La Porte

Teen Craft: Moveable Mummies & Tasty Vampires

Clipart: © 2016 Vital Imagery Ltd.  Mummy and vampire. Join us for this Halloween craft. Wednesday, October 26, 4 pm - 5 pm. Ages 10-17. All materials provided. 

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Movie: American Pastime

Cover of 'American Pastime' ©Warner Home VideoJoin us Monday, October 17, at 6 pm for a free showing of the movie American Pastime ©Warner Home Video in the library Meeting Room on our new theater projection system. American Pastime is based on a true story about Japanese Americans in an internment camp in Utah during World War II. Though the topic is a tragic part of our nation's history, the movie is uplifting and inspiring. The running time is 1 hour and 45 minutes; the movie is not rated, but a suggested audience is PG-13. Popcorn and refreshments.

This movie will be shown as a part of the Gulf Coast Reads program. The title selected for this year is The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell, which tells the true but little known story about an internment camp in Texas during World War II.

For other book discussions and other programs at Harris County Public Library branches please see the Gulf Coast Reads Events Calendar.

Facebook Computer Class

 Facebook is being used by virtually every age group today. Come to the library and learn the basics about opening and using a Facebook account. Please have a working email account before coming to the class.The class will be held Thursday, October 20 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. To register please call the library at 281-471-4022. 

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Book Discussion: The Train to Crystal City

Book Jacket for 'The Train to Crystal City' by Jan Jarboe RussellPlease join us on Wednesday, October 12, 10:30-11:30 am for our discussion of 'The Train to Crystal City', the Gulf Coast Reads selection for 2016, by Jan Jarboe Russell. This book describes a little known aspect of Texas history when, during World War II, a unique internment camp was located in Crystal City, Texas. Near the end of our discussion, we will watch a 9-minute film that was put out by the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1945 about the "Alien Enemy Detention Facility". Even if you have not yet read the book, you are welcome to join us to learn more about the topic. In the Meeting Room at La Porte Community Library, 600 S. Broadway, La Porte, TX.

New! One on One Computer Help

On Thursday, October 13 beginning at 10:30 am our regular computer class instructor will be available to meet with individuals for a 30 minute slot to answer some of these questions. Are you having trouble with your email? Don't know how to cut and paste? Want to start applying for jobs online? Bring technology questions and get one-on-one assistance! Please register for a 30 minutes time slot. Call the library at 281-471-4022 to reserve your slot.

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Teen Art Fusion

Clipart: © 2016 Vital Imagery Ltd. Youth chiseling pictureJoin us for our monthly teen art program. Explore many areas of art including: coloring, painting, watercolor, drawing, & mixed media. Wednesday, October 5, 4 pm - 5 pm. All materials provided. Ages 10-17.

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La Porte ISD Celebrates 100 Years

The celebration of La Porte ISD’s 100th Anniversary will culminate with activities during Homecoming weekend Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.  There will be a  very special appearance at the opening ceremony 10:00 am Oct 1 by La Porte’s own Kerron Clement, a 2003 La Porte High School graduate. Clement recently won a gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and he is returning to his alma mater for the celebration. A 100th Anniversary Block Party will follow with a wide variety of games and activities. 

Teen Craft: Pokémon Key Chains

Clipart: © 2016 Vital Imagery Ltd. Key chainMake your favorite Pokémon out of fuse beads. Wednesday, September 21, 4 pm - 5 pm, Ages 10-17. All materials provided. 

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Little Explorers: Tape, Paint, Ta Da!!

This month's Little Explorers class will be about taping and painting a work of art. Little Explorers is 30 to 45 minutes of sensory exploration and discovery for ages 0 - 5 years old and their caregivers. Please dress to get messy! Sorry we cannot accommodate Daycare groups for this program.This program will be Wednesday, September 14 at 10:15 am.

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Gulf Coast Reads: The Train to Crystal City

Book Jacket for The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe RussellThe selection for Gulf Coast Reads this year is The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II, by Texas author Jan Jarboe Russell. The first non-fiction title chosen for Gulf Coast Reads, this book tells the riveting, poignant story of immigrants to the United States from Japan, Germany and Italy who were held in an internment camp in Crystal City, Texas. Taken from their homes in Cleveland, Los Angeles and other cities across the United States, these immigrants, named “enemy aliens”, were interned along with their American-born children and were held for the purpose of "repatriation" to their countries of origin in exchange for (other) Americans held there.

La Porte Community Library’s Book Discussion of The Train to Crystal City will be held Wednesday, October 12, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, in the Meeting Room of the Library at 600 S. Broadway in La Porte.

The Gulf Coast Reads program for La Porte will be a showing of the movie American Pastime at Monday, October 17, 6 pm - 7:45 pm, in the Library Meeting Room. American Pastime is a film based on a true story of a Japanese-American internment camp in Utah during World War II. The film portrays the prejudice and suspicion that Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans were subjected to during World War II. The movie includes actual footage of the Topaz War Relocation Center in Utah that was filmed using a camera smuggled into the camp.

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 then join together with other readers to discuss the book and/or attend programs related to the book’s themes.

The Train to Crystal City is available at Harris County Public library in book format, large print, audio CD, eBook, and eAudio. Please stop by to pick up your copy of the book or download a copy to your computer or mobile device. Then come to the exciting programs and book discussions that will be offered for our readers across Harris County!

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