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!

September Computer Classes New Time

Join us for computer classes in September at a new time. All classes will be held Thursdays from 2:00-4:00 pm. There will be a two part Computer Basics class September 3 and 10 followed a two part Microsoft Excel class September 17 and 24. You may register online or call us at 281-471-4022 to add your name to the class roll. 

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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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Afterschool Fun on Wednesdays

Beginning in September, Wednesday will be the day for afterschool fun. Each Wednesday there will either be a movie, a craft, a game time or a science program. So kids head on over here after school. The fun begins 3:30 pm. Each program will last 30-45 minutes.

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