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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.

Image copyright Jupiterimages

Too Busy To Read?

Cover of Plum Spooky by Janet EvanovichPeople think librarians get to read all the time. Not so. But one way librarians and other book lovers increase their reading time is to listen to audio books. There are various formats to get audio books, including downloading to an MP3 or other similar device from our digital library. Another way is to check out books on CD. Here are some popular books on CD at the La Porte Branch:  Plum spooky by Janet Evanovich; The associate by John Grisham; The UltraMind solution : fix your broken brain by healing your body first : the simple way to defeat depression, overcome anxiety, and sharpen your mind by Mark Hyman; A big little life : a memoir of a joyful dog by Dean R. Koontz; The host by Stephanie Meyer.

Be Counted

2010 Census LogoThe city of La Porte encourages citizens to participate in the 2010 Census. (“La Porte urges participation in Census,” The Bayshore Sun, 3 Mar. 2010: A1). The data from the Census in Harris County will affect many aspects of the funding our area will receive for diverse services and programs, such as child-care and senior services, roads, job training, schools, community centers, etc. The form for this Census contains only 10 questions. Please fill out and return your form. If you have questions or need help filling out the form, representatives from Census 2010 will be at the library to assist you at various times. Call the library on the day you plan to visit to determine if there will be a Census representative available at the library on that day. The library phone number is 281-471-4022.

"Our England is a garden, and...

Picture of Book Jacket of The All-New Illustrated Guide to Gardening…such gardens are not made / By singing—‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade” (17-18)*

It’s time to start working on that beautiful garden! Read all about gardening with our gardening books: 

 
 
Find these and other gardening books under the call number 635, or ask a staff member for assistance.
 
*From “The Glory of the Garden”, by Rudyard Kipling

Sylvan Beach is a Beach Again!

Picture of Newly Renovated Sylvan BeachLast week, I took my first walk at the newly renovated Sylvan Beach. The beach is wonderful! There are two small sandy areas at each end, a broad sidewalk leading to each beach, marble benches, small jetties jutting out to the bay, and gorgeous antique lamps lining the sidewalk. The citizens of La Porte and the surrounding area have a big reason to celebrate: there is a beach nearby to enjoy the water!

History of Harris County Public Library, 1921-1939

Photographs from Harris County Archives Exhibit on Library History

If you stroll through the library this month, you will see old photographs and newspaper clippings related to the La Porte Branch Library and other Harris County libraries. The materials are provided by the Harris County Public Library Records, Harris County Archives. We are delighted to display this special collection of our history!

Where's Mr. Mark?

Display Case at La Porte Community Library with History of the Library MaterialsThis month our display case features articles and paraphernalia about the history of La Porte Community Library. Look closely and you will be able to find a picture of the former children’s librarian, Mr. Mark. This display about the history of La Porte library is in conjunction with another special display that my co-blogger will describe to you next week.

The Commons and the Public Library

This morning I turned on the radio and ‘Engines of Our Ingenuity’ was on National Public Radio (KUHF in Houston). In an episode entitled ‘The Commons Revisited’, the topic was about resources held in common and the very concept of “commons”. The first topic discussed was land held in common, but I listened carefully to hear if public libraries would be discussed. Of course they were…public libraries are built around the idea of sharing resources…of holding things in common.  

Together at Harris County Public Library we share books, movies, music, Internet accessibility, story times, and even places to hold meetings. By holding things “in common” we can do more.

Get Ready for the Grammys

Picture of Mary J. Blige from GRAMMY Awards websiteThe 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be Sunday, January 31, at 7 p.m. on CBS. This year’s telecast will feature tributes to Michael Jackson and Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. In addition, there will be a special segment, A Bridge For Haiti, devoted to Haiti earthquake relief. Nine-time GRAMMY award winner Mary J. Blige and renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform a duet of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. The audio and video recordings of the performance will be available for download after the broadcast to aid the earthquake relief efforts.  The choice of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is particularly significant, because this year marks the 40th anniversary that it received GRAMMY awards for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.

The library system has CDs with past GRAMMY award winners and nominees: Grammy nominees 2009, Grammy nominees 2008, Grammy nominees 2007, Grammy nominees 2006, etc.

Do You Like True Crime?

Cover of But I Trusted You by Ann RuleTrue Crime books (also called Fact Crime) are popular at the La Porte branch. Most of these books are located under the call number 364.1. One way to find the best of true crime books is to look at the winners and nominees for the Edgar® Awards. Some of the recent Edgar® Awards for Fact Crime books have gone to:

To find other Edgar® Awards winners and nominees in the Fact Crime category, go to the Search the Edgars Database webpage and limit the search to Best Fact Crime.
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