I'm sure you were required to read some of Charles Dickens' work in school and you thought never again.  However, there is a reason his books have lasted as classics. They are simply great stories of people dealing with life as it happens. So in honor of his 200th birthday, pick up one (or more) of his books and rediscover his greatness. Here are a few to whet your appetite:  Great ExpectationsBleak HouseDavid Copperfield, and Oliver Twist.

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Share Your Favorite Book & Be a Star

StoryTubes LogoThe StoryTubes Contest is a national program that offers the chance for young people ages 5 - 18 to make a video about their favorite book. Come to the library on the first three Thursdays in February to find out more about the program. You will learn how to create your own video and enter it in the contest. For school-age children, February 2, 9, & 16, 3:15 pm, at the library.


The moment you have all been waiting for has arrived. The tax forms are now available at La Porte Community Library. You will find them displayed in the side hallway. Let the deductions begin.




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Afterschool Craft Time

Clipart of child covered in glue from a craft gone badJoin us for 30-45 minutes of craft-making fun! Crafts to be announced at start of class. Wednesday, January 25, 3:15 p.m. School-age Children.

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The Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. Delivering His 'I Have a Dream' Speech, 08/28/1963On a few Martin Luther King days in the past, I have listened to the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King on the radio. The first year I did this, I just happened upon a radio station that was airing the speeches. I was very moved by the speeches, especially the sermons, most of which I had never heard.

We can now listen or watch these speeches and sermons on websites such as Martin Luther King Online. This website has the text and video of many of King's speeches. It also has public domain photographs like the one displayed here. These photographs are free to use in projects, papers, reports and websites.

Hope everyone has a nice and peaceful Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.