Teens

Gulf Coast Reads 2017-Coming in October!

Book Jacket: News of the World: A Novel by Paulette JilesIn October each year, residents of the upper Texas Gulf Coast take part in Gulf Coast Reads, a program in which people read or listen to the same book and attend book discussions and special programs about the book.

This year the Gulf Coast Reads selection is News of the World by Paulette Jiles, an historical fiction novel set in Texas: “In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her family in San Antonio.”

This well-researched novel has something for everyone: men, women, and young adults. It gives a fascinating, fact-filled history of the time in early Texas, combined with a compelling, well-written story. Both history buffs and those who love a good read will enjoy!

Our book discussion on News of the World is on Monday, October 16 at 6:30 pm.

On Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am, we will have a related program: ‘Early Newspapers in Texas’ by Lisa Struthers, Director of the Herzstein Library at the San Jacinto Museum of History. Lisa will talk about the newspapers at the museum library, and she will also tell us about her library’s involvement with The Portal to Texas History program, which is an initiative to digitize old newspapers from library collections in Texas. (This effort to put newspapers in digital format is something our library is interested in considering for La Porte.)

Both events are free and open to all! Please join us for one or both programs!

Community Celebration – The Moon Festival September 30th @ 11:30 AM [5+]

 

 

Join us for our community celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

On Saturday, September 30th we will be begin sharing the story of the Moon King at 11:30 AM in the Library Community Room.

The festivities will continue with a craft and some refreshments sponsored by the Friends of the Parker Williams Branch Library.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sign Up Today for the Free ACT Practice Test!

Are you ready for college? When it comes to the ACT test, you can never be too prepared. Join us on Saturday, October 7th at 10am for a free ACT practice test given by the Princeton Review. Registration is required since space is limited. Sign up today at www.hcpl.net!

Week of September 25-30

ScytheIn addition to our regular storytimes, computer classes, and game night, next week we will have:
Weird Science: Blacklight Magic. See what cool, glow-in-the-dark things you can make! Wear white or a very pale color, and you’ll glow, too! [ages 7-11] Monday, 4:00 pm
Tween Teen Movie: The story of a Texas girl who becomes the “Queen of Tejano” music. Tuesday, 4:30 pm

Celebrate Women’s Accomplishments!

She PersistedOn Friday, September 22, the Aldine Library is hosting a celebration of women’s achievements in honor of National Business Women’s Day.

Online Book Clubs

Even though we aren't open, we still have events happening in the community. Join our online book clubs that you can attend from home! 

 

Teens Read!

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This month’s selection is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

 

 

 

 

 

Banned Books Week – Teen Blackout Poetry September 25th @ 6 PM [13+]

 

 

 

Censorship has long been used by the powerful to limit the knowledge of others around them. It has been used in times of war to suppress any thoughts contrary to the war effort.

In the spirit of Banned Books Week, we are going to use censorship to create art. Join us in the library Teen Area for Blackout Poetry.

Create a poem by blacking out all of the words you don’t want to use in your poem. Censor with us on September 25th at 6 PM.

 

 

 

 

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Basic Life Skills – Homecoming Etiquette September 27th @ 5 PM [12+]

 

Do you know the difference between a soupspoon and a tablespoon?

Do you know how to pin on a gentleman’s boutonniere?

When was the last time you waltzed, Matilda?

Learn the basics of etiquette to be your best and look your finest at Homecoming.

Join Mr. John in the Library Community Room on September 27th at 5 PM for a few pointers in refinement. 

 

 

 

 

For More on Etiquette (Click Here):

Teens: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with The Art of the The Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead may be next month, but it's not too early to learn about the traditions and art of the upcoming holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. Create a Day of the Dead skull mask and color wooden calacas (skeletons). This program is for ages 12-18. 

Anime Club – Psycho Pass (TV-14) September 22nd @ 5 PM [14+]

 

“In the future, thinking about a crime makes you guilty, and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. Detectives work in teams made up of Enforcers and Inspectors. Enforcers take out the bad guys, and Inspectors make sure their partners don’t cross the line. The equalizer in the war on thugs is the Dominator, a weapon that can tell when citizens are about to turn criminal.”-Crunchyroll.com

With Banned Books Week starting the next day, the Parker Williams Anime Club is going to explore the world of Psycho Pass, a place where your mental state is determined by the color of you hue.

If you have criminal intent, justice is enforced swiftly. Join us at the Parker Williams Branch on September 22nd at 5 PM to find out “What’s your color?”

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