La Porte

Adult Programs in November

Word "November " Clipart: © 2017 Vital Imagery Ltd. Beginner Origami: Thursday, November 2, 11:00 am. Join Ms. Derry to make an origami turkey for your Thanksgiving feast! Free. All materials supplied. For ages 18+. Registration required. Please call 281-471-4022 to register.

Terra Nova Children’s Home: Monday, November 6, 7:00 pm. The Terra Nova Children’s Home in Zambia was founded by La Porte residents Tom and Amy Morrow in 2006. Learn about their experiences in creating this home for orphaned children. Free, no registration required. Open to all ages.

Medicare Learning Event: Monday, November 13, 7:00 pm. La Porte resident Steve Baker of BakerSeniors will give an informative and educational program about Medicare. Clear up the confusion!  Free and open to everyone. No registration required.

Knitting Circle for Adults: Tuesday, November 14 & 28, 10:00 am. Bring your current project. Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Free. No registration required.

Book Discussion for Adults: Monday, November 20, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Join us to discuss How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny, a cozy mystery set in a fictional village in Canada. Free. For Ages 18+. No registration required. Please call 281-471-4022 if you would like us to reserve a copy for you.

One-on-One Computer Help: Thursday, November 30, 10:30 am. Are you having trouble with your email? Need help using your smart phone? Bring your technology questions and get one-on-one assistance! Free. Registration required. Register for a 30 minute time slot by calling 281-471-4022.

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Program: Terra Nova Children's Home

Cover of Brochure for Terra Nova Children's Home-ZambiaJoin us to hear the fascinating story of Terra Nova Children’s Home in Zambia founded by La Portians Tom and Amy Morrow! Monday, November 6, at 7pm. Free. For all ages!

Fifteen years ago Tom and Amy Morrow traveled from La Porte, Texas to Zambia with their six children who were between the ages of 4 and 11 years old. There, while working in impoverished areas, they discovered that there are over 1 million orphans in a country of only 13 million people. They also found a big gap in support for orphaned children who were below school age. By the time they reached school age, they already had years of malnutrition. Tom and Amy had a desire to step in and fill the gap.

In 2006, after substantial research and work with a local transit home for orphaned babies, the Morrows located and purchased an abandoned building in Kazembe—a large village in northern Zambia—and began construction. Electricity had to be installed, a borehole drilled, and pipes laid. After one year of hard work, the doors to Terra Nova Children’s Home finally opened.

Terra Nova is now a happy home to over 30 children who have found a new family and are now growing up healthy, secure, and safe—receiving a quality education so that they will grow up to not just be an orphan statistic, but a contributing member of society. Come hear their story!

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!

Crafting For Adults: Halloween Wreath

Clipart: © 2017 Vital Imagery Ltd. Words Happy Halloween with Jack-O-LanternGet ready for Halloween by making an attractive Halloween wreath! Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 am. Registration required. Please 281-471-4022 to register. Free. All materials supplied. For Ages 18+.

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Hispanic American Heritage Month: ¡Fiesta!

Clipart: © 2017 Vital Imagery Ltd. Clipart of the word 'Fiesta' and a sombreroJoin us Saturday, September 16, noon-1:15 pm, to celebrate Hispanic American Heritage Month! Highlighting Mexico on Mexican Independence Day, we will serve a light lunch of rice, beans, meat, corn tortillas, & Mexican sweet breads. There will be music and a simple craft. 

Free! For all ages--the whole family, adults by themselves, etc. No registration required.

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Adult Computer/Craft Class: Coasters

Photo of 5 Sample Computer Craft CoastersJoin us for this special computer and craft class combined! Get photos off your phone/eMail to make a beautiful personalized coaster! Thursday, September 14 at 10:30 am – 12:30 am. Registration required. Please call 281-471-4022 to register.

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