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Page Turners 2018 Titles

Here are the titles we’ll be discussing at our 2018 monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month in Meeting Room B...

Special Guest at Stories and More on 12/06!

Enjoy stories, music, activities, and crafts that develop and reinforce early literacy skills at this upcoming storytime for children ages 3-5 with their...

100 Years Ago in December, 2017

December 1-9 The Germans captured 4,000 British soldiers on Friday. La Porte “grocerymen” receive word that their business will be governed under the food administration...

Fix it Yourself

It never fails. During Fall clean-up at home, I discover projects I just haven’t gotten around to --  things like two necklaces I...

Scan Precious Photos and Film

If you have been putting off digitally archiving all of your priceless original photos, then wait no longer. Spark Labs now offers the...

Your History Through DNA

Genealogist Alan Zeller led a class on DNA recently at the Main Library. Here are some points which were discussed. For genealogical purposes, DNA...

Open Enrollment for Healthcare from Nov. 1 to Dec 15

Open Enrollment at https://www.healthcare.gov/ ends December 15th which is much shorter than last year. If you have questions check out https://www.healthcare.gov/get-answers/ People earning between...

Introducing Flipster

Customers of the La Porte County Public Library in La Porte can now access their favorite digital magazines using Flipster® from EBSCO Information...

100 Years Ago in November, 2017

November 1-4 The U. S. extends to Great Britain a credit of $435,000,000, the largest loan yet made by this country to any of...

Celebrate Family History Month

In 2001, Congress first passed a resolution introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who wrote, "Essentially, we are all immigrants to this...

Family and House Research Classes

Three classes on family and house histories are scheduled in the near future at the Main Library. Everyone is welcome to come at...

Wonderful Words For Little Ones!

Have you ever wondered how to prepare your baby or toddler for reading? Have you ever thought it was even POSSIBLE for your...

Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

The 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to English author, Kazuo Ishiguro. Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, describes Ishiguro...

100 Years Ago in October, 1917

October 2-7 More than 600 saloons in New York have refused to renew their licenses. One hundred fifty more men will be examined to give...

Final Girls Review

If you are a fan of psychological suspense, give Final Girls by Riley Sager a try. The lone survivor of a massacre, Quincy...

What is a Bullet Journal?

What is a bullet journal? As quoted from the official bullet journal site, a bullet journal “can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and...

A Light Bulb Moment!

    Did you know the brain is able to produce the energy needed to light up a single bulb? Your brain contains about...

New John Green Book…Finally!

John Green is finally publishing a new book! The beloved Nerdfighter, author of “The Fault in Our Stars”,  will release “Turtles All the...

Ancestry Database Research

If you like using our Ancestry Library Edition database, do you check Recently Added/Updated Collections? The link is located at the bottom of...

College Application Day

Colleges across Indiana are waiving their application fees for students who apply on College Application Day. This year, College Application Day will be...

A Serving of Mashups

What's a book mashup? It's a work of fiction that combines literary elements from two or more existing sources to create a unique...

Have you visited the Indiana Room?

La Porte County Public Library’s Indiana Room Did you miss a tour of the Indiana Room at La Porte County Public Library, 904 Indiana...

Play, Grow, Read Takes Flight

Our Play, Grow, Read spaces offer children and their caregivers a place to read, write, sing, talk , play, and now -- fly. ...

New Group: Book Bites Cookbook Club

What could be better than reading? Reading and cooking and eating, of course! Explore our vast collection of cookbooks and join this delish...

How To Read To Your Child

We can all agree reading to your child is very important. But have you ever thought of how you read to your child?...

Troll Adventures at Union Mills

There's no place more magical than a library. Think about stories with dwarves, dragons, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, goblins, griffins, mermaids, talking animals, trolls, unicorns,...

100 Years Ago in September, 1917

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

Spark Labs Launches Open Lab Hours

Starting Friday, September 1, 2017, Spark Labs will host open lab hours at the Main Library. We are excited to provide this space...

