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Materials for Taking Exams

The library can help with study materials if you have an exam you need to take, such as the SAT, GED, CLEP, TeXES, CDL, etc. In addition to books, we have a database called Learning Express Library that has practice tests available and can be used from home. To sign up, go to our home page, click on Databases, then Education & Libraries, then Learning Express Library. If you are using your home computer to access the database, you will be prompted for your library card number. Register as a New User and then you can log back in as a Returning User at any time to take the practice tests. There are many types of practice tests to choose from and the database is free!

Summer Concerts at Five Points Plaza

The City of La Porte is sponsoring a series of summer concerts at Five Points Plaza, which is located near the corner of Main Street and Broadway. The six concerts will be on Friday evenings from 6 – 9 p.m. with the exception of Sunday, July 4, when a special Fourth of July concert will be held from 4 – 9 p.m. The performers were selected to give a variety of musical acts for people to enjoy. Here is the schedule:
 
Friday, June 11 – Byrd & Street
Friday, June 18 – Step Rideau & The Zydeco Outlaws
Sunday, July 4 – Shake Russell
Friday, July 16 – Gerald Hiburger Orchestra
Friday, August 6 – John Gaar & The Hopeful Souls
Friday, August 20 – George Ducas
 
Source of Information: Main Street News, City of La Porte Main Street, Vol. 2, Issue 5, May 2010.

Play Air Guitar No Longer

Picture of guy playing air guitarThe library can help you move from air guitar to the real thing. We have books and other materials that teach you how to play the guitar: The everything guitar book : from buying the right guitar to mastering your favorite songs / by Jack Wilkins and Peter Rubie ; Learning guitar: step one (DVD) ; Acoustic guitar chord and harmony basics / by Dylan Scrorer ; Guitar all-in-one for dummies/ by Jon Chappell… [et al.] ; and many others.

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Bag-a-Book Bean Bag Toss

Picture of Bean Bag Toss GameCome join us at the library for a bean bag toss to celebrate National Children's Book Week. Wednesday, May 12, at 3:15 p.m. For school-age children.

Picture from Jupiterimages.

Genealogy at the Library

Cover of Who Do You Think You Are?The library has two databases that can be used in genealogical research: Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest. A library computer must be used to access Ancestry.com, but Heritage Quest can be used at home with your library card number. In addition to the databases, the library has books to help in researching your family history, such as:

 

Sylvan Beach Day

Old Photo of Former Entrance to Sylvan Beach ParkGet ready for the 54th Annual Sylvan Beach Festival Crawfish Jam 2010! Gates will open this Saturday, April 24, at 9 a.m. The festival will kick off with a parade which will begin at 10:00 am. The parade will start on the corner of Fairmont Parkway and Broadway.  Activities at the park begin immediately following the parade, with many exciting things to enjoy including live entertainment, food, arts & crafts booths, cook-off, a carnival, pageant, and much more.
 
Admission is $5 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm and $10 after 5:00 pm, $2 for senior citizens, and free for children 10 and under accompanied by an adult.  For more information, call the La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce at 281-471-1123.

National Library Week Colorlite Bookmark Craft

Clipart of Bookmark from Jupiterimages

Come celebrate National Library Week at the library by creating a colorful Colorlite bookmark.  Make a beautiful and useful gift for yourself or someone else.  Wednesday, April 14, at 3:15 pm for school-age children.

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5K Run to Benefit Project Graduation

Person jogging clipart from JupiterimagesSign up for the first annual 5K Fun Run/Walk scheduled for April 10 at 8 am, starting at the La Porte Sylvan Beach Pavilion (located near Bayshore Drive @ San Jacinto). “Proceeds will help fund an all-night drug and alcohol-free graduation celebration for the 2010 seniors” of La Porte High School. Register online at:
 
 
Source: “5k Run”, Bayshore Sun [La Porte, TX] March 31, 2010, A:5.
 
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April is National Poetry Month

Cover of Ten Poems to Set You Free by Roger HousdenStarted by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is celebrated every April. Harris County Public Library subscribes to a poetry database that has Twentieth-Century American and British Poetry. It can be accessed from the library or from home through the databases link from our home page.  The library also has numerous poetry books and CDs. Two good websites for poetry are the National Poetry Foundation and The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor. 

H & R Block Tax Question & Answer Session

Clipart, Tax Return- Image copyright from JupiterimagesThe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 changed the tax landscape for many taxpayers. Come to ask how you may be affected. Monday, March 22 at 7 pm in the library meeting room.

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