Betsy A.'s blog

The Romance Continues

Photo of Sylvan Beach entrance provided by La Porte Bay Area Heritage SocietyAn article about Sylvan Beach written by La Porte Assistant Police Chief Ronald Parker, a student at the University of Houston-Downtown,has been published in this year’s edition of Touchstone[Vol. XXXI, ©2012 The Texas State Historical Association]. Touchstone is the undergraduate research journal of the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society,the college-level educational program of the Texas State Historical Association.

Officer Parker’s article is entitled ‘The Romantic History of Sylvan Beach’. The photograph above, which was provided through the courtesy of La Porte Bay Area Heritage Society,is featured on the cover of the magazine.

Officer Parker kindly gave a copy of the journal to the library, which we have placed in our historical file on Sylvan Beach. Ask a library staff member if you would like to see the article and the file. We love our Sylvan Beach!

Éirinn go brách

Photo of Ireland Display by Rhiannon PerryThis month our display case highlights items from Ireland provided by our very own Rhiannon Perry. She and her husband Todd took a delightful trip to the Emerald Isle in 2010. Take a look at this colorful and informative display.

Photo by David Novosad.

Teen Tech Week: Geek Out @ Your Library

Clipart of computers with globeCome watch a geek themed movie and learn about all the outstanding technology the library has to offer. Popcorn and refreshments! Wednesday, March 7 @ 4 p.m. Ages 10-17.

Clipart: Copyright © 2012 Jupiterimages Corporation

Afterschool Science Time: Center of Gravity

 Clipart of solar planet orbits Join us for 30-45 minutes of hands-on Science in the Library! This month's topic will be: Center of Gravity, Wednesday, February 29 at 3:15.  For school-age children.

Clipart: Copyright © 2012 Jupiterimages Corporation

You...In the Movies

Photograph of man holding film and pointing at cameraThis is short notice, but if you are interested in helping with our Summer Reading Club Promotional Film come to the library this afternoon, Thursday, February 23, at 3:15 p.m., and audition for our Film Committee.  For children in 3rd grade and up.

Picture: Copyright © 2012 Jupiterimages Corporation

Finding Good Books

Logo for Harris County Public Library Book HuntersOne of the many wonderful advantages to the Internet is the way it makes finding good books easier.  Two websites to help with this are Goodreads and LibraryThing. To use them, sign up for a free account and then list books you have read and enjoyed.  Goodreads gives this invitation to readers on its website:  “Tell us what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and we’ll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations.” LibraryThing describes itself as “a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.”  Join one or both and discover some books you just love! And remember we have our very own Book Hunters service, where you tell us what you like and we suggest similar titles for you to try.

Teen Craft: I Have a Dream Board

Clipart of words "I have a dream" with American flagCelebrate Black History Month by creating a board filled with your dreams for the future. All Materials provided. Ages 10-17. Wednesday, February 15, at 4 p.m.

Clipart: Copyright © 2012 Jupiterimages Corporation

Share Your Favorite Book & Be a Star

StoryTubes LogoThe StoryTubes Contest is a national program that offers the chance for young people ages 5 - 18 to make a video about their favorite book. Come to the library on the first three Thursdays in February to find out more about the program. You will learn how to create your own video and enter it in the contest. For school-age children, February 2, 9, & 16, 3:15 pm, at the library.

Afterschool Craft Time

Clipart of child covered in glue from a craft gone badJoin us for 30-45 minutes of craft-making fun! Crafts to be announced at start of class. Wednesday, January 25, 3:15 p.m. School-age Children.

Picture: Copyright © 2012 Jupiterimages Corporation, a Getty Images company.

 

The Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. Delivering His 'I Have a Dream' Speech, 08/28/1963On a few Martin Luther King days in the past, I have listened to the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King on the radio. The first year I did this, I just happened upon a radio station that was airing the speeches. I was very moved by the speeches, especially the sermons, most of which I had never heard.

We can now listen or watch these speeches and sermons on websites such as Martin Luther King Online. This website has the text and video of many of King's speeches. It also has public domain photographs like the one displayed here. These photographs are free to use in projects, papers, reports and websites.

Hope everyone has a nice and peaceful Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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