Meet La Porte Branch's Adult Summer Reader Winner

Each branch in HCPL had a $30.00 gift card to award to one adult who completed the Adult Summer Reading Program. By random draw our winner was Becky Roderick. Ms. Roderick was pleased and surprised when I called her about her prize. She told me that her daughter has participated in the children's program and this year she decided to sign up for the adult program. It certainly paid off for Becky not only in a summer of good reading but a gift card to boot. Congratulations!

Events for Gulf Coast Reads

Cover Art for book Extremely Loud and Incredibly close by Jonathan Safron FoerGulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page is an annual program that encourages those who live along the upper Gulf Coast to read or listen to the same book and have discussions about it. The selection for this year is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. There are two events scheduled at La Porte Community Library related to Gulf Coast Reads: On Monday, October 8, from 6-8:15 p.m. we will show a movie related to the book. The movie is rated PG-13. Then on Wednesday, October 17, from 10-30-11:30 a.m. we will have a book discussion, also in the Meeting Room. Both events are free; registration is not required. 

Mystery Maven Recommends

This summer when I signed up for the Adult Summer Reading Program, I used Mystery Maven as my User ID. I chose this because nothing makes me happier than to recommend a book or series in the mystery genre to people. Last night found me at Houston's jewel of a bookstore, Murder by the Book for an author signing by Louise Penny. She writes a wonderfully complex yet lyrical series of mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. So please do yourself a favor and check out one of her eight award-winning books.

Homework Help for Elementary and Middle School Kids

Harris County Public Library has a really great database to help with those elementary and middle school homework assignments. Searchasaurus has a dictionary, an encyclopedia, and picture links. It also has links to many subjects that elementary and middle school children most often need information, such as animals, art, history, people and places, science and math, and sports. Use power of your library card and explore this great database.

Civility and the School Year

Book Jacket for The How Rude! Handbook of School Manners for Teens...The beginning of the school year is a good time to remind ourselves of the art of civility, or treating each other with courtesy and politeness. Some books that may be helpful: The How Rude! Handbook of School Manners for Teens: Civility in the Hallowed Halls by Alex J. Packer; George-isms: the 110 Rules George Washington Wrote When He Was 14 and Lived By All His Life by George Washington; The Respectful School [eBook]: How Educators and Students Can Conquer Hate and Harassment by Stephen L. Wessler with Contributing Author William Preble; and Choosing Civility: the Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P. M. Forni. We wish all students, teachers, administrators, and parents a very successful 2012-2013 school year!