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A Stroll Along the Avenues

Join us for a historic house walk at 6:00pm on Tuesday, June 6 starting in the Indiana Room of the Main Library. We’ll...

Spark Labs 101: Soldering

Are you a maker interested in electronics? Then soldering is a skill you will want to learn. It’s fun, and the best thing...

Summer Reading Update

It’s the third week of the summer reading program and we have 263 students registered who have recorded a total of 19,212 minutes!...

Sunflowers by Design

The 19th Sunflower Fair will take place this September in downtown La Porte. Have you already started your sunflowers? If not, don't worry! You...

Kingsford Heights New Summer Hours

Beginning June 5 through July 31, the Kingsford Heights Branch will have summer hours to align with other community activities. For a list of...

Summer Reading Update

It’s the second week of the summer reading program and there are already 209 students registered who have recorded a total of 7,986...

Join our Summer Reading Program

  Design your perfect summer at the La Porte County Public Library by joining our summer reading program! Beginning today, May 1, students entering...

Coding in the Classroom Workshops

Through a generous donation from the Unity Foundation of La Porte County, the Library has purchased coding and robotics equipment. This fall, teachers can...

100 Years Ago

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in April, 1917. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can...

National Crayon Day

To celebrate National Crayon Day, Crayola is retiring the color dandelion. Learn more about Dan D.'s retirement tour on Crayola's website. Dandelion will...

March Madness Meets Family History

Since March Madness and Women's History month coincide, I thought I'd share some family photos that celebrate local women's basketball teams. The first...

See the “New” Indiana Room

“See the ‘New’ Indiana Room” is next in the Local Lore series that will be held Thursday, April 6 from 6:30-7:30pm in the newly...

100 Years Ago in March, 1917

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in March, 1917. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can...

Today is the last day of operations at the Main Temporary library location at 1020 Lincolnway. We will close at 7:00pm. This closure...

Are You Neanderthal?

If you are of European or Asian descent, most likely you are partly Neanderthal! When my brother had his DNA tested and called to...

100 Years Ago in February, 1917

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in February, 1917.  Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can...

2017 Youth Media Award Winners Announced

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott,...

Special Guest at Pajamatime on January 17

Pajamatime Coolspring Branch January 17, 6:00-6:30pm   Who doesn't love lounging around in their pajamas? Our Coolspring Branch hosts a Pajamatime story time every month for children...

Review: Lunar Chronicles Series

I have always enjoyed young adult (YA) literature and fantasy novels. I also appreciate authors who can cleverly weave a fresh telling of traditional...

Oh, the weather outside is frightful …

Which makes our free Doorstep Delivery service so delightful! Doorstep Delivery is available to residents who are physically unable to visit a branch...

Between Heaven & Hollywood

I really enjoyed the movies God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2, especially the actor David A.R. White. I had no idea...

Talk to a Lawyer Day

The Annual Talk to a Lawyer Day will again be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is on Monday, January 16...

100 Years Ago in January, 2017

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in August, 1916. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can...

Just For Kids!

This winter don't get stuck inside listening to your child's same ole obnoxious television shows. Our library has some wonderful online resources for children. Go...

From Magazine to “I Made That!”

‘Tis the season for cozy blankets, a cup of hot chocolate, and something handy to work on. It’s the perfect time of year...

30 Million Words

Did you know that children who hear 30 million words by age four are more likely to have better vocabularies, read better, do...

2017 Page Turners Titles

Page Turners, a book discussion group, has selected its titles for 2017. Here they are in case you’d like to get a head...

Christmas Around the World

One of my favorite holiday traditions is to visit the Christmas Around the World exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in...

Review: Yes, Please

With holiday traveling in full swing, I thought I'd share what I am currently listening to for those wanting suggestions to break up travel...

STEAM Stocking Stuffers

As I travel to different schools and children's groups to teach Spark Labs lessons on STEAM skills like computer programming, 3D technology, electronics...

100 Years Ago in December, 1916

December 1-10 Six city churches had union Thanksgiving services at First Baptist Church yesterday. A woman asks for the tidy sum of $5,000 from the...

Easy Access Learning

Are you interested in learning how to set up a Pinterest account? Do you need some help with the basics of Facebook, Twitter,...

National Book Award Winners Announced!

And the winners are….On November 16th the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the prestigious National Book Award. The Award is given...

English Crime Dramas – I Love ‘Em

Hinterland, Broadchurch, Luther, White Chapel, etc, etc. I love British based detective shows. Detective Superintendents with complicated back stories who may or may...

Hoosier Trivia

Celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial year with some Hoosier Trivia! November 19 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Kingsford Heights Branch Library Come test your Indiana knowledge at this event...

DIY Travel Games

Celebrate International Games Day by making your own pocket-sized game, perfect for traveling. November 19 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Hanna Branch Library This international celebration began...

The Latest – November Bestsellers
November is a perfect month to curl up with a good book as the weather turns cool. Check out the popular authors releasing books this month, and click the title to place your hold. Happy reading!
OverDrive Update: Top 10 changes

BOOK STACK: The new icon to find your account information is now a stack of books located in top right-hand corner. AUTO...

New Media Recommendations for Children

This month the American Academy of Pediatrics released their updated media recommendations for children. The new recommendations are more practical. The revised recommendations help parents manage screen...

