Betsy A.'s blog

Teen Movie: Celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Clipart of Japanese pagoda from Vital Imagery Ltd.Come watch a classic Japanese animated fantasy film about a young girl that gets trapped in a strange new world of spirits. She must call upon the courage she never knew she had in order to free herself and rescue her parents. Popcorn and refreshments. For teens, tweens, and all ages. Wednesday, May 21, 4 pm – 6:30 pm. 

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Sidewalk Saturdays in La Porte

Clipart: Copyright © 2014 Vital Imagery Ltd. of Sidewalk ArtistTake a stroll in La Porte on Saturdays along Main Street and you will find artwork and craft work displayed along your pathway. Every Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm are Sidewalk Saturdays. The event is free and family friendly. If you want to display your own art/crafts, there is no charge to set up a table/display and you do not have to register. For more information see the City of La Porte Community Calendar or contact Kelley Price at 713-824-2504.

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A Month in Honor of Barbecue

Photo of book display for National Barbecue MonthDo you love to grill outdoors? Or eat the food that has been grilled outdoors? Then this is your month!

May is National Barbecue Month according to Chase's Calendar of Events: The Ultimate Go-to Guide for Special Days, Weeks, and Months.  The month is sponsored by the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association.

We are featuring books on barbecuing in our nonfiction adult book display. Some titles are:

Mastering the Grill: The Owner’s Manual for Outdoor Cooking by Andrew Schloss and David Joachim; King of the Q’s Blue Plate BBQ: The Ultimate Guide to Grilling, Smoking, Dipping, and Licking by Ted Reader; Steven Raichlen’s Planet Barbecue!: An Electrifying Journey Around the World’s Barbecue Trail by Steven Raichlen; Celebrating Barbecue: The Ultimate Guide to America’s Four Regional Styles of ‘Cue by Dotty Griffith; Follow the Smoke: 14,783 Miles of Great Texas Barbecue; Places, People, Secrets, and Recipes! by John DeMers.

Check out books to hone your grilling skills, plan outdoor get-togethers, or discover the many good places in Texas to eat barbecue.

See ya around the grill!

Afterschool Science Time: Skeletal Muscles

Clip art of dumbbell showing muscles from Office.com Clip ArtJoin us for 30-45 minutes of hands-on Science in the Library! This week we have a cool program on hefty skeletal muscles. Wednesday, April 30 at 3:15 p.m. For school-age children.

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One of My Favorites

Book Jacket of 'The Artist's Way' by Julia CameronI’ve been thinking lately about the subject of creativity, and that has led me to remember one of my favorite books: The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. A point Cameron’s book makes is that we all have some degree of creativity within us and it is worthwhile to overcome our fear of using it. That aspect of her book intrigues me.

Teen Craft: String Eggs

Clipart of Eggs in Pastels: Copyright © 2014 Vital Imagery Ltd. Design your own egg pattern out of string. Each egg will contain a little surprise inside! Wednesday, April 16, 4 pm – 5 pm. Ages 10-17. 

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National Library Week Craft!

Clipart: Copyright © 2014 Jupiterimages CorporationCelebrate National Library Week by creating a colorlite bookmark! This is a make-and-take craft with all materials provided. Wednesday, April 9, at 3:15 pm. For school-age children. Sorry we cannot accommodate Daycare groups for this program.

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Afterschool Science Time: LIGHT REFRACTION

Picture of pyramid with light refracting from Microsoft Office Word 2013Join us for 30-45 minutes of hands-on Science in the Library! This week we will conduct a cool experiment to show the refraction of light in water. Wednesday, March 26 at 3:15 p.m. For school-age children. Sorry we cannot accommodate Daycare groups for this program.

Picture from Microsoft Office Word 2013.

College Connection Workshop

On Saturday, March 22, there will be a workshop for young people who are considering college. It will be held at First Baptist Church at 310 South Broadway in La Porte. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The flyer states: “All youth are invited to attend who are uncertain about their direction in life, need guidance or could use some encouragement!” Please call 281-451-9593 to give the number of youth who will be attending, or email this information to: sharonm@themissingpeaceministry.org.

Battleship Texas Centennial Family Festival

Poster Advertising Battleship Centennial Family Festival Day-March 15, 2014Come join the 100th year anniversary celebration of the Battleship Texas at San Jacinto Battleground Park on Saturday, March 15, from 12 pm to 10 pm. The park is located at 3523 Independence Pkwy, La Porte, TX 77571. There will be music and fun for all ages! Watch this short video and get your tickets at battleshiptexas.org. This event is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Battleship Texas Foundation. Proceeds will go to help save the Battleship. Come on out and enjoy the festivities!

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