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Finding Good Books

Logo for Harris County Public Library Book HuntersOne of the many wonderful advantages to the Internet is the way it makes finding good books easier.  Two websites to help with this are Goodreads and LibraryThing. To use them, sign up for a free account and then list books you have read and enjoyed.  Goodreads gives this invitation to readers on its website:  “Tell us what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and we’ll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations.” LibraryThing describes itself as “a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.”  Join one or both and discover some books you just love! And remember we have our very own Book Hunters service, where you tell us what you like and we suggest similar titles for you to try.

Teen Craft: I Have a Dream Board

Clipart of words "I have a dream" with American flagCelebrate Black History Month by creating a board filled with your dreams for the future. All Materials provided. Ages 10-17. Wednesday, February 15, at 4 p.m.

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Share Your Favorite Book & Be a Star

StoryTubes LogoThe StoryTubes Contest is a national program that offers the chance for young people ages 5 - 18 to make a video about their favorite book. Come to the library on the first three Thursdays in February to find out more about the program. You will learn how to create your own video and enter it in the contest. For school-age children, February 2, 9, & 16, 3:15 pm, at the library.

Afterschool Craft Time

Clipart of child covered in glue from a craft gone badJoin us for 30-45 minutes of craft-making fun! Crafts to be announced at start of class. Wednesday, January 25, 3:15 p.m. School-age Children.

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The Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. Delivering His 'I Have a Dream' Speech, 08/28/1963On a few Martin Luther King days in the past, I have listened to the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King on the radio. The first year I did this, I just happened upon a radio station that was airing the speeches. I was very moved by the speeches, especially the sermons, most of which I had never heard.

We can now listen or watch these speeches and sermons on websites such as Martin Luther King Online. This website has the text and video of many of King's speeches. It also has public domain photographs like the one displayed here. These photographs are free to use in projects, papers, reports and websites.

Hope everyone has a nice and peaceful Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Next Preschool Craft Time - January 11

Clipart of preschool-age boy playing with clayThe next Preschool Craft Time will be Wednesday, January 11 at 11 a.m.  Preschool Craft Time is for preschool-age children and lasts about 30 minutes. Caregivers are required to stay and help their children complete their task. All materials are provided.

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CERT Training in La Porte

Clipart picture of a rescue searchThere will be an eight-week Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training class sponsored by the La Porte Office of Emergency Management (OEM) from January 19th-March 8th, 2012. Classes will be held each Thursday from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the La Porte Fire Training Facility.

CERT training is a Federal Emergency Management Agency program that educates citizens in basic disaster skills. These citizen-responders work as part of a neighborhood or workplace team to assist as needed in a disaster when first responders are overwhelmed or not immediately available.

Training sessions cover disaster preparedness, fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, and team organization. Pre-registration is required for this class.

Please visit http://www.lpoem.org/ or contact La Porte OEM at 281-470-0010 for more information or to register for the class.

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Focus On: Children's Graphic Novels & Comic Books

The library has graphic novels and comic books in the juvenile, young adult, and adult collections. Here are 10 of the more popular series in the juvenile section:
Book Jacket for The Big Adventures of Majoko by Tomomi Mizuna
 
 
 
 
 
Book Jacket for Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack by Jim Davis
 

Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack by Jim Davis

 

Book Jacket for Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

 

Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

 

Teen Craft: Gingerbread House

Clipart of Gingerbread HouseMake your own gingerbread cottage and decorate it with candy. Wednesday, December 7, 4 – 5 p.m. Ages 10-17. All materials provided.

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Senior Services Center in La Porte

Picture of Seniors playing cardsAre you 60 years or older? A resident of La Porte, Shoreacres, or Morgan’s Point? The Senior Services Center is a wonderful resource for the Senior community. It offers recreational, educational, and fitness opportunities. The Center is located at 1322 South Broadway in La Porte. Transportation is available to and from the facility. In addition, a hot meal is provided Monday-Friday both at the Center and delivered to homebound Seniors. Donations are accepted for the meals, and reservations are required two days in advance. The hours of operation for the Center: Monday -Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, please call 281-470-9897, or see the website.

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