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Don't Miss It! - Afterschool Movie Time

Clipart of Popcorn container from Office.com Clip ArtDon't miss our last Afterschool Movie Time for the year! Stop by for movie fun and popcorn! Title to be announced at screening. Tuesday, December 16 at 3:30. Lasts approximately 30-45 minutes.  Sorry we cannot accommodate Daycare groups for this program.

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Annual Christmas Puppet Show!

Photo: La Porte Library Puppet Show Committee - Christmas 2013Mark your calendar for our Annual Christmas Puppet Show! Performed by our 2014 La Porte Community Library Puppet Committee. Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 4 pm. For school-age children. Sorry we cannot accommodate Daycare groups for this program.

Photo: La Porte Community Library Puppet Committee - Christmas 2013

Teen Event: Space Station Program

Photo of International Space Station Display provided through NASA and HCPLHey Teens: Join us on Wednesday, December 3, 4 pm - 5 pm for an interesting program sponsored by NASA about the International Space Station. Ages 10-17. Free.

Native American Heritage Month

Photo taken by Mandy Sheffield of Native American Heritage Month artifacts at libraryNovember is Native American Heritage Month.  To commemorate the event, one of our library patrons kindly loaned us his Native American Indian artifacts for our display case. Take a look at these authentic objects when you visit the library.

Little Explorers: Discovery Time For 0-5 Years Old

Picture of Two Preschoolers Playing-Clipart: © 2014 Vital Imagery Ltd.Come for 30 to 45 minutes of sensory exploration and discovery for ages 0 - 5 years old and their caregivers. Please dress to get messy! Sorry we cannot accommodate Daycare groups for this program. Wednesday, November 12, at 10:15 am.

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Over the River and Through the Wood

Book Jacket-'Over the River and Through the Wood' by L. Maria ChildWhile searching for Thanksgiving books for our November display, I came across several children’s books which have the poem 'Over the River and Through the Wood' by Lydia Maria Child, about a boy who is going to his grandparents' house for Thanksgiving.

These books brought back childhood memories of singing this song when my family made the long drive to northeast Texas to visit my grandparents.

The poem was published in 1844 in L. Maria Child’s book Flowers for Children, Volume 2, and it was originally called 'A New-England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day'. The author based the poem on her own memories of visiting her grandfather’s house for Thanksgiving. The house of her grandfather still stands in Medford, Massachusetts near the Mystic River.

Note: The information in the previous paragraph is from Over the River and Through the Wood: The New England Song About Thanksgiving Day by L. Maria Child; illustrated by Matt Tavares. This book is also featured in the book jacket displayed above.

Teen Craft: Mini Jack-O-Lantern

Clipart: © 2014 Vital Imagery Ltd. Jack-o-lantern with ghost coming outTwo days before Halloween, the teens will be making Mini Jack-O-Lanterns. Create a spooky design on a mini jack-o-lantern and watch your design light up. Wednesday, October 29, from 4 to 5 pm. Ages 10-17. 

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Don't Forget to...What???...

Clipart of Smilley Face with words "Don't Forget!" from Vital Imagery Ltd....Remember Ben Clayton! 

Gulf Coast Reads month is here and we will be celebrating this year’s selection with two programs:

-Wednesday, October 8 (tomorrow!), 10:30 am -11:30 am, will be our Book Discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

-Monday, October 13, 7 pm – 8 pm, Lisa Struthers, Library Director for the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library at the San Jacinto Museum of History, will be here to tell us about the materials available at the Monument library. Ms. Struthers will highlight items that relate to the themes in Remember Ben Clayton. Light refreshments will also be served at this gathering.

Both events will be held in the big Meeting Room at the library.

You are welcome to attend either program whether or not you have read the book, but please be aware that the Book Discussion will contain spoilers! 

Hope to see you at one or both events!

Clipart: © 2014 Vital Imagery Ltd.

Gulf Coast Reads Events

Photo of September Book Display-Themes in Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen HarriganLa Porte Community Library will have two Gulf Coast Reads Events in October:

Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion: A book discussion about the Gulf Coast Reads selection Remember Ben Clayton: A Novel by Stephen Harrigan, Wednesday, October 8, 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Registration not required. 

Gulf Coast Reads Program: Lisa Struthers, Library Director at the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library of the San Jacinto Museum of History, will give a program about the Texas History Resources available at the Museum Library.  Pictures of artifacts at the museum that relate to the themes in Remember Ben Clayton will be highlightedThe program will be held on Monday, October 13, 7 pm – 8 pm. Registration not required. 

Also, the Adult non-fiction book display for September highlights a Sneak Preview of materials related to the themes in Remember Ben Clayton: World War I, Creativity, Women's Roles in the 20th Century, Native Americans, Parent/Child Relationships, etc.

Join Us in October: Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion

Jacket for Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen HarriganGulf Coast Reads is an annual program for readers on the Texas Gulf Coast to read and discuss the same book. The title selected for this year’s Gulf Coast Reads is Remember Ben Clayton: A Novel by Texas author Stephen Harrigan.

We will have a book discussion for Remember Ben Clayton at La Porte Community Library on Wednesday, October 8, 10:30 – 11:30 am in the Meeting Room. The event is free and registration is not required.

The novel revolves around a bronze statue commissioned by Lamar Clayton to memorialize his son Ben who was killed in World War I. The artist commissioned for the sculpture is Francis ‘Gil’ Gilheaney, a New Yorker who relocated to San Antonio along with his wife and adult daughter Maureen, who works as his assistant. The characters in the novel are richly drawn and memorable.

One of the underlying themes of the book is the power of art to move us, and the way an artist must wrestle to bring a work to completion. Another focus is the relationship of parent to child and the misunderstandings that are inevitable. Also explored is the erosive effect of secrets upon relationships.

Remember Ben Clayton is compelling historical fiction that will appeal to both men and women. It is available from Harris County Public Library in book format as well as audiobook on CD, eBook through HCPL Digital Media Catalog, and as an eAudio through OneClickdigital.

If you would like to be part of this community-wide event, read or listen to Remember Ben Clayton and join us for the book discussion at the library on October 8.

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