Betsy A.'s blog

"Watch the Pennies..."

Photograph of Display of Budget Books…and the dollars will take care of themselves.”  This expression was coined by Benjamin Franklin, but when I was a child, I thought it had been created by my mother's brother. My mom quoted this to us many times; the expression was something the brother who raised her taught her.  In this difficult economy, these words are especially applicable. Our non-fiction book display currently features books that deal with different aspects of a household budget: food, clothing, home repair, energy costs, paying for college, planning a wedding on a budget, etc. Click on 'Read more' to see a sampling of what you will find in our display.

Bean Bag Toss!

Clipart picture of bean bag toss gameThe Bean Bag Toss game is always great fun! Come Celebrate National Children's Book Week with us and win a book! For school age children. Wednesday, May 4 at 3:15 p.m.

Art Walk By the Bay

Map of Businesses on Main Street Hosting Art Walk By the BayOn the first Friday of every month, 6 pm to 9 pm, artists are invited to display their artwork at participating businesses on Main Street. The program is called Art Walk By the Bay and is sponsored by the Main Street Business Association. The rules and procedures for registering as an artist are posted on the website.  Come to Main Street on the first Friday evening of the month and stroll around to look at the art. (Map is from website of Art Walk By the Bay.)

Chocolate Chicken Scavenger Hunt

Cartoon of a dancing chickenJoin us for the Umpteenth Annual Chocolate Chicken Scavenger Hunt! Search the library for this rare phenomenon.  It will be held on Wednesday, April 20, at 3:15 pm. For school-age children.  Picture: ©Jupiterimages

La Porte Diamond Jubilee, 1964

Picture of Cover of 'La Porte, Texas, 1889-1964 Diamond Jubilee' BookletIn 1964, a Diamond Jubilee celebration was held for La Porte’s 75th anniversary as a community (1889-1964).  An original booklet from this celebration can be seen at the library.  The booklet contains photographs and articles about La Porte history, with titles such as: ‘Attacapa Indians Once Roamed La Porte’, ‘Captain Allein Started La Porte Mail Delivery’, ‘La Porte Means Gate’ and ‘Land Sold for 50 Cents Per Acre’. There is even a ghost story about buried treasure and the pirate Jean La Fitte entitled ‘La Fitte Treasure Here?

EBooks for Children

Picture of Computer with Book TumbleBooks is a database that has EBooks for children. It can be accessed from our home page: Click on Databases, then EBooks, then Tumblebooks. The database includes Storybooks, Puzzles and Games, Language learning (French, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian), Non-fiction books, and Read-alongs.  The Read-along section includes books for older children and teens. This database is a great way to improve reading skills and have fun at the same time!

Have Old Paint or Pesticides in the Garage?

Clip art picture of Paint CansThere will be a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Porte Public Works Service Center, 2963 North 23rd Street.  This event is only for the citizens of La Porte, Morgan’s Point, and Shoreacres. It is limited to the first 350 households. Business waste will not be accepted. Paints, pesticides, household and car batteries, and household cleaners are among the materials that will be accepted.  Click here for more details, including a complete list of what you can bring.

Toddlers Make Quilts

Photograph of "Quilts" Made at ToddlerTime With Ms. MandyDuring a recent ToddlerTime With Ms. Mandy, the toddlers made “quilts” which are now displayed in our children’s department and can be seen in these pictures.  ToddlerTime is on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m., and the program is repeated that same day at 11 a.m. If you have a toddler in your care (age 18 months to 3 years old), join us for stories, songs, movement, and playtime. Seasonal crafts, too! Free at the library.

How to Find Events & Programs at the Library

There is a search tool on our website to find events and programs at various branches of Harris County Public Library. You can limit your search by age of the target audience, type of program, and branch location(s).  For example, you can do a search to find Teen programs that will be held at the La Porte, Freeman, and South Houston branches. Or you can look for nearby branches that have Storytimes for Toddlers…or Book Discussion groups…or Tax Assistance. All kinds of programs!  To use the search tool, click on Events Calendar on our home page.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday!

Picture of Cover of Yertle the Turtle and Other Short Stories by Dr. SeussOn Wednesday, March 2, at 3:15 p.m. there will be a special program to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday: PinTheTailOn Gertrude McFuzz! Miss Gertrude McFuzz is a girl-bird character in a short story by Dr. Seuss that is included in Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. The program is for school-age children. Come join the fun!

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