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Happy Halloween from La Porte Community Library

Happy Halloween from Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, Jacques Cousteau, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Queen Mum, the Mad Hatter, Ariel, and the Mad Scientist and of course, our boney staff member Gypsy Roxie.

We at La Porte Community Library hope you have a fun spine-tingling Halloween.

National History Day Topic 2012-2013 - Turning Points in History

As you students and parents are preparing for the History Fair topic, here are some resources for information that can be accessed from home through the Harris County Public Library website using your library card. The World Book Reference Center is a wonderful tool for research. There are links to thousands of articles as well as a link to primary sources for example, speeches, letters, treaties and other documents. There is also a Citation Builder link which will help students cite their sources in the correct manner. In addition to the World Book there is also a database devoted to history, the  World History Collection.

Halloween Preschool Craft

Join Mr. D and Ms. Mandy for an early Halloween preschool craft time. The fun begins Wednesday, October 3 at 11 am. The craft will be a cute, simple little spooky spider for your Halloween decor. All materials are provided.

 

 

 

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Afterschool Science Time

Join Mr. D on Wednesday, September 26 and find out about super-absorbent polymers. These are the materials which make your little brother's diaper pretty leak-proof, Come and see how much liquid the polymers can hold. The fun begins at 3:15 pm.

 

 

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Hail the Mighty La Porte Bulldogs

With September comes football and this month's display is our homage to the hometown heroes and heroines of the gridiron. Displayed are three from the collection of La Porte yearbooks showing the football teams of 1939 and 1967 and the cheerleading squad of 1975. You can look through any of the yearbooks any time you are in the library. We do have some gaps in our collection. If you have yearbook from any of the following years , please consider donating it to the library: 1940-46, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1958, 1961,  and 1971.

Meet La Porte Branch's Adult Summer Reader Winner

Each branch in HCPL had a $30.00 gift card to award to one adult who completed the Adult Summer Reading Program. By random draw our winner was Becky Roderick. Ms. Roderick was pleased and surprised when I called her about her prize. She told me that her daughter has participated in the children's program and this year she decided to sign up for the adult program. It certainly paid off for Becky not only in a summer of good reading but a gift card to boot. Congratulations!

Mystery Maven Recommends

This summer when I signed up for the Adult Summer Reading Program, I used Mystery Maven as my User ID. I chose this because nothing makes me happier than to recommend a book or series in the mystery genre to people. Last night found me at Houston's jewel of a bookstore, Murder by the Book for an author signing by Louise Penny. She writes a wonderfully complex yet lyrical series of mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. So please do yourself a favor and check out one of her eight award-winning books.

Homework Help for Elementary and Middle School Kids

Harris County Public Library has a really great database to help with those elementary and middle school homework assignments. Searchasaurus has a dictionary, an encyclopedia, and picture links. It also has links to many subjects that elementary and middle school children most often need information, such as animals, art, history, people and places, science and math, and sports. Use power of your library card and explore this great database.

BookLetters Newsletters

Did you know that you can have newsletters with the latest information about forthcoming books delivered right to your email? Through BookLetters Newsletters you can be informed about your favorite genre: romance, mystery, westerns or more. You can also sign up for newsletters about children's and teen's books. Follow this link and sign up for any or all. http://library.booksite.com/5529/signup/?list=NLSGN

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Another Terrific Summer in the Books

Another summer full of entertaining and educational crafts and programming has come to a close. We want to give a big thank you to the Friends of La Porte Library for their financial support for all our summer activities. These dedicated people give of themselves weekly to ready the donated books for sale.
With budgets as stretched as they are, it is the Friends membership dues, donations, and book sales that allow us to provide a richer summer for all our children and teens.
 

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