Gulf Coast Reads Events

Photo of September Book Display-Themes in Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen HarriganLa Porte Community Library will have two Gulf Coast Reads Events in October:

Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion: A book discussion about the Gulf Coast Reads selection Remember Ben Clayton: A Novel by Stephen Harrigan, Wednesday, October 8, 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Registration not required. 

Gulf Coast Reads Program: Lisa Struthers, Library Director at the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library of the San Jacinto Museum of History, will give a program about the Texas History Resources available at the Museum Library.  Pictures of artifacts at the museum that relate to the themes in Remember Ben Clayton will be highlightedThe program will be held on Monday, October 13, 7 pm – 8 pm. Registration not required. 

Also, the Adult non-fiction book display for September highlights a Sneak Preview of materials related to the themes in Remember Ben Clayton: World War I, Creativity, Women's Roles in the 20th Century, Native Americans, Parent/Child Relationships, etc.

Puppetry Workshop

We have begun the fall Puppetry Workshop for 4th Grades and up. Come and learn the basics of puppetry. The participants will put together a show to present during the holiday season. No registration necessary. The Workshop meets Thursdays at 4:00 pm for 45 to 60 minutes.

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Ebook Computer Class

Would you like to know more about how to find and download ebooks? We have just the class for you!  Register for the Free Ebook class. It will be held Thursday, September 11 from 10:30 - 12:30. We will cover the basics for several different devices.

Join Us in October: Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion

Jacket for Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen HarriganGulf Coast Reads is an annual program for readers on the Texas Gulf Coast to read and discuss the same book. The title selected for this year’s Gulf Coast Reads is Remember Ben Clayton: A Novel by Texas author Stephen Harrigan.

We will have a book discussion for Remember Ben Clayton at La Porte Community Library on Wednesday, October 8, 10:30 – 11:30 am in the Meeting Room. The event is free and registration is not required.

The novel revolves around a bronze statue commissioned by Lamar Clayton to memorialize his son Ben who was killed in World War I. The artist commissioned for the sculpture is Francis ‘Gil’ Gilheaney, a New Yorker who relocated to San Antonio along with his wife and adult daughter Maureen, who works as his assistant. The characters in the novel are richly drawn and memorable.

One of the underlying themes of the book is the power of art to move us, and the way an artist must wrestle to bring a work to completion. Another focus is the relationship of parent to child and the misunderstandings that are inevitable. Also explored is the erosive effect of secrets upon relationships.

Remember Ben Clayton is compelling historical fiction that will appeal to both men and women. It is available from Harris County Public Library in book format as well as audiobook on CD, eBook through HCPL Digital Media Catalog, and as an eAudio through OneClickdigital.

If you would like to be part of this community-wide event, read or listen to Remember Ben Clayton and join us for the book discussion at the library on October 8.

La Porte High School 50 Years Ago

In preparing a La Porte Back to School Display, we ran across the 1964-65 yearbook with this aerial view of  La Porte High School and surrounding area. There have been many changes in the last 50 years. In the upper right you can just see the block where this library now resides. Come in any time and browse the La Porte High School yearbooks.