Betsy A.'s blog

Brrrrrrr! Expect More of the Cold

An article entitled Winter Blues: Get Used to Cold from the Texas A&M News & Information-Division of Marketing and Communications explains why we have had such cold weather lately and why we can expect more of the same. 

Anyone who enjoys reading about the weather would be interested in perusing the Old Farmer’s Almanac 2010, available at the library. This time-honored publication has weather predictions, the cycles of the moon for the year, articles about planting crops and living close to the land, and lots of entertaining, oddball facts. They also have a website now:  www.almanac.com.

Welcome, Liam!

Book Cover for 25,001 Best Baby NamesMy great nephew was born Christmas Eve night, and he is the best gift to all our family. His name is Liam Robert. In 25,000+ Baby Names the name Liam is described as an Irish form of the German name William, which means determined guardian.  Robert is of English origin and means famous brilliance.

The library system has numerous books with baby names and their meaning. These books are popular and we get new titles often so that the books reflect the current trends in baby names. 
 
Liam, we are so glad you are finally here! Thank you for making this an unforgettable Christmas!

Finding Quiet in the Holiday Season

Cover of Into Great SilenceIn the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, finding silence isn’t always easy. The library has a movie that has silence as its setting: Into Great Silence. This documentary was done by German filmmaker Philip Gröning. It shows the life of Carthusian monks at the French Grande Chartreuse monastery as they go about their daily lives of prayer and work. There is no narration, no background music, and no artificial lighting. The result is an unusual film experience. At first, watching a film without narration and background music feels odd, but after awhile the film gives an experience of stillness and quiet. It also contains some gorgeous images of nature in the surrounding French Alps. 

Open House at Bay Area Heritage Society

Depot Museum MapThere will be a Christmas Open House at the Depot Museum of the La Porte Bay Area Heritage Society, this Sunday, December 13 from 2 pm – 4 pm. Come by to have refreshments and tour the museum.  The Depot Museum is located at 100 Park Avenue in La Porte. (Note: The Sylvan Depot Museum is #13 on the map on the linked picture at left.)

Thumbs Up for 'The Blind Side'

Blind Side coverMy family and I went to see ‘The Blind Side’ with Sandra Bullock this past weekend. It is based on a true story about a homeless young man who is taken in by a family and becomes a football player. The book that the movie is based upon, The Blindside:  Evolution of a Game, is available through the library. The movie is rated PG-13 and it was one that we all enjoyed. 

 

Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Meal PictureThanksgiving Dinner will be served to the La Porte community on Monday, November 23, at New Hope Baptist Church, 222 N. Fourth St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This dinner is provided through a joint effort of New Hope Baptist Church and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. “Come and enjoy a free home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner”. (Sun Spots, Bayshore Sun, Nov. 11, 2009, pg. 6, Sec. A)

Gold Card Provides Free Admission to LPISD Events for Senior Citizens

Logo from LPISD websiteAny resident of the La Porte ISD area who is 60 years of age or older is eligible to receive a Gold Card that gives free admission to:

-all school programs, plays, and musical performances
-general admission seating at all La Porte ISD athletic events (for home games only)
These Gold Cards can be obtained free of charge through the Communications Department of the district, located at 1002 San Jacinto St in La Porte. 

New Treasures at San Jacinto Museum of History

Banner from website of the San Jacinto Monument and MuseumA signed photographic portrait of Sam Houston and an original signed letter from General Santa Anna have been added to the collection at the San Jacinto Museum of History. The photograph of Sam Houston was taken approximately between 1858 and 1863, the year of his death; it shows Houston seated. The portrait was discovered by Dr. Jim Harris of Tyler in an antique store in Las Vegas. An article in The Bayshore Sun [Oct. 28, 2009, pg. 4, Sect. A] states: “This type of photograph is rare: a minimal number of portraits of Sam Houston currently exist. The fact that this portrait is signed by Sam Houston himself is extraordinarily rare”.

Help for Your Job Search on HCPL Website

Job Resources Banner on HCPL websiteAs you have probably noticed, our website has revolving banners in the center of the page. There are about 8 topics included. There is one banner entitled 'Looking for a Job? Checkout our Job Search Resources'. When you click on this banner, you will find many resources to help search for jobs, create a resume, apply for jobs, etc. Our e-branch at HCPL has put together an excellent list of job search resources. You can access it from the comfort of your own home or from the library computers. Please remember the La Porte librarians are here to assist you when you have questions about using the resources at the library.

 

Ur-Tunes

Music Collection at La Porte LibraryHave you ever wondered which of the music CDs owned by the La Porte branch have been checked out the most? The top 10 CDs with the most checkouts at LAP are:1.  The Very Best of Rod Stewart/Rod Stewart 

2.(Tie) Michael Buble/Michael Buble and Shenanigans/Green Day          

3. All This Time/Sting  

4. (Tie) MTV 2 Handpicked and Elvis 30 #1 Hits/Elvis Presley

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