Off the Beaten Path: Britt-Marie and Ove

If you’re like me and love a good character development novel, you will definitely want to check out Fredrik Backman’s recent books, filled...

The Latest – October Bestsellers
  October went by in the blink of an eye, and there were a lot of releases from popular authors. Meg Cabot, John Grisham, and Jodi Picoult are among the many who had new books come out last month. If you want to make sure you didn't miss any of your favorite authors, check out our list of October releases and click the title to place your hold. Happy reading!
Discover a New Hobby

I am a serial hobby hunter. For years I have tried to find the perfect hobby. I’ve tried knitting, crocheting, sewing, beadwork, painting,...

100 Years Ago in November, 1916

November 1-5 Pranks of harmless nature were practiced last night. Windows were soaped and wagons were hitched on the rear of automobiles with celebrators...

Seriously Creepy Reads

It’s October and just like the arrival of Pumpkin Spice flavored everything, it’s time to read some creepy stories. To help you get...

Middle School Crashers: October Books

With Halloween right around the corner, it's the right time of year for spooky ghost stories.  Whether you're sitting around a campfire or...

NaNoWriMo-30 days-1 Novel

Are you working on writing your own novel? Maybe your book is a collection of local history, or a biography? Perhaps you have...

Coming November 9–eBook Upgrades!

Of the many things the library offers, one of our most popular is our eBook and eAudiobook collection. This digital library branch is...

DIY Family Tree

Family Roots Hanna Branch  October 26, 5:30-6:30pm Is your child interested in family history? If so, register for this event! Children, with the help of an...

Create Art with Sphero Robots

Back by popular demand for children and families! It’s “Art Explorers 2”! Take some time during your fall break from school and join us...

Happy Birthday, Winnie-the-Pooh!

Beloved children's character, Winnie-the-Pooh, is celebrating his 90th anniversary this month! Author A.A. Milne published his first volume of stories about Winnie-the-Pooh 0n...

Stencil Skylines

"Art Explorers 1" Union Mills Branch October 21, 4:00-6:00 pm In this Art Explorers class, children and teens will learn about positive and negative spaces along with...

Spark Labs 101: Coding

At La Porte County Public Library we offer high-quality free instruction in robotics, 3D design and printing, soldering and more at our scheduled Spark...

Creative Writers Cash In!

Is there a book that truly spoke to you, shaped you, or changed the way you thought about the world? If given the...

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Election Day 2016, November 8, is rapidly approaching. The deadline to register to vote in Indiana is October 11. Indiana's Statewide Voter Registration...

Star Wars Reads Day

Love Star Wars, do you, hmm? Visit Coolspring Branch, you should! Tuesday, October 11, will be packed full of Star Wars fun for everyone....

Stories That Won’t Make You Snore

Do you find yourself dreading reading to your children at bedtime? Are you sick of reading the same old story about a fluffy bunny?...

100 Years Ago in October, 1916

October 1-8 A trained nurse residing on the second floor of the Dick building, 1002 Lincoln Way, was robbed of $15 cash by a...

Oh the Places You Will Go!

How often have you written up a grocery list, gone to the store, found what you needed, and left with only buying a...

Spark Labs 101: Tinkercad

If you are interested in learning how to 3D print, you will definitely want to learn how to make your own designs for...

The Latest – September Bestsellers

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September is big month for books, and 2016 is no exception! Check out the popular authors releasing books this month, and click the title to place your hold. Happy reading!

Grandparents Day Essay Contest

Our library cooperated with Brentwood of La Porte on the second annual Grandparents Day Essay Contest for school-aged students. The three winners read...

New Mobile Library Stops in Fish Lake

The Fish Lake Branch of the Library temporarily closed September 15th so that construction on the new branch can be completed. Don’t worry,...

Happiness is Having a Library Card!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month! If you haven't had a library card in years, or your child needs their first card, September is...

Read an eBook Day

If you're an avid reader like me, chances are you read multiple titles simultaneously. Or, maybe you always have a book in your purse,...

Mary Todd Lincoln, Live!

Do you love a good storyteller? The La Porte County Public Library is collaborating with the Association of American University Women to bring you...

Top Ten Library Reads

The top ten books published this month that librarians across the county love. Each month Library Reads compiles a list of ten books...

FAFSA Updates for 2016

There are new changes to FAFSA this year.  You can get lots more help from their website and YouTube channel. The online form is...

100 Years Ago in September, 1916

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in September, 1916. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can...

From Binge Watching to Binge Reading

Netflix has always been a real player with their original series. From House of Cards to Orange is the New Black, the word 'powerhouse' comes...

Are There Bed Bugs in My Library Books?

Bed bugs are a community-wide issue that affects almost all public-access buildings including schools, hospitals, libraries, office buildings, and more. The bugs are...

Exploring the Alternatives

Recently, I have become interested in alternative medicine.  However, since it is a relatively “new” trend here in the U.S., I found myself...

No Donations At This Time

Due to the construction and renovation projects that are going on at our library locations, we are NOT currently accepting donations of any materials. We...

Spark Labs 101: MaKey MaKey

How do you turn bananas into a musical keyboard? Or how about turning Play Doh into a DIY game controller? With a MaKey...