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Community Event: La Porte Thanksgiving by the Bay

Flyer for Thanksgiving by the Bay La Porte 2015This year the Thanksgiving by the Bay event hosted by the Albemarle Foundation will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, from 11 am – 2 pm at the Evelyn Kennedy Center at 618 San Jacinto St. in La Porte. There will be a full Thanksgiving meal provided, complete with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, green beans, dinner rolls, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, tea and water. Anyone is welcome to attend. If planning to attend, please register your family online at: www.laporte.tx.gov/wewanttoeat. Or, you may call 281-471-5020. Guests are welcome to come and go at any time during the event and registration is not required to attend.

The meal is graciously provided for our community by the Albemarle Foundation. Volunteers and Staff Support are provided by the Albemarle Foundation and the City of La Porte.

This year the foundation has more than enough volunteers to serve food on Thanksgiving Day so they are asking for families and organizations who want to contribute to consider donating a large gift basket that will be raffled off to those in attendance. Baskets that include things like bath items or household items or food gift cards are all great ideas. All items included in your baskets should be non-perishable. You may drop your basket off to City Hall at 604 W Fairmont Pkwy any time before the event. 

Para Los Niños: Inventive Minds Program

Clipart: © 2015 Vital Imagery Ltd. Paper airplanesMake paper airplanes in this is a free hands-on workshop for kids and their parents! All materials provided. Sponsored by The Children’s Museum of Houston. Wednesday, November 11, at 3:30 pm. No pre-registration required. Sorry we cannot accommodate Daycare groups for this program.

Clipart: © 2015 Vital Imagery Ltd.

Teen Event: Ghoulish Games

Clipart: © 2015 Vital Imagery Ltd. Two ghouls meetingSee how many gross body parts you can guess correctly in our Ghoulish Games. Don't miss this Spooktacular event!  Wednesday, October 28, 4 pm - 5 pm. Ages 10-17.  

Clipart: © 2015 Vital Imagery Ltd.

Book Discussion: The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

Book Jacket for The Promise by Ann WeisgarberPlease join us for a discussion of The Promise by Ann Weisgarber, the Gulf Coast Reads selection for 2015. This compelling historical novel is set during the Great Storm of Galveston in 1900. Wednesday, October 21, 10:30 am – 11:30 am. La Porte Community Library, 600 S. Broadway in the Meeting Room. Event is free and no registration is required. On top of that, there will be cookies. 

Gulf Coast Reads Program This Saturday, October 10

Book Jacket for The Promise by Ann WeisgarberThe selection for this year’s Gulf Coast Reads is The Promise by Ann Weisgarber, a compelling historical fiction title set in Galveston immediately before, during, and after the Great Storm of 1900.

Please joins us this Saturday, October 10, for the Gulf Coast Reads program: ‘The Effects of the 1900 Great Storm on Galveston Churches and St. Mary’s Orphanage.’ The Presenter of the program will be Lisa May, Archivist for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Saturday, October 10, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, in the Meeting Room of La Porte Community Library, 600 S. Broadway in La Porte. Program is free and no registration is required. Please call 281-471-4022 for more information. 

Gulf Coast Reads: An Afternoon With Ann Weisgarber

Cover of The Promise with Overlay of Program at MFAHMeet Ann Weisgarber, the author of the Gulf Coast Reads selection The Promise on Sunday, October 4, 3 pm - 4 pm, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in a program with Lisa Gray of the Houston Chronicle. The program will take place in the Brown Auditorium Theatre, Lower Level of the Caroline Weiss Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet. Admission to the MFAH is FREE to those attending this program. For more information, contact the Museum at 713-639-7300 or email lectures@mfah.org

Note: Program announcement picture is from David Cherry's Blog.

Afterschool Science Time: HOPPING Corn

Clipart of popcorn popping Clipart: © 2015 Vital Imagery Ltd.Join us for 30-45 minutes of hands-on Science in the Library! At the next Afterschool Science Time, you will make popping corn become HOPPING corn! Wednesday, September 30, at 3:30 pm. For school-age children. Sorry we cannot accommodate Daycare groups for this program.

Clipart: © 2015 Vital Imagery Ltd.

Teen Event: Sweet Spirits

Clipart: © 2015 Vital Imagery Ltd. Day of the Dead clipartLearn about the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos while making and decorating sugar skull shaped cookies. Wednesday, September 16, 4 pm - 5 pm. Ages 10-17.

Clipart: © 2015 Vital Imagery Ltd.

Gulf Coast Reads 2015: The Promise

Book Jacket for The Promise by Ann WeisgarberThe selection for Gulf Coast Reads this year is The Promise, by Ann Weisgarber, historical fiction about the Great Storm of Galveston in 1900.

Gulf Coast Reads is an annual reading initiative in which residents of the upper Texas Gulf Coast read or listen to the same book and join together with other readers to discuss the book and/or attend programs related to the book’s themes.

Each of Harris County Public Library’s 26 branches will have a book discussion and a program to offer on The Promise during the month of October. All events are free and can be found on the Events Calendar.

At La Porte Community Library, we will have a program presented by Lisa May, Director of Archives and Records for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, on the Effects of the Great Storm on Galveston Churches and St. Mary’s Orphanage.

This program will be on Saturday, October 10, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, in the Meeting Room of the Library at 600 S. Broadway in La Porte.

The La Porte Library Book Discussion of The Promise will be on Wednesday, October 21, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, also in the Meeting Room.

The Promise is available at Harris County Public library in book format, large print, audio CD, and eBook. Please stop by to pick up your copy or put one on Hold from your home computer. Then come to the exciting programs and book discussions that will be offered at Harris County Public Library in October!

Guessing Game for September: What's It?

Photo-Antique Tools DisplayCome see our display this month for our Antique Tools Guessing Game “What’s It?”!

Inspired by a relative of one of our staff members, this game features tools that made life easier in the days of yesteryear. The objective is to guess what the tools were used for.

The purpose of one of the tools we don’t even know ourselves…so take a look and maybe you can enlighten us!

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