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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...

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...