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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

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.

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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.

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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!

Databases: Homework Help

Clipart of computer and books Clipart: © 2015 Vital Imagery Ltd.Now that school is back into swing, homework is not far behind. Don’t forget about the wonderful resources in the databases of Harris County Public Library available from your home computer or tablet. Databases provide full text magazine articles, literary criticism, encyclopedias, biographical information, and much more. There is even a section of databases entitled Homework for students at the high school level, and another section entitled (For) Kids for middle and elementary school students.

So…when you or your child remembers a project at the last minute, remember the online resources available 24/7 through Harris County Public Library.

Please call 281-471-4022 for more information.

We wish students, teachers, and parents an enriching, happy school year!

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Teen Art Fusion

Clipart: © 2015 Vital Imagery Ltd. Boy painting word ART on the wall.Join us for our monthly teen art program. Explore many areas of art including: painting, watercolor, drawing, & mixed media. All materials provided; you may also bring your own supplies. Wednesday, September 2, at 4 p.m. Ages 10-17.

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Local Newspaper: Around La Porte

Photo of Banner on Around La PorteAround La Porte is a local monthly newspaper with community news. It was established in 2011 after the cessation of publication of The Bayshore Sun. Maggie Anderson Eddy is the Publisher/Editor.

Around La Porte is available free at local businesses and organizations including La Porte Community Library.

The Library has past copies of The Bayshore Sun on microfilm for viewing. Most years from 1962-2009 are available. Please call the library at 281-471-4022 for more information. 

Teen Craft: Bath Bombs

Clipart: © 2015 Vital Imagery Ltd. Clipart of bath.Learn how to make bath bombs. All materials provided.  Wednesday, August 5, at 3 pm. Ages 10-17. Registration Required. Please call 281-471-4022.

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