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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

O Captain, My Captain!

In honor of Boss’s Day, which is on Friday, October 16, here are some facts on bosses, complements of the Happy Worker website:

 
-National Boss Day was created in 1958 by Patricia Haroski, a secretary at State Farm Insurance Company
-Official date for Boss Day (October 16) is Patricia’s father’s birthday
-The word ‘boss’ is from the Dutch word “baas” (meaning “a master), a standard title for a ship’s captain
-1625 was the first known time the word ‘boss’ was used in English
-Popularity of “Boss” in American English may be an egalitarian avoidance of the term “master”
 
Happy Boss’s Day to the one person I know who looks at my blog! 

Your Ship Has Come In...

1914 Picture of Battleship TEXAS Courtesy of Battleship TEXAS Archives

Come see the Battleship TEXAS during the Hard Hat Tour on Saturday, October 17. This tour is sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife and will show areas of the ship not normally seen by the public, such as the Ammo Handling Room, Aft Steering, Drying Room, Boiler room, Main Radio Room, and Plotting Room. 

Looking For a Job?

Display of Career Books at La Porte LibraryThe La Porte Library has information to help you with your job search. Books about writing a resume or going for a job interview are available in our Career section, located on Row 9B. Here are a couple of sample titles that you can check out:  Knock '

Ready for the Costume Contest?

Couple Strolling in 1920s CostumeAre you planning to dress in costume for the upcoming Festival?  The Fall Back Festival is Saturday, October 10, from 2 to 11 pm.  During this Festival, Main Street in La Porte takes on the appearance of the Roaring Twenties. The event will include musical entertainment, games for the children, a special area for the teen crowd, and a 1920s costume contest.  To get ideas for a costume, check out this library book: 

Calling All Job Seekers!

Public Computers at La Porte Community LibraryWe are having a special program in October called ‘Using the Internet in Your Job Search’. Attend this session to learn how to use the Internet to search for jobs and to fill out applications online. The program will be presented by Workforce Solutions and will be Wednesday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited, so please call today or come by the library to register. 281-471-4022

 

Crafts of Mexico: Bark Painting

Mexican Bark Painting SampleThere is an artistic tradition in Mexico which uses sheets of bark from a tree as a canvas for painting. Learn about this fascinating art form at the La Porte library and create your own Mexican bark painting on kraft paper. This program is for adults who are  beginners at crafts as well as those who have more experience. No registration necessary. Wednesday, September 16 @ 10 am

Wear Your Pajamas to the Library!

Person in pajamasAs many of you know, the Evelyn Meador (EV) branch library in Seabrook was badly damaged during Hurricane Ike; a new library is currently being built. In the meantime, we at La Porte are pleased to have Ms. Pearson, the Children’s Librarian at EV, hosting a Pajama Story Time every Wednesday evening at 7 pm at the La Porte library. Come to hear family bedtime stories and be sure to wear your pajamas! For all ages! See you then…Wednesdays at 7 pm in La Porte.

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