Your Eclipse Playlist

While you wait in line for eclipse glasses beginning at 12:00pm you can listen to some celestial tracks on CD's or check out...

The Great American Solar Eclipse

*******WE WILL HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF GLASSES FOR THE ATTENDEES OF OUR VIEWING PARTIES BEGINNING AT 12:00PM TODAY, AUGUST 21. ONE PAIR...

Grandparent’s Day Essay Contest

It’s time for the library’s third annual Grandparent’s Day Essay Contest co-sponsored by Brentwood at La Porte! All 2nd through 8th graders are...

100 Years Ago in August, 2017

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in August, 2017. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can...

The King of Horror

Stephen King fans, rejoice! Not one, but two films based on King's novels will be coming soon to a theater near you. If you've never...

Have You Hit A Brick Wall?

I finally found something in an official document indicating that my great grandmother Lina Johnson, who according to family lore was traded for...

Happy Birthday, Rainbow Fish!

  First published in 1992, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister is the classic tale of a beautiful, scaly fish who learns about sharing,...

New Tumblebooks App

Tumblebooks is a digital library of eBooks, and it has the added bonus of being accessible – 24/7 – from any device with an...

Net Neutrality Day of Action is July 12th

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="246"] What is Net Neutrality?![/caption] Net Neutrality Day of Action is July 12th. What does this mean? How will this effect...

100 Years Ago in July, 1917

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in July, 2017. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can...

The Revolution of Robert Kennedy

This summer has been full of fun surprises at the library. Last week I met Brenda (Wade) Guernsey and her sister who were...

One more week to log minutes!

We are nearing the end of the eighth week of our summer reading program and we have 1,024 students registered who have recorded...

Grill Time

It’s that time of year, where we want to keep the hot out and the cool in. That makes it the perfect time...

Lego Robotics Maker Camps

The first Jr. Lego Maker Camp at Rolling Prairie was a blast! Kids in 2nd - 4th grades built and programmed Milo the rover...

A Visit from Steve Jobs

Summer has arrived and visitors to La Porte have begun to stop by our library locations to check out all of the recent...

Water Is Good for You!

There’s been a lot of publicity lately about how much water we should drink everyday and why. But what if you (or your...

Summer Reading Update

We are nearing the end of the seventh week of our summer reading program and we have 983 students registered who have recorded...

Travel Indiana

Travel Indiana Do you ever want to just get away? If you answered no to this question, you might not be human. For the...

Sun Catcher by Design

Children and teens can design a sun catcher to filter the sun's bright rays into colorful streams of light at an upcoming event...

June Is Audiobook Month!

Everyone that knows me knows I am an audiobook fanatic! Audiobooks have opened up a whole new world of reading for me that...

Love Mystery Series?

I was looking for a new mystery series to listen to and decided to try Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series a...

Summer Reading Update

We are in the sixth week of our summer reading program and we have 777 students registered who have recorded a total of...

Lego Club

Building with Legos is one of the first engineering activities most kids do...

An Encounter With a Famous Person

Several people have reported encounters with famous people since my last news article. Here is one from my former English as a Second...

3D Printed Bubble Wands

The weather is finally warming up and I've begun to enjoy spending time outdoors again. The wind is no longer bitterly cold and...

Watercolor Sunprints

The sun plays an important role in maintaining life on Earth and it's climate. It heats the world to keep us warm enough...

Summer Reading Update

We are at the halfway point of our summer reading program and we have 655 students registered who have recorded a total of...

100 Years Ago

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in June, 2017. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can...

Winning Books Announced!

The Indiana Library Federation announced the winners of the Young Hoosier Book Awards (YHBA) and Eliot Rosewater Award (Rosie) for this school year. These awards...

Spark Labs Club

Do you enjoy hands-on engineering challenges? What about working with robots or making your own art? Kids and teens, expand your knowledge of science, technology,...

Summer Reading Update

It’s almost the end of the fourth week of the summer reading program and we have 595 students registered who have recorded a...

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...

100 Years Ago

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in May, 2017. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can...

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...