La Porte Branch Library

Branch Location & Contact

Location:
600 South Broadway
LaPorte, TX 77571
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Phone: 281-471-4022
Branch Manager: Myra Wilson
Branch Email: lap@hcpl.net


 

Gulf Coast Reads Program: Newspapers in Early Texas

Cover art for News of the World: A Novel by Paulette JilesJoin us on Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am, when Lisa Struthers, Director of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library at the San Jacinto Museum of History, will give a program that will focus on the news theme of the 2017 Gulf Coast Reads selection News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Lisa will highlight the Texas newspapers in the collection of her library, talk about the history of newspaper publishing in Texas, and briefly discuss the Texas Newspaper Project coming out of the Depression. She will conclude with information about the Herzstein Library’s participation in the current Texas Digital Newspaper Program, which has the impressive and valuable goal of digitizing historical newspapers from all over the state to make them accessible to everyone via The Portal to Texas History. Free and open to all! No registration required.

Free Medicare Learning Event

La Porte resident Steve Baker of BakerSeniors will give an informative and educational session about Medicare on Monday, October 23, 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Free and open to everyone. No registration required.

Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion

Cover of News of the World by Paulette JilesJoin us on Monday, October 16 at 6:30 pm for our discussion of News of the World by Paulette Jiles, the Gulf Coast Reads selection for 2017. Historical fiction set in Texas after the Civil War, this well-researched novel is a fascinating and compelling read! Free. No registration required.

Note: During the month of October, News of the World will be available for unlimited eBook checkout through Overdrive. Please call the library if you would like help with checking out the eBook on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Beginner Origami for Adults: Thanksgiving Turkey

Photo of Origami TurkeyDecorate your table with an Origami Turkey this Thanksgiving! Sign up for Beginner Origami for Adults on Thursday, November 2 at 11 am. Free! All materials provided. For ages 18+. Please call 281-471-4022 to register. 

Gulf Coast Reads 2017-Coming in October!

Book Jacket: News of the World: A Novel by Paulette JilesIn October each year, residents of the upper Texas Gulf Coast take part in Gulf Coast Reads, a program in which people read or listen to the same book and attend book discussions and special programs about the book.

This year the Gulf Coast Reads selection is News of the World by Paulette Jiles, an historical fiction novel set in Texas: “In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her family in San Antonio.”

This well-researched novel has something for everyone: men, women, and young adults. It gives a fascinating, fact-filled history of the time in early Texas, combined with a compelling, well-written story. Both history buffs and those who love a good read will enjoy!

Our book discussion on News of the World is on Monday, October 16 at 6:30 pm.

On Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am, we will have a related program: ‘Early Newspapers in Texas’ by Lisa Struthers, Director of the Herzstein Library at the San Jacinto Museum of History. Lisa will talk about the newspapers at the museum library, and she will also tell us about her library’s involvement with The Portal to Texas History program, which is an initiative to digitize old newspapers from library collections in Texas. (This effort to put newspapers in digital format is something our library is interested in considering for La Porte.)

Both events are free and open to all! Please join us for one or both programs!

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