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.

First Title in Series Display

Photo of First Title in Series Display at La Porte Community LibraryThe display in the Adult Fiction section features the first title in a series. Currently on display is: Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben, first title in the Myron Bolitar mysteries; Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon, first title in the Lord John Grey novels; Step on a Crack by James Patterson, first title in the Michael Bennett mysteries; Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie, first title in Jane Marple murder mysteries; The Secret by Beverly Lewis, first title in Seasons of Grace series; The Next Always by Nora Roberts, first title in Inn Boonsboro trilogy;

Book Discussion on Wednesday, October 17

Logo for Gulf Coast Reads from http://www.gulfcoastreads.org/This is a reminder that we will have our book discussion for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer on Wednesday, October 17, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., as a part of the Gulf Coast Reads initiative. The discussion is free and open to everyone. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is not required.

Craft for Teen Read Week

Clipart of teen reading: Copyright © 2012 Jupiterimages Corporation. Are you a young person who loves to read? Come celebrate your love of reading by coming to the Teen Read Week Craft on Wednesday, October 17, from 4 – 5 pm. Make a bookmark for your reading pleasure. All materials provided. Ages 10-17.

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Another Quote From EL & IC

As noted in previous blogs, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer has some great quotes in it.  Here is one in which Oskar talks about his mother and their shared loss of his father/her husband on 9/11: “I couldn’t explain to her that I missed him more, more than she or anyone else missed him, because I couldn’t tell her about what happened with the phone. That secret was a hole in the middle of me that every happy thing fell into.”

The secret Oskar refers to is a mystery throughout most of the book. It is only near the end that we find out what happened with his father and the phone on 9/11.