Betsy A.'s blog

Texas Bay Area Polio Survivors

Logo from Texas Bay Area Polio Survivors websiteDo you have a relative or friend who is a survivor of polio? The Texas Bay Area Polio Survivors meet once a month at the La Porte library, usually the first Saturday at 10:30. This is a fun group of people who have even recorded their own song, the Post-Polio Song. They also donated a book to the library: The polio years in Texas: battling a terrifying unknown by Heather Green Wooten. For more information, please see their website at http://www.texasbayareapolio.org or find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Bay-Area-Polio-Survivors/419438148101.

Hispanic Heritage Book Display

Photograph of Hispanic Heritage Book DisplayWe have a colorful display of books, cds, and dvds in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the La Porte library. Take a look...there is everything from travel to cooking to music to literature. You might discover a new title or enjoy again an old favorite!

A Tribute to Teachers

Picture of Teaching Materials in Library Display CaseQuick! What was the name of your first grade teacher? If you are like me, you can remember the name, even if…like me…it has been a loooong time since you were in elementary school. Or even if you cannot recall the name, you can probably see the face in your mind. 
 
Our display case at the library this month features materials used in the teaching of elementary school children. They are provided by Linda Novosad, a former teacher who taught in the 1970s. Take a look and you will see the materials used in the days before computers or even calculators made their way into the classroom. 
 
We want to express our gratitude to teachers for their positive impact on our lives!
 
Epilogue: Mrs. Novosad retired from teaching in 1976 to focus on raising a family, starting with her firstborn, our very own children’s librarian, Mr. D.

Looking back: Galveston, September 8-9, 1900

Book Jacket of Isaac's Storm/Erik LarsonToday (September 8) is the 110th anniversary of the Galveston storm of 1900. There are many good books about the 1900 hurricane that are available at the library. One of my favorite accounts is Isaac’s Storm: a man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history/Erik Larson. Others at the library include: Galveston and the 1900 storm: catastrophe and catalyst/Patricia Bellis Bixel and Elizabeth Hayes Turner; Through a Night of Horrors: voices from the 1900 Galveston storm/edited by Casey Edward Green and Shelly Henley Kelly; The Galveston Hurricane/Kristine Brennan, and a children’s fiction book The Great Storm: the hurricane diary of J. T. King, Galveston, Texas, 1900/Lisa Waller Rogers.
 
For an interesting and nearby road trip, the Galveston Historical Foundation has an ongoing presentation of the documentary The Great Storm.

Come to the Fair!

Logo for 2010 La Porte Health & Safety Fair Come to the 2010 La Porte Health & Safety Fair on Saturday, September 25, from 9 am - 1 pm at La Porte Junior High, 401 S. Broadway. 
 
The event is free and open to the public. The first 500 children will receive free Safety-Fair t-shirts. Many door prizes will be given away throughout the fair.
 
Also available free that day: health screenings, children’s immunizations, and child ID kits. There will be fire trucks, police vehicles, and ambulances to view, and a 24-foot Rock Wall for climbing. 
 
The Fair is sponsored by the City of La Porte, LEPC, and La Porte ISD.
 
For more information, call 281-470-0011 or see www.lpsafetyfair.org.

Fun for Whole Family: Ballunar Liftoff Festival

Picture of Hot Air BalloonsMark your calendars for a fun outdoor family event for the weekend of October 29, 30, & 31. The RE/MAX Ballunar Festival is an annual event that pays tribute to the achievement of human flight. It is held at the NASA/Johnson Space Center, 1201 Nasa Rd. 1. The gates open Friday, October 29 at 6 pm and there will be live music, entertainment, carnival rides, food, arts and crafts. On Saturday the day begins at 7:30 am with balloon navigational competition, skydivers, and air sport activities all day long. Fee to enter is $10 per car. See the RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival website for more information or call 281-488-7676. [Source: Bayshore Sun, Aug 25, 2010, Section A, pgs. 7-8.] 
Come to the library for books and other materials about air flight history.

"Tell Us Your Story" Historical Video About La Porte

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The City of La Porte will be presenting the Tell Us Your Story video project about La Porte history at the August Main Street Morning Brew. The showing is free and open to the public. Meet on Wednesday, August 25, from 8:30 – 9:30 am at the Evelyn Kennedy Center, 618 San Jacinto Street in La Porte. For more information, please see the City of La Porte website, or contact Stacey Osborne at 281-470-5017 or osbornes@laportetx.gov.

You Rock!

Picture of logo for 2010 Summer Reading ProgramsThanks to all of you who participated in the Summer Reading Program this year. Because of you, we had a wonderful summer in LAP-land!
 
Thanks also to Mr. D, Ms. Rhiannon, and Ms. Mandy for their tireless efforts in providing the creative programs, crafts, and games.
 
A very special thank you goes to the Friends of the La Porte Library who provide the funding for the Summer Reading Program. Without our Friends, we would not be able to offer such fun and interesting activities for the children, teens, and adults of La Porte. Thank you!!!!!!!

 

Teen Event: "Aloha to Summer" Games

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Join us for Game Day to say goodbye to summer. Wednesday, August 4 @ 3 pm. Ages 10-17. Registration Required. Please call 281-471-4022.

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Teen Craft: Bottle Cap Jewelry

Picture of bottle capsMs. Rhiannon saved the best Teen Craft for last: Make your own custom made bottle cap pendant. If you haven’t made any of the other teen crafts this summer, you’ll want to do this one! Wednesday, July 28 @ 3 p.m. All materials provided. For ages 10-17. Registration required. Call 281-471-4022.
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