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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.

Relax After School With a Good Movie!

Back to School Picture: Office.com Clip ArtAfter your school day on Tuesday, September 2, stop by the library for movie fun and popcorn!  Title to be announced at screening. The movie starts at 3:15 and will last approximately 30-45 minutes. For school-age children.

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Focus on La Porte History

Photo of Book Display of La Porte History MaterialsThis month in the adult non-fiction area we are highlighting materials about the history of La Porte and the surrounding area. La Porte has a rich history with interesting people. 

One lesser-known figure is Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye who was a spy for the Union army during the Civil War. She dressed as a Confederate soldier and went by the name Frank Thompson. After the war, she married Linus Seelye and settled in La Porte in 1867. They had three children. In 1897, Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye was admitted into the Grand Army of the Republic as the only woman member. She died on September 5, 1898, at her home in La Porte. She was re-buried in 1901 with military honors at Washington Cemetery in Houston, TX.

To learn more about this fascinating story see books such as Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy by Seymour Reit; Frank Thompson: Her Civil War Story by Bryna Stevens; and A Soldier’s Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss.

For a DVD see: Full Metal Corset: Secret Soldiers of the Civil War by Indigo Films for The History Channel.

The library also has files of newspaper clippings on La Porte history which are available to be read in the library.

City of La Porte Events

Clipart of calendar from Vital Imagery Ltd.The City of La Porte has a Community Calendar that lists interesting events going on in the City each month. Some of the programs listed in September are: Adult Flag Football, Green Thumb, Art Walk on Main, Cakin’ ‘N’ Bakin’, and Doggie Dip Day. Check out the calendar by clicking here or by visiting the City of La Porte website and click on Community Calendar under the topic City Options.

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Teen Craft: Zentangle

Clipart: © 2014 Vital Imagery Ltd. (colored pencils with lines drawn on paper)Discover the art of Zentangle. It's an easy-to-learn and fun way to create tangled images by drawing structured patterns. Wednesday, August 6, at 3 pm. Ages 10-17. Registration required. 281-471-4022.

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Teen Craft: SLIME!

Clipart: © 2014 Vital Imagery Ltd. of Slime FigureWhile making slime you'll learn how polymer is unique because it has qualities of both a solid and a liquid. It can take the shape of its containers like a liquid does, yet you can hold it in your hand and pick it up like a solid. Wednesday, July 30 at 3 p.m. Registration required. Call 281-471-4022. Ages 10-17.

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Teen Craft: Watercolor Coaster

Picture of abstract watercolor from  Clipart: © 2014 Vital Imagery Ltd.Make bright and beautiful dyed coasters that create a watercolor effect when a chemical reaction occurs with ink. All materials provided. Wednesday, July 23 at 3 pm. Ages 10-17.  Registration required. Call 281-471-4022. 


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Beat the Heat: Teen Movie Break

Photograph of popcorn from Picture: Office.com Clip ArtHey Teens! You won't want to miss this week's Beat the Heat: Teen Movie Break. It will be a fun film everyone will enjoy. Wednesday, July 16, at 3 p.m. In addition to the beat-the-heat coolness, there will be popcorn and refreshments.

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SRP Teen Craft: Soda-Pop Tab Bracelet

Photo of top of Soda-Pop Can from Office.com Clip ArtLearn how to make a bracelet from the tabs found on soda cans. All materials provided. Wednesday, July 9, at 3 pm. Registration required. Ages 10-17. Call 281-471-4022.

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