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STEAM: A is for Art

Art-----defined by Webster's dictionary as skill acquired by experience, study, or observation. Where would science, technology, engineering, art and math be without the...

Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award

Introduce your child to the voting process AND help ignite their love for books. All of our locations are participating in voting for...

Marathon Craftathon

Pack up your supplies and dust off the projects! We have the perfect opportunity for you to work on (and maybe even complete)...

100 Years Ago in April 1918

April 2-7 Sorrow looms at a La Porte home where the dead body of a soldier boy, a son, will soon be brought. The...

STEAM: E is for Engineering

In the third post in our series on STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math; the focus is on engineering.  Most of us...

STEAM: T is for Technology

This is the second post in a series on STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. These blog posts explain some of the...

STEAM: S is for Science

This is the first of a series of blog posts on STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. These blog posts explain some...

Read Local

This year La Porte County Public Library invites the community to “Read Local” in a year long celebration of Indiana authors. The Read...

Automatic Renewal

Did you know that eligible library item you’ve checked out is now automatically renewed? You no longer have to call or come into...

DIY Birdhouse Building

Do you want to have a neighborhood of birds in your backyard? Build them a home “tweet” home at the La Porte County...

Super Moon

Our Moon can be very dramatic at times with full moons, supermoons, lunar eclipses, and even Super Blue Blood Moons! There’s a lot...

Covering the Cost of College

Is your son or daughter thinking about career and college decisions?  Or how about you? Are you thinking of returning to school in...

100 Years Ago in March, 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in March,1918. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be...

The Language of Emojis

If you've ever sent a message to someone that left them 😕. Or maybe you received a message that left you 🤔. Adding emojis...

100 Years Ago in February, 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in February, 2018. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can...

Let the Tab Teach You

Have you ever wanted to learn something new, but were not sure how to get started? Some tasks can be daunting or seem...

Black Hoosier History Makers

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their roles in history. In honor...

Make a Difference: Chew Toys

La Porte County Public Library received a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association and Dollar General to fund a series of...

Sphero Swim Meet

  Sphero is one of the robots we use to teach young innovators about robots, engineering, and coding. Come to the Coolspring Branch on February...

Youth Media Awards 2018

The American Library Association announced the Youth Media Awards this week. These awards celebrate the best of the best in youth books published...

New Magazines!

The library has several new titles and a platform change for your 2018 magazine browsing pleasure! Here magazine "offers a fresh look at the growing...

Tax Season 2018

Tax season already?! The library can help you find the forms you need. Basic state forms are available at all locations. The federal...

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

This February,  I thought it would be relevant and inspiring to highlight the comprehensive collection of more than 3,000 instructional resources TeachingBooks.net offers...

Family History Mysteries

There are mysteries in almost everyone’s family tree. Here’s an especially interesting and difficult one that a man from another state told me...

Meet the Author: Games Come to Life!

Chris Van Allsburg was  disappointed when he was a kid playing board games. He always imagined what it would be like if what...

Organize Your Family Tree

La Porte County Public Library has the tools you need to research and organize your family history. You might have heard that baseball...

Schedule a Field Trip!

Your La Porte County Public Library is full of surprises! The Library still has books, DVDs, video games, music CDs, and digital collections....

Low Vision Awareness Month

February is Low Vision Awareness month. Did you know the library has a number of great resources to help individuals with low vision?...

DIY Soap Carving

Join us at the Hanna Branch for a DIY Soap Carving class on February 10 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Local artist, Carl and...

Book Tasting

Do you want to keep a pulse on the latest titles? Are you looking for a few good books to read yourself or...

Card Making

Join us at the Union Mills Branch for a Card Making class on February 6 to make creative and unique cards using the Cuttlebug,...

Operation Ozobot!

Are you ready to take the Operation Ozobot! Challenge? Do you have what it takes? Then again----What exactly is an Ozobot? Ozobots are a...

Robot Bowling Bash

Do you love bowling?! Yes? Not Sure? Then the La Porte County Public Library has an event just for you. At Robot Bowling,...

A Chair for Mr. Bear!

Uh-oh! Mr. Bear broke his chair! We need to build a new chair for Mr. Bear! Building a chair for Mr. Bear lets our creative...

Convert VHS Tapes Now

Let’s talk about all those memories from the ’80s and ’90s stored on home videotapes. It’s time to brush off the dust and...

MLK Day 2018

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr....

Montage of Memories

Ever wonder what your mom looked like when she was a freshman? Or what your dad wore to his senior prom? Wanna dig...

Unwrap Your New Technology

Did you unwrap some new technology over the holidays, but you’re not sure how to use it? No fear, the library is here!...

Seasons Greetings

I have always been interested in the origins of traditions. Be it a family tradition, local tradition, or holiday tradition, if it has...

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...