Betsy A.'s blog

Tiny Changes

Black & White Photo of StockyardA coworker suggested the DVD Food, Inc. and I watched it over the holidays. I will be making some small changes. A vegetable garden planted. Becoming more knowledgeable about which companies are treating animals and employees humanely.

Stop by the Friends' Holiday Open House!

Invitation to Friends' Holiday Open House-Monday, December 13, 2010

 The invitation says it all! Please stop by the library on Monday, December 13, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Christmas on Main Street December 2

Christmas on Main Street in La Porte will be held this Thursday, December 2, beginning with the parade at 5 pm and entertainment at 6 pm. This will be the 23rd year for this annual event, which is popular with adults and children of all ages.
 
There will be free pictures of the children with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Five Points Plaza, sponsored by Walgreens. Vendors will be selling arts and crafts as well as Christmas food items. Clutch the Rockets Bear will sign autographs from 6 – 8 pm, and tour the street with Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph.

Thankful for Toddlers

Photo of Toddlers and Ms. Mandy at ToddlerTime, 11-18-2010This Thanksgiving we give thanks for the toddlers who come to ToddlerTime With Ms. Mandy at the library. ToddlerTime is a storytime held each Thursday at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. If you are a parent, grandparent, or caretaker of a toddler, please feel free to come to this special and delightfully unpredictable time! Toddlers in the photo are showing the Thanksgiving decorations they made on November 18.

Books for Voracious Readers

Cover of Taste of Home Dinner on a DimeThis is the time of year when cooking becomes especially important as we gather with family and friends for various holidays. The cookbooks with the top five checkouts during the past year are:

1. Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook: strategies, recipes, and techniques of classic bistro cooking / Anthony Bourdain, with Jose de Meirelles & Philippe Lajaunie

New Hike and Bike Trail in La Porte

Black and White Picture of Biker
The new hike and bike trail at 600 Little Cedar Bayou Drive in La Porte will have a special opening program Saturday, November 13, from 8 am - 11 am. The event will be hosted by the City of La Porte Parks and Recreation and Police Departments.  
 
There will be demonstrations on proper bike safety and riding etiquette, instructions about changing a bike tire, vendors from various bike shops, and booths on starting bicycle clubs. There will also be giveaways! Come on by.

Halloween Game and Craft for Teens

Clipart picture of skull and eyeballs

Join other teens for our Halloween Teen Event: "Gross Out Games and Decorate a Pumpkin".  The description of the program on the La Porte Library Event Calendar reads "Test your skills and try to decide what's in the bag.  You'll also decorate a pumpkin or gourd."  Ages: 10-17. Wednesday, October 27, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.  All materials provided.

Image Copyright: Jupiterimages

Another La Porte Gem: Five Points Town Plaza

Picture from Five Points Town Plaza website, City of La PorteLa Porte has a beautiful new venue for listening to music and hosting other events called Five Points Town Plaza. It is located at the corner of Broadway and Main Street in La Porte. The name “Five Points” comes from the history of this intersection on Main Street which for years had five streets intersecting.
 
The City of La Porte, in partnership with donors, sponsors various events at the Plaza. This autumn there is the Plaza by the Bay Fall Series. The dates remaining are: Oct 21, Oct 28, and Nov 11. The time of each event is 7 pm; admission is free and open to the public.

Early Voting Starts October 18

Information about early voting for the November 2, 2010 General Election is now available at the library. We have maps with the locations and times of early voting, Voters' Guides, and sample ballots. Stop by to pick up the material so that you will be ready to cast your ballot in early voting, October 18-29, or on Election Day, November 2.
 
More information is available online at www.harrisvotes.com.  

Getting Back to Nature

Cover of The Practical naturalist: explore the wonders of the natural worldThe library has received a cool new book that has detailed descriptions and colorful pictures of various habitats and the animals and plants that live there. The book is The Practical naturalist: explore the wonders of the natural world / Jill Hamilton. It was produced in association with the National Audubon Society and the publisher DK, which is known for its visually appealing books. The Practical Naturalist is a book that is fun to look at...even if you don't feel like going outside! It would also be an excellent book to teach young people about the natural world.
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