugee camps around the world. To learn more about this pilot program visit www.bepeacebehope.org. Wednesday, September 7, 4 pm – 5 pm, ages 10-17. All materials provided; no registration needed. 

Photo of canvas from Be the Peace – Be the Hope website / Texan-French Alliance for the Arts ©.

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