Books

Take a Staycation with our Online Resources

During the summer it can be hard to get to your local library. You might be on vacation in a different state, it might be too hard to get the kids in the car, or it might just be too hot (or rainy) to leave the house.  If that’s the case for you, but you’re still hankering for some entertainment, the library is still the place to help you. We have access to tons of databases and online catalogs on our website that can still help you! Here are just a few of them:

LGBTQIA Picture Books

Last week I posted about Pride Month and gave some recommendations for diverse young adult reads. This week we’re continuing the celebration by looking at some picture books that help bring LGBTQIA representation to our shortest shelves and youngest readers. These books are kind, funny, and heart-warming in turn. They're also really great for story time.  

 

 

Ready, Set, Rock!

Summer reading is here again and, as the theme suggests, it's going to rock! Registration starts in just 3 days on June 4th and La Porte will be kicking it off with a banging beginning of summer party at 3 pm with music, entertainment and snacks. You can check out our events calendar here, for a list of everything we're offering this summer, as well as information about the reading club itself and how to earn points towards cool prizes. We, as all as 16 other branches, will also be offering free meals provided by the Houston Food Bank.

Adult Programs at La Porte Library in June

Logo for Summer Reading Program 2018 Libraries Rock!Adult Programs at the Library in June:

Crafting For Adults-Felt Penny Rugs-Part 1: Saturday, June 2, 10:30 am. Join Ms. Irene to make a beautiful felt penny rug! Free. All materials supplied. For ages 18+. Registration required. Please call 281-471-4022 to register or send an email to irene.cantu@hcpl.net. Part 2 will be on Saturday, July 7, at 10:30 am.

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program Begins!: Monday, June 4. Sign up for the free Adult Summer Reading Program and win prizes. 

Beginner Origami for Adults-Quilling Art, Part 1: Thursday, June 7, 11 am-noon. Join Ms. Derry to learn the beautiful art of quilling. Free. All materials supplied. For ages 18+. Registration required. Please call 281-471-4022 to register.

Computer Class-eMail Safety, Attachments, & More: Thursday, June 7, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm. Free. Registration required. Please register at the circulation desk or call 281-471-4022 to register.

Poetry by the Bay: Poetry Reading by WiVLA: Saturday, June 9, 10:30 am. Members of Women in the Visual and Literary Arts of Houston will read their original poetry. Light refreshments will be served and there will be time for questions from the audience. Free. No registration required. All ages welcome, but most appropriate for 13+.

Computer Class-WORD-Editing & Formatting Tips: Thursday, June 14, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm. Free. Registration required. Please register at the circulation desk or call 281-471-4022 to register.

Book Discussion for Adults: Monday, June 18, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Join the discussion for Five-Carat Soul by James McBride. Free. For Ages 18+. No registration required. Please call the library at 281-471-4022 if you would like to have a copy of the book put on hold for you.

Computer Class-One on One Computer Help: Thursday, June 21, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm. Sign up for 30 minutes of one on one computer help. Free. Registration required. This class fills up quickly! Please register at the circulation desk or call 281-471-4022 to register.

Antiques Fair at the Library: Saturday, June 23, 10 am – noon. Bring an antique or collectible (or a photo of the item) to La Porte Community Library, 600 S. Broadway St., La Porte. Antique Dealers and Appraisers from Vicki’s Antiques on Main will be on hand to assess the item. Free. No registration required.

The History of Red Wolves in La Porte: Saturday, June 30, 10:30 am. Did you know that a relatively short time ago the now endangered red wolf species lived in La Porte? Hear guest speaker Edward Craven tell the fascinating history of the red wolf and his own memories of the animal from his childhood in La Porte. Appropriate for all ages! Free. No registration required.

A Novel Idea: JUNE BOOK REVEAL! @High Meadows Branch Library

june book clubWe are happy to reveal that our June Book Club selection is Shari Lapeña’s The Couple Next Door.

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all-a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. One hot summer night they are invited to a dinner party next door, and a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents, but the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the Conti's house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets they’ve kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family-a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness.

Mental Health and Teens

May is Mental Health Awareness month, started in 1949 in order to raise awareness and educate the public about mental health, what it’s like to live with these conditions and strategies for getting help. Talking about mental health can be scary; there's a stigma around it that makes people want to shy away from the subject, but here's the thing: it's important. One way that stigma can be erased is by representation. We all want to see ourselves in the books we read, and some authors have worked hard to create compelling, rich characters that happen to suffer from mental illness. From depression, to schizophrenia, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, agoraphobia and more, here are thier stories:
 

Book Club for Adults

Music ShopThis month’s book club meeting will be Tuesday, May 22, at 2:30 pm, and this month’s book is The Music Shop” by Rachel Joyce. “The Music Shop” tells about the poignant and ultimately joyful journey that two quirky, wonderful characters (a music shop owner & customer) make in order to overcome their emotional baggage.

Friends of the Northwest Branch Library Book-sale May 12th, 2018

Too late, too late, will be the cry, when the sale with the deals has passed you by. The Friends of the Northwest Library is hosting a book sale on Saturday, May 12th at the Northwest Library. The sale will help raise money for use in furthering the library’s commitment to making top quality resources and programming available to the community.
Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to show support for the library while also enjoying bargain prices on a wide selection of books and materials.

When: May 12th, 2018
10:00am-4:00pm

Electronic Books for Kids! / ¡Libros Electrónicos para Niños!

Tumblebooks-Mercy WOne of Harris County Public Library’s many electronic resources is Tumblebooks. It has electronic books for children from preschool through 8th grade. For preschoolers and early readers, Tumblebooks reads the books aloud, highlighting text as it goes. These books are colorful and in motion. Come to our computer lab on Friday, May 4, at 2 pm, and let us show you how to take advantage of this wonderful resource for your kids.

May Activities

May activities are up on the library's event calendar. Check out the many programs and services that are available to you here. Proudly serving the community of Cypress since 1984, Northwest Branch Library strives to provide innovative services, programs, and activities for customers of all ages. If you would like to ask a question about a particular service or program, please contact the Northwest Branch Library at 832-927-5460 or via email at nw@hcpl.net. 

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