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Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion

Cover of News of the World by Paulette JilesJoin us on Monday, October 16 at 6:30 pm for our discussion of News of the World by Paulette Jiles, the Gulf Coast Reads selection for 2017. Historical fiction set in Texas after the Civil War, this well-researched novel is a fascinating and compelling read! Free. No registration required.

Note: During the month of October, News of the World will be available for unlimited eBook checkout through Overdrive. Please call the library if you would like help with checking out the eBook on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Beginner Origami for Adults: Thanksgiving Turkey

Photo of Origami TurkeyDecorate your table with an Origami Turkey this Thanksgiving! Sign up for Beginner Origami for Adults on Thursday, November 2 at 11 am. Free! All materials provided. For ages 18+. Please call 281-471-4022 to register. 

Gulf Coast Reads 2017-Coming in October!

Book Jacket: News of the World: A Novel by Paulette JilesIn October each year, residents of the upper Texas Gulf Coast take part in Gulf Coast Reads, a program in which people read or listen to the same book and attend book discussions and special programs about the book.

This year the Gulf Coast Reads selection is News of the World by Paulette Jiles, an historical fiction novel set in Texas: “In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her family in San Antonio.”

This well-researched novel has something for everyone: men, women, and young adults. It gives a fascinating, fact-filled history of the time in early Texas, combined with a compelling, well-written story. Both history buffs and those who love a good read will enjoy!

Our book discussion on News of the World is on Monday, October 16 at 6:30 pm.

On Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am, we will have a related program: ‘Early Newspapers in Texas’ by Lisa Struthers, Director of the Herzstein Library at the San Jacinto Museum of History. Lisa will talk about the newspapers at the museum library, and she will also tell us about her library’s involvement with The Portal to Texas History program, which is an initiative to digitize old newspapers from library collections in Texas. (This effort to put newspapers in digital format is something our library is interested in considering for La Porte.)

Both events are free and open to all! Please join us for one or both programs!

Crafting For Adults: Halloween Wreath

Clipart: © 2017 Vital Imagery Ltd. Words Happy Halloween with Jack-O-LanternGet ready for Halloween by making an attractive Halloween wreath! Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 am. Registration required. Please 281-471-4022 to register. Free. All materials supplied. For Ages 18+.

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Hispanic American Heritage Month: ¡Fiesta!

Clipart: © 2017 Vital Imagery Ltd. Clipart of the word 'Fiesta' and a sombreroJoin us Saturday, September 16, noon-1:15 pm, to celebrate Hispanic American Heritage Month! Highlighting Mexico on Mexican Independence Day, we will serve a light lunch of rice, beans, meat, corn tortillas, & Mexican sweet breads. There will be music and a simple craft. 

Free! For all ages--the whole family, adults by themselves, etc. No registration required.

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Adult Computer/Craft Class: Coasters

Photo of 5 Sample Computer Craft CoastersJoin us for this special computer and craft class combined! Get photos off your phone/eMail to make a beautiful personalized coaster! Thursday, September 14 at 10:30 am – 12:30 am. Registration required. Please call 281-471-4022 to register.

Crafting for Adults: Fishy Soap

Clipart: © 2017 Vital Imagery Ltd.-Soap BubblesJoin us to make Fishy Soap—a clear, blue scented soap with a colorful plastic fish inside. Saturday, September 9, at 10:30 am. For Adults Ages 18+. Registration Required. Please call 281-471-4022 to register. 

Clipart: © 2017 Vital Imagery Ltd.

Adult Programs-September

The word 'September' Clipart: © 2017 Vital Imagery Ltd.All Programs are Free! Please call 281-471-4022 for any program marked Registration Required. (Note: The Fiesta on September 16 is for all ages.)

Computer Class: Internet-Google Search, Maps, etc.: Thursday, September 7, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Registration Required.

Crafting for Adults: Saturday, September 9, 10:30 am. Fishy Soap. Make scented clear soap with a colorful fish inside. Registration Required.

Knit/Crochet Circle for Adults: Tuesday, September 12, 10 am (Second & Fourth Tuesday of the month). Bring your current knit or crochet project for two hours of peaceful needlework. No registration required.

Computer & Craft Class Combined: Design & Make Your Own Coasters: Thursday, September 14, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Improve your computer skills as you make a unique and personalized coaster! (Please bring your USB cord for your smart phone if you would like to use one of your own photos.) Registration Required.

Fiesta!: Saturday, September 16, noon-1:15 pm. Join us for a light lunch of rice, beans, meat, corn tortillas, and Mexican sweet breads to celebrate Hispanic American Heritage Month! Music and a craft! For all ages! No registration required. We will start serving food at noon.

Book Discussion- ‘The Invention of Wings: A Novel’ by Sue Monk Kidd. Monday, September 18, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm. The story follows Hetty 'Handful' Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. The Invention of Wings follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined. Ages 18+. No registration required. Call 281-471-4022 to reserve a copy.

Computer Class: One-on-One Computer Help: Thursday, September 21, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Sign up for a 30-minute time slot for one-on-one computer help. Registration Required.

Knit/Crochet Circle for Adults: Tuesday, September 26, 10 am (Second & Fourth Tuesday of the month). Bring your current knit or crochet project for two hours of peaceful needlework.

Computer Class: Word-Pictures, WordArt & Text: Thursday, September 28, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Registration Required.

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Crafting for Adults: Gift Bags

Photo of Decorative Gift Bag by Irene CantuMake the gift wrapping as special and unique as the gift itself! Join Ms. Irene to make decorative gift bags for various occasions! Saturday, August 26 at 10:30 am. Registration required. Please call 281-471-4022 to register. Free. All materials supplied. For ages 18+.

Book Discussion: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Cover Art for Leaving Time by Jodi PicoultJoin us on Monday, August 21 at 6:30 pm for a discussion of Leaving Time: A Novel by Jodi Picoult. Available in Regular Print, Large Print, Audiobook on CD, eBook, and eAudio. 

Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife, and an accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it has been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment . . . or worse. Still Jenna--now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief--steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Leaving Time is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters. Free. Ages 18+. No registration required. Call 281-471-4022 to reserve a copy.